Adorable Carmel-by-the-Sea Cottage With Beautiful Gardens

It’s January and January is doing what it does best, being cold and rainy and even snowy in some places. I envy our friends in Australia right now who are most likely basking in warm days and sunshine. If we can just hang in there a couple more months, spring will be here! I am so looking forward to that.

Today, to help get us through this cold January day, we’re off to tour an adorable cottage and garden in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea. For our tour, the garden is in full bloom and it’s just the dose of sunshine I need today. Look at the beautiful roses climbing up that darling arbor! I wonder what kind of rose that is, I love the color!

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You know with an entry that welcoming, there has to be a wonderful cottage on the other side–and there is!

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~~~SIGH~~~ Notice the cute design of the siding…love that!  Is this not a dream cottage?!

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It’s just as delightful inside as it is on the outside. I love, love, love the Dutch door!

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The bay window lets in so much natural light.

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I found two pictures of the kitchen in different lighting and I love them both. This one must be how the kitchen feels and looks toward evening time.

I really love the color of the hardwood flooring. When I was having hardwood flooring installed in my home many years ago, I showed my contractor a photo of a home in a magazine and the floors were just like this. They felt like sunshine to me and I wanted that feeling for my own home.

Notice how the refrigerator on the left is hidden, you almost don’t know it’s there. Absolutely love that!

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This photo must have been taken mid day, beautiful space!

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There’s a cozy den/library for curling up with a good book in front of the fire on chilly nights.

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This cottage has three bedrooms and two baths. Notice all the windows in this bedroom! I think this may be the master bedroom because it has a fireplace, too!

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What a big master bath!  A couple would not have to share space in this bathroom.

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Another pretty bedroom with its own access to the gardens. I like how all the bedrooms have access to the outside and the beautiful gardens.

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There’s even an outdoor kitchen! So nice how close it is to the actual kitchen–very convenient!

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I wonder if that’s the garage next door.

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You’ll find additional photos and more information about this wonderful cottage where these pictures were found, HERE and HERE.

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  1. What a mind-reader you are; I’m in the area getting hammered with a blizzard, so thanks so much for this post! Love this cottage, and will probably revisit it again over the weekend.

  2. Eowana Jordan says

    Carmel.. the name alone evokes visions of vines, cottages by the ocean..oh my.. and in this snow storm in Virginia, it warmed my heart.. thank you!

  3. Janet Rountree says

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Wanted to ask if you would recommend the person/company that did your wood floors? I live in Cobb County and am looking for a reliable flooring person.

  4. You had me at the white picket fence, Susan. Carmel is the most charming little town and I could move into that darling cottage immediately! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I LOVE everything about this cottage ! Usually I can pick out a few things that I would change, but not in this one. Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. bobbi duncan says

    This cottage is sooo cute! It is so much bigger on the inside than it looks from the front view. That siding is cool…very unique. I love the fencing, arbor, and winding brick walk up to the front door…gives an immediate “welcome” feel. I hope we’ll get to build a sweet little cottage one day. Your pics give me something to wish upon on this dreary, ready to snow day. Thanks for posting.

  7. Oh I absolutely adore Carmel-by-the-Sea- one of my all-time favorite places in the world! I’d buy this in a second flat if I were to win the lottery!

    As for the “garage,” no way. NO one has garages in all of Cali – it was surely converted to a rental unit. It was probably once a garage th0ugh but real estate is nearly impossible to get and costs of living so high there, no way it was converted. Also, you get premium rent for doing so…and mostly one bikes or walks around there anyway. : – )

    Awesome find, Susan. Love it.

    • Regality (aka The Quing) says

      No garages in “all of Cali”. Geez, I must be hallucinating all that stuff crammed into…uh…my notgarage. *L*

      • OK, I was exaggerating a bit, wasn’t I? LOL. Sorry. At least where my daughter lived I never saw a single garage not converted.

        Glad you have one, that’s good to know! : – )

  8. Regality (aka The Quing) says

    Excuse me, but would everyone please get out of my cottage! 😉

    I wonder who made the lamp. And the bed “pillows” are funny!

  9. Jane Franks says

    Hi Susan: We love Carmel! So many adorable cottages there. Love the Tuck Box. My husband is an artist and sold his his paintings in a gallery there for several years in the 1970’s and 1980’s! We spent part of our honeymoon in Carmel! Lovely little town. Did you know that Clint Eastwood was once the mayor, and owned a restaurant called the Hogsbreath Inn. We visited it then. That was the 1980’s!! Fun memory.
    Jane xo

    • Oh, I do remember that now, that he was once mayor. I’ve been there once, many years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about the area with all the historic cottages and only saw the beach area. I want to go back and walk along the sidewalk and see those wonderful homes in person.

      • Jane Franks says

        I love the all white interiors with pops of color. Thanks for sharing these photos. Makes me want to book a holiday to a coastal city, not East right now though! You would just adore walking the streets and looking at all the cute cottages and courtyards. Dozens of courtyards and gorgeous flowers. Hope you get to go back there, Susan! And if you do, don’t miss Monterey, just up the coast. Maybe you’ve already been there. So much “old California” history and John Steinbeck Cannery Row, a wonderful aquarium, tons of harbor seals and otters, great seafood! Robert Louis Stevenson lived there at one time, and rumor has it (especially in Monterey!) that much of his inspiration for Treasure Island came from wandering around the area. Well, that’s my bit of travel history for today!! LOL

  10. Hi! I think the roses might be Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors. I can’t grow it here in Michigan, although I’v tried. The color changes with age of the flower…coral, red, yellows, etc. My sister-in-law, in MO, grew huge bushes. Might be a southern, warm weather lover.

    • Jane Franks says

      They grow in Santa Fe, too, Linda. Just gorgeous. I didn’t know their name. Very appropriate! Thanks for that bit of information!

  11. Margaret Robinson says

    Ha, ha……………..a fine day to put these photos on your site – it’s pouring rain here; we’ve got almost all the lights on and it’s really dark outside. So much for sunshine in Carmel and surrounds!

    That house was on the Christmas Tour in Carmel within the last several years and it’s way bigger than it may look. The building that was at one time a pitiful single car garage (yes, a single car garage if you’re lucky and very small closets are signature Carmel Cottages), but now is a guest house I think.

    Thanks for bringing us the sunshine! MMR

  12. Hi SuSan !

    Adorable! Love the brick walk way and arbor!!

    Paula 🙂

  13. Carmel is one of those towns in California that are just a dream to stroll through. It would be so fun to live there but alas, it’s just that….a dream. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I love the brickwork on the paths and the garden beds eith short retaining walls…so beautifully laid out.

  15. I love Carmel and it is our favorite go-to spot for just the two of us once or twice a year. Thanks for the breath of fresh air… in Chicago.

  16. I also love the entry and the roses are gorgeous! A wonderful cottage.

  17. Luv this home!!
    The only thing I see right off I would personally want to make a change to is the wood decking off the kitchen.
    A home like that needs something better looking. jmo

    Thanks so much for sharing this one.

  18. Lived in the Bay area for 15 years and Carmel always merited a weekend or two. The art galleries alone make me swoon and who doesn’t love strolling past those cottages. I often felt bad for the locals having to share their gorgeous town with the hordes of weekend visitors. I do think the climbing roses are either Pinata or perhaps Joseph’s Coat. PS. did you know that heels over 2 inches are actually illegal in Carmel. Happily it’s a law not enforced-although for sticklers you can stop by city hall and get a free permit!

  19. Susan, I think this cottage seems to harbor “joy and love within”. Wonderful Saturday warmer! I’ve admired your floors and would love to know more about them. ☕️ Sheila

  20. Merri Jo Schaubroeck says

    I always enjoy viewing beautiful homes, but this one evoked such emotion…it really struck a “home of my dreams” chord in me. It may have something to do with the fact that it is in one of the “dreamiest” locations. I have stayed a stone’s throw from this captivating cottage. The fairytale element of this home will never change–I could never afford it even in my wildest dreams! 😉 Thanks for sharing a chance to dream, Susan!

  21. We did the integrated appliances in our kitchen and I luv them more every day…course, if they were in a cottage in Caramel…I might luv them even better!! 🙂 franki ps we, too, are getting hammered…three inches of ice last night and the 50 mph winds are howling and blowing snow…bring on the beach!!!

  22. I love Carmel. We try to visit every other year…this is our year and the homes their are so beautiful. It’s like living in a fairytale with rounded and dutch doors among mossy and beautiful gardens. I can’t think of a more beautiful place! Loved your post!

  23. Susan this wee cottage is perfection! Thank you for sharing it.

  24. Wow, what a great Carmel home.

  25. I love it. I do believe people are liking smaller, cozier houses. But it could just be me since we downsized. ha! I think I could live in this petite maison.

  26. My husband and I honeymooned at Carmel by the Sea . . . ages ago! I love that quaint city and this cottage is adorable and quite expensive I’m sure.
    Thank you for sharing Susan.

  27. Carmel is such an awesome place and that cottage and the gardens are just beautiful!

  28. Love this cottage…wish I could get a floor plan.

  29. Orchid Girl says

    Absolutely adorable ♥ It belongs exactly where it is. I love the northern California coast and its amazing cottages!

    Thanks for the post Susan 🙂

  30. Karen E. says

    Looks are deceiving…that house is huge!! Amazing use of space. Beautiful.

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