About this listing
This cozy space is located behind our main residence on 9 acres. It features knotty pine paneling, cork flooring, travertine bathroom, and new furnishings. The comfortable Lazyboy sofabed features 2 memory foam mattresses with plush topper and bedding. We are eco-friendly: using only natural cleaning and laundry products for those sensitive to chemicals, featuring natural fiber linens, and utilizing solar power for our electricity. Guest passes to Monterey Bay Aquarium are included ($100 value).
This space has previously been a full-time rental and an office. We have now created a wonderful place for visitors to use as their home base while exploring the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas areas (which are each about a 15 minute drive).
The kitchenette offers a small refrigerator (with access to a large freezer in the adjacent hallway), single burner hot plate, toaster oven, and coffee maker. There is a BluRay/CD player, receiver, and TV. An additional fold-out foam mattress may also be available at a minimal fee for one extra person; please inquire.
The suite has a private entrance and is self-sufficient. Guests are welcome to enjoy the patio and other outside areas. Please let us know if you'd like to have access to the hot tub; we use a natural enzyme system rather than chlorine and need to monitor its use.
Interaction with guests
We have lived in this location for 35 years, so we have a good knowledge of the area and are happy to share that with out guests. We can also offer expert information about agriculture and bicycling (both mountain and road).
San Benancio Canyon is in the "sun belt," just off Highway 68, about 8 miles from south Salinas, 12 miles from downtown Monterey, and 10 miles from the Laguna Seca Raceway event entrance. Our suite is only 1-1/2 miles from the Highway, making it convenient to multiple destinations while offering quiet, star-filled nights.
A car is ideal as the Monterey-Salinas transit stops are on Highway 68, 1-1/2 miles away. There is so much to see in the vicinity, you'll want to be able to move about freely.
Other things to note
Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck Center guest passes can be made available for your use; please inquire. Some discount wine tasting passes are also available.
You will be sharing the land with us, and we ask that you to be respectful of our home. No pets or smoking of any kind are allowed. Since we offer a non-toxic environment, we ask that you not use any colognes, perfumes, or other strong scents during your stay. Please understand that although our property has a secure history, owners are not responsible for any loss or damage to guests' personal property.
I enjoy traveling and sharing ideas, and also offer life coaching illuminated by ancient Chinese wisdom. My husband and I recently sold our ag-related business and are exploring new options for our future, including spending more time with our grandchildren. We have lived in the Monterey/Salinas area for 36 years and enjoy the moderate year-round weather and amazing scenery. There are plentiful restaurants, events, and activities to discover.
We prefer to rent vacation homes rather than hotels when traveling, and have had great experiences doing so. In 2012 alone, I rented 12 different private homes for various trips (seminars, weddings, family reunions, holidays, recreation). I have been an Airbnb user for several years, and am happy to be able to offer a great space to travelers to our special area. My experience in visiting other rentals has helped me to become aware of what makes a space comfortable and home-like, and I welcome our guests to share their feedback and suggestions.