Our weekend getaway to Karen’s Tuscan retreat was unforgettable. Her beautiful home made the perfect setting to gather with our friends and family to celebrate our wedding weekend in Big Sur. The 360 degree mountain views were breath taking and the property was just magical. Karen’s warm and welcoming hospitality shows in her home, and when you stay here you can’t help but feel right at home. My family is already talking about making this an annual getaway! The pictures really do not do it justice we were amazing when we arrived. She left us the most delicious wine made from their vineyard and showed us around the property, she was nice enough to check in and make sure we had enough water and everything. Do yourself a favor and stay at the Tuscan retreat!
We enjoyed this Tuscany retreat a lot! Karen’s attention to detail was very impressive and truly accommodate every age group including my mini Schnauzer! The sunrise and sunset view was majestic with different grade of shades reflect in the layers of mountain. We also enjoyed the full body of K-Syrah 2012.
Our family of four had a terrific stay at the Tuscan Retreat. The property was immaculate, the scenery spectacular and the house had everything we needed. Karen was great to deal with, very responsive and helpful. We would love to return.
This place is MAGICAL!!!! We arrived and stayed there the whole time.
Absolutely Beautiful.. I had all my grown daughters, and my grandchildren, we cooked, HUGE open kitchen, laughed, swam… it was by far the best vacation yet!!
This place is a sanctuary… Everywhere you look, is just pure sweetness, lovely… Lots of sitting areas, Bird feeders, wind chimes.. We are planning our next week there!!
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers
This is a beautiful retreat property with everything you need to have an amazing stay. The owner is fabulous and adds that “special touch” to make your stay personal and memorable. The property, landscape and pool are all beautiful and the house is welcoming and warm with more than everything you need to enjoy your time. We stayed here with our adult children and had a great time hanging out and enjoying this really wonderful home and all the amenities including bocci ball, horseshoes, pool, hot tub, and cooking in the well appointed kitchen. Highly recommend this property!
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Girls Getaway, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway
This place is amazing! We appreciated the attentive, thoughtful host, Karen, and the home and property were even better than the photos portray. So much thought was put into making sure that guests enjoy themselves. All around the beautiful property were little sitting areas with amazing views, well maintained landscaping, and bird feeders. You can just sit (or lay in a hammock) and watch and listen to hummingbirds and many other kinds of birds. There is something for everyone to do–relax on a hammock or in the hot tub, swim in the pool, play bocce ball or horseshoes, walk around the vineyards, or just hang out in the cozy living room and watch a movie or play games. The kitchen and pantry are well stocked and spacious. You pretty much need to cook on this vacation, since you are not super close to restaurants, but we loved not driving anywhere and we had all that we needed there. I just kept thinking to myself, “THIS is the life!” It is sometimes hard to find a place that makes the kids, the parents AND the dog happy, and this place did just that. Thank you, Karen, for renting out your special place to us. 🙂
We sought out a vacation home where we could relax and with our family and dogs. We live near a ‘firework zone’ so it was so wonderful to get away from the noise and let all of us enjoy the holiday weekend. What we found when we arrived was beyond our expectations – gorgeous vistas everywhere, and the changing lighting kept us marveling at the beautiful views all around. We enjoyed humming birds, butterflies, a family of quail, bluejays, and more. The grounds are gorgeous and well maintained, and outdoors has a bocce ball court, tetherball, pool, hot tub, hammock (lovely), and the dogs had so much room to roam. We could tell a lot of love and planning went into creating this home.
I also want to mention Karen’s attention to detail – there was a welcoming sign on the foyer table for us as well as a large bowl of chocolate covered almonds, a bottle of KT Syrah and chocolates, vases of flowers in the guest rooms and dining room, pool toys and even bug spray (we are in nature). We felt like guests of a very gracious host. We plan to come back over the years – with so much to offer, this is a great home for children and dogs as well as adults.
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Pet-friendly, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway
We have just returned from Karen’s exquisite rental property, where we spent three nights with our grown children, grandchild and our two standard poodles. From the moment we entered the gate, we were just overwhelmed by the sights and sounds (i.e. birds, breezes) of this paradise. EVERYTHING is done so very tastefully yet not over-the-top decorated – just as a home, not a showplace. The home and property is spacious and the panoramic views of the local mountaintops are sweeping. Karen’s vineyard and orchard sit on the close-by hillside. We pretty much lived out by the pool. Our kids were married in Tuscany and the rehearsal dinner was at a long table on the deck overlooking the Tuscan hills, so Karen does not name this home lightly! We really felt we were revisiting the authentic Tuscan hillsides. The large and modern kitchen has everything you will need and then some. Even the spices and things like baking soda and powder were at our fingertips, so we didn’t have to forage out to buy minutia. In the cool evenings after dinner outside, we retreated to the living room and cuddled in the leather chairs and cozy throws. We saw unusual birds, and two members of the family are birders! There are hummingbirds, butterflies and bees dancing in the front garden she planted just for that purpose. At every sweet vista around the house, there are little sitting nooks. We didn’t even get down to the bocce ball, horseshoe area! The house is fastidiously clean and easy to keep so. We were concerned that being so remotely located (an hour from Carmel, but much closer to other amenities) that we would be restless, as we are used to the beach and small towns. NOT A PROBLEM. It was the first time our family gathered when no one reached for their iPhones/iPads. Did I mention the hot tub? I could go on and on. Thank you, Karen!
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers
I’ve been searching for a house like this for a long time. A place for family and friends we’d never want to leave. What got me? The 360 degree views of untouched rolling hills, the singing of the birds, a fully equipped kitchen and entertainment center and lots of opportunity for fun: pool, hot tub, bocce ball, BBQ, movies, hiking and biking trails. The beds are very comfortable. Karen is a warm and friendly hostess. Bring everything because you wont want to leave the house and its surroundings. We abandoned all plans to eat out. We’ll be back soon to enjoy the house and another bottle of K-T Vineyards wine made from the grapes on the property’s one acre vineyard. Delicious Syrah!
Recommended for: People with Disabilities, Families with Young Children, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers
Karen has a very beautiful home. The views are even better and more amazing than the pictures can show. It’s the perfect place to get away and just relax with family or friends. Everything was prepared for us, great instructions, firewood etc. When we arrived, a bottle of Karen’s own wine, from the grapes on the property, was waiting for us. It was delicious. Thank you Karen.