The Ranch House at Garzas Creek - theranchhouseatgarzascreek

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Discover an Historic Treasure

Enjoy Carmel Valley's historic rustic elegance!

Check out http://www.vrbo.com/189381 for more information and to check calender for availability.  Or call Colleen Marquez, Family Partner, at 925-280-1034.

Rustic Elegance of the 1930's - California style.
Check out http://www.vrbo.com/189381 for more information and to check calender for availability. Or call Colleen Marquez, Family Partner, at 925-280-1034.

Carmel Valley's "Little Ahwahnee"

Lovingly preserved and freshly restored, this rustic beauty sparkles! Architecture is reminiscent of Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel, with cathedral ceilings, stripped redwood beams, and 4 river rock fireplaces. This idyllic retreat was built in 1930 by Pebble Beach residents, Grace and Paul Veeder to relax and entertain guests. Cherished by our 5 family generations as a private hideaway home, The Ranch House is now offered as an exclusive, executive family retreat that today's multiple generations can treasure as they enjoy precious time together. Exquisite kitchen, 3 bedrooms / 2 quaint bathrooms (pedestal tub/shower in the guest suite and a candlelit fireplace shower in the master suite) with custom furnishings throughout. Careful preservation and upgrades adorn this historic treasure. Just 15 minutes from Carmel, and its coastal fog, The Ranch House at Garzas Creek soaks in Carmel Valley sunshine most of the year. Minutes away to golf, horseback riding, shopping, fine dining, & wine tasting.

Comfortably sleeps 6 - 8, and can accomodate larger groups with our sofa sleepers and trundle.  Call for details!


Grace Thralls Veeder - Founder and Carmel Valley Pioneer, 1926

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Ranch House slide show

Welcome!
Welcome!

The new and original hand-carved latches and custom iron work adorn The Ranch House gates and doors.  From the moment you walk through the gate, you will be transported in time to old time rustic elegance. 


Carmel Valley oaks frame The Ranch House entrance
Carmel Valley oaks frame The Ranch House entrance

Enjoy the whimsical charm of the ancient oaks.


Carmel Valley Sunshine!
Carmel Valley Sunshine!

Carmel Valley sunshine soaks through the oak studded forest.


Winter leaf drop at The Ranch House
Winter leaf drop at The Ranch House

Every day, millions of leaves fall from the trees - leaving a beautiful array of color on the lawn.  Thanks to our hardworking team: Alberto and our Dad, Tim Condon, the leaves are raked and gathered away to provide a neat and tidy welcome to our guests. 

Soon all the leaves will be gone, and spring will come!  Yeah!


1930 "drawing" of the back terrace .. as it was.
1930 "drawing" of the back terrace .. as it was.

It still looks much as it did back then!  Only better than ever before!


Fully Fenced Yard
Fully Fenced Yard

A gracious lawn and fully-fenced yard invite families to spend relaxing time out of doors, while being in the midst of the wooded creekside Carmel Valley.


A Carmel Valley Welcome!
A Carmel Valley Welcome!

Our doors are open!  We look forward to hosting you at The Ranch House at Garzas Creek, where old time charm meets the conveniences of today.


Step by step to the Creekside Gazebo
Step by step to the Creekside Gazebo

Bring your coffee and a book, or talk with a friend at the gazebo.  We've added lights to make it sparkle (see further picture), so it is a beautiful way to enjoy a romantic evening, too!


Picture yourself here!
Picture yourself here!

Sit and soak in some Carmel Valley sunshine!


Our custom-made Gazebo Gate
Our custom-made Gazebo Gate

New redwood gates with hand-forged iron detail open to invite guests to the redwood Gazebo overlooking the seasonal Garzas Creek.


The Ranch House view from the Gazebo
The Ranch House view from the Gazebo

Bring out a book and stay awhile!


The Ranch House view from the Gazebo
The Ranch House view from the Gazebo
River rock path leads from The Ranch House to Gazebo.
StarLight, StarBright!
StarLight, StarBright!

Make a wish under the Star tonight!  The StarLight Gazebo was recently lighted to add festive ambiance to the creekside conversation area.  What could be more romantic?!


View of the Creek from the Starlight Gazebo
View of the Creek from the Starlight Gazebo

The "swimmin' hole" has filled in with the wonderful winter rains.  Too cold to swim in now, but by Easter, this will be a fun wading pool for water safe kids, grateful dogs, and hardy adults.


The Garzas Creek is flowing!
The Garzas Creek is flowing!

Winter rains have arrived, bringing with them the much-awaited Garzas Creek!  Even Barrington Bear is excited!


1930 Kitchen - the way it used to be..
1930 Kitchen - the way it used to be..

Although charming for 1930, The Ranch House kitchen has never looked better than it does today, with all the conveniences and room to please the most discriminating cook.


Rise and Shine in this fabulous new kitchen!
Rise and Shine in this fabulous new kitchen!

Hear the sizzling bacon?  Smell the waffles? Our well-appointed kitchen invites you to make and serve wonderful meals to your family and friends.  Some of our favorite things:  Festive Fiestaware dishes, fun farmhouse animal waffle iron, electric skillet, electric plate warmer, wine refrigerator, ultra quiet dishwasher.


Coffee station and Granny's Coop in background
Coffee station and Granny's Coop in background

There is even a grinder ready for your freshest brew!


Pub table in kitchen with view into Great Room
Pub table in kitchen with view into Great Room

Even the cooks can have company (and helpers!) with the welcoming pub seating in the kitchen.  The Ranch House kitchen is roomy enough for lots of helpers and friends!


Granny's Coop
Granny's Coop

Light a fire in the wood stove and play cards or enjoy conversation in Granny's Coop!


Kitchen as seen from Granny's Coop
Kitchen as seen from Granny's Coop
Notice the original bread oven (now just decorative) built into the River Rock fireplace in the Great Room.  Bar area in kitchen is to the left.
Granny's Coop - Leather conversation area
Granny's Coop - Leather conversation area

This is the smaller of our two living room areas.  Here you can use the writing desk (to the left), and watch TV on the new 42" Flatscreen. 


Granny's Coop - view from the writing desk
Granny's Coop - view from the writing desk

The corner round table seats five, and is perfect for small groups, casual meals, and card games.


Original Twig Dining Table from 1930
Original Twig Dining Table from 1930

Custom made for The Ranch House in 1930, this special table seats up to 10. 


1930 The Great Room as it used to be..
1930 The Great Room as it used to be..

Many of the original twig furniture and Native American artifacts still adorn The Ranch House today.  This is an historic treasure!


The Great Room today!
The Great Room today!

Warm and inviting, The Ranch House is the ideal place for family and friends to relax and retreat!


Pool by fireside
Pool by fireside
There's a little something for everyone here at The Ranch House!
The Great Fireplace 2008
The Great Fireplace 2008
Hearth warming and inspiring.... A great romance is waiting to happen here at The Ranch House at Garzas Creek!
The mantle is all dressed for Christmas!
The mantle is all dressed for Christmas!

Christmas is coming!  All ready to hang your stockings for Santa!


Even Santa visited The Ranch House!
Even Santa visited The Ranch House!

What a bounty of goodness Santa brought the children this year!  The Ranch House is one of Santa's favorite stops!


Time to play!
Time to play!

Both young and old will enjoy playing pool in the Great Room. 


Skylights above the pool table in the Great Room
Skylights above the pool table in the Great Room

Smaller flatscreen TV and BOSE sound system hides away in the corner cupboard so you won't miss the game while you play pool!


Great Room looking back into Kitchen
Great Room looking back into Kitchen

1930 Granny's room - as it was then
1930 Granny's room - as it was then

Wish we still had that beautiful bed!


Granny's Bedroom is The Master Bedroom
Granny's Bedroom is The Master Bedroom
Sign above the door reads, "Always Kiss Me Goodnight"!  Each bedroom offers 2 luxurious spa robes for your relaxing pleasure.
1930 - Granny's room as it was then
1930 - Granny's room as it was then

Granny's room with RiverRock candlelit fireplace
Granny's room with RiverRock candlelit fireplace

Old fashioned romance with new Sheraton Suite Sleeper bed.  What could be more inviting?


Original River Rock Fireplace in Granny's Bedroom
Original River Rock Fireplace in Granny's Bedroom
Light the candles, and set the stage for your romantic evening!
Romantic Fireplace in Bathroom
Romantic Fireplace in Bathroom

When was the last time you enjoyed a candlelit shower? All new fixtures with skylight in the bathroom make this a special place to get ready for your day. This fireplace bathroom adjoins Granny's Room and the Coop.


Bathroom with new pedestal tub
Bathroom with new pedestal tub

Radient heat floor, pedestal tub, and all new fixtures lend luxury to this rustic bath.


Rejuvenate here!
Rejuvenate here!

The "Lincoln Bedroom" features a private outside entrance with porch.  This North facing room is the favorite "sleeping in late" room.  Comfy Sweet Sleeper queen bed by Sheraton, bedside IHome clock/radio, ample reading lights, high thread count linens. Mahogany antiques and vintage patriotic curtains and decor lend a classic and comfortable feel to this special room. Wonderful!


Lincoln bedroom - second view
Lincoln bedroom - second view

Sweet dreams await you here!


The "Dog House" with 2 Bunk beds
The "Dog House" with 2 Bunk beds

This cozy room has 2 Bunk beds: a single over single over trundle on one, and a single over double futon on the other.  The electric fireplace heater adds to the warm ambiance of this fun room.  Both adults and children will love it here!


The Dog House right view
The Dog House right view

Here is a picture of the other Bunk bed, with the single over full futon. 


1930 picture of back terrace fireplace
1930 picture of back terrace fireplace

This fireplace still roars today!  Firewood is provided for you to enjoy the evening Old California Style.  Today, the hot tub has a view of the fireplace, too, for even more relaxation!


Bubbling Hot Tub with view of Garzas Creek
Bubbling Hot Tub with view of Garzas Creek

Even when the creek isn't running, this special spot has a wonderful view of the undeveloped forest.  Completely private, and completely relaxing!


Enjoy a romp in the Garzas Creek!
Enjoy a romp in the Garzas Creek!

After the Winter rains fill in the creek, and Spring settles in, the creek is ready for wading.  This is old fashioned fun that can still be enjoyed today at The Ranch House.


All Generations can enjoy family time together here!
All Generations can enjoy family time together here!

Three Generations out for a family hike on adjacent Garland Park.  Private, trailhead access to Garland Park is a unique benefit to staying at The Ranch House. 


The dirt road leading to The Ranch House makes an easy family stroll
The dirt road leading to The Ranch House makes an easy family stroll

So many wonderful photo opportunities are here right on property at The Ranch House.  Shutterbugs will have a field day capturing family memories in this undisturbed natural environment.  Be sure you bring your battery charger and extra memory cards with you!


California Poppies by Garzas Creek
California Poppies by Garzas Creek

A springtime "pot-o-gold", California Poppies adorn the creek bank near The Ranch House.


Over the river and through the woods!
Over the river and through the woods!

Just follow the humble dirt road as it winds through the oak studded forest and prepare to discover Carmel Valley's hidden historic treasure. 

We're certain The Ranch House at Garzas Creek will soon become your favorite vacation spot, too! 


Granny on her honeymoon in Bermuda - 1928
Granny on her honeymoon in Bermuda - 1928
Sorry, Granny, I know you wouldn't approve, but it is just too fun to keep to ourselves!

This is Marion "Dorothea" Veeder Condon - aka "Granny".  The life of every party. The light in every gathering.  Exceptional hostess. Devoted mother. Generous and adoring grandmother.  Happy early birthday!  July 6, 2009 would be your 105th! 

We love you, and know you are smiling in heaven, knowing we worked together to make The Ranch House a place for family, friends, and generations to enjoy and make memories.

Come home to The Ranch House at Garzas Creek

In the tradition of early California hospitality, 'come on in, and sit a spell.' Take a peek at the newest images of The Ranch House at Garzas Creek.

Do you like treasure hunts?

Imagine driving down Carmel Valley Road, turning to pass through a tunnel of majestic Eucalyptus trees, down the hill, over the river, past horses and houses, and onto a simple dirt road marked by a quiet sign.  The dirt road twists and turns for less than 1/4 mile, through a sunny forest of Oaks and Sycamore trees.  At the end of the road, a shining family treasure, handed down through five generations, awaits your discovery.   

The Ranch House is located 12 - 15 minutes east from Highway 1, along Carmel Valley Road.  Hidden away from the tourist crowds, The Ranch House is between Mid-Valley and the Carmel Valley Village, just down the road from Bernardus.


All the places to love are here, no matter where you may live. Welcome Home.

Original river rock fireplaces. Hand-stripped redwood beams. Rustic wooden door latches. Fully-equipped, new gourmet kitchen. Heated tile floors. Pool table. Darts. Hot tub. Firewood. Acres of hiking trails. Genuine California natural history. It's all here. Come experience the best of the past, with freshly renovated comfort and luxury of 2010!

Interesting fact: Shortly after The Ranch House was built in 1930 - America's "First" Great Depression, a kindly carpenter approached Paul and Grace Veeder - and offered his services in exchange for rent at The Ranch House.  For one year, "Joe" lived at The Ranch House, and embellished the rustic cabin with his handiwork - made from limbs and logs he cut and crafted on the property.  Today, we are inspired by this example of ingenuity and trade of services in the midst of difficult economic times.  Eighty years later, Joe's contributions to The Ranch House remain as treasures hewn from hard times.

Come to The Ranch House to see for yourself Joe's  touches that still adorn The Ranch House today.

We look forward to giving you and your family and friends an exquisite, Carmel Valley welcome at The Ranch House at Garzas Creek.

Regular Time: $550/night - 2 night minimum /  $2750 - 6 nights for price of 5

Premium Time: $700/night - 2 night minimum / $3500 - 6 nights for price of 5

(All rates add housekeeping fees and security deposits.)  

 

See "Joe's" work from the original sepia photos to today's color frames: the twig dining table and benches, the living room accent chairs, the dining room drawers, the rustic twig and wooden door latches, the great room fireplace mantle, and the cottonwood trim.  Treasures that have stood the test of time and hardship.


Grace Veeder relaxing at Ranch House with grandson, Tim Condon - 1939

Grace's daughter, Dorothea, and Maurice Condon on their happy wedding day, 1928

It's what our guests say that means the most...

1/27/2013 2:36:12 AM - 002077375860
The Ranch House was the perfect relaxing spot for our large extended family to gather during a beautiful wedding weekend. The close proximity to the Holman Ranch wedding venue was perfect and as others have said everything is as charming as the pictures suggest-really more so in person. The house is roomy and cozy at the same time and appeals to all ages with great leather furniture and antiques but also a large tv and pool table. We loved the outdoor fireplace and hottub under the stars. We wouldn't have changed a thing and are talking about the next time we can all get together there! Thompson's January 2013
2/21/2012 9:47:43 PM - 004084551181
This place was AMAZING!  I went with my family (mom, brothers, nephews), and we were delighted with the everything the Ranch House had to offer.  The Ranch House is authentic and beautiful.  It has a warm and unique feel with everything done so tastefully.  The pictures are exactly what it looks like (so actually being there is completely exciting).  The kids loved the creek, pool table, darts, and roasting marshmallows on the fireplace(s). We could have stayed there forever!  We also enjoyed feeding the horses, eating fresh eggs from the barn, and checking out all the other animals (ducks, rams, etc.).  Incredible.  The owner and staff were there for our every need, too.  

Truthfully, just as the pictures show.  A secret hideaway that we'll happily travel to again and again!  Can't wait!

The Chao Family
2/2012
9/5/2010 10:27:38 PM - 000062368479
We just got back from our first stay at the Ranch House. We were delighted to find such a lovely retreat for our family reunion. The common areas had something for everyone, and were awesome for just hanging out. The kids had non-stop fun: the tire swing, throwing rocks in the creek, feeding the chickens, playing tag in the front lawn, boardgames, and making smores. We did a short hike up to see the sheep; and we even got to see a demo of how the dogs herd them. We have some great memories from our short stay - one of my favorites was seeing my 7yr old son bond with his grandpa over a game of pool. We'll be back!

Lisa, Los Altos, CA
8/30/2010 2:00:19 AM - 000038523619
August 15-17, 2010 - We spent time at the Ranch House for a family get away. We were 4 adults and 5 kids (ages 2-15). We spent most of our time during our stay at the Ranch House enjoying the creek, the hot tub, making smores at the outdoor fireplace, and most of all relaxing in the quiet amongst the trees. We all agreed that the Ranch House is a home away from home. Even before we left, the kids wanted to know when we would be coming back. I highly recommend the Ranch House for your next family get away. Leslie S. Pleasant Hill, CA
6/29/2010 7:09:28 PM - 003040462127
June 8-10, 2010 I meet my spiritual mentor and coach twice a year in person for a 2-day retreat and this year, it was at the Ranch. What a wonderful location for quiet communion and natural beauty. There was absolutely nothing lacking in our care including a welcoming fire built the first night there to take the chill off. The ranch is a beautiful gift of solitude and warmth with all the conveniences needed. Thanks to Colleen, Gary and Lenore. Blessings, Peggy Noll
1/5/2010 2:15:31 AM - 003012886904
January 4, 2010. We stayed at the Ranch over New Years with our two Australian Shepherds. We had a lovely time. It was quiet and the fires in all the fireplaces kept us warm and cozy. If you are looking for a well restored cabin, look no further. The place is impecably done with many artistic details. I could find no fault with the place in any way. Beds were comfortable and hot t tub hit the spot. I highly recommend this place. It is not far from Carmel and the beach and is a little warmer. There are good restaurants in Carmel Valley. A much needed alternative on the Monterey Peninsula. Colleen is a dream to deal with and takes a personal interest in everything. It gets a 10! We'll be back. B Conrad, Hillsborough, CA
9/6/2009 3:43:30 PM - 002086476544
Dear Condon Family, Colleen, Karen, Glory & Tim,
Thank you for the wonderfilled time at the ranch house. The river was running and your creek pool alive and so refreshing. I thought of the sign post I first saw in Laguna Beach: it says, refresh and rest then travel on!
Visiting the ranch house with my adoptive California family is a gift that lasts; I feel like I have been blessed with a grafting to land and family. I have only felt this way in two other places, Deetjens Big Sur Inn and the Awanee Hotel at Yosemite. The power of place awakens me to feel an inner glow and a deep reverence for the call which can be heard in sacred places. Your ranch house family table (similiar to the naturally hewn table at Deetjens) welcomes a large group; several generations can gather with stories to tell and rites of passage to honor.
Each room draws you into its magic; I walked back in time and felt love and care spilling out from every nook and cranny. The house seemed to cradle me and give me hope for the future; your family's gift of this home to others makes it a sacred space and spiritual retreat. I hope to be blessed with future reunions there. The local California wine, the hand picked flowers from Glory's garden, the huge night fire we enjoyed (thanks to Raymond stoking countless logs!), and most of all the wishes and dreams told by the youngest generation offered a perfect moment in time. I hold you all in my heart! The ranch house is my first choice of a place to be restored in Carmel Valley. Next time I will try to spend more time visiting the horses. Thank you again.
Pamela Tarantino from Illinois
8/22/2009 5:36:11 AM - 002084534282
I rented the cabin this past weekend for my family and friends who were visiting Carmel for an engagement party my mother and father-in-law to be were throwing for my fiance and I. We had a group of 8 people and there was more than enough room for everyone! The house was cozy, spacious and wonderfully located. Colleen was so sweet and Gary the groundskeeper was great! Everyone who stayed has decided to make the Ranch House at Garzas Creek a must have for their next trip to Carmel! It has become a destination in it of itself! Thanks Colleen for helping us have such a special weekend!

Sincerely,

The Parra Family
6/30/2009 8:17:15 PM - 002076840289

I rented the cabin for my friends on the weekend of the Big Sur marathon. we had a group of 14 people and I was very concerned with having enough comfortable space. The cabin met and exceeded our expectations. Welcoming bottle of wine and fresh flowers, amazing grounds, killer outdoor fireplace, gourmet kitchen, hot tub with a view, every last detail is impeccable. Colleen is a delight to work with, the groundskeepers are sweethearts. I am thinking of making this trip a tradition.

Sincerely,

Oksana Walton

Burlingame, CA

3/16/2009 8:18:32 PM - 002060996902
This place is simply amazing and trumped all of my expectations. Our small company had a corporate retreat and took full advantage of the entertainment, giant outdoor fireplace, hot tub, and even had a few brave souls dip in the chilly creek which runs just steps away from the house. Inside and out the home is brimming with charm, history, and luxury.

We look forward to our next visit!

Ben Pearson
UI Foundry
Burlingame, CA
1/10/2009 12:30:26 AM - 002052558270

We greatly enjoyed your special Ranch House!  It was such a treat to get away to a spectacular spot for rest and relaxation!  The big fireplace and beautiful dining room table made our evenings memorable.  The Bedrooms were charming with Robes in the closet waiting for us upon arrival.  Our dogs loved the big fenced yard and treasured moments playing together outside under the big oak trees.

Colleen did an excellent job restoring the Cabin with antiques and pictures from the past.  The Cabin has everything you could ever need while on a weekend adventure! It features a rustic and romantic setting with candles and heated floors throughout. We felt blessed to have the opportunity to share quality time with our friends at such an incredible Cabin!   Thank you for making that possible.  We look forward to returning someday soon!

 

                                                                                                  

1/6/2009 2:42:11 AM - 002051488556
This beautiful and lovingly restored home is a truly unique treasure. It is the perfect mix of old world charm and modern amenities. We adventured, played board games by the fire, visited the horses, hiked in the hills, cooked great meals and ate them at the gorgeous dining table, and most of all, we created lasting memories that we will treasure always. Thank you for sharing such a special place with us. We would love to stay again!

The Hughes Family
Oakland, Ca
Santa Clara, Ca
Portland, Or
1/3/2009 8:54:04 PM - 002051339093
The Ranch House is truly the ideal of picturesque cozy comfort and hospitality.  Every detail is perfect, every desire anticipated.  Every moment is a decision on what part to enjoy next.  Is it cooking a meal in the amply tooled chef's kitchen?  A game in front of the huge river rock indoor fireplace?  Basking by the outdoor fireplace? A round of pool? Curling up to watch a movie in granny's coop? Stargazing in the spa?  The fairytale trails through redwoods and oaks dusted with Spanish Moss in Garzas park?  A soak in the deep porcealin tub - to step onto the heated tile floor?  And the hospitality! The spa was warmed and fire ready upon arrival-- wood supplied.  There was an answer to every question and a special guided trip to feed the beautiful ranch horses.  I only wish we could have stayed longer.

Daniella
Los Angeles, CA
12/23/2008 9:45:44 AM - 000039797844

December 15, 2008

Stunning? Exquisite? Mere words can't convey the hospitality of the accommodations,the serene Carmel Valley setting nor the significant history of the Ranch House at Garzas Creek.It must be seen and felt.The ambience is intoxicating. Michelin doesn't have enough stars.

  Michael & Monica, Almaden Valley, CA
12/2/2008 7:51:44 AM - 000039797844

11/19/08

 
The Ranch House is beautiful. We have been telling everyone we know about it since we got back into town. We would recommend it to anyone. It is the perfect location, close enough to the beach but secluded with a mountain feel. We spent time inside enjoying the fireplace and pool table but loved the fact that we could step outside to the fireplace, gazebo, spa or go hiking. We took advantage of the fully stocked kitchen...it was nice to not have to worry about bringing anything.
We would definately love to stay there again.
  Jillian & Mike, Clovis, California
10/21/08  
This is a unique and incredibly charming property that has clearly been a labor of love for the owners and shows in all of the thoughtful details. It is private, yet accessible to area locations, and its rustic beauty is breathtaking.
  margie s., san francisco, ca
10/17/08  
This house is amazing- absolutely beautiful and so unique, all the details are there and it is such a special experience. We brought four children, all under the age of 4, and they had a great time as well. Definitely the place to be in Carmel!!
  Anonymous, Walnut Creek, CA
10/06/08
The house was INCREDIBLE! We had such a wonderful time. The house was simply gorgeous!! The things that you bought are first class. It was very fun to be the first guests. We had a great family weekend. We hope to return soon!
  Alicia M.
Brentwood, CA

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