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The GREEN COTTAGE, a Romantic Waterfront Get-Away for Two, on Morro Bay

Bedrooms 1
Space 895 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

For nearly 100 years, I have sat at the water’s edge on Morro Bay. I am a romantic guest hideaway for lovers … lovers of nature, art, thought, books, wine, adventure, discovery, solitude and soul, but especially for those who love and love to nurture themselves.

There are no jangling phones, blaring TVs, traffic sounds or other intrusions. Instead, I offer you the rare opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, and quiet. You will hear the distance sound of waves crashing on the beach, and the shorebirds as they forage for food in front of my deck. I am your refuge and your retreat for exploring all that is around me, and all that is within you.

Every house has a story. I invite you to visit, and become part of mine.

As you approach the first gaze upon my small green façade and begin to think of the potential that awaits now just out of sight. We both, you and I, stand on the edge of transformation … for we are about to begin a memorable experience with one another.

I have a tale to tell, my very own…won’t you come inside awhile and help me sing my song?

I may be just a small beach cottage, but step through my purple entry and you’ll be welcomed by an eclectic mixture of art and antiques collected by my family over three generations and lovingly displayed to create a romantic and intimate environment to inspire you during your stay.

I have seen and heard many things in my four score and 15 years. Like all places where people dwell, there is a spirit here that has been shaped by the personalities, conversations, and temperament of those who have spent time within my walls. I have been occupied by children, parents and grandparents.

My family has studied for tests and entrance exams here, and baked more pies than you can imagine. My visitors have included travelers, adventurers, famous authors and song writers, renown painters, one of America‘s most celebrated outdoor photographers, naturalists, newlyweds … and by my owners’ generations of artists and lovers of life. All of their presence lingers in the air, and invites you to both partake and contribute your own essence to my evolving character.


Single level waterfront cottage, 895 sq. feet

Private dock (one of only 4 on the bay)

Wireless internet

iBoom iPod speaker dock

California king bed, lots of pillows and blankets

Fiber artist-made king quilt and quilted pillow shams

Private room with day bed and writing desk

38” flat screen HDTV with Blue Ray DVD player (NO CABLE TV)

Collection of over 400 movie DVDs: old classics, thrillers, mysteries, musicals, drama, animated, BBC, A&E, documentaries, Academy Award winners, comedy, sci-fi and history

Small library of fiction and non-fiction, lots of short stories

Hiking and trail books and maps

DVD on the history of Hearst Castle

DVD on the history of the Morro Bay National Estuary

Fully equipped kitchen for gourmet cooking


Full size stove and oven

French Press

Milk frother

Coffee grinder


Crockpot, with cookbook

Red wine glasses

White wine glasses

Romanian crystal wine glasses (modern design)

Champagne flutes

Hand-etched martini glasses

Hand-thrown ceramic wine goblets

Romanian crystal water goblets (modern design)

Ice bucket

Cuisinart mini



Electric hand mixer

Cake and pie pans, cooling racks

15-piece hard-anodized aluminum cookware with

stainless steel handles and tempered glass lids

Lots of knives (my husband keeps them very sharp!)

Kitchen scale

Binoculars for bird watching

'Tidelog', a graphic tide almanac with NOAA information

Large deck with wicker settee, patio dining table and 4 chairs

Large patio table umbrella

Propane BBQ, full and ready to go

Antique oak dining table and four chairs

Soap, shampoo and conditioner dispensers in shower

Hair dryer

Bathroom scale

Local freshly roasted, ground coffee provided

Rich assortment of linens including napkins & placemats, kitchen towels, runners and aprons

Plush bathroom towels

Iron and ironing board

Parking – free, private off-street parking

Private garden with 100 varieties of fragrant roses, with seating

Great kayaking, windsurfing, surfing and sailing location - bring your kayaks or rent them nearby

Hiking trails within walking distance

Abundant shorebirds, including Grebe, Pelican, Egret, Heron, Loon, Brant, Godwit, Curlew, Bufflehead and more

Tide pools and estuary

I am halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, quietly sitting between the Pacific Ocean and the rolling hillsides of open ranchland, in the small town of Los Osos. Nestled along the southern tidal estuary of Morro Bay, I sit on the smog-free coast of Central California. I'm just 20-minutes from San Luis Obispo through lush agricultural and cattle grazing countryside.

Get away from your fast-paced world. VISIT -- Take a deep breath of clean, clear ocean air. STAY -- Life is too short to rush through. PLAY -- like a local: frolic on the water, hike in the hills, sample some great wines and just sit quietly and watch nature unfold around you.


More Details

Pandora Nash-Karner
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Pandora Nash-Karner

The Cottage has been in our family for two generations. We have lived on the bay for almost four decades and love it, and love to share it with others. The Cottage was originally built to shelter the duck hunters and fishermen who were attracted here, but it was soon bought in the 1950's by our parents and was used as a residence while they built their dream home next door. The Cottage has been our family's guesthouse since then and we've recently made it available as a vacation rental. The charm as a family retreat has been retained through the complete refurbishing received in 2009. We have designed the Cottage to provide our guests with the perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in the Central Coast experience. We are not the Hyatt (on purpose!) -- just the opposite. We provide a unique EXPERIENCE to our guests. We want them to feel they are staying in their favorite aunt's beach cottage while she is away sailing through the South Seas, and she left them the keys to her special place and her prized possessions. What our guests won't find here are ringing phones, blaring TV or fax machines, or lists of rules permanently affixed to the walls -- all by design. We we do provide wireless internet service and a 38' HDTV for watching DVDs, plus over 400 DVDs to choose from. We want the cottage to provide guests with the ability to ESCAPE the fast-paced world. We've tried to provide everything we can think of to make our guests feel pampered and comfortable. And if ever they need anything, we are happy to make sure they have it within minutes. Come see why we have over 170 5-star reviews.

Pandora Nash-Karner purchased this cottage in 1950

Why Pandora Nash-Karner chose Los Osos

The Green Cottage has been a private guest house for our family for over 6 decades. When it is not used by the family, it is available for visitors. Come see why so many people think it is so special.

What makes this cottage unique

The bay is part of the National Estuary Program, as well as a designated bird sanctuary. There are many places nearby to view birds, including a private dock. Morro Bay is an important stopover on the Pacific Flyway and winter home to numerous bird species. The north coast area of San Luis Obispo County is a haven for artists, wine and food aficionados, water sports enthusiasts, antique collectors, hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and people who appreciate quiet, undiscovered get-away locations. When the lure of open spaces calls you, follow winding country roads to award-winning vineyards for wine tasting, or to grassy hilltops for a picnic overlooking the Pacific. Beautiful Hearst Castle is just 35-minutes away, and beyond that is the splendor of the Big Sur coastline.

San Luis Obispo's initials -- SLO -- precisely describes the speed a visitor should use in examining the area's treasures and pleasures. Go to fast and you'll miss of the off-the beaten path venues hidden back in the hills and canyons like the Pozo Saloon, See Canyon apple farms, Tibor Canyon organic olive oil Ranch or the charming town of Harmony, with a population of 15.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Los Osos, California

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 895 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • A well-lighted bathroom with great views of the water, plush towels and a step-in shower with shampoo, conditioner and body soap.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wooden decking
  • 4 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • limited accessibility
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
iBoom clock radio with iPod speaker dock. What our guests won't find here are ringing phones, blaring TV or fax machines -- all by design. We have great cell phone coverage and provide wireless internet service. The Green Cottage has a 38' HDTV for watching DVDs (NO TV), plus 411 DVDs to choose from or bring your own. We've just added a Blue Ray player.


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The GREEN COTTAGE, a Romantic Waterfront Get-Away for Two, on Morro Bay
average rating of 4.9889503 based on 181 reviews

Heaven on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our time at the Green Cottage. This is a place for nature lovers. The setting is serene and we spent many hours out on the deck watching the great variety of birds plus seals, sailboats and kayakers. The cottage is spotlessly clean and filled with lovely artwork which makes it feel like a home rather than a rental. The bed is extremely comfortable, especially with the high quality linens provided. We love to cook and were very pleasantly surprised to find this the best equipped kitchen we've ever seen in a vacation rental. There are some kitchen gadgets I'll be getting for my own kitchen! For those that prefer not to cook, Los Osos has a very nice variety of restaurants within minutes of the cottage. And within less than an hour are dozens of excellent restaurants and some of the best wineries in the world in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. Another pleasant surprise is the wealth of books provided on everything from local history to bird watching, hiking guides, exploring San Luis Obispo County, etc., etc. The owner, Pandora, is an exceptional host who loves to share this beautiful place with others and make it a memorable experience. She was always availalble to answer any questions or provide information on local happenings, tours, etc. This is one of the best experiences we've ever had and we can't wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: 07/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Green Cottage on Morro Bay is the perfect place for a holiday. The weather is wonderful year round and the location is always the picture of tranquility. The cottage is spotless, comfortable, and very well maintained. All the amenities are provided and readily available. All is provided as described, and then some. The bed felt like we were sleeping on a cushion of air, waking each morning refreshed and ready for another day away from the cares of this world.

There are so many options for exploring the natural world around the bay. We canoed over to the dunes, stopping every now and then to watch the seals, and then strolled along the ocean, seeing hardly another soul the entire time. We ran some of the many trails up the nearby peaks and the views were phenomenal. When we were tired, we retreated back to the cottage and indulged in a few of the scores of movie options available, taking breaks to watch the sea birds and colors of day fading.

Morro Bay is a lovely little sleepy seaside wonderland, with great coffee shops and restaurants to nourish the body. Just around the corner is the blossoming Paso Robles vineyard scene. Wild Horse is one of our favorites. Not to forget, for the beer lover, is the Firestone Walking Brewery with amazing beer and great food.

All in all, it is hard to imagine a better place for a vacation. The hosts are amazing and attentive. I would absolutely recommend the Green Cottage to anyone and everyone looking for a quiet get-away.

  • Review Submitted: 19/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Glen for describing our area through your eyes. Yes, nature IS here. All you have to do is come visit and enjoy. And, of course, there are hundreds of artists, galleries, performing arts centers, Hearst Castle, trails, trails, trails, beaches with long sweeping vistas without people and over 300 wineries. We look forward to your next visit!
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Everything we wanted and didn't know we needed

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased with the cottage from the location, the view, the amenities and the hosts. We were greeted with beautiful flower arrangements, coffee and fixings, yogurt and fruit. Our hosts Pandora and Gary were as interesting and creative as the professions that have chosen for them selves. We look forward to coming back!

  • Review Submitted: 13/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our Cottage seems to attract the perfect guests. There's just something about it, and the description (in first person from the point of view of the Cottage speaking for herself) and the location, that intrigues people who want a peaceful, quiet retreat. We don't have TV or cable. On purpose. We do have over 400 DVDs to choose from. The Cottage contains original artwork, panoramic photos by a nationally famous photographer, oil paintings, handmade baskets and ceramics, a host of antiques, and a king size handmade quilt. Why? Because we want our guests to feel they are "coming home." We have a view that is breathtaking, and shore birds right outside the Cottage's waterfront door, and the sounds of distant surf just across the dunes. We don't house a cast of thousands, but just two or three people who want quality time with themselves and with nature. We have our favorite return guests, and this guest will be among them. They were engaging, lively, fun, and treated the Cottage as if it was there own. We love that. So does the Cottage. Come see why so many people return every year.
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Bayside Beauty!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is such a lovely find. Beautifully appointed and cozy, you can't beat the location on the shores of Morro Bay, and it's close to San Luis Obispo with lots of things to do nearby. Quiet and peaceful, its the ideal place to restore your soul and commune with nature. I'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 30/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The is one of our "champion guests!" She has visited for years and books a year in advance for 3-4 trips each year. It is so nice to know the Green Cottage provides the peace, quiet, privacy and calm that people are seeking. It says a lot about the Green Cottage, and even more about our guests.
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A magical place for a gettaway

  • 5 of 5

I have to confess this is not my first stay at the little green cottage, but every time I visit it still feels magical. It is hard to imagine a more charming and cozy place to stay!!

  • Review Submitted: 10/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you James. As you know we do everything possible to make the little Green Cottage magical, starting from being spotless! Then we have added antiques, handmade quilts, art, flowers, fresh fruit and oh — the is spectacular! It's fun to have our return guests exclaim, "hey, that painting is new...", because it means they love the Cottage as much as we do.
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The perfect bayside retreat!

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed many times at the Green Cottage on Morro Bay, and I will be coming back again! It is a perfect place to enjoy the many activities in the surrounding areas, or just veg out on the deck and soak up the views across the bay. Heaven!

  • Review Submitted: 03/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We LOVE our return guests! We get to know them, and know what they like and interests them. Then we can refer them to events and activities that might intrigue and inspire them. This guest has visited many, many times over the years. We are delighted she finds the Green Cottage her, "happy place" and calls it, "heaven." She should know.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Sea Pines Golf Resort
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sea Pines Golf (Los Osos) & Morro Bay Golf Course
Nearest Train
12 Miles
San Luis Obispo
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Several in Baywood and Los Osos
Car: necessary

Tide Pools, Hearst Castle, Wineries, Lighthouses, Elephant Seals, Artist Village, Morro Rock, Museums, Butterfly and Bird Watchers paradise, SLO Botanical Garden, Montaña De Oro State Park, Estero Bluffs State Park, Cayucos State Beach, Limekiln State Park, Los Osos Oaks State Reserve, Morro Bay State Park, Pismo State Beach, Oceano Dunes, W.R. Hearst Memorial Beach and Cal Poly University.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Los Osos, California

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee AU$133.17 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$332.93

Nightly: $285/2-night minimum, 3-night minimum on holidays plus $100 cleaning fee.
Weekly: $1785, plus $125 cleaning fee.
Monthly: $5985, plus $150 cleaning fee.
Additional guest: $40 per night
Refundable security deposit: $250
12% San Luis Obispo County Occupancy tax (SLO County Transient Occupancy Tax ID#0001171)
50% deposit required to hold reservations or you may "Book It Now" and pay up front.
No smoking. No pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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