The Gate House- Carmel’s Mystery Cottage
The Gatehouse cottage occupies four Carmel lots. Each time I go by I look for some new way to photograph this lovely home. Enclosed by a fence and dense planting, I love it when the owners leave a gate ajar or when they must trim back the plantings.
“The origin of this cottage remains veiled in mystery. Some say once served as a servant’s quarters of a large estate. Other belive it was built by an old sea-captain after he was no longer able to go to sea. Still others believe it was built by Charles Van Riper an author and real estate developer. The main cottage was built in the 1940’s.”Linda Leigh Paul
The Gate House has become the “Gate House Complex” during the 15 years we have been in Carmel.When I first discovered it on one of my “walkabouts” it consisted of the main cottage shown above.
Then another guest cottage was added
And still another
I must admit that on the day the photo below was taken, I gave the partly open gate a little nudge and then knelt in the gravel path to get this photo of the house and its lush summer garden.
This could be what heaven looks like to a gardener like myself.
Sweet alyssum, catnip , deep purple heliotrope and yarrow spill over the path leading the way to the Adirondack chairs place in a companionable circle. Roses clamber over a trellis and add vertical interest as rose standards. An exuberant vine drapes itself from the small balcony off the upstairs bedroom. Can you see that tiny stone pot of yellow pansies on the table? Take a minute to listen to the bees humming and smell all the mingled scents.
Yup, this is heaven all right.
The two-story design of the main house has a small balcony off the bedroom. All of the stone on the facade is locally quarried.
I have never been inside this cottage but I found these photos on flickr where I have a photo stream. They are from a woman whose parents live in Carmel and she has given me permission to share them with you. Her flickr name is lookiloos. photoset.gne