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March 6, 2011 / Linda Hartong

The Sea View Inn- A Carmel Bed and Breakfast

The Sea View Inn began as a suburban cottage built by M.J. Murphy for Abbie McDow and Amiee Jones in 1907. In 1924 the Stout sisters opened the property as a “bed and breakfast”.

It is a cozy retreat nestled in my residential neighborhood. I often walk by as I go to the beach. I hear the cheerful sounds of voices and clinking cutlery and china as I stroll past the porch.

I could not resist stepping up to take a shot. I wish this were my front porch. I would be sitting in one of those deck chairs reading a book . From the porch I can hear the surf and the seagulls call.  The beach is only about a 3 minute walk from the Inn ( depending on how many times I stop to photograph something on the way.)



Marshall and Diane Hydorn have been welcoming guests to the Sea View Inn since 1975. Guest rooms in this Victorian home are decorated with four-poster canopied beds and other antiques, Oriental rugs, fresh flowers and whimsical toys.  I quietly peeked over the top of the dutch door to get a glimpse of the entry.




As you can see this large Victorian house has three stories. The first floor has this wonderful entry  with its checkerboard floor, an inviting living room with a fireplace and lots of comfy seating and the kitchen and dining areas Deep-red-colored board-and-batten wainscoting accented by a plate rail displaying antiques and interesting bric-a-brac sets the welcoming mood for the living room and adjacent parlor where continental breakfast, afternoon tea and coffee, and evening wine and sherry are served. Both rooms are warmed by cozy fireplaces. Games, books, and magazines add a comfortable, lived-in feel.

The bedrooms are  on the 2nd and 3rd floors . The ones on the top floor are smaller and tucked cozily under the eves.


There is NO  TV in this Inn. That would be a huge plus for me. But there is free wireless internet ( another huge plus).

Early one morning , while the guest were breakfasting, I snuck around the side to see the garden at the back of the Inn –because what could be more inviting that a boxwood lined path leading to just a peek of garden. And this is the relaxing scene I took in.There was a brick patio surrounded by groomed boxwood, colorful plantings and seating.


The garden extends across the property and divided into several “rooms”.

Next to the Inn was this delightful gravel area with steamer chairs.






Perhaps the next time I stroll by, you will be a guest !






“This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men.”

Captain J. A. Hadfield





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  1. Carolyn / Mar 6 2011 9:09 pm

    Love all the window seats and those diamond pane windows. I’d take tea in those pretty wire chairs on the patio. Lovely potted evergreens and herbs – especially that tall spiral one. The style of the inn looks like it could be in Asheville, though no sea view there!

  2. Monica de Moss / Mar 6 2011 9:52 pm

    So, when I win the lottery, I can stay at that B&B while I shop for a home 🙂

    It looks so inviting

  3. Carol / Mar 6 2011 10:58 pm

    Beautiful photos and beautiful writing– brought me right into Carmel and all that I love about the town. Now I have to track down all these homes to see for myself!


  4. jeanette sclar / Mar 7 2011 9:29 pm

    The Stealth bomber has nothing on you! What fantastic interiors!

  5. Sandy Mansfield / Mar 9 2011 5:58 pm

    What a wonderful post! I felt like I was right beside you as you sneaked around at this gorgeous place. 😉

    I’ve always admired the courage it must take at times to get the perfect shot!

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