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October 18, 2012 / Linda Hartong


“My wild Irish Rose, the sweetest flower that grows.You may search everywhere, but none can compare with my wild Irish Rose.”

Irish Rose is one of the newer cottages in Carmel.  She is lovely in any light, but seems to prefer Carmel fog.

Her owners obviously love her and lavish her with quality details. Unique windows




And copper gutters .

She sits across the street from the Jay’s Nest which I am photographing today.

I decide to enter the gate.

I ring the door bell and when no one responds , put my card under the knocker.

A Scarab beetle observes me from above the door. I stare for a while until I am sure he is not real.

I exit and take some shots from outside the wall. Such a pretty house. I love the complex roofline and the slate tiles.

The iron gate is ornamented with shamrocks.

A Carin has been constructed out of stones, driftwood and even a feather. Cairns are used as a memorial or landmark.

I can see a mulched path along the front. 

At the corner a bench provides a small resting spot

From which to watch the action at the bird feeders.


Colorful plantings

And small birdhouses add to the charm.



I leave, determined to find out more about this home when I am back in Carmel again.


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  1. Sue / Oct 18 2012 10:58 pm

    This one is wonderful. Makes me want to add more bird feeders and flags. The attention to detail by the owners is inspiring as is yours.

  2. Gretta Faun / Oct 18 2012 11:45 pm

    Charming cottage.

  3. Carolyn / Oct 18 2012 11:51 pm


  4. Linda Floyd / Oct 18 2012 11:55 pm

    This house was built by my contractor Jack Keenan, who did Biddlestone Cottage. The Roses came and toured Biddlestone and hired him on the spot…also, he is the same contractor that helped with my designs for Jay’s Nest, across the street from Irish Rose Cottage! Small world!

    Lovely blog and beautiful pictures of Irish Rose Cottage,
    Linda Floyd

  5. Inspired and pretty / Oct 27 2012 1:35 am

    What a beautiful home and photos Linda. The garden is lovely. Oh, I would love to see inside the house now !

  6. Jenny Rose / Nov 9 2012 10:03 pm

    Thank you for taking the photos of our home Linda. Give us a call Linda and we will take you on a tour. It was a real surprise to see the note on our front door from Jo-Ann the realtor for our neighbors who are selling across the street.
    We had a lot of fun planning our home. My parents, grandparents and great uncle lived there since 1927. I remember coming to visit my grandma when I was 6. When my parents passed away we decided to keep the home but it was in such disrepair that we needed to start from scratch and build our own history here. We took it slow and wanted to design the home with much detail.
    We love it and are thankful for our 2 bedroom home but it really isn’t a home without all the visitors we have and our kids and grandkids.

  7. vvaughnvmg / Apr 18 2013 12:28 am


    I am designing and building the new web site for the builder of this home and also the builder of Ms. Floyd’s home “Bittlestone Cottage” Jack keenan and I would be honored if we can re-post your Blog on his web site and also provide a direct link to your Blog while roviding you full credit. Your photos and descriptions are so beautiful and raw . I would be grateful to share them as often as I can! Please contact me with to discuss in more detail

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