Additional photographs taken at the Normandy Inn in Carmel, California - Known as the Manazanita Inn in Flaming Tree
A uniquely gnarled oak tree in front of the two-story cottage likely used as Aunt Elaine's cottage. The cottage consists of four guestrooms with two rooms on each floor. The entrance to cottage room 203 is located at the left rear of the cottage and was probably the inspiration for Kelsey's room. The unique shape of the oak tree in this photograph conjures much to the imagination and is certainly more gnarled and Poe-like, and it is possible that Phyllis figuratively transplanted this tree to the courtyard for use in the book.
A rear view of the cottage pictured above, looking up at room 203.
A view of the windows in cottage room 203 overlooking the oak tree in the courtyard below.
An interior view of cottage room 203 with its shuttered windows and gold-tiled fireplace. Through these windows, you can also view a glimpse of the ocean several blocks away.
A fireplace in cottage room 207. This room is in another cottage to the left from the cottage pictured above, however, it too may have contributed to the inspiration for Kelsey's room. I like the vibrant colors in this room.
Mr. Tuffy, the cat-in-residence, sunning himself outside our guestroom.
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