This was an ideal house in a beautiful location for our family gathering. My wife and I drove from the Bay Area with our 3 young kids, and met our parents from Arizona and brother in law and nephew from Texas. We all had plenty of space for sleeping, lounging, playing and eating inside and out.
The interior of the house has a wonderful old-world feel (yet with all the necessary modern comforts) with an inviting family room and large dining room for big family meals. The rooms are well appointed with comfortable beds, couches and chairs all well matched to the character of the house. The kitchen had all the cooking and eating materials you would need to prepare delicious meals.
The outdoor area is a star too. Our kids loved the playground - which kept them busy and allowed the adults to enjoy relaxing times in the sunny grass areas. The yard also has plenty of room for all kinds of games from throwing the football to tag with the kids. The lovely trees and foliage provide the perfect backdrop to feel like you're away from all the craziness of the outside world.
Not only is the house comfortable, but it is perfectly situated in one of the most beautiful spots in California, or anywhere else for that matter. We could easily get to the beach, zoo, downtown Santa Barbara, Stearns Wharf, Montecito Village, all no more than 20 minutes away. It was also easy to do longer day trips to Santa Ynez wine country, Nojoqui Falls, and many other beautiful vistas and fun activities within an hour's drive.
We are so pleased to have had our family get together in such a wonderful place, and would happily recommend it to other large groups, with our without kids. We would love to come back!
I would also like to say the owners and rental staff were friendly, courteous and helpful too, which made the experience even better. Not to mention the excellent Babcock wine right there in the in-house wine cabinet ready to enjoy.