A Little Heaven in Summerland
Submitted: March 5, 2013
Stayed: February 2013
My fiance and I came to Jasmine Cottage for a mid-week/weekend stay and absolutely loved our experience. The cottage is quaint and spacious, comfortable and accommodating. The gardens - both back and front - are gorgeous and well-kept. Coming from Chicago, I felt that winter had made me colorblind, and finally I could see again!
We highly recommend:
Breakfast on the porch
Watching the sunrise and sunset from the upper deck
Cooking in the spacious and well-appointed kitchen
A walk down the hill for antiquing
Sunning oneself in the Adirondack chairs out front, or the loungers in the back garden
Francesca, the owner, is so hospitable, she allowed for last-minute email requests, as well as both an early check-in and and late check-out! And she is a wonderful brownie baker!! The fridge was even stocked with essentials, including milk, cheese, beer and champagne when we arrived.
The only downsides to the cottage are the noise from the highway, and the view of the oil rigs...these are simply facts of Summerland, and not particular to Jasmine Cottage, however. Francesca and Jasmine can help you forget these small drawbacks with the coziness and charm!
Ultimately, we highly recommend Jasmine for a romantic, quiet, and comfortable getaway.
Owner's Response: Dear Kristina,
I am so happy that you and your husband enjoyed your short visit and had so many things you liked. It is particularly lovely here now, when we have spring like weather and so many flowers in bloom. In some ways this is the best time to visit!
Glad you also enjoyed the antique stores and boutiques walking distance to the house. We even have our own wine-tasting room a short stroll away.
I was surprised to see your reference to the oil rigs since they are about 20 miles away and in no way impact our view. However, like someone once said in looking at Marilyn Monroe, do you see the beautiful face or focus on the mole on her face. Yes, there are some oil rigs in the Santa Barbara Channel, but most people don't see them, or if they see them at night, enjoy all the lights that actually look like a passing ship.
Highway 101 does run parallel to the beach and can be heard all over Santa Barbara. However, our double paned windows and extra insulation almost completely mask the freeway noise. Of course, you can hear it most places outside the house and around town. It is a small price to pay for the beauty of our coastline as our visitors drive up to visit us.
I look forward to welcoming you back from the chill of Chicago and wish you safe travels until then. And, thanks again for your very kind words....
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