'RAVENSCROFT' HISTORIC ESTATE WITH POOL, SPA & TENNIS COURT

Melanie Cava

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Sleeps15
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms7
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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'RAVENSCROFT' HISTORIC ESTATE WITH POOL, SPA & TENNIS COURT

Montecito Estate Rental Photos and Description

Estate, 7 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 7.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Romantic, historic George Washington Smith gated and private 2 acre Estate with pool, spa, tennis court is located in the heart of Montecito, a seaside village that has seduced moguls, magnates and movie stars for over a hundred years.

Ravenscroft pays homage to the grandeur of its natural setting with a timeless elegance that is truly captivating, for it is not only seen with the eye, but also felt with the heart.

The Estate is located in one of the most prestigious areas in Montecito, amongst the large and old grand estates of its same historic pedigree, directly adjacent the 34 acre Lotus Land, providing a private and serene setting, while being less than 2 miles to the beach.

It has been immaculately restored and renovated to meet the exacting needs of modern life while staying true to the purity of its renowned architect George Washington Smith.

Smith is synonymous with classic Santa Barbara architecture and in 1922 he designed Ravenscroft, a magical and timeless work of art that has been held in high esteem and published often as a local architectural marvel. It is one of a handful, and arguably the most well preserved, of original classically designed Santa Barbara Estates still in existence. The Four Seasons Biltmore was built by the same architect with the same design and materials, as was the Ogilvy house which is just a few doors down and Casa Del Hererro.

Within this classic Estate are sweeping lawns, colorful gardens, intimate outdoor terraces and majestic gates. The main residence is trimmed with elegant hand tooled wrought iron gates, doors and windows and provides 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths. The living room is 52 feet long and offers a large roaring fireplace and baby grand piano with wrought iron doors and windows to the interior courtyard, dining room, bedroom wing and library/office. In the office/library are a fireplace, desk and secret door with passage to the wine tasting cellar with fireplace and tasting room.

The guest house features a living room, 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths and charming kitchen. The 'Abigail Cottage' is a restored charming 1 BR/1BA guest cottage surrounded by fruit orchard, expansive lawns and hen house.

The sparkling pool, spa and north/south tennis court complete the magnificent estate. Also, within this private and magical Estate are a Garden Lath house and Japanese Green House that were built in 1934.

The work out room offers 2 step machines, free weights, univeral machines and a ping pong table. There are also 3 bikes available.

Staying at Ravenscroft is like stepping back in time, into Santa Barbara's history and you can just imagine Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn around the corner. There is no other property available like this one in Santa Barbara.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Published 'California Romantica” by author Diane Keaton

- 'You discovered Ravenscroft, ONE OF OUR FAVORITE HOMES in Montecito. Do you know the history of the design of the living room and its enormous fireplace? Yes, it was designed so that the horses could come in and get warmed by the fire. In particular, Mrs. Ravencroft’s favorite horse, Jack.' 'Did you know the design of the living room was taken from a popular London stage production of the era. According to David Myrick’s account in his two-volume “Montecito And Santa Barbara,” Marguerite (Peggy) Doe Courtney, who later married Henry Ravenscroft – hence the name of the home – asked Smith to design a living room that duplicated the stage set of the play, which is why the living room is 52 feet long.'

- 'That says a lot about George Washington Smith: that he was a game guy; that he took on the owners’ ideas and wasn’t afraid of them and didn’t feel that it was encroaching on his genius. It’s an act of generosity on his part and, because of that, his work is probably the most prevalent in this book and it’s the most unusual and most diverse. He wasn’t afraid of a new idea. THAT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HOMES.'

- 'Did you happen to see the lathe house on the Ravenscroft property that, according to Harry Kolb, was where the first commercially grown orchids on the Central Coast were grown? I love that I saw it [in its decayed state] and caught it right before they began the restoration. I’m a preservationist, as you know, and I feel the beauty shines forth no matter what state these homes are in. You mustn’t be afraid of them. When you see the beauty OF THIS PARTICULAR HOME, it’s so astonishing. I just fell in love with it.'

Keywords: Luxury Santa Barbara Private and Gated Historic Estate with pool, spa and tennis court -rare for a vacation rental, less than 2 miles to the Beach

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Melanie Cava

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2002
Speaks english
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Sleeps15
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms7
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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'Ravenscroft' Historic Estate with Pool, Spa & Tennis Court
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'Ravenscroft' Historic Estate with Pool, Spa & Tennis Court
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p230186vb
(805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
Montecito Santa Barbara County
5

A MAGICAL SETTING FOR MEMORIES

  • 5 of 5
Ravenscroft is appointed with such thoughtful detail. Photos do not do it justice. Melanie and Todd clearly have thought of all the comforts and luxuries to allow for relaxation, fun and creating memories. The kitchen is enviable. And there are so many picturesque places to relax and have a meal or just a glass of wine. From the sitting area near the outdoor fireplace to the indescribable room with vines on the ceilings. With a tennis court, pool and gorgeous gardens, you never have to leave Ravenscroft for a perfect holiday. It is really a magical place.
  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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'Ravenscroft' Historic Estate with Pool, Spa & Tennis Court
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p230186vb
(805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
Montecito Santa Barbara County
Orange
5

RAVENSCROFT ESTATE

  • 5 of 5
Our family spent Labor Day weekend at the Ravenscroft Estate and it was the most pleasant family trips we've experienced. The estate is filled with history and the amenities gave us plenty to do and enjoy.
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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'Ravenscroft' Historic Estate with Pool, Spa & Tennis Court
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p230186vb
(805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
Montecito Santa Barbara County
Manhattan Beach, CA
5

FABULOUS EXPERIENCE!

  • 5 of 5
We had a fabulous week away at Ravenscroft over Easter. We were 2 families from Los Angeles with young children.

Todd and Melanie were fabulous to work with during the booking and organization phase. When we arrived on Easter Sunday afternoon, they had stocked the fridge and cupboards with the groceries we requested and also left a lovely spread of wine, cheese and cake for us.

The photos on the website of course look fabulous but almost don't do this amazing and historic property justice. It is in one of the most prime Montecito locations - right next to Lotus Land (which is also a must see!).

We had 2 nannys with us during the week who had great accommodations in the 2 bedroom plus living area guest cottage. The grounds are absolutely amazing and a real highlight were the fireside dinners and smores we cooked over the wood burning outdoor fireplace.

A great experience and thanks to Todd and Melanie for being great to work with.
  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
'Ravenscroft' Historic Estate with Pool, Spa & Tennis Court
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p230186vb
(805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
Montecito Santa Barbara County
Los Angeles, CA
5

THE QUNITESSENTIAL MONTECITO EXPERIENCE....FEELS LIKE THE SANTA BARBARA BILTMORE

  • 5 of 5
With great care, the owners have meticulously restored this beautiful 1922 G.W. Smith property, carefully maintaining the original integrity, and it feels as if you've stepped back in time. The house and grounds have a luxurious vintage feel and yet, despite the "old world grandeur", it is extremely warm and comfortable. Whether exploring the property or sitting by one of the many fireplaces, our family from young to old (4-88) loved our stay, and I would certainly recommend this property to a friend or relative.
  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
'Ravenscroft' Historic Estate with Pool, Spa & Tennis Court
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p230186vb
(805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
Montecito Santa Barbara County
San Rafael
5

SPECTACULAR & LUXURIOUS RENTAL

Spectacular & Luxurious Rental
  • 5 of 5
Exceeded all our expectations! Perfect for a reunion or special occasion. Convenient location to hiking and biking. Had every amenity, and many special touches. Owners were thoughtful and responsive to every request. We all felt very priviledged to stay at this historic estate.
  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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'Ravenscroft' Historic Estate with Pool, Spa & Tennis Court
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p230186vb
(805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
Montecito Santa Barbara County
Pleasanton, CA
5

A MAGICAL PIECE OF HISTORY

  • 5 of 5
Three generations of our family stayed in this magnificent residence in July, and it was one of our most memorable vacations yet. The property is truly magical, just as Melanie described it, with spectacular gardens and a home that has been restored to its original grandeur in all the right ways. Melanie & Todd's pride of ownership and attention to detail is apparent everywhere you look. Particular focus has been given to maintaining the original integrity of the home, while still making it functional and beautifully updated where needed. The outdoor fireplace was our favorite gathering spot each evening, but there were also many other wonderful places to sit and enjoy the ambiance of our surroundings. We appreciated the special touches upon our arrival as well - fresh flowers in every room, the beer and soda in the refrigerator, and the wine and cheese platter. All reminders that we were about to experience a memorable week, and we certainly did. Oh, and the fresh eggs each morning from the delightful chickens were an added bonus! Just can't say enough about this exquisite property. We hope to return again one day soon.
  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Car: necessary

- The Beach is less than 2 miles away.

- Downtown Santa Barbara is 5 miles away.

- Santa Ynez wineries are 45 miles away for which there are several services that provide day trips from limos to jeeps

- Lotus Land is steps away

- Casa De Herrera is within 2 miles

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Availability & Rates

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Montecito Estate Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer High Season
Jun 9 2014 - Sep 5 2014
3 night minimum stay
$4,000
$14,995
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$3,500
$13,995
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaninge Fee $495
Standard method of payment is checks & direct deposits at any Bank of America Branch.

Credit card payment via PayPal and bank wire transfers are also accepted but in these cases the 4% PayPal fee & $25/wire transfer fees are applied.

Cancellation policy - deposit is subject to loss, excluding the damage security deposit, unless re-rented for that time period.
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes High season rates apply for Holidays and Graduation weeks.

Inquire for monthly rates which depend on length of stay & season.

Pricing for occupancy up to 10.

50% of the rent, tax, cleaning fee & damage security deposit are required to confirm a reservation with the remaining 50% due 60 days before check-in.
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Amenities

Montecito Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Ice Maker
  • Toaster
  • Catering Available
  • Kitchen
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
  • 7.5
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (5) 1 of the Queen beds are European Queen which is slightly smaller than US Queen, Twin or Single Beds (3) There is a twin bed in the Abigail Cottage.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Books
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Bicycles ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • zoo
  • theme parks
  • live theater
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • marina
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • sight seeing
  • shopping
  • antiquing
  • shelling
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • snorkeling/diving
  • wind-surfing
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • basketball court
  • hiking
  • parasailing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • fishing
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • rock climbing
  • hot air ballooning
Notes:
Ravenscroft also offers a work out room with 2 step machines, free weights and weight machines that include a universal, bench press and smith machine. In this room is also ping pong table. There there are 3 bikes available., tennis rackets, floating matts for the pool. There is also a baby grand piano. Daily maid service is available for weekly stays at the rate of $495 for the week.
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