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Vista Verde Main Ranch House, Santa Ynez Mt views, privacy and tranquility

Carol Ann Herrera

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Carol Ann Herrera

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Vista Verde Main Ranch House, Santa Ynez Mt views, privacy and tranquility

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


Santa Ynez House Rental Photos and Description

2 or 3 bedrooms, (K & Q,Q), 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 4-6, wheelchair acces

This popular wine country vacation home is taking reservations for 2015 and 2016. A Santa Ynez Valley immaculate ranch style home surrounded by beautiful landscaping and expansive mountain views. The home is one story, no steps, located in a private and prestigious community, near the Gainey Ranch and Winery. The setting is incredibly tranquil and away from it all at the end of a private rural road. The home is particularly well suited for weekly or monthly stays. Seniors 55+ receive special discounts for weekly and monthly stays. The The Santa Ynez Valley is a popular wine touring and golfing area and you are 5 to 10 minutes away from quaint towns of Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos and the Gainey, Roblar and Beckmen Wineries. This home offers scenic country roads for walking right out your door. Walk out your front door, cross your front lawn and walk across a dirt lane to photograph the horses in pristine pastures. Enjoy majestic views of Santa Ynez Mts & Figueroa Mts from all garden areas. Every room has a view. Experience magical sunsets, quail, hawks and the sound of silence from your comfortable patios. The great room is huge with high wood ceilings. The country style kitchen is fully stocked for cooking and entertaining, . Bedrooms w/ fine linens, down comforters and thick towels. Comfortable seating areas in park like garden with 15,000' lawn, rose shrubs, lavender, mature oak trees. Adirondack seating on front porch. Beautiful wicker furniture on back porch. bird watching books for nature lovers . Vacationers with well behaved dogs are welcome (1 or 2 small or medium size dogs). Contact owner regarding special rates available for seniors (55+) for weekend(3 night minimum) or weekly stays in 2015. A few dates still available in June, August and September in 2015.

Owner allows for flexibility in creating your own perfect wine country or golfing vacation. Guests have option of renting the home as a two bedroom or as a three bedroom. The climate and small town environment bring winter vacationers from the East Coast, Washington, Oregon and Canada November through February. The Fall and Spring three night weekend getaways for the L.A. and S.F. vacationers are perfect for wine touring and golfing. The home's gardens invite you to stay home, relax, read and take in the views and season of the year.

Internet Service: Wireless Internet available throughout the home and gardens. Bose stereo/cd/radio/ipod system. High Definition TV's.

Extra convenient storage in super-sized garage for golf clubs, bicycles, kayaks. Garage is large enough for two vehicles. Two garage door clickers. The attached garage has windows with views.

Home is set up with passive eco panel heating for allergy sufferers. No wall to wall carpeting. Clean rustic tile throughout. The tile is immaculate and frequently sanitized. Master bedroom with walk in closet and a second closet is tastefully decorated with pine antiques and has great views. Second queen bedroom is furnished with antiques, large closet and view of front garden. A third queen bedroom can be made available upon request.

The laundry room is large and both machines are front loading. Detergent, laundry baskets, large ironing board and steam iron. All cleaning items and paper supplies.

Cuisinart cooler is available for extra wine storage.

The Country style kitchen has everything you will need for cooking up a storm. The refrigerator and pantry will be stocked with necessary items from organic coffee, cream, assortment of teas, cooking oil, spices, pasta and sauce. Silver and China available for nice dinner settings. The view from kitchen sink is spectacular.

The seating area of the great room is furnished with oversized deep sofas, a huge stuffed chair/ottoman and lots of soft down pillows. The flat screen 46 inch HD TV and blu ray dvd player for maximum clarity. Dish Complete Programming. Bose stereo. Dining area and living room area have the best views in the house. Great room has book collection, dvd's, games and a perfectly situated desk for your computer--also with a view.

The only sounds you will hear at night are the owls, crickets, an occasional lonely coyote and the wind in the trees. Your beloved dog/s (limit of two well mannered dogs) will enjoy an completely fenced super sized dog area with lawn, trees and shrubs with easy access from garage, great room and master bedroom.

If you love nature, birds, great mountain views and your beloved dog accompanying you, this is the vacation home for you.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Carol Ann Herrera (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2015

About Carol Ann Herrera

Carol is a long time horse ranch owner. Family has owned Vista Verde Ranch for 24 years. Carol is involved in valley community environmental groups. Lives part time on the ranch with her husband, two dogs and too many horses. Frequently cares for six year old grandson in San Francisco.

Carol Ann Herrera purchased this house in 1991

Why Carol Ann Herrera chose Santa Ynez

Incredible panoramic views of Santa Ynez Mountains due to terraced open location, adjacent to 3,000 acre agricultural preserve. Ranch property is all level and well drained land. The most desirable features are mature trees and the property location at the end of a private road.

What makes this house unique

The sense of privacy while at the same time seeing incredible mountain views was the perfect setting to create lush, protected, bird friendly garden areas surrounding the main ranch house. The barn and pasture areas being completely separate from the main house with separate driveways is ideal to maintain tranquility, silence and a sense of 'home away from home'.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I enjoyed a full week stay with my parents. This home has wheelchair access everywhere which really enhanced my father's enjoyment. What was so remarkable was the views from each room and the tropical lush garden surrounding the house. We walked the 2 mile loop of rural private roads right outside our front door every morning.

Would love to be able to come back during the holidays and enjoy the great wood burning fireplace.
Jul 2010
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Vista Verde Main Ranch House, Santa Ynez Mt views, privacy and tranquility
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews
Paradise Valley, AZ


  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd summer visit to the Vista Verde Ranch and this must sound like a broken record, but again it was fantastico!!! Carol and Arnie provide such a beautiful home in such a spectacular setting, it's hard to imagine a summer without a visit.

Having submitted two previous glowing reviews, I've run out of superlatives to describe this heavenly property. Really the only thing I could add is that for anyone reading these reviews, if you get a chance try and book a stay at the ranch. I guarantee that it will be an experience that you will cherish forever.

Thanks again Carol and Arnie for allowing us a most glorious respite from the stifling AZ guys are the best!!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Arizona Guests, We are so glad to know that your return to the ranch this summer provided relief from the desert heat. Your kind words are very appreciated. Also your ideas to enhance ranch guests' enjoyment of the garden are excellent. It is guests like you that make the vacation home rental experience truly rewarding. Hope to see you again in 2015! Carol and Arnie

Closest thing to paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We were drawn to this property by the beautiful photos in the listing, but those photos don't do justice to what you find once you arrive at this slice of heaven. The owners are thorough, communication is great, and the home and surroundings are simply indescribable. Nothing is left to want. My wife and I spent eleven days in this outstanding home, and we hated to leave. We already can't wait for our next stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: John and Ginni are the best guests for 2014--leaving the vacation home in immaculate condition. Please return soon and congratulations on joining the Santa Ynez Valley community in the near future. Best, Carol

A Little Bit of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the beautiful and serene Vista Verde ranch. This ranch style home is squeaky clean and perfectly situated on a hill. The views of rolling, green hills are breathtaking! Sitting on the back porch with a good book and a glass of wine.... I can't think of any place I'd rather be! Like other reviewers, we didn't eat out at all and opted to cook in the big, fully equipped kitchen. The beds are comfy and the baths stocked with luxurious towels. There's nothing more cozy than culling up on the couch in front of the wood burning fireplace!

I'm going to spend the rest of the year dreaming about retuning to Vista Verde Ranch!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So so glad to hear your second visit before your move back East was just as enjoyable as the first. I do hope you will be able to enjoy a third visit in 2015. Will try to have something new in ranch house or garden to surprise you. Very best, Carol
Louisville, Kentucky


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Vista Verde Ranch House for 5 weeks from Thanksgiving until January 1, 2014. Carol and Arnie were incredibly hospitable and accommodated our every need. The house is SPOTLESS CLEAN, and had everything needed for an extended stay. The kitchen is well stocked with gourmet cooking equipment ... and the family room had just AMAZING views from all directions .... I will cherish those views forever. Carol is so organized and I can't tell her how much we appreciated what she has been able to accomplish in making her rentals feel so special. This place is so magical and we loved the LONG walks down the country roads visiting with all the animals along the way. Thank you both Carol and Arnie .... we just LOVED our stay and hope to be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Incredible ranch guests! We would love to see you again in the future along with your beautiful dogs. Very best, Carol and Arnie
Marina Del Rey, CA

Peace and Serenity

  • 5 of 5

To echo all of the excellent reviews, we had an absolutely wonderful time at Vista Verde. It was hard to leave. We ended up canceling dinner reservations at local restaurants in favor of staying and cooking "at home" at the ranch. The surroundings, flowers, nature, horses, views, and beauty are to die for. It is a special place and we cannot wait to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The wonderfully written review by this California family is so appreciated. Celebrating their parent's 70th birthday's with their little dog in tow! They picked the perfect ranch house for their family reunion. We will all be waiting for your return visit to the ranch.
Paradise Valley, AZ


  • 5 of 5

Our second wonderful vacation at the Vista Verde Ranch. Didn't think a month could fly by as fast as it did. Carol and Arnie are wonderful hosts and with a few subtle changes even improved what we thought was the perfect vacation home. Ditto to all the superlatives that have described the ranch in my previous and many other glowing reviews.

The only thing I can add is to say that living at the ranch is like being transported from the hustle and bustle of your normal everyday life to an enchanted island of limitless beauty and serenity. The sight of the the farms, ranches and vineyards, tucked within the rolling hills viewed from the back of the house is like watching a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. Be it the early morning or late afternoon fog rolling over the hills coming in from the Pacific, or the sun casting it's unique shadows in the valley as it moves across the horizon, the Vista Verde ranch will take your breath away, and awaken senses within you that you never knew existed.

Thanks Carol & Arnie, hope to return again next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This "fantastic" couple from Arizona really know how to enjoy their summer vacation. Traveling with their beloved dogs, Irene and Murray were welcomed for their second stay at the ranch. What is particularly gratifying is the enthusiastic appreciation of the natural beauty of the valley and the mountain setting. Arnie and I are planning a few special additions for your return visit next summer. It will be a surprise. Muchisimas gracias, Carol


Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Santa Ynez Airport, small, private planes
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Carlitos Dos, Southwestern, Tequila Specialties
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Alisal River Course, Solvang open to public
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Santa Barbara Amtrak To LA and San Diego
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 246 (east-west highway Buellton-SY
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Grappolo's and The Red Barn
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Santa Barbara City beaches world renowned
Car: necessary

The Santa Ynez Valley is a small community with a rural/western lifestyle. Over 20 well known wineries in the valley are close by such as Gainey, Beckmen, Firestone, Parker, Kalyra, Sunstone, to name just a few. Horse farms are spread throughout the valley's towns of Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Solvang and Buellton. The vacation rental is the main residence of a five acre pristine valley ranch with beautiful views of the white fenced irrigated pastures. The home is surrounded by lawn, oak trees and view of both mountain ranges. Cimate is mild with Fall and Winter day temperatures averaging 65 to 75 degrees and night temperatures dropping to 35 to 45 degrees. Golf is very popular-Alisal River Course and the San Marcos Golf Course - open year round & 10 minute drive from your vacation home. The residence is located within a prestigious community at the end of a private road. Enjoy bird watching, walking, running and cycling by stepping out the door of your vacation homel

Other Activities: wine touring galore, Town of Los Olivos wine tasting, shopping in quaint Danish town of Solvang, championship golfing, bird watching in your own gardens,hiking in the Figueroa Mt. range, fishing at Lake Cachuma, guided boat tours of Lake Cachuma eco system. 30 minute drive to Santa Barbara offers swimming beaches, surfing beaches, surf fishing, pier fishing, sailing, wind surfing, Marine Museum on Pier. Beautiful small zoo in Santa Barbara beach area. You can shop till you drop.

Golf: San Marcos Golf Course, difficult, open to public, off of Highway 154 (designated scenic highway), 12 minute drive.

Alisal River Course, open to public, within town of Solvang, great restaurant. 10 minute drive.

La Purisima Golf Course, Lompoc, open to public, 25 minute drive. The San Marcos Course and the Alisal River Course offer some of the best golfing in California.


Rates & Availability

From $375 Per night

Santa Ynez House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 1 2015 - Nov 15 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Holidays 2015
Nov 23 2015 - Jan 2 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Cleaning Fee $100.00
Pet Fee $100.00
Refundable damage deposit $500.00
Cleaning $150.00
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Payments accepted via personal check or paypal only.
10% SENIOR DISCOUNT on weekly and monthly rental rates during high season.
CONTACT OWNER regarding special requests and pet consideration.
CANCELLATION POLICY: 80% refund/30 day notice. 100% refund/60 day notice

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Santa Ynez House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , all linens, towels and supplies included
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Two sinks, Pottery Barn towels, soap, shampoo included
  • Well lit, ample storage white cabinetry, large mirrors, curved shower curtain rods, Double sink in master bathroom. Thick cotton towels, soap, shampoo, dryer, soft area rugs over tile. Fan heaters in each shower area for extra warmth. Immaculate and tastefully decorated..
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , Garden and Mt Views/french doors to garden/2 closets
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , This small 3rd bedroom is available upon request.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Pottery Barn linens, large closet, garden view, antiques
  • Down comforters. Luxurious fine linens in both bedrooms. King Tempur-pedic mattress in Master. Views of lush garden areas and mountains from each bedroom. Antique four drawer dresser w/ mirror and two night stands/end tables in each bedroom. Pottery Barn curtains in master bedroom. Silk sheers and extra large deep closet in Queen bedroom. King master bedroom furnished with antique swedish pine furniture. Wool area rugs. Light filled Master Bedroom is extra large - walk through french doors to your private garden. Semi sheer fabric roller shades in each bedroom. The only sounds at night are the owls and crickets.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Vacationer has environmentally correct eco flat wall heaters - great for allergy prone individuals. This type of heating provides for a perfect interior temperature without affecting air quality. Also two large portable air conditioners that clean air for those concerned with health/allergy problems. Extra large fireplace fully stocked with Dura logs and oak firewood. This property is perfectly suited for wheelchair access to all areas of the home, parking, garage and the surrounding garden areas. No stairs in any part of the house. This expansive home is owned by dog lovers and welcomes guests with well behaved dogs. Your dogs will enjoy a securely fenced 6,000 sq. ft. lawn area. Garage area large enough to hold several dog crates or beds comfortably. Garage, great room and master bedroom all access garden area that is fenced for your dog. The clean smooth tile floor throughout provides a clean, dust free environment. Wireless internet and cable tv provided. SAFE COMMUNITY

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