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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Montecito Estate Rental Photos and Description

Estate, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Conceived as a warehouse for living, this 4,200 square foot Santa Barbara vacation rental, built largely of glass, steel and exposed concrete, sits on a lofty and totally private 10-acre site overlooking the Channel Islands, lemon orchards and farmland in Montecito, California.

Indoor and outdoor spaces flow seamlessly throughout the vacation rental, accented by well-placed courtyards and terraces offering different views and uses. Three huge roll-up doors open up the house to a large terrace and the full panorama of the Pacific Ocean, bringing the Santa Barbara landscape indoors. Mature eucalyptus, orange, lemon and avocado trees sit right outside the house, creating a tranquil setting for outdoor dining and quiet contemplation.

The Pavilion, the steel-framed core of the vacation rental, provides ample space for living, dining, and cooking. Wood fireplaces on both ends of the Pavilion warm the space during the evening, while industrial steel roll-up doors open the entire space to the fresh air during the day. A contemporary chef's kitchen opens to a courtyard, herb garden, and views of Toro Canyon below. The Pavilion includes a dining table seating twelve, a piano, and sofas for lounging and talking.

Los Angeles architect Barton Myers designed the house for simple and gracious family living in the best tradition of California's outdoor lifestyle. The Eames House in Pacific Palisades comes to mind, as do the California Case Study homes. The house continues Myers's investigation in steel construction, courtyard living, and opens spaces for residential homes.

The historic 1930's garden, designed by landscape architect Lockwood de Forest, and updated by Derrik Eichelberger, includes ancient olive trees surrounding an oval lawn that overlooks the Channel Islands. Picturesque oak and pepper trees line the driveway leading up to the house. Five acres have been set-aside as Santa Barbara coastal sage habitat. Trails meander throughout the property.

The massive views, private lawns, indoor-outdoor living spaces, and historic pedigree of this unusual Montecito rental provides the backdrop for a relaxing and memorable experience.

The property was previously the site of "The Monastery," a rambling vernacular house built in the early 1930's by famed conductor Leopold Stokowski and his then-wife, Evangeline Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune.

Residents over the years have included Greta Garbo; the best-selling author and aviator, Beryl Markham; and Gloria Vanderbilt, Stokowski's third wife. Two of the original fireplaces, designed by Stokowski, were rebuilt as garden features. One, in the shape of the Hollywood Bowl shell, forms a fire pit facing both the house and the historic gardens, and serves as an outside lounge area. The second fireplace, in the form of a pipe organ, frames the kitchen's outdoor patio and provides warmth for outdoor dining.

The Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals property is located 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, in Toro Canyon, off Highway 101, just south of Santa Barbara. Montecito restaurants, shopping and beaches are ten minutes away. Santa Barbara is home to museums, an outstanding botanic garden, the Music Academy of the West Music Festival in summer, the Santa Barbara Zoo, and other attractions. Wine tours in Santa Ynez and Santa Maria are 40 minutes over the hill.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
Guestbook comments from the owner
Wonderful home! We thank you for a peaceful and relaxing stay!
Jan 2013
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Brooke Meek

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2005
Speaks english
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

4.8
based on 6 traveler reviews

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The Monastary
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews
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The Monastary
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p330703vb
(805) 617-0438 ext. 1
Montecito Santa Barbara County
5

OUT OF A MAGAZINE!

  • 5 of 5
We rented this home (4 couples) for a wedding at the Four Seasons. From the moment we walked in the door, we were in love with the home and so delighted with our choice over a hotel stay. The home is in pristine condition, along with the gardens and landscape surrounding it. The views are magical. The home is well furnished and stocked with most anything needed during your stay. The beds were comfortable. We enjoyed the fireplaces and the fire pit at night. Our only problem was we could never get sound to come on the main tv…but we were barely there so this was not a big deal by any means. There are two bedrooms separated by "soundproof doors"…but for a heavy snorer in one room…the next room can hear…In conclusion…We would rent again in a heart beat and want to go back and repeat the trip in the future. We thank the owners for allowing us to rent the property in a short notice after a contract by another homeowner was cancelled after a 3 month period because she decided she needed her home for her own purpose. i want to thank that homeowner "elle"..because this property far exceeded what we would have had with your property..and your service.
  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
business
The Monastary
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p330703vb
(805) 617-0438 ext. 1
Montecito Santa Barbara County
los angeles
4

LOVELY PROPERTY

  • 4 of 5
The house and location are lovely. However, if you are renting on a weekday, be prepared to be awakened at 645 am by garbagemen, dressed in black, noisily entering property and rolling out garbage cans. also, who knows what other workers will show up to loiter around the property you have paid for and ring incessantly to be let in the gate....we had 3 tree trimmers on the property....so be warned, it won't be private during the week, AT ALL....and when you call or write to complain, basically, you get 'sorry' despite having paid for the right to use the property.
  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway
business
The Monastary
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p330703vb
(805) 617-0438 ext. 1
Montecito Santa Barbara County
La Center, Washington
5

THE PICTURES DO NOT DO IT JUSTICE.

  • 5 of 5
Well everyone was telling us there was no summer in Santa Barbara. It was the first week in October and were they ever proved wrong. We had a most delightful stay at the Monastery in Toro Canyon. We grew up in Montecito so it was like old home week walking up the Canyon and down the road into town. We were so appreciative of the Lockwood de Forrest gardens on site that we took in a visit to the Lotus Land Gardens. We loved the sunsets, the perfect kitchen and the immeasurable beauty that surrounds this home. Thank you for making my Birthday so memorable.
  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
business
The Monastary
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p330703vb
(805) 617-0438 ext. 1
Montecito Santa Barbara County
Dallas, TX
5

A MAGICAL PLACE

  • 5 of 5
My family of four had the most amazing stay at The Monastery. From the early morning sunrise with fresh orange juice right off the trees to the breathtaking sunset with a glass of wine on the patio. Our two children had a blast as well. Exceptionally clean, excellent service from the property manager (great chef too), private, relaxing, and what a view!
Everything is thought of for a wonderful stay. Will go back.
  • Submitted: May 24, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
The Monastary
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p330703vb
(805) 617-0438 ext. 1
Montecito Santa Barbara County
New York
5

RATE

  • 5 of 5
best vacation thanks to Lexi who is the best house manager you will ever find.
without Lexi the stay would have not been nearly as wonderful.
  • Submitted: May 24, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
The Monastary
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p330703vb
(805) 617-0438 ext. 1
Montecito Santa Barbara County
boston
5

A SLCIE OF HEAVEN...

  • 5 of 5
A little slice of heaven..so peaceful, inviting, and the perfect place to entertain, even, while on vacation. The kitchen is every chef's dream..equipped with all that you need to enjoy yourself and entertain others. Once you get to The Monestary it is hard to leave because it brings the "outside in".
  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway

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Montecito

Other Activities: Shopping, Boating, Health/Beauty Spa

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Availability & Rates

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Montecito Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer Season
Jun 1 2014 - Aug 29 2014
3 night minimum stay
$1,100
From
$1,100
$7,000
$26,000
 
 
Labor Day
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 2 2014
7 night minimum stay
$1,100
From
$1,100
$7,700
$26,000
 
 
Fall Season
Sep 3 2014 - Nov 22 2014
3 night minimum stay
$900
From
$900
$6,000
$22,000
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 23 2014 - Nov 30 2014
7 night minimum stay
$1,100
From
$1,100
$7,700
$26,000
 
 
Winter Season
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 21 2014
3 night minimum stay
$750
From
$750
$4,900
$18,000
 
 
Christmas
Dec 22 2014 - Jan 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,100
From
$1,100
$7,700
$26,000
 
 
Winter Season
Jan 3 2015 - Mar 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$750
From
$750
$4,900
$18,000
 
 
Summer Season
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 13 2015
3 night minimum stay
$1,100
From
$1,100
$7,000
$26,000
 
 
Christmas
Dec 22 2015 - Jan 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,100
From
$1,100
$7,700
$26,000
 

Notes

  • $750- $ 1100/ nt
  • US Dollars
  • There is a 3 night minimum stay required at this property.
  • Holidays require 7 night minimum stay.
  • Prices don't include 10% occupancy tax; $3,500 security deposit; $400 cleaning fee
  • The cleaning fee and security deposits are subject to change on stays of 30 days
  • or more.

Amenities

Montecito Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - shower , toilet
    Bathroom 4 - shower , toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , baby crib, sleeper sofa in media room that converts to a
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa in media room converts to a queen bed
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Stereo
  • Music Library ...
  • Games
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking ...
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Wine refrigerator, Outdoor fire pit, private trails on ten acres