|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
A historic Santa Barbara Villa Estate. Built in 1916, this property enchants with it's location at the top of the Riviera, it's privacy down a long private gravel drive, spacious rooms, & breathtaking views of the entire Santa Barbara coast.
One enters through a vaulted breezeway to the entry courtyard where the old gardens and shade trees soften the view and provide separate and distinct areas for all forms of rest, relaxation, contemplation and entertaining. Formal dining room, foyer, living room, and library all have french doors that open onto different private gardens and terraces. High ceilings throughout and casual, but, elegant decor including hardwood floors and seagrass flooring, give the house a comfortable feel that combines the best of Spanish Colonial architecture with modern day California living. All the upstairs bedrooms have ocean views, arched windows, and wrought iron balconies.
The outdoor dining area has both fireplace and gas grill. Complete kitchen with Garland commercial range, etc....
Two master bedrooms upstairs with king beds & baths. Middle bedroom with queen bed, Studio on main floor off of courtyard with queen bed and bath, library can accommodate 2 twin beds.
While providing a tranquil setting for a romantic get-away or family retreat, the location is also just minutes away from the Mission, downtown Santa Barbara, and white sand beaches. Wine Tasting in Santa Ynez is 30 minutes away. This is the quintessential Santa Barbara home, where one can easily imagine being in the south of France or on the Amalfi Coast, without the airfare!
The unique benefits of this House: Anyone who has every stayed at or rented this house, comments on how tranquil it is and feeling far away from the busy world. Often guests come with long lists of things to do and see while here, but, confess on departure that they were so content on the terrace, they found it hard to leave the house. We hope you will enjoy and explore our beautiful town, but, if you are just as happy to have wine and cheese and watch the sunset from the comfort of your own villa then this is a good fit for you.
key words: Santa Barbara vacation rental, Santa Barbara historic villa, ocean view villa, villa rental, garden estate rental
After living in Italy for several years, we were almost ready to make the permanent move, but, there is really nothing that beats Santa Barbara as an idyllic spot all year round. Now the boys are older and I'm traveling more, so hope to have others enjoy this house as much as we have. I have another house in Carmel, California, and am spending more time there now.
Laurel (owner) purchased this estate in 1990
When we first saw this house over twenty years ago, it was love at first sight. It was the third house built on the Riviera and when you experience the view for the first time, you can understand why the sight was chosen. It has a very romantic European feel to it and being in the wine business, that also was very appealing.
"We had such a lovely time at your house. We were thrilled with the beautiful view, the quiet surrounding, and the gorgeous gardens. Everything at the house was perfect - comfy beds, lovely furnishings, a well-equipped kitchen, cozy & spacious layout with plenty of rooms to mingle or to be alone. Thank you for all your efforts to make our stay comfortable. Your recommendation that we have Margarita help out in the kitchen was a great call. Our whole family fell in love with her and she made it possible for me to really enjoy our family gathering. I predict we will be back to enjoy everything again."
I read all of the reviews, and feel I can't say much new ... our story is much the same as the others ... a group of six girlfriends chose this house for a special 25 year reunion. The pictures do not do this house justice. Everywhere you look, there's something to feast the eyes on ... from the view that goes on for miles, mountains, Santa Barbara and ocean ... to the lovely paintings, antiques and Spanish Colonial feel of the house ... to the gardens that beg to be explored and sprawl out through the property. I had to pinch myself!
While he house is older, which makes for quirky locks, and uneven floors, this only adds to the charm. The furnishings are incredibly cozy, and there are so many places to lose yourself, both inside and out, with a book, glass of wine, or to visit. We used every room ... coffee and wine on the terraces, breakfast al fresco and in the dining room, after dinner drinks in front of the fire. There are many classic books in the library, the kitchen is well appointed, and there are TV set ups, although with so much beauty, who had time?
The only "con" is the location, as it is twisty turny up the hill, but it really turns into a "pro" as the view begs you to never leave. I'm counting the days until I can return ...
Six of us ladies booked a few days in this magical villa. The whole property gives you the feeling that you are somewhere far away from all the chaos that is life. We relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed all the gardens and the patios. Every little space in this house holds another surprise. Laurel made us all feel so welcome,and the houses stunning! We will absolutely be making this a repeat destination.
However, the 2nd bathroom upstairs had minimal lighting ( one sconce by door) and only a bathtub w/a handheld shower head which was not modern,comfortable, or practical.
Our family of four recently rented this home for the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve. We have rented many homes (probably 15, including 3 in SB) over the years & this was a standout. What makes it special? Here are our thoughts:
1) The small things: it is always in the details. We loved the wonderful books in the home, the nice toiletries in the bathrooms & the fabulous boogie boards that Laurel left for our children.
2). The view: it is as good as described in the other reviews. We had 5:00 sunset each night with a glass of wine on the patio. (There are multiple patios & we spent a lot of time outside.)
3). The home: The home is a classic...great architecture and beautifully, yet comfortably, furnished. The home that we rented (at a higher price) last year was not clean & this home was perfectly kept which we appreciated.
We highly recommend this home. Our only thoughts are to expect a drive up (the beautiful view does require some work!) of about 7 minutes & expect to use your GPS. Also, bring eye-shades if you are not a morning person as there are no curtains in the upstairs bedrooms. (On the flip side, it is magical to wake up to the red/orange sunrise.)
We would rent this home again...truly special.
A group of friends stayed here for two short nights and it was a fantastic place. Classic old house perched on the hill, amazing view, great grounds. Laurel was great and easy to work with to set everything up. Far enough from town to be quiet and relaxing but close enough to run for more wine if needed. There's a great patio and fireplace and the views are ridiculously good.
Definitely didn't want to leave.
We were in Santa Barbara attending a friend's daughter's wedding. I was in charge of finding a house for our group, this villa could be rented as four bedrooms, there is a studio outside of the main house. I was a little worried that our friends might find the house a bit old. The minute we walked in, everybody was going 'woo and ah", the villa is more beautiful than the pictures shown. The view is stunning, it feels like you are on the Mediterranean coast. We love sitting on the patio having breakfast and watch the fog dissipate, the ocean becomes clearer, we also love sipping wine outside in the evening, with the fireplace lit, watching the city lights below us and the stars above us twinkle. We all agreed that we would like to be back.
Riviera overlooking Franceschi Park & 5 min to downtown
Other Activities: Shopping, Boating, Health/Beauty Spa
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Off Peak (inquire for holidays
Oct 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
May 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,500|
Holidays & Monthly: please inquire
$250 Cleaning fee. $1500 Deposit
Dates available: Year Round
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.