Family Christmas Gathering in Beautiful Home at Great Location
Submitted: February 2, 2013
Stayed: December 2012
Four generations of our family gathered for an early Christmas celebration in this gorgeous home in Montecito. This was our first ever VRBO experience, so we didn't really know what to expect. It was so easy to communicate and work with the owner of this home, and things went very smoothly. The owner responded quickly and graciously to all our emailed questions, and even arranged for a Christmas tree to be put up to welcome us!
This home and its surrounding gardens are truly beautiful, and the location can't be beat -- it's an easy walk to the Biltmore and beach, or to charming downtown Montecito. The home owner provided us with lots of information on local restaurants, shopping, grocery stores, activities, attractions, etc., as well as who to contact in case of problems. When we couldn't get the garage door to close, the gentleman we called responded very quickly and got it fixed.
Ten people stayed at the home, although my elderly parents (who live in Santa Barbara) joined us for meals and activities. This home could sleep 12 people if you don't need privacy, but it was just fine for 10 people. The 2 kitchens are very well appointed, and the main kitchen is fit for gourmets! It had so many wonderful gadgets, including something we'd never seen before, which we eventually figured out was an avocado slicer/scooper. In one swipe, it removes the avocado meat from the skin and slices it perfectly! It was very nice to have the "separate" unit (which actually can be accessed from the main house, as well as from outside) for the great grandchild and his parents, since he needed nap time and different sleeping hours.
The patio and outdoor areas are quite lovely, although the weather was cool and rainy enough that we didn't really get to enjoy them. I'd recommend checking the propane supply and backup tank for the grill as soon as you get there. If they're empty, call right away and the maintenance folks will get them filled for you. We did enjoy the hot tub very much. The sauna hookup is a bit tricky, and you really need to read the owner's instructions about where the plug is located and how to get it going.
The home's amenities are top-notch - gas fireplaces, nice large TV screens, DVD players with large DVD collection (lots of "classics"), lovely furnishings, top quality linens. The photos on the website do a pretty good job of showing the home, and descriptions are accurate.
I'd recommend this home, and we may use it again!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Young Children
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