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Fabulous, well appointed studio, close to the beach, in lovely Montecito

Bedrooms Studio
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Studio with a Queen bed, 1 Bath, and Kitchenette (Sleeps 2)

The Creekside Montecito studio is located in a lovely neighbourhood on a quiet, tree-lined street, a short stroll to Miramar Beach. The Creekside is private with your own private entrance and secluded, set behind lovely hedges and gardens next to a seasonal creek.

The Creekside is nestled on the second floor of a guest studio in Montecito an upscale , elegant community adjacent to Santa Barbara.

This little romantic hideaway is fully appointed with a kitchenette, queen bed, bathroom and a small outdoor deck area and many beautiful decorative features. It offers a friendly alternative to the more standard hotel rooms in the Santa Barbara area, and is guaranteed to relax the body and renew the spirit.

We are located just half a mile to popular Coast Village Road, in Montecito, where you will find many fabulous restaurants, boutiques, and speciality shops. Further along you will find beautiful Santa Barbara with its beaches, harbor , art galleries and many other attractions.

The Creekside offers comfortable amenities, country pine furniture, and a warm inviting decor inspired by our travels to Mexico and Italy.


Summer season rates are in effect for Thanksgiving and Christmas week (Dec 19th-26th and December 26th-Jan 2nd)

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival.

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More Details

Nicola Ghersen
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Nicola Ghersen

I have been lucky to live in this beautiful area for 28 yrs. Moving here from England in my 20's. I have embraced the outdoor lifestyle and the amazing climate. I enjoy hiking in the mountains with friends, beach walks and bike rides and have just started to enjoy paddleboarding and kyacking.

I spend lots of my time at our local Santa Barbara Art Museum where I am a volunteer docent and a teaching artist there.

I love to cook and entertain and spend time in my art studio, creating assemblage pieces or journalling and planning my next travel adventures.

I have two grown children. My daughter lives in Los Angeles and works in entertainment and my son is attending the local Santa Barbara City college.

My husband Cliff is a teacher at the local elementary school. We have been married 25 yrs.

If I am not at home I am hiking with friends and my dog Pippin or enjoying the Farmers Market or one of our fun coffee shops or restuarnts in Santa Barbara with loved ones!!!

Nicola Ghersen purchased this studio in 2000

Why Nicola Ghersen chose Santa Barbara County

We have lived here for 30 years. We built our guest cottage 20 years ago. We LOVE our home and location and wanted to share it with guests and help them discover the Santa Barbara area, in a more intimate way. We enjoy hosting company and we have decorated the guest house to give our guests that cozy feel, so that they feel right at home. The guest house has given us a chance to meet wonderful people from all over the world.

The beach is so close which offers you a chance to commune with nature, as soon as you arrive!!! Montecito is a lovely community with some lovely unique shopping and great little restaurants and coffee shops close by. Santa Barbara is only a 6 min ride to downtown and easy to get to from this property.

What makes this studio unique

Quiet, private location with beautiful sycamore trees, an english style garden with lots of California natives and roses. The Creekside backs onto a seasonal creek and gives you a wonderful rural feeling.

We are waking distance to a wonderful beach and surf spot. We are close to everything, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Summerland, Carpinteria and a 45min drive to Santa Ynez.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for a wonderful visit. We couldnt have asked for better accomadations, and we will definitely recommend you to our friends.

Have a great summer and we hope to see you soon.
May 2008
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Montecito Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • - 1 queen
  • Queen size Bed only one, in a studio setting.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Nice convenient outdoor shower with hot water, great when you come back from surfing or from the beach. Check in time is 3pm and check out time is 11am We offer beach chairs, umbrellas and boogie board for use at the beach.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(67 traveler reviews)

Fabulous, well appointed studio, close to the beach, in lovely Montecito
average rating of 4.9402986 based on 84 reviews
San Clemente


  • 5 of 5

Such a quiet and peaceful setting for a romantic getaway for two! We loved all of the small touches like fresh flowers, fruit, yogurt, granola, muffins, milk, 1/2 & 1/2 for coffee and a wonderful tea assortment. Super private with about a 3-5 minute walk to the beach where we watched a pod of dolphins play. We will stay here again. Nicola and Cliff great hosts! From Jan and Kirk San Clemente, CA

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Home away from home

  • 4 of 5

We live only about an hour away and found this gem on Home Away. We have rented homes pretty much everywhere we travel, but this is the first time we have actually stayed in a place where the owners live on the same property and we had the opportunity to actually meet them. Their converted garage had everything we needed for a quick getaway.

Nicola and Cliff's place is incredibly charming! I spoke to Nicola over the phone as she was leaving out of town and met Cliff later in the evening. Both extremely hospitable and very welcoming! Fresh fruit and croissants were waiting for us upon arrival. Coffee maker, tea pot and outdoor seating, made it the perfect spot for breakfast the next morning overlooking the river bed below us.

Their welcome bible includes the all important wifi code, maps and restaurant listings in the area.

Their 750 sq ft place is extremely comfortable and the locatiion is primo. The 5 minute walk to the beach and the secret garden path gives you private access to Miriamar Beach which we enjoyed walking on both days

It is close enough to all the happenings in downtown Santa Barbara, but we just enjoyed walking the upscale strip mall of East Coast Village.

You really must check out the wine cellar at their local Von's, because it is one like I have never seen. We ended up making our own charcuterie plate and having it in front of their tv on our first night.

As I write this review, I am sitting outside on their patio, just enjoying the few more moments before we check out.

I highgly recommend this place and look forward to another trip back!

Thank you for a great weekend!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect, cozy, intimate, quiet Montecito property.

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect. Hosts are so kind and accommodating. Such a perfect property. Nuzzled in a cute Montecito neighborhood, a very short walk to the beach. Amazing restaurants in Montecito and Santa Barbara proper. Just a wonderful trip. Property is a studio on top of the owner's garage. Very safe and secure. There is a beautiful seasonal creek which you can hear at night with the windows open. So peaceful. Very clean. Hosts left us snacks, coffee, fresh fruit. Wonderful! Highly recommend this place. Thank you again!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super apartment for two near the beach.

  • 5 of 5

This very clean and well maintained apartment is a wonderful place for a couple to stay while visiting the Montecito area. It is a short walk to the beach and a short drive to groceries, restaurants, and shops. Small details are not overlooked in the apartment, such as coffee, half and half, or space heaters on a chilly night. All in all, great hosts, great property.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Creekside provided ideal accommodations for us as we attended a nearby family wedding. Loved the apartment, outdoor sitting area overlooking the creek and nearby beach walk. Our hosts were very friendly and made us feel welcome on arrival. Highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enchanting studio above garage - cozy and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful place to stay - this was a real find. Great hosts, great location, close to beach and town. The apartment is altogether charming. Fair warning - you do your own housekeeping, e.g. wash dishes, make bed. That's the only reason I gave it 4 stars, not 5.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Honor Bar
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Santa Barbara Public Golf course
Nearest Train
4 Miles
SB Train Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
101 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Montecito Cafe
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Miramar Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Westmont College
Nearest Point of Interest
Miramar Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
San Ysidro Ranch
Nearest Point of Interest
Hiking Trails
Nearest Point of Interest
Upper Village/Pierre Lafond Market and Deli
Nearest Point of Interest
Four Season's Resort The Biltmore
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Municipal Tennis Courts
Nearest Point of Interest
Coast Village Road
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show
Nearest Point of Interest
Bus Stop service to Santa Barbara.
Nearest Point of Interest
Stella Mare's Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Stearns Wharf
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Nearest Point of Interest
Via Vai Trattoria and Pizzeria
Nearest Point of Interest
Casa del Herrero
Nearest Point of Interest
Public Tennis Court at Manning Park
Nearest Point of Interest
La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Polo Club
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Montecito Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 8 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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