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

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Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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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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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Nicola Ghersen
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016
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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 Montecito

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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Fabulous, well appointed studio, close to the beach, in lovely Montecito
average rating of 4.965517 based on 75 reviews
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Perfect cozy get away by the sea

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth stay at Creekside Montecieto and certainly, not our last. The studio sits back behind Nicola and Cliff's lovely house and garden on top of their garage, in the trees, as I like to think. There is everything you need in the large open room, with a large separate light filled bathroom. The windows all around afford light and a cool cross breeze. The bed is big and very comfortable. The living area has a small kitchen, no stove, but a fridge and microwave and all the necessities to make a good breakfast or afternoon or evening snacks,. There's a couch and chair for tv watching and a radio and CD player. Everything is thoughtfully and artfully decorated, so it's a pleasure to be in the space. The little balcony with a table and chairs is a perfect place to have breakfast or to sit with a good book. There's also a lovely grassy area with comfortable chairs for lounging and reading. The beach is a three minute walk away. And you can walk, bike, or drive to restaurants, shops, cafes, and a great little bookstore in about 5-10 minutes. It's perfect! Nicola and Cliff are delightful and gracious hosts without being intrusive. This little place is the best retreat in Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated our anniversary here in May 2016 and had a wonderful time. We enjoyed the short walk to the beautiful beach and the short drives to shops and restaurants in Montecito and Santa Barbara. Driving through the foothills of Montecito revealed many trail heads for hiking. The studio was very clean, quite and comfortable with an awesome view of a forested creek adjacent to the property. Our hosts were very friendly. We have recommended this property to friends and family and we plan to return as well.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adorable & charming!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time here! This place has an adorable and charming cottage feel. It has such character and is very clean. I was surprised how close it was to the beach. It was in a convenient location for us. There are plenty of uber or lyft drivers available. The owners are very nice and accommodating. I would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting the Montecito/Santa Barbara area.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

Nicola and Cliff were the perfect hosts. Very welcoming, attentive and friendly. The cottage is spotlessly clean, lovely linens and beautiful setting. A couple of minutes walk to the beach and located in a very charming setting. Highly recommended. We hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Clean, comfortable, good location.

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, comfortable, great location just minutes from beach, perfect for couple. Cliff is warm and welcoming. Will definitely recommend to other people.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Lovely, peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for our 10th anniversary. We were desiring a home away from home, and that is just what we got. Nicola was friendly and helpful in recommending local spots to eat, but also gave us plenty of privacy. The studio is well decorated and comfortable and just a short walk from the beach. We could not have been more pleased with our stay.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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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

Lower Village Studio Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 7 2016 - Nov 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

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

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Lower Village Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • 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.

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