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Nicola Ghersen

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian

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

53 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Montecito Studio Rental Photos and Description

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 (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english, german, spanish, italian

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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based on 53 traveler reviews

Fabulous, well appointed studio, close to the beach, in lovely Montecito
average rating of 4.962264 based on 70 reviews

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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just What the Doctor Ordered

  • 5 of 5

What's not to like? Spacious, warmly appointed studio a stone's throw from the beach in beautiful Montecito. Nicola and Cliff are terrific hosts. The whole experience was very relaxing.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and easy to work with

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted to spend our 30th anniversary here and had a reservation. The day before we left my husband's sister passed away. The policy was 30 days notice for a refund. Nicola was very kind and let me postpone to December. When we finally had our chance, I found everything comfortable and cozy. The location is perfect for walks along the beach and visiting the sights in Santa Barbara. Their welcome book listed several restaurants. I choose Lucky's and had the most delicious dinner that I could remember. I would definitely recommend this rental to my friends.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy little cottage

  • 5 of 5

We were so pleased when we drove up and saw this lovely Cottage. Charming, clean, comfy and close to everything. We surely will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying with us. Look forward to welcoming you again.
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Excellent Studio in Great Location

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I spent 6 nights at Creekside Montecito while exploring the Santa Barbara area. This is a beautifully landscaped property in a quiet (except for the train) neighborhood. It is a short walk to a beach and a 5-minute drive to Coast Village Road, which has several fine restaurants, small shops and a large grocery store (Vons). A ten-minute drive will take you to either Stearn's Wharf or the center of downtown Santa Barbara.

The studio itself is well-decorated and comfortable. It is above the garage so you are separated from the main house. The studio also has a small porch where you can sit and relax above the creek (which is dry, as you would expect during a drought). Although Nicola was not there, Cliff was a gracious host and gave us several good tips about what to see and where to eat.

I wanted to give this property 5 stars, but could not because of several issues. First, we called about an hour before our revival (as instructed). We were surprised to get a voice mail message from Nicola saying she would be travelling until Oct. 15. When we got to the house, there was no one there and no note. No one had returned our call so we left another voice mail message, sent a text, and sent an email. Then we went exploring Santa Barbara until someone got back to us. There was no response after a couple of hours so we returned to the house. Luckily, Cliff was home by this time. Did not understand why the voice mail did not give a number where someone would get back to us. Did not understand why Nicola (or someone) never got back to us at all.

Another issue is that the property is about a block from the railroad tracks. The train came by intermittently both day and night and the train whistle is quite loud. Twice I was awakened around 2am by the train whistle.

Finally, some of the info on the VRBO sie for this property can be misleading. This is a studio and does not have a separate bedroom. This should be obvious from the pictures, but it is described as a 1 bedroom, not a studio, in some places. Also, standard rate is listed as $165 per night, but we were quoted $195 per night.

In conclusion, I think the positives outweigh the negatives for this B&B - at least for a short stay. (There is not a full kitchen, so I would not book this property for longer stays.) We had a good stay and so I would recommend this property to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Due to travelling in India at this time. I had great difficulty getting on the internet to connect with home. This is not the norm for me. I love to greet my guests and or give them details to make for a smooth arrival. I am sorry that this was not the case for you. I will do a better job to inform guests of arrival details far in advance when travelling. In Santa Barbara, if you want to be close to the beach the train tracks are in close proximity. I do have low season and high season rates that are posted on my listing. I am glad that Cliff was a great host and that you liked visiting Santa Barbara.
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful studio. Close to beach and lower village Montecito. Beautiful garden. Lovely spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 31 2016 - Sep 6 2016
2 night minimum stay
Sep 7 2016 - Nov 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 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

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Montecito 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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