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Romantic Hourglass Retreat with Spa-Close to town!

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 1-4, 700 sq ft

Your own free-standing chalet is close to everything Santa Barbara offers with the addition of privacy and views! Be close to everything downtown offers, restaurants, museums, and shopping, yet you are out of the fray to really relax at the end of the busy day. With attention to detail the Hourglass has taken in account all the needs you may have during your stay. Santa Barbara is known for its gorgeous weather but should it be very hot the house has air conditioning. Luxurious bedding, full kitchen, personal washer/dryer, wireless Internet, gas fireplace and large screen TV. On top of this you have your own personal yard and patio with personal Hot Springs jacuzzi with moto-massage to truly unwind and make this the most relaxing vacation of your life!

Guests who know Santa Barbara love our location:

A high percentage of our guests choose us because they know Santa Barbara and know the many benefits of our location. Those who have spent time in Santa Barbara know that the Hourglass is in a perfect location since it is so close to everything and yet you have the peacefulness of the foothills. Parking is another benefit with off street parking provided. Downtown Santa Barbara abounds with parking lots that offer 75 minutes free making it very easy to use a car. There is so much to discover in the area you will want to be able to freely explore and this location is the best place to take advantage of all Santa Barbara offers.

Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful cities: If you are new to Santa Barbara come experience its magic. Known to have incredible gardens and trees you will not be disappointed by its beauty. The coastline is marvelous with many beaches to explore. The wine country of Santa Ynez is just over the hills providing a completely different terrain so close to explore. The city offers so many cultural events. Check out the Santa Barbara Independent for listings of all the local happenings.

The harbor and pier bring the ocean within reach with a museum and charter boats to take to whale watch or fish.

Wendy and Chuck Rockwood: Longtime residents of Santa Barbara, your hosts Wendy and Chuck Rockwood are happy to recommend restaurants, and activities. Included are directions to favorite beaches and places to walk and shop. If you have questions they are happy to answer them and they look forward to your stay at the Hourglass.

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Mission Canyon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Stacking washer/dryer in the bathroom. For our weekly guests: Enjoy one free two hour use of our two electric bikes ($80 value). Explore the many bike paths in town and at the beach and these bikes make the gentle hills no effort at all.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Ligett and Platt sofa bed
  • Luxury bedding awaits you with down comforter and high quality sheets. Large walk-in closet stows everything.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The new outdoor hot tub is a Hot Springs brand called the Jettsetter with Moto-massage. The TV is a large screen HDTV with HD video input from local cable. Full entertainment with DVD, VHS and CD playing capability. Also included are beach towels, beach chairs and a cooler for those trips to the shore.


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Romantic Hourglass Retreat with Spa-Close to town!
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 47 reviews
Mesa, AZ

Great Escape In The Hills of Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5

What an awesome experience my wife and I had at the Hourglass and S.B. Each day held a new adventure for us from a 6 mile walk (round-trip) on Arroyo Beach to hiking at the end of Paradise Road (Gibralter Road Dam trail) to wine tasting in Santa Ynez and Solvang to dining out at Stella Mare's, Opal, Cold Springs Tavern and Rudy's. Santa Barbara has so much to offer and the Hourglass is conveniently located so that you can reach many destinations in a very short time. 5 to 7 minutes to Arroyo Beach (our favorite beach we found), 20 to 25 minutes to Paradise Rd. and hiking trails, 30 to 35 minutes to Santa Ynez and Solvang and only minutes from all the shops and restaurants on State St. Another A+ for us was the tranquiluity of returning home to a clean, well-maintained chalet with hot shower, comfortable bed and relaxing hot tub that allows a view of the stars. We did extensive research online and explored quite a bit while we were there and believe you would be hard-pressed to find a better price, location and amenities then you can find at the Hourglass.

We hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did.

A&L from Arizona

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2009
  • Stayed: June 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to share a spot with our wonderful guests that truly offers all the best of Santa Barbara!
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Sioux Falls, SD

Fantastic Home & Hosts

  • 5 of 5

The Hourglass Home is on the base of the mountains with a fantastic view. The home is clean, nice size & comfortable with all the amenities needed for however long you are staying. Wendi is very available for whatever is needed . We loved our stay in Santa Barbara & will be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Hourglass was perfect for our Honeymoon!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were looking for a quiet and private rental that would feel like "home" during our time in Santa Barbara -- the Hourglass was a perfect fit for the two of us! What really stood out to us was the attention to detail the owner, Wendy, pays to this property -- she has thought of EVERYTHING! Warm robes and battery-powered lanterns for the spa, a bottle of wine on the table when we arrived, beach chairs, and even a rewards discount card attached to the keys for the local supermarket! Wendy was a pleasure to communicate with as well, she almost always responded within the hour (sometimes even minutes) to anything I wished to know. The Hourglass will forever be a highlight of our time in Santa Barbara!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice! Exactly as described

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. Everything was exactly as described. Very quiet and private!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spokane, WA

Clean, quiet, and private

  • 5 of 5

So many good things about this retreat. This was our first trip to Santa Barbara and when looking for a place to stay, the location of this cottage was an attraction. We were not disappointed! From the moment we walked in the door we knew the cottage was going to as advertised. It is comfortable, very clean and private. The hot tub was a plus. Very clean, the best we have every had at a VRBO. The kitchen was well supplied for the meals we cooked in the evening when we did not go out. The cottage is close to Inspiration Point, a local hike that did not disappoint on one of 3 days we did not have rain during our week long stay. The owners are next door and ready to answer any questions or concerns, otherwise you would not have known they lived next door. Our phones got us around town as far as navigation....Trader Joe's is not that far away so we did our grocery shopping there. I could go on and on.....but when we visit again, this cottage will be our first choice to stay. We did have two sugggestions.......even though rain is usually not the norm in SB, an umbrella would have been nice to have in the cottage. It rained a lot during our week. Also, there is a washer and dryer in the cottage. The owners supply a lot of the basic soaps per their site so we did not bring our own small container of laundry soap. That was the one soap not supplied so we bought a container to pass on to other guests who might need it.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Retreat in Excellent Condition

  • 5 of 5

First, Wendy Rookwood is a pleasure to work with in planning and completing your stay at the Hourglass. And, we found Wendy very responsive needs you may have during your stay. Finding the Hourglass with HomeAway was a first experience for us that turned out very, very enjoyable.

The Hourglass is nestled in the scenic hills above the Santa Barbara Mission with both privacy and hiking trails right at your doorstep. It has a warm and inviting ambiance and is in excellent condition. On our very first trip it truly felt like our second home! For first time visitors, I'd recommend paying particular attention to Wendy's excellent directions.

We highly recommend the Hourglass for a memorable stay in Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Property Manager

Wendy Rockwood
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

About Wendy Rockwood

Wendy and Chuck are longtime residents of Santa Barbara and Big Bear California. We are happy to share our love of these communities with our guests. In fact, that is what makes being vacation rental owners of six properties and managing them ourselves, so rewarding. We have made many happy memories in all of our properties (we have lived in each one of them) and can share all the special features and local ideas with guests.

We love gardening, biking, walks on the beach and spending time with our own family which includes three grown children and five grandchildren and a great granddaughter on the way!

Wendy Rockwood purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Wendy Rockwood chose Mission Canyon

This is one of the best locations in town. Close to everything and yet you feel miles away. With plenty of privacy and views, the Hourglass in one of our favorite spots to spend time and all our guests have agreed. Many return again and again to relax in its magic.

What makes this cottage unique

Walking distance to the Botanic Garden, the Mission and Natural History Museum this property is close to all the special things of the area without being in a crowded area. The privacy of your own patio and personal hot tub are a real plus as is the on site off-street parking.

With having a direct relationship with the owner/manager you will deal with one person from your booking to any necessary details during your stay.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"A peaceful, private, haven."

My husband and I grew up in Santa Barbara.

We came for a 3 week respite.

Wendy is a wonderful hostess, and made our stay fantastic.

The hourglass was exactly what we needed!

Looking out the kitchen window you can see hummingbirds and scrubjays. Hearing the birds sing and the scent of lemon

trees, blowing through the window was so refreshing. The mountain views are great. Botanic Gardens is right up the street and well worth the $8:00 cover charge.

We will be back.
Mar 2014
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Mission Santa Barbara
"A must see--Queen of the Missions. Hear the beautiful bells from the Hourglass!"
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
"Close enough to walk--a favorite for families & children."
Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
"Sip a glass of wine & watch the sun set. Free parking & nice beach walk."
Arroyo Burro Beach County Park
"A local beach with free parking. Only a 15 minute drive from the Hourglass."
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
"Beautiful place just down the street from the Hourglass. Walking trails, too."
State Street Shopping & Dining
"Stroll through the Spanish Architecture downtown area. Many boutiques & restaurants of all s..."
La Super-Rica Taqueria
"Julia Child's favorite Mexican food. Written up in Sunset Magazines top picks!"
Car: recommended

Location is important in Santa Barbara! Why put yourself in noisy downtown locations, sharing walls and parking or be off far from town? Our location is free standing, your own personal retreat that offers complete privacy and views and parking at your door. The most charming and best beaches in Santa Barbara are those to which you drive so why limit yourself to walk to crowded downtown beaches that are not the best for swimming or relaxing. Our location is so close to town that you can walk, through distinctive upper east neighborhoods of large beautiful homes. In addition to this convenience by choosing our property you are gaining a place that offers what Santa Barbara is most known for, the beauty of the foothills. You will have discovered why famous people choose Montecito and neighboring Mission Canyon as 'the' place to live. Beachside locations can also get more fog than our area which is often sunny when the dreary patterns hit the coast.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Admin fee $100
Tourism Fee($2.20 a day) $2.2
Security fee-refundable $200
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 12.0%

Cancellation only prior to 60 days with $200 fee. Under 60 days no cancellation unless able to replace replace reservation.
Rental agreement required and is always the final word on policies. County tax 12% on stays less than 31 days and $2.20 SB tourism fee per day.
Preference is given to 3-5 days or more reservations. Shorter stays booked closer to the reservation,

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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