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Fabulous Mediterranean Estate & Guest Cottage

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Main House: 4 bedrooms/3 baths/2 halfbaths/sleeps8;Cottage:1 bedroom/1bath/slps2

Character abounds in renowned winemaker Bryan Babcock and his wife Lisa's enchanting 1920s Mediterranean home, situated perfectly for exploring the spectacular Santa Barbara Riviera (3 minutes from beach!) & nearby wine country. Located in Montecito on nearly an acre of landscaped grounds, the four bedroom house accommodates eight guests comfortably. For an additional cost feel free to inquire about our charming guest cottage. House guests receive complimentary tasting & discounts on our wines.

Ideal Rooms for Entertaining: The fabulous dining room comfortably seats up to ten guests and is conveniently situated next to the gourmet kitchen. Well equipped, the cheery kitchen, with fantastic garden view, features a 6-burner Wolf range with double oven, dishwasher, microwave, and stainless refrigerator, as well as accessories for meal preparation and service. Outstanding caterers are available for special events. Adjacent to the dining area, is the large, cozy family room with views of the majestic oaks, flower garden, and fountain. Curl up with a book or watch a movie in this gorgeous room with beamed ceiling and beautiful old world fireplace.

Charming, Restful Bedrooms: Upstairs, four charming and restful bedrooms await you. Three of the bedrooms have their own bathrooms. The master, with an en suite bathroom has a shower, garden view, television and romantic balcony. Another bedroom, also with balcony, has a bath adjacent and a view of the rose garden. The third bedroom, with en suite bathroom and shower, has a beautiful antique bed and a gorgeous view of the garden with the fountain below. Finally, the fourth upstairs room has a double bed, a small sunroom, perfect for reading, and a small half bath nearby.

Inviting Guest Cottage: Down a stone path, an inviting, two story guest cottage accommodates another two guests and is available for larger groups. The upstairs is bright, with high beamed ceilings and is thoughtfully appointed with a queen bed, charming decor, and two sets of French doors leading to a large balcony. There is a full bath upstairs as well, with a beautiful vintage tiled floor. The first level has a desk and a kitchenette with a small fridge, sink, coffeemaker, microwave and toaster, with seating and a cute table perfect for a morning scone and coffee. Parking is conveniently available near the home's front door, with room for a vehicle or two back by the guest cottage.

House guests receive complimentary wine tasting at Babcock Vineyards Tasting Room located in the acclaimed Santa Rita Hills appellation.* Guests also receive a 20% discount on any wine purchases. If you can’t make it up to the winery, but would like to have some Babcock wines during your stay, we are more than happy to deliver them to the house prior to your arrival.

*Wine tasters must be 21 or older, however we do welcome guests of all ages. We ave many areas to picnic both indoor and out. Additionally we have games such as checkers, chess and a pool table. We carry an enormousness collection of vintage vinyl, customers are welcome to listen with headphones and many of our albums are for sale, along with other very cool vintage finds!

More Details

Lisa Boisset
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
June 2, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a beautiful place you have here. I so appreciate you working with me to make Joe's birthday so special. The family loved being here and the kids loved the swings and play area. The party was a huge success! Thank you.
Apr 2010
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Montecito Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Guest Bath 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Bath 2 - toilet , shower
    Upstairs Bath - toilet
    Downstairs Bath - toilet
    Cottage Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , with Balcony
    Guest Room 1 - 1 queen , with Balcony
    Guest Room 2 - 1 double
    Guest Room 3 - 1 queen , Sun Room
    Guest Cottage - Available to add-on at extra cost - 1 queen , Balcony & Bath - Private Driveway
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Guests (21 years of age or older) while staying at the residence receive complimentary wine tasting at Babcock Winery & Tasting Room located in the acclaimed Santa Rita Hills wine appellation near Lompoc. You will also receive a 20% discount on any of your wine purchases. If you can’t make it up to the winery, but would like to have some Babcock wines during your stay, we are more than happy to deliver them to the House prior to your arrival.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Fabulous Mediterranean Estate & Guest Cottage
average rating of 4.9375 based on 56 reviews
Atlanta, GA

Absolutely charming

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with this house & property. It's gorgeous and has so much charm and character. Our children loved playing in the yard. It is an older home so if you need new construction and high-tech amenities, this might not be your cup of tea. But clearly someone has put a lot of thought and love into this home and it shows. We would love to return soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! We love when people enjoy the charm and style of our home and appreciate the beautiful outdoor grounds as well! If you didn't make it to our winery this time, we really hope you do the next. Complimentary tasting, and for those not interested in wine, there are great vistas, beautiful picnic spots, games, pool and vintage shopping too. Thanks again for your visit and nice review! We do hope you come back and visit us again. Wishing you the best, Lisa
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Beutiful Villa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Babcock house when my son was getting married in Montecito. The house created a calming, homey oasis for our family during a very busy time. We all said it was a little piece of Italy in CA! We would definitely stay there again. We also rented the charming back-house so that we would have the entire compound.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We are so happy that you enjoyed:) We love to share the warmth and character of this '20s home with others who appreciate. We wish your son the best in his new chapter and hope you will return someday! All the best, Lisa
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Lovely Accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

I rented the house and guest cottage for myself, my parents and three bridesmaids to serve as our home base for my wedding in Santa Barbara. Everything worked out wonderfully - the house is very large with plenty of space and beautiful architecture features. We loved the big kitchen and dining table, plus the outdoor space is serene and welcoming as well. The home is exactly as pictured and described, and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home for a group

  • 5 of 5

Brought our family and a 1 year old granddaughter. Big birthday celebration. My kids arranged a photoshoot and the grounds and the home were beautiful for the picture settings. When the week was over, we felt so at home. The house was perfect for all of us. Very comfortable. When we needed to speak to the owner, she was very helpful and quick to respond. The winery tour was so much fun - stopped in Solvang on the way and it was a perfect day trip. The house has everything you could need to be comfortable. I hope to find an excuse to return soon. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Better in real life than the pictures.

  • 5 of 5

The Babcock Home is absolutely amazing. We hosted our sons rehearsal dinner for a small group and we truly felt like we were in Italy. With the finest kitchen I have ever seen, we were able to put on an Italian feast. The ambiance both inside and outside was better than any restaurant we could have ever gone to. The house is perfect for any occasion. I would highly recommend it and would live to go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tuscany in Montecito

  • 5 of 5

Lovely stay in the foothills of Montecito. House was tucked down a narrow drive. Beautiful grounds. We stayed in the Guest Cottage. Quaint two-story with an old world feel. A great balcony to enjoy morning coffee or afternoon wine and cheese. The cottage had a comfortable bed, well appointed bathroom and lots of living space. Close Santa Barbara and about an hour from Solvang (north) or the Ronald Reagen Presidential Library (south). Many wineries in close proximity...but the most fun one was the owners winery at Babcock Winery and Vineyards in Lompoc! Don't forget to tour the Santa Barbara Mission!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Santa Barbara is known as the “American Riviera”. Majestic mountains are the backdrop for one of the most beautiful “beach towns” in the country with a temperate climate year round making it a wonderful destination anytime. A congenial, small town atmosphere ensures a relaxing vacation along with a wide variety of things to do from sailing to live theater to wine tasting; and the restaurants are world class. Montecito is a small rustic community minutes away from down town Santa Barbara and the beach.


Rates & Availability

Montecito Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer - Main House
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer - Main House
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Fall - Main House
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Winter- Main House
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 19 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $245 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Mid-week pricing for Mon-Wed. nights
**Rental of Guest Cottage Requires An Additional Rental Fee - Contact For Details**
Cleaning for Main House $245.00 / Guest House $75.00 (call about additional maid service); Insurance Fee for Main House $75.00 Guest House $25.00
Summer rates apply for holiday weeks, Spring Break, Vintners' Festival, Celebration of Harvest.
Call for monthly rates.
COMPLIMENTARY WINE TASTING AT OUR ESTATE VINEYARD + 20% off Bottle Purchases, Free Delivery to the Vintner House

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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