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'Ravenscroft' Historic Estate with Pool, Spa & Tennis Court

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Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights


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Estate, 8 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 8.5 Baths, (Sleeps 16)

Romantic, historic George Washington Smith gated and private 2 acre Estate with pool, spa, tennis court, located in the heart of Montecito, a seaside village that has seduced moguls, magnates and movie stars for over a hundred years.

Ravenscroft pays homage to the grandeur of its natural setting with a timeless elegance that is truly captivating, for it is not only seen with the eye, but also felt with the heart.

The Estate is located in one of the most prestigious areas in Montecito, amongst the large and old grand estates of its same historic pedigree, directly adjacent the 34 acre Lotus Land, providing a private and serene setting, while being less than 3 miles to the beach.

It has been immaculately restored and renovated to meet the exacting needs of modern life while staying true to the purity of its renowned architect George Washington Smith.

Smith is synonymous with classic Santa Barbara architecture and in 1922 he designed Ravenscroft, a magical and timeless work of art that has been held in high esteem and published often as a local architectural marvel. It is one of a handful, and arguably the most well preserved, of original classically designed Santa Barbara Estates still in existence. The Four Seasons Biltmore was built by the same architect with the same design and materials, as was the Ogilvy house which is just a few doors down and Casa Del Hererro, a museum available for tour.

Within this classic Estate are sweeping lawns, colorful gardens, intimate outdoor terraces and majestic gates. The main residence is trimmed with elegant hand tooled wrought iron gates, doors and windows and provides 5 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths. The 52 foot long grand living room was built at Peggy Ravenscroft request, simulating a London stage, and is the heart of Ravenscroft, with a large roaring fireplace that Peggy's horse used to sit in front of, a baby grand piano and wrought iron/glass doors and windows that lead to the interior courtyard and feeds the master staircase, dining room, bedroom wing and library/office. In the office/library are a fireplace, desk and secret door with passage to the wine cellar with fireplace and tasting room. The tasting room has a full bed in front of the fireplace with view of the rock wine cellar.

There is also a 52 foot long garden room with live vines that have grown over the ceiling and beams since the 1920's, along with original wrought iron/glass doors that were hand crafted on site during construction of Ravenscroft, and lead out into the garden, pool and tennis court area. In this garden room are a 50' flat screen, queen size pull out couch, fireplace and large dining area.

The large and bright kitchen is one of the most magical places in Ravenscroft, with the original preserved GWS white tile, floor to ceiling, that is complimented with an updated butlers pantry that remains as it was originally built in the 1920's, a sitting area with fireplace, original wrought iron/glass windows and doors that lead to interior courtyards and all the modern conveniences such as La Cornue stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator and two dishwashers.

The theatre room includes professional theatre seats for 9 and is a great place for the family or kids to enjoy.

The 800 square feet guest house features a large and bright living room with pull out couch, 1 king bedroom, 2 full bathrooms and a fully equipped charming kitchen. The large great room, with 50' flat screen, has an expansive ceiling, with the original architectural beams exposed coupled with wide wood plank floors. The kitchen and bathrooms all have the original GWS white tiles, covering floor to ceiling, and original fixtures, doors and hardware.

The cozy 'Abigail Cottage' is a restored charming small 1 BR/1BA guest cottage surrounded by fruit orchard, expansive lawns and hen house.

The sparkling pool, spa and north/south tennis court complete the magnificent estate. Also, within this private and magical Estate are a Garden Lath house and Japanese Green House that were built in 1934.

The work out room offers 2 step machines, free weights, univeral machines and a ping pong table. There are also 2 bikes available.

Staying at Ravenscroft is like stepping back in time, into Santa Barbara's history and you can just imagine Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn around the corner. There is no other property available like this one in Santa Barbara.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Published 'California Romantica” by author Diane Keaton

- 'You discovered Ravenscroft, ONE OF OUR FAVORITE HOMES in Montecito. Do you know the history of the design of the living room and its enormous fireplace? Yes, it was designed so that the horses could come in and get warmed by the fire. In particular, Mrs. Ravencroft’s favorite horse, Jack.' 'Did you know the design of the living room was taken from a popular London stage production of the era. According to David Myrick’s account in his two-volume “Montecito And Santa Barbara,” Marguerite (Peggy) Doe Courtney, who later married Henry Ravenscroft – hence the name of the home – asked Smith to design a living room that duplicated the stage set of the play, which is why the living room is 52 feet long.'

- 'That says a lot about George Washington Smith: that he was a game guy; that he took on the owners’ ideas and wasn’t afraid of them and didn’t feel that it was encroaching on his genius. It’s an act of generosity on his part and, because of that, his work is probably the most prevalent in this book and it’s the most unusual and most diverse. He wasn’t afraid of a new idea. THAT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HOMES.'

- 'Did you happen to see the lathe house on the Ravenscroft property that, according to Harry Kolb, was where the first commercially grown orchids on the Central Coast were grown? I love that I saw it [in its decayed state] and caught it right before they began the restoration. I’m a preservationist, as you know, and I feel the beauty shines forth no matter what state these homes are in. You mustn’t be afraid of them. When you see the beauty OF THIS PARTICULAR HOME, it’s so astonishing. I just fell in love with it.'

Keywords: Luxury Santa Barbara Private and Gated Historic Estate with pool, spa and tennis court -rare for a vacation rental, less than 2 miles to the Beach

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

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based on 11 traveler reviews

'Ravenscroft' Historic Estate with Pool, Spa & Tennis Court
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Amazing & Wonderful Estate to rent for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family (15 adults & teens) just enjoyed a perfect family vacation at Ravenscroft. It is a spectacular and unique property. The owners have lovingly restored the home to it's original grandeur and it was a special treat to be able to call this estate home for a week.

The grounds are stunning. The pool, jacuzzi and tennis court were so well maintained. There's a chicken coop on the property and we were able to get fresh eggs for breakfast. Upon our arrival, the kitchen was stocked with everything we'd requested and a full dinner was left for us so we didn't have to cook or shop on that first night. On a different night, we hired the private chef recommended to us and she was outstanding.

There is air conditioning in the master suite and fans provided in the other rooms although the gorgeous Montecito weather doesn't often require their use. Aside from the Maine House bedrooms, there is a one-bedroom guest suite that is beautifully decorated and has an extremely comfortable king bed as well as a pull-out sofa in the living room. There is a 9 seat movie theater with exceptionally comfortable reclining chairs. There is an outdoor ping pong patio, indoor billiard room and gym, outdoor fireplaces in several locations... honestly, this property is virtually perfection.

The only thing I'd change is the WiFi signal. It's available in a few spots in the house, but not across the entire property. That said, it was rather nice putting the phone/iPad down for the better part of every day.

There are so many places to relax and have fun on the property that it was hard to venture beyond the beautiful wrought iron gates. However, there are many great restaurant choices right in Montecito.

This is a special place and the owners are beyond accommodating. I could not recommend it more highly.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manhattan Beach, CA

Splendid for the whole family!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic famiy reunion celebrating our dad's 80th birthday. We ranged in age from 7 years old to 80 and there was something for everyone. We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful gardens and the gorgeous estate. There is no need to leave the Ravenscroft Estate because there is so much to do. My neice enjoyed finding fresh eggs every morning in the chicken coop, we all loved swimming in the pool, relaxing in the jacuzzi and playing family tennis. The lawn was perfect for bocce ball. We watched family movies in the theater, played ping pong, rode bikes and went hiking. There are so many lovely gardens to choose from to just sit and read a book or listen to the birds chirping. The kitchen was well equiped with gorgeous appliances which made it a joy to cook family meals. It was truly hard to leave and we all hope to be able to return soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

This is the finest house we have ever rented or had access to.

The owner is beyond gracious and helpful.

The grounds are spectacular.

There are so many priceless trees here you are just in amazement .

The house is a historic trove yet comfortable and decorated perfectly.

My wife and I are already planning when we can come back and if we can lengthen our next stay.

Frankly experiences like this are never forgotten.

All information on this house is highly accurate.

The truth is the amazing pictures hardly give you the full beauty of staying here.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A magical setting for memories

  • 5 of 5

Ravenscroft is appointed with such thoughtful detail. Photos do not do it justice. Melanie and Todd clearly have thought of all the comforts and luxuries to allow for relaxation, fun and creating memories. The kitchen is enviable. And there are so many picturesque places to relax and have a meal or just a glass of wine. From the sitting area near the outdoor fireplace to the indescribable room with vines on the ceilings. With a tennis court, pool and gorgeous gardens, you never have to leave Ravenscroft for a perfect holiday. It is really a magical place.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ravenscroft Estate

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent Labor Day weekend at the Ravenscroft Estate and it was the most pleasant family trips we've experienced. The estate is filled with history and the amenities gave us plenty to do and enjoy.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Manhattan Beach, CA

Fabulous Experience!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous week away at Ravenscroft over Easter. We were 2 families from Los Angeles with young children.

Todd and Melanie were fabulous to work with during the booking and organization phase. When we arrived on Easter Sunday afternoon, they had stocked the fridge and cupboards with the groceries we requested and also left a lovely spread of wine, cheese and cake for us.

The photos on the website of course look fabulous but almost don't do this amazing and historic property justice. It is in one of the most prime Montecito locations - right next to Lotus Land (which is also a must see!).

We had 2 nannys with us during the week who had great accommodations in the 2 bedroom plus living area guest cottage. The grounds are absolutely amazing and a real highlight were the fireside dinners and smores we cooked over the wood burning outdoor fireplace.

A great experience and thanks to Todd and Melanie for being great to work with.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Car: necessary

- The Beach is less than 2 miles away.

- Downtown Santa Barbara is 5 miles away.

- Santa Ynez wineries are 45 miles away for which there are several services that provide day trips from limos to jeeps

- Lotus Land is steps away

- Casa De Herrera is within 2 miles


Rates & Availability

Montecito Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Season
May 20 2017 - Sep 10 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $250 per night, per additional guest
Thanks Giving
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 27 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $250 per night, per additional guest
Christmas & New Year
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $250 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $250 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $1,000
Refundable damage deposit $5,000
Tax Rate 15.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Montecito Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , One of two bathrooms off the master
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , One of two bathrooms in the Master Suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , In the main house accompanying the queen bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , In the main house accompanying the queen bedroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , In the main house accompanying the queen bedroom
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , In the guest house
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , In the guest house
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower , In Abigail Cottage
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , In the main house
  • 8.5
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Master Bedroom with twin trundle bed in the sitting area
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , In the main house on the ground floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , In the main house on the ground floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , In the main house on the ground floor
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Guest House with pull out couch in the grand living room
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single , In Abigail Cottage
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Wine room in front of fireplace with wine cellar view
    Bedroom 8 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , In the Garden Room is a queen size pull out couch
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (4) 1 of the Queen beds are European Queen which is slightly smaller than US Queen. Twin Beds (3) There is a twin bed in the Abigail Cottage and a twin trundle bed in the sitting area of the Master Bedroom. Pull out couches (2) There are also 2 pull out couches: one in the main house garden room and one in the guest house grand living room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Ravenscroft also offers a work out room with 2 step machines, free weights and weight machines that include a universal, bench press and smith machine. In this room is also ping pong table. There there are 2 bikes available., tennis rackets, floating matts for the pool. There is also a baby grand piano. Daily maid service is available for weekly stays at the rate of $495 for the week.

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