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Stylish Cottage Retreat by the Sea in Carpinteria

Bedrooms 2
Space sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-5)

This charming and stylish, beautifully refurbished cottage is 1.5 blocks from Carpinteria State Beach, 1 block from Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park and a few blocks to the heart of town. Included bikes, beach chairs, beach wagon, and cooler all make a fun-filled day at the beach effortless. When you return, rinse off the salt and sand in the warmth of the outdoor shower.

We were honored to have our cottages (#248884 & #336069) chosen to fill the "Little Gem" category of Carpinteria Beautiful's annual Home and Garden Tour in April 2012. They were also featured in Carpinteria Magazine's winter 2010 edition.

The cottage features bamboo hardwood floors, tasteful furnishings, central heat, ceiling fans in the bedrooms, and all the comforts of home. Beautiful, original paintings by local artists adorn the walls. There is a bedroom with a queen bed and another with a bunk bed with a twin on top and full bed on the bottom. A lovely patio in the yard with an outdoor dining table is the perfect spot for a sunset dinner. The cottage is beautifully decorated and very comfortable. There is a fully upgraded kitchen with stone countertops and all new appliances, including a dishwasher, microwave and ice maker. You will also find a washer and dryer for your convenience. We offer a library of beach and summer themed DVD's and wireless internet at no additional charge. Games and books are in the cupboard for mellow days around the house.

The surrounding neighborhood is very peaceful and the neighbors are friendly. There are several antique shops and wonderful restaurants within walking distance, as well as nature trails and wonderful bird watching one short block away. Or, hop on the bikes and head to town! Thursday afternoons offer a fresh Farmers Market. The town of Santa Barbara is a short drive away and hosts a zoo, museums, shopping, golf, art events, botanical gardens, the Queen of the Missions, wine tasting and more! Stop in Summerland for great antiquing, then glamorous, celebrity-filled Montectio along the way.

Our cottage offers a charming place to stay while on your vacation. Make it your home-away-from-home!


Keywords: Cottage, beach cottage

More Details

Kat Hirsch
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2017

About Kat Hirsch

Our family bought 2 neglected, unloved cottages on one lot one 1/2 blocks from the beach. We expertly and extensively refurbished them throughout, upgrading EVERYTHING and making them very livable and lovely. They are now complete and we are ready to share them with people that will appreciate the fine quality of our charming cottages.

Kat Hirsch purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Kat Hirsch chose Santa Barbara County

Carpinteria is a charming town. The beach is amazing and there are many other local activities and good restaurants. We live in nearby Santa Barbara.

What makes this cottage unique

Beach walks, dinner on the patio, entertaining friends and family, bird watching at Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park which is 1 short block away, days at the beach with the kids, watching them swim out to the platforms with all of the other kids.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Kat and Jed-

What a wondeful way to start a new year. Your cottage is delightfully decorated, fully furnished, nice and warm. You covered every detail. The weather was perfect. We enjoyed every minute of it.

- George and Anne
Jan 2016
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Carpinteria Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1) Full on bottom, twin on top
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(49 traveler reviews)

Stylish Cottage Retreat by the Sea in Carpinteria
average rating of 4.9387755 based on 56 reviews

Sweet Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful cottage for my family of four. Perfectly furnished and such a great location to the beach and downtown Carp. We would definitely stay here again. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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chatham illinois

Third Visit to HH

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for our third time at Holly House in Carp.

Everything about the place is perfect for us. Perfect size for the two of us, and our daughter, who lives in Carp, can visit and hang with us. Beautiful Patio for eating and sunning. We use the grill for cook outs. Kitchen is nicely furnished for meal prep. Great assortment of rec equipment. House is always in perfect condition when we get there.

Location is perfect. Two blocks to beach; a short walk to downtown Carp, which has everything you need.

Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and beautiful escape

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying in this adorable and comfortable cottage for two weeks of pure relaxation. The location makes the beach easily accessible with a walk of just 2 blocks straight to the ocean. The decor creates a zen like home away from home with all necessities provided. We enjoyed exploring local restaurants as well as some just minutes away in Santa Barbara. Other nights we enjoyed staying home for a BBQ including produce from the local farmer's market. The bikes were fun for the adults and college age kids. Kit was extremely helpful and immediate in answering any/all questions or needs. We look forward to visiting next summer as well.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This is our second year to stay at Holly House. We are a family of 5 and love this beach cottage. It is cozy and has everything you need. We love all the kitchen amenities, tons of towels, games, and beach accessories (wagon, chairs, boogie boards, etc). The location to shops and restaurants is perfect. And the beach is only 2 short blocks down. My husband loves that he did not need to drive anywhere during our stay - literally, he parked the car when we arrived and did not use it again until we drove to the airport to head home. With everything you need at the cottage or within walking distance, you can truly have a relaxing and stress-free vacation. Thanks for another wonderful stay Kat!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad your family enjoyed another stay at Holly House. See you next year! Kat
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Las Vegas

Exceptional Beach Cottage in Carpinteria!

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate to be able to book this beautiful cottage! It has all the amenities you could think of for a perfect beach vacation. Our family of 4 (2 adults/2 toddler boys (5,3) enjoyed our stay here. Upon pulling up to cottage, we could see the ocean down the street and our boys couldn't wait to go play! Unfortunately the weather wasn't the warmest but our boys didn't care and jumped into the ocean without even putting on their swimsuits. Thank God for the heated outdoor shower that they used before coming into the house :). Every amenity you could imagine from toaster, waffle maker, and even a french press coffee was provided. Plenty of towels (beach and bath) were available for us that we didn't have to do laundry every day. The kids loved having the apple tv and internet available to watch their shows when they were done playing outside. Both rooms beds were exceptionally comfortable and you didn't want to get out of them. I used the beach cruiser everyday to ride down to Lucky Llamas and get a acai bowl for breakfast and donuts for the rest of the fam (one suggestion would be to add a basket to one of the bikes to carry groceries in). We even had some relatives over one night for dinner and family game night with plenty of room for everyone. The closeness to both the beach, downtown shops/restaurants, and the train station were all pluses in my book! Definitely try out the Thai restaurant on Linden for some great Thai food!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Cottage near the beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this cottage - so clean, nicely furnished. Beds were comfortable. Beach was in easy walking distance. We brought kayaks along, and took them to the beach and went kayaking in the ocean - even saw a pod of dolphins! We would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Carpinteria Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Jan 17 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
May 30 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Low Season
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $125
Tax Rate 12.0%

Payments can be made by check, Paypal or Venmo.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
21.7 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.6 Miles
Tee Time
Nearest Train
0.2 Miles
Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
0.7 Miles
101 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Carpinteria Beach
Car: not necessary

tidepooling, bird watching, whale watching, sunset cruises, surfing


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