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Classic Beach House, Great Back Yard. Walk Everywhere!

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


Minimum Stay
30 nights

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 6 to 10

Seashore Cottage is a beautifully maintained beach house in one of the best locations in Santa Barbara. The property is circa 1940 in an art nouveau style and has been carefully restored to its original charm while offering the comforts of first class accommodations. It is half a block to Santa Barbara's East Beach, and a short walk to the world renowned Santa Barbara Zoo. It is about a mile walk to both State Street (Stearns Wharf) and Montecito. Very close to a scheduled stop on Santa Barbara's Electric Bus Route that takes you to the wharf and downtown (25 cents, includes one transfer!).

Seashore Cottage is a single family home which includes three bedrooms, two with queen beds and one with two twins, and two sleeper sofas which convert to queen beds. The house is equipped with new appliances, a private washer and dryer, fine quality linens and bedding, and attractive furnishings. The cottage is filled with light, decorated in a beach motif and welcomes you to relax, kick your shoes off and make yourself at home.

The property offers a lushly landscaped and wonderfully private,fully fenced rear yard, which is very rare for this location. The yard includes a vine draped pergola under which there is a fountain and furniture for lounging and dining, a private and secluded Jacuzzi large enough for 6 people and a BBQ adjacent to the kitchen. Our two car garage has been converted into an indoor/outdoor cabana where you can play ping-pong while the kids draw chalk art on the concrete nearby. We also have three orange trees which bear delicious juicing oranges. Mimosas, anyone?

Whether traveling solo, with friends, extended family or small children, Seashore Cottage really makes your vacation stress free!


Have any special requests? Want to arrive to a stocked pantry? Let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please send an email to inquire.

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Elizabeth Winthrop
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
December 28, 2016

About Elizabeth Winthrop

We have lived in Santa Barbara for over 30 years. My husband is a well-known and popular ophthalmologist and I am a retired attorney. We have raised three children in Santa Barbara and now that they are all off doing their own thing, I have embarked on a new career owning and operating my two vacation rentals (the other one is near the Biltmore Hotel in Montecito - VRBO #382419.) Although we have traveled all over the globe, we are always so glad to come home to this magical place. We think you'll feel the same! I manage my vacation rentals with the same care that I have devoted to our own home on the Riviera, and they are both impeccably maintained. We have enjoyed staying in properties like ours that offer the comforts of a first class hotel, with a lot more space and convenience. Santa Barbara offers the most fabulous lifestyle, and Seashore Cottage will give you the opportunity to 'live like a local.' Welcome to paradise!

Why Elizabeth Winthrop chose Santa Barbara

Location, location, location! A short block to Santa Barbara's East beach, walking distance to downtown Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Zoo, and Montecito. A great market on the corner, Trader Joe's two blocks away. Easy freeway access. Three hotel spas, bike rentals, visitor information all within walking distance. This is the place to be.

What makes this house unique

Seashore Cottage is a 1940's era art nouveau style single story cottage that has been lovingly and painstakingly restored and renovated to its original charm. We have salvaged all original hardware and there are hardwood floors in the bedrooms and living rooms, slate floors in the kitchens and carrera marble in the bathrooms. Rare for the area, Seashore Cottage features a beautifully landscaped and fully enclosed rear yard with an indoor/outdoor playroom which is wonderful for small children. Every interior surface has been re-finished, without sacrificing the unique appeal of an older home. The layout of this property is great for two families or multi-generation extended families with plenty of separation for the youngsters to play while the adults relax. The primary kitchen is adjacent to the backyard and the BBQ, and there is a secondary 'entertainment/wet bar/laundry' kitchen in the front living room area.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(68 traveler reviews)

Classic Beach House, Great Back Yard. Walk Everywhere!
average rating of 4.9558825 based on 68 reviews
San Marcos Texas

Excellent in every way!

  • 5 of 5

This property is excellent in every way! Working with kind owner was flawless. She was helpful from the beginning to the end. We were a family of six--- grandparents, children and grandchildren. The lovely, immaculately clean house has everything and is ideally located near the beach and grocery. You can walk for miles. It is also puppy friendly for a small fee. Everyone had a great time! Perfect in every way. The owners have gone out of their way to anticipate any possible needs and were very helpful with questions and communication. Would love to stay again!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing weekend!

  • 5 of 5

The house is so cute and lots of room! Very close to the beach! We had a great weekend! :)

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Location, Perfect Space!

  • 5 of 5

The location alone would be enough to consider this place perfect. But what adds even more to the perfect location is the perfect house! It is spacious, clean, and has tons of fun amenities. There are two kitchens, a ping pong room with a fridge, a large outdoor courtyard. This is the perfect place for a large group that wants to be within walking distance of downtown, and only steps away from the beach, a park across the street and an awesome little market on the corner.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Davis, California

Fabulous stay for large family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous stay at this beach house / Seashore Cottage! Had three generations of family members to spend time together and have a great time in Santa Barbara. Delightfully furnished, very clean, and large enough to fit eight of us comfortably. Comfortable beds, even the sofabeds. Kitchen was fairly well stocked and we had no difficulties eating several meals here. Outdoor furnishings were comfortable for reading, napping, and chatting. All of us loved the ping pong table!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Family Vacation Cottage

  • 5 of 5

I wish I could give this cottage more than 5 Stars. It was immaculately clean and had absolutely everything you would need in a home including multiple ice cream scoops, reusable shopping bags to take to the grocery store, a complete kit in a bucket with all personal supplies in case you found yourself with beach tar on your feet (didn't need to use, but it was great that it was there just in case), beach umbrellas and chairs, and much more. The washer and dryer was a lifesaver when traveling with young children and it was wonderful to be able to wash our clothes after days at the beach.

The location could not have been better. Just a few minutes walk to East Beach, which is very family friendly and has a indoor/outdoor casual grill counter service restaurant with a patio that you can visit while you are at the beach for breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks or soft serve ice cream. We were able to walk to the Santa Barbara Zoo which is very close. Maybe a 5-10 minute walk at my 4 year old's pace. Great benefit as the zoo parking lot was full and parking was hard to come by. It is also about a 10 minute walk to a nice playground and an antique carousel and a little farther down is the Santa Barbara Wharf with restaurants, ice cream shops, a marine center/museum and more. We took advantage of the surrey rentals and enjoyed the Santa Barbara bike path that runs for miles along the shore. We kept ourselves busy for days at a time without needing to drive a car as so much is within walking distance.

All of the rooms were very comfortable and even during a heat wave, we had nice ocean breezes with the windows open and ceiling fans on. The backyard patio is wonderful for enjoying lunch or ice cream outside, playing ping pong in the converted garage rec room or just enjoying the peaceful evening outside in a lounge chair.

The owner, Betsy was very pleasant to work with and she was just a text away for any question we had. She went out of her way to check on us to see if we needed any extra fans as we were experiencing a heat wave and gave us great suggestions for restaurants and points of interest. The location is ideal. The cottage is spotless, stylish and comfortable. Great choice for a family vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful beach getaway

  • 5 of 5

Charming home close to the beach and walking distance to downtown. We had the best time just relaxing in the backyard. Very cute, very clean. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Fess Parker's Double Tree Hotel
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
U.S. Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Bistro 1111 in Hyatt Hotel
Nearest Ski
180 Miles
Big Bear Resort
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
East Beach
Car: not necessary

Walking distance to Santa Barbara Zoo. One short block to East Beach with volley ball, bike paths, weekly art shows. Half block from one of Santa Barbara's favorite locally owned farm fresh produce and grocery stores. Walking distance to State Street and Montecito. Quiet street with spacious private back yard area and plenty of street parking.

Please see our other two Santa Barbara beach properties at HomeAway #963746 and VRBO #510209.

Other Activities: Boating, Shopping, Kayaking


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Refundable damage deposit $150
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 12.0%

Visa, MC, Personal Check.
Available year round.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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East Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Wet Bar
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathrooms are newly remodeled with carrera marble, subway tile and new sinks and fixtures.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , This bedroom also contains a flat screen television
  • The two sofas in the cottage have trundle-type beds that are queen sized. We also provide a Pack and Play (please bring your own crib bedding) and a high chair. Additional infant/toddler equipment available upon request.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Pets are welcome with prior consent. A separate pet fee will apply. Please inquire.

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