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Spectacular View Above the Clouds

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights


Santa Barbara House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 8)

4 bedroom 3 bath 3000sq ft handcrafted mountain home w/ breathtaking views of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands from the top of San Marcos Pass in Los Padres National Forest. Beautiful, peaceful, a hikers' and bicyclists' dream, with plenty of room for private time to read, write, enjoy the wild birds and animals, the garden and the panorama of Santa Barbara the way it used to be. 2 master bedrooms, with king-size beds, 1 upstairs, the other in the back of the house by the rose garden with its own entrance and deck. 3rd & 4th bedrooms with queen sized beds. Experience non-tourist Santa Barbara 20 min. from downtown, UCSB and the Santa Ynez Valley wineries (a great bike tour). Watch amazing sunrises and sunsets from 3 decks, a tiny, private patio, and a terrace 2500 feet above Santa Barbara and enjoy the sun when the city is shrouded in fog. Hike "Lizard's Mouth" and "The Playground" in the national forest, visit Painted Cave, fish and boat on Cachuma Lake, and dine close by at historic Cold Springs Tavern on Stage Coach Road.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed

Michael Grua
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
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October 18, 2016


based on 6 traveler reviews

Spectacular View Above the Clouds
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Mountain living at its best.

  • 5 of 5

We spent the weekend of June 10-June 14 2016 in this beautiful mountain home to attend the graduation of our son, grandson, nephew and cousin from University of California Santa Barbara. The house has so much character and all of us fell in love with it. The views from the decks are amazing and the inside is well laid out. The owner met us there to show us around and he was very personable and told us to call him if we had any problems. There is a lot of history behind this house and every one in our group enjoyed our stay there. I would go back to this home anytime I am in the Santa Barbara area. Ann from Georgia

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ann and her extended family were excellent guests and I do hope that she and/or the others will come back.
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Sunnyvale, CA

A home above Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5

Our first impression when we walked through the door was that if felt like a "home" and not a vacation rental. The house has family history in every corner and "real" decoration that has evolved over the years. This is a house that it's furnished to live in, not to rent. When we arrived, the owner met us and gave us a tour of the house. He was very welcoming and made himself available to solve any problems that may arise (we had none). Now, the main draw of the house are the views. They are amazing at all time: during the day you can see the Pacific Ocean and the channel islands, and at night, you can see the Santa Barbara city lights and the stars. The house also has a sizable deck, which is a great place to spend time, the friendly birds will come and eat peanuts (which the owner thoughtfully provides) almost off your hand and I've never seen so many hummingbirds before. One of the people in my group is a cook and he loved the 1927 stove and the very well equipped kitchen. Oh, and for the technology-inclined, the WiFi is fast. The only negative for the house (more like a trade-off) is that it takes 20-25 minutes to drive to Santa Barbara; it's an easy drive (mostly on highway 154), but you are away from things. All and all, we loved the place and we highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winnetka, CA

College Reunion

  • 5 of 5

The pictures are exactly how this house looked when we arrived and more! The views of Santa Barbara are spectacular and the patio was so nice with lay out chairs. My friends and I enjoyed the library while watching the Olympics and the kitchen was equipped with everything we needed to make meals. The beds were so comfortable and the bathrooms were clean. The owner was very easy to work with, dependable, and thorough. The house has a very warm and welcome feel to it and we were so grateful to have this place to create great memories! If we have our next reunion in SB I'll be sure to see if this house is available.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ukiah, CA

Cozy Home with Fabulous Views

  • 5 of 5

Very unique property nestled above the fog in the hills overlooking Santa Barbara. Cozy but roomy home has lots of space for multiple conversations, as well as larger gathering spaces for meals and games. Balcony and deck spaces offer views above the city lights and ocean, out to the Channel Islands, or just an amazing get away from which to enjoy the stars. Well equipped kitchen for preparing family meals. Pictures accurately show the quality and coziness of this hand-crafted home. The beds are comfortable and the owner's hospitality genuine. We brought three couples and a bunch of young adult children for a reunion and a UCSB graduation celebration, for which this home served well as both a base for outings and a comfortable home for preparing meals and sharing quality time. The piano was wonderful, and the evening of charades memorable. One of our party fell in love with the many comfortable and cozy seating areas, inside and out, for conversations. The wireless served multiple computer and smart phone users effortlessly. A unique and high quality Vacation Home Rental that for the space, location, and amenities, was very reasonably priced. Heartily recommended!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful View

  • 5 of 5

What a unique and wonderful house. The views are spectacular and ever changing based on the time of day and the weather. Comfortable accomodations. Enough room where you can go off and read in one area and watch TV in another. Easy day trips into Santa Barbara and the wineries in the other direction.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Home

  • 5 of 5

Truly custom, warm, and unique home with stunning views of Santa Barbara. An authentic mountain retreat surrounded by nature, trees, and sky.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind, and certainly accurate review. Looking forward to your return sometime.
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Private Homes, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Area, Central Coast, California, USA (20 Minutes From Downtown S.B, UCSB and Santa Ynez Wineries) San Marcos Pass has recently been declared one of the most scenic highways in the country and has been designated as a national scenic corridor protected from billboards and commercial development. The drive to and from town is spectacular. Additionally, West Camino Cielo is the route of several 'cloud tours' from Santa Barbara, that bring visitors up out of the summer fog on their way to the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country. The mountains are an amazing experience from another time. But if it gets too quiet, The Chumash Indian Casino is just over the hill.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Parasailing, Boating, Shelling, Rock Climbing, Health/Beauty Spa, Racquetball,


Rates & Availability

Santa Barbara House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 15 2017 - Jun 19 2017
5 night minimum stay
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

All three day weekends have a 3 night minimum stay.
$25 per night per person for more than 8 guests.

Refundable reservation/damage deposit equal to one nights rental fee due before confirmation. 50% of the full rental amount due 60 days prior to check-in. Balance of the rental fee plus taxes and $200 cleaning fee due 30 days prior to check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Santa Barbara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Sunken tub w/ shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
48in flat screen HD TV in library. CD stereo system is only compatible w/ personal laptops. Minimum Age Limit for Renters. Relax among 50 blooming rose bushes (in season). Dining room w/ burl table seating 10. 6ft 1in concert grand piano in living room. Library w/ hundreds of books, overflowing into bedroom bookcases. Study w/ computer DSL access, scanner and printer. A perfect place for family reunions and/or wedding guests. We're right in between the quaint Danish village of Solvang/Santa Ynez Valley wine country and Santa Barbara, 'The Riviera of America'.

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