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Somerset - Grand Elegance in Montecito

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 6,850 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms + Loft , 8 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 12

Somerset - Grand Elegance in Montecito

Originally built in 1918, Somerset sits amidst almost two acres of lush landscaping in the heart of one of Montecito's most exclusive neighborhoods, rich with ancient oaks and magnificent mountain views.

Passing through secure iron gates, the entry court and gardens lead you to an impressive stone entryway with a hand-carved front door. The living spaces are presented in grand scale with vaulted ceilings, rich wood floors, original art and sophisticated yet comfortable furnishings. The ambiance is a unique blend of cozy and commanding, charming and impressive, intimate and grand.

The Living Room opens to both the entry gardens and the luxurious pool terrace. A 2-story stone fireplace anchors this opulent room, providing an elegant location for entertaining or quiet fireside chats. A full bar with comfortable seating is an inviting corner of the room.

This East Wing boasts two lovely Guest Suites, each with its own full bathroom. French doors, which open to the backyard pool terrace, set the inviting mood in the first Guest Suite. The second Guest Suite, with views of the lovely front yard, includes the luxury of a cozy fireplace.

The Formal Dining Room is a gracious feature of the West Wing. Brightened by an abundance of windows in the daytime, the charm of the room is warmed by an impressive stone fireplace for later dining.

The Gourmet Kitchen, centered by a massive marble island, provides every amenity for trained chefs or amateur gourmands. The generous supply of culinary tools and the professional appliances complete this Chef's "Dream Kitchen". Nearby, the Butler's Pantry adds convenience for catering staff or personal chefs to organize and prepare in anticipation of special events.

A bright and casual Sun Room and an informal Breakfast Room complete this Great Room, creating a great central location to gather, relax and enjoy time together.

The third Guest Suite in the main house is just off the Kitchen and has a full bathroom. A wonderful Office with 3 work stations and full bathroom complete the main floor accommodations in the West Wing.

The Master Suite occupies the entire 2nd floor. At the top of the grand staircase, a cozy sitting room offers a library of classic book titles. With impressive mountain views through large picture windows and a large sculpted marble fireplace, the Master Suite is romantic and luxurious. A private balcony overlooks the elegant backyard and the Santa Ynez mountains beyond.

The large Master walk-in closet is flanked by "His" and "Hers" bathrooms. "Her" bathroom echoes a spa-like theme with white Italian marble counters, spa tub and spacious walk-in shower. In contrast, "His" bathroom with large walk-in shower is rich in earth tones of natural stone.

There are 2 detached Guest Houses on the property, offering privacy and comfort.

The West Guest House is a bright space with a comfortable seating area, dining table and efficient full kitchen. The Master Bedroom is outfitted with a romantic 4-poster bed and full bathroom. A clever upstairs loft has a single-size futon, providing a child or teen with a space of their own but still close to parental supervision. Just outside is a wonderful private lap pool terrace with barbecue and dining table.

The North Guest House is tucked away behind lush landscaped hedges. Ultra private accommodations make this a unique escape. A grand Master Suite opens to a private patio. The Living Room with vaulted beam ceilings centers around the cut stone fireplace, providing a warm and relaxing space to end a busy day. A kitchenette, two bathrooms and private outdoor dining patio add to the perfection of this guest retreat.

Framed by spectacular mountain views, the expansive park-like setting defines this exclusive and memorable property. The backyard oasis is a veritable playground with manicured lawns, 2 pools, gazebo, 2 spas, fountains and numerous unique seating and dining vignettes.

An Outdoor Kitchen invites year round al fresco dining, centered around a large oversized grill and outdoor fireplace (with pizza oven). The built-in banquette table seats 12 with additional seating options on a nearby terrace. The outdoor bar is a great spot to relax and enjoy watching the pool activities.

A century-old jewel of Montecito, Somerset is the quintessential retreat offering every guest an exceptional experience rivaling the finest European country homes. And best of all, no passport required!


Summer Season rates are in effect for Thanksgiving Week & Christmas Weeks.

-7-Night minimum stay.

Stays of less than 30 nights are subject to a 12% Lodging Tax + $2.20/night Tourism Tax.

$550 Cleaning Fee (14+ night stays require additional cleaning fees), Booking Fee (varies based on reservation cost).

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change.

More Details

Property Manager
Paradise Retreats
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within 12 hours
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Paradise Retreats

Paradise Retreats

World Class Vacation Rentals, LLC

16 E. Arrellaga Street

Santa Barbara, CA. 93101

+1 (805) 275-1851

Guestbook comments from the manager

(Transcribed from guestbook at property) The memories of our stay in Somerset will never be forgotten! Somerset is such a happy house, the minute you walk in you feel at home. EVERYTHING is perfect!I have rented many houses for my family and all of us agreed that this house was perfect! We had an unbelievable spring vacation with my daughter and family from Seattle, and my daughter from New Jersey with her family. The days went by much too quickly. We love being in Montecito and enjoyed Santa Barbara also. It is so beautiful here! Your garden is also beautiful! Paradise Retreats did an excellent job taking care of us. Lots of love from all of us!
Apr 2017
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Montecito Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area ...
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub , bidet , "Her" Bathroom w/spa tub, walk-in shower, sink, toilet,
    Master - toilet , shower , "His" Bathroom w/walk-in shower, sink, toilet
    Bathroom #2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom #2 w/walk-in shower, sink, toilet
    Bathroom #3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom #3 w/shower tub combination, sink, toilet
    Bathroom #4 - toilet , shower , Bathroom #4 w/walk-in shower sink, toilet
    Office Bathroom #5 - toilet , shower , Office Bathroom #5 w/walk-in shower, sink, toilet
    West Guest House Bathroom #6 - toilet , shower , West Guest House Bathroom #6 w/walk-in shower, sink, toilet
    North Guest House Bathroom #7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , North Guest House Bathroom #7 w/shower tub combination, sink
    North Guest House Bathroom #8 - toilet , shower , North Guest House Bathroom #8 w/walk-in shower, sink, toilet
    Powder Room #9 - toilet , Powder Room #9 w/sink, toilet
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom King-size bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , East Wing Bedroom #2 Queen-size bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , East Wing Bedroom #3 King-size bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , West Wing Bedroom #4 Queen-size bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , West Guest House Bedroom #5 King-size bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , North Guest House Bedoom #6 King-size bed
  • *Single Futon (West Guest House Loft) *child bed *sleep sofa /futon *baby crib - Port-a-crib, Sheets/blankets for port-a-crib*
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
*European-style elegance on 1.6 acres, private security gate, 2 pools, spa, 2 Guest Houses, outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, fireplace and over-sized gas grill, scenic mountain views, manicured grounds in park-like setting, air conditioning (Main House and West Guest House only), light housekeeping included*, 40' flat screen TV/DVD/DVR, Niles Stereo System (Living Room), Flat screen TV (Sun Room), 40' flat screen TV (Bedroom #2), 40' flat screen TV (Bedroom #3), 36' flat screen TV (Bedroom #4), 24' flat screen TV (West Guest House Bedroom), 18' TV (West Guest House Loft), 40' flat screen TV w/DVD/VCR, Stereo (West Guest House Living Room), 40' flat screen TV w/DVD/DVR, Stereo (North Guest House Bedroom), 40' flat screen TV (North Guest House Living Room)


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Somerset - Grand Elegance in Montecito
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
Newport Beach CA

Wonderful property, amenities and location

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in the property before and it was just as great as the first time. The house is very spacious comfortable and has all the amenities for a comfortable relaxing stay. we certainly enjoyed the gorgeous pool and backyard. Views of the mountains were spectacular. Location was perfect as well! All around fabulous home for families and even two spacious guest houses for privacy for family or friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Really good! We were a group a twelve from Europe that had a family gathering and stayed a week at Somerset. We really enjoied the property. Large enough for our big group. Excellent kitschen and outdoor grill, fine pool and SPA. Lot's of different sunny spots at the propery. Upon arrival and inspection of the property our teenagers said to us adults "Wow, this you have made really good!" We all agreed on that.

In addition, the Paradise Retreats people have been excellent. Easy to reach, fast to respond, flexible, and reliable in all aspects - thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Best Weekend Every

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for renting us your beautiful home. 13 of us stayed here for a 3 day weekend to celebrate a family get together and the house was amazing, it surpassed my expectations in every way possible. We were so sad to leave.

The house was perfect for us, there were so many individual areas within the property for people to relax in small groups but ample room when we came together to play games and eat as a family.

The house was very clean and well kept. The gardens were impeccably maintained and the pools were perfect.

The rental company was very professional and easy to work with. I would recommend this house to any large group which comprises of couples. Its a very romantic house and a great weekend away. We never left the property.

Thank you so much and we cant wait to return next year

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15.4 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Golf
8.8 Miles
Santa Barbara Golf Club
Nearest Train
5.1 Miles
Santa Barbara Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Miramar Beach
Car: necessary

Wine Tasting,Shopping, Sight Seeing, Channel Island Tours Whale watching, Antiquing, Bird Watching.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • From $1,250 - 3 Night minimum