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Somerset - Grand Elegance in Montecito

2 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights


Golden Quadrangle Estate Rental Photos and Description

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 10% Lodging Tax + $2/night Tourism Tax.

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

$5,000 security deposit refundable within 14 days of checkout. Deposit is reduced to $1,250 with purchase of Damage Waiver.

30+ night stays require extra security deposit, and do not qualify for the damage waiver program.

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Paradise Retreats
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within 12 hours
Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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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 guest comments)

Somerset was a great property space wise. I would like to encourage the homeowners to invest in some sort of ice maker in any or all of the three refrigerators. Having no ice was definitely missed. Also, all of the cushions on the outdoor furniture were beyond repair. It would be nice to replace all of those since the property is fabulous. We loved the house though.
Sep 2015
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Somerset - Grand Elegance in Montecito
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

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: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: Sep 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.


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Golden Quadrangle Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • 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
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master Bedroom King-size bed
    East Wing Bedroom #2 - 1 queen , East Wing Bedroom #2 Queen-size bed
    East Wing Bedroom #3 - 1 king , East Wing Bedroom #3 King-size bed
    West Wing Bedroom #4 - 1 queen , West Wing Bedroom #4 Queen-size bed
    West Guest House Bedroom #5 - 1 king , West Guest House Bedroom #5 King-size bed
    North Guest House Bedoom #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 ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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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