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Tranquil & Private with Sweeping Views, River---all within 5 min of Santa Ynez

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Santa Barbara County Lodge Rental Photos and Description

The Lodge has 3 Beds, 2 Baths. The Cabin (100 paved feet away) has 1 Bed, 1 Bath

The Lodge and the Cabin are the guest quarters for the historic Rio Ynez Ranch, an 85-acre horse ranch in Santa Ynez. Previously, these two houses were only available to guests of the owner, including many storied personalities. Now you can share in the total privacy--- while only 5 minutes from downtown Santa Ynez, 10 to Los Olivos. Stroll 100 paces and sit at the edge of the Santa Ynez River and listen to the landscape of birdsong. Sit on the sprawling deck with a glass of local wine and ponder the uninterrupted panorama of mountains. Swing on a hammock in the orchard and read. You won’t see a sign of civilization during your stay. Furnished with a mixture of antiques and rare rustic furniture.

The kitchen in the Lodge is fully equipped for you to cook a fine meal, but the restaurants of Santa Ynez are only moments away, wineries too numerous to mention.

The Lodge has one King Bedroom, Two Queen Bedrooms and Two Full Baths. The Cabin has One King Bed and one Full Bathroom.

THE LODGE AND THE CABIN DO NOT RENT SEPARATELY AS THEY ARE IN SUCH CLOSE PROXIMITY. THE CABIN IS LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED FEET FROM THE LODGE, IT IS CONNECTED BY A LIGHTED PAVED PATH. Many guests of the ranch say the Cabin is their favorite spot on the ranch. It has been a honeymoon cottage. One couple was engaged in the cabin. It is very romantic and peaceful. And the bathroom in the cabin is the nicest on the ranch with a large claw-foot tub.

Initial inquiries should be made by email.


More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Andrew (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english


based on 17 traveler reviews

Tranquil & Private with Sweeping Views, River---all within 5 min of Santa Ynez
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews
Mill Valley, CA

Life on a true western ranch

  • 4 of 5

This property offers a wonderful getaway! From the wrap around porch all you can see are the surrounding hills. We stayed at both the ranch and the cabin ( a separate bedroom/master bath, unfortunately there is no air conditioning in the cabin). The property was clean and the owner, as well as Dave, the Ranch Manager offered great service. We would recommend this to anyone looking for a special and unique property. In addition, the owner provided great suggestions on dining and other activities..

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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amaing nature get away

  • 5 of 5

Our group was incredibly impressed by the country themed house, only outshined by the property itself. If you're looking for a great escape to nature, with a great cabin, this is the place. The cabin is situated near the base of a cliff which makes it very private and secluded from the rest of the ranch. There are great fields of grass, magnificent trees, and a huge old fashioned tree swing near the creek bed. You feel like you've been transported to Montana. We plan to come back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Amazing Property - Slice of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We want up with friends to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary and renew our vows...This place was absolutely ideal! Private, serene, rustic country charm with everything you need. Our cabin was beautifully appointed and cozy and we all spent hours on the deck enjoying the landscape. Thank you, Thank you for the perfect weekend and we will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Amazing, GEM

  • 5 of 5

Wow. Completely perfect property. Honestly, the pictures don't do this place justice. Truly a quiet escape from it all. Tons of land, charm, and nature.

Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a group of eight (four couples), and this was the best place to stay. It was in the perfect location: close enough to everything we wanted to do but felt special and secluded. Truly a beautiful spot.

We had a phenomenal time! Andrew was incredibly responsive if I had any questions. I HIGHLY recommend staying here if you have the chance!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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So beautiful we even had our wedding here!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five had an absolutely beautiful month-long stay at the Rio Ynez Ranch and could not have been more pleased with the experience. It was the perfect place for our family reunion and so lovely that we even decided to hold a small intimate wedding along the picturesque river.

First, the main Lodge was really lovely and had plenty of space for five people - we enjoyed beautiful sunsets reflecting off the mountains from the wrap-around porch and ate most of our meals on the large outdoor dining table. It was furnished with charm as well as practicality, with nearly all our needs met down to the finest detail. They had things we didn’t even know we needed but sure enjoyed (like cowboy hats and an antique Scrabble board)!

Even more charming than the Lodge was the smaller Cabin, rustically decorated but with all the comfort and luxury we needed - a beautiful big bathroom, an unbelievably comfortable bed, and plenty of shade and privacy. A magic little place a short walk from the lodge.

Second, the service was impeccable. Andrew and the ranch manager, Dave, were perfect gentlemen and met all our needs with generosity and speed. They truly went above and beyond to make sure we had what we needed and always responded promptly. We could not have been better taken care of - the service really made our experience that much more enjoyable.

Thirdly, location-wise, the property offered the perfect balance of serene solitude and access to a range of activities: fine dining in Santa Ynez and Los Olivos, wine tours through the lovely Santa Ynez Valley, great hiking and cycling throughout the valley and into Los Padres National Forest, and a reasonable and scenic drive into Santa Barbara.

We also happened to be there during a really beautiful and action-packed time of year. Nearly every weekend we were there, some interesting and delightful event was taking place nearby: from local food festivals to Native American Pow-Wows to harvest celebrations, it was a fun and delicious month! We particularly enjoyed having so many fresh, local farmer’s markets nearby, with one nearly everyday of the week in either Solvang or Santa Barbara. We have never been to such diverse, delicious and festive farmers’ markets anywhere!

In sum, we could not have dreamed of a more special place to spend a month relaxing, exploring, and celebrating this beautiful area. Many thanks Andrew, we may have found a future home in the Santa Ynez/Santa Barbara area!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Santa Barbara Intl Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Maverick Saloon
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
San Marcos Golf Course
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
154 and 246
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Trattoria Grappolo
Nearest Beach
32 Miles
Santa Barbara

The Santa Ynez Valley is famous for its wineries and unspoiled pastoral vistas. There are fine restaurants and humble cowboy bars. Enjoy Cachuma Lake, bicycling, golf, gliding, hiking, horseback riding, or just hanging out. Santa Barbara with it's beaches and many diversions is 30 minutes away. There are several quaint shopping districts between Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. Just two hours from Los Angeles, the Santa Ynez Valley is the perfect weekend getaway.


Rates & Availability

Santa Ynez Lodge Rental Rates

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Santa Barbara County Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
While the Lodge is located on a professional horse ranch, horseback riding is not included.

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