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SANTA YNEZ VALLEY Ranch House, Privacy, Tranquility and Magical Mountain Views

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 31 nights

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31 nights


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3 Bedrooms (K & Q,Q), 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 4-6, wheelchair acces

This popular wine country home is located close to restaurants, shopping and wineries in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Exclusively booking long term stays (31 nights or more). 2016 fully booked. See 2017 calendar section for remaining open dates and contact owner regarding the fabulous senior discounts and always review rental rates section instead of relying on automated Homeaway quotes. The ranch house is an immaculately clean, well appointed and light filled California country style home surrounded by verdant mature landscaping with expansive views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The bucolic setting provides for a zen-like getaway and is a favorite of the senior vacationer. The home is one story throughout, no steps and one of the few Santa Ynez Valley ranch houses that accepts pets. The lawn and tree filled south garden is completely fenced for your beloved pet. The ranch is located close to everything in the central part of the Santa Ynez Valley and is a short drive to the township of Santa Ynez and charming village of Los Olivos. Your valley getaway home is at the end of a private road with the property facing the Santa Ynez Mountain range. This uniquely situated home is particularly well suited for long term stays with housekeeping included, if requested, at an affordable cost. The beautiful Santa Ynez Valley is a popular wine touring and golfing area and you are 5 to 10 minutes away from the quaint towns Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos and all of the wineries including Gainey, Buttonwood, Bridlewood, Royal Oaks, Beckmen, Sunstone and Kalyra to name just a few. This home offers scenic and quiet country roads for walking right out your door. From your front door, meander through the garden and walk across a dirt lane to photograph the horses grazing in their pastures. Enjoy the majestic views of the Santa Ynez Mountain Range & Figueroa Mountain from all garden areas. Every room has a view of the garden areas. Experience magical sunsets, quail, hawks and the sound of silence from your comfortable patios. The great room is huge with high rustic wood ceilings. The country style kitchen is fully stocked for cooking and entertaining, . All three bedrooms have comfortable mattresses w/ fine linens, quilts and down comforters. Comfortable seating areas in park like garden with expansive lawn, rose shrubs, lavender, mature oak trees. Adirondack seating for six guests on front porch. Beautiful wicker furniture on back porch. bird watching books for nature lovers . Vacationers with well behaved dogs are welcome (1 or 2 small or medium size dogs). The ranch house is a home away from home in every sense. You will love it.

Owner allows for flexibility in creating your own perfect wine country or golfing vacation. The climate and small town environment bring winter vacationers from the East Coast, Washington, Oregon and Canada during November through March. The Fall and Spring provide the best weather in the Santa Ynez Valley. The gardens surrounding the ranch house invite you to relax, read, bird watch and take in the views and season of the year.

Internet Service: Wireless Internet available throughout the home and gardens. Bose stereo/cd/radio/ipod system. High Definition TV's with DISH cable service.

Extra convenient storage in super-sized attached garage for golf clubs, bicycles, kayaks. Garage is large enough for two vehicles. Two garage door clickers. The attached garage has windows with views.

Home is set up with passive eco panel heating for allergy sufferers. No wall to wall carpeting. Clean rustic tile throughout. The tile is immaculate and frequently sanitized. Master bedroom is tastefully decorated with scandinavian pine antiques, providing one regular sized closet and a walk in closet. The Master bedroom has views of the oak garden with french doors leading out to your own "secret garden". Second Queen bedroom is furnished with antiques, large closet and view of front garden. A Third Queen bedroom is cozy, new comfortable memory foam mattress with a medium sized closet.

The laundry room is large and washer dryer front loading and super capacity. Detergent, laundry baskets, large ironing board and steam iron and all your cleaning and paper supplies that you will need during your stay..

The Country style kitchen has everything necessary for cooking up a storm. The refrigerator and pantry will be stocked with special items from organic coffee, cream, assortment of teas, cooking oil, spices, pasta and sauce. Silver and China available for nice dinner settings. The view of front garden from kitchen window is spectacular.

The seating area of the great room is furnished with oversized deep sofas, a huge stuffed chair/ottoman and lots of soft down pillows. The flat screen 46 inch HD TV and blu ray dvd player for maximum clarity. Dish Complete Programming. Bose stereo. Dining area and living room area have the best views in the house. Great room has extensive book collection, dvd's, games and a perfectly situated desk for your computer---also with a view.

The only sounds you will hear at night are the owls, crickets, an occasional lonely coyote and the wind in the trees. In the mornings, you will be serenaded by the dozens of California quail in your garden. Your beloved dog/s (limit of two small well mannered dogs) will enjoy a completely fenced super sized garden with lawn, trees and shrubs with easy access from garage, great room and master bedroom.

If you love nature, birds, great mountain views and your beloved dog accompanying you, this is the extended stay vacation home for you.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Owner
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016

About Property Owner

Owner is a long time Santa Ynez ranch owner and lives part time at the ranch with her husband. The family has owned the ranch since 1991.

Property Owner purchased this house in 1991

Why Property Owner chose Santa Barbara County

Location of ranch property provides Incredible panoramic views of Santa Ynez Mountains due to terraced open location. Ranch property is all level and well drained land. The most desirable features are mature trees and the property location at the end of a private road. Privacy and a sense of having the Santa Ynez Mountain range all to yourself.

What makes this house unique

The sense of being hidden away while at the same time appreciating incredible mountain views makes for the perfect setting to create a garden paradise with lush, protected, bird friendly garden areas surrounding the main ranch house. The barn and pasture areas are completely separate from the main house with separate driveways and is therefore ideal to maintain privacy, silence and a sense of your 'home away from home'.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I enjoyed a full week stay with my parents. This home has wheelchair access everywhere which really enhanced my father's enjoyment. What was so remarkable was the views from each room and the tropical lush garden surrounding the house. We walked the 2 mile loop of rural private roads right outside our front door every morning.

Would love to be able to come back during the holidays and enjoy the great wood burning fireplace.
Jul 2010
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based on 32 traveler reviews

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY Ranch House, Privacy, Tranquility and Magical Mountain Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Outstanding vacation home

  • 5 of 5

Sheila, I and our poodle have been fortunate to stay at Carol and Arnie's ranch home twice a year (Spring & Fall) for the past 5 years. The home and surrounding grounds can only be described as outstanding, user friendly, peaceful and quiet. We'll be back again in early November '16, God willing, to enjoy the ranch and the Santa Ynez, Solvang, and Los Olivos areas. Absolutely outstanding-no kidding!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Looking forward to Sheila and Steve's return visit in the Fall of this year. The weather should be ideal in November! Thank you for your loyalty all these years. Carol
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Louisville, Kentucky

Paradise in the Valley

  • 5 of 5

We are a retired couple from Kentucky that have stayed at Vista Verde Ranch during Thankgiving and the month of December for the past 3 years, and each year it gets better and better. We just love it at the ranch's so peaceful and the views are absolutely wonderful. Even during the month of December we have enjoyed sitting out on the patio enjoying "Miller Time" in the warm sunshine. Did I mention how big the house is, SUPER CLEAN and very easy to live in with a kitchen that is well-stocked with nice pans, dishes & pantry. Our daughter and her two dogs visit us during the Christmas week and she hates to leave at the end of the holiday period. The location of the ranch also makes visiting everywhere in Santa Ynez valley and Santa Barbara so easy. Carol and Arnie are so friendly and easy to work with that we feel like friends returning each year for a visit. We're pretty picky about where we stay and we can't say enough good things about Vista Verde Ranch. We feel like it is our home away from home and so look forward to our visits that we have already booked our next stay ... thank you Carol and Arnie for keeping such a wonderful retreat for all of us to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our loyal guests from Kentucky really know how to enjoy the Holidays in the Santa Ynez Valley. It is always a joy to prepare the house for them. We know that the home will be left in perfect shape. What more can a vacation rental owner ask for?
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-Stonington, Connecticut USA

A Bit of Heaven !!

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot fully describe how my new husband Al and I feel about the ranch...we just feel like we found a second home away from home! Carol and Arnie have thought of everything, no detail has been overlooked! The decor is sophisticated ranch and yet the ranch is a working one...which we just love!

After marrying on a local vineyard, just before our arrival at the ranch, we were looking to relax and just breathe and enjoy the peace and quiet along with the lifestyle in the Valley. And boy did that work! We spent two wonderful months at the ranch and this year will be returning for a longer stay. Relatives who came for a visit are now returning for their own stay this fall, a true testament to the wonderful experience they had. We plan on returning every year and look forward to sharing our positive experiences each year. Santa Ynez Valley is such an idyllic place , when you stay at Vista Verde Ranch it becomes magical!!! Thank you, Carol and Arnie we look forward to seeing you soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is guests like Helen and Al that make sharing our ranch an uplifting and rewarding experience. It reminds us of why we chose this particular property so many years ago. We view the ranch house, garden and our rural environment with a fresh and positive perspective when sharing it with guests who truly appreciate what the tranquil setting and the Valley offers. Looking forward to fulfilling the expectations that this fabulous couple deserve for their return in 2016. Carol and Arnie Vista Verde Ranch
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Shangrala in California's Central Coast area

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have had the pleasure of staying at the Herrera's ranch for the past several years-usually in the Spring and then again in the Fall. The home and their surrounding horse property are outstanding. We look forward to each visit. It is truly Shangrala in village of Santa Ynez.

PS: Our min. poodle Ruby thinks it's aces too!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear S and S, What a joy it is to have you return twice a year for those fun shopping trips in Solvang with your adorable "Ruby". Will have the new propane fire pit on back porch for your next visit in November. As return guests leaving the house in immaculate condition you win "First Place". Carol and Arnie
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How many ways can you say perfect

  • 5 of 5

Vista Verde was absolutely perfect. We spent a week in Santa Ynez for a wedding and enjoyed the entire valley fron this perfect location. The home has everything you could ever want or need. The decor is impeccable, the views are out of this world, and the serenity is wonderful. The home is spacious and gave us room to spreAd out. We will be coming back again next year.

Paul J. Glen Allen, VA

  • Submitted: May 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: AND what can we say about this wonderful family coming all the way across the country for a family member wedding. Paul and his family immediately took to the central coast of California environment, so different from Virginia's, like champs. And of course leaving the ranch house in immaculate condition was very appreciated. Looking forward to your return visit and hope to surprise you with a few improvements for you to enjoy. Very best from Carol and all the Crew of Vista Verde.
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Paradise Valley, AZ


  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd summer visit to the Vista Verde Ranch and this must sound like a broken record, but again it was fantastico!!! Carol and Arnie provide such a beautiful home in such a spectacular setting, it's hard to imagine a summer without a visit.

Having submitted two previous glowing reviews, I've run out of superlatives to describe this heavenly property. Really the only thing I could add is that for anyone reading these reviews, if you get a chance try and book a stay at the ranch. I guarantee that it will be an experience that you will cherish forever.

Thanks again Carol and Arnie for allowing us a most glorious respite from the stifling AZ guys are the best!!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Arizona Guests, We are so glad to know that your return to the ranch this summer provided relief from the desert heat. Your kind words are very appreciated. Also your ideas to enhance ranch guests' enjoyment of the garden are excellent. It is guests like you that make the vacation home rental experience truly rewarding. Hope to see you again in 2015! Carol and Arnie
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Santa Ynez Airport, small, private planes
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Carlitos Dos, Southwestern, Tequila Specialties
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Alisal River Course, Solvang open to public
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Santa Barbara Amtrak To LA and San Diego
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 246 (east-west highway Buellton-SY
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Grappolo's and The Red Barn
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Santa Barbara City beaches world renowned
Car: necessary

The Santa Ynez Valley is a small community with a rural/western lifestyle. Over 20 well known wineries in the valley are close by such as Gainey, Beckmen, Firestone, Parker, Kalyra, Sunstone, to name just a few. Horse farms are spread throughout the valley's towns of Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Solvang and Buellton. The vacation rental is the main residence of a five acre pristine valley ranch with beautiful views of the white fenced irrigated pastures. The home is surrounded by lawn, oak trees and incredible views of both Figureoa and Santa Ynez mountain ranges. The valley climate is mild with Fall and Winter day temperatures averaging 65 to 75 degrees and night temperatures dropping to 35 to 45 degrees. Golf is very popular-Alisal River Course and the San Marcos Golf Course - open year round & 10 minute drive from your vacation home. The residence is located within a prestigious community at the end of a private road. Enjoy bird watching, walking, running and cycling by stepping out the door of your home away from home.

Other Activities: wine touring galore, Town of Los Olivos wine tasting, shopping in quaint Danish town of Solvang, championship golfing, bird watching in your own gardens, hiking in the Figueroa Mt. range, fishing at Lake Cachuma, guided boat tours of Lake Cachuma eco system. A 30 minute drive to Santa Barbara offers swimming beaches, surfing beaches, surf fishing, pier fishing, sailing, wind surfing, Cycling around the Santa Barbara beachfront is easy and picturesque. Charming small zoo in Santa Barbara beach area. You can shop till you drop.

Golf: San Marcos Golf Course, difficult, open to public, off of Highway 154 (designated scenic highway), 12 minute drive.

Alisal River Course, open to public, within town of Solvang, great restaurant. 10 minute drive.

La Purisima Golf Course, Lompoc, open to public, 25 minute drive. The San Marcos Course and the Alisal River Course offer some of the best golfing in California.


Rates & Availability

Santa Ynez House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 22 2016 - Jan 3 2017
31 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
31 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $125

PAYMENTS: Owner accepts first and last payment via personal check or Paypal only. 25% deposit to book.
HOMEAWAY SERVICE FEE is paid directly to Homeaway via credit card.
FULLY REFUNDABLE DAMAGE DEPOSIT: 500.00- 750.00 (deposit amount based on length of stay)
ALL 31 NIGHT STAYS 90 Day notice for 100% refund; 60 day notice 80% refund. Rescheduling allowed with 30 day notice/no fee.
MONTHLY STAYS ARE FOR 31 NIGHTS and do not require occupancy tax. $100-200 Cleaning Fee depends on number of guests and if pets are staying..
10-15% SENIOR DISCOUNT ON RENTAL RATE (age 55+) for 2-4 adults during non-holiday periods.
CONTACT OWNER to receive a detailed accurate rental cost quote as the automated online quote is generally calculated with higher costs.

PLEASE NOTE HOUSE RULES: No events or large gatherings, limit on number of vehicles parked. AGE LIMIT. NO SMOKING.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Santa Ynez House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , all linens, towels and supplies included
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Two sinks, Pottery Barn towels, soap, shampoo included
  • Well lit, ample storage white cabinetry, large mirrors, curved shower curtain rods, Double sink in master bathroom. Thick cotton towels, soap, shampoo, dryer, soft area rugs over tile. Fan heaters in each shower area for extra warmth. Immaculate and tastefully decorated..
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , Garden and Mt Views/french doors to garden/2 closets
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , This small 3rd bedroom is available upon request.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Pottery Barn linens, large closet, garden view, antiques
  • Down comforters. Luxurious fine linens in both bedrooms. King Tempur-pedic mattress in Master. Views of lush garden areas and mountains from each bedroom. Antique four drawer dresser w/ mirror and two night stands/end tables in each bedroom. Pottery Barn curtains in master bedroom. Silk sheers and extra large deep closet in Queen bedroom. King master bedroom furnished with antique swedish pine furniture. Wool area rugs. Light filled Master Bedroom is extra large - walk through french doors to your private garden. Semi sheer fabric roller shades in each bedroom. The only sounds at night are the owls and crickets.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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