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Gin's Cottage - Graceful Charm on the Upper West Side

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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2 Bedroom/2 Bath - Sleeps 4-6

Gin's Cottage - Graceful Charm on the Upper West Side


With historic charm and graceful appeal, Gin's Cottage can be found on a relaxed neighborhood corner in the Upper West Side of Santa Barbara. Originally built in 1921, this home has been through several extensive remodels over the years, yet the classic lines of this downtown treasure still remain. A fresh design perspective from new owners has resulted in a wonderful vacation cottage with style.

Through the bougainvillea covered gate, the zen-like garden is lush with tropical plants, tranquil fountain, and seating available to watch neighborhood activity go by. Once inside, traditional architecture melds with upscale appointments to create classic appeal and relaxed ambiance.

The Kitchen has been transformed from a once quaint space where Gin Simpson may have baked cookies with her mother back in the day, to a now modern and efficient gourmet masterpiece. Professional appliances, including European AGA cast-iron range, can be found, along with other fine amenities within the classic cottage framework. Soapstone counters, iridescent glass tiles, and a rich mahogany Boos butcher block island form the central focus of the Kitchen hub. An herb garden offers tasty additions to any meal, or head downtown to the Farmers Markets on Tuesday afternoons or Saturday mornings.

The adjacent Dining Room, with sleek dining table and curved artisan bench, remains close to meal preparations. A door opens to a landing with steps that lead down to the fully enclosed backyard below.

The Living Room has a fireplace and comfortable seating, with front yard views and rich wood floors under foot. The adjacent Den, with queen sofa sleeper, offers a great space for all to gather for movie nights, or sleepy kids to fall asleep near mom and dad in the Master Bedroom.

Through the Den, the Library/Office is a great spot to get down to work, or serious bookworms will be intrigued by the extensive book collection available on the surrounding wall-to-wall bookshelves.

From the Library/Office, ascend just a few steps into the Master Bedroom Suite with comfy king-size bed and windows overlooking the secluded yard below. The Master Bathroom is bright and fresh with clean white subway tile, large glass shower and oval soaking tub.The Library/Office and Master Suite can be closed off from the Den for more privacy.

In the enclosed backyard, fragrant ground cover and sandstone pavers create a welcoming patio in which to linger around the fire pit, or take a relaxing soak in the brand new spa. Comfortable patio furniture and lush tropical landscaping add to the outside appeal. After a day at the beach just a short drive away, rinse off the sand and salt in the convenient outdoor shower.

Gin's Cottage offers year round access to whatever activities suit each guest's fancy. Summer ushers in any number of spectacular events like the Old Spanish Days Fiesta, the colorful Summer Solstice Parade, concerts and movies in the park, and more. Fall's bounty invites guests to walk the Urban Wine Trail in the "Funk Zone", or take a leisurely drive to Santa Ynez to tour local wineries. Spring break is a great time for families seeking off from busy school schedules to bask in the warm sunshine. And of course, wintering snowbirds can settle in for a longer stay to escape the inevitable Eastern cold snap. No matter what the season, a visit to Gin's Cottage is the ideal place to call home in the middle of paradise.



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

Minimum Nights

3-Night minimum stay with the following additional restrictions:

High Season (Jun 15 - Sep 7)

7-Night minimum for all bookings made before May 1st.

3-Night minimum for current year bookings made after May 1st.

Thanksgiving Week (Any dates which include Thanksgiving Day)

7-Night minimum for all bookings made before Oct 1st.

3-Night minimum for current year bookings made after Oct 1st.

Christmas Weeks (Dec 19 - 26 & Dec 26 - Jan 2)

7-Night minimum (in the fixed weeks above) for all bookings made before Nov 1st.

3-Night minimum (and flexible dates) for current year bookings made after Nov 1st.

Stays of less than 30 nights are subject to a 12% Lodging Tax + $2/night Tourism Tax.

$300 Cleaning Fee (14+ night stays require additional cleaning fees), Booking Fee (varies based on reservation cost).

$1,000 security deposit refundable within 14 days of checkout. Deposit is reduced to $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 22, 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 guestbook at the property)

A very delightful home away from home. Can't wait to return to this property, it was everything we had hoped for.
Apr 2016
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Gin's Cottage - Graceful Charm on the Upper West Side
average rating of 4.857143 based on 28 reviews

Amazing Kitchen & Dining area

  • 4 of 5

This rental was immaculate. I particularly loved the kitchen as it was large and had quality amenities for cooking. The kitchen had a pocket door that could be closed to separate the kitchen/dining area from the rest of the house. This came in handy when guests were sleeping in their rooms. Although this rental has a baby crib and high chair, you will have to keep a sharp eye on a toddler to ensure they don't get into the various electronics and/or breakables found on low shelves. We temporarily moved items that were enticing for a curious toddler to ensure nothing was broken. That being said, the rental is perfect for adults. The rental agency was responsive when called to fix a shade pulley. The listing was accurate and I would recommend this property to family and/or friends. I would have rated this property 5 stars however the unit wasn't toddler friendly and the master bath had lightweight curtains that left you wondering about privacy.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Modern but homey

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our stay. The house is a great location, close to all the activity on State Street but far enough away you get the quiet neighborhood feel. The house was well stocked with all dishes and linens needed. The house is cutely decorated and has a modern but homey feeling. After our stay there were a few items left at the house and Paradise Retreats mailed them quickly to the address provided, deducting that from the security deposit. It was easy to communicate with Paradise Retreats when needed but we were given privacy as well. Would definitely recommend this house to others.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay immensely. Great location and cottage was set up well for two couples. Could easily add a few children although you would have to walk through one sleeping space to get to the master suite. We thought the kitchen was exceedingly well stocked (although we couldn't find potholders) and well set up. Great gathering place. It was fun to be in a "real neighborhood" rather than a condo. Santa Barbara is a joyous place to visit.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding VRBO

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding rental. Very well maintained. Great location. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

we stayed at Gin's Cottage with another couple over a long weekend to attend a wedding in the area. We felt so comfortable at the cottage and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It is located close to everything and the notebook filled with local info was very helpful! I recommend stocking some basic condiments in the fridge, small bar of bath soap in the shower, and a deck of playing cards and/or board games for guests. But we found all we needed at a local store. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Summer Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with every amenity you can think of. Terrific beaches, great shopping & restaurants, the Zoo, the Mission- all an easy 5-10 minutes from the house.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Santa Barbara Golf Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 101
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
West Beach
Car: recommended


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  • From $325 - 3 night minimum
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Oak Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1696 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Master Bathroom #1 w/walk-in shower, soaking tub, sink,
    Bathroom #2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom #2 w/shower tub combination, sink, toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master Bedroom w/king-size bed
    Bedroom #2 - 1 queen , Bedroom #2 w/queen-size bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • 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
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Great downtown location, spa, enclosed yard, firepit with seating, office with built-in desk and extensive book collection, gourmet kitchen, fireplace, warm and charming appeal, appliances match cabinets, soapstone counters and sink, AGA 4 burner stove w/pot filler and dual ovens, warming drawer, wine cooler, ice maker, blender, food processor, French press, percolator, Coffee grinder; electric tea pot, spices, Den w/queen sofa sleeper, Wii (with games including Wii Fit and more!), beach towels, beach umbrella, beach chairs, outdoor shower, Pilates chair (use at your own risk), propane barbecue, charcoal grill, teak dining set, herb garden, high speed Internet (wired and wireless), Printer/Fax/Copier, telephone with national long distance included, high chair w/tray, port-a-crib, sheets/blankets for port-a-crib.

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