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Exceptional Guesthouse with Classic Charm in a Great Location.

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

On a quiet street in Santa Barbara's best downtown residential neighborhood -The Upper Eastside - this charming guesthouse is in the most perfect location: 4 blocks to State Street where you'll find shops, restaurants, cinemas, museums and 4 blocks to the historic Mission with its lovely Rose Garden. Gorgeous Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, a Santa Barbara gem, is a 5-minute walk from your door. The beaches, Stearn's Wharf and Harbor are all close by.

Our guesthouse suite suitable for 1 or 2 persons is a classic 1924 California cottage entirely transformed with contemporary amenities yet retaining its authentic original design with wainscoting in all rooms and a beamed ceiling in the bedroom and bathroom. The private entrance adjacent to the kitchen has a small deck with a café table and chairs. You won't hear the hum of the freeway or noise from downtown trains. We invite you to read our reviews and see why this exceptional guesthouse with its location, elegance and serenity is an incomparable best value in Santa Barbara.


Beginning January 2017, there will be a ONE MONTH minimum to rent.

No smoking or pets please.

Keywords: guesthouse

More Details

Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for making our holiday special. Your cottage was very charming and we enjoyed our stay here. You're very lucky to be living in such a beautiful place! When we were walking, we really enjoyed the homes and their yards. Everything from the weather to the trees and plants were wonderful. Thanks for the fresh flowers. You made this place feel like home. We would definitely recommend your place to our friends. Sylvia & Derek from Alberta, Canada
Sep 2010
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Upper East House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Exceptional Guesthouse with Classic Charm in a Great Location.
average rating of 4.9382715 based on 93 reviews

Cozy cottage in a very nice neighborhood of a wonderful CA town/city.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for a month and a half--mid Feb thru March. The cottage was exactly as described and pictured. It is totally serviceable for two people, clean and well-appointed. We spent most of our time away during the days--walking almost everywhere around town. The cottage was all we needed--a quiet, comfortable place to sleep and get ready for the day ahead. We didn't prepare any meals other than light breakfasts so the apartment sized refrigerator was fine for us. While the closet is not huge, it is adequate, especially given the other places for unpacking and settling in around the cottage. The best thing about our stay was the convenience to the main part of town and the comfort of walking in a very safe and secure neighborhood. Oh, and of course as everyone else has commented, Barbara and Russell are in the adjacent home, close by and ready to help with any issues (we had none) or questions about things to see and do in town. They give you a nice list of their favorite restaurants (they have great tastes) as well as some of the highlights of the area. They also have books in the cottage that offer suggestions on dining, hiking and sightseeing. Santa Barbara is a jewel to see and experience and staying here makes everything possible. Cost-wise--this cottage--given its location and overall livability--is a real value for Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The best host you could wish for!

  • 5 of 5

Barbara and Russell are excellent host! They are a warm and welcoming couple. My wife and I really enjoyed our stay. The place is within walking distance of the Old Mission Santa Barbara, a beautiful park and State street. It's in a lovely neighborhood, on a quite street. The place is well stocked with everything you need to feel right at home. I can't recommend it enough.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful, and a peaceful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

The guesthouse is a delightful place to stay in Santa Barbara. I lived there for 11 weeks in the summer while I completed an internship, and I looked forward to coming home each night to the quiet rumble of the water garden outside my window. The guesthouse was very clean and comfy for two. The neighborhood is quiet, and Barbara, who takes care of the property was an extremely helpful landlady. I especially enjoyed how close the house is to Downtown Santa Barbara and a short trolley ride to the ocean front, grocery store, and anything you could want. It is also literally two and a half blocks away from the historic Mission and rose garden, a Santa Barbara landmark I frequently walked around in the cool evenings. The guesthouse is a perfect place for a short vacation, or exceptional for an extended stay as I had. 10/10 would recommend to anyone. Thank you for your generous hospitality and making my stay such a pleasure!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palm Springs

Wonderful 3 Month Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My SO and I decided to spend our 3 month sabbatical in one of our favorite towns - Santa Barbara. We had previously stayed at Barbara and Russell's guest house several times for our one-week summer vacations, which we greatly enjoyed. We lucked out and booked the guest house for our extended stay; initially I was concerned it may be too small for us to share for the 3 months, but it worked great! With the combination of comfortable indoor space and two very private outdoor spaces (one covered) we felt very much at home. Parking was a breeze, and of course the location is great - a close walk to all of Santa Barbara's amenities and attractions.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy stay in Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5

Everything was lovely, nice, clean and comfortable bed.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Twin Cities, Minnesota

Everything We Needed

  • 5 of 5

We love to get up early, have a cup of coffee, eat breakfast - and hike and explore until sunset.

Then, return to a clean, quiet, comfortable, cozy place with our own entrance - relax, cook our own meals, and get a great night's sleep.

And, this lovely guesthouse fit the bill to a T!

This was our first visit to Santa Barbara and fell in love with everything about it. It isn't an over-built resort town - and it was great to be in a 'neighborhood'. The locals are proud of their paradise, and so friendly and willing to share it - which is especially true of our hosts!

Everything is well-appointed - including a great bed and linens, and a roomy bathroom with thick towels.

Evenings were chilly, but the place had very nice heat.

Details like that are what make a rental stand out!

We definitely hope to be back to the Santa Barbara area, and would stay here again if possible.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mission Santa Barbara
La Super-Rica Taqueria
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
State Street Shopping & Dining
Stearns Wharf
The Palace Grill
Arigato Sushi
Ca' Dario Ristorante Italiano
Andersen's Danish Bakery
Granada Theater
Alameda Park
bouchon Santa Barbara
Wine Cask
East Beach
Mc Connells Ice Cream
Arch Rock Fish Co -- CLOSED
El Paseo Restaurant
Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens
Arlington Theatre
Crushcakes & Cafe
The Hungry Cat
Santa Barbara Bowl
Coffee Cat -- CLOSED
Elements -- CLOSED
SeaGrass Restaurant -- CLOSED
SOHO Restaurant & Music Club
El Presidio State Historic Park
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Renaud's Bakery and Bistro
Mc Connells Ice Cream
Carlitos Cafe y Cantina
Cajun Kitchen Cafe
Paradise Cafe
bouchon Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Santa Barbara Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Freeway 101
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
CaDario - Best Italian Restaurant Award 2015
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
East Beach
Car: not necessary

If you'd like to be within walking distance of Santa Barbara's shopping, movies, restaurants--but would also enjoy being away from it all in the best downtown residential area close to everything-- you won't find a better location than our beautiful guesthouse. Walk to the award-winning Courthouse or the world-class Museum of Art or the Queen of the Missions with its exquisite rose garden. They are all a few blocks away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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