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Private Guest Cottage - Child & Pet Friendly - Minutes to Downtown

Bedrooms 1
Space 506 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Quiet 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Cottage, Child & Pet Friendly, minutes from town

A sweet and comfortable little guest house w/ a full kitchen and garden on our half acre in a quiet cul-de-sac. Located above the SB Mission in Mission Canyon. You hear more birds than traffic--yet you're only 10 minutes from the heart of downtown...

A well behaved dog is welcome, but we MUST know about your pet BEFORE we confirm your booking. Let us know the breed or mix, weight and age. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T BRING YOUR DOG WITHOUT TELLING US IN ADVANCE.

The Space:

The cottage has a quiet & peaceful bedroom that sleeps 2 in a comfy queen sized bed, a small (see picture) private bath with shower, and a small living room. There is a full kitchen for your exclusive use that is equipped with full sized stove/oven, microwave, full sized fridge, small appliances, place settings and all that you might need to prepare and serve meals. Living and dining spaces are cozy, clean and comfortable.

There is also a queen air-bed that can be easily set up in the living room for children or one extra guest. The cottage is ideal for a couple, and it's quite comfortable for families with two children.

There's lots of outdoor space on our property and we are in a quiet, very walkable neighborhood. Behind the cottage our guests have a private, secluded garden with native plants and succulents, and a small dining area with a Weber grill if you'd like to cook outdoors.

We're a short walk to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden or to the Tunnel & 7 Falls trail heads and many miles of scenic hiking or biking. Being a bit up the canyon, we're usually above the coastal fog, and we're often clear and sunny on mornings when much of Santa Barbara is still cool and gray.

It's just a few minutes drive to Mission Santa Barbara, the Natural History Museum and downtown Santa Barbara with sightseeing, restaurants, tasting rooms, shopping, theaters, parks and beaches.

The way the cottage and it's off-street parking are situated at the back of our property you'll be able also come and go with complete privacy day or night. However, we also like meeting new people and interacting with our guests and are happy to share whatever local knowledge we have or be of any help we can throughout your stay.

One thing to note is that we also rent out the Studio next to the Cottage (see pictures) they share a wall but are completely separate. Depending on the day there may be other guests on the property.

Off street parking & high speed WiFi included.

We love well behaved dogs.

No smoking anywhere on the property.

Guest Access:

There is a private garden behind the cottage for the tenants exclusive use.

Interaction with Guests:

We love to meet new people and share whatever we know of Santa Barbara with them, but we also know how wonderful privacy can be. We're always glad to be of help, but your time here is all your own...

The Neighborhood:

We live in a quiet neighborhood in the lower foothills above Mission Canyon. There's not much traffic so it's a great area for evening strolls or dog walking. We're about a 5 minute walk to the gorgeous Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and about a mile from the 7 Falls/Tunnel trailhead which brings you into to the extensive network of hiking and biking trails in the National Forest above us.

Getting around:

Since we're up in the foothills a bit you'll need a car (or a bike and strong legs) to get around while you're here. The nearest city bus is over a mile away.

More Details

Bonnie & Dan
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Bonnie & Dan

We love hiking, biking, gardening, animals, food, wine, travel and the beach. Have been lucky to live in this wonderful community for 20 years and happy to share everything about it with our guests.

Bonnie & Dan purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Bonnie & Dan chose Santa Barbara County

We looked for a year for a house we could agree easy. Until we saw a dilapidated 1940's 2 bedroom, 1 bath nestled under the most spectacular 80 foot Italian Stone Pine in all of Santa Barbara. We undertook a very major remodel of the home and somehow our marriage survived it. We've been here for 15 years. Sadly the 65 year old Stone Pine is gone now, the ocean view is much better, but we miss it...

What makes this cottage unique

The quietist part of Santa Barbara we've ever found. No streetlights, no sidewalks, yet we're only 10 minutes from the heart of Santa Barbara's downtown. Up in the hills above the coastal fog and close to miles of fabulous hiking trails and 180 degree views of the coast.


Mission Canyon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Small Bathroom with Shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Very quiet relaxing bedroom with plush queen mattress
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Private Guest Cottage - Child & Pet Friendly - Minutes to Downtown
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 18 reviews

very convenient, clean!

  • 5 of 5

loved my stay here, would stay again! conveniently in between hiking and downtown, worked out perfectly for us. very clean, had everything we needed. hosts were great, made themselves available but let us do our own thing!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage is perfect! A quiet little getaway looking over SB. It had everything we needed and easy parking. Right near Foothill Road which was great to take to go either direction for good hiking, but also just a minute from stores and 5 from downtown! Couldn't have asked for more!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Expected Better

  • 2 of 5

Unfortunately, this rental didn’t work for me and it was not the great experience I had hoped it would be based on the other reviews.

The rental itself is fine. It’s simple with the basics, but nothing special.

--When I arrived all the windows had been shut, and it was a hot day so the place had a musty smell and it was quite stuffy.

-- There was no hand soap in the bathroom or bath/shower mats so when getting out of the shower, the floor was slippery. I did ask for soap but it wasn’t provided until late that same night with bath mats.

-- There were no garbage bags

-- The private back yard could be very cute but was in need of desperate landscaping. Everything was overgrown with weeds which took away from a relaxing feeling. It looked like it was later landscaped, but there was cut grass and branches everywhere including the table and chairs where you can sit and eat which was off putting, and just messy.

In short, it just didn’t feel very welcoming or hospitable. It also didn’t feel overly private since the owners cars were parked right in front of the rental and could be heard starting cars and talking early in the morning.

I visit Santa Barbara/Montecito often and typically stay in a hotel. This was my first VRBO stay and sorry to say, I wouldn’t stay at this property again.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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private, quiet and pet friendly

  • 4 of 5

Owners were very kind and never intrusive. Cottage nice, oldish furniture but having dog made it fine.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfy, cean, cozy and super cute

  • 5 of 5

My mom and I had a great two-night stay at the cottage. It's tucked up into the foothills, yet is only 15 minused away from downtown. Cute kitchen, living space and extremely comfy bed. Love the garden too! Thanks for a great getaway!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cottage in paradise

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a great holiday stay at Dan and Bonnie's cozy cottage guesthouse. In the hills of Mission Canyon, you can walk the beautiful neighborhood and enjoy the views out to the ocean. A short drive to downtown Santa Barbara. It was the perfect home base for our Christmas holiday in SB. Thanks Dan and Bonnie!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Several various
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Santa Barbara Muni
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Foothill Rd. (HWY 192)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many and varied close by
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Hendry's Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Mission Canyon Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 26 2017 - Sep 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $45
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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