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Birdsong Cottage - Perfection in Montecito

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8

Birdsong Cottage - Perfection in Montecito

Enchanting is the only way to describe this quaint cottage, perfectly located near both the Upper and Lower Villages of Montecito. Surrounded by lush gardens, a seasonal creek and majestic oaks, the name Birdsong Cottage is quite apropos. The natural setting is serene, the birds sing from the treetops, and the home is absolutely impeccable.

Having undergone a renovation in 2014, every aspect of the home's interior has been thoughtfully designed with an eye for simplicity and beauty. Bright and sunny, the home is flooded with light from floor to ceiling windows. Coupled with crystal chandeliers and all new furnishings, the home literally sparkles!

In Great Room style, the Living Room, Dining Room, and Kitchen blend seamlessly together. The charming Kitchen has quality appliances and all the tools needed to prepare and serve meals. The spaces are cozy, but do not be fooled. Every amenity is neatly tucked away for convenience. Breakfast at the round corner table is a delightful time to enjoy the early morning sunrays playing against the rich green foliage just outside.

The two Guest Bedrooms on the main floor mirror one another, each with a day bed and twin trundle, and French doors leading to a small deck off the shady backyard.

The Hall Bathroom with walk-in shower is handy to both Bedrooms, and is where the brand new front-loading washer and dryer are to be found. If workspace and quiet are needed, just outside is the "Feathered Nest", a private detached Office with twin bed for added sleeping options.

Upstairs, the Master Suite with seating area and king-size 4-poster bed is romantic and bright in crisp natural colors of grey and white. Tall windows offer a bird's eye view of the backyard and seasonal creek. Almost like being in a luxurious Tree House, the Master Suite is a very special space. Soak in the bathtub in the en suite Master Bathroom, where leaded windows add character and old world charm.

A unique feature of the home is the loft overlooking the living spaces below. A twin bed here makes a great spot for afternoon napping, or keeping younger sleepy guests near their parents in the Master Suite.

Truly, it is the park-like setting that makes this property so unusual and aesthetically pleasing. Light dances between the branches of tall trees that surround the property. A chandelier hangs over the outdoor dining table to add a touch of ambiance while dining under grand oaks. Perch on the bench in the midst of the lush green lawn and floral display of hydrangeas, lavender and local plantings.

A wrap around deck offers a built in spa, barbecue, twinkle lights in the trees, and plenty of seating outside. The rustic nature of the yard, where the seasonal creek runs in wetter months of the year, offers plenty of places to explore and wander in the wooded setting. There is even an outdoor shower!

Nearby, the Upper Village offers dining, boutiques, antique shops and a relaxed pace. The Lower Village on Coast Village Road is a bit busier with much to see and do. Be sure to visit the Friday Farmer's Market and bring back organic treats to prepare in the comfort of this cozy cottage. Westmont College, San Ysidro Ranch, Lotusland and numerous popular hiking trails are all just a few minutes away.

Birdsong Cottage speaks of peace, tranquility, and whimsy. Let nature be the backdrop to a memorable stay in this very special hideaway in the heart of Montecito.


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 10% Lodging Tax + $2/night Tourism Tax.

$350 Cleaning Fee (14+ night stays require additional cleaning fees), Booking Fee (varies based on reservation cost).

$2,000 security deposit refundable within 14 days of checkout. Deposit is reduced to $500 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

Property Manager
Paradise Retreats
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within 12 hours
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

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 property) We came. We saw. We liked. A fun area to visit.
Apr 2017
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Montecito House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master Bathroom w/shower tub combination, sink, toilet
    Bathroom #2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master Bathroom w/shower tub combination, sink, toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master Bedroom w/king-size bed
    Bedroom #2 - 1 twin/ single , Bedroom #2 w/day bed
    Bedroom #3 - 1 twin/ single , Bedroom #3 w/day bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge ...
  • 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
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Newly remodeded (2014), Near Upper and Lower Villages of Montecito, Detached Office, Park-like setting, Iron, Ironing Blanket, Outdoor Shower, Beach Chairs, Beach Umbrella, Port-a-crib, Sheets/blanket for Port-a-crib, Baby Gate High-chair Toys


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Birdsong Cottage - Perfection in Montecito
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 27 reviews

Beautiful, well maintained home and surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for a week starting memorial day weekend (through Paradise retreats). The house and the surroundings are beautiful, and really well equipped. We could have skipped all the sights and stayed at the property all week and there would have been enough to do.

There is plenty to do indoors - TVs with Netflix, Prime, Cable, games for kids, a beautiful and fully equipped kitchen, and out in the yard - play areas, hot tub, grill, hammock, swing, several furnished patio/deck areas. I could go on and on.

Everything is maintained to top hotel standards as well.

Made for such a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful weekend retreat

  • 4 of 5

I could write a long review on how nice this place is - both the house and land. Both are well taken care of, well maintained and has all the amenities you will need - flatware, plates, appliances, etc. You are only 10 minutes from Downtown Santa Barbara by car. And if you are into celebrities you'll love to know that Oprah's estate is only minutes away down the street from here. We did not see her during our visit but I am sure the locals see her whenever she is in town. Although we came in the winter we will be back again when the weather is nicer.

The pictures are accurate and as described. The place looks better in-person. The view from the floor to ceiling window is just amazing. I will come back again. You can sit on the couch an enjoy the sunlight, birds and natural beauty from inside the house.

The only reason I did not give this place a 5th star was that we experienced a small problem that could not be fixed during our stay. The problem was a distinct odor coming through the ventilation system. The management company dispatched a handy-man to fix the situation but they could not determine the source of the problem and it could not be fixed. The upstairs bedroom has no blinds so if you are sensitive to night lights or need a pitch-black room at night, as I do, the lack of blinds makes it more difficult to sleep.

If management fixes these minor issues I would give it a 5th star. Hopefully before my next visit they will address these fixes.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your suggestions. Because of your comment, we have equipped the master closet with two XXL portable blackout shades that will allow you to blackout the master bedroom's morning stream of sunshine. We hope that this will make you perfectly comfortable. We are also happy to report that we were able to remediate the odor and that Birdsong Cottage is back to smelling like the fragrant trees and plants that surround it. We do hope that you will return to experience it. Thank you for taking the time to review our cottage. Sincerely, Birdsong Cottage
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved our four day night stay for a special Santa Barbara celebration weekend. The house is well equipped with everything you need: good kitchen, sumptuous linens, lovely garden, outdoor spaces. Parking is limited, but that is not an issue for weekend travelers. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Perfect Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We took our boys to Birdsong Cottage for Spring break, we really enjoyed the secluded cottage with all of the outdoor seating and how close we were to the beach. The inside was beautiful and had everything we needed for cooking, entertaining etc.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Beautiful, but...

  • 3 of 5

Birdsong is really lovely. It's secluded, quiet and tastefully decorated. However, there were a few things that made it less than spectacular considering the price. The shower heads in both showers are disappointing. One in particular is angled for a tall person, which I am not. So that's not fun. Upstairs the bathroom door won't open all the way and rams into the bed. So that's kinda funky. And there are no cooking staples in the kitchen. So if you plan to use the kitchen, you will have to buy everything - olive oil, butter, any spices, except for salt and pepper.

I will say that it has a back guest cottage with a desk and computer. It's perfect if you need to get away and work. Big plus for that if you are wanting seclusion.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the suggestions. The shower heads have now been changed out to provide comfort for guests of any size. The pressure is strong and the shower is relaxing and rejuvenating. The master bed has been scooted over by one foot so that the bathroom door no longer hits it. Great suggestion; thank you. Additionally, the house is now stocked with many essentials (40+ household items) that will help make your stay more comfortable. It is our goal to make our guests feel entirely at home. We appreciate you pointing out these issues and hope that you will return to Birdsong Cottage. Sincerely, Birdsong Cottage
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Truckee, CA

Peaceful, cozy cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week at Birdsong Cottage! We had 4 adults and 1 child and it was perfect for us. We originally booked another home through Paradise Retreats and we were relocated to Birdsong Cottage after a maintenance issue with the other home. Paradise Retreats handled the situation promptly and professionally and they quickly gave us options for other properties. This is one of the main reasons why I always book vacations through management companies. There is local staff to assist you and they have options if problems arise! The interior decor of Birdsong Cottage is beautiful...just as pictured in the photos. The outside space is private and peaceful! We spent the afternoons lounging in the lawn area and the evenings gathered by the fire pit! It was so nice to relax in the hot tub after long days of exploring. We will definitely book through Paradise Retreats on our next visit to Santa Barbara and we would love to stay at Birdsong Cottage again! Thank you Paradise Retreats!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15.3 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Ferry
Nearest Golf
9.1 Miles
Santa Barbara Golf Club
Nearest Train
5.7 Miles
Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 101
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Ski
Nearest Beach
3.2 Miles
Butterfly Beach
Car: recommended

Mission, Courthouse, Beach, Zoo, Art Museums, Galleries, Natural History Museum, Botanical Garden, Parks, Wharf, Harbor, For detailed info on all local attractions & events visit the Santa Barbara visitor center or local websites


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