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Hacienda de la Mariposa - Authentic Spanish Style in Montecito

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Hacienda de la Mariposa - Authentic Spanish Style in Montecito

In the style of the Old Spanish Adobes of the past, this impeccable 1920's estate property is rich in history and tradition. Originally part of the Potter Estate, a renowned Santa Barbara family, the compound remains a testament to the old "Eden" of Montecito, considered one of the most beautiful areas in the country. The hacienda offers rustic elegance, old-world charm and tranquility. It is an informal, blissful oasis in the heart of Montecito, a truly unique and special home.

Entering through a private gate, the Main House is set around the central entry courtyard with fountain and offers 3 Bedrooms and 2.5 Bathrooms. The Formal Living Room, with a beamed vaulted ceiling, is a wonderful space to entertain or simply enjoy quiet conversation around the charming, Wood-Burning Fireplace. The Family Room features a Pool Table, TV, and fireplace with French Doors, which open to the Pool Terrace and Tropical Garden.

For family meals, dine around the large round glass-top table in the Formal Dining Room adjacent to the well-equipped Kitchen. The comfortable Master Bedroom has a beamed, vaulted ceiling, a king-size bed and an architectural wall of bookcases with antique Mexican corbels surrounding a flat-screen TV. French Doors open to a deck shaded by a giant pepper tree overlooking the orchard lawn. The Master Bath has a private view of the garden.

There are three detached spacious Guesthouses, which provide spacious private accommodations for our honored guests. The Pool Cottage, with 2 Bedrooms and full Kitchen, is tucked into the tropical landscape adjacent to the Pool in a quiet corner of the estate. The two Studio Cottages are accessed either from the driveway or entry courtyard and share a lovely enclosed inner patio with seating under a flowering Portico. Each sunlight-filled Guest Cottage is tastefully decorated with antiques, providing ample separate spaces for large families, reunions, corporate retreats or romantic sanctuaries.

The well-manicured and maintained grounds have been thoughtfully and professionally arranged with garden themes based on Lotusland, a beloved botanic garden nearby. The varying areas of the yard echo that of a tropical rain forest, an abundant fruit orchard, and an arid desert with succulents and drought tolerant plantings.

Off the Main House and Pool Cottage is the lush and tropical Pool Terrace with chaise lounges and seating options. Enjoy reading a book or drink margaritas as you catch some California sun, sit in the Spa or swim in the Salt Water Pool.

Dine al fresco nearly every day of the year on the porch off the Dining Room under a shaded arbor full of flowers. A barbecue adds that extra feature for the grill master of the group to create great meals while staying close to the Pool activity and Kitchen alike.

The backyard features a large, flat lawn with plenty of room for little guests to run and play. Enjoy a fun game of Badminton too! The Organic Orchard offers an abundance of seasonal fruits from pomegranate, apple, plum and peach, to a large variety of citrus, including sweet oranges and grapefruit to enjoy each morning!

The Main House and all Guest Cottages are wired for High-Speed Internet. There are wonderful workspaces throughout the property but, should you need it, there is a separate, private, well-equipped Office for your use.

This extraordinary residence is located in the prestigious "Golden Triangle" of Montecito, the most desirable part of the Village. You can hear the church bells toll from the nearby Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, a historical landmark that was founded in the late 1800's. The Hacienda is one-half mile to Butterfly Beach and the famous Biltmore Hotel, as well as a short 10-minute walk to both the Upper and Lower Villages of Montecito, where one finds gourmet restaurants, boutique shopping and upscale personal services such as spas, gyms and yoga studios. Some of the best hiking trails in the state are just up the road. The gorgeous city of Santa Barbara, nestled between the ocean and the mountains, is just minutes away. You will be close to whatever activities you choose!

The Pharmacy, Pierre Lafond or Jeannine's are fun places to gather for a delicious morning cappuccino. There's also a chance to catch a celebrity sighting! Spend time chatting with friendly locals about what to do and see in Montecito and Santa Barbara!

A stay at the Hacienda de la Mariposa will be a truly memorable experience. At the end of your visit to this unique home, our goal is to have your family and friends exclaiming, "La Vida es Bella!"... Life is Beautiful!

Note: Housekeeping is included in your stay. The Owners' Caretaker will be onsite on Mondays and Fridays and available for light housekeeping chores, and/or will attend to the estate grounds.


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

Minimum Nights

3-Night minimum stay, 14-Night Maximum 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.

$475 Cleaning Fee, Booking Fee (varies based on reservation cost).

$3,500 security deposit refundable within 14 days of checkout. Deposit is reduced to $875 with purchase of Damage Waiver.

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:
June 25, 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) Fantastic Hacienda! Part of our family stayed her for a wedding at the Belmond El Encanto. This place is so peaceful, I wish we could stay another week. Thank you so much.
Apr 2017
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Montecito Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master Bathroom #1 w/sunken bathtub shower combination w
    Jack and Jill Bathroom #2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Jack and Jill Bathroom #2 w/shower tub combination, sink,
    Pool Cottage Bathroom #3 - toilet , shower , Pool Cottage Bathroom #3 w/walk-in shower, sink, toilet
    Studio Cottage Bathroom #4 - toilet , shower , Studio Cottage Bathroom #4 w/walk-in tile shower, sink,
    Studio Cottage Bathroom #5 - toilet , shower , Studio Cottage Bathroom #5 w/walk-in tile shower, sink,
    Main House Powder Room - toilet , Main House Powder Room w/sink, toilet
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master Bedroom w/king-size bed
    Bedroom #2 - 1 twin/ single , Bedroom #2 w/2 twin beds
    Bedroom #3 - 1 double , Bedroom #3 w/full-size bed
    Pool Cottage Bedroom #4 - 1 queen , Pool Cottage Bedroom #4 w/queen-size bed
    Pool Cottage Bedroom #5 - 1 twin/ single , Pool Cottage Bedroom #5 w/twin bed
    Studio Cottage 1 Bedroom #6 - 1 double , Studio Cottage 1 Bedroom #6 w/full-size bed
    Studio Cottage 2 Bedroom #7 - 1 queen , Studio Cottage 2 Bedroom #7 w/queen-size bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • 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


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Hacienda de la Mariposa - Authentic Spanish Style in Montecito
average rating of 4.5 based on 25 reviews
Prairie Grove, Arkansas

This is truly a lovely home with so much character

  • 4 of 5

If you are looking for a place to stay that feels like your own private oasis, this is the one! We were a group of 12; six adults and six children (ages 7 and under). We used all the available rooms and had plenty of space. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained; we were told we could eat whatever was ripe, and we enjoyed fresh lemons, limes, tangerines, and even mulberries. The little ones loved playing in the yard and the pool. The kitchen is fully furnished...we cooked several meals and had everything we needed. The beach is close, as are several wonderful restaurants. All that being said, I do think it needs to be noted that families with young children should be advised that there are multiple doors leading out of the house and the pool is not secured in any way. Many of the doors have simple locking knobs that are easy for little ones to open. Our solution was to place chairs in front of the doors at night, and a parent slept with the children, but in all honesty, had we known this, we probably would have chosen a more kid-friendly home to stay in. For older children or adult groups, this is the perfect spot to stay!!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great house

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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a lovely, elegant, professionally run estate

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location in upper Montecito. Very quiet and spacious well appointed property.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The listing was accurate in most details

  • 4 of 5

'Meet and greet' person was not familiar with the property and provided only minimal information.

Garbage cans were full upon arrival and despite daily calls

were not emptied for 5 days, unhealthy, unappealing and aggravating.

A 4 door Suburban (a very large car), License 5DBS218, was parked in the guest parking area and occupied 2 of the 6 available parking sites. We called management and we were told they did not know who the car belonged to, nor did they have keys to move it. Wood was not provided when we moved in. The pool heater and hot tub heater did not operate for 2 days. Management was called and was ineffective in repairs.

Hand soap was available in only 1 of the 7 bathrooms on arrival and at least a minimum amount of toilet paper would have been appreciated.

Based on the rental price of the property I would have expected a more seamless occupancy experience.

On the plus side, the property was very comfortable, clean and well maintained. The kitchen was was well equipped with dishware, cooking utensils and pots and pans.

Beds and bedding was comfortable, with an adequate number of towels.

Heating was efficient and tv's worked fine.

Outdoor seating area's were sufficient and comfortable.

On balance, our family enjoyed the stay and I would recommend the property to a friend

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Awesome! Perfect for multi family guests!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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  • 4 of 5

The home was very nice and was perfect for our group. When we arrived, it was a bit disconcerting that the entry courtyard was all dirt with a fountain in the middle. It doesn't look very good, but I'm guessing the lack of landscaping is because of the drought. It was just surprising because it's definitely not shown in the online pictures. The house itself was very clean, with nice sized bedrooms and comfortable beds. We used the outside area (barbecue, pool) as well as both inside living areas. Overall, the home was very clean and welcoming.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14.1 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Ferry
Nearest Golf
7.7 Miles
Santa Barbara Golf Club
Nearest Train
4.1 Miles
Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
Hwy 101
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Ski
Nearest Beach
1.9 Miles
Butterfly Beach
Car: recommended


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