|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Our Vineyard Retreat is an ideal romantic getaway. Our relaxing setting welcomes you the moment you arrive and lets you truly unwind and have a unique wine country experience. The retreat is off a private wing of our home on one of the smallest producing wineries in Santa Barbara County. The open vistas of our CCOF certified organic vineyard and surrounding farmland spread out before you and provide a relaxing view. We take great pride in all the details that make our guests crave to return again and again.
We also have a two-bedroom two-bath retreat located on our property overlooking our vineyard which can accommodate 2-4 guests (more info below)
The Vineyard Retreat: The Vineyard Retreat consists of one bedroom, a family room & kitchen nook, a fully stocked kitchen, & a bathroom. The bedroom has a super comfortable king-sized bed with luxurious bedding and custom over-sized pillows. The bathroom has a tub/shower combo & plush towels. The kitchen nook, family room, & kitchen are encompassed in the same space with beautiful views of the vineyard and mediterranean landscaping. There is a flatscreen TV and two iPod stations. Free wireless internet access is available. The kitchen is fully stocked to prepare a wine country meal but you don't want to miss out on the many fine dining establishments in the Santa Ynez Valley. Including our own highly reviewed and much loved Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe! A private patio with table and teak steamers entices guests to soak in the tranquility of wine country life. In addition to our vineyard there are 4 acres of organically farmed land that grace the view.
A description of our Bernat Retreats is not complete without mentioning Gypsy, Juliet, and Fiona. Our dogs are the first to greet our guests, and our cat, Fiona, makes sure to stop by and see if there are any cat lovers visiting (if there aren't, she gets the hint).
Los Olivos and Surrounding Area: The 20+ tasting rooms, galleries, and restaurants, of our quaint little town, are a 10 minute walk (20 minute stroll) or a short bike ride away. We also offer complimentary cruisers.
The Santa Ynez Valley comprises the danish town of Solvang, the western themed town of Santa Ynez, Ballard, Buellton, and Los Olivos. Aside from tasting the many vintages of the Santa Barbara County wines the valley offers; biking, horseback riding (in fact, if you have a horse and want to bring them, we have room for two), hiking, fishing, live theatre, movie theatre, shopping, festivals, surfing and much more. Santa Barbara is a 40 minute drive and the beach is only 30 minutes.
If you only stay two nights, you'll wish you have stayed more!
Also on our property is our newly remodeled two bedroom-two bath, Winery Retreat, with it's own private bocce ball court (VRBO #474727. *Special Pricing for Single Couple*
About Us: Our life is about sharing the bounty and beauty of our piece of the world. Our restaurant is internationally recognized for serving the highest quality wine country cuisine that expresses the flavors of our area. Our wine is a complete reflection of the soil that it grows from. Family and Friends are at the center of who we are. Opening our Vineyard and Winery Retreats to others is another opportunity for us to share our countless blessings making them all the more meaningful.
We love wine country living in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Our life revolves around family, friends, food, and wine. Now we are pleased to share our blessings and the beauty that surrounds us with others.
Shawnda Marmorstein purchased this cottage in 1995
Guests love our close proximity to town and the rural country surrounding that immediately welcomes them to wind down. Staying among the vines and farmland yet only a stroll away from downtown Los Olivos makes our retreats among the most desirable places to stay in the Santa Ynez Wine Country.
Our guests get to experience a small family owned an operated working winery. And the tranquility of country life with the conveniences of being near all the fun that surrounds us. Just a 10 minute walk (15 minute stroll) and you will be in the charming town of Los Olivos with over 30 tasting rooms and shops. Solvang, Santa Ynez, and Buellton are all 5-10 minutes driving. The beaches and shopping of Santa Barbara is 35 minutes south. Lake Cachuma is 15 minutes away. And 45 minutes north of us is Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo, another half hour of driving and you will find yourself in the Paso Robles wine country. For theatre goers the PCPA TheaterFest offers quality performances in their outdoor theatre in Solvang, all summer long.The rolling hills and Oak trees that surround us make our home beautiful year around.
My husband and I stayed at the Bernat Vineyard Retreat for a couple days last week. We loved it!
Before we even arrived, Shawnda contacted us and gave us a lot of information about our stay, the location, etc. It was incredibly helpful so we knew what to expect, and because of it there were no surprises. She was also kind enough to make a reservation for us at their restaurant (which was wonderful, by the way). That same level of hospitality extended throughout our stay. For example, on our first morning, I noticed that there wasn't a filter for the coffee maker. I texted Shawnda and, in less than 30 minutes, Sam appeared at our door with a spare filter. Every time we interacted with Shawnda and Sam, they were exceptionally friendly. They were also excellent about striking the perfect balance between letting us know that they were available to us, while also giving us privacy.
The furry hosts (Gypsy, Juliet, and Fiona) were equally friendly. As an animal lover, it really added to the trip to be able to see them around the property and pet them. Gypsy was especially loving - upon arrival, she ran up to my door and gave me lots of love. If you're not an animal person, then don't fear: If you leave them along, they'll leave you alone.
In addition to the two- and four-legged hosts, the place itself was wonderful. The retreat was clean, inviting, comfortable, and had everything we needed. We also enjoyed all the "extras": A bottle of their delicious Estate Syrah, a cheese plate, a candle (which smelled so good that I ended up buying one at their cafe), and bath toiletries by Grapeseed. We didn't cook while we were there, but the kitchen was fully stocked so we could have.
The grounds were also lovely. Sam let us know that it was okay to roam around their property, and we are glad we could. It was nice to walk around their farm area, check out the vineyards, and meet their horse. We also enjoyed sitting outside on the patio furniture, soaking in the sights and the sun. It was very relaxing.
The walk into "downtown" Los Olivos isn't bad; but, we decided to drive in, knowing that we would be bringing back bottles of wine that we purchased after tastings - #dontjudge :-) It was an easy drive that only took a few minutes. (Note: We were there Wed-Fr, so we were always able to find parking; it may be harder on weekends).
If we ever visit Los Olivos again (we likely will), we will definitely try to book this retreat again.
We stayed at this beautiful property for a week. The cottage was comfortable and very attractively decorated. The patio overlooking the vineyard was a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day. We were greeted with a nice bottle of Bernat wine and a lovely cheese platter upon our arrival, not to mention a warm welcome from Gypsy, a very sweet dog. Shawnda was very accommodating and helpful with local information on hiking, etc. The property is located in a lovely, quiet country setting, great for walking or biking. We loved the Wine Merchant Cafe in Los Olivos and ate there several times (especially recommend the lamb shanks!). We definitely recommend this property!
We loved the little cottage, with a front lawn with views of the vinyard. It was a very charming spot.
Our friendly host Sam, gave us a tour of the vinyard that felt much closer to the soil than just visting a winery and was very insightful.
And it's a 15 minute walk to the center of Los Olivos which helps when you are done with driving!
Shawnda and Sam have made a lovely villa for guests to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area set in their vineyard with lots of shade, blooming plants, multiple places to sit and relax. The one bedroom retreat is very comfortable with most everything you might need for a few days. The complimentary bottle of wine and cheese/fruit plate from their restaurant was heavenly. We enjoyed eating at their restaurant "Wine Merchant & Cafe" twice where their staff knew we were retreat guests and made us feel like royalty. The area is fun to explore. We really enjoyed seeing part of the wine making process while we were there and smelling the heavenly aromas. It's nice to watch other people work when you are on vacation. Lovely couple who made us feel very welcome. Hope to go again.
Highly recommend! From the moment we pulled through the gates we were charmed. The guest house was perfect. Everything you need was there from the Welcome wine and cheese platter to the amazingly comfortable bed. We enjoyed riding the bikes to the Market and walking into town for dinner. We were fortunate enough to have a tour of the organic vineyard and farm by Matt, the farm manager. We came away with a sincere respect for what Shawnda and Sam have created. Treat yourself and the one you love to a few days. You will want to return and you will not forget the beauty.
We loved our stay at the 1 bedroom vineyard retreat. Cute, clean and spacious cottage literally right next to the vines. Arrived to a complimentary bottle of Bernat wine and a cheese plate which was a nice touch. Plenty of outdoor seating and common areas to use and admire the views of the beautiful grounds. Most of the time we felt like we had the entire property to ourselves. Town was a 10-15 walk away or you can use the property's beach cruisers to get there in about 5. Shawnda and Sam were great hosts and we loved their dogs as well. We also ate in their restaurant the Wine Merchant Cafe and loved our meals there. Would highly recommend their retreat and restaurant and we hope to be back someday again in the future!! - Andrea & Craig (August 2016)
Los Olivos is in the heart of the Santa Barbara wine country nestled amongst rolling hills and oaks. Our small town is full of charm with quaint shops, eateries, and over twenty tasting rooms. Surrounded by equestrian farms and some of California's most sought after real estate. We are 10 minutes from the Danish town of Solvang and the western themed town of Santa Ynez, 15 minutes from Lake Cachuma (kayaking and fishing only lake), 35 minutes to the nearest beaches, 40 minutes from Santa Barbara, 60 minutes from San Luis Obispo and 2.5 hours from L.A.. Our area became internationally recognized in the Academy Award winning movie, Sideways. We look forward to welcoming you to the Beautiful Santa Ynez Valley!
Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Basketball Court, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
The Vineyard Retreat is on a working winery and farm property. The workings of winery and farm equipment is part of the charm to those who are looking for an authentic wine country experience.