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Shawnda Marmorstein

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Romantic Get Away on Organic Vineyard & short stroll to downtown Los Olivos!

56 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Santa Barbara County Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2)

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.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Shawnda Marmorstein (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Shawnda Marmorstein

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

Why Shawnda Marmorstein chose Santa Barbara County

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


based on 56 traveler reviews

Romantic Get Away on Organic Vineyard & short stroll to downtown Los Olivos!
average rating of 4.964286 based on 56 reviews

Perfect getaway retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were in Los Olivos for a few days and the vineyard retreat was perfect for us! Clean, comfortable and beautiful. Shawnda is very friendly and helpful, and we loved being welcomed by gypsy who rolled over for a tummy rub whenever we saw her. :)

The retreat had everything we needed (including a very comfortable bed and delicious organic coffee) and was in a great location. It's a short 5 min walk to the Los olivos General store which has great breakfast and food to go. It's also about a mile walk into town.

Next time we are in the area, we will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your experience! Glad you enjoyed your stay and the proximity to everything. Of course, Gypsy sends her regards as well, and looks forward to your return visit! :) Shawnda
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Pleasant Ridge, MI, USA

Cottage at Bernat Vinyard was fun

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying in one of the vacation cottages at Bernat Vinyards in Los Olivos, CA. The cottage is very quaint and spacious and had a complete kitchen and living room. Nicely decorated. The vinyard is just outside the window. Got to see the winery crew bottle some Grenache Blanc one morning. Short 5 min drive to Los Olivos. Beautiful town and beautiful countryside. Great location for visiting the wineries and tasting rooms in the Santa Ynez Valley. Hosts Shawnda and Sam are very friendly and gracious. We'll be back.

Mike & Pat

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mike and Pat! Glad you enjoyed watching the Grenache Blanc get bottled. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Kindly, Shawnda
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Los Angeles

The best rental we have ever had

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here over Easter weekend. This cottage was perfect and very stylishly outfitted. It was spotlessly clean. Everything worked. There were even fresh coffee beans for the grinder and the coffee machine. Beautiful grounds - a vineyard, grass, flowers, a table and chairs, and two lounge chairs. A friendly dog to greet us. Even a large friendly cat.

The floor plan is just right. It's basically a quadrant. Living room and dining room in front, with the kitchen and the bedroom/bath in the back. Large, very comfortable bedroom. The two bikes came with helmets and a lock. Wi-fi hook-up was OK. A $10 gift card, and complementary wine tasting came with the rental. The owners put a lot of thought into outfitting this place.

It's about a mile walk into town. A pretty walk past horse pastures. Several nice places to eat in Los Olivos, and my dream local coffee shop, serving coffee, pastries, sandwiches, ice cream, or beer.

This rental is a definite "keeper". It's a little over 2 hours from LA. We plan to come back.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the detailed review! We really appreciate it and hope you are able to stay with us again soon! Kindly, Shawnda
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Wonderful stay, relaxing times, amazing wine!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time staying in Los Olivos. The house and the property are perfect for a relaxing weekend and just the right size for my wife and I. It is about a mile walk to "downtown" Los Olivos and in general this made for a lovely beginning and end to our days. I highly recommend for anyone looking to get away and enjoy the Santa Ynez valley!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Paul! Glad you enjoyed your stay and walks into town. We hope you get to visit the Vineyard Retreat again soon. Kindly, Shawnda
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A perfect, peaceful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Shawnda and Sam's one bedroom Vineyard Retreat for a weekend. It was the most comfortable and inviting VRBO's we have ever rented. Shawnda was quick to respond to our VRBO inquiry and the process was simple and straightforward from booking to time of check out... and actually even after we checked out when Shawnda let us know we had left something behind which we had friends pick up for us at their cafe! She was so nice and easy to work with. Thank you so much Shawnda!

The location of the retreat on their property is beautiful. I wish we had more time to just hang out and enjoy the setting and the views overlooking the vineyard. From the moment we opened the door to the retreat we felt welcomed and at home. We knew we made the right choice to stay here over a hotel. It was a great home base for our busy weekend of celebrating a friends birthday in Los Olivos. The family's dogs and cat came to check us out while we settled in. A nice bottle of their wine was waiting for us as well as a nice cheese platter and crackers. Such a nice touch! The accommodations were clean and nicely decorated and had everything we needed. The bathroom-quality towels and nice soap, lotion etc were provided. The bedroom-very comfortable bed which is a huge plus and robes were provided, and the kitchen was fully equipped if you wanted to cook but we only were there for coffee in the mornings. Freshly ground coffee was a great way start to our day!

We have always enjoyed the Los Olivos Cafe & were happy to use the gift card for breakfast one morning.

Looking forward to our next getaway in Los Olivos so we can stay here again. Thank you Shawnda and Sam for sharing your property with us! Cheers. Sharon and Buzz

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your whole experience! Hopefully next time you'll be able to carve out time to relax and enjoy the view. Thanks again, Shawnda & Sam
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Los Angeles

Tonic for the soul!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Vineyard Retreat was what the doctor had ordered…pure R&R! Shawnda and Sam greeted us with warm smiles, a cheese/fruit platter and a bottle of their “Eloquent” syrah…what more could you ask for! We were also greeted by their adorable trio of furry goodwill ambassadors: Gypsy, Juliet and Fiona. The house was charming and well appointed, with a nice view of their vineyard. It was so quiet and peaceful there, hearing only the sounds of the birds and horses. When it comes time for dinner, be sure to check out their Wine Merchant & Cafe for a nice glass of wine and dinner…you won’t be disappointed. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad the Vineyard Retreat and its critters provided "tonic for your soul"! We look forward to hosting you again! Shawnda and Sam
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Car: necessary

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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Los Olivos Cottage Rental Rates

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Jun 25 2015 - Nov 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 10.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Santa Barbara County Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • tennis
Our retreat is suitable for one couple. View of our CCOF certified organic vineyard. Solar powered home. We care about every aspect of your stay. We desire to make your stay in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley unforgettable. Having lived in the area for over 15 years, we can guide you to activities that interest you most. We own a well known and respected restaurant. Catering and private chef opportunities are available with prior arrangements. Bikes available for cruising the area. We are within a 10-15 minute stroll to downtown Los Olivos where there is an abundance of wine tasting rooms and restaurants that offer some of the best wines of the Santa Barbara County. We are also within walking distance of a quaint little grocery store that offers breakfast and java. 20 minutes away is Lake Cachuma that offers kayaking and fishing.

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