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Shawnda Marmorstein

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

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

65 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Los Olivos 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.

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Suitability:
  • 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.

Reviews

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Romantic Get Away on Organic Vineyard & short stroll to downtown Los Olivos!
average rating of 4.9692307 based on 65 reviews
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5

Feast for the senses !

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Love your title, 'Feast for the Senses'! And, glad that we provided your senses a feast. We live in a beautiful setting and feel honored to be able to share it with so many wonderful guests. Thank you for the review! Shawnda
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5

Wonderful wine country retreat!!

  • 5 of 5

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)

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us! And, thank you for sharing your experience! We hope you get to come back and stay with us again soon. Kindly, Sam & Shawnda
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5

Perfect. Great location, hosts and property. Plan on coming back

  • 5 of 5

Could not have been happier with this choice. Sam and shawnda have a lovely place in the perfect locale

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always feels good to hear positive feedback! Glad you enjoyed your stay! Shawnda & Sam
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5

Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at this location. The first time, we stayed in the 2-bedroom house with another couple. For this trip, my husband and I stayed in the 1-bedroom. Everything about the property is perfect. It is ideally located just outside the town of Los Olivos and a short walk to the Los Olivos Grocery. Both rentals are beautifully decorated with many thoughtful touches to make you feel like you are in your own home. The quality of the linens, towels, toiletries, organic coffee, wine, cheese plate, etc. is amazing! We loved sitting outside and staring at the amazing view of the vineyard, and we enjoyed spending time with the incredibly friendly cat, Fiona. We would have been perfectly content to stay at our new "home away" from home, but the many wonderful wine tasting rooms pulled us into town, too. We're already trying to plan our next visit, and I can't imagine staying anywhere else. Thank you, Sam and Shawnda, for sharing your beautiful vineyard and homes with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed both of our retreats! It's an honor to be your home away from home. Thank you for the review and we look forward to you coming back again soon! Shawnda and Sam
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Charming home on a lovely vineyard

  • 5 of 5

The home is charming, with lots of room inside. A kitchen, living/dining room and bedroom.

Outside is the vineyard, and grassy area. Perfect place to chill out!

Owners provide lots of extras including a bottle of their ( excellent) wine and an assortment of cheeses.

We walked into town for dinner and breakfast

The hosts couldn't have been nicer

We'll definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write this review! We are glad you enjoyed our wine and your stay at our Vineyard Retreat. We hope you get to come stay with us again soon. Shawnda and Sam
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All Around Amazing Accomodations

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our 7 yr. anniversary here and everything about this place is simply amazing. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great place to stay and experience SB wine country.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay at our Vineyard Retreat for your 7th Anniversary! We appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We hope you get to come stay with us again soon.
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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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Rates & Availability

Los Olivos Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Standard Rate
Jun 25 2015 - Nov 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
$225
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$275
Fri,Sat
$1,575
 
 
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2 night minimum stay
$225
From
$275
Fri,Sat
$1,575
 

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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Amenities

Los Olivos Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • 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
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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