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Exquisite Views, Peace and Tranquility, and close to great wineries.

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Buellton Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

A place to get away? Fine wine? Exquisite Dining? Fun Outdoors? Shopping?

John and Nadine welcome you to their exquisite Hilltop Home at Shady Oaks Ranch. This unusual home features an upstairs Master Suite with a Queen bed with a rollaway table for those luxurious breakfasts in bed and adjoining private bath. The large window in the Master Suite provides an excellent view of the far reaching vistas and nearby farmland. In addition, the home features a dining room with seating for 10, a cozy living room with Flat Screen Satellite TV and a pull out sofa, 2 additional bedrooms one with a queen bed and the second with bunk beds for the younger set. The entry into the home features a breezeway connecting front and backyards. Rounding out this home is the annex. The Annex features a great room with an entertainment area, a King Bed, a half bath, and an additional bedroom with a queen bed. In addition, the washer and dryer are located in the Annex for those special needs that can come up when least expected. The Hilltop's landscaping is meticulously maintained and features 3 sitting areas, a lawn, a hiking trail to our famous water tower, and a beautiful lawn for entertainment and croquet.

Views and vistas of Buellton, the Santa Ynez Valley and the local moutains all vie for the visitors attention and appreciation.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

John de Bruin
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish, russian, dutch
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2016
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About John de Bruin

Nadine and I (John) are retired now for the second time. We completed a career in Aerospace in 2003 retiring from the Hughes Aircraft Company. The Hughes Motto was very similar to that of the TV show "Star Trek" i.e. to go where no man has gone before. John was involved with the design and deployment of infrared space systems while Nadine pursued a career in Real Estate. As a child, John had developed a love for the land and cows and upon retiring, we purchased a Ranch and raised grass fed beef, organic pork, chicken and eggs for our community. Farming is a hard life and all consuming and we elected to retire a second time to pursue some of the activities we had put on hold in favor of farming. We still live on our ranch in Lompoc, raise our own meats and enjoy our grandchildren as well as hosting guests from all over the world in our vacation rentals. We love the country lifestyle and are blessed with having our daughter and 3 grandkids live on the ranch with us. We live approximately 6 miles from Hilltop and are available for resolving any and all issues in short order.

John de Bruin purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why John de Bruin chose Santa Barbara County

The Shady Oaks Ranch is an amazingly unique property. Upon arriving, you feel a sense of peace and tranquility permeate your whole being. It is like being transported to another world or dimension. Complementing this sense of tranquility are the views and vistas of Buellton, the Santa Ynez Valley and the surrounding mountains. Do you enjoy the outdoors? Cachuma Lake or Gaviota State Beach are excellent places to go picnic and hike. Enjoy wine tasting? The valley is filled with amazing boutique wineries as well as some that are quite size-able and offer a great variety. Shopping? Enjoy history? Visit the two Missions established by the original Spanish Settlers. Visit Solvang for a real shopping experience from clothing to knick knacks to the world's softest socks. Hilltop at Shady Oaks Ranch provides you with a means to escape and yet have a diversity of activities to complement your time away from the hustle and bustle.

What makes this farmhouse unique

When Nadine and I first saw ( I really mean experienced) this property we were awestruck. We just could not leave. Located on 31 acres with means to hike up and down, challenged us to experience the entire range of views as well as the natural habitats of the majestic oaks and wildlife. You literally feel transported to another dimension. Can't say that enough. Come and experience it for yourself.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for a wonderful getaway. We absolutely enjoyed every bit of our stay here at your lovely home.

We truly appreciate all that you did to make our stay seamless. From the acommodations, amenities, and peacefulness and beauty that this home offers, truly made our family getaway a memorable one.

Wishing this little gem of a vacation home much success.

We hope to be back again soon.

All the best,
Nov 2012
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

Exquisite Views, Peace and Tranquility, and close to great wineries.
average rating of 4.9038463 based on 53 reviews

We LOVED this house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wedding in Los Alamos and rented this house for the weekend. John was a wonderful host and the house was just what we needed. We had three families staying in this house and it was perfect. Thank you, John!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was beautiful, clean and well cared for. The Hilltop view was breathtaking!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time @ Hilltop. The property was gorgeous, a great place to relax and gather. John was great at communicating with us before hand and very accommodating. The property was clean, well-cared and had everything we needed for our stay!

NOTE- if you rent this property, follow John's direction to Hilltop instead of GPS. The GPS instructed us into the nearby winery which ended us in the middle of nowhere as the destination.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pictures don't do the view justice!

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic property! Being unfamiliar with the area, we were initially caught off guard by the ascension up to the property - it definitely deserves it's name of 'Hilltop'. The property itself was very accommodating to the needs of two families (four adults and four children ages 4 months to 7.5 yo), and suited us nicely while in town for a friends wedding.

Buellton has all that you need, and gives a nice counterpoint if you happen to be in town during Danish Days in nearby Solvang.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spokane, Washington

Wonderful Central Coast Sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

We had a mini-reunion and stayed at the house for a week. It was pleasant, clean, well equipped and we enjoyed the thoughtful touches. Furniture and bedding were comfortable and everyone had space to get together or have quiet time as they wished. The view is fantastic, and we liked the easy access to Buellton and the freeway. One note about the house layout - the kitchen/dining are upstairs next to the master suite, but on the other side of the house from the main living area. For us, this was great, as we could rise and shine and have our coffee without waking the rest of the house. It made it a tiny bit less convenient to barbeque or share snacks, since we were going up/down the stairs and through the house.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous, spacious house with incredible views!

  • 5 of 5

I loved staying at this beautiful property! There was plenty of space for me, my husband and our three adult children. Huge windows let in lots of natural light. Quiet and serene grounds. The beds were so comfy, we felt like we were sleeping on clouds! Only a four minute drive to restaurants, this house is amazing! We would stay here again in a heartbeat. An absolute gem!

Marte and James

Vista, CA

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Hidden Treasure

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed property for a long weekend. Although off the beaten path, it is actually really close to civilization. You get the best of both worlds. We highly recommend a stay here. Thanks John & Nadine.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
AJ Spurs
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
La Purissima Golf Course
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Goleta, CA
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
US 101
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Hitching Post
Nearest Ski
180 Miles
Mountain High Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Gaviota State Beach
Car: necessary

The Hilltop at Shady Oaks Ranch is located just minutes from the Santa Rita Appellation, a region first discovered by Richard Sanford to have similar soil and weather to the Burgundy region of France. Since Richard built the first winery in the area, many others have sprung up and we are now famous worldwide for our Pinot Noir's and Chardonnay's. There are many ways to visit the wineries from self guided tours to arranged tours to wine tasting rooms that have an excellent selection of the local wines without the need to travel.

In addition, lake Cachuma is a wonderful resource for fishing, picknicking, and guided nature tours. Other features include Ostrich Land, Firestone Brewery, the Chumash Resort and Casino and a myriad of fine eateries to delight anyone's tastes. In addition, two of the orginal Spanish Missions created here in California are within 20 miles.


Rates & Availability

Buellton Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Rates 2
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter Rates 3
Dec 27 2016 - Dec 29 2016
2 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Rates 4
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
President's Day
Feb 16 2017 - Feb 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Rates 5
Feb 21 2017 - May 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 25 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4th Independence
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $700
Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $0
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Buellton Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs adjoins the master suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs close to bedrooms 2 and 3
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Adjoins the great room and bedroom 5
  • 2.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , with adjoining Master Bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , This bed is located in the great room wtih 46' Flat Panel TV
  • King size beds (1) The Master suite features a Foster and Stearns King Size Bed, Queen size Beds (3) Two bedrooms and the greatroom feature queen size beds for your sleeping comfort, Queen Sleep Sofa (1) The living room has a comfortable queen sleep sofa for additional sleeping space, Bunk Beds (1) A bunk bed is provided in the bedroom for the younger set.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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