Peaceful 1b + 1bath Folk Cottage - Park Your Car And Walk Everywhere
debbie & jim arnesen
About debbie & jim arnesen
Debbie first came to Santa Barbara in 1974 to attend UCSB. Jim came much earlier when his family owned an avocado ranch in Carpinteria in the 60's. We have a landscape and contracting business and have worked & volunteered for decades with many of our local nonprofits. We consider ourselves 'lucky' because we have been gainfully employed in SB since our early 20's, own our home and have raised our two sons here.
debbie & jim arnesen purchased this Cottage in 2014
Why debbie & jim arnesen chose Laguna
We had been looking for 'just the right rental property' for several years. As soon as we saw the outBACK Cottage on Laguna, we knew it was perfect - great location, plenty of charm and a 'project' to keep us busy now that we have an empty nest.
What makes this Cottage unique
When you first approach the property, you'll see the beautiful hundred-year old oak at the front cottage. A real show stopper! We love the fact that 'outBACK' Cottage has also been around for 100+ years and is part of Santa Barbara history. Best of all, 'outBACK' Cottage is a peaceful oasis in the heart of downtown.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:28
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A welcoming and cozy retreat
Outback cottage is charming in every way, and exactly like the photos. Spotlessly clean, comfortable bed, beautifully decorated and very much a labor of love. Debbie and Jim are delightful - welcoming and communicative, and couldn't have been more helpful. I stayed for 2 months on a business trip and looked forward to coming home every day.
5 Stars, Again!
Debbie and Jim are model VRBO hosts. We have rented from them three times and don’t want to stay anywhere else when we are in Santa Barbara!
We own VRBO 814791 in Santa Fe, NM and we know the work it takes to make a five star vacation rental. You won’t be disappointed if you stay here! Excellent value and amenities!
The ‘Outback cottage’ Is everything one would want in their own home.
To find a vacation rental that delivers more than you expect , truly pushes your enjoyment of your vacation ‘over the top”.
The cottage is very comfortably appointed, the sun shines in making it light and bright, and sitting on the porch with a view of The mountains and blue sky is just another thing that makes Outback Cottage , “THE PLACE TO STAY !” In Santa Barbara.
All the cleaning products are Meyers, just like I use at home. The location of the cottage is walkable to all areas of Santa Barbara, the beach, downtown, the shoreline.
The is mattress is so comfortable, I’m replacing mine at home with the same.
Last but not least , Debbie and Jim are so welcoming and ready to help in any way.
They truly make you feel like you’ve made friends for life!
Cozy, clean, modern, convenient and welcoming.
We found the OutBack Cottage to be every bit of the quintessential charming SoCal beach cottage we were looking for and more. What a relaxing place to spend time in Santa Barbara. It's clear the place was recently rebuilt from the inside-out with the most modern, up-to-date conveniences we could have hoped for - and super clean! The colorful and eclectic furnishings made our stay that much more refreshing.
One of the most pleasurable surprises was how close the cottage is to downtown SB and all the great restaurants and coffee shops on and around State St and the side streets. It's a leisurely 5 minute walk to our favorite coffee shop, Handlebars, and not too much further to some of the best Mexican food in town, Los Arroyos. Way to many other great spots to list, but we'd be remiss if we didn't include D'Angelos Bread for casual breakfast and Arigato Sushi which offers a vastly expanded menu of unique dishes in addition to standard sushi fare.
Lastly, the owners of the cottage, Jim and Debbie, were beyond compare. Their warmth and openness made us feel like we were old friends coming to visit. We will definitely be back to indulge in all their place and Santa Barbara has to offer.
Cozy Retreat for Walking, Music, and Food
During our weeks-long stay at OutBACK cottage, it served as our "base of operations" for a music festival in nearby Montecito. Every window of the light-filled cottage had a view of lovely foliage of the exquisitely maintained grounds and an occasional hummingbird. The well-equipped kitchen, with its wide counters, many cabinets, and super appliances, was perfect for preparing dinner for two or picnic fixings for a dozen. Though within easy walking distance of great restaurants and music venues, the cottage is in a quiet neighborhood and remote from the street -- for good night's rest in the comfy bed and calm breakfast inside or out on the spacious porch. Jim and Debbie were there for our every need or want -- from jump-starting our car's dead battery to greeting us most weekdays with "have a great time" as we set out on a walk to the beach or park or drove off to a day of masterclasses and concerts. They truly made OutBACK our home-away-from-home, and we are certain to return summer after summer.
My extended stay at Outback Cottage was a dream. Debbie and Jim are exceptional hosts and made my stay at their charming cottage, feel like a home away from home. The cottage itself is perfect for a single or a couple who want to get away for a long weekend or an extended stay like mine was. A cup of coffee or a glass of wine on the front porch watching the hummingbirds flit around in the meticulously cared for gardens is the perfect way to start or end your day.
I kept my car in the driveway and walked almost everywhere I had to go, perfect location!
My husband had to leave for work purposes so I was solo for a few weeks and felt completely safe and comfortable in the neighborhood.
I'm sad to go and can't wait to come back! The Outback is a little slice of heaven.
We are in the heart of the Presidio Neighborhood in downtown Santa Barbara - walk to shopping, fine dining, entertainment, nightlife, and the beach!