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Cozy, Romantic Retreat in the Heart of Santa Barbara near the Historical Mission

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


Minimum Stay
30 nights

About the property

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2-3.

This beautiful Craftsman cottage duplex ( downstairs) in the prestigious Upper East/ Lower Riviera, is enclosed by a tall hedge. You enter through a wooden gate into a lush, private garden with splashing fountain, fruit trees, culinary herbs and rosegarden. There is a large gas barbeque, and outside dining for four.

The inside has been renovated with an open floorplan. There is an 'art deco' bathroom, a large closet and a kitchen with a wonderful view of the garden.

Relax in this serene, romantic get away, a short walk from the historical Mission with it's breathtaking Rose garden. Explore the Koi pond and gazebo in Alice Keck Park on your way to State Street with the spectacular restaurants and exclusive shops. Enjoy the fantastic beaches, a multitude of hiking trails and taste some of the best wines in the world.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, swedish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

I felt so comfortable here- slept wonderfully (an accomplishment!) and loved my "secret" garden, front yard. Such a convenient location!

I will be back, often!
Dec 2013
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Cozy, Romantic Retreat in the Heart of Santa Barbara near the Historical Mission
average rating of 4.888889 based on 45 reviews

Perfect place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect location to stay in Santa Barbara! It's just a short drive to the beach, hiking trails, mountain area, and just a short walk to the mission. The layout of the guesthouse is great, the garden is just gorgeous to wake up to, and you have all of the amenities needed. We enjoyed a lot of good food from all of the great local restaurants! Plus we had the choice to cook up some food with a fully stocked kitchen. I would highly recommend staying here! We received wonderful customers service, there's everything you need to make your stay comfortable, and you're close to everything.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for a quiet stay

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is very well appointed, with a comfortable bed and en-suite bathroom in the bedroom that is divided from the living area with folding doors. The garden is a delight, and even in December it was a lovely place to take my morning coffee. Having a washer/dryer was a great amenity for those who stay longer. The area is one of my favorite in Santa Barbara. Lena is a lovely hostess, both unobtrusive and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lena's vacation home

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Lena's vacation home was absolutely wonderful. We loved the unit and all of the amenities that where available to us. The unit was extremely clean with a great layout. Lena is a wonderful host and was very helpful with letting us know some of the sites to visit in the area. The home was very private which was what we were looking for and close to State Street so we could just shop, visit the harbor or just people watch. We will definatelty come back for another visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband, toddler, and I had a wonderful stay. We wanted a place we could call home away from home to rest. We wanted something more than a stale hotel stay. We found it! The adorable private yard welcomed us each morning. The home is cute with some very nice features and it has everything you need and more. We made breakfast every morning, enjoyed the local sites each day, and snuck away back to our little sanctuary in the hills each night. The owner, Lena, was very welcoming, helpful and very quick with communication and lots of tips. We had zero complaints and I don't think we will go back to hotels again if all trips can be like this. When I realized I forgot to sign the guest book I was sad because we do plan on a return trip and it would be nice to see our names in there from this time. Our stay was 4 nights. We found the home safe for our toddler. It was very easy to travel anywhere we needed to go. We recommend a stay. ☺ When can I go back?!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, quiet, great location

  • 5 of 5

This is such a lovely, private and quiet cottage, I would recommend it to anyone. Lena is a lovely and responsive host as well. This is the second time I have stayed here, and it is my favorite in Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable and tastfully decorated

  • 5 of 5

A very nice place to stay. A bit of a walk to downtown State Street, but we walked several times. Property was beautiful and we enjoyed our stay. Lena is very nice and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Santa Barbara Municipal
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Freeway 101
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
East Beach / Sterns Wharf
Car: recommended

Santa Barbara - the American Riviera, with it's breathtaking beauty, historical architecture, spectacular beaches, restaurants and shops. This romantic, serene hide-away is a short walk from the Mission, Alice Keck Park and State St. It's close to beaches, shopping, restaurants and the wonderful Santa Barbara Bowl, yet peaceful and tranquil. Relax in your personal steam sauna, or enjoy a cocktail in your private garden, complete with a splashing fountain, fruit trees and roses. You can dine al fresco, next to your bbq, or choose from award winning restaurants a short distance away. There is hiking, horseback riding, whale watching and wine tasting nearby. Or just relax on one of the fantastic beaches.


Rates & Availability

Lower Riviera House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
spring/ summer
May 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Property Damage Protection $59

Cleaning fee $75, damage insurance $59, tax %12
No tax on stays over 30 days.

*As of January 2017 Santa Barbara will not allow vacation rental stays less than 30 days. long term tenants are welcome to apply, contracts will be negotiated. There is no tax on stays longer than 30 days.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Lower Riviera House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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