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Speaks: english, swedish

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

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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1 bedroom, 1 bathroom with steam sauna, 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.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lena (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english, swedish

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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Cozy, Romantic Retreat in the Heart of Santa Barbara near the Historical Mission
average rating of 4.866667 based on 42 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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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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Excellent stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful property -- even better in person than advertised. We truly enjoyed our stay, the professionalism of Lena, and the wonderful amenities. There is an abundance of privacy, and the unit is well appointed. I was surprised how well equipped the kitchen is -- 2 mini fridges (one with a freezer), a microwave, toaster oven, juicer, coffee maker, blender, and every possible tool/utensil you would need. Lena even stocked us with half/half, wine, fruit, and chips! About a 10 minute walk to the Mission, 20 minute walk to down town, and 25 minute walk to Trader Joes. The neighborhood is peaceful and beautiful, and we had parking right in front. We are definitely hoping to return soon.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent Stay in Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5

We booked a last minute trip to Santa Barbara and had an excellent stay at Lena's property. She was incredibly accommodating, even purchasing an air conditioning unit for the property because we travelled with our five month old baby. The unit is centrally located, with easy access to the freeway to get to wine country and a short drive (longer walk) to State Street and all that downtown Santa Barbara has to offer. Lena was a gracious host, answering any questions we had about restaurants, beaches, running trails and wineries. Small touches, like stocking the rental with coffee, a welcome bottle of local wine and snacks made us feel at home. It's an excellent alternative to staying at a hotel and we would return again, the next time we come to Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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East coast couple

  • 3 of 5

Property is very cute and host is delightful...well-equipped and close to everything...the apt opens up to a charming garden, but the lack of privacy was a problem for us as sliding glass doors open directly into living placement is also a little awkward for relaxing and watching airconditioning so a ceiling fan would be was a little warm and sticky while we were there..overall for 1 or 2 people at most

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for bringing these issues to my attention, I take these matters very seriously. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay overall, found the property “cute”, the garden “charming” and me “delightful.” Thank you for letting me know. I go out of my way to make my guests comfortable, which is why I wish you would have let me know about any problems during your stay. I would have been happy to correct whatever issues you had. If you would have told me that you had a problem with the humidity, I would have plugged in the dehumidifier for you, it takes out the humidity very efficiently. You may not remember, but I showed you my “property binder”, which has all the information about appliances etc. The information about the dehumidifier as well as the powerful turbo fan, which are both in the closet, can be found in that binder. I really like your thoughts on having a ceiling fan. I will definitely check into getting one for the bedroom since I’m always looking for ways to improve the property. Thank you for the great idea! You mention lack of privacy because of the glass doors leading into the living area, but since the garden is secluded and surrounded by a tall hedge which offers complete privacy, I’m not sure I understand the issue. I would have loved to discuss it with you if I’d been given the opportunity. Thank you again for the comments and I hope you had a wonderful visit with your daughter.
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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

Santa Barbara House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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spring/ summer
May 1 - Sep 1
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.0%

Cleaning fee $75, damage insurance $59, tax %12
No tax on stays over 31 days.
** Home Away just started charging a "service fee". It ONLY has to be paid if the payment is done through the Home Away site. Many of my guests prefer to send check, send wire or pay through pay pal. The options depend on how close to the stay the property is booked.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Santa Barbara 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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