Quiet Cottage: Child & Pet Friendly

House - Entire home/apt · Dorking Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, United States
Bonnie & Dan

A sweet and comfortable little guest house w/ a full kitchen and garden on our half acre in a quiet cul-de-sac. Located above the Mission in Mission Canyon. You hear more birds than traffic–yet you're only 5 minutes from the downtown Santa Barbara...

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A sweet and comfortable little guest house w/ a full kitchen and garden on our half acre in a quiet cul-de-sac. Located above the Mission in Mission Canyon. You hear more birds than traffic–yet you're only 5 minutes from the downtown Santa Barbara...

The Space

The cottage has a quiet & peaceful bedroom that sleeps 2 in a comfy new queen sized bed, a small (see picture) private bath with shower, and a small living room. There is a full kitchen for your exclusive use that is equipped with full sized stove/oven, microwave, full sized fridge, small appliances, place settings and all that you might need to prepare and serve meals. Living and dining spaces are cozy, clean and comfortable. We've also just installed a jacuzzi/hot tub next to the cottage, and guests have access anytime.

There is also a queen air-bed that can be easily set up in the living room for children or extra guests. The cottage is ideal for a couple, and fine for parents with children, but it will be snug for 3 or 4 adults. However, it "can" work for travelers in a pinch and it's quite comfortable for families with small children.

There's lots of outdoor space on our property and we are in a quiet, very walkable neighborhood. Behind the cottage our guests have a private, secluded garden with native plants and succulents, and a small dining area with a Weber grill if you'd like to cook outdoors.

We're a short walk to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden or to the Tunnel & 7 Falls trail heads and many miles of scenic hiking or biking. Being a bit up the canyon, we're usually above the coastal fog, and we're often clear and sunny on mornings when much of Santa Barbara is still cool and grey.

It's just a few minutes drive to Mission Santa Barbara, the Natural History Museum and downtown Santa Barbara with sightseeing, restaurants, tasting rooms, shopping, theaters, parks and beaches.

The way the cottage and it's off-street parking are situated at the back of our property you'll be able also come and go with complete privacy day or night. However, we also like meeting new people and interacting with our guests and are happy to share whatever local knowledge we have or be of any help we can throughout your stay.

Off street parking & high speed WiFi included.
We love well behaved dogs.
Non-smoking only please.

Guest Access

There is a private garden behind the cottage for the tenants exclusive use, and access to an outdoor hot tub/spa next to the cottage that is shared with the main house.

Interaction with Guests

We love to meet new people and share whatever we know of Santa Barbara with them, but we also know how wonderful privacy can be. We're always glad to be of help, but your time here is all your own...

The Neighborhood

We live in a quiet neighborhood in the lower foothills above Mission Canyon. There's not much traffic so it's a great area for evening strolls or dog walking. We're about a 5 minute walk to the gorgeous Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and about a mile from the 7 Falls/Tunnel trailhead which brings you into to the extensive network of hiking and biking trails in the National Forest above us.

Getting around

Since we're up in the foothills a bit you'll need a car (or a bike and strong legs) to get around while you're here. The nearest city bus is over a mile away.

Other Things to Note

Well behaved dogs are always welcome, but we must know something about your pet before we confirm your booking. Please don't bring along dog(s) unannounced.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $950 /week
Monthly Price: $3400 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $40
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Our experience at Dan & Bonnie's was fantastic! The neighborhood is gorgeous, and the cottage private back yard has a sweet garden w magnificent views. The cottage is cozy, comfy and chic with everything you need for a Santa Barbara getaway. And the secret surprise is the hot tub that Dan was so kind enough to crank up for us so that when we came home in the evening we could soak under the stars. I am a world traveler and give this "getaway" a 7 out of 7!
    This is a truly perfect Air BnB experience! Next time we r in SB, this is where we will stay. And so should you! :)

    July 2014
    Bonnie & Dan
    Response from Bonnie & Dan:

    That's a wonderful review, thanks! We'll dial in the coffee options.

    July 2014
  • We recommend this charming cottage! It is located in the hills above Santa Barbara, so it is in a quiet and safe neighborhood. The Botanical Gardens are close if you wish to go for an early morning walk or run. Bonnie and Dan are warm and friendly. Even though the cottage is behind the main house, we felt like we had plenty of privacy.

    June 2014
  • Dan and Bonnie were warm and interesting people; if we'd been there longer, they are people you'd like to have coffee with. Guest cottage is clean and servicable; bed is comfortable and out our bedroom window we saw blue birds comfortably pecking around in the garden.

    April 2014
  • We had a very quick stop in Santa Barbara while touring colleges with our 16 year old. The cottage was sweet and pretty much as described. Very quiet, quaint, and comfortable.The neighborhood is lovely with great views! The directions were spot on and we found it with no trouble.

    If our son ends up going to UCSB we would definitely make this cottage a regular stop. I wish we could've stayed longer.

    April 2014
  • This place was perfect! The owners were beyond friendly, they even gave our dog some treats :) Very down to earth nice people, would definitely recommend staying here and would book again!

    April 2014
  • (email hidden). Everything we needed in the cottage. Bonnie and Dan were very nice, friendly and gave us some great suggestions on what to do. Easy to walk to some attractions from the cottage. If we get back to SB, we would love to stay again.

    April 2014
  • This Airbnb is a great value in SB! The hosts were VERY friendly and quite helpful during our stay. This is a great Airbnb for small families visiting SB.

    March 2014
  • We had a pleasant two night stay at Bonnie & Dan's quiet cottage this past January. The weather was quite warm when we arrived and appreciated that the windows had been left open to allow a bit of fresh air in since the cottage does not have ceiling fans or AC.

    We enjoyed having access to a well appointed kitchen even though we ended up using only the coffeemaker and the oven to warm up our breakfast pastries.

    As noted in other reviews, the bathroom is rather *cozy* but was certainly more than adequate for our needs.

    January 2014
  • We stayed in this cottage over Christmas week and we loved it. The grounds are beautiful and very quiet, the cottage was very clean and the bed was comfortable. It is perfect for two people. It is a little ways from downtown but the drive is only about 10-12 minutes.

    December 2013
  • If you want to get above the crowds, this cozy cottage is situated in the hills above Santa Barbara in an excellent quiet neighborhood near Botanic Gardens, yet a short drive from everything. The hosts were kind and helpful and have added thoughtful touches to the cottage. There is a lovely garden patio and best of all, it's dog friendly! The only downside is the tiny bathroom and shower which are a bit awkward. All in all though, a great experience and fun time in SB!

    December 2013
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Fashion Institute of Technology-NYC, Environmental Horticulture-Santa Barbara
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We love hiking, biking, gardening, landscaping, animals, art, architecture, dear friends, good food, travel and the beach. We've been fortunate to live in this wonderful community for over 20 years and we're enthusiastic to share it with visitors and new friends.
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