About this listing
Boutique hotel ambience in the foothills of Montecito. This stunning home boasts a breathtaking view of the ocean, islands and the city. Relax and enjoy a private oasis close to chic Montecito, breakfast included!
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Your private 2 bedroom suite (second room with queen four poster bed, can accommodate a traveling companion or children at nominal cost, if required, but will otherwise remain unoccupied to ensure your privacy), opens onto a quiet private terrace and rear garden with 2 chaise lounges. There is also a flat path that leads around the house to the pool area.
It is furnished with a king bed and large flat screen TV. There is full high speed wireless internet. There is a bright, roomy bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and a large, separate glass-enclosed shower.
The additional adjoining bedroom can be rented as well if you wish on a per person basis. Ideal for those traveling with children or friends. The two rooms share the bathroom and form a private two bedroom suite that can be closed off from the rest of the house.
Beautifully decorated and consistently described by guests as wonderfully comfortable, an antique gateway opens to reveal a beautiful home surrounded by an expansive terrace. The long terrace overlooks the lush terraced gardens and pool area, out to the Pacific ocean. It is the perfect place to spend time enjoying the expansive views in Santa Barbara’s temperate climate.
Inside, original art, antique Moroccan and Mexican doors and terra-cotta terazza floors abound. The Family room features 14-foot vaulted ceilings and offers a space every one can enjoy. It contains a seating area and a large flat screen television with a wide selection of DVD's.
The house is under five minutes drive to the excellent shops, restaurants and fabulous beaches of Montecito. The Biltmore Hotel, San Ysidro Ranch and Westgmont College are all close by. Public tennis courts are just two minutes from the house. Downtown Santa Barbara is three exits away on the freeway. The renowned wine district of Santa Ynez is just 30 minutes drive.
Note: Please note, before you contact us for a reservation: We have a strict policy of not booking guests who have "empty profiles" and about whom we know almost nothing. Please don't get me wrong, I am sure you are fabulous and I am not trying to be difficult, but I am sure you would feel the same way if you were hosting people in your home.
Guest bedroom and en-suite bathroom, rear terrace, pool area, family room. The family room, front terrace and pool are shared areas.
Interaction with Guests
We are here and want you to be as welcome and comfortable as possible. We are available to assist and advise you in any way we can. We are Brits but have lived here for 23 years so know the area well and enjoy meeting new people. We will be around during your stay and will prepare continental breakfast for you each morning - always a good time for a chat!
However, please understand we are a B&B, not an hotel. We expect our guests to be out and about during the day as we work from home and often have meetings in the house. If you want to hang out somewhere for extended periods during the day, you would be better off getting a hotel as they are equipped for that.
Very close to beaches, shops, Montecito village and downtown. However, none of these are walking distance.
There is no public transport close to the house, so you really will need a car.
Other Things to Note
Unlike many others, when we say B&B, we mean B&B! The price includes a full continental breakfast each morning, with Peets French-roast coffee, tea, fresh, home-baked croissants, Greek yoghurt, fresh fruits and granola. Hooray!
DOGS: If you wish to bring a dog, please ask in advance. If approved, a nightly pet fee of $20 will apply.
HOT TUB: The Hot Tub needs to be heated from cold on each use, so we charge a $10 fee to cover gas usage.
A few basic rules:
1. Smoking only allowed in the garden.
2. Please put your dirty dishes etc in the dishwasher.
3. Please do not park in front of the garage.
4. We provide breakfast, so please don't ask if you can cook your own. :)
5. Check out time means ... check out time.
You can be sure we will try our best to be the most excellent hosts! For anyone new to Airbnb, below are a few thoughts lifted from GIZMODO on how to be a great Airbnb guest!
DON'T IGNORE YOUR EMAIL
Last-minute changes to the host's schedule make it crucial to be in touch as soon as possible. So stay reachable in the days leading up to your stay. And, if at all possible, check your email when the plane lands or before you arrive.
DON'T MISS ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TIMES
Hosts are not running hotels, and they don't have a reception desk. The host absolutely needs to know a firm check in time, as far in advance as possible. Sometimes separate guests leave and arrive on the same day. The place has to be cleaned and prepared for the next visitor. For extensions of check-out times (or the occasional 7 am check-in), a host will try to accommodate. Guests can usually leave luggage behind during the last day, or drop it off early if the room isn't ready yet. Just be sure to ask in advance.
GO OUT AND HAVE FUN!
B&B = Bed & Breakfast! In a shared space, the best tenants spend most of their time out enjoying the city. If you're looking to shut yourself in and hang out all day, look for a whole-apartment Airbnb rental.
Hotels have maids. Airbnb has hosts. As Airbnb put it in an email: "Consider stripping the beds or taking out the trash to go the extra mile." Well, that would be fantastic. Use the campsite rule—leave no trace.
COMMUNICATE PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS
A host hates to read post-visit reviews complaining of not enough towels. You know what? If you want another towel, just ask. The host is not trying to hold out on you, but the host can't know you need something unless you speak up. All hosts want you to have a good stay, but it's up to you to say what to do to make that happen.
Absolutely fantastic! The home was everything the pictures displayed and MORE! There was NEVER a time we didn't feel completely safe and secure. Edie was a fantastic host to us and was sure we were not only familiar with the property but made certain we felt at home.
Eating fresh baked croissants with yogurt for breakfast while looking out at the ocean was icing on the cake. It was absolutely EVERYTHING we were looking for. We were told there were other people there but we never heard anyone. The only time we saw them was on the day we were leaving.
I'd recommend Richard's home to anyone at anytime.
We look forward to returning in the near future if you'll have us.
Incredible stay! Thank you! The house and location were amazing. Edie was extremely helpful and inviting from the moment we arrived.
Beautiful, enchanting home and garden with gorgeous ocean and island views. Every minute was relaxing and rejuvenating! Bed was a dream! Richard was lovely, welcoming, and accommodating. He gave us great recommendations to enjoy the area and all was very easy to access from house.
As usual, Richard did not dissapoint! If you want great views and interesting conversation this is your place.
We had a wonderful stay here. Richard and his wife couldn't have been more hospitable. Their home is clean, comfortable, unique and absolutely gorgeous! A great airbnb find in the Santa Barbara area. We hope to stay here again the next time we visit the area.
Another great visit. This time, I also had my colleague rent one of the rooms and I doubt she'll ever stay anywhere else now when coming to Santa Barbara. A pleasure as always!
Richard was a very hospitable and friendly host. The house and yard are large and beautiful with a view of the ocean. Three of us occupied two rooms. The set up was nice because we had a door to separate us from the rest of the house for added privacy while also having our own bathroom. Each room had French doors to access the yard. The bed and sheets were very comfortable. TVs were in each room. WiFi was available. In the morning we had croissants, berries, and coffee waiting for us. We enjoyed our breakfast in the garden with the terrific view. State Street is only a short drive away. We enjoyed the experience and would definitely stay there again.
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About the Host, Richard
A gregarious, born and bred Brit who has lived here for 23 years. I am married with three children. My wife is a film director and I run a small commercial production company. We are into films, music, food and the arts generally.