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!
(Important Note: if you are new to Airbnb, PLEASE fill in your profile properly, so we know who you are, what you do, what you look like etc. That means more than just a photo! We do NOT accept reservations from anonymous people. Thanks!)
Your spacious bedroom has a very comfortable king bed, ocean and island views, large flat screen TV and a private bathroom with shower. There is full high speed wireless internet.
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, and out over the Pacific. 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 an extensive collection of DVD's.
This house is under five minutes drive to the excellent shops, restaurants and fabulous beaches of Montecito. 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, 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, 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.
Sorry, there is no public transport,. so you 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 in the dishwasher.
3. Please do not park in front of the garage.
4. This is a "B&B" so we provide breakfast. Please do not ask if you can use our kitchen to cook. However, feel free to use the fridge, microwave etc etc.
4. Please do not eat in the bedrooms.
5. Check out time means ... check out time. We have to prepare the room for other guests.
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.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Richard's AirBnB! Richard was in London at the time but he left us in great hands with his fill in host Edie and her husband Robert. Edie made us feel very welcome right from the start! She gave us some helpful tips on places to eat and fun things to do. She was really laid back and was flexible with our schedule. She made us a wonderful breakfast every morning of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, croissants and coffee that we ate on the deck with breathtaking views. It was the perfect way to start each day. The home is conveniently located close to the beach, to downtown Santa Barbara, and the quaint area of Montecito. We had so much fun we wish we could have extended our stay. This was our first experience with AirBnB and we will definitely do it again. We would highly recommend Richard's beautiful home to anyone wanting an amazing place to stay in Santa Barbara!
The room is big and clean. The host is very friendly. Choosing to stay here, you won't regret!
Richard is a very welcoming host. My wife Julia and I were immediately at ease and felt comfortable. It was easy to engage in interesting conversations. We asked for his diner suggestions which were spot on.
House, garden and views are spectacular. The room was better than advertised. Good nights sleep and excellent breakfast - thanks Richard, we'll be back next time around!
We had a wonderful time in Montecito and our host and home away from home were a huge part of it. From the warm welcome and great space to the very nice fruit, yogurt and croissant breakfast each morning .Richard was quietly there when needed but generally left us to just enjoy the home.
Richard made us feel very comfortable. The space was beautiful ...views of the Pacific ocean. Our room was comfortable and overall the experience was great . We would definitely go back and recommend staying there to our Friends.
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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.