About This Listing
Lovely safe surroundings on Santa Barbara's Upper Riviera.
In a gorgeous natural setting, the rather rustic hillside house is spread out and guests have access to everything.....high speed internet, hot tub, decks with views of the mountains, etc. The property has about 2 acres of tall trees, lush vegetation, and amazing wildlife. Although there's a feeling of isolation, it only takes minutes to get to town, and is a serene refuge from crowds and traffic. [It's best if you have a car. [The nearest bus is about a mile away on a hill]
You'll find quiet, privacy, and peaceful living in this beautiful mountain view share.
Nestled in trees, with lots of garden and open space. Good modest room with very basic furnishings, and amenities of house, but bear in mind this is an old house and there are imperfections. [ I have two dogs...somewhat away from guest space so if you are a germaphobe, please book a hotel] The bathroom will probably be shared as I have two available rooms (see Natural Wonders #2) Longer term is wooden bed because it's harder to make ;)
Non-smoking mature guests. No drugs, moderate alcohol, no visitors.
One single. Additional persons for $15 each.
Child over 10 possible...please inquire
Low rate for our expensive location and for people who want this special, casual atmosphere.and don't expect pristine luxury, but value comfort. A month or more will be asked to share in utilities.
Must like adorable, well, behaved dogs who do not invade your space! A compatible dog might be welcome with extra deposit.
Off street parking available.
I offer fruit and goodies first morning. Longer term, you're on your own with my cereals. bread, milk and coffee, or any of your own.
Guests have access to whole house and property except for private bedrooms.
Off street parking in driveway.
Interaction with Guests
Interaction with other guests is definitely encouraged when appropriate.
I've lived in this spot the great majority of my life.
So far, I wouldn't consider anywhere else.
I guess it's the Natural Wonders of it all :)
Nearest public transportation is about a mile away and we are on a steep hill, so having a car is good.
Other Things to Note
Sorry, but I rarely am able to accept a reservation with only one day notice. It doesn't work very well with my schedule.
If your booking is for two people, please tell me about the second person, and remember to look at the price for two.
Also, please notice that I have a weekend price.
No smokers. No loud noise. No guests.
Long term fix own breakfast. Clean and put away dishes and food.***(see below)
Maintain reasonable cleanliness and neatness in room and bath.
Considerate of others if sharing bath
No smoking or drugs on property. Moderate alcohol.
No guests or parties. Maintain quiet.
No maid service....Clean up after selves
Third person or child possible by special request.
Children over 10 years considered for nightly.
Older TV in room. If desired, newer can be provided.
I very much look forward to breakfast time with my guests, as that is often the best time to enjoy their interests and personalities, however, as of April 2013, I will need to change my breakfast policy a bit. I have some classes I will be going to and won't always be home for everyone's breakfast.
Everything will be on the table after the first night. Subsequent mornings there will still will be available coffee, tea, some fruit, cereals, bread, etc. in a serve yourself manner. Long term guests may provide some of your own favorite items.
I always want to provide enough so no one starts the day hungry!
Nice view though the location is a little bit outdated. Kind hostess and likes people around, so be prepared to have a hostess around you that likes to talk.
Arlene was very welcoming. I had a really good stay at her place. The room was spacey and there was a parking place for the car. The dogs Coco and Judy are so cute.
Arlene is a very interesting person you could chat for hours with. She will take care of you in every possible way and make your stay in her phantastic house unforgettable. I recommend her place in every possible way.
We were so delighted to stay with Arlene. She was an incredible host, helping us even when my husband lost his cellphone! We really enjoyed the delicious breakfast - with some amazing gluten free options - and really enjoyed talking with Arlene. The house is beautiful and the town of Santa Barbara is a great place to visit!
Arlene is a very nice host and a better person ! She is lovely and received us very kindly ! She made our staying in her charming home very comfortable and we had very interesting conversations about our experiences and she is very open minded!
Obviously, if we will get back to Santa Barbara, definitely we will be her guests once more ! Thanks and cheers from Anil and Adèle
Arlene was extremely kind and hospitable! This is a great space at a great price. Also, she makes delicious yogurt! You'll have to try it!
Arlene is a bright and warm human being who was more than hospitable and made our stay incredible comfortable. Her home is unique and somewhat enchanting, located on a mountain overlooking Santa Barbara. I would definitely recommend staying there and would love to return someday!
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About the Host, Arlene
I am a children's dance instructor, and very fit and active so I'm basically moving most of the time....
at home, in the garden, out dancing, and just puttering around.
I have three grown children, three grown grandchildren, and three elementary age grandchildren.
I have lived in Santa Barbara since 1959 (great choice immediately after graduating from Vassar College) and in my special paradise home since 1963.
I want everyone to be as enthralled with Santa Barbara as I am...come visit soon!!