Natural Wonders/Privacy and Peace

House - Private room · Las Tunas Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, United States

The Space

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. 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.

Guest Access

Guests have access to whole house and property except for private bedrooms

Interaction with Guests

Interaction with other guests is definitely encouraged when appropriate.

The Neighborhood

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 :)

Getting around

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.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $350 /week
Monthly Price: $895 /month
Security Deposit: $150
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • My stay with Arlene was wonderful! I arrived late in the evening and sadly had to head out too soon the next morning but it was an enchanting drive up the Santa Barbara Hills, a perfect nights rest, a beautiful evening and morning view and a sweet conversation I'll never forget. Thank you, Arlene!

    April 2014
  • I was only there for 1 night but the house was great, very cool location, lots of history behind it, and Arlene was a fantastic host. She had breakfast ready before I left and I loved hearing some of her stories.

    April 2014
  • We really enjoyed our stay with Arlene. Arlene’s house is up in the mountains of Santa Barbara so has beautiful views and is incredibly peaceful and relaxing, but in just 5 minutes by car, you can be in the centre of gorgeous Santa Barbara! The breakfast that Arlene prepared was unexpected and totally delicious. We enjoyed chatting with Arlene about all sorts of stuff late into the evening during our stay and spending time with Arlene’s lovely two dogs! Fabulous stay, was sad to leave.

    April 2014
  • Arlene was the best host we could have asked for — despite us planning and booking last minute, we were warmly greeted and given a tour of her beautiful house with nature all around. This house had everything we could have asked for; a beautiful view, a soft bed, Arlene's stories and great conversation, and she even had a delicious/homemade breakfast for us in the morning. If you're looking to get away, this is the perfect destination. Arlene and the home made my time in California perfect. Thanks again for everything!

    April 2014
  • Our stay with Arlene was great. She is a very open and obliging host. We enjoyed the surroundings of her home and appreciated the lovely breakfast she prepRed for us. We would recommend anyone to stay with Arlene who want a relaxed and homely environment.

    March 2014
  • It was cheap and in a nice though somewhat remote neighborhood. The problem is although Arlene is an interesting person, she runs the place more like an old-time boarding house. We felt like we were being interrogated and sometimes scolded each time we encountered her. Lots of annoying post-it notes all over everything. She does not seem able to give her guests any room to enjoy the house. The breakfast setup was atrocious: skimpy offerings and no room to even sit at the tiny table: if you get up too late you get the leftovers and a lecture.
    If you want to feel like a teenager again in your parents house this is the place for you.

    March 2014
  • Arlene is so sweet and attentive. I always feel comfortable and at home in her space.

    March 2014
  • Arlene is a considerate host who made sure we were comfortable and well cared for. Her life, house and property are lush with history and stories, which she is happy to share with you. We had a quiet evening in one of her guest rooms, and recommend her hillside home to experienced travelers.

    March 2014
  • I walked into Arlene’s house and felt instantly at home. I would move in permanently without a second thought. Thank you, Arlene, we will meet again.

    March 2014
  • This is one of the most beautiful spots on earth and Arlene is a wonderful host. Her breakfast with homemade yogurt was delicious, too.

    March 2014
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Hillsdale High School, Cincinnati OH, Vassar College,
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!!
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