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
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.
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!
This is an incredible house on a hill that overlooks a beautiful valley and mountain behind Santa Barbara and yet is five minutes from town. Arlene, the host, is a quite extraordinary individual. She has been a dance instructor and is very intelligent well-read and wise. She also is very kind. The house is like an oasis and I enjoyed my one night stay very much. I intend to stay here now for the next four months.
Arlene was very gracious and eager to hear about our travels. Her home is full of interesting memorabilia and feels like an extension of Arlene. We appreciated the break from city life afforded by the nature around Arlene's house.
We had a fantastic stay in Santa Barbara and found Arlene very welcoming!
In the morning, we were treated to a delicious breakfast with fabulous views and lots of conversation with our hands on host.
The room was comfortable, the house was gorgeous and the setting was great- we would highly recommend staying
Wonderful stay. As first time Air Bnbers it was the perfect introduction. Arlene is a lovely host, her home is beautiful and the breakfast is delicious. Many thanks! Jane and Jon
Arlene is such a wonderful woman with great energy, stories, and advice on fun activities in Santa Barbara. She welcomed us into her home, exchanged stories, and she keeps a map with dots of each of the travelers that have stayed there. Quite amazing and only 5-10 minute drive to main street or a nice walk.
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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!!