Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Natural Wonders is an unconventional, lived in, and somewhat quirky household, with private bedrooms that guests find "cozy", and the surroundings relaxing.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 2 (Shared bathroom)
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit: $150
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price: $65 / night


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 (temporarily not operating because of drought) 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 drive 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] However, quite a few like the walk to town which is about 1/2 hour, and usually take Uber back home.
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/Privacy and Peace) It's not really possible to reserve one room or the other. Both probably have pluses and minuses! Longer term is usually interesting big wooden bed because it's harder to make and room has more storage space.
Non-smoking mature guests. No drugs, moderate alcohol, no visitors.
One single. Additional persons for $15 each.
Generally no children, but child over 10 possible...please inquire
Low rate for our expensive location and for people who want this special, casual, home 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 if there are no other guests, and 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 general living space of whole home and outside, except for other private bedrooms.
Guest bathroom is small and likely to be shared. Shower is low flow due to drought regulations (sorry)

Interaction with guests

Interaction with other guests is totally up to the guests....but definitely encouraged when appropriate. Most guests enjoy socialization, and the host definitely wants to get to know her guests, if only a little!

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 :)
Good neighborhood walks and/or possibility for extensive hikes in the hills.

Public transit is about a mile away and we are on a steep hill. It is best to have a car unless walking is preferable and you are good with directions!

Getting around

Public transit is available throughout the city on buses and trolleys and there are vans to take people to wineries about 1/2 hour away.

Other things to note

If your choice of dates is taken on this site, try my 2nd room (in the same house) at Natural Wonders #2/Peace and Privacy
If your choice of dates is taken on this site, try my 2nd room (in the same house) at Natural Wonders/Privacy and Peace
Sorry, but I rarely accept same day reservations. It doesn't work very well with my schedule.
I will be more likely to accept a reservation immediately that has a photo of the guest (your pet would be a bonus, but I want YOU) information and reviews or references, verification, why you are traveling, and please, a bit about a second person coming with you.

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 4PM

Non smokers only. Please don't book if you are a smoker. I wouldn't want my guests missing it while here.
No loud noise. No visitors.
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 or in neighborhood. Moderate alcohol.
No guests or parties. Maintain quiet.
No maid service....Clean up after selves
Third adult or 10 + child possible by special request and altering reservation. A cot or futon can be provided.
Children over 10 years considered for nightly.
Older TV in room. If desired, newer can be provided.

***Breakfast Policy
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 may not 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, pastries, bread, possible OJ and yogurt in a serve yourself manner. Long term (more than 5 days) guests please provide your own favorite items.
I always want to have enough so no one starts the day hungry!



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
First aid kit
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher
Carbon monoxide detector

1 night minimum stay

471 Reviews

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Aileen User Profile
April 2017
Arlene is an amazing super host! She gave us clear instructions on how to get to her home. She welcomed us at her door step and introduced us to her home and dogs. Breakfast was delicious as well. And Arlene makes it a point to get to know more about her guests. I would definitely choose to stay with Arlene again if I am in the area. Truly a homestay in Santa Barbara!

Stijn User Profile
April 2017
Wonderfull staying in beautiful surrounding. Arlene is a super good host that you Will make you never forget your stay in Santa Barbara !

Ping User Profile
April 2017
Arlene is a wonderful host, nice and friendly. Her home made yogurt is great, the bed is comfortable and the view is superb!

Silas User Profile
April 2017
We had a great time staying at this place. It is a beautiful house in a super pretty neighborhood with great views. Arlene is very welcoming and friendly, she even made us a delicious breakfast in the morning. Also she provided us with all instructions, things we needed and great recommendations of places to go near her home. We'd definitely recommend this place!

Jason User Profile
April 2017
The scenery from the dining table was fantastic. Arlene is so caring and welcoming. She has so much to share so give her your undefined attention!

Anni User Profile
April 2017
Arlene's place is magical. The garden, the flowers and the terrace are just beautiful. We stayed only one night but really enjoyed the tranquility and the home-made breakfast.

Maria User Profile
April 2017
This place was amazing! Be prepared for a personal, special and very lovely experience. The house is filled with pictures, small things and stories. It has a wonderful view over Santa Barbara, and do come before sunset - it's so beautiful. Arlene is very sweet, open and talkative. We had a very good stay and we were sorry we only booked for one night.

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Santa Barbara, California, United States · Joined in September 2011
Arlene User ProfileArlene is a superhost.

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 high school 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!
PS. Please understand that I love being an Airbnb host for the exceptional variety and friendliness of all my guests and I enjoy chatting, if only a bit! Thanks :)

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