About this listing
Our detached artist studio is within a 5 minute walk to all the best Montecito restaurants and less than four blocks to the Biltmore beach. It is cozy, private and has a fabulous, hot, outside shower ! Gaze at the stars while rinsing off the sand !
Our studio is in the ultimate location, park your car and spend the weekend walking...the beach, bars, restaurants, grocery and many unique and deluxe shopping venues are all within an easy walk. The space itself is relaxing and casual, no fuss, all easy and very comfortable. Its quiet, unpretentious and relaxing.
We have a stack of clean beach towels waiting, boogie boards, a long soft board and a kayak available. There are two dining areas on the upper garden terrace and an outdoor fireplace on the lower patio.
Interaction with Guests
If our guests are new to the Santa Barbara/Montecito area we would love to direct them to all the fabulousness this paradise has to offer ! Lots to do and see and eat and admire ! We also are happy to loan out our many beautiful coffee table books on the Santa Barbara area. We are in residence on the property and will welcome guests personally.
Our street is a cul de sac so it has no thru traffic and is quiet. We are a stones toss to some of the best eating establishments in the city so that makes our place extremely convenient to going out and having a drink with a fine meal and not having to drive. We are also close to the beach ! Location, location !
Less than a block from our house is a main bus stop going either north or south. The freeway entrance is also conveniently close by. The train station is a 10 minute drive away and the airport is a 15-20 drive to the north. We have off street parking for our visitors at our property.
Other Things to Note
We do have pets on the premises, but they are not invited in to the studio ! However if you leave the French doors open you may get a visitor. Hopefully you enjoy both cats and dogs ! They are all friendly.
We have a strict no smoking rule. Our studio is very clean and we want to keep it tobacco free. Santa Barbara and Montecito are experiencing an extreme drought, we hope that our visitors will respect that and keep their showers short ! Thank you.
Great location close to the beach. Jeanine's around the corner is unbeatable for breakfast. Kathleen will give you great tips on where to go. Recommend!
The petite retreat was so charming! Kat was a wonderful host, making us feel welcome and recommending highlights of the area. This is a beautiful location- very private yet walking distance to restaurants, shopping, coffee, and Butterfly Beach! We could not have asked for more.
We had a fabulous time in Montecito. Kat is absolutely lovely and was extremely helpful and gave us lots of tips for places to eat and where to go in Montecito and Santa Barbara. The studio is in an excellent location right near shops and restaurants and close to the beach. I would definitely recommend staying here!
This place was amazing - everything I needed for a quick solo getaway. Kat was very nice, very informative and just a lot of fun to be around. Anytime I plan to stay in Montecito, I will for sure stay here!
The Petite Retreat was a wonderful weekend getaway for myself and my husband. It was the perfect location and we had the best time. Kat was a wonderful host and we could not have picked a better place. We will be back!
Thank you Kat for a great place to stay! The Petite Retreat was a delightful place to stay! A walk away form the best restaurants and beaches in Montecito. The fresh fruit and drinks were a welcome treat after a long day of traveling. Hope to stay there on my next visit. Tnak you again.
This is probably the best Air BnB property my wife and I have ever stayed in. We knew nothing of the surrounding area before we booked and were more than pleased with the property and Montecito, the surrounding village. We found Kathleen to be extremely nice and helpful and we enjoyed our time there immensely. The bed is wonderful with nice linens and the outdoor shower was a real treat. It was our first time in Santa Barbara, though probably not our last, and if the circumstances allow it, we would book another stay at Petite Retreat without a moment's hesitation.
About the Host, Kathleen
Hello from Santa Barbara, California ! We are a family of four, my husband and I and youngest daughter will be visiting for only a week in Paris, Spring Break from her High School, we look forward to having our other daughter show us around Paris, she has been there a month now. Maybe in the future we could trade houses, our home is three blocks to the beach in beautiful Montecito, which is just two miles south of Santa Barbara...we love the local beach, go hiking in the hills in Montecito and surf locally. Santa Barbara has great farmers markets and excellent restaurants. We are big fans of seafood and Mexican fare. My husband Robert works at a local water dept. and I substitute teach and deal in antiques. We are pleased to be visiting Paris soon !