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.
Kat, her unit and the location were outstanding, awesome, delightful, wonderful, etc. Kat gave us info on the local scene, i.e. places to eat. We loved the outdoor shower, we loved it all!
Wonderful experience. The location could not be better. I stayed there while attending a conference at the Four Seasons Biltmore, and the walk between the two was under 10 minutes. The outdoor shower was NOT a drawback -- it was nice. And I had wifi at my disposal. I could not have been more pleased.
The Petite Retreat is perfect! It's a short walk to the beach... There's a wood-burning outdoor fireplace and a steamy outdoor shower... The bed was very comfortable... And the decor is lovely: beachy elegant! Kathleen was a superb host!!
Kat was a great host - very attentive and offered great advise and conversation; the studio was perfect, lovely decoration and comfortable. We both loved the outdoor shower as well.
everything was perfect and beautiful. the outdoor shower is incredibly refreshing and the weather never disappoints. kat was an amazing host who stocked the fridge with refreshments. i hope to be back one day.
Staying at the petite retreat again was wonderful. The place is magical and the host could not be a nicer human being. We came back as much to see her as to stay on her wonderful studio. We will be back!!
Kat greeted us upon arrival and could not have been more hospitable. The retreat's location was perfect - very close to the shops and beach. The studio was clean and quiet, and the outdoor shower was especially lovely.
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 !