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.
Couldn't have been happier with our first experience with "airbnb". First, the location was amazing.....walking distance to the beach, the village, and the Four Seasons! Kat was a wonderful host, and eager to share her knowledge of the tourist spots, and restaurants, etc. The "Petite Retreat" was better than the pictures. Kat is an antique dealer and has a special talent for decorating. The outdoor shower was an asset, and very romantic. Treat yourself to the "Perfect Retreat"!!
The retreat is as advertised. The hosts were very welcoming, and there was a feeling of complete privacy. The outdoor shower is a treat, the room itself feels very well appointed without being too much, and the heated concrete floor was a nice feature. The bed linens were very comfortable and there was a sense of peace with the sounds from the fountain in the courtyard.
The Petite retreat was the perfect getaway for my boyfriend and I, we enjoyed our stay so much. The location is great.. Close walking distance to all the restaurants and shops in downtown montecito. The retreat itself is small but so pretty and quaint. I had reservations about the outdoor shower but trust me it is private, and it turned out to be my favorite part of my stay! Kat is a wonderful host, she made us feel comfortable and gave us tips for the best places to go to eat. I am hoping I can return to this perfect little place in the most beautiful town in California:)
So grateful to have had such a gorgeous place to center ourselves while in the Santa Barbara area!! Kathleen and Robert were incredible hosts!! They have created a place my daughter and I will try hard to get back to!! Artistically created and so accessible to everything one could for just a short walk from the beach!!! Thanks!!!!
We had an amazing experience at the Petite Retreat! The place is perfect for a romantic getaway for two. Comfortable, clean, warm (despite the rainy weather), private, and central to everything you need in Montecito. It was only a quick 8 minute drive to all the attractions in Santa Barbara. Kathleen made check in and out very easy and had the retreat stocked with everything we needed, plus some fruit and water as a bonus. We thought the outdoor shower might be problematic with the rainy weather, but it was hot, steamy and private! We quite enjoyed it. Overall great experience and highly recommended to all looking for a relaxing getaway in the Santa Barbara area.
Thanks Sarah for mentioning the shower, I know it is a bit out of their comfort zone for some, but it is fun and an actual plus for many ! Also fun to email your friends in the northeast and say, "Yep, just took a lovely, hot outdoor shower under the stars in January !!!" Good times in Santa Barbara !
Kathleen was great and we had a great time at the petite retreat! We had some reservations about the outdoor shower before we arrived, but these were unfounded, and we really enjoyed it (despite the chilly weather!). The space is clean and comfortable, and well provisioned.
Kathleen made some great recommendations about places to eat and walk around. It's a short walk to the beach, and there are plenty of places to eat or stroll in the area. We spent some time at State street in Santa Barbara as well, which is only a short drive away. We would wholeheartedly recommend staying here if you're in the area!
Our hosts, Kat and Robert, were very welcoming and kind. They had given us everything we needed and made great recommendations for things to do (e.g., beach walk to catch the sunset, Lucky's for cocktails, Santa Barbara Shellfish Company for chowder). The Petite Retreat was wonderful--clean, cozy, and within easy walking distance to the beach and many fun shops. Plus the outdoor shower was heavenly. We would stay there again in a heartbeat. This was my first AirBNB experience, and it was fabulous.
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 !