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.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.
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 if there are no other guests, and with extra deposit.
Off street parking available.
Continental breakfast for first day. Longer term, you might be on your own.....more elaborate if I'm inspired or some ingredients to make your own.
Guests have access to general living space of whole home and outside, except for other private bedrooms.
Guest bathroom might be shared
Interaction with Guests
Interaction with other guests is totally up to the guests....but 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 :)
Public transit is about a mile away. It is best to have a car.
Other Things to Note
Good neighborhood walks and/or possibility for extensive hikes in the hills.
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 a bit about a second person coming with you.
No smoking. Please don't book if you are a smoker. The smell is still there !!
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. 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.
I rarely accept same day reservations. It doesn't work very well with my schedule.
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, 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 provide enough so no one starts the day hungry!
I had a really nice stay at Arlene's house! She is a wonderful host. The room and the bed was very comfortable and a had a great breakfast. The place is very quiet and safe and the surroundings are charming!
Arlene was a delight to talk to. She has so much energy and wisdom to share. Her place is very cool and quirky - I loved it! She truly seemed to care that I had the best time while staying in Santa Barbara. I hope our paths cross again (:
We only stayed one night here and would have liked to have had more time to talk with Arlene as she is an interesting person and had a lot to say. The accommodations suited us just fine but if your a neatnik you might find the place a bit on the busy side. Beautiful grounds with fantastic views. Very quiet out of the way neighbourhood.
If you're looking for an eclectic, charming and rustic place nestled in the hills of Santa Barbara, this is your spot! My husband and I stayed here for the night and felt very welcomed. Arlene is a sweetheart! She had breakfast laid out for us with homemade freshly squeezed orange juice! It is a 5 minute drive to the SB Mission and 10 minute drive to downtown. The views are spectacular, as is the plant/cactus collection. Thank you Arlene for a lovely stay!
J'ai passé un moment inoubliable à Santa Barbara chez Arlene. L'environnement est exceptionnel, niché à flanc de colline entouré de beaux et grands arbres, très belle vue sur la vallée et la colline en face. L'endroit a quelque chose de magique qui ne peut manquer de vous inspirer. J'ai adoré.
Et Arlene, ce fut une très belle rencontre. De loin ma plus belle rencontre durant ce road trip. Elle a un sens de l'accueil qui vous fait sentir immédiatement à l'aise et comme chez un membre de votre propre famille. A mon avis c'est le vrai esprit rbnb qu'on retrouve en arrivant chez Arlene. Je n'ai qu'un regret : mon séjour était trop court.
Once again, Arlene made this a great experience. This was my second trip to her home and looking forward to staying there again soon. She's one of the most engaging people I've met in Santa Barbara! Go Arlene!!!
We had a great stay with Arleen. Was fun exchanging stories and ideas of what to do in SB, great restaurants, theater and dance life here in the area.
The house is in a quiet and beautiful area of town, feels remote in mountains (foothills), yet 10 minutes from downtown.
Room and bed are comfortable, we were served an awesome breakfast first morning (helped ourselves next days).
Arlene's house is filled with interesting mementos (walls, shelves, nooks ... etc) - if you are a minimalist you might want to look elsewhere. We loved it and will stay here again
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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!!