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Mark Bacino - Lives in Santa Barbara, California
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Mark was very nice, & showed us around the whole place when we arrived! The house was beautiful, like something out of architectural digest!! It was stocked with everything! He even left us gift basket with wine, cheese, fruit, chocolate, etc. The house was very relaxing & tranquil with an amazing view! This was our first time using airbnb & the whole experience was great! Thank you Mark! P.s. My hubby loved the Sonos wireless sound system that was in every room!!!
We enjoyed one of our most enjoyable vacations ever, and it was in large part due to staying at Mark's Hilltop Adobe. As stunning as the photos are, they don't really capture how magical the house and its gardens are. As others have noted, we did not actually explore as much of the region as we intended to, because it was such a delight just to hang out at the casa. We hope to return again for a longer stay!
We loved the warm welcoming feeling that greeted us upon entry to this beautiful hilltop home that was tastefully decorated and minutes to downtown and the beach by car. Upon entry we were greeted with Christmas music and a wonderful gift basket that made our stay even more enjoyable. The views are breathtaking and not properly captured by the pictures. Our only regret was not booking this place for longer.
Our stay at the Hilltop Adobe was wonderful! Upon our arrival we were welcomed with a basket of goodies and helpful information to help navigate the home's features - firepit, sound system, et al. The description Mark provided of the home was accurate, and the home exceeded our expectations. The home was beautifully and comfortably appointed - linens were excellent, cozy blankets available for outdoors and indoors, and I could lounge on the couch for hours. We had everything we needed to relax by the fireplace indoors and the fire pit outdoors, whip up a great meal (Mark also has an excellent cookbook collection!) and enjoy breathtaking views from most rooms (including the master bathroom!). The neighborhood was very quiet which was ideal for us; our trip was a mini-honeymoon and we were ready to relax after a whirlwind wedding week. The home is also convenient to downtown Santa Barbara, a quick 10 min drive at most and we were at the beach, or on State Street. We used UberX one night, which was $10 one-way. We highly recommend the Hilltop Adobe for those who want the comforts of a thoughtful and inviting home with indoor-outdoor space and spectacular views. We plan to return.
Thank you LeighAnn! It was a pleasure hosting you and I hope you will return!
We arrived to the Hilltop Adobe and were afraid we had the wrong house as it was well-lit and music was playing when we walked in the front door. It seemed almost too perfect to walk in and feel so "at home". Once we confirmed that we were indeed in the right place, we noticed a lovely welcome basket, filled with cheese, crackers, fruit and wine and a fireplace just begging us to sit and stay a while. This home is beautifully appointed and you cannot help but sit and enjoy the breathtaking view, clear from most of the house, as well as the expansive back patio. We loved every moment of our time there and look forward to returning as soon as possible. What a delight the Hilltop Adobe turned out to be!
This house is a dream, perfect for an escape from LA and a great spot from which to explore Santa Barbara and its environs. The pictures are very accurate, but can only convey a fraction of the tranquility of this spot. We never saw or heard neighbors or cars, and had only the birds to keep us company in the morning. The house is beautifully appointed and fully equipped, the garden lush, the view spectacular. We had breakfast on the terrace every morning, and spent every evening drinking wine and watching the sunset turn the mountains pink.
Mark was available by text whenever we had questions and popped by to make sure we had everything we needed. Plus we found a fantastic basket of wine and snacks waiting for us on arrival.
Location: It takes less than ten minutes to get downtown for groceries and restaurants, quick access to the 101 for visits to Los Olivos, Ojai, or the beaches.
Tips: Do your grocery shopping on the way in because once you've arrived, you won't want to leave. I had lists of recommended restaurants in Santa Barbara and we dined out only two times. The house is just that great. Treat yourself!
The Host made us feel very welcome. The ambiance of the home was like a movie scene. Soft lights were on, beautiful music was playing and the fans were circulating cool air. A beautiful welcoming basket of delights were waiting for us on the kitchen counter which we very much appreciated and are thankful for. A book of instructions was at the counter that explained everything in detail. The neighborhood was lovely and very quiet. All in all, it was a great experience.
The Hilltop Adobe was in a beautiful neighborhood on a quiet street. The views from the patio were breathtaking. Mark greeted us warmly when we arrived and was available at any time during our stay. The home lacked nothing. The kitchen was fully stock with cookware and utensils and the bathrooms were more than adequate. We enjoyed the Sonos sound system immensely throughout the property. The rental was exactly as advertised. We hope to visit again soon.
Thanks Steve! I hope you will return!
Wonderful hospitality! Our family spent a week at Mark's terrific hilltop adobe. We cooked together in the very well appointed kitchen, and spent lots of family time together in the large kitchen / living room / dining room. Every morning we enjoyed breakfast outside on the patio overlooking a lovely view of Santa Barbara. We even extended our stay an extra day. It was one of the best family vacations we've ever had, with wonderful hospitality from start to finish from Mark. Many thanks!
Chris, John, Evan and Alexandra
My husband and I had our wedding in Santa Barbara and stayed at this amazing villa up in the hills. The pictures don't do the property justice. It is spectacular. The design details within the home are meticulous and the grounds are full with native plants and trees. It is a great representation of Santa Barbara architecture and warmth. Mark was a gracious host and was very quick to respond to any questions we had throughout the process. Thank you for sharing your magical home with us!