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Gilbert House - Victorian Treasure in the Upper East

Gilbert House - Victorian Treasure in the Upper East


Property Details

Updated: Dec 17, 2014
5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, sleeps 9-10

Turn back the clock to a more graceful time and experience the Old World charm of the Gilbert House. This turn of the century Craftsman home is located on a prominent corner within walking distance to the Santa Barbara Mission and Rose Gardens. The surrounding neighborhood is dotted with other landmark estates, bungalows, and classic architecture, all set against the lush mature landscape in the historic Bungalow District.

Gilbert House was built in 1902 by Edward A. Gilbert, then President of Home Telephone and Telegraph Company. The home's interior carries with it a strong Victorian tradition throughout. As a featured property on the 2011 Pearl Chase Historic Homes Tour, Gilbert House is a monument to a bygone era.

The architecture boasts of grand tradition and the interiors are warm and comfortable. Luxury appointments such as fine linens, flat screen televisions, and modern appliances have brought the home into the 21st Century without sacrificing the authentic feel of this classic treasure.

A traditional Parlor greets guests in the grand entry, and sets the tone for a step back in time. A pass through to the Living Room reveals period furnishings such as Velvet settees, antique tables and chairs, and vintage lighting.

The Sunroom is perfect for afternoon tea with large picture windows overlooking the back yard. It is here that a framed black and white photo of the Gilberts presides over this, their favorite room in the home.

The Formal Dining Room is grand and welcoming. Large glass sliding doors lead to a covered loggia with white wicker love seats, creating a lovely garden backdrop to the stately feel of the room. In the well appointed Butler's Pantry, guests will choose from a variety of serving pieces and fine china to set a memorable holiday table, or an every day banquet.

The country style Kitchen with butcher block island and a Wolf range will surely be a favorite gathering place. Great meals begin here as the cupboards are stocked with everything needed to create a culinary feast. Reach for the cookbook shelf above the built-in desk and pull out "Good Food, Good Cooks", as Edith Gilbert's dessert recipe for Charlotte Russe is found on page 159! The convenient back stairwell leads to the second floor.

The Family Room is bright and warmed by a wood stove. Situated in the bay window overlooking the front yard, a banquette style table for 4 is a perfect place to read the morning news and enjoy a rich cup of coffee. Doors lead to two separate patios overlooking the backyard with more seating, barbecue, and a Koi filled fountain.

Ascend the grand staircase to the second floor where 3 of the 5 guest Bedrooms are located. The Master Bedroom is romantic and peaceful, and with the addition of a private massage room complete with folding massage table, serenity awaits.

Though the design is decidedly Victorian, the Master Bathroom has a modern luxurious feel. The Marble shower with multiple sprayers is perfect for post massage relaxation. Pass through the Bathroom to an additional sitting room with flat screen TV and wet bar. You are truly on vacation here!

The North Guest Room is spacious and appointed with a king-size bed and sitting area. The South Guest Room is charming with queen-size bed and built-in desk. A Jack and Jill bathroom separates these two lovely spaces.

Completing the second floor is the Laundry Room that doubles as an exercise room. With elliptical, rowing machine and small weights, this room with large picture windows will help motivate guests to get a workout in while enjoying the serene view overlooking the trees.

On the third floor, 2 additional Guest Rooms complete the accommodations. The larger of the two rooms offers a king size bed, two built-in desks and is spacious and welcoming. The fifth bedroom overlooks the backyard, and is equipped with a cozy day bed. A convenient hall Bathroom services both these rooms and offers claw foot bathtub and shower.

The grounds and gardens are blooming with roses, herbs and local vegetation. Shaded by trees, the Gazebo with porch swing offers a cool place to relax and slow the pace of the day. If a brisk walk is in order, simply step off the property in any direction to explore all this beloved neighborhood has to offer.

Step through the doors to quieter, simpler time and experience a bit of history in sunny Santa Barbara. Gilbert House promises to provide a taste of the past to create a memorable family vacation.

Prices in US Dollars

Summer Season rates are in effect for Thanksgiving Week & Christmas Weeks

3 night minimum (1 week minimum for Summer, Thanksgiving Week & Christmas Weeks; if full week is not available, 3 night minimum applies)

Stays of less than 30 nights are subject to a 12% Lodging Tax

$400 Cleaning Fee (14+ night stays require additional cleaning fees), $75 Booking Fee, $2/night City Tourism Tax

$2,000 security deposit refundable within 14 days of checkout. Deposit is reduced to $500 with purchase of Damage Waiver.

30+ night stays require extra security deposit, and do not qualify for the damage waiver program.

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided

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Paradise Retreats

World Class Vacation Rentals, LLC

16 E. Arrellaga Street

Santa Barbara, CA. 93101

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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Santa Barbara Airport at 9 Miles Nearest Golf : Santa Barbara Golf Club at 2.1 Miles Nearest Train : Santa Barbara Amtrak Station at 1.9 Miles Nearest Motorway : Hwy 101 at 1 Miles Car: recommended

Wine Tasting, Shopping, Local Spas, Coffee Shops, Restaurants, Clubs, Stearn's Wharf, Sight Seeing, Channel Island Tours, Whale watching, Antiquing, Bird Watching. For detailed info on all local leisure activities, please visit our website.


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Updated: Dec 17, 2014

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 30 2014 - Dec 18 2014
3 night minimum stay
Summer - Holiday
Dec 19 2014 - Jan 1 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2015 - Mar 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Spring - Fall
Apr 1 2015 - May 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
Summer - Holiday
May 15 2015 - Sep 15 2015
7 night minimum stay
Spring - Fall
Sep 16 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2015 - Nov 20 2015
3 night minimum stay
Summer - Holiday
Nov 21 2015 - Nov 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
Nov 29 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
Summer - Holiday
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2016 - Mar 31 2016
3 night minimum stay


  • From $450 - 3 Night minimum


Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area ...


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...


  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Downtown


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet, tub, shower, Master Bathroom #1 w/walk-in marble shower, soaking tub, 2
  • Bathroom #2 - toilet, combination tub/shower, Jack and Jill Bathroom #2 w/claw foot bathtub shower
  • Bathroom #3 - toilet, combination tub/shower, 3rd floor Hall Bathroom w/claw foot bathtub shower
  • Powder Room - toilet, Powder Room w/water closet, sink
  • Master Bathroom #1 w/walk-in marble shower, soaking tub, 2 sinks, toilet Jack and Jill Bathroom #2 w/claw foot bathtub shower combination, sink, toilet 3rd floor Hall Bathroom w/claw foot bathtub shower combination, sink, toilet Powder Room w/water closet, sink


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king, 2nd floor Master Bedroom w/king-size bed
  • Bedroom #2 - 1 king, 2nd floor North Bedroom #2 w/king-size bed
  • Bedroom #3 - 1 queen, 2nd floor South Bedroom #3 w/queen-size bed
  • Bedroom #4 - 1 king, 3rd floor North Bedroom #4 w/king-size bed
  • Bedroom #5 - 1 twin/ single, 3rd floor South Bedroom #5 w/twin day bed (no trundle), twin
  • 2nd floor Master Bedroom w/king-size bed 2nd floor North Bedroom #2 w/king-size bed 2nd floor South Bedroom #3 3rd floor North Bedroom #4 w/king-size bed 3rd floor South Bedroom #5 w/twin day bed (no trundle), Twin Rollaway


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • 3-story historic landmark home, Great location near downtown, Massage Room includes table, Fireplace, Wood stove, Patios and Decks, Romantic Master Suite, Professional style gas range w/pot filler, griddle, 2 ovens, 2 sided Sub Zero Refrigerator/Freezer/Ice maker, Dishwasher, Microwave, Toaster, Blender, Coffee maker, Coffee grinder, Spices, Cooking utensils, Formal Dining Room seats 8-10, Sunroom table seats 4, Outside patio table seats 4, Living Room w/fireplace and connecting Sunroom, Family Room w/wood stove, Upstairs Sitting Room w/wet bar, 42' flat screen TV w/DVD (Family Room), 42' flat screen TV (Bedroom #2), 32' flat screen TV (Bedroom #3), 42' flat screen TV w/DVD (Upstairs Sitting Room), 42' flat screen TV (Bedroom #4), CD Player (Kitchen), Port-a-crib w/sheets and blankets, Exercise Room w/Elliptical, Rowing machine, Fitness ball, Bands, Light hand weights, Outside / Yard / Patios / Decks, Parking for 2 cars in carport, 2 cars in driveway, off-street parking
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