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Charming, Detached Guest Cottage, 5 Minutes from Beach & Town

Charming, Detached Guest Cottage, 5 Minutes from Beach & Town


Property Details

Updated: Apr 24, 2015
Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Loft + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

This Charming Hillside Cottage is nestled on a hillside, up a rustic 1/4 mile drive from a quiet neighborhood, that winds through an oak grove leading to our little paradise. We are surrounded by oaks and kentia palms, with spectacular mountain and city views. This guest cottage is private, and detached from our family home. We are 5 minutes from the beach and 5 minutes from downtown. Though we are on the 'upper' west side not far from the mesa, the property is very different from any residence around it, as it is in its own little 5 acre pocket in between 2 neighborhoods - the west side and Bel Air Knolls, but doesn't look like either one.

The cozy bedroom has french windows that look out into a garden area, a king bed, Ethan Allen desk, and a soft comfy chair.

The spacious sitting room converts to sleep 4, with a full sized loft bed, and a full, very comfy futon/sofa. The loft bed has a beautiful mountain view.

The redwood deck overlooks the hillside, and has a lovely eating area, a bbq, and a private hot tub.

Though we are in a very private setting, we are conveniently located in the city - a secret little pocket that overlooks Santa Barbara - and only a short drive to the beach and to downtown shopping.

Keywords: Family, romantic, rustic, charming, bungalo, kid-friendly, private, beach, town, shopping, pet-friendly, hot tub, bbq, hi speed wifi, new flat screen tvs and blue ray players with Netflix, Pandora, games

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

We bought our home 24 years ago, with this guest cottage, but have never rented it out until recently. Now, that I've become a single mom with only one teenage daughter remaining at home, I decided to beautify it, bought new furniture, new carpet, painted it, and it's gorgeous! I'm looking forward to meeting you, and have you as our 'guests' for as long as you'd like to stay. We're animal lovers, and have 2 rescue dogs, 5 rescue cats, and 13 chickens in the backyard. Don't worry, no roosters! Your well behaved pets are welcome, too. When I'm not fixing up the guest house, I make unique art tallits. You may have to look that one up.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

My boyfriend and I needed an escape from La La land and decided to head to Santa Barbara for a much needed escape. We found Sharon and her enchanting cottage on this site. Honestly, though the pictures are great it doesn't do the house justice Sharon really has put together a picturesque cottage. It has a beautiful porch with a hot tub that overlooks a breathtaking view of Santa Barbara and the mountains. On a more logistical note, the house is equip with everything needed including, two high tech TVs that stream Netflix and Pandora, a huge grill and though this is not a huge deal, it was to me, a coffee pot with ground coffee/milk in the fridge. The house is tastefully decorated and everything is NEW! So it really feels like your own little slice of heaven. Our favorite thing to do was to camp out in the 2nd bed/loft area and read in the afternoon. The view is equally as amazing from there as on the porch. I would definitely recommend checking this beautiful cottage out. It seriously added to our romantic getaway and made it an unforgettable experience.
May 2011
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25 Reviews

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Charming, Detached Guest Cottage, 5 Minutes from Beach & Town
-(805) 682-9582
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Unique elevated cottage in natural surroundings yet close to town and beach.

  • 5 of 5
We loved our four day stay in this old wooden house on a wooded slope to the West of the beautiful and interesting town of Santa Barbara, with its historical sites, excellent beaches and nearby forest trails.
The air was clean and we ate nearly all our meals outside: breakfast on the driveway to the east of the cottage and other meals on the private wooden veranda at the other side. The views were terrific. At night we saw skunks - cute looking animals that we don't get in the UK. Happily, we didn't smell them!
The beds and bathroom facilities were clean, comfortable and all that we could have wished for at this price in Santa Barbara.
The kitchen is compact, but most of our cooking was done on the very convenient gas barbecue on the veranda.
Sharon was extremely hospitable and easy to communicate with before our stay. I was only sorry that she had to leave the day after we arrived, as I would have liked to talk to her more. In her absence, her children also went out of their way to help us.
We felt trusted and would trust Sharon and her family with our own home if they ever came our way.
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Charming, Detached Guest Cottage, 5 Minutes from Beach & Town
-(805) 682-9582
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Cozy and clean cottage in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5
We wanted a property that we could bring our dog to and this is a perfect spot very quiet and safe. The owner is very helpful and didn't mind when our dog ran into her house looking for treats. Our dog enjoyed playtime with their two dogs as well. The location is very close to every thing in Santa Barbara yet because the property is 5 acres you feel if you are staying in the country. The cottage is clean, comfortable and has everything you could need including a hot tub and great patio. We ate in every night and the kitchen is a little small but manageable it is probably more suitable for people who just want to BBQ or microwave. We would recommend the cottage to anyone looking for quiet and convenient place to stay in Santa Barbara.
  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Charming, Detached Guest Cottage, 5 Minutes from Beach & Town
-(805) 682-9582
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I had a wonderful visit in Santa Barbara while staying in this cottage. We have stayed at various hotels in the area, however this was our first time staying at a VRBO property in SB. This is where we will return to in the future...pending it's availability.
The setting, up a beautifully lush driveway to the top of a hill is amazing! Although the main home is nearby, you truly feel as though it is your own secret hideout!
The cottage is tastefully decorated with calming color combinations and a charming, eclectic touch. Sharon, the owner is beyond gracious and welcoming. It was fun to visit with her and to meet the sweet dogs and kitties!
The view, hot tub, incredible setting and fun and caring owner made for a restful visit. We look forward to returning again soon.
  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Charming, Detached Guest Cottage, 5 Minutes from Beach & Town
-(805) 682-9582
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Seattle, WA, USA

Turned Our "Oops" Around

Turned Our "Oops" Around
  • 5 of 5
I am unfortunately not able to leave a specific review about staying in Sharon's cottage because I mistakenly booked the wrong night and we didn't get a chance to stay! But from looking around, I will say it is a very peaceful and pleasant setting. I wanted to leave a note about how kind Sharon was despite the mix-up. She did everything she could to help us out—she even gave us fresh eggs from her hens! She is a gracious host and we hope to stay next time we are in town!
  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Charming, Detached Guest Cottage, 5 Minutes from Beach & Town
-(805) 682-9582
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Great Place!

  • 5 of 5
Great place, close to everything. Nice deck to sit out on and enjoy the weather and views.
  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Charming, Detached Guest Cottage, 5 Minutes from Beach & Town
-(805) 682-9582
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Los Angeles, CA

Astounding Experience and Value

  • 5 of 5
This cottage is an exercise in discovery -- that is, the discovery that a home can exhibit the best of seemingly opposite virtues: peaceful yet permeated with an air of vitality, cozy yet encircled by a vista that stretches on forever, practical and grounded yet possessed of a mysticism that allows you to feel completely detached from the hubbub if you so wish.

I stayed here with my boyfriend for three nights and we both felt it was the best trip we had taken together. We owe much of that to Sharon's cottage. Upon our arrival the cottage was clean and welcoming (thank you for the basket, Sharon!) and the hot tub was at the perfect temperature for weary travelers. The mountain view from the hot tub and the loft bed each resembled something out of a high fantasy novel, and the dense greenery around the patio allowed for a seamless blend of the natural world and the developed world.

The interior of the cottage itself is completely functional and peppered with little touches that make it so homey as to be almost familiar (my favorites include a hanging picture made of appliqué fabrics). The little kitchenette has a custom counter top with an elegant leafy design that I had never seen before. It's just things like that which you make you so glad that you rented a guesthouse instead of a hotel room.

Another dichotomy of virtues: the cottage is secluded at the top of a hill, but effortlessly convenient for shoppers, restaurant foodies, and beach goers. Sharon herself provides great recommendations, and the nearest grocery store (Lazy Acres) and farmers' markets offer a yummy selection. It's also worth noting that the cottage is equipped with some basics like coffee and tea as well as some refrigerator items -- just another reason I would wholeheartedly recommend this location for just about anyone. When we needed a grill lighter, Sharon promptly lent us one. We don't have pets, but we were charmed to death by her two sweet and happy dogs, which live in the main house (the cottage and main house are completely detached from each other, so if you don't want any human or canine visitors, you have that choice).
Well, I should end this review sometime, but it's hard not to espouse all the wonderful things about this cottage. The place is just so beautiful, so achingly romantic, and so just plain fun that my beau and I locked eyes and agreed that we had "turned a corner" in our experiences together. Alas, then we headed back to the rat race of regular life!
  • Submitted: May 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you to Stepholeph and her beau. The feeling was mutual! I look forward to our future guests sharing this same kind of experience while staying in our sweet guest cottage.


From the Owner

This property is totally unique. Though we're in the middle of Santa Barbara, close to town, it feels like we're in the country. You will feel this also - the cottage is totally private and serene, though it's a 5 minute drive to everywhere.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Santa Barbara at 9 Miles Nearest Beach : Hendry's Beach at 2 Miles Car: necessary

Santa Barbara has lots of bike trails, and bike baths in the city. I have a couple of bikes here for borrowing. There are also cute little surreys near the beach for family outings.


From $195 Per night

Rental rates

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Jun 1 2015 - Sep 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $250
  • Cleaning fee $75
  • Each guest after first 2 $15
  • Tax Rate 12.0%

The additional $15/guest is a flat fee for every guest after the first two. It is not per night. This just helps offset the extra laundry and utility expense of additional people...

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Updated: Apr 24, 2015


From the Owner

The quarter mile driveway down to the street is a wonderful morning or evening walk. But it is wooded, so at night we do have occasional visitors - mostly raccoons and skunks - so drive slowly. State Street, the main drag with tons of restaurants, shopping and the Museum of Art, is only a 5 minute drive from us. The Pier and the Harbor, with the Ty Warner Sea Center is 5 farther, and the wonderful S.B. Zoo, is only 5 minutes farther than that. Tennis courts are only 5 minutes away, in Ehlings Park, and one of the most beautiful walks in S.B., with an off-leash policy for your dog, is the Douglas Family Preserve, and only 5 minutes away, overlooking Hendry's beach.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...

Location Type

  • Mountain View


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 650 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • The bathroom is small and cute with a large shower and a local artisan designed counter around the sink.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Loft + Den
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1) The 'loft' in the sitting room., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The sitting room futon is a full bed.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...


  • Guests provide their own meals

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