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Adorable Former 'Celebrity Owned' Downtown Cottage Sleeps 6+

Adorable Former 'Celebrity Owned' Downtown Cottage Sleeps 6+


Property Details

Updated: May 5, 2015
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Detached Unit, Sleeps 7


Welcome to the ''Little Red Door'' cottage. Conveniently located only a couple of blocks from world famous State Street, this 1914 California cottage is a few blocks from the beach, harbor and pier. Newly remodeled, the cottage is meticulously maintained with plenty of charm inside and out. Sit outside on the inviting porch to enjoy the beautiful mountaintop views.

Step Inside!: Once inside, you will find a fully stocked, beautifully decorated 2 bedroom, 1 large bath main house and a detached studio with a full bath. Recently updated, the kitchen has solid wood cabinets, granite counters and all new stainless appliances. The master bedroom, with it's flat screen HD TV, has a queen size bed with upscale down-filled Ralph Lauren bedding and plenty of storage behind the mirrored wardrobe closets. The second bedroom, bathed in bright natural light, has a full size bed with beautiful designer Ralph Lauren and Pottery Barn down-filled bedding, plenty of storage and also has a flat screen TV.The living area in the main house has high ceilings, a custom over sized down-filled sofa with attached lounge and a hand-rubbed dining set with plenty of seating. There is also a walk up wine/cocktail bar for your enjoyment. View the HD TV above the cozy fireplace from anywhere in the open, comfortable living area.

Step Outside!: Pass through the beautiful french doors outside on to the new deck and take a few steps to enter the newly appointed private studio where you will find a full size designer bed/bedding and a full bathroom with shower. Relax inside while watching the HD TV knowing you are surrounded outside by the privacy of a quiet backyard.

Enjoy the beautiful private patio with stainless bbq and brand new designer outdoor seating and dining.

Complementary bottle of wine upon arrival.

Coffee/Tea throughout your stay.

Stocked with snacks for your enjoyment.

Total rooms: 3

Total bath: 2

Total flat screen TV's: 4


Sleeps: 6+

Shared off street & convenient front street parking.

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

Santa Barbara is a very special place for us. In 2006 while visiting this beautiful destination, we decided to spend the rest of our lives together and got engaged there. We live less than an hour away and come up to enjoy the 'American Rivera' as often as we can. Both our children (ages 23 & 10) also LOVE coming to Santa Barbara and enjoy the many activities that take place year round. We both agree: Santa Barbara is the place where we will eventually retire.

Scott & Donna

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Calendar last updated:
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Rating:5 star(s)

Title: 85th birthday reunion

Review: My 3 sisters and I took my Mom to The Little Red Door Cottage for her

85th birthday. We had such a great time! The cottage was decorated so cute and

it was so clean! We appreciated the cottage providing complimentary coffee and

hot chocolate for us. The cottage is very close to State street where the shops

and restaurants are located. It was a very comfortable place to hang out, talk

and play card games! Thank you Donna!
Dec 2014
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45 Reviews

based on 45 traveler reviews

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Adorable Former 'Celebrity Owned' Downtown Cottage Sleeps 6+
+1 -818 903-7517
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
santa clarita Ca

Great Place to stay

  • 5 of 5
We would just like to Thank Donna for a great stay at The Cottage.The house and backyard are amazing and couldnt be more comfortable ,clean and charming.The location is great for walking downtown or cabbing abit futher.Would love to stay again.
  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: C-Thank you for your review! We were so happy to have you stay at the cottage and so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thankfully the weather cooperated and you were able to take advantage of the outdoor space at the cottage. We LOVE spending time in the backyard and also having coffee on the front porch and so glad you were able to as well. Thank you for taking such great care of the cottage during your stay. We look forward to your return! Warmest regards-Donna
Adorable Former 'Celebrity Owned' Downtown Cottage Sleeps 6+
+1 -818 903-7517
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Fantastic back patio, excellent walkability

  • 4 of 5
Our stay at the red door cottage was just about perfect. The cottage itself is very cute, very clean and just as pictured. The back patio area is excellent, serene and very private feeling given this is a city location. The separate studio area was a great feature with it's own bed, direct tv, and 3/4 bath. The location is perfect if you are looking to be close to all the state street action-very walkable. Bath street is a through street so it's a touch busy but would only bother those looking for a high level of peace and quiet. There were only two factors that kept this from a five star rating. The first is that it is advertised to have a parking spot, but the spot is SO tight, our mid size sedan only fit if parked completely perfectly. I don't see how two cars could park at the same time and have enough space to open the doors. Also, the neighbor parked crooked cutting off any chance we had of getting in the spot anyway. Not really a big deal but I think street parking would be a more realistic description. Second, there was MAJOR construction going on immediately outside the house. Jackhammers and trucks backing up started at 7 am and continued until about 3. So obviously this is not something the home owners could have done anything about , and it certainly won't go on forever, but it really affected our stay. I only warn people they may want to ask Donna what the status of the construction is if they think they would be bothered by this. But overall, the house is great, the location is great and Donna was very responsive, easily contacted and a pleasure to talk to.
  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Annie-Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! My apologies to you for the parking issue. Had I known the driveway was blocked, I would have taken care of that for you right away. What I usually suggest to my guests is to back into the driveway so that there is enough room to allow for both drivers to get out of their cars. The cottage was built in 1914 and everything back then was of a much smaller scale. However, given the fact that parking can be a great challenge in all of Santa Barbara, we are so grateful to have the shared off street parking that we do as well as the parking right out our front door that doesn't require a permit. (Another plus!) My apologies to you for the city construction taking place outside. I was not aware they begin that early in the morning! From what I understand, the project is expected to be finished shortly. Again, thank you for taking the time to post a review and for also taking such great care of our cottage during your stay. We hope you will come back and stay again! Warmest regards-Donna
Adorable Former 'Celebrity Owned' Downtown Cottage Sleeps 6+
+1 -818 903-7517
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Highly Recommended in Santa Barbara

  • 4 of 5
We were so pleased with this choice for our week in Santa Barbara. My husband and our two grown children had plenty of room and loved the location. We biked or walked almost everywhere we went from this spot. It is in a Latin neighborhood with friendly locals. We felt safe and the central location could not be beaten. Donna was very responsive to us. We highly recommend this little bungalow. When we go back to Santa Barbara I hope this place is available.
  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Trisha-Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are so happy you and your family had a great stay! We, too, love the location of the cottage and also enjoy walking almost everywhere when we stay at our weekend home. We also enjoy the diversity of the population: college students, young and old families, visitors from all over the world and locals, too! We look forward to your return and wish you and your family a Happy New Year! Warmest regards-Donna
Adorable Former 'Celebrity Owned' Downtown Cottage Sleeps 6+
+1 -818 903-7517
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Cozy and great location!

  • 4 of 5
This house was perfect for a girls getaway trip. The house had everything we needed, including a fully stocked kitchen that allowed us to cook all our meals at home. The beds were very comfortable and enough towels/linen for all of us, so we didn't have to bring anything from home. We also enjoyed the location, since it allowed us to walk downtown and enjoy ourselves without having to worry about finding parking downtown. The only down side was the parking at the home since it is a shared driveway, but our cars were too big (Camaro and Honda Truck) and the neighbor had his small SUV parked in the driveway already, so we had to park on the street. We didn't mind since we found parking down the street and we didn't have to move our cars until it was time for us to leave.
  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Siria-Thank you for taking the time to post a review! Thank you for taking great care of the cottage during your stay! We are glad you enjoyed your time at the cottage and look forward to your return! Warmest regards-Donna
Adorable Former 'Celebrity Owned' Downtown Cottage Sleeps 6+
+1 -818 903-7517
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
San Jose, CA

Great for a weekend getaway

  • 4 of 5
We recently stayed at the Little Red Door for a girls weekend getaway. Donna was very easy to communicate with leading up to our stay. The rental was perfect for us; beautiful kitchen, comfortable beds, quaint back room, and gorgeous backyard. We enjoyed having breakfast out on the comfortable backyard furniture. The cottage was a perfect location for us as it was very close to downtown restaurants and shops. Donna made our stay special with a bottle of wine upon check in, coffee, and a stocked kitchen. Our only issue was that there was a scheduling and communication issue regarding our check out time. We had arranged for a later check out time (12:00), but Donna arrived to begin preparing the cottage two hours before our check out. Donna resolved the situation and make sure we left happy. I would recommend this cottage for a relaxing stay in Santa Barbara.
  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post a review. As a perfectionist, I always strive to make all of our guests welcome before and during their stay. However, being human, I sometimes make mistakes. Thus, the only scheduling mistake so far...I was hoping the partial refund and my profuse apology would have "righted the wrong" and earned us a 5 star review. I am really glad you and your girlfriends enjoyed your stay! Thank you for taking great care of our cottage during your stay. We hope you come back to visit again. Warmest regards-Donna
Adorable Former 'Celebrity Owned' Downtown Cottage Sleeps 6+
+1 -818 903-7517
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Cozy, Clean, Great Downtown Location

  • 5 of 5
This house was perfect for my family during my wedding weekend in Santa Barbara. Location was key for us and it was conveniently located just a few blocks from State St and close to the wedding party hotel and our venue. Donna was a great host and always easy to get in contact with. The house was cozy and comfortable. The backyard patio was very nice and a great private outdoor space to hang out in. One of our family members also really enjoyed the small studio space. It does not have a ton of space but comfortable and allowed for us to all stay together in one home. We would stay here again!
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. The flowers that were left behind were beautiful! Congratulations to the newlyweds! Warmest regards-Donna


From the Owner

We chose to purchase this cottage because it is so charming and we immediately fell in love with it. Year round, the weather is spectacular which allows for lots of outdoor activity. We LOVE to leave the car in the driveway and walk or bicycle around town and down to the beach. We also enjoy the many restaurants, bistros, bars, festivals and activities within walking/bicycling distance. Only 30 minutes away is the Santa Ynez Valley where we go sample delicious wines on a regular basis.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Santa Barbara Airport at 10 Miles Nearest Barpub : On State Street at 0.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course at 10 Miles Nearest Train : Santa Barbara Train Station on State Street at 1.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : Highyway 101 at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : On State Street at 0.5 Miles Nearest Beach : West Beach at 1 Miles Car: not necessary

Other Activities: Kayaking, Shelling, Shopping, Wildlife Viewing, Rock Climbing, Health/Beauty Spa, Shuffleboard, Racquetball


From $285 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid Season
May 1 2015 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 15 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
Sep 16 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
Nov 1 2015 - Apr 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
May 1 2016 - May 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning/restocking fee $150
  • Tax Rate 12.0%

2 night min-low season.
3 night min-mid and high season.
$500 deposit required to hold reservation.
$1500 minimum deposit required to hold reservations longer than 30 days. (Deposit to be determined by length of stay.)
Surcharge for more than 6 people in reservation party.
Reservations cancelled within 30 days of arrival date forfeit 50% of all deposits made.
$150+ mandatory cleaning fee

Rates are subject to change until confirmed. Please contact us for actual rates as they may vary according to season and/or event.

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Updated: May 5, 2015


From the Owner

Great downtown location! Leave the car behind and walk or bicycle everywhere!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town


  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 900 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet, shower
  • Full 2 - toilet, shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Bedding is designer down-filled: Ralph Lauren, Pottery Barn, etc,... While the home comfortable sleeps 6 people, on occasion, we will allow a 7th person to sleep on the sofa.


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 beach chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals

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


  • A large variety of music is available 24 hours a day on all 4 flat screen TVs. Blender Vase Waffle maker Electric hand-held mixer Food processor Fully stocked kitchen Beach Towels Beach chairs Beach Umbrella

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