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Adorable Former 'Celebrity Owned' Downtown Cottage Sleeps 6+

Adorable Former 'Celebrity Owned' Downtown Cottage Sleeps 6+


Property Details

Updated: Nov 27, 2014
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

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 & 9) 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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Guestbook comments from the owner

An email received from our guest:

"Dear Donna,

We all thoroughly enjoyed your cottage, from the wonderfully stocked

kitchen to the beautiful courtyard, amazing location and so much

more...special thank yous for greeting us and getting the opportunity to

meet your lovely daughter and the special birthday surprise balloons!

We all had such a wonderful experience in SB...loved every minute of much to do and see. It is not difficult to see why you fell in

love with the area! We really loved being able to park and walk as you

suggested and having the use of your cottage made our experience that

much more pleasurable!

Can't thank you enough!"
Jun 2013
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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
Adorable Former 'Celebrity Owned' Downtown Cottage Sleeps 6+
+1 -818 903-7517
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

So lovely!

  • 5 of 5
This cozy house was so lovely! It was perfect for a girls weekend away. The house was beautiful, cosy, well-stocked, and a great location to State Street and all the happening places. Would stay here again in a heartbeat!
  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Julie-Thank you so much for taking the time to post the review! We were happy to accommodate you and your group. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay at our cottage and found it to be cozy for your group. Thank you! Warmest regards-Donna
Adorable Former 'Celebrity Owned' Downtown Cottage Sleeps 6+
+1 -818 903-7517
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Charming home in the heart of Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5
Our stay in this lovely home could not have been better. Donna was gracious and accommodating in every way. We especially loved sitting outside enjoying a glass of wine on the cushy furniture in the shady lush garden. The home is well appointed with very comfortable beds and high end linens. Donna was even kind enough to mail us a single tennis shoe that my niece accidentally left behind! Thank you for the hospitality, we'll definitely be back!
  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Patti-Thank you so much for taking the time to post this wonderful review! What makes this review so special to me is that since you are a travel agent I would suspect that you have had the opportunity to stay in many different places and have those past experiences to reflect on to formulate your review. I am so happy we met your expectations and that you and your family enjoyed your stay. Thank you for the beautiful candle. My family LOVES the scent! 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

Wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5
My family and I (husband, wife, and two teenagers) loved the Little Red Cottage. It was beautifully decorated and a wonderful and calm oasis. Donna was lovely and so welcoming -- the wine and snacks are a great touch! She also gave us great advice about the beaches, farmers' market, grocery, etc. We particularly loved the outdoor space -- wonderful for eating, reading, and just hanging out. We will certainly return if we are ever n Santa Barbara again!!
  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Catherine-We are so glad we could accommodate you and your family at the cottage! It was nice meeting all of you--you have a beautiful family! Thank you for taking such great care of the cottage. We would love to have you stay with us again! Warmest regards-Donna
Adorable Former 'Celebrity Owned' Downtown Cottage Sleeps 6+
+1 -818 903-7517
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Cute place, just a few issues

  • 3 of 5
The property is very cute and well located with some thoughtful touches. Sadly, the owner seemed very nice at first and then turned out to be less than gracious. The shower in the main house was broken, so we had to go outside into the studio to shower (with six of us staying, this was a bit time consuming!). The fan was also broken in the front bedroom which we didn't think would be a problem, but it turned out to be a VERY hot weekend. Things need to be fixed every now and then, no big deal, but the owner offered no type of compensation for either inconvenience.

Unfortunately, we caused a tiny stain (about the size of a pencil head) on one of the mattress pads during our stay, so she charged us to purchase a new one. Completely understandable given that it was our fault, but after the inconveniences we experienced without complaint, we thought she might prefer to be flexible with us. One of the women in our group owns a vacation rental herself, and when items get stained due to sincere accidents she simply replaces them, as the cost of doing business in the hospitality industry. It seems a little petty to lose the repeated business of six women over $50.

Other than that, our stay was enjoyable. The back patio is a nice place to relax in the afternoon, and State Street is about a six block walk away. Just be sure to check that the repairs have been made before your stay. And don't cause ANY damage during your visit!
  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Sabrina-I am sad and a quite surprised to receive this review since your last communication to me was that your group, "loved the house and could not wait to come back!" and that you were happy to pay for the mattress cover.

Please let me address some of the issues and inaccuracies you mentioned in your less than favorable review. We are not in the "hospitality industry." This is our home. We sometimes rent it out to allow other people to enjoy this beautiful space. We always try our best to make everyone feel welcome and stay on top of all maintenance issues as they arise. (As evidence in the 30+ five star reviews.) Had you informed me of the shower fixture that broke during your stay, I would have been more than happy to have immediately fixed it as opposed to finding out about it after your departure.

In an effort to be environmentally and economically conscience, we always try to repair/launder items rather than replace them and do not charge our guests when we can do so. (We did not charge you for the shower fixture you broke during your stay.) However, when items are clearly damaged/stained by guests beyond repair or laundering (and much larger than the size of a pencil head), they need to be replaced and that is when we charge our guests. As you mentioned, it was a very nominal charge and very reasonable by most standards.

Lastly, our cottage is located on Bath Street which is only 3 blocks from world famous State Street, not 6 blocks--an inaccuracy in your review worth noting since our prime location is important to future guests who are looking for a great, walkable location when considering and planing a visit to Santa Barbara.

I am truly sorry you did not thoroughly enjoy your stay as you had originally stated. However, we wish you and your group only the best in your future travels. 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 0.75 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 0.75 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


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Updated: Nov 27, 2014

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low season
Nov 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $60 per night, per additional guest
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
Mid Season
Sep 16 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Nov 1 2015 - Apr 30 2016
2 night minimum stay

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


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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