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Maison Provence. Designers French Country House. Downtown Bet. State St. & Beach

Maison Provence. Designers French Country House. Downtown Bet. State St. & Beach


Property Details

Updated: Jan 28, 2015
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

Furnished with French antiques and retaining the original arches, open beams and other period details, you will feel like you've stepped into a maison in the south of France.

Set in a quiet residential neighborhood, this home is a peaceful retreat, with several outdoor seating areas around the property. However, it is conveniently located downtown between State Street and the beach.

Being a designer and Francophile, I furnished this home with French antiques, custom made furniture, linen curtains and fine bed linens. It is fully equipped with everything you should need during your stay. Luxurious and comfortable, it personifies casual elegance.

The climate in Santa Barbara is mild and warm year round, making it a wonderful place to spend time during the winter months. And it's centrally located for guests who also want to drive along the beautiful California coastline, along Big Sur to Carmel-By-The-Sea.

If you also plan to visit Carmel, I have two lovely homes in the heart of the village (Dove Cottage and Pussy Willow Cottage), where you may want to stay.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

In addition to Maison Provence in Santa Barbara I also own two lovely vacation rental homes in Carmel-By-The-Sea. You can view them at:

I love nothing more than finding properties with great potential to renovate and decorate, and share with travelers who are looking for special homes which embody European ambiance and a wonderful spirit of place.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

What a lovely home this is! I'm an interior designer with high standards and appreciate the quality of everything in Maison Provence, down to the finest details. I love Santa Barbara but it's worth coming here just to spend time in this charming home.

Highly recommended.
Jan 2014
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9 Reviews

based on 9 traveler reviews

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Maison Provence. Designers French Country House. Downtown Bet. State St. & Beach
-(818) 980-2119 (California, USA)
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Ferndale, Washington

Our stay at the Maison Provence was perfect for us

  • 5 of 5
We so enjoyed our time at the Maison Provence. The space was comfortable and beautiful; and the location worked well for us.
  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Maison Provence. Designers French Country House. Downtown Bet. State St. & Beach
-(818) 980-2119 (California, USA)
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
San Diego, CA

Beautiful, well maintained retreat.

  • 5 of 5
I spent a week at Amy's home in September and found it to be as lovely in reality as it is in the pictures. The house was very well maintained and I instantly felt at home. I was there a few days on my own, before a friend arrived, and I felt very safe in the quiet neighborhood. The location was great - very easy to get everywhere. I really loved the fact that I could go downtown, to the beach and on daytrips and have a quiet and relaxing place to unwind afterwards. Thank you Amy. If I ever plan a trip to Carmel, I will definitely look up the houses you have there!
  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Maison Provence. Designers French Country House. Downtown Bet. State St. & Beach
-(818) 980-2119 (California, USA)
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

What a vacation rental should be

  • 5 of 5
I loved this property. I have used HomeAway many times and this was one of my best experiences. The home is clean, comfortable, well appointed, quiet and charming. Nice to have the outdoor space to use on a nice day! The dining table is especially delightful and comfortable. . Lends itself to an array of bite-sized foods, wine and several hours of chatter. I'll use this house again, I suspect. Thanks Amy!
  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Maison Provence. Designers French Country House. Downtown Bet. State St. & Beach
-(818) 980-2119 (California, USA)
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Sonoma County

Lovely Home away from Home

  • 5 of 5
Myself and a friend visited Santa Barbara for a girls long weekend and stayed at Maison Provence. Coming back to Amy's beautiful home everyday after visiting the Beach, shops and wonderful Restaurants was a wonderful treat. It truly feels like a home and not a vacation rental as every piece of furniture and every accessory feels like it was specifically chosen for the space with care, creativity and thoughtfulness. I will definately be staying at this lovely retreat on my next visit to Santa Barbara. Thank you Amy!
  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Maison Provence. Designers French Country House. Downtown Bet. State St. & Beach
-(818) 980-2119 (California, USA)
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County


  • 5 of 5
For a month I was at Maison Provence and I did not want to leave. What a masterful job Amy did in creating such a charming and very tasteful home. As an interior designer myself, I am very aware of my surroundings, and Amy is truly talented. Her attention to detail, furnishings, plants, artwork, kitchen accessories, was done with great care.
I thank her for sharing her home and ability with us.

Gloria F
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Gloria for your lovely review. I hope you can come and stay again next year.

Maison Provence. Designers French Country House. Downtown Bet. State St. & Beach
-(818) 980-2119 (California, USA)
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Washington, District of Columbia

Lovely place, with caveats

  • 4 of 5
We liked the house very much, nice outdoor patio next to the house (the one in the back needed a little more attention); loved the tangerine tree and the artichoke plants and other plantings. The rooms were nice (but inadequate air flow in the middle bedroom). The neighborhood was lovely, but what we didn't know was that the home next door was being remodeled and some of the workers were there after 10pm - a lot of dust and noise came from the other side of the fence. Not only that, a dog was on site that was left alone outside for several hours and howled and whined continually. Home convenient to core of the city but you get to be in a residential area.
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The work that was taking place at the neighbor's house was emergency repair work not ongoing construction. The dogs have never been left in the back yard before, so I can only assume it was to allow the repair men to go in and out of the house freely. This is an extremely quiet neighborhood. As to the bedroom, there are two 4' windows and the central forced air system can be set on fan mode to circulate air throughout the house. The gardener comes every week to tidy the garden and blow away leaves. Except for the leaves that fall between visits, he keeps the place very tidy. I hope prospective guests will weigh this review against all the other glowing, 5 star reviews.


From the Owner

Santa Barbara is a lovely coastal town with mild climate year round and is close to the beautiful Santa Ynez wine country and not far from Los Angeles. I was looking for a period house with high ceilings, open beams and original wood floors and windows, to transform into my dream of a Provencial maison. I traveled and worked in France and nothing feels more elegant and relaxed than the warm honey tones of that sunny region.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Santa Barbara Airport at 7 Miles Nearest Barpub : Boathouse at Henry's Beach at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Amtrack at 3 Miles Nearest Motorway : Route 101 at 2 Miles Nearest Restaurant : State Street at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Henry's Beach at 2 Miles Car: recommended

Maison Provence is conveniently located in a quiet residential neighborhood between State Street and the beach, in an area referred to as 'West of State'. The area around State Street is where you'll find many shops and restaurants, cinemas, art galleries and much more.


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Updated: Jan 28, 2015

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 1 2014 - Feb 28 2015
2 night minimum stay
Mar 1 2015 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $500
  • Cleaning and linen fee $165

A $500 security deposit is required when you send me the completed rental agreement.
Once guests check-out and the housekeepers inform me that nothing is missing or damaged, the security deposit is refunded within 14 days.


From the Owner

When I purchased this property the exterior was dire. I was faced with dry dirt everywhere, which sloped towards the house, flooding in under the house when it rained. And there was no vegetation. The property had to be regraded, an irrigation system installed, flowerbeds created, and the decomposed granite that is typical of Provence brought in to replicate landscaping in that region. The exterior of the house was the color of mud, so I painted it cream and added shutters painted the quintessential gray/green that's often seen in the south of France. With all this work completed, my guests can enjoy the fruits of my labor when they are in Santa Barbara, as can I.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Dining Room


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


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Mountain View


  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 1500 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Chambre Mimosa. There are original period French windows on two sides of the bedroom and French doors leading to the patio on the third side. Enjoy morning coffee on this sunny, sheltered patio. The new, high quality mattress is dressed in fine linens on a magnificent Montecito iron bed frame. Fine linen curtains and an Aubusson needlepoint rug add a French touch. And the wine tasting table is perfect for working on your laptop. His and hers closets flank the French doors. There is also a TV in this room. This ever so charming room has original wood floors, antique Belgium trunks and a painted canvas wall hanging commissioned from set painters at the National Theater in London. Chambre Lavandre French lavender was the inspiration for this whimsical bedroom. The walls are white and lavender and the quality bed linens are gray and white. This charming room has a wonderful iron bed, pale gray furnishings, and whimsical artifacts. The high quality mattress is new and comfortably firm


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...


  • Guests provide their own meals

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