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Property Details

Updated: Apr 11, 2015
4 Bedroom/2 Bath With Seasonal Pool And Spa - 5 Minutes From Town

Feel your cares disappear in our beautiful canyon retreat house. Hot tub, seasonal pool and extensive outdoor living spaces complement the casual and tastefully furnished interior spaces. 4 bedrooms (one is furnished as a private den/office with sofa bed) comfortably accommodate 6 to 8. 5 minute drive to town - 10 minute walk to local trails, and 10-15 minute drive to local beaches.

The Setting

Close-in, and mid-town, the Canyon House boasts a unique Santa Barbara foothills location. The residential ranch zoning creates wide open spaces and back country vegetation for an extremely quiet, private, and natural environment, a mere 5 minute drive (or a 30 minute walk) to shopping and dining on upper State Street. You are in your own lushly forested California mountain retreat that is closer to town than many suburban neighborhoods. Solitude and wildlife abound within the unique urban boundary setting.

The Property

The property is approximately 2 acres in the lower mission canyon foothills, with extensive deck space, including a large, private rear deck with a spa, barbeque, and dining set off the master bedroom and kitchen, a large front porch with close-in ocean views, and seating under the bouganvillia covered arbor, a large pool deck with changing area, and a seasonal outdoor fireplace and dining area on the lower level, adjacent to the extensive vegetable garden, greenhouse, seasonal blackberry bramble, and fruit trees. Many large, mature trees, plenty of parking and the best weather in Santa Barbara complete this enjoyable and peaceful property. Wildlife is common on the property, as are beautiful sunsets, with outdoor living spaces set up for privacy and peace. Access to popular foothill trails is a 10 minute walk away.

The House

A sloped path and small stairway lead to the 4 bedroom craftsman-style home built on a raised knoll. While maintaining a relaxed feel, the house is tastefully furnished and equipped in an attractive and comfortable back country way. Master bedroom and bath open onto the back deck with spa. Each of the three other bedrooms has a view of Oreo the llama in her corral on the rear side of the property, and beautiful Cathedral Peak in the distance. With a total of 4 bedrooms, and two bathrooms, comfortable sleeping and living arrangements for between 6 and 8 are provided (There are traditional beds for 6 – two queen and two twin, and there is a queen-sized sofa bed in the fourth bedroom/office/den). The kitchen has modern appliances, including washer and dryer, and there is a large screen entertainment center with very high speed wireless internet in the living room. Woodstoves in the den and master bedroom provide supplemental heat and atmosphere when temperatures drop, while informal dining for 8, plus a formal 6-seat dining room with china round out the comfortable and casually elegant interior


Sorry, no Pets

No Smoking

No events or large parties

Strict Maximum of 8 overnight guests

Your hosts (who lived in the canyon house for 25 years, and still live there occasionally) are a short distance away and will meet you to explain the details of the home and surrounding area. After that, we are available as needed to ensure that your stay is enjoyable and worry-free. We want to share the serenity and magic of this special place with you.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

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12 Reviews

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Serene Canyon Retreat
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Chicago, IL

Memories for a Lifetime

  • 5 of 5
Our family was recently in Santa Barbara for a beautiful wedding this weekend. It took place in downtown SB State St. so we found Canyon house to be an amazing price and near the wedding. My family is buzzing in delight from everything SB had to offer. And Canyon House the hidden jewel on the outskirts (4mi) played a major part in my family's experience. I am a young active person who kayaked, mountain biked, hiked, and ran the hills near the Canyon House. It was an awesome challenge, yet in the that setting everything was so enjoyable I felt I could go for days. Another aspect were the multiple seating areas outside and inside the house. We found conversations breaking out on patios near the pool, in the living room, near the llama's pen, in the dining room, near the hot tub and bbq, just everywhere. We just felt so at home wandering and using the entire property space. I for one came home rejuvenated by my stay at this home. Being from the Midwest it reminds me of beautiful summer home in Michigan from my prep school days. But the charm is also in the rustic California outdoor setting, not everything is manicured but it made for an authentic Santa Barbara experience. The owners are a pleasure to deal with, I had some minor incidents that were not only addressed by the Owner but they went above and beyond. I can see she makes a real effort to run a business but her warmth and attention show she also enjoys creating memories. Thank you Canyon House Owners
  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Serene Canyon Retreat
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in the house for four days and really loved it. house was comfortable, setting was amazing, pool was great. the owner was great and helpful and the location was great. overall, terrific vacation house.
  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Serene Canyon Retreat
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Denver, Colorado

Treasure in the Hiils

  • 5 of 5
We had a fantastic time at the Canyon House with a group of friends. Everyone found the place to be quite comfortable and the property is private and very well kept. We picked oranges and lemons from the trees right outside of the house for breakfast and to make sangria. Wonderful place to stay and we look forward to coming back in the future.
  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Serene Canyon Retreat
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Monterey, CA, USA

Undoubtably Amazing

  • 5 of 5
There are not enough good things to say about this place and it's owner. It is tucked in the canyon but close to town, the rooms are spacious but quaint, and the home has such a good family vibe. We especially loved the piano and musical instruments, and the wood stove. The living room was open and spacious and had a beautiful view of the porch and pool. We said hi to the lama named Oreo, and had a great time doing as little as possible. The house was in perfect condition and was very clean. When leaving, I asked if we could buy this place from the owner. I would stay here again in a heart beat!
  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Serene Canyon Retreat
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara

Love the Canyon Retreat

  • 5 of 5
Stayed here over Memorial Day weekend for a “girls’ getaway” with six women. As described by the other reviewers, the house is lovely, comfortable, and has every amenity you could ask for. The hosts brought a bottle of Prosecco for us, because they knew we were celebrating a birthday. They were very thoughtful and generous, and sincerely wanted to get feedback on how to make the rental experience even better. Each of the six women want to come back and enjoy the house with their families. We definitely want to have another “girls’ getaway” here too. We had coffee on the comfortable porch every morning. One evening we enjoyed making tri-tip on the really nice outdoor grill on the back deck. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook anything we wanted. When we needed anything, there were several grocery stores less than five minutes away. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants nearby as well. Still we felt like we were far away out in the country as soon we arrived at the house. The hot tub was very comfortable and easy to use. The pool was great. I didn’t expect the pull-out couch to be comfortable, but it really was! We also enjoyed hiking the nearby Jesusita trail. The big screen TV with cable and a separate sound bar, were great things to have. We mostly just listened to music, but had a wide array of other choices including Netflix. I loved staying at this house.
  • Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Serene Canyon Retreat
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
SB, I'm currently on the Westside.

Locals in Love

  • 5 of 5
We absolutely loved this beautiful property, the welcoming, charming house and it's gracious owners! We are locals who needed a home-away-from-home to host a few extended family members/guests for our wedding weekend and this rental exceeded our expectations in many ways... firstly, the owner was so accommodating and thoughtful, she was full of warmth towards us and our guests! We really appreciated all her kind touches including Champagne to toast our wedding (so sweet!) and chips, salsa and homemade lemonade that cheerily greeted us upon arrival (which was very welcomed as we were weary and exhausted with all the wedding preparations)! Not to be outdone by the hospitable owner, the house itself was simply wonderful! It was perfect for the 5 adults and 1 tween that we had staying there. The amenities were aplenty, hot tub, pool and several private decks were just perfect for the togetherness, resting and catching up which we'd hoped this place would help facilitate. The house has everything you need for a comfortable stay! It was like staying with a friend who has anticipated your every need!
And finally, we feel it important to share that with us being locals, growing up in this same neighborhood, it meant the world to us to be able to host our extended family in a TRUE Santa Barbara setting... SB at it's core is about nature, about a slower, peaceful pace- don't let the bustle of downtown and the wharf, the overcrowded beachside hotels or Hollywood's depiction of life here in SB fool you-, for in-tune locals it's about breathing in and letting out, soaking up the quiet and rejuvenating yourself with hikes in our foothills, strolls on the beach, looking for wildlife or for simply sitting around a hot tub with your family and friends, gazing at the stars. This property embodies what true SB is all about, it's owners are warm, it's charm is genuine, it's offerings are wide. So if you're up for a real Santa Barbara stay, we'd highly recommend this awesome place! You won't be disappointed!!!
  • Submitted: May 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: This review really captures the unique character of the property, as well as our desire to create an "Ohana" (the Hawaiian word for extended family) / local feeling for our guests. There are many beautiful properties here - but the Canyon House puts you in the center of the relaxed lifestyle and natural beauty that define local Santa Barbara.


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Santa Barbara Airport at 8.9 Miles Nearest Barpub : Harry's at 2 Miles Nearest Golf : Municipal at 2.5 Miles Nearest Train : Amtrak Downtown at 6 Miles Nearest Motorway : 101 at 2.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Several - Harry's, TeeOff, Cafe Stella, Reynaud... at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Arroyo Burro / Hendry's Beach at 4.7 Miles Car: recommended

Close-in, and mid-town, the Canyon House boasts a truly unique Santa Barbara Foothills location. Due to the watershed features of this stretch of foothills, the zoning creates the least dense of the close-in foothills between Carpinteria and Goleta. The large amount of open space and back country vegetation makes for an extremely quiet, private, and natural environment, a mere 5 minute drive and a 30 minute walk to shopping and dining on upper State Street. You will experience a lushly forested California mountain retreat that is closer to town than many suburban neighborhoods. Solitude and wildlife abound within the unique urban boundary setting.


From $350 Per night

Rental rates

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Summer 2015
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 6 2015
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Non-refundable Cleaning Fee $250
  • Over 6 guests (20/pp) $20 + Tax
  • Refundable damage deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 12.5%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Cancellation Policy:

> 60 days before rental Full refund minus $250 deposit
<=60 days before rental Up to full refund minus $250 deposit, upon obtaining replacement booking. Refund is value of replacement booking - $250.00 (used to cover advertising and incentives to encourage replacement booking)

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Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities


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  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
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  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


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

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...


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

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Rural


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

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1800 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - toilet, shower, Functional & clean with mountain views
  • Master Bath - Private master bath - with window to outside


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • The Office / Den - Sleeper sofa in office with mountain views.
  • Front Bedroom - 1 queen, Front bedroom - view of cathedral peak & canyon
  • Back Bedroom - 2 twin/ single, Cozy Light filled room with mountain views
  • Master Bedroom/bath - 1 queen, Beautiful master bedroom with doors to deck and spa


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


  • Guests provide their own meals

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