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'Ravenscroft' Historic Estate with Pool, Spa & Tennis Court in Santa Barbara

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Romantic, historic George Washington Smith gated and private 2 acre Estate with pool, spa, tennis court, located in the heart of Montecito, a seaside village that has seduced moguls, magnates and movie stars for over a hundred years.

Ravenscroft pays homage to the grandeur of its natural setting with a timeless elegance that is truly captivating, for it is not only seen with the eye, but also felt with the heart.

The Estate is located in one of the most prestigious areas in Montecito, amongst the large and old grand estates of its same historic pedigree, directly adjacent the 34 acre Lotus Land, providing a private and serene setting, while being less than 2 miles to the beach.

It has been immaculately restored and renovated to meet the exacting needs of modern life while staying true to the purity of its renowned architect George Washington Smith.

Smith is synonymous with classic Santa Barbara architecture and in 1922 he designed Ravenscroft, a magical and timeless work of art that has been held in high esteem and published often as a local architectural marvel. It is one of a handful, and arguably the most well preserved, of original classically designed Santa Barbara Estates still in existence. The Four Seasons Biltmore was built by the same architect with the same design and materials, as was the Ogilvy house which is just a few doors down and Casa Del Hererro.

Within this classic Estate are sweeping lawns, colorful gardens, intimate outdoor terraces and majestic gates. The main residence is trimmed with elegant hand tooled wrought iron gates, doors and windows and provides 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths. The living room is 52 feet long and offers a large roaring fireplace and baby grand piano with wrought iron doors and windows to the interior courtyard, dining room, bedroom wing and library/office. In the office/library are a fireplace, desk and secret door with passage to the wine tasting cellar with fireplace and tasting room.

The theatre room includes professional theatre seats for 9 and is a great place for the family or kids to enjoy.

The guest house features a living room, 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths and charming kitchen. The 'Abigail Cottage' is a restored charming 1 BR/1BA guest cottage surrounded by fruit orchard, expansive lawns and hen house.

The sparkling pool, spa and north/south tennis court complete the magnificent estate. Also, within this private and magical Estate are a Garden Lath house and Japanese Green House that were built in 1934.

The work out room offers 2 step machines, free weights, univeral machines and a ping pong table. There are also 3 bikes available.

Staying at Ravenscroft is like stepping back in time, into Santa Barbara's history and you can just imagine Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn around the corner. There is no other property available like this one in Santa Barbara.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Published 'California Romantica” by author Diane Keaton

- 'You discovered Ravenscroft, ONE OF OUR FAVORITE HOMES in Montecito. Do you know the history of the design of the living room and its enormous fireplace? Yes, it was designed so that the horses could come in and get warmed by the fire. In particular, Mrs. Ravencroft’s favorite horse, Jack.' 'Did you know the design of the living room was taken from a popular London stage production of the era. According to David Myrick’s account in his two-volume “Montecito And Santa Barbara,” Marguerite (Peggy) Doe Courtney, who later married Henry Ravenscroft – hence the name of the home – asked Smith to design a living room that duplicated the stage set of the play, which is why the living room is 52 feet long.'

- 'That says a lot about George Washington Smith: that he was a game guy; that he took on the owners’ ideas and wasn’t afraid of them and didn’t feel that it was encroaching on his genius. It’s an act of generosity on his part and, because of that, his work is probably the most prevalent in this book and it’s the most unusual and most diverse. He wasn’t afraid of a new idea. THAT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HOMES.'

- 'Did you happen to see the lathe house on the Ravenscroft property that, according to Harry Kolb, was where the first commercially grown orchids on the Central Coast were grown? I love that I saw it [in its decayed state] and caught it right before they began the restoration. I’m a preservationist, as you know, and I feel the beauty shines forth no matter what state these homes are in. You mustn’t be afraid of them. When you see the beauty OF THIS PARTICULAR HOME, it’s so astonishing. I just fell in love with it.'

Keywords: Luxury Santa Barbara Private and Gated Historic Estate with pool, spa and tennis court -rare for a vacation rental, less than 2 miles to the Beach

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estate rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • estate
    • floor area 10000 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • beachfront
      • Located less than 2 miles to the beach
  • Theme
    • adventure
    • spa
    • romantic
    • family
    • away from it all
    • historic
    • tourist attractions
  • General
    • iron & board
    • living room
    • gas fireplace
      • (5) Three bedrooms have their own gas fireplace, along with the sitting area off the master, the large fireplace in the living room and a fireplace in the office for a total of 5.
    • wood fireplace
      • (2) There is an outdoor fireplace and also a wood fireplace in the wine tassting room. Firewood is provided
    • hair dryer
    • washing machine
      • (3)
    • clothes dryer
      • (3)
    • fireplace
      • 7 fireplaces
    • telephone
    • air conditioning
    • heating
    • linens provided
    • wireless internet
      • with security code
    • internet
      • Complimentary Wireless Broadband Internet
    • towels provided
    • fitness room / equipment
      • Ravenscroft also offers a work out room with 2 step machines, free weights and weight machines that include a universal, bench press and smith machine. In this room is also ping pong table
    • parking
      • Parking for up to 6 cars.
  • Kitchen
    • cooking utensils
    • ice maker
    • pantry items
      • Spices
    • dishes & utensils
    • catering available
    • kitchen
    • coffee maker
      • Coffee maker and grinder
    • toaster
    • dishwasher
    • refrigerator
    • freezer
    • stove
    • microwave
  • Dining
    • dining area
    • dining
    • child's highchair
  • Pool / Spa
    • hot tub
    • private pool
  • Bathrooms
    • 7 bathrooms 1 half Bath
    • bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower
    • bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower
    • bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower
    • bathroom 5: toilet, combination tub/shower
    • bathroom 6: toilet, combination tub/shower
    • bathroom 7: toilet, shower
    • bathroom 1: toilet, On ground floor of main house
    • bathroom 1: toilet, shower, jetted tub, One of two bathrooms off the master
      • 7.5
  • Bedrooms
    • 7 bedrooms, sleeps 15, beds for 13-15
    • other (see description):
    • bedroom 1: 1 king, Master Bedroom
    • bedroom 2: 1 queen, In main house on ground floor
    • bedroom 3: 1 queen, In main house on ground floor
    • bedroom 4: 1 queen, In main house on ground floor
    • bedroom 5: 1 queen, In guest house
    • bedroom 6: 1 double, In guest house
    • bedroom 7: 1 twin/ single, In Abigail Cottage
      • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (5) 1 of the Queen beds are European Queen which is slightly smaller than US Queen, Twin or Single Beds (3) There is a twin bed in the Abigail Cottage.
  • Entertainment
    • books
    • ping pong table
    • video library
      • DVD's
    • dvd player
    • television
      • (5) There are 4 TV's in the Estate - 1 in the TV Room, 1 in the Garden Room, 1 in the Master Bedroom, 1 in the Kitchen and 1 in the Guest House
    • satellite / cable
      • (4)
  • Outside
    • lawn / garden
    • deck / patio
    • bicycles
      • 2 bicycles
    • outdoor grill
    • tennis
      • Regulation size tennis court
  • Suitability
    • children welcome
    • non smoking only
  • Onsite Services
    • massage
    • private chef
    • concierge
  • Notes
    • Ravenscroft also offers a work out room with 2 step machines, free weights and weight machines that include a universal, bench press and smith machine. In this room is also ping pong table. There there are 3 bikes available., tennis rackets, floating matts for the pool. There is also a baby grand piano. Daily maid service is available for weekly stays at the rate of $495 for the week.

activities and attractions in Santa Barbara Central Coast

  • Attractions
    • health/beauty spa
    • zoo
    • theme parks
    • live theater
    • restaurants
    • museums
    • cinemas
    • arboretum
    • botanical garden
    • marina
    • winery tours
  • Leisure Activities
    • horseback riding
    • boating
    • sight seeing
    • shopping
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • gambling casinos
    • outlet shopping
    • scenic drives
    • walking
    • whale watching
    • antiquing
    • shelling
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • tennis
    • snorkeling/diving
    • wind-surfing
    • cycling
    • swimming
    • sailing
    • deepsea fishing
    • equestrian events
    • mountain climbing
    • mountaineering
    • paragliding
    • pier fishing
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • snorkeling
    • sound/bay fishing
    • rock climbing
    • hot air ballooning
    • mountain biking
    • surfing
    • basketball court
    • hiking
    • parasailing
    • golf
    • kayaking
    • fishing

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  • owner Melanie Cava
  • phone (805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
  • 2nd phone (714) 394-5667 Ask for Todd (California, USA)

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
High Season
Jun 6 2015 - Sep 11 2015
$4,000
$13,995
3 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
$3,500
$12,995
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaninge Fee $595
Standard method of payment is checks & direct deposits at any Bank of America Branch.

Credit card payment via PayPal and bank wire transfers are also accepted but in these cases the 4% PayPal fee & $25/wire transfer fees are applied.

Cancellation policy - deposit is subject to loss, excluding the damage security deposit, unless re-rented for that time period.
High season rates apply for Holidays and Graduation weeks.

Inquire for monthly rates which depend on length of stay & season.

Pricing for occupancy up to 10.

50% of the rent, tax, cleaning fee & damage security deposit are required to confirm a reservation with the remaining 50% due 60 days before check-in.
Tax Rate 10.0%

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A magical setting for memories

Review submitted: June 22, 2014   Date of arrival: June 4, 2014

Ravenscroft is appointed with such thoughtful detail. Photos do not do it justice. Melanie and Todd clearly have thought of all the comforts and luxuries to allow for relaxation, fun and creating memories. The kitchen is enviable. And there are so many picturesque places to relax and have a meal or just a glass of wine. From the sitting area near the outdoor fireplace to the indescribable room with vines on the ceilings. With a tennis court, pool and gorgeous gardens, you never have to leave Ravenscroft for a perfect holiday. It is really a magical place.

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Ravenscroft Estate

Review submitted: September 4, 2012   Date of arrival: August 31, 2012

Our family spent Labor Day weekend at the Ravenscroft Estate and it was the most pleasant family trips we've experienced. The estate is filled with history and the amenities gave us plenty to do and enjoy.

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

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Fabulous Experience!

Review submitted: April 21, 2012   Date of arrival: April 8, 2012

We had a fabulous week away at Ravenscroft over Easter. We were 2 families from Los Angeles with young children.

Todd and Melanie were fabulous to work with during the booking and organization phase. When we arrived on Easter Sunday afternoon, they had stocked the fridge and cupboards with the groceries we requested and also left a lovely spread of wine, cheese and cake for us.

The photos on the website of course look fabulous but almost don't do this amazing and historic property justice. It is in one of the most prime Montecito locations - right next to Lotus Land (which is also a must see!).

We had 2 nannys with us during the week who had great accommodations in the 2 bedroom plus living area guest cottage. The grounds are absolutely amazing and a real highlight were the fireside dinners and smores we cooked over the wood burning outdoor fireplace.

A great experience and thanks to Todd and Melanie for being great to work with.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

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This vacation rental has been listed since 02/27/2009.