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Serene Canyon Retreat in Santa Barbara

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vacation rental description

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.

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Last modified on 08-28-2014 at 7:35 AM.

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house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • house
    • floor area 1800 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • ocean view
      • Down-canyon from living room and porch.
    • rural
      • A 15 minute walk from popular backcountry trails, the location is private and serene with abundant wildlife, yet 2 miles from town and a 15 minute drive to the Harbor/Waterfront area.
    • mountain view
      • Spectacular views of cathedral peak from 3 of the 4 bedrooms.
  • Theme
    • adventure
    • away from it all
    • budget
    • family
    • romantic
    • spa
    • sports & activities
    • historic
  • General
    • living room
      • Very comfortable overstuffed sofa and casual table.
    • telephone
      • unlimited local and domestic calls
    • fireplace
      • Seasonal outdoor fireplace with dining area in garden.
    • internet
      • High speed wireless access
    • wood stove
      • Wood stoves in den and master bedroom add warmth and ambience.
    • heating
      • House is heated with efficient wall heaters in each room and wood stove used seasonally.
    • linens provided
    • towels provided
    • washing machine
      • In kitchen
    • clothes dryer
      • In kitchen
    • parking
      • Off-street parking for up to 3 vehicles
    • hair dryer
    • iron & board
  • Kitchen
    • kitchen
      • Cheerful, clean, and well equipped with modern stainless appliances
    • refrigerator
      • Stainless side by side
    • stove
      • Modern electric range- sealed elements quick on and off.
    • oven
      • Convection Oven
    • microwave
    • dishwasher
    • dishes & utensils
      • Colorful fiestaware for your use
    • pantry items
      • Spices, salt, pepper
    • coffee maker
      • French Press OR simple automatic drip coffeemaker
    • toaster
      • Toaster Oven
  • Dining
    • dining
      • Full china cabinet with china and crystal service for 8 in antique pine hutch
    • dining room
  • Pool / Spa
    • private pool
      • Pool is seasonal - not heated. Large deck has changing room and plenty of room for sunbathing.
    • hot tub
      • Private, heated, located on the rear deck.
  • Bathrooms
    • 2 bathrooms
    • main bathroom: toilet, shower, Functional & clean with mountain views
    • master bath: Private master bath - with window to outside
  • Bedrooms
    • 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8, beds for 6-8
    • 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
  • Entertainment
    • video library
      • Available via subscription services - NETFLIX, HULU Plus
    • video games
      • Internet based online
    • television
      • Large screen HDTV in the comfortable living room.
    • satellite / cable
      • Premium channels available.
    • games
      • Games and puzzles are located in the large armoire in the living room
    • books
      • There is a library of local books and good fiction in the front bedroom.
  • Outside
    • outdoor grill
    • deck / patio
    • lawn / garden
      • The garden area consists of raised beds and a seasonal outdoor fireplace. Outdoor areas are intimate and not suitable for large gatherings. d
    • lanai / gazebo
      • Beautiful and peaceful vine-covered front porch
  • Suitability
    • wheelchair inaccessible
      • Sorry, but ramp and stairs to house would be difficult to navigate.
    • pets not allowed
      • Sorry, due to frequent guests with pet dander allergy, we do not allow pets.
    • children welcome
    • non smoking only
    • minimum age limit for renters
      • Sorry, no groups under 30 years old.
    • long-term renters welcome

activities and attractions in Santa Barbara Central Coast

  • Attractions
    • botanical garden
    • churches
    • library
    • marina
    • playground
    • recreation center
    • synagogues
    • winery tours
    • zoo
    • restaurants
    • health/beauty spa
    • cinemas
    • live theater
    • museums
  • Leisure Activities
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • eco tourism
    • scenic drives
    • walking
    • whale watching
    • shopping
    • sight seeing
    • boating
    • shelling
    • wildlife viewing
    • antiquing
    • horseshoes
    • shuffleboard
    • horseback riding
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • deepsea fishing
    • equestrian events
    • mountain climbing
    • pier fishing
    • roller blading
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • snorkeling
    • surf fishing
    • golf
    • tennis
    • kayaking
    • sailing
    • swimming
    • snorkeling/diving
    • surfing
    • wind-surfing
    • cycling
    • mountain biking
    • hiking
    • fishing
    • rock climbing
    • racquetball
    • basketball court

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
Jun 1 2014 - Sep 6 2014
4 nights
Nov 24 2014 - Nov 30 2014
4 nights
Dec 21 2014 - Jan 2 2015
4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Non-refundable Cleaning Fee $250
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $49
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)
Tax Rate 12.0%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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traveler reviews for this santa barbara house rental

Great Getaway

Review submitted: July 16, 2014   Date of arrival: June 23, 2014

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.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Treasure in the Hiils

Review submitted: June 24, 2014   Date of arrival: June 12, 2014

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.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Undoubtably Amazing

Review submitted: June 24, 2014   Date of arrival: March 21, 2014

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!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway

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This vacation rental has been listed since 10/3/2013.