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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 04-10-2014 at 6:36 PM.

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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
  • General
    • 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
    • living room
      • Very comfortable overstuffed sofa and casual table.
    • telephone
      • unlimited local and domestic calls
    • fireplace
      • Seasonal outdoor fireplace with dining area in garden.
  • 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
    • television
      • Large screen HDTV in the comfortable living room.
    • satellite / cable
      • Premium channels available.
    • dvd player
      • DVDs playable through Xbox
    • video library
      • Available via Xbox subscription services - NETFLIX, HULU Plus, HBO GO
    • 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.
    • video games
      • Xbox
    • music library
      • Via cable or xbox
  • 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.
    • minimum age limit for renters
      • Sorry, no groups under 30 years old.
    • long-term renters welcome
    • children welcome
    • non smoking only

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:
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Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
Jun 1 2014 - Sep 6 2014
4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $49
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
Non-refundable Cleaning Fee $250
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

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traveler reviews for this santa barbara house rental

Beautiful and Peaceful

Review submitted: April 14, 2014   Date of arrival: April 11, 2014

We were a group of 4 adults and our 4 kids (aged 7-11). The house was clean, comfortable, and very peaceful. The pool was too cold (and there was algae in it) but we enjoyed the Jacuzzi. The grounds are just beautiful - very private and peaceful, but there is a lot of poison oak all around the area (so just be careful). We hiked the Jesusita trail twice, which begins just a quick walk down the road and is long and gorgeous. The owners Mark & Cherie are prompt, courteous, and a pleasure to deal with.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Clean and convenient

Review submitted: March 13, 2014   Date of arrival: March 2, 2014

Owner was super easy to work with and went out of her way to make our stay enjoyable. Very clean and quiet location away from the noise of 101 and the train. Conveniently located if you have a car. Also sports a vey private hot tub in the backyard. Highly recommended.

Recommended for: sight seeing

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Charming and quiet yet so close to town!

Review submitted: March 12, 2014   Date of arrival: March 2, 2014

This home was perfect for our week in Santa Barbara and just what we were looking for. Plenty of space to relax without being on top of each other, lots of charm to be comfortable without being to fancy, and all of the privacy you could only hope for. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very friendly owner that gave us a brief tour of the very clean home with all of the amenities we needed for our stay. The house is as advertized, three roomy bedrooms and a den with a pull out couch, two large dining areas and a comfortable living room with large screen TV, cable and internet access. The kitchen is well equipped and open to one of the dining areas. There are two nice deck areas one which has a nice spa and very nice gas grill for cooking. The property is full of orange, lemon and avocado trees. A few minutes and you are in the heart of upper State Street. We had the opportunity to have our family up to the house twice during the week for dinner (a group of 15+ people) and there was plenty of space both inside and out so that everyone could relax and catch up on news without being crowded. This home and the owners made our trip to Santa Barbara just what we had hoped for, PERFECT.

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

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


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