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1BR The 'Secret Spot' with an Artistic Mediterranean Tropical Feel

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Property Details

Updated: Sep 30, 2016
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

Nestle into this 1BR, two-story artistic guest house with loads of charm and an exotic Mediterranean style inside –just right for a romantic hideaway, it’s called the “Secret Spot”. Located on ""The Mesa"", it's tucked behind the property's main house. Its private entry leads to a lush tropical and tranquil little haven nestled above another vacation rental known as the “Hidden Cove” (VRBO Listing #201036).

There are high ceilings with skylights, a natural rock fireplace, log canopy loft bed under another skylight for star gazing, stained glass windows, mood lighting for that perfect ambiance, and a travertine stone shower with dual shower heads. The kitchen downstairs if fitted with stainless steel appliances and a set of French doors leads to the deck with a mosaic bistro table that overlooks the pond and waterfall. Lush banana trees, palms, and jasmine vines create a garden area with a tranquil tropical feel and a great vibe. There is a great barbecue area in this space too.

Our property is a two minute walk to the Mesa Lane steps that go down to the beach –a favorite surfing spot. We have boogie boards, beach chairs and bicycles for you to use. We are a lovely five minute walk to the main shopping area of ""The Mesa"" where you can find groceries and numerous restaurants (Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Tapas, and American) for your enjoyment.

Our property is TurnKey Rental Certified. All photos and amenities have been verified by TurnKey staff. Our calendar and rates are 100% accurate. We strive to make it as easy as possible to stay at our property - you just drive right up and enter via our secure electronic lock. No more keys and no more security concerns with a unique code that works for your reservation only. We will notify you proactively when early check-in / late check-outs are possible and you'll receive the comforts of a luxury home when you arrive like a starter supply of shampoo, soaps, paper products and hotel-quality towels and linens. In addition, when you book we will send you our mobile app with property directions, details, unlock code and instructions. And if you need us, we are available 24 hours each day with live help. TurnKey Vacation Rentals uses the industry's most trusted brand of software to securely store all guest data - HomeAway Software for Professionals. All TurnKey Vacation Rentals follow local and state tax rules. Each reservation includes applicable taxes, a cleaning fee and a Property Damage Protection Program.

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  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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50 Reviews

4.3
based on 50 traveler reviews

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Not what we expected

  • 2 of 5

The location is great and the house itself is lovely. Unfortunately we had ants in the kitchen and upstairs near the fireplace during our entire stay. When we called Turnkey to address it, they wanted to come spray Raid all over the place. We have two big dogs and we do not use any pesticides around them. There are lots of natural essential oil based products that are very effective and non toxic. We felt the property was not clean and had tons of spider webs inside and out. We wanted extra blankets and found both of the extras in the closet to be dirty and filled with sand. The furniture was older and stained, and the bed was very uncomfortable. On the last night we were there the owner, who's house is connected to the property had a large party. It was very loud and they were up past 2am. We had a long day of travel the next morning, we were very disappointed that we were not able to sleep. In the paperwork it demanded that we be quite and respectful, does that same rule not apply to us as well? We hope that owner will consider a new cleaning company, tidying up the yard, and perhaps updating a few things inside, it truly is a beautiful property.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Disappointing

  • 2 of 5

Secret Spot once had charm, it is apparent, but now is pretty tired and although the location is ideal given it's proximity to downtown and close access to the beach, it is badly in need of an upgrade, better maintenance and a deep cleaning. The couch is beat and stained. Dead flashlight batteries, empty matchboxes, a tissue box with literally two tissues in it, a rug that badly needs replacing, no kitchen staples (they don't provide salt and pepper?) and the cobwebs don't add to the charm. Additionally, it's inconvenient to do simple things like cook, eat at the table (up and down and up and down the stairs!) or climb into bed (either vault over your partner or climb an unstable ladder.)

With a few upgrades, attention to stocking details and elbow grease it could easily be the charming place it promised to be.!.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for providing this feedback. We apologize that the home was not as appealing. We have provided this feedback with the hopes that some things will be updated with more appeal as well as stocking a few items as well. Here at TurnKey we do our best to provide the best quality service as possible. We hope you enjoyed your stay despite the look of the property. We do hope that you will stay with us again! -The TurnKey VR Team
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4

The Secret Spot is awesome

  • 4 of 5

Jim and Nancy were very welcoming and helpful and kind. They addressed any issue we had promptly and courteously. The space is simply wonderful and charming, but as others have mentioned, it was not spotless, so I wasn't expecting it to be so. Overall it was a perfect place to stay being so close to the beach and being able to use the bikes. We biked to the harbor one day and through the nearby preserve where dogs can roam free. I have zero complaints and would recommend this property to anyone!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Barbara Secret Spot

  • 4 of 5

Great location! Easy walk to beach and fun bike ride to wharf and town.

This property had a wonderful and private yard. It also had lots of room to relax and

even had a balcony.

The three levels make it feel very spacious!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Henderson
5

Pleasent stay,walking distance to dog beach.

  • 5 of 5

Cozy and comfortable...Quiet area close to beach and Douglas Family Preserve

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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"Secret Spot" with Artistic Mediterranean Tropical feel reviewer

  • 5 of 5

The Secret Spot was an oasis surrounded by palm trees and an exclusive pond with waterfall that soothed our souls. From the moment we set foot in this space we were transformed. The space worked well for us as we sought a space to springboard our reunion with our daughters. Every corner was thoughtfully appointed with artifacts to lend to the artistic Mediterranean theme. We were thankful for the bikes for our use and the firewood to have fires in the evening. We met Nancy one morning and were quite impressed with her desire to make sure all our needs were met. Our daughters loved the space as well and have talked about making it our 'go to' reunion spot for future visits to Santa Barbara. We loved the quirky layout and weren't at all dismayed by the multiple levels and the kitchen on a different level. Having a balcony with dining seating indoors and out and the area around the pond with chaise lounge chairs were very generous spaces in which to relax! Thank you for this lovely choice in accommodations!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • All TurnKey Vacation Rentals follow local and state tax rules. City and state taxes will be added to all reservation rates. Each reservation also requires a cleaning fee, and the standard Property Damage Protection policy.
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Amenities

Property Type

  • cabin

General

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable

Suitability

  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • outlet shopping

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf

Floor Area

  • 650 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • 1

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • 1 Queen bed, 1 Twin bed, 1 Sofa Bed bed, 1 Other bed

Outside

  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • We offer massage and chiropractic in the Zen Den which is on the property at the front house. Nancy has been a massage therapist since 1991 and Dr. Jim has been a chiropractor since 1992.

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