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Romantic Hourglass Retreat with Spa-Special for Two until Dec 2016


Property Details

Updated: Oct 19, 2016
1 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 1-4, 700 sq ft

Please contact owner (use email owner) to receive any special discounts that may apply to your reservation. Weekly reservations for 2 people save significantly until Dec 2016. Please contact the owner for this pricing.

For more reviews/guest comments, go to 'About Wendy Rockwood' in the owner info below.

Your own free-standing chalet is close to everything Santa Barbara offers with the addition of privacy and views! Be close to everything downtown offers, restaurants, museums, and shopping, yet you are out of the fray to really relax at the end of the busy day. With attention to detail the Hourglass has taken in account all the needs you may have during your stay. Santa Barbara is known for its gorgeous weather but should it be very hot the house has air conditioning. Luxurious bedding, full kitchen, personal washer/dryer, wireless Internet, gas fireplace and large screen TV. On top of this you have your own personal yard and patio with personal Hot Springs jacuzzi with moto-massage to truly unwind and make this the most relaxing vacation of your life!

Guests who know Santa Barbara love our location:

A high percentage of our guests choose us because they know Santa Barbara and know the many benefits of our location. Those who have spent time in Santa Barbara know that the Hourglass is in a perfect location since it is so close to everything and yet you have the peacefulness of the foothills. Parking is another benefit with off street parking provided. Downtown Santa Barbara abounds with parking lots that offer 75 minutes free making it very easy to use a car. There is so much to discover in the area you will want to be able to freely explore and this location is the best place to take advantage of all Santa Barbara offers.

Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful cities: If you are new to Santa Barbara come experience its magic. Known to have incredible gardens and trees you will not be disappointed by its beauty. The coastline is marvelous with many beaches to explore. The wine country of Santa Ynez is just over the hills providing a completely different terrain so close to explore. The city offers so many cultural events. Check out the Santa Barbara Independent for listings of all the local happenings.

The harbor and pier bring the ocean within reach with a museum and charter boats to take to whale watch or fish.

Wendy and Chuck Rockwood: Longtime residents of Santa Barbara, your hosts Wendy and Chuck Rockwood are happy to recommend restaurants, and activities. Included are directions to favorite beaches and places to walk and shop. If you have questions they are happy to answer them and they look forward to your stay at the Hourglass.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Wendy and Chuck are longtime residents of Santa Barbara and Big Bear California. We are happy to share our love of these communities with our guests. In fact, that is what makes being vacation rental owners of six properties and managing them ourselves, so rewarding. We have made many happy memories in all of our properties (we have lived in each one of them) and can share all the special features and local ideas with guests.

We love gardening, biking, walks on the beach and spending time with our own family which includes three grown children and five grandchildren and a great granddaughter on the way!

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the manager

"A peaceful, private, haven."

My husband and I grew up in Santa Barbara.

We came for a 3 week respite.

Wendy is a wonderful hostess, and made our stay fantastic.

The hourglass was exactly what we needed!

Looking out the kitchen window you can see hummingbirds and scrubjays. Hearing the birds sing and the scent of lemon

trees, blowing through the window was so refreshing. The mountain views are great. Botanic Gardens is right up the street and well worth the $8:00 cover charge.

We will be back.
Mar 2014
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15 Reviews

based on 15 traveler reviews

Mesa, AZ

Great Escape In The Hills of Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5

What an awesome experience my wife and I had at the Hourglass and S.B. Each day held a new adventure for us from a 6 mile walk (round-trip) on Arroyo Beach to hiking at the end of Paradise Road (Gibralter Road Dam trail) to wine tasting in Santa Ynez and Solvang to dining out at Stella Mare's, Opal, Cold Springs Tavern and Rudy's. Santa Barbara has so much to offer and the Hourglass is conveniently located so that you can reach many destinations in a very short time. 5 to 7 minutes to Arroyo Beach (our favorite beach we found), 20 to 25 minutes to Paradise Rd. and hiking trails, 30 to 35 minutes to Santa Ynez and Solvang and only minutes from all the shops and restaurants on State St. Another A+ for us was the tranquiluity of returning home to a clean, well-maintained chalet with hot shower, comfortable bed and relaxing hot tub that allows a view of the stars. We did extensive research online and explored quite a bit while we were there and believe you would be hard-pressed to find a better price, location and amenities then you can find at the Hourglass.

We hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did.

A&L from Arizona

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to share a spot with our wonderful guests that truly offers all the best of Santa Barbara!
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Charming Retreat in Excellent Condition

  • 5 of 5

First, Wendy Rookwood is a pleasure to work with in planning and completing your stay at the Hourglass. And, we found Wendy very responsive needs you may have during your stay. Finding the Hourglass with HomeAway was a first experience for us that turned out very, very enjoyable.

The Hourglass is nestled in the scenic hills above the Santa Barbara Mission with both privacy and hiking trails right at your doorstep. It has a warm and inviting ambiance and is in excellent condition. On our very first trip it truly felt like our second home! For first time visitors, I'd recommend paying particular attention to Wendy's excellent directions.

We highly recommend the Hourglass for a memorable stay in Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Spacious and comfortable place with good view of the mountains behind SB located a few blocks above the Mission. Privacy and peaceful surroundings. We happened to hit an infrequent SB heat wave but fans & AC unit in bedroom kept us cool. Will happily return.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice, clean, and quite

  • 5 of 5

Will recommend to friends

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent, comfortable stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a short getaway in Santa Barbara and the Hourglass was a wonderful place to have our own secluded retreat. We loved how clean it is as well as the opportunity to use the hot tub when we wanted. We felt like we were in the little birds nest in the Hourglass looking out over the hills . Wendy was excellent. She was very clear with communications about and she quickly responded every time we had a question or request. We would definitely come back to the Hourglass in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at the Hourglass and number of times and have enjoyed each visit. It is off the beaten path and affords an interesting view of the hills of Santa Barbara. There is easy access parking, a large kitchen area, a spacious walk-in closet, and comfortable living room and bedroom. We have comfortably hosted a dinner for six. And everyone enjoys the spa. We'd recommend this venue for anyone who plans to visit Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Old Mission Santa Barbara
"A must see--Queen of the Missions. Hear the beautiful bells from the Hourglass!"
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
"Close enough to walk--a favorite for families & children."
Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
"Sip a glass of wine & watch the sun set. Free parking & nice beach walk."
Arroyo Burro Beach County Park
"A local beach with free parking. Only a 15 minute drive from the Hourglass."
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
"Beautiful place just down the street from the Hourglass. Walking trails, too."
State Street Shopping & Dining
"Stroll through the Spanish Architecture downtown area. Many boutiques & restaurants of all s..."
La Super-Rica Taqueria
"Julia Child's favorite Mexican food. Written up in Sunset Magazines top picks!"

From the Owner

This is one of the best locations in town. Close to everything and yet you feel miles away. With plenty of privacy and views, the Hourglass in one of our favorite spots to spend time and all our guests have agreed. Many return again and again to relax in its magic.

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

Location is important in Santa Barbara! Why put yourself in noisy downtown locations, sharing walls and parking or be off far from town? Our location is free standing, your own personal retreat that offers complete privacy and views and parking at your door. The most charming and best beaches in Santa Barbara are those to which you drive so why limit yourself to walk to crowded downtown beaches that are not the best for swimming or relaxing. Our location is so close to town that you can walk, through distinctive upper east neighborhoods of large beautiful homes. In addition to this convenience by choosing our property you are gaining a place that offers what Santa Barbara is most known for, the beauty of the foothills. You will have discovered why famous people choose Montecito and neighboring Mission Canyon as 'the' place to live. Beachside locations can also get more fog than our area which is often sunny when the dreary patterns hit the coast.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall (week discount for 2)
Sep 9 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
Winter (week discount for 2)
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 21 2016
5 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2016 - Nov 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
Winter (week discount for 2)
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 18 2016
5 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 7 2017
5 night minimum stay
Jan 8 2017 - Mar 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
Mar 18 2017 - May 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
May 16 2017 - Sep 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Tourism fee ($2 a day) $2
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.0%

$200 Discount for Two people on 5 nights or more until Dec 2016 (Holidays excluded).
Cancellation only prior to 30 days with $200 fee. Under 30 days no cancellation unless able to replace replace reservation.
Rental agreement required and is always the final word on policies.
Preference is given to 3-5 days or more reservations. Shorter stays booked closer to the reservation,

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: Oct 19, 2016
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From the Owner

Walking distance to the Botanic Garden, the Mission and Natural History Museum this property is close to all the special things of the area without being in a crowded area. The privacy of your own patio and personal hot tub are a real plus as is the on site off-street parking. With having a direct relationship with the owner/manager you will deal with one person from your booking to any necessary details during your stay.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Spa


  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View


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

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • 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

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 700 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Stacking washer/dryer in the bathroom. For our weekly guests: Enjoy one free two hour use of our two electric bikes ($80 value). Explore the many bike paths in town and at the beach and these bikes make the gentle hills no effort at all.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon, Ligett and Platt sofa bed
  • Luxury bedding awaits you with down comforter and high quality sheets. Large walk-in closet stows everything.


  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • The new outdoor hot tub is a Hot Springs brand called the Jettsetter with Moto-massage. The TV is a large screen HDTV with HD video input from local cable. Full entertainment with DVD, VHS and CD playing capability. Also included are beach towels, beach chairs and a cooler for those trips to the shore.

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