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Exceptional Guesthouse with Classic Charm in a Great Location.


Property Details

Updated: Oct 21, 2016
Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

On a quiet street in Santa Barbara's best downtown residential neighborhood -The Upper Eastside - this charming guesthouse is in the most perfect location: 4 blocks to State Street where you'll find shops, restaurants, cinemas, museums and 4 blocks to the historic Mission with its lovely Rose Garden. Gorgeous Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, a Santa Barbara gem, is a 5-minute walk from your door. The beaches, Stearn's Wharf and Harbor are all close by.

Our guesthouse suite suitable for 1 or 2 persons is a classic 1924 California cottage entirely transformed with contemporary amenities yet retaining its authentic original design with wainscoting in all rooms and a beamed ceiling in the bedroom and bathroom. The private entrance adjacent to the kitchen has a small deck with a café table and chairs. You won't hear the hum of the freeway or noise from downtown trains. We invite you to read our reviews and see why this exceptional guesthouse with its location, elegance and serenity is an incomparable best value in Santa Barbara.

PLEASE NOTE Until December 31, 2016, there is a 4-DAY MINIMUM to rent.

Beginning January 2017, there will be a ONE MONTH minimum to rent.

No smoking or pets please.

Keywords: guesthouse

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for making our holiday special. Your cottage was very charming and we enjoyed our stay here. You're very lucky to be living in such a beautiful place! When we were walking, we really enjoyed the homes and their yards. Everything from the weather to the trees and plants were wonderful. Thanks for the fresh flowers. You made this place feel like home. We would definitely recommend your place to our friends. Sylvia & Derek from Alberta, Canada
Sep 2010
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71 Reviews

based on 71 traveler reviews


Wonderful in every way

  • 5 of 5

We loved the guesthouse at 424 East Islay St. It was pure delight. The aesthetics were pleasing to the senses. The decor was lovely, and all the touches conveyed comfort and convenience. The rooms were full of natural light but also screened for privacy. The living space was surrounded by a deck with many beautiful plants. The well equipped kitchen, thick bath towels, and plethora of local information all attest to the hosts thoughtful care of their guests.

Hosts Barbara and Russell could not have been nicer. I immediately liked the tone of Barbara's responses to my initial inquiry. We were greeted by a warm welcome in person and continued care about our comfort.

Finally, the location is just right in a quiet neighborhood accessible to Santa Barbara's many attractions. We could imagine spending a lot longer than these two weeks there. Thank you, Barbara and Russell!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Charming Guesthouse

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at this charming guesthouse and once again our time spent was fantastic in every way. Beautiful accommodations, great outdoor spaces, excellent QUIET location, gracious hosts and of course that wonderful Santa Bsrbara weather! Wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our beach home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting this lovely apartment for the past 10 years and continue to enjoy its delightful hosts, Barbara and Russell, their dog Lulu, and

the attractive, beautifully furnished apartment and plantings on the porch. It is in a very quiet and lovely neighborhood within walking distance of the downtown area as well as the historic mission and a beautiful memorial garden which is always interesting. This year the kapok trees were in bloom and putting on a grand display. The kitchen is well stocked, there is tasteful art on the walls, and a fine selection of reading material. This might be the one and only trip where I did not read one of the selections on the bookshelf, since I came armed with a book that I needed to finish. My favorite "activity" while

staying here is lying on the couch on the porch reading, listening to music, and doing crossword puzzles as Russell's burbling container with water hyacinth

provides delightful background noise. (Listening to It is a very soothing way to go to sleep each night.) We always return home very relaxed and happy.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful place in great location - with great land lords

  • 5 of 5

We just completed a 3-month long stay in Santa Barbara and couldn't have been happier with our choice to stay at Barbara and Russell's' place!

It's about half way between the Old Mission and the Keck Park, with easy walking (thru a very nice neighborhood) to all the restaurants, etc. on State St. (as a measure, if you walk from the place to the tip of the Wharf pier, you walked about 2.5 miles, but of course many State St. attractions are much closer).

The place will very tidy and clean, with a neat kitchen (w 2 gas burners and microwave, fridge, and sufficient kitchen ware, and storage space for your own groceries), a bedroom with a very comfy bed, two armchairs, plenty of shelf space, and a flat screen TV. The bed room opens to a tranquil veranda with a nice couch, and the veranda wraps around the front, to the main entrance, where you have a table and chairs for outside breakfasts or dinners. The bathroom has plenty of storage and countertop space, and a full bath tub w shower. Natural light (and plenty of it) can be had in each room, but you can also close blinds.

During our stay, the temperatures were mostly typical Santa Barbara, and opening the front door (which you can do with virtually no loss of privacy - it's a very quiet, peaceful and safe neighborhood) and the screened bed room doors (to the veranda), you get a nice evening breeze-thru. If it really get's warm, there are table top air vents, and a more powerful (but quite small and portable) floor unit you can use (we only turned it on twice in 98 days).

For longer stays, the only addition that would add some convenience would be a small washer/dryer combo (check with the owners: they said they'd likely add one, soon), but there are good self-service laundries in Santa Barbara.

The kitchen has a side table to seat two. The closet has good storage space for clothes.

Aside from the place itself, the land lords Barbara and Russell are fantastic - they give you all the privacy you want, but are also very happy to help and providers re: the Santa Barbara region, if you need/want it. In addition, everything 'transactional' was very smooth. Given the length of our stay, Barbara arranged for us to have some very reasonably priced -and perfectly done- biweekly cleaning service.

For our next visit to SB, we will definitely try to stay at this place again! Very, very highly recommended! Enjoy your stay in Santa Barbara!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice stay

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I just returned earlier this week from a 5 day stay at his unit. The hosts, Barbara and her husband were very friendly and helpful, but not in an overbearing way. There if you have a question...not there if not needed. The unit itself is well equipped, and clean, in a nice and safe feeling neighborhood, close to most things you may need like groceries or restaurants. Check in and out was easy. We really have no major complaints, and would definitely stay again if in SB. The only suggestion I would offer is that there are no laundry facilities onsite, and for anyone active, and staying more than a few days, that is an inconvenience. They were kind enough to let us know where the Laundry facilities were in town, but I didn't have time for running down to even drop any off, and when you're on a break from real life, who really wants to do that? But as I said, that is only thing I'd improve on. Otherwise, really nice place to rent. We had a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing guesthouse

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing guesthouse! My girlfriend and I were in town for a wedding and this was the best place we could have stayed. Cheaper than the hotels and 100 times better. We made breakfast in the lovely kitchen and enjoyed it on the secluded patio. Barbara greater us along with her lovely labradoodle. We commented on all of the awesome succulents and she told us about Lotus Land. This was a great recommendation and if you have time check it out! We will definitely try to book here again if we come back to Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Old Mission Santa Barbara
La Super-Rica Taqueria
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
State Street Shopping & Dining
Stearns Wharf
The Palace Grill
Arigato Sushi
Ca' Dario Ristorante Italiano
Andersen's Danish Bakery
Granada Theater
Alameda Park
Wine Cask
East Beach
Mc Connells Ice Cream
Arch Rock Fish Co -- CLOSED
El Paseo Restaurant
Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens
Arlington Theatre
Crushcakes Cupcakery
The Hungry Cat
The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation
Coffee Cat -- CLOSED
Elements -- CLOSED
SeaGrass Restaurant
SOHO Restaurant & Music Club
El Presidio State Historic Park
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Renaud's Bakery and Bistro
Mc Connells Ice Cream
Carlitos Cafe y Cantina
Cajun Kitchen Cafe
Paradise Cafe
Santa Barbara Historical Society Museum

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Santa Barbara Airport at 10 Miles Nearest Barpub : Carlitos at 0.6 Miles Nearest Train : Santa Barbara Station at 1.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : Freeway 101 at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : CaDario - Best Italian Restaurant Award 2015 at 0.5 Miles Nearest Beach : East Beach at 2 Miles Car: not necessary

If you'd like to be within walking distance of Santa Barbara's shopping, movies, restaurants--but would also enjoy being away from it all in the best downtown residential area close to everything-- you won't find a better location than our beautiful guesthouse. Walk to the award-winning Courthouse or the world-class Museum of Art or the Queen of the Missions with its exquisite rose garden. They are all a few blocks away.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 1 2017 - Jun 30 2018
31 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.0%

There is no tax on stays of 31 days or more.
Beginning January 2017 our guesthouse will be available by the month only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet


  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town


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

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Bathroom 1
  • 1


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Queen size Beds (1)


  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck


  • Guests provide their own meals

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