1 bedroom nestled in live oaks with both sun and shade & attractions close by
Mary Ellen Hoffman
About Mary Ellen Hoffman
I grew up in suburban Washington, D.C., but wanted to move to California from the time I was 5 after my aunt moved here to teach school, which roughly coincided with the opening of Disneyland. The closest I got was watching The Wide World of Disney on Sunday nights until I came to Santa Barbara on a spring break from college back in the 70's. I was smitten, but didn't manage to figure out how to live here until decades later when my daughter had the brilliant good sense to go to boarding school up in the hills in nearby Ojai. I moved to Santa Barbara in 2005 to be close by for her senior year, not really planning on staying after she graduated, but here I am more than 10 years later! (Conveniently, she is now a doctor in LA .)
Mary Ellen Hoffman purchased this Cottage in 2014
Why Mary Ellen Hoffman chose Upper Riviera
We saw this amazing 1+ acre property for the first time on Father's Day of 2014 and moved in in September 2014, having fallen in love w/ the natural park-like setting and both the charming cottage and grand house; we were captivated by the whole package, but also by the fact that we were still close to everything (Need something from Trader Joe's? 4 minutes' drive!). We undertook some major upgrades to both structures, but retained all the character from the 1920's-30's. We're looking forward to sharing it with others who want to experience Santa Barbara--and who knows--maybe decide to stay forever, too!
What makes this Cottage unique
When you look out the majestic back windows of the cottage or main house at the huge trees for the first time, you can't help but be awed by the natural beauty of the scene, literally in your backyard. You immediately know why the original owner, writer and artist, Thomas Ripley, built the cottage originally for his art studio; he didn't need to go far for inspiration!
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Stellar spot to stay in SB
My girlfriend and I couldn't have enjoyed staying at the stone cottage more. Mary Ellen and Rick made it as easy and pleasant as it could have been. The cottage is spacious with a rustic yet updated look and feel. It's nicely located in the foothills a block from the Mission and a 5-10 minute drive to the Botanical Gardens and a number of hikes. Easy drive to downtown or the water. The kitchen was really well stocked which we appreciated. The wood burning fireplace was great. I would recommend this house to anyone. Oh yea, our little terrier loved it too. Thanks Mary Ellen and Rick!
Classic Santa Barbara
There cannot be a better place to stay in Santa Barbara. Nestled under the oaks in Mission Canyon, the Stone Cottage is a private, quiet, peaceful retreat. The cottage is well furnished, comfortable and the hosts are terrific. It's a 10 minute walk to the Mission and Rose Garden and a 5 minute drive to downtown. We're looking forward to a return visit.
A Santa Barbara Classic
The exterior of The Stone Cottage is charming but when Mary Ellen opened the red door we actually gasped. Those high beamed ceilings and the view through the paned. leaded windows beyond,,,,,Wow! And it turned out to be comfortable and functional as well. It's a private, special place. Thank you Mary Ellen for sharing.
We enjoyed a long weekend in this beautiful cottage. The architecture is spectacular and the surrounding private patio and yard are stunning. It was a very enjoyable stay.
Stone Cottage stay
My wife found this special place for our 25th wedding anniversary. The pictures on the site don’t do justice on how relaxing this cottage is. Mary Ellen was a fantastic host, allowing us to book a couples massage and a private chef for our special day. We didn’t want to leave and will definitely be back!
Wonderful 4 days on the Central Coast
The Stone Cottage is a gem! We are returning guests and plan on many future visits.
Secluded, cozy, and yet only a 5 min. drive to the action. Highly recommend!!!!!
Nestled among live oaks and sycamores, but w/ plenty of sunshine, there is a peek of La Cumbre Peak from the property and a lovely park with walking trails a few steps out the back door. The closest attractions are the must-see iconic Old Mission, the Rose Garden and the Natural History Museum, all an easy 5`10 minute walk from the cottage. The open old-fashioned trolley has stops at all three locations. Walkers can get to downtown in 20 minutes, or it's a quick drive and park, too. Strolling State St is an activity in itself, but wonderful restaurants (such as Opal, Jane, Carlitos), boutiques and shops (Rooms and Gardens, K Frank) or the wonderful Santa Barbara Art Museum will draw you inside. Don't miss La Arcada with its many shops, galleries, restaurants and life-like bronze figures hiding in plain sight. From there, the magnificent courthouse is only a block away on Anacapa and Anapamu. And, for either the morning or afternoon tour, Tuesday-Saturday (closed November 15- February 15) head to Lotusland, considered one of the top 10 most romantic gardens in the world, well worth a 15 minute drive to Montecito. Grab lunch before or after at Jeannine's on Coast Village Rd or on the outdoor patio at the Four Seasons. There is wonderful hiking in Santa Barbara as well for the more adventurous, one of the closest trails to the cottage being the Jesuita Trail to Inspiration Point. Road and Mountain biking options are easy to access from the cottage, too. There are several beaches close by, including Arroyo Burro, East Beach, West Beach and Butterfly Beach (Montecito). Don't miss the Funk Zone for wine tasting and great food, day or night. But if you want to stay closer to "home" there is Los Agaves on de la Vina, Via Maestra 42 (our personal favorite) on Upper State, and last, but not least, do not walk, but run to McConnell's Ice Cream on Mission and de la Vina.