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River Rock Cottage - Restored Craftsman in the Upper East

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
30 nights

About the property

Newly restored 1917 home, Upper East Historic Bungalow Haven District

River Rock Cottage - Restored Craftsman in the Upper East


Restored to perfection, River Rock Cottage is perched on a quiet corner in the quaint Upper East neighborhood of Santa Barbara. In true Craftsman style, the classic architectural elements have been preserved, honoring the original integrity of this vintage 1917 home.

In December 2011, River Rock Cottage was awarded the distinguished SANTA BARBARA BEAUTIFUL AWARD for having transformed a once hidden treasure, to a stand out masterpiece in this Upper East neighborhood.

Wax nostalgic as you relax in the Adirondack chairs on the welcoming wrap-around front porch, with its smooth river rock walls, carved railings, and Craftsman curb appeal. An old oak tree becomes a shady canopy over the outdoor bistro table. This creates another great setting from which to enjoy the country garden below, or a great place to watch the kids playing on the front lawn.

Through the brick-red front door, the cheerful interior is steeped in charm. Original cottage-style windows offer views of the leisurely neighborhood pace outside. The living room furnishings invite conversation in front of the wood burning fireplace. Enjoy relaxed reading with a book from the well-stocked library in the built-in bookshelves. Wainscoting, maple plank flooring, and vintage lighting make this space warm and welcoming.

The Master Bedroom is directly off the living room and features a California King size bed, flat screen LED TV and more bright sunshine from corner windows.

The second bedroom has a whimsical wrought iron Queen size bed and plenty of storage with built-in cupboards.

Between the two bedrooms is the "Jack and Jill" bathroom that features dual sinks set in Carrara marble. A claw footed tub with rain shower head and handheld sprayer complete this functional bathroom. There is also a convenient powder room off the Living Room.

Even on vacation, comfort means home-cooked meals for family and friends. In the sunny galley-style kitchen, the classic restored Wedgewood stove and yellow retro-style refrigerator add whimsical ambiance. A love seat and antique breakfast table are tucked below corner windows that offer lovely views of the country garden overflowing with white roses, lavender, and culinary herbs.

Just outside the kitchen is the barbecue area, complete with a brand new gas barbecue and a collection of recreation toys including sand toys, boogie boards,and surf boards. After a day of fun in the sun, a great outdoor shower on the back porch keeps the beach sand outside!

River Rock Cottage is a restful spot in the "Historic Bungalow Haven District", offering proximity to all the best that Santa Barbara has to offer. From this prime location, walk to downtown shopping and restaurants, attend a concert at the Santa Barbara County Bowl just a few blocks away, or simply stroll the quiet streets to appreciate the well kept gardens and historic homes of the area.

Come enjoy River Rock Cottage! This fantastic vintage retreat promises to be the cornerstone of a relaxing and memorable Santa Barbara vacation.


Summer Season rates are in effect for Thanksgiving Week & Christmas Weeks.

30-Night minimum stay.

Booking Fee (varies based on reservation cost).

$225 Cleaning Fee (after 14 nights bi-weekly cleaning is required at an extra fee)

$2,500 security deposit refundable within 14 days of checkout.

30+ night stays do not qualify for the damage waiver program.

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change.

More Details

Property Manager
Paradise Retreats
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within 12 hours
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2017

About Paradise Retreats

Paradise Retreats

World Class Vacation Rentals, LLC

16 E. Arrellaga Street

Santa Barbara, CA. 93101

+1 (805) 275-1851

Guestbook comments from the manager

(Transcribed from guestbook at property)

We enjoyed our stay with all our guests all the way from England and New York! This property is truly amazing and catered to all our needs. The kitchen is very well stocked with all the supplies we needed to have dinners and everything was easy to get to from the property such as downtown and the beach. Very clean and had no complaints.
Dec 2016
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4/5 -
(2 traveler reviews)


OK but not great

  • 3 of 5

Beautiful outside space, with a wonderful covered porch and outdoor shower. Inside, however, the home is old and needs help, unless you are totally into Craftsman homes. Thin walls, creaky floors, old lighting....and no question, the place is small. The larger bed sags away from the middle, and there are body-shaped divots on each side -- so it is uncomfortable to snuggle up -- really needs replacement. Not my best experience with Paradise Retreats for the money.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the River Rock Cottage with another couple! Loved, loved, loved it! Perfect little house, beautiful garden, wonderful porch. Super comfy beds, plenty of towels, well equipped kitchen. And simply, charming. Wish it belonged to me!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Laguna House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom #2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Jack and Jill bathroom w/claw foot tub, rain shower head,
    Bathroom #2 - toilet , Powder Room w/sink, toilet
  • Bathroom 1 is a Jack & Jill bathroom w/claw foot tub, rain shower head, hand-held sprayer, 2 sinks and a toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master Bedroom w/California King bed
    Bedroom #2 - 1 queen , Bedroom #2 w/Queen-size bed
  • Master Bedroom w/California King bed, Bedroom #2 w/Queen-size bed.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Newly restored 1917 home, Winner of Santa Barbara Beautiful Award, Upper East location in Historic Bungalow Haven District Wood burning fireplace, Outdoor hot shower w/rain head and hand-held sprayer, Great wrap around porch w/ adirondacks and porch swing, Garden w/roses and culinary herbs, Twinkle lighting over front yard bistro table, Featured in 2012 Pearl Chase Historic Homes Tour, 2 Surf and 2 boogie boards, sand toys, Outdoor bistro table seats 4, 42' flat screen TV, DVD (Living Room), 32' flat screen TV (Master Bedroom)

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