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'Ravenscroft' Historic Estate with Pool, Spa & Tennis Court

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Historical & Romantic Gated Montecito Estate with Pool, Spa and Tennis Court

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Last updated: 12/03/2014
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Montecito estate description

Romantic, historic George Washington Smith gated and private 2 acre Estate with pool, spa, tennis court, located in the heart of Montecito, a seaside village that has seduced moguls, magnates and movie stars for over a hundred years.

Ravenscroft pays homage to the grandeur of its natural setting with a timeless elegance that is truly captivating, for it is not only seen with the eye, but also felt with the heart.

The Estate is located in one of the most prestigious areas in Montecito, amongst the large and old grand estates of its same historic pedigree, directly adjacent the 34 acre Lotus Land, providing a private and serene setting, while being less than 3 miles to the beach.

It has been immaculately restored and renovated to meet the exacting needs of modern life while staying true to the purity of its renowned architect George Washington Smith.

Smith is synonymous with classic Santa Barbara architecture and in 1922 he designed Ravenscroft, a magical and timeless work of art that has been held in high esteem and published often as a local architectural marvel. It is one of a handful, and arguably the most well preserved, of original classically designed Santa Barbara Estates still in existence. The Four Seasons Biltmore was built by the same architect with the same design and materials, as was the Ogilvy house which is just a few doors down and Casa Del Hererro, a museum available for tour.

Within this classic Estate are sweeping lawns, colorful gardens, intimate outdoor terraces and majestic gates. The main residence is trimmed with elegant hand tooled wrought iron gates, doors and windows and provides 5 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths. The 52 foot long grand living room was built at Peggy Ravenscroft request, simulating a London stage, and is the heart of Ravenscroft, with a large roaring fireplace that Peggy's horse used to sit in front of, a baby grand piano and wrought iron/glass doors and windows that lead to the interior courtyard and feeds the master staircase, dining room, bedroom wing and library/office. In the office/library are a fireplace, desk and secret door with passage to the wine cellar with fireplace and tasting room. The tasting room has a full bed in front of the fireplace with view of the rock wine cellar.

There is also a 52 foot long garden room with live vines that have grown over the ceiling and beams since the 1920's, along with original wrought iron/glass doors that were hand crafted on site during construction of Ravenscroft, and lead out into the garden, pool and tennis court area. In this garden room are a 50' flat screen, queen size pull out couch, fireplace and large dining area.

The large and bright kitchen is one of the most magical places in Ravenscroft, with the original preserved GWS white tile, floor to ceiling, that is complimented with an updated butlers pantry that remains as it was originally built in the 1920's, a sitting area with fireplace, original wrought iron/glass windows and doors that lead to interior courtyards and all the modern conveniences such as La Cornue stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator and two dishwashers.

The theatre room includes professional theatre seats for 9 and is a great place for the family or kids to enjoy.

The 800 square feet guest house features a large and bright living room with pull out couch, 1 king bedroom, 2 full bathrooms and a fully equipped charming kitchen. The large great room, with 50' flat screen, has an expansive ceiling, with the original architectural beams exposed coupled with wide wood plank floors. The kitchen and bathrooms all have the original GWS white tiles, covering floor to ceiling, and original fixtures, doors and hardware.

The cozy 'Abigail Cottage' is a restored charming small 1 BR/1BA guest cottage surrounded by fruit orchard, expansive lawns and hen house.

The sparkling pool, spa and north/south tennis court complete the magnificent estate. Also, within this private and magical Estate are a Garden Lath house and Japanese Green House that were built in 1934.

The work out room offers 2 step machines, free weights, univeral machines and a ping pong table. There are also 2 bikes available.

Staying at Ravenscroft is like stepping back in time, into Santa Barbara's history and you can just imagine Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn around the corner. There is no other property available like this one in Santa Barbara.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Published 'California Romantica” by author Diane Keaton
- 'You discovered Ravenscroft, ONE OF OUR FAVORITE HOMES in Montecito. Do you know the history of the design of the living room and its enormous fireplace? Yes, it was designed so that the horses could come in and get warmed by the fire. In particular, Mrs. Ravencroft’s favorite horse, Jack.' 'Did you know the design of the living room was taken from a popular London stage production of the era. According to David Myrick’s account in his two-volume “Montecito And Santa Barbara,” Marguerite (Peggy) Doe Courtney, who later married Henry Ravenscroft – hence the name of the home – asked Smith to design a living room that duplicated the stage set of the play, which is why the living room is 52 feet long.'
- 'That says a lot about George Washington Smith: that he was a game guy; that he took on the owners’ ideas and wasn’t afraid of them and didn’t feel that it was encroaching on his genius. It’s an act of generosity on his part and, because of that, his work is probably the most prevalent in this book and it’s the most unusual and most diverse. He wasn’t afraid of a new idea. THAT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HOMES.'
- 'Did you happen to see the lathe house on the Ravenscroft property that, according to Harry Kolb, was where the first commercially grown orchids on the Central Coast were grown? I love that I saw it [in its decayed state] and caught it right before they began the restoration. I’m a preservationist, as you know, and I feel the beauty shines forth no matter what state these homes are in. You mustn’t be afraid of them. When you see the beauty OF THIS PARTICULAR HOME, it’s so astonishing. I just fell in love with it.'

Keywords: Luxury Santa Barbara Private and Gated Historic Estate with pool, spa and tennis court -rare for a vacation rental, less than 2 miles to the Beach

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Property Type

  • Estate
  • 10000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Concierge
          • Massage
          • Private Chef

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 15

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

            Master Bedroom with twin trundle bed in the sitting area...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            In the main house on the ground floor...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

            In the main house on the ground floor...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

            In the main house on the ground floor...moreless

          • Bedroom 6: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

            Guest House with pull out couch in the grand living room...moreless

          • Bedroom 7: 1 twin/ single

            In Abigail Cottage...moreless

          • Bedroom 5: 1 double

            Wine room in front of fireplace with wine cellar view...moreless

          • Bedroom 8: 1 sleep sofa /futon

            In the Garden Room is a queen size pull out couch...moreless

          • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (4) 1 of the Queen beds are European Queen which is slightly smaller than US Queen. Twin Beds (3) There is a twin bed in the Abigail Cottage and a twin trundle bed in the sitting area of the Master Bedroom. Pull out couches (2) There are also 2 pull out couches: one in the main house garden room and one in the guest house grand living room....moreless

          Bathrooms: 8 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, jetted tub

            One of two bathrooms off the master...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

            One of two bathrooms in the Master Suite...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

            In the main house accompanying the queen bedroom...moreless

          • Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

            In the main house accompanying the queen bedroom...moreless

          • Bathroom 5: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

            In the main house accompanying the queen bedroom...moreless

          • Bathroom 6: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

            In the guest house...moreless

          • Bathroom 7: toilet, combination tub/shower

            In the guest house...moreless

          • Bathroom 8: toilet, shower

            In Abigail Cottage...moreless

          • Bathroom 9: toilet

            In the main house...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Ravenscroft also offers a work out room with 2 step machines, free weights and weight machines that include a universal, bench press and smith machine. In this room is also ping pong table. There there are 2 bikes available., tennis rackets, floating matts for the pool. There is also a baby grand piano. Daily maid service is available for weekly stays at the rate of $495 for the week....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • DVD Player
              • Television:

                (6) There are 6 TV's in the Estate - 1 in the Theatre Room, 1 in the Garden Room, 1 in the Master Bedroom, 1 in the wine tasting room, 1 in the Kitchen and 1 in the Guest House...moreless

              • Video Library:

                100+ DVD's...moreless

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Spa
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Arboretum
              • Botanical Garden
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Theme Parks
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Horseback Riding
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shelling
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching

              Location Type

                  • Beachfront:

                    Located less than 2 miles to the beach...moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cycling
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Paragliding
                  • Parasailing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Sailing
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Surfing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Wind-Surfing

                  Dining

                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Dining:

                    There are 3 dining areas in the Main House. The main Dining Room seats 12. The Garden Room has a dining area that seats 16. And the kitchen has a dining area for 6....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 16 people

                  General

                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Fireplace:

                    7 fireplaces...moreless

                  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                    Ravenscroft also offers a work out room with 2 step machines, free weights and weight machines that include a universal, bench press and smith machine. In this room is also ping pong table...moreless

                  • Gas Fireplace:

                    (6) 3 bedrooms have a gas fireplace, including the fireplace in the master bathroom, along with the large fireplace in the living room and fireplaces in the office and wine tasting room....moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Internet:

                    Complimentary Wireless Broadband Internet...moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room
                  • Parking:

                    Parking for up to 6 cars that is strictly enforced....moreless

                  • Telephone
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet:

                    with security code...moreless

                  • Wood Fireplace:

                    (2) There is an outdoor fireplace and also a wood fireplace in the wine tasting room. Firewood is provided....moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Catering Available:

                    A list of private chefs can be provided. All chef that come onto the property must be pre-approved in order to protect the property and its belongings. ...moreless

                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Coffee maker and grinder...moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Freezer
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Kitchen
                  • Microwave
                  • Pantry Items:

                    Spices...moreless

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Pool / Spa

                  • Hot Tub
                  • Private Pool

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      High Season & KEY HOLIDAYS
                      Jun 6 - Sep 11, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $4,000
                      $13,995
                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay
                      $3,500
                      $13,995

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Cleaning Fee $650
                      • Tax Rate 10%

                      Notes:

                      High season rates apply for Holidays and Graduation weeks.

                      Inquire for monthly rates which depend on length of stay & season.

                      Pricing for occupancy up to 10.

                      50% of the rent, tax, cleaning fee & damage security deposit are required to confirm a reservation with the remaining 50% due 60 days before check-in.

                      Standard method of payment is checks & direct deposits at any Bank of America Branch.

                      Credit card payment via PayPal and bank wire transfers are also accepted but in these cases the 4% PayPal fee & $25/wire transfer fees are applied.

                      Cancellation policy - deposit is subject to loss, excluding the damage security deposit, unless re-rented for that time period.


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                      Last updated: 12/03/2014
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                      Location

                      10 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Santa Barbara Airport

                      Car: Necessary

                      - The Beach is less than 2 miles away.

                      - Downtown Santa Barbara is 5 miles away.

                      - Santa Ynez wineries are 45 miles away for which there are several services that provide day trips from limos to jeeps

                      - Lotus Land is steps away

                      - Casa De Herrera is within 2 miles

                       

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                      • Historical & Romantic Gated Montecito Estate with Pool, Spa and Tennis Court

                        Historical & Romantic Gated Montecito Estate with Pool, Spa and Tennis Court

                      • Magical and peaceful setting in one of the most beautiful locations in the world

                        Magical and peaceful setting in one of the most beautiful locations in the world

                      • 52' Long Living Room designed from London Stage w/ Grand Piano

                        52' Long Living Room designed from London Stage w/ Grand Piano

                      • Famously published Ravenscroft: the best of George Washington Smith

                        Famously published Ravenscroft: the best of George Washington Smith

                      • Ravenscroft has it all including an office just in case....

                        Ravenscroft has it all including an office just in case....

                      • Chefs kitchen, with original tile, fully restored to its 1922 grandeur

                        Chefs kitchen, with original tile, fully restored to its 1922 grandeur

                      • Picture perfect Theatre room with professional seating for 9

                        Picture perfect Theatre room with professional seating for 9

                      • 1 of 2 master bathrooms with Jacuzzi tub and additional carrera walk in shower

                        1 of 2 master bathrooms with Jacuzzi tub and additional carrera walk in shower

                      • 1 of 4 bedrooms in the main house with walk out doors to garden and pool

                        1 of 4 bedrooms in the main house with walk out doors to garden and pool

                      • One of four bedrooms in the main house

                        One of four bedrooms in the main house

                      • Courtyard of hand tooled stone work - fabulous for candle lit dining

                        Courtyard of hand tooled stone work - fabulous for candle lit dining

                      • Historical Abigail cottage and large expansive private gated lawns

                        Historical Abigail cottage and large expansive private gated lawns

                      • Adjacent to the 37 Acre Lotus Land with intimate privacy and 2 miles to beach

                        Adjacent to the 37 Acre Lotus Land with intimate privacy and 2 miles to beach

                      • Loggia to enjoy the majestic home and grounds

                        Loggia to enjoy the majestic home and grounds

                      • Amazing architectural design for which great rooms were created

                        Amazing architectural design for which great rooms were created

                      • This courtyard is fed by both the kitchen & grand living room to enjoy

                        This courtyard is fed by both the kitchen & grand living room to enjoy

                      • This is 1 of 3 dining areas in the home with the garden room seating up to 14

                        This is 1 of 3 dining areas in the home with the garden room seating up to 14

                      • Warm kitchen nook off the kitchen that feeds two interior courtyards

                        Warm kitchen nook off the kitchen that feeds two interior courtyards

                      • Master Suite w/his and her baths and sitting room w/fireplace and views of pool/garden

                        Master Suite w/his and her baths and sitting room w/fireplace and views of pool/garden

                      • Picture perfect GWS shower room with Carrera marble throughout, bright and clean

                        Picture perfect GWS shower room with Carrera marble throughout, bright and clean

                      • One of four bedrooms in the main house and each has accompanying bathroom

                        One of four bedrooms in the main house and each has accompanying bathroom

                      • Be one of the few to enjoy this rare historical Estate

                        Be one of the few to enjoy this rare historical Estate

                      • Trimmed with historical hand wrought iron & GW Smith designed tile throughout

                        Trimmed with historical hand wrought iron & GW Smith designed tile throughout

                      • Private regulation size north/south tennis court

                        Private regulation size north/south tennis court

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                      This listing was first published here in 2009.

                      Date last modified - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

                      $3,500 - $4,000 per night (USD)
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                      8 Bedroom / 8.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 15

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