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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: 05/24/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
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  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Montecito estate description

Romantic, historic George Washington Smith gated and private 2 acre Estate with pool, spa, tennis court is 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 2 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.

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 4 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths. The living room is 52 feet long and offers a large roaring fireplace and baby grand piano with wrought iron doors and windows to the interior courtyard, dining room, bedroom wing and library/office. In the office/library are a fireplace, desk and secret door with passage to the wine tasting cellar with fireplace and tasting room.

The guest house features a living room, 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths and charming kitchen. The 'Abigail Cottage' is a restored charming 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 3 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

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: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, Beds for 13-15

          Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dishwasher
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Stove
          • Freezer
          • Kitchen
          • Catering Available
          • Toaster
          • Ice Maker
          • Dining
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Seating for 12 people

          Amenities

          • 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:

            (5) Three bedrooms have their own gas fireplace, along with the sitting area off the master, the large fireplace in the living room and a fireplace in the office for a total of 5....moreless

          • Wood Fireplace:

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

          • Parking:

            Parking for up to 6 cars. ...moreless

          • Fireplace:

            7 fireplaces...moreless

          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Air Conditioning
          • Linens Provided

          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 3 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

              • Television:

                (5) There are 4 TV's in the Estate - 1 in the TV Room, 1 in the Garden Room, 1 in the Master Bedroom, 1 in the Kitchen and 1 in the Guest House...moreless

              • Video Library:

                DVD's...moreless

              • Books
              • Ping Pong Table

              Communications

              • Internet:

                Complimentary Wireless Broadband Internet...moreless

              • Telephone

              Pool & Spa

              • Hot Tub
              • Private Pool

              Outdoor Features

              • Lawn / Garden
              • Deck / Patio
              • Outdoor Grill

              Theme

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

              Location & View

                  • Beachfront:

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

                  Activities

                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Tennis
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Cycling
                  • Swimming
                  • Sailing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Surfing
                  • Basketball Court
                  • Hiking
                  • Medical Services
                  • Parasailing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Fishing
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Paragliding
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Groceries
                  • Zoo
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Live Theater
                  • Arboretum
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Marina
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Restaurants
                  • Museums
                  • Cinemas
                  • Boating
                  • Hospital
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Whale Watching
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Shopping
                  • Antiquing
                  • Shelling
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                   

                  Reviews

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Summer High Season
                  Jun 9 - Sep 5, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  $4,000
                  $14,995
                  My Standard Rate
                  3 night min stay
                  $3,500
                  $13,995

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Cleaninge Fee $495
                  • 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: 05/24/2014
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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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                  Photos

                  • 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

                  • Be one of the few to be to enjoy Ravenscroft, a rare and historical Estate

                    Be one of the few to be to enjoy Ravenscroft, a rare and historical Estate

                  • Picture perfect Theatre room with professional seating for 9

                    Picture perfect Theatre room with professional seating for 9

                  • 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

                  • Famously published Ravenscroft: the best of George Washington Smith

                    Famously published Ravenscroft: the best of George Washington Smith

                  • Master Suite w/his & her bathrooms and sitting room w/fireplace & views of pool

                    Master Suite w/his & her bathrooms and sitting room w/fireplace & views of pool

                  • 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 - Thursday, June 19, 2014

                  $3,500 - $4,000 per night (USD)
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                  7 Bedroom / 7.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 15

                  View calendar: Updated 05/24/14
                  Minimum stay: 3 nights
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