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The Monastary

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Last updated: 07/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Santa Barbara Area estate description

Conceived as a warehouse for living, this 4,200 square foot Santa Barbara vacation rental, built largely of glass, steel and exposed concrete, sits on a lofty and totally private 10-acre site overlooking the Channel Islands, lemon orchards and farmland in Montecito, California.

Indoor and outdoor spaces flow seamlessly throughout the vacation rental, accented by well-placed courtyards and terraces offering different views and uses. Three huge roll-up doors open up the house to a large terrace and the full panorama of the Pacific Ocean, bringing the Santa Barbara landscape indoors. Mature eucalyptus, orange, lemon and avocado trees sit right outside the house, creating a tranquil setting for outdoor dining and quiet contemplation.

The Pavilion, the steel-framed core of the vacation rental, provides ample space for living, dining, and cooking. Wood fireplaces on both ends of the Pavilion warm the space during the evening, while industrial steel roll-up doors open the entire space to the fresh air during the day. A contemporary chef's kitchen opens to a courtyard, herb garden, and views of Toro Canyon below. The Pavilion includes a dining table seating twelve, a piano, and sofas for lounging and talking.

Los Angeles architect Barton Myers designed the house for simple and gracious family living in the best tradition of California's outdoor lifestyle. The Eames House in Pacific Palisades comes to mind, as do the California Case Study homes. The house continues Myers's investigation in steel construction, courtyard living, and opens spaces for residential homes.

The historic 1930's garden, designed by landscape architect Lockwood de Forest, and updated by Derrik Eichelberger, includes ancient olive trees surrounding an oval lawn that overlooks the Channel Islands. Picturesque oak and pepper trees line the driveway leading up to the house. Five acres have been set-aside as Santa Barbara coastal sage habitat. Trails meander throughout the property.

The massive views, private lawns, indoor-outdoor living spaces, and historic pedigree of this unusual Montecito rental provides the backdrop for a relaxing and memorable experience.

The property was previously the site of "The Monastery," a rambling vernacular house built in the early 1930's by famed conductor Leopold Stokowski and his then-wife, Evangeline Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune.

Residents over the years have included Greta Garbo; the best-selling author and aviator, Beryl Markham; and Gloria Vanderbilt, Stokowski's third wife. Two of the original fireplaces, designed by Stokowski, were rebuilt as garden features. One, in the shape of the Hollywood Bowl shell, forms a fire pit facing both the house and the historic gardens, and serves as an outside lounge area. The second fireplace, in the form of a pipe organ, frames the kitchen's outdoor patio and provides warmth for outdoor dining.

The Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals property is located 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, in Toro Canyon, off Highway 101, just south of Santa Barbara. Montecito restaurants, shopping and beaches are ten minutes away. Santa Barbara is home to museums, an outstanding botanic garden, the Music Academy of the West Music Festival in summer, the Santa Barbara Zoo, and other attractions. Wine tours in Santa Ynez and Santa Maria are 40 minutes over the hill.

Property Type

      • Estate

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Children Welcome

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king


          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

            baby crib, sleeper sofa in media room that converts to a...moreless

          • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa in media room converts to a queen bed...moreless

          Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Refrigerator:

            additional wine refrigerator...moreless

          • Kitchen
          • Microwave
          • Coffee Maker
          • Dishwasher
          • Dishes & Utensils


          • Fireplace:

            2 gas fireplaces, 2 wood burning fireplaces...moreless

          • Heating
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Parking
          • Garage
          • Hair Dryer
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided

          Other Amenities

              • Wine refrigerator, Outdoor fire pit, private trails on ten acres


              • Games


                  Outdoor Features

                  • Lanai / Gazebo
                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Lawn / Garden


                  • Family
                  • Luxury
                  • Away From It All
                  • Adventure

                  Location & View

                      • Ocean View


                      • Hiking:

                        10 acress of private trails...moreless

                      • Cinemas
                      • Sailing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Golf
                      • Cycling
                      • Medical Services
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Groceries
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Shopping
                      • Shelling
                      • Surfing
                      • Boating
                      • Walking
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Antiquing
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Restaurants
                      • Museums
                      • Marina
                      • Live Theater
                      • Library
                      • Whale Watching
                      • Swimming


                      Write a review 4.8
                      from 6 traveler reviews
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Rental rates quoted in: $
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Summer Season
                      Jun 1 - Aug 29, 2014
                      3 night min stay
                      $1,100 $1,100
                      $7,000 $26,000
                      Labor Day
                      Aug 30 - Sep 2, 2014
                      7 night min stay
                      $1,100 $1,100
                      $7,700 $26,000
                      Fall Season
                      Sep 3 - Nov 22, 2014
                      3 night min stay
                      $900 $900
                      $6,000 $22,000
                      Nov 23 - Nov 30, 2014
                      7 night min stay
                      $1,100 $1,100
                      $7,700 $26,000
                      Winter Season
                      Dec 1 - Dec 21, 2014
                      3 night min stay
                      $750 $750
                      $4,900 $18,000
                      Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2015
                      7 night min stay
                      $1,100 $1,100
                      $7,700 $26,000
                      Winter Season
                      Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $750 $750
                      $4,900 $18,000
                      Summer Season
                      Jun 1 - Aug 13, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $1,100 $1,100
                      $7,000 $26,000
                      Dec 22 - Jan 16, 2016
                      7 night min stay
                      $1,100 $1,100
                      $7,700 $26,000

                      Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency ($) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.

                      Additional information about rental rates:

                      $750- $ 1100/ nt
                      There is a 3 night minimum stay required at this property.
                      Holidays require 7 night minimum stay.
                      Prices don't include 10% occupancy tax; $3,500 security deposit; $400 cleaning fee
                      The cleaning fee and security deposits are subject to change on stays of 30 days
                      or more.

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                      Last updated: 07/22/2014
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                      This listing was first published here in 2010.

                      Date last modified - Friday, July 18, 2014

                      $750 - $1,100 per night

                      4 Bedroom / 4.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 8

                      View calendar: Updated 07/22/14
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