"If we combined all previous reviews into one, we still couldn’t fully convey how amazing this home & entire rental experience has been! Start to finish, Pat & Charlie made this the easiest, smoothest, most pleasant vacation rental we’ve ever booked. Response time to our reservation request was almost immediate, all transactions went rapidly & smoothly. Efficient & professional, yet extremely friendly & personable, these wonderful folks made this one of our most memorable trips ever! (We're in our sixties, so we’ve taken a lot of trips!)
Then there’s the home itself – we were overwhelmed when we first entered. As others have said, pictures just don’t do it justice. Each room was much larger than pictures can capture, and everything inside & out – the house, decks, patio, pool area, & beautifully-landscaped grounds – was immaculate & well-kept.
We knew, the moment we arrived, we’d be crossing things off our long list of “things to see and do” in the Santa Barbara area, and would be spending much more time just relaxing at the house than we ever anticipated! The spectacular views, pool, peaceful privacy & beauty of the setting, spaciousness of the home, comfort of the furnishings, each room equipped with every imaginable amenity – this truly felt like our home for the week, not just a rental! With Pat & Charlie’s most generous and thoughtful welcoming touches of wine, chips, coffee, cereal and milk, bath items – we had “all the comforts of home” & more! (Previous reviewers have detailed all the amenities in great depth, so we won’t repeat them here.)
Never having been to the Santa Barbara area, we felt reluctantly compelled to leave the house for a while each day. We thoroughly enjoyed the beaches, city, & all the activities of the surrounding area, but, truth be told, we were almost just “killing time,” anxious to get back to the House on the Hillside to relax in the pool, to explore the walking paths (be sure to take time for this), and to soak in the beautiful panoramic views. Upon our return, when friends & family asked about the highlight of our trip, we unanimously agreed it was Pat & Charlie’s place! You don’t want to miss this opportunity – we’re almost reluctant to write such a rave review, as we’d selfishly like to keep it our little secret so it will be available for all our future visits!
Five stars and all thumbs up to Pat & Charlie - we're so grateful they're willing to share this little piece of Heaven with the rest of us!"
Guest: SUSAN M.
Date of Stay: August 2015
Review Submitted: August 22, 2015