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Fabulous, well appointed studio, close to the beach, in lovely Montecito.

Bedrooms Studio
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Studio with a Queen bed, 1 Bath, and Kitchenette (Sleeps 2)

The Creekside Montecito studio is located in a lovely neighborhood on a quiet, tree-lined street, a short stroll to Miramar Beach. The Creekside is private and secluded, with its own private entrance , set behind lovely hedges and gardens, next to a seasonal creek.

The Creekside is nestled on the second floor above our garage here in Montecito -- an upscale , elegant community adjacent to Santa Barbara.

This little romantic hideaway is fully appointed with a kitchenette, queen bed, bathroom, a small outdoor terrace, and has many beautiful decorative features. It offers a friendly alternative to the more standard hotel rooms in the Santa Barbara area, and is guaranteed to relax the body and renew the spirit.

We are located just half a mile to popular Coast Village Road in Montecito, where you will find many fabulous restaurants, boutiques, and speciality shops. Further along you will find beautiful Santa Barbara with its beaches, harbor, court house, art galleries, and many other attractions.

The Creekside offers comfortable amenities, country pine furniture, and a warm inviting decor inspired by our travels to Mexico and Italy.


Summer season rates are in effect for Thanksgiving and Christmas week (Dec 19th-26th and December 26th-Jan 2nd)

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival.

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More Details

Nicola Ghersen
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Nicola Ghersen

I have been lucky to live in this beautiful area for many years, having moved here from England in my 20's. I have embraced the outdoor lifestyle and the amazing climate. I enjoy hiking in the mountains with friends, beach walks and bike rides and have just started to enjoy paddleboarding and kyacking.

I spend lots of my time at our local Santa Barbara Art Museum where I am a volunteer docent and a teaching artist.

I love to cook and entertain and spend time in my art studio, creating assemblage pieces or journalling and planning my next travel adventures.

I have two grown children. My daughter lives in Los Angeles and works in entertainment, and my son is attending the Annenberg School at USC.

My husband, Cliff, is a retired teacher from the local elementary school, and now works part time at the new Moxi Science Museum in Santa Barbara.

If I am not at home, I am hiking with friends - and my dog Pippin - or enjoying the Farmers Market or one of our fun coffee shops or restuarnts in Santa Barbara!!!

Nicola Ghersen purchased this studio in 1976

Why Nicola Ghersen chose Santa Barbara

We have lived here for 30 years. We built our guest cottage 20 years ago. We LOVE our home and location and wanted to share it with guests and help them discover the Santa Barbara area, in a more intimate way. We enjoy hosting company and we have decorated the guest house to show our guests some cozy charm, so that they feel right at home. The guest house has given us a chance to meet wonderful people from all over the world.

The beach is so close, which offers you a chance to commune with nature as soon as you arrive!!! Montecito is a lovely community with some unique shopping and great little restaurants and coffee shops close by. Santa Barbara - with the Harbor, the Wharf, the University of California, many excellent restaurants, and wonderful music venues - is only a 10 min ride away, and easy to get to from this property.

What makes this studio unique

We have a quiet, private location with beautiful sycamore trees at the back, as well as an English-style garden with lots of California natives and many roses. The Creekside backs onto a seasonal creek and gives you a wonderful rural feeling.

We are waking distance to a wonderful beach and surf spot. We are close to everything, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Summerland, Carpinteria have to offer, and only a 45min drive to Solvang, Santa Ynez, and the Wine Country.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for a wonderful visit. We couldnt have asked for better accomadations, and we will definitely recommend you to our friends.

Have a great summer and we hope to see you soon.
May 2008
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Santa Barbara Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • - 1 queen
  • Queen size Bed only one, in a studio setting.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Nice convenient outdoor shower with hot water, great when you come back from surfing or from the beach. Check in time is 3pm and check out time is 11am We offer beach chairs, umbrellas and boogie board for use at the beach.


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Fabulous, well appointed studio, close to the beach, in lovely Montecito.
average rating of 4.9459457 based on 91 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Great apartment. Exactly as advertised. Clean. Comfortable. Comfy bed. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, adorable and welcoming. The owners were fantastic. Walk to the beach with dolphins.

  • 5 of 5

Moved in our daughters to Westmont College. Once they were settled my husband and I decided to stay a couple of extra days in Santa Barbara. The cottage above their garage is wonderful. Perfect quiet spot to relax, read and write. Cottage was ready with coffee and creamed as well as a bowl of fruit. Felt at home. We took our paddle boards down the street to the beach and enjoyed the cove. Dolphins and seals joined us in the water! It was an incredible experience. Local food and restaurants are fun and creative. Dinner on the pier was delightful. This cottage is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy & Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We just needed to get away for a few days to celebrate our 35th Wedding Anniversary. This studio apartment was perfect for that. We wanted close to the beach and we got what we asked for. I loved that the beach was not crowded as well. The queen size bed was comfortable and the studio offered all we needed. We appreciated being able to use the beach chairs and towels. Near many activities in SB or downtown Montecito but honestly we just wanted to relax in the serene surroundings.I would definately book again in the future if we have a need. Thank you for the accommodations. :)

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mahwah New Jersey

Stayed here before cliff and nicola are the perfect hosts

  • 5 of 5

Our happy place!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Live Like a Local

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this charming property tucked away in a wonderful neighborhood. The studio is spacious and has everything you need for a beach getaway. Wonderful added touches like coffee, tea, fruit, etc. in the kitchenette and access to a storage area where you can borrow everything you need for the beach. We loved our visit and hope to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Cottage stay!

  • 5 of 5

Nicola and Cliffs' cottage is very comfortable and wonderfully furnished!! It's just as lovely as noted in previous reviews. There was no train noise during our stay after about 10:30pm, but even when we heard the train doing the day , it was kinda nostalgic and fun.

The beach was very enjoyable, but had quite a bit of dead seaweed to avoid and too many -dogs off-leash, despite numerous signs to the contrary.

We'll definitely try to return this Fall!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Honor Bar
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Santa Barbara Muni Golf Course
Nearest Train
4 Miles
SB Train Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
101 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Los Agaves
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Miramar Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Westmont College
Nearest Point of Interest
Miramar Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
San Ysidro Ranch
Nearest Point of Interest
Hiking Trails
Nearest Point of Interest
Upper Village/Pierre Lafond Market and Deli
Nearest Point of Interest
Four Season's Resort The Biltmore
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Municipal Tennis Courts
Nearest Point of Interest
Coast Village Road
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show
Nearest Point of Interest
Bus Stop service to Santa Barbara.
Nearest Point of Interest
Stella Mare's Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Stearns Wharf
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Nearest Point of Interest
Via Vai Trattoria and Pizzeria
Nearest Point of Interest
Casa del Herrero
Nearest Point of Interest
Public Tennis Court at Manning Park
Nearest Point of Interest
La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Barbara Polo Club
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.