About the property
- Estate10000 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
Estate, 8 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 9.5 Baths, (Sleeps 16)
We are very thankful that Ravenscroft was not impacted by the fires or mudslides. Built in 1922, on high ground to protect against fire or flood.
It is also available for both short term or monthly stays, including long term up to a year. Please call to inquire about long term rates 714 394 5667.
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. It also has a queen size pull out couch. 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 Billiards/Work out room offers 2 step machines, free weights, pool table, 55 inch TV and fireplace. There is also an exterior fireplace and ping pong table.
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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Why Melanie Cava chose Montecito
Ravenscroft is just as much a piece of historical art as it is a home. Peggy Ravenscroft, the original owner, was ahead of her time in her achievements (a summary of her life can be emailed) and had the vision to commission George Washington Smith (GWS) on the creation of this home. GWS is said to the father of Santa Barbara Architecture. This home is of museum quality with original masterpiece features in tact including tiles, wrought iron, stone work, furnishings and artwork original to the era. Yet it has been modernized with all new systems while maintaining original features. As we walked through Ravenscroft our first time, there was another interested party who was saying they were going to gutt the home. We had to buy it because our goal is to preserve and share it with others. Peggy and GWS started something that deserves to be seen. Someone once said this home is to be felt as much as seen as it has a magical ambiance/spirit. Not to mention the majestic gardens with mature 100 year old trees, stone pathways and sitting area with fireplace providing beauty from every angle.
What makes this Estate unique
Main house, Guest House, Two Cottages, Tennis Court, Pool, Spa, Theater Room, Office, Billiards room, sauna and magical garden. Private gated and encased.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
The house was gorgeous and more than I could’ve ever asked for for an all star break trip!
The property was so clean and well kept. Everything was top of the line and the amenities were second to none. I’d stay here over and over again. Everyvody needs to stay here at least once!!!
We were thrilled to host our first NBA Players from the All Star Games in LA and even more excited to hear how much they loved Ravenscroft. We look forward to hosting them again and are so grateful for the feedback.
It was truly magical experience ! Such a beautiful and serene setting.
The house was amazing. You felt as if you were in 1920s Hollywood era .
We spent every night around the outdoor fireplace .
Can’t wait to return.
An absolute dream! We wished we never had to leave!
Gorgeous property and Todd was wonderful Abor answering all of our questions and insuring we had everything we needed.
Ravenscroft Historic Estate is a perfect step back to the magical, glory days of Montecito. It is has been painstakingly restored to shine in all its romantic glory. Every area of the estate offers an experience for everyone who stays there. My grandchildren enjoyed the tennis and swimming while my husband (who is a landscaper) found total joy in the beautiful grounds. The kitchen is a wonderful place to connect with family while cooking in a perfectly appointed kitchen with a cozy fireplace. The grand living room is the epitome of entertaining and singing out tunes to the piano. Todd is an amazing host who offers all the help you could ask for. His passion for the home is contagious. I would highly recommend Ravenscroft if you are looking for a first class, five star experience.
Amazing & Wonderful Estate to rent for family vacation
My family (15 adults & teens) just enjoyed a perfect family vacation at Ravenscroft. It is a spectacular and unique property. The owners have lovingly restored the home to it's original grandeur and it was a special treat to be able to call this estate home for a week.
The grounds are stunning. The pool, jacuzzi and tennis court were so well maintained. There's a chicken coop on the property and we were able to get fresh eggs for breakfast. Upon our arrival, the kitchen was stocked with everything we'd requested and a full dinner was left for us so we didn't have to cook or shop on that first night. On a different night, we hired the private chef recommended to us and she was outstanding.
There is air conditioning in the master suite and fans provided in the other rooms although the gorgeous Montecito weather doesn't often require their use. Aside from the Maine House bedrooms, there is a one-bedroom guest suite that is beautifully decorated and has an extremely comfortable king bed as well as a pull-out sofa in the living room. There is a 9 seat movie theater with exceptionally comfortable reclining chairs. There is an outdoor ping pong patio, indoor billiard room and gym, outdoor fireplaces in several locations... honestly, this property is virtually perfection.
The only thing I'd change is the WiFi signal. It's available in a few spots in the house, but not across the entire property. That said, it was rather nice putting the phone/iPad down for the better part of every day.
There are so many places to relax and have fun on the property that it was hard to venture beyond the beautiful wrought iron gates. However, there are many great restaurant choices right in Montecito.
This is a special place and the owners are beyond accommodating. I could not recommend it more highly.
Thank you Kathy! We are so grateful to have guests that can truly understand and enjoy Ravenscroft's magic. We also wanted future guest to know that central air-conditioning has been added in the main house and also in Jack's Cottage with individual thermostat's in each bedroom along and also in each room. We have also added repeaters throughout and also upgraded the WiFi service and while it does not cover the entire house, guest house, Jack's and Abigail's cottage (very large area), it has been significantly improved.
Splendid for the whole family!
We had a fantastic famiy reunion celebrating our dad's 80th birthday. We ranged in age from 7 years old to 80 and there was something for everyone. We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful gardens and the gorgeous estate. There is no need to leave the Ravenscroft Estate because there is so much to do. My neice enjoyed finding fresh eggs every morning in the chicken coop, we all loved swimming in the pool, relaxing in the jacuzzi and playing family tennis. The lawn was perfect for bocce ball. We watched family movies in the theater, played ping pong, rode bikes and went hiking. There are so many lovely gardens to choose from to just sit and read a book or listen to the birds chirping. The kitchen was well equiped with gorgeous appliances which made it a joy to cook family meals. It was truly hard to leave and we all hope to be able to return soon.
- 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
Additional information about rental rates
The 17% Tax fee covers taxes and additional fees for the stay. Please inquire for long term rates.