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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: 12/06/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Sleeps:18
  • Bedrooms:8
  • Bathrooms:8.5
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Estate, 8 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 8.5 Baths, (Sleeps 16)

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. 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 work out room offers 2 step machines, free weights, univeral machines and a ping pong table. There are also 2 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
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(646) 808 0628
Melanie and Todd

Owner

Member since: 2002

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/06/2016

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: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 16-18

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

    Master Bedroom with twin trundle bed in the sitting area...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    In the main house on the ground floor...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    In the main house on the ground floor...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

    In the main house on the ground floor...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Guest House with pull out couch in the grand living room...moreless

  • Bedroom 7: 1 twin/ single

    In Abigail Cottage...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 double

    Wine room in front of fireplace with wine cellar view...moreless

  • Bedroom 8: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    In the Garden Room is a queen size pull out couch...moreless

  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (4) 1 of the Queen beds are European Queen which is slightly smaller than US Queen. Twin Beds (3) There is a twin bed in the Abigail Cottage and a twin trundle bed in the sitting area of the Master Bedroom. Pull out couches (2) There are also 2 pull out couches: one in the main house garden room and one in the guest house grand living room....moreless

Bathrooms: 8 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, jetted tub

    One of two bathrooms off the master...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

    One of two bathrooms in the Master Suite...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

    In the main house accompanying the queen bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

    In the main house accompanying the queen bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

    In the main house accompanying the queen bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 6: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

    In the guest house...moreless

  • Bathroom 7: toilet, combination tub/shower

    In the guest house...moreless

  • Bathroom 8: toilet, shower

    In Abigail Cottage...moreless

  • Bathroom 9: toilet

    In the main house...moreless

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 2 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

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    (6) There are 6 TV's in the Estate - 1 in the Theatre Room, 1 in the Garden Room, 1 in the Master Bedroom, 1 in the wine tasting room, 1 in the Kitchen and 1 in the Guest House...moreless

  • Video Library:

    100+ DVD's...moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    There are 3 dining areas in the Main House. The main Dining Room seats 12. The Garden Room has a dining area that seats 16. And the kitchen has a dining area for 6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 16 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    7 fireplaces...moreless

  • 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:

    (6) 3 bedrooms have a gas fireplace, including the fireplace in the master bathroom, along with the large fireplace in the living room and fireplaces in the office and wine tasting room....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Complimentary Wireless Broadband Internet...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Parking for up to 6 cars that is strictly enforced....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    with security code...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

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

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    A list of private chefs can be provided. All chef that come onto the property must be pre-approved in order to protect the property and its belongings. ...moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee maker and grinder...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Spices...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
13th Jan till 15th Jan
Jan 13 - Jan 15, 2017
2 night min stay
$4,500

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $250 per night, per additional guest

Summer Season
May 20 - Sep 10, 2017
5 night min stay
$4,500
$28,000

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $250 per night, per additional guest

Thanks Giving
Nov 19 - Nov 27, 2017
5 night min stay
$4,500
$28,000

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $250 per night, per additional guest

Christmas & New Year
Dec 17 - Jan 1, 2018
5 night min stay
$4,500
$28,000

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $250 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$3,995
$24,500

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $250 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $5,000
  • Cleaning Fee $1,000
  • Tax Rate 15%

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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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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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/06/2016

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  • 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

  • Amazing architectural design for which great rooms were created

    Amazing architectural design for which great rooms were created

  • Ravenscroft has it all including an office just in case....

    Ravenscroft has it all including an office just in case....

  • Chefs kitchen, with original tile, fully restored to its 1922 grandeur

    Chefs kitchen, with original tile, fully restored to its 1922 grandeur

  • Loggia w/queen size pull out couch, 50" TV & doors to pool & tennis court

    Loggia w/queen size pull out couch, 50" TV & doors to pool & tennis court

  • Picture perfect Theatre room with professional seating for 9

    Picture perfect Theatre room with professional seating for 9

  • 1 of 2 master bathrooms with Jacuzzi tub and additional carrera walk in shower

    1 of 2 master bathrooms with Jacuzzi tub and additional carrera walk in shower

  • One of five bedrooms in the main house and each has accompanying bathroom

    One of five bedrooms in the main house and each has accompanying bathroom

  • Historic Guest House restored with original materials

    Historic Guest House restored with original materials

  • 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

  • 52' Long Living Room designed from London Stage w/ Grand Piano

    52' Long Living Room designed from London Stage w/ Grand Piano

  • This courtyard is fed by both the kitchen & grand living room to enjoy

    This courtyard is fed by both the kitchen & grand living room to enjoy

  • This is 1 of 3 dining areas in the home with the garden room seating up to 18

    This is 1 of 3 dining areas in the home with the garden room seating up to 18

  • Warm kitchen nook off the kitchen that feeds two interior courtyards

    Warm kitchen nook off the kitchen that feeds two interior courtyards

  • Garden Room "Loggia" with dining room seating for 16

    Garden Room "Loggia" with dining room seating for 16

  • Master Suite w/his and her baths and sitting room w/fireplace and views of pool/garden

    Master Suite w/his and her baths and sitting room w/fireplace and views of pool/garden

  • 1 of 5 bedrooms in the main house with walk out doors to garden and pool

    1 of 5 bedrooms in the main house with walk out doors to garden and pool

  • One of five bedrooms in the main house

    One of five bedrooms in the main house

  • 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 - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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