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Stylish Cottage Retreat by the Sea in Carpinteria

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-5)

This charming and stylish, beautifully refurbished cottage is 1.5 blocks from Carpinteria State Beach, 1 block from Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park and a few blocks to the heart of town. Included bikes, beach chairs, beach wagon, and cooler all make a fun-filled day at the beach effortless. When you return, rinse off the salt and sand in the warmth of the outdoor shower.

We were honored to have our cottages (#248884 & #336069) chosen to fill the "Little Gem" category of Carpinteria Beautiful's annual Home and Garden Tour in April 2012. They were also featured in Carpinteria Magazine's winter 2010 edition.

The cottage features bamboo hardwood floors, tasteful furnishings, central heat, ceiling fans in the bedrooms, and all the comforts of home. Beautiful, original paintings by local artists adorn the walls. There is a bedroom with a queen bed and another with a bunk bed with a twin on top and full bed on the bottom. A lovely patio in the yard with an outdoor dining table is the perfect spot for a sunset dinner. The cottage is beautifully decorated and very comfortable. There is a fully upgraded kitchen with stone countertops and all new appliances, including a dishwasher, microwave and ice maker. You will also find a washer and dryer for your convenience. We offer a library of beach and summer themed DVD's and wireless internet at no additional charge. Games and books are in the cupboard for mellow days around the house.

The surrounding neighborhood is very peaceful and the neighbors are friendly. There are several antique shops and wonderful restaurants within walking distance, as well as nature trails and wonderful bird watching one short block away. Or, hop on the bikes and head to town! Thursday afternoons offer a fresh Farmers Market. The town of Santa Barbara is a short drive away and hosts a zoo, museums, shopping, golf, art events, botanical gardens, the Queen of the Missions, wine tasting and more! Stop in Summerland for great antiquing, then glamorous, celebrity-filled Montectio along the way.

Our cottage offers a charming place to stay while on your vacation. Make it your home-away-from-home!


Keywords: Cottage, beach cottage

More Details

Kat Hirsch
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 9, 2017

About Kat Hirsch

Our family bought 2 neglected, unloved cottages on one lot one 1/2 blocks from the beach. We expertly and extensively refurbished them throughout, upgrading EVERYTHING and making them very livable and lovely. They are now complete and we are ready to share them with people that will appreciate the fine quality of our charming cottages.

Kat Hirsch purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Kat Hirsch chose Santa Barbara Area

Carpinteria is a charming town. The beach is amazing and there are many other local activities and good restaurants. We live in nearby Santa Barbara.

What makes this cottage unique

Beach walks, dinner on the patio, entertaining friends and family, bird watching at Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park which is 1 short block away, days at the beach with the kids, watching them swim out to the platforms with all of the other kids.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Kat and Jed-

What a wondeful way to start a new year. Your cottage is delightfully decorated, fully furnished, nice and warm. You covered every detail. The weather was perfect. We enjoyed every minute of it.

- George and Anne
Jan 2016
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Carpinteria Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1) Full on bottom, twin on top
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(56 traveler reviews)

Stylish Cottage Retreat by the Sea in Carpinteria
average rating of 4.946429 based on 63 reviews

Return Guests

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth visit to the cottage over the past 8 years. Every time we come we feel like it is our home. This cottage is perfect! The owner, Kat is easy to work with and made our current stay exceptional! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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1957 history with 2017 style

  • 5 of 5

Holly cottage in Carp has the feel to me of North shore Oahu but it's only 70 miles from Los Angeles - it's amazing that this perfect place can still exist -- it has a very special feel that instantly makes you forget the city and start your beach life even if it's just a short time - Best part is never needing your car - walk to beach 2 minute - walk to shops 5 minutes - beautiful cottage with everything you need for cooking in with family and friends - We walked to the seal rookery which was great - we did the marsh walk on sat am - we ate burgers at the spot - Got sand between our toes ...many times!!! ...the beach has shells and cool stones everywhere - so strolling up and down the beach is a must - We will be back for more!!! - thanks

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Santa Barbara

Perfect getaway in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay! The house provided all of the necessary amenities and was very clean with updated decor. It was exactly what we needed for our getaway.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute cottage close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

Great little property. Very convenient to the beach. The whole family loved the outdoor shower (and the GooGone provided to get off the few specks of tar). The owner was friendly and helpful. Getting into the house and "checking out" we're both the most convenient I've experienced with rentals. We'll definitely consider staying here again!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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SF Peninsula

Adorable beach house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this adorable beach house for 3 nights. It's only a few blocks to the beach where you can enjoy all the ocean has to offer. The house was perfect for our family. It was clean, well organized and had everything we needed. The instructions made it easy to know where everything was and how to make the most of our stay. The train station is close enough that you could arrive by train and walk to the house. I especially appreciated all the windows that bring natural light into every room. The furnishings and decor are perfectly suited to the house. I can highly recommend it to anyone visiting Carpenteria or Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Huntington Beach, CA

Perfect Getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 12-year old daughter and I were looking to getaway for some much needed R&R and got a lot more than we expected! From the moment we opened the front door and stepped into Holly House, we immediately got what we were looking for. The cottage is bright, airy and simple but so cozy. Everything a beach cottage should be!! It had everything we needed. The location is ideal with very short walks or bike rides to the beach, downtown, the salt marsh or just wandering around beautiful Carpinteria. The warm water, outdoor shower and tar removal supplies were an added plus. Kat does an amazing job of providing step-by-step instructions for everything and all you need to know for dining, site seeing and recreation. Our big dilemma over the few days we were there was deciding if we wanted to stay in and enjoy the cottage or go out and explore! As owners of a vacation rental ourselves, we were impressed and amazed at how friendly and thorough she is to work with. My husband (a workaholic) was not ready to leave and is ready to book our next trip to this wonderful home away from home. Thank you, Kat!! See you soon, I'm sure. 😊

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
21.7 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.6 Miles
Tee Time
Nearest Train
0.2 Miles
Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
0.7 Miles
101 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Carpinteria Beach
Car: not necessary

tidepooling, bird watching, whale watching, sunset cruises, surfing


Rates & Availability

Carpinteria Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
May 30 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Low Season
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $125
Tax Rate 12.0%

Payments can be made by check, Paypal or Venmo.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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