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A Vineyard Home Solvang, Ca

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2) No Smoking,Children, Pets allowed.

2 night Min. 4 night Max:

Nestled among a lovingly cared for home vineyard and gardens, this l.3 acre property is entered through river rock pillars and iron security gate down a 300 foot driveway past fruit trees to a large parking area. The property features a vineyard of Rhone varietals, seasonal creek, fire pit, and BBQ area with outdoor lights illuminating parking and Arizona flagstone walkways for your safe evening arrival.

Memories of your vineyard stay will last long after your reluctant good-byes. The owners' California Craftman home, built in 1910, was moved to the property in 1980 in two pieces from downtown Solvang, elevated, and the vacation unit built below. This lower level is bathed in sunlight off a flagstone patio complete with gas BBQ and cushioned armchairs around a glass-topped, umbrella table. French doors open to an inviting living room boasting a cozy window seat niche and deep, comfortable furniture. The den has a large collection of books, flatscreen TV, and iHome docking station for your iPod. The kitchen with granite countertops opens to its own covered patio and is a perfect setting to prepare your picnic lunch for the long-awaited wine tour or just the simple pleasure of morning coffee or tea. With one bedroom and two bathrooms, the serenity of your sleep is assured in the comfortable bed surrounded by gardens and vineyard.

With view of Santa Ynez Mountains, take a 10 minute walk to the YMCA or a 5 minute walk to gourmet market, coffee shop and deli with catering service. Bring your bicycle and enjoy miles of beautiful pastoral riding in the Santa Ynez Valley. So come away from your world for awhile to this quiet and gentle place in Solvang wine country in our comfortable spacious 1000 square foot suite.

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More Details

Rafael and Maria Maldonado, Jr.
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Rafael and Maria Maldonado, Jr.

In1970, we moved to the Santa Barbara area from Washington, D.C. with the dream of some day living in a place like this, with room to grow flowers, fruit trees and wine grapes. We purchased our 1910 California Craftsman home on an acre in Solvang in 1999. Maria got her dream home and Rafael got his dream property where he would plant a vineyard.

Maria paints nature-inspired watercolors and designs jewelry, weaves baskets in the Chumash Indian tradition, and uses found objects to create birdhouses among other crafts. Rafael, whose vocation and avocation is photography, chronicles the seasonal rhythms of the Santa Ynez Valley flora and fauna. We both work the vineyard and make the wine from the several red Rhone varietals we grow . Our greatest joy is to share our haven with family, friends, and visitors.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Vineyard Home.

Maria and Rafael Maldonado, Jr.

Rafael and Maria Maldonado, Jr. purchased this house in 1999

Guestbook comments from the owner

Rafael and Maria

Thank you for sharing this wonderful spot. I loved the reading nook. the perfect spot to sip on coffee and enjoy a good book. Blain loved sitting outside at night and gazing at stars. This was a refreshing get away. Thank you for sharing a bottle of your wine. It was the perfect way to begin to unwind.
Oct 2014
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Santa Ynez House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Convection Oven, Iron, iron board, games, hair dryer, first aid kit and library.


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A Vineyard Home Solvang, Ca
average rating of 4.8378377 based on 46 reviews

Wonderful Property

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Rafael and Maria's home in Solvang was exceptional. Everything was spotless, extremely well supplied, and charmingly decorated. We wanted for nothing. There was even a bookcase of books and many cozy spots throughout the house to curl up. In addition we had our own private patio and place to view the stars at night or dine outside. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maggie and Mike you were great guest thank you so much for this wonderful review Maria and I are happy you enjoyed your stay and hope you come again.
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Wonderful Place!

  • 5 of 5

What warm, friendly, and amenable hosts Rafael and Maria are! Our private quarters below the main house (where they live) were so comfortable and beautifully decorated. We especially enjoyed the incredible artwork (photography and watercolors) which they themselves created and displayed in our "home away from home". Every amenity was provided and very corner of the place was immaculate. One night we decided to stay "home" and cook our own dinner. We were surprised to realize after shopping that there is no oven or stovetop but we made do with their great barbecue, microwave and fine assortment of kitchen supplies. We ate on the covered patio in the cool breeze. We enjoyed a great dinner with a complimentary bottle of wine from their vineyard. Our weekend was relaxing, quiet, comforting, and so pleasant.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay in wine country

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful setting, close to wineries & town. Hosts are great, and wine from the vineyard was good. All the little amenities are provided. We did miss having a stove and if the weather had been hotter, AC would have been a must. Did have fans. Only reason for 4 stars instead of 5.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry you didn't read the websitebefore booking in August but we mention there is no stove and no air-conditioning.
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San Diego, CA

Raphael and Maria have a lovely home and they are gracious hosts. The space is warm and inviting.

  • 5 of 5

We look forward to retuning. Our only hope is that it's available as it is just too good to be true.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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very quiet, private, and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

It is a very quiet place and comfortable. greatly enjoyed a quick getaway. great to try the host's private wine.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northern Colorado

A Taste of Santa Ynez Just Outside Your Door!

  • 5 of 5

If you are into wine, this your place! What attracted us to Solvang was the proximity to the Santa Ynez wine growing region. Many wineries are within easy access to "A Vineyard Home" which made our daily excursions even more convenient!

This location proved to be a great home base for exploring the Santa Ynez Valley. We visited 3-4 wineries per day, then took a break to explore Morro Bay where we had an excellent seafood lunch (The Galley), walked on the beach, and having no other place to put them, filled our shoes with sand dollars!

Quaint villages line the highways along the wine route, providing great restaurants, Danish pastry shops, and interesting places to visit. The El Rancho Market, within walking distance from the apartment, and provided us with terrific options for prepared meals as well as groceries.

The apartment itself is so very different from a typical hotel stay. We experienced a little bit of Santa Ynez in the backyard as we were surrounded by the small vineyard on the property, bluebirds, and beauty of the yard in a relaxed, safe setting. We spent mornings wandering through the grapevines in our jammies with coffee in hand!

In the summer, days can be quite warm, however, in the evening the temperature cools quickly and those California ocean breezes filter through the apartment making sipping wine on the patio, or sleeping, wonderful!

The unexpected benefit of this rental was the warm welcome we received from our hosts, Rafael and Maria. Rafael was kind enough to explain the intricacies of managing a small vineyard and wine production on a limited scale. Rafael and Maria are excellent hosts, recommending several venues which greatly enhanced our stay in the area.

And as Arnie says, "We'll be back!"

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Santa Ynez Airport east on Hwy 246.
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Solvang, Sant Ynez, Los Olivos
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
River Course at 150 Alisal Road
Nearest Train
27 Miles
Santa Barbara Amtrak Station west to Hwy 101south
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Root 246 on 420 Alisal Road, Solvang
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
Gaviota State Beach west of us to Hwy 101 south.
Car: necessary

Casino and Dancing one mile east, Public Library, Churches, Glider Planes, Santa Ynez Airport for private planes, Wine tasting, Lavender Farms, Water Falls, Car Shows, Farmers Market and Parks.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $100

Sorry…….NO SMOKING, CHILDREN OR ANIMALS ALLOWED. 4 night maximum stay.
Only two adults 21 years-old or older allowed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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