Charming, Detached Guest Cottage, 5 Minutes from Beach & Town

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Last updated: 10/10/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This Charming Hillside Cottage is nestled on a hillside, up a rustic 1/4 mile drive from a quiet neighborhood, that winds through an oak grove leading to our little paradise. We are surrounded by oaks and kentia palms, with spectacular mountain and city views. This guest cottage is private, and detached from our family home. We are 5 minutes from the beach and 5 minutes from downtown. Though we are on the 'upper' west side not far from the mesa, the property is very different from any residence around it, as it is in its own little 5 acre pocket in between 2 neighborhoods - the west side and Bel Air Knolls, but doesn't look like either one.

The cozy bedroom has french windows that look out into a garden area, a king bed, Ethan Allen desk, and a soft comfy chair.

The spacious sitting room converts to sleep 4, with a full sized loft bed, and a full, very comfy futon/sofa. The loft bed has a beautiful mountain view.

The redwood deck overlooks the hillside, and has a lovely eating area, a bbq, and a private hot tub.

Though we are in a very private setting, we are conveniently located in the city - a secret little pocket that overlooks Santa Barbara - and only a short drive to the beach and to downtown shopping.

Keywords: Family, romantic, rustic, charming, bungalo, kid-friendly, private, beach, town, shopping, pet-friendly, hot tub, bbq, hi speed wifi, new flat screen tvs and blue ray players with Netflix, Pandora, games

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 650 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Loft + Den


  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1) The 'loft' in the sitting room., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The sitting room futon is a full bed....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • The bathroom is small and cute with a large shower and a local artisan designed counter around the sink....moreless


  • Books:

    A little library of about 30 books....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Lots of board games....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    There's a beautiful view of the Santa Barbara foothills and the city of Santa Barbara....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    THere's a small table that seats 4 in the sitting room. There's also an outside table on the back deck that seats 4 or more....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    I have portable electric air conditioning units when necessary....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    I have portable heaters in each room when necessary....moreless

  • Internet:

    Free wifi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The sitting room has a T.V., blue ray player, the little table, a futon sofa, and doubles as a 2nd bedroom if needed....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is a designated parking space for 1 car. There is room for a second car, with a little 'musical cars', and street parking if you have more than 2 cars. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided:

    The cottage is well stocked with towels of all sizes....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Free wifi. Password is 'vacation'. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you can imagine....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    There is a full set of dishes, glasses, wine glasses, utensils, cooking utensils, pots, pans and mixing bowls. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Beautiful efficiency-type kitchen. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    There is a full size refrigerator in the garage, which is just out a side door of the cottage....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    We have a couple of bikes for our guests to borrow....moreless

  • Deck / Patio

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Lovely hot tub that fits 2 people quite comfortably....moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 32 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,300 $4,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning fee $75
  • Tax Rate 12%

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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

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Last updated: 10/10/2016
Check availability
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21 Unavailable
22 Today
23 Selected dates


9 Miles
Nearest Airport
Santa Barbara
2.8 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Hendry's Beach

Car: Necessary

Santa Barbara has lots of bike trails, and bike paths in the city. I have a couple of bikes here for borrowing. There are also cute little surreys near the beach for family outings.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1990

About the owner: We bought our home 26 years ago, with this guest cottage, but never rented it out until recently. A few years ago I decided to beautify it, bought new furniture, new carpet, painted it, and it's gorgeous! I'm looking forward to meeting you, and have you as our 'guests' for as long as you'd like to stay. We're animal lovers, and have 2 rescue dogs, 3 rescue cats, and several chickens in the backyard. Don't worry, no roosters! Your well behaved pets are welcome, too. When I'm not fixing up the guest house, I make unique art tallits. You may have to look that one up.

Why the Owner Chose Bel Air, Santa Barbara, CA, USA:
This property is totally unique. Though we're in the middle of Santa Barbara, close to town, it feels like we're in the country. You will feel this also - the cottage is totally private and serene, though it's a 5 minute drive to everywhere.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The quarter mile driveway down to the street is a wonderful morning or evening walk. But it is wooded, so at night we do have occasional visitors - mostly raccoons and skunks - so drive slowly. State Street, the main drag with tons of restaurants, shopping and the Museum of Art, is only a 5 minute drive from us. The Pier and the Harbor, with the Ty Warner Sea Center is 5 farther, and the wonderful S.B. Zoo, is only 5 minutes farther than that. Tennis courts are only 5 minutes away, in Ehlings Park, and one of the most beautiful walks in S.B., with an off-leash policy for your dog, is the Douglas Family Preserve, and only 5 minutes away, overlooking Hendry's beach.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • View from Cottage

    View from Cottage

  • Loft bed in sitting room, with view of mountains.

    Loft bed in sitting room, with view of mountains.

  • Bedroom with king bed.

    Bedroom with king bed.

  • Private deck

    Private deck

  • Past and future kitchenette, coming back soon.

    Past and future kitchenette, coming back soon.

  • Your welcome basket :)

    Your welcome basket :)

  • Your front door.

    Your front door.

  • Spacious Sitting room

    Spacious Sitting room

  • Bedroom with king bed

    Bedroom with king bed

  • Private hot tub

    Private hot tub

  • Past and future kitchenette, coming back soon.

    Past and future kitchenette, coming back soon.

VRBO #354651

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 20, 2016

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