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Beautiful Refugio Canyon Hideaway, a Rural location in Santa Barbara

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,475 sq ft
Property type house


About the property

Spacious 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home With Beautiful Views (Sleeps 4)

Come stay in our vacation home away from home...A short drive north of Santa Barbara on Hwy 101, just up the canyon from Refugio State Beach and down the hill from President Reagan's Ranch.

This newly renovated home is spacious and has 2 nice size bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, right in the middle of mountains and two creeks on this 214 acre Ranch. It has a screened in porch for morning coffee or drinks at sunset...It also has a large kitchen and living room perfect for entertaining. This is a surfer and wine enthusiast paradise. Come and breathe the fresh air and drink the cool clear water from our own spring.

We have Limousine service that can pick you up from Los Angeles and other airports in Southern California and bring you straight to us.This Limousine service can also take you to other destinations, including the Santa Ynez Wine Country. For reservations please ask for Luigi's contact information.

I also have a one bedroom cabin that is also listed on vrbo. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHECK IT OUT THE LISTING NUMBER IS:


More Details

Joyce Orsua
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Joyce Orsua

I grew up here on this ranch with my 5 sisters and 2 brothers. I am granddaughter to Ramon Mateo Saralegui from Spain, who originally homesteaded this Ranch in 1886. He met my grandmother Dolores also from Spain, here in Santa Barbara and they were married.Together they had two children. My father Bernard and his sister Anne. My dad was a very hard working man. He met and married my mother Maxine in 1946. He was a Rancher and built the main Ranch house while working full time at the Gas Co. My mother Maxine was a homemaker and designer of the Ranch house that my dad built...

As children we spent a lot of time outdoors, especially in the creek and at our Refugio Beach in the summertime...What fun!

I currently live here in the Ranch house where we have had most of our family gatherings throughout the years. We have also had several weddings on the property so if you are interested in having a wedding here or some other small event please let me know. There are many beautiful sites to choose from that could potentially be perfect for you.

Joyce Orsua purchased this house in 1896

Why Joyce Orsua chose Goleta

I own this property because it was passed down to me. We have owned it since the 1800's and I have the honor of being the caretaker of this unique piece of heaven on earth...

What makes this house unique

Not only do I love my home and this property because I grew up here and have so many memories but it's really the perfect location. If you want quiet relaxation it's as good as it gets. It's only a short distance to some of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California. If you want to go horseback riding it's only 5 minutes away. In just 20-30 minutes South you can go to Goleta or Santa Barbara, where you can find any number of activities. You can also go North to the Santa Ynez Valley where there is a nice variety of eatery's and winery's to visit or see a movie...


Goleta House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1475 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Hall bathroom
  • All new fixtures and tile in showers.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
  • Master bedroom has new carpet and private bathroom. The house also has an extra small room that would be perfect for a babies crib or storage.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • 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
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We have a limousine Service or a driver for your personal car available upon request. For additional information and fee please contact me for Luigi's info.


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Beautiful Refugio Canyon Hideaway, a Rural location in Santa Barbara
average rating of 4.869565 based on 23 reviews

Cozy canyon getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Joyce's place over Thanksgiving weekend and had a blast. It was the perfect size for us (family of 4, including 2 toddlers), along with two friends! The screened porch was so peaceful for eating meals. The location is up a ways but really convenient right off the freeway. She was responsive to all of our questions, and was a gracious host. We hope to be back up someday in the future. Thanks again Joyce!

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Los Angeles, California

Well located, low-key with the flavor of an older California time.

  • 4 of 5

Joyce was welcoming and helpful throughout our short stay in the red house in Saralegui Ranch. The two-bedroom, two bath-home is a tidy spot about four miles up from the 101 and some great CA State beaches. The rooms were spacious, the kitchen was practical and in good order, the bathrooms clean and well-lit and our stay was comfortable. The house does have some rustic qualities which might be minimized by having more frequent guests and some updating (screens to keep the bugs out at night and in the morning, better access to the wifi and faster service, a general airing out before guest arrival as it was a bit musty and a bit dusty), but it's in a great setting, has the feel of history, it's quiet and unpretentious. The wine towns are about thirty to forty minutes away, just up the 101, but if you want to hunker down and make your own meals, explore the area by foot and by car, you will be in great shape. There are no nearby stores or restaurants so stock up before you arrive. It was expensive (more than $500 a night for the two nights with all of the fees added in; the nightly number will lower a bit if the fees are stretched over more nights) but there isn't much competition in this sparsely-populated and very quiet part of California. Overall, it's a quiet and rustic and comfortable spot in an interesting and attractive location; maybe not a great value but definitely a nice place to stay and relax and as a base from which to explore the region.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful Retreat

  • 4 of 5

My family and I had the pleasure of staying at this tranquil property hidden away in the Refugio Canyon and could not have had a better stay. The owner, Joyce, was so helpful and friendly and made us feel so welcomed. Looking forward to staying in one of her other properties soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay here! Please come again soon!
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Fantastic getaway in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

I took my parents (visiting from Norway) to Santa Barbara for Memorial Day weekend. My parents are both outdoor people, we loved the fact that this place was a little drive away from downtown Santa Barbara, so we could come back to our retreat and relax after a long day in Santa Barbara.

The place was fantastic, and Joyce was a great host! We'd love to come back next time as well!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming! It was a pleasure having you! Guest's like you make it all worthwhile... Please come again soon!
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Los Angeles

lovely hideaway in refugio canyon

  • 5 of 5

the is a darling little house tucked away in refugio canyon near goleta and santa barbara. our host, joyce was very accommodating and responsive to all our questions.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I am so glad you liked it...I just hope that you can come back again when you have more time...Your always welcome!
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Very secluded location with modern amenities

  • 5 of 5

We were there for only 1 night, but it was awesome. The house is perfect for 4-6 people. bedrooms are large and the kitchen is nicely stocked. There was coffee, Spices, some condiments. We could have brought some groceries from Goleta, (about 15 min drive). I liked the little diary the owner left for feedback, and I suggested she could upgrade the Tv's to some flat screens, and bug light in the outside patio would be nice to keep those pesky bugs out of the patio, so people can enjoy it in the evening.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the suggestions! You have been a pleasure! Please come again when you have more time!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Sandpiper Gulf Course
Nearest Train
28 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Hwy 101
Nearest Restaurant
14 Miles
Bacara Resort & Spa
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Refugio State Beach
Car: necessary

Above there are several activities that are 15-35 minutes from my vacation rental to give you a better perspective what kind of activities are close even though a bit farther than 15 minutes.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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