|Space||2,750 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||30 nights|
This beautiful light filled home has ocean views from almost every room. This house has been upgraded to a very high standard with Italian plaster and limewash on every wall inside and out, creating a wonderful ambience of color and natural beauty. The main house has 3 bedroom, 3 baths, (2 en suite) plus our Love Shack, a separate structure a little way up the hill with sensational views, 1 bed, 1/2 bath and outside jacuzzi bathtub under the olive tree! 2 outside showers. The master bedroom is 15' W x 18' L. There is a gourmet kitchen with Wolf Range, Viking Oven, Sub Zero Refrigerator, Microwave & enough counter space for 8 people to prep at the same time!
Spacious living room (23 x 17).
We too are travelers. We have traveled all around the world and have lived on five continents. Having spent many months and years living in different parts of the world, we know the importance of our vacation rental being beautiful, luxurious and feeling like HOME.
Fiona FitzHerbert purchased this house in 2009
It's utterly beautiful! We wake in the morning and just go ahhhh... We step out on the decks and are continually captivated by the beauty of our home. We are health enthusiasts, and have created our oasis to be just that. A big private fresh water Jacuzzi bath tub under an old olive tree with ocean views to soak up. An ozonated hot tub to relax in pure warm water without the need for chemicals to toxify our bodies. An outside infrared sauna under our giant pepper tree, to sweat out the impurities. Fountains and gardens and views and privacy – just lovely! All the walls of our home inside and out are covered with natural old-world Venetian plasters, stucco and limewash. Walls that are natural and actually breathe. We love color, and as you can see in the pictures, we brought a whole slew of them into our perfect retreat property. We welcome you to come and experience our taste of ‘wonder’ and comfort when you come to Santa Barbara. We just had a recent guest from a competing website that had to say... 'Fiona's Santa Barbara Hillside Oasis is spectacular in every way. The posted description is accurate, but does not begin to describe the beauty of the home- the architecture, the decor, the landscaping, the neighborhood; the house is 5 star hotel clean, comfortable with silky sheets and fluffy absorbent towels, lovely scented body wash is available in all bathrooms. The 'Love Shack', set slightly uphill on the property, provides a fourth bedroom of equal comfort and amenities to those found in the main house. It is so pleasurable to sit outside on one of the many patios, balconies and terraces and just take in the splendor of the terraced gardens on the property. The house feels quite remote but is only a 5 minute drive to great hiking, the best beaches and the downtown Santa Barbara shopping and dining district. Fiona was wonderful to work with prior to our booking, providing prompt and comprehensive responses to our many questions. The welcome basket...'
This is just a stunning location. Close to the beach and town with everything that you can possibly need and more. Beauty, Ocean views, Island views, Harbor views, City views... it's all here to just enjoy. And our 5 year creation to make this home such a wonderful retreat for us, and for those that we love sharing it with.
Our stay consisted of mostly rainy days. Thus, for us, it was not a satisfactory trip. The property has many outside sitting areas with wonderful views. We rarely got to enjoy this because of all the rain. We were stuck inside. The home itself is quite run down. We didn't use the main shower because we didn't want to clean the glass after every shower. The living room had white carpet, so we didn't use it because we had 2 dogs and the mud from the rain was impossible to avoid. And the driveway was a challenge. We parked one car at the bottom along the road. The owner, Fiona, was lovely. Bottom line, we left 7 days early.
This property is very well named, as it was indeed a hillside oasis. We brought together our family of four California-based children, spouses, significant others (and ourselves from the East Coast) for an end of summer get together. We couldn't have imagined a better place to do this. Everyone in our group was taken in by the location, beautiful house, and the tranquil outside spaces. The listing is very accurate but cannot capture the extraordinary ambience with pictures or words.
Everything was in perfect order,and we felt very much at home from the start. It was easy and enjoyable to cook meals for a group of eight and enjoy them in the delightful dining room, and in the outdoor seating area. Although we had plenty of activities planned, no one wanted to leave, and we found ourselves instead relaxing and enjoying being together on this picturesque hillside.
Most of all we hope to return to enjoy this entrancing place in the future.
We all loved the house, the location and overall, everyone raved about my selection. We had some minor issues that were immediately taken care of. My only complaint would be the steep driveway and the stairs to the Love Shack. Everyone wanted to sit up there for the view which for Texans is a real treat. The steepness didn't bother anyone else except me and the Uber drivers at night. At the age of 78 it was a little more challenging, but I did fine and took 45 minute walks with my kids every morning up and down the hills.
Everything was just as appeared on the wesite. I was familiar with Montecito, so I had some favorite Haunts and found more. We loved Lucky's for dinner, the Honor Bar and the Four Seasons for cocktails, and Janine's for breakfast and lunch. We also had a good breakfast at the Montecito Village Pharmacy and and found an Italian restaurant in the same area of upper Montecito. Brophy's is my favorite for seafood .
I most definitely would recommend this house to my family and friends and rate it five stars. The views are gorgeous.
Thank you Fiona for sharing your beautiful home with us.
Terrific house in the hills that surround Santa Barbara. The views, obviously a focal point, look DIRECTLY down to town, the harbor and the sea. The house is perfectly situated in a way that takes advantage of this position but is itself a destination. It oozes character and is clearly very well taken care of. The house works well for a group of people with a variety of options. We ended up staying in the "Love Shack" due to the views and treetop feel. I would encourage you to also reach out to the owner who is readily accessible and accommodating.
My husband and I (& Boston, the dog) rented this property for my birthday week. It's centrally located on the Santa Barbara Riviera with relatively easy access to downtown Santa Barbara. The views from this property are stunning, especially from the top of the property at the Love Shack. Upon arrival, we arranged for a fantastic masseuse to set up on the deck overlooking the ocean. It was the perfect temperature to have an outdoor massage. We utilized the spacious kitchen to make meals with our Tuesday afternoon farmer's market goodies. We also took advantage of the hot tub. This home has 3 large bedrooms in the main house, with a lovely "Love Shack" bedroom at the top of the property. Spacious kitchen, ample bathrooms, outdoor living rooms galore, great dining room. We loved the ornate decor that spoke volumes from the owner's trips all over the world! Only trick was managing a steep, narrow driveway everyday. Fiona answered all my questions and made me feel very welcome at her gorgeous home. Worth the visit! We'd love to return.
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely hillside retreat. I can't give enough kudos to Fiona and the property managers who went to great lengths to ensure we had all we needed. Everything is as advertised on VRBO - the kitchen is amazing and the bedding is first class.The ocean and surrounding views are stunning - one could sit on the balcony and gaze at them all day.
The house itself brings the lovely setting indoors. The furnishings and layout are eclectic, mixing a Santa Barbara lifestyle with other cultures - truly charming. It is also very private. I've used VRBO to stay in many places, and if I have the chance again, I'll come back to this one. We loved it.
As well as being very close to the beach, the property is 2 minutes from world famous Lotusland, and minutes from many nearby natural parks and hiking trails.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$99|
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.