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Family Oriented Sweet Spot

Bedrooms 4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 6 - 14 nights

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Minimum Stay
6 - 14 nights

About the property

spacious yet cozy 4-Bed/5-Bath for a perfect respite away

6,000 Sq Ft French-Normandy home situated on 3-wooded acres 7 minutes from beach

This comfortable home sleeps seven adults with extra space for children. It sits amidst the serene natural beauty of oaks with mountain and ocean views. The home has always been maintained to highest standards without the use of harsh products so its ideal for chemically sensitive people. The entire house and property have "memon" water and "memon-combi" (German technology) used for over 20 years to nullify harmful effects EMF, Wifi, and air/water toxicity. The drought tolerant landscape is organically sustained. During the quiet evening hours and early morning, faint sounds of a train in the distance, donkey baying and numerous bird songs bring the neighborhood alive to those seeking a place to unwind and relax yet close enough to all that Santa Barbara offers.

Downstairs is a casual family room with leather sofa and two arms chairs, a large kitchen seating four, a formal dining room for six, both front and back patios have chairs and table, living room/game room with antiqued pool table, laundry room, and full bath. The office is available for stays of 30 days or longer.

All vaulted ceiling bedrooms upstairs include Temper-Pedic mattresses, fine linens and lush towels. Between the quiet and comfort guests all comment how deeply they sleep and rested they become.

The largest first bedroom (queen) includes an oval bathtub and shower, fireplace, stereo,with Sonos sound system, flat screen with Apple TV, balcony.

The second bedroom with (twin) sleigh bed is suitable for child, teen, or single adult with small bathtub and shower.

The large middle bedroom (queen) includes a sitting area and desk, private balcony with table and four chairs overlooking the garden plus bathroom with shower.

The fourth bedroom (CA king) with separate outdoor entrance includes a double wide marble shower, mini-kitchen, custom built feather sofa, 'relax-the-back' adjustable leather arm-chair (with lap-top platform), table and two chairs, 40' flatscreen TV with cable, DVD selection, Apple TV for use with your iTunes account for TV and movie rentals.

Enjoy the grounds and pick from 20 fruit trees in season. The sand-carpeted tennis court facility includes a ball-machine. Ask about our pro service. Several trailheads are nearby with varying degrees of hiking ability and I supply handouts of routes so you won't get lost! This quiet location offers both adventure and relaxation.

Situated between the Los Padres National Forest mountain range and Pacific Ocean, Montecito is a small enclave of Santa Barbara. A variety of beaches, California-fresh gourmet restaurants, and alluring boutique shops are minutes away. We are 7-10 minute drive to the ocean and guests are welcome to enjoy the restaurant Tydes at the private Coral Casino Club on Butterfly Beach. The owner enjoys helping with whatever needs guests have and is available for assistance.

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Cheryl Tomchin
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Cheryl Tomchin

In my late teens I began traveling abroad throughout Europe and S.E. Asia finding my way to India in the 1960s, for which I am forever grateful. Blessed to live on this property for nearly thirty-years its beauty still captivates me. Our area has everything from world class restaurants to a bug-free mild climate with mountain hiking trails and year-round ocean swimming… with or without wetsuit! I love picking fruits and vegetables in the garden and weekly tennis games all from the backyard. Over the years guests staying here all commented we provided a 'reset' button where they could rest and become healthier. My latest 'motto' is PLAY2DY though I couple that with working on numerous environmental causes through non-profit agencies. My passion of the past few years is the World Business Academy helping make California fossil-free and close the last remaining nuclear power plant.

Cheryl Tomchin purchased this estate in 1987

Why Cheryl Tomchin chose Montecito

The picturesque home initially attracted me, but the land keeps me here. Building with rock and boulders became my creative outlet. My guests find solace and rejuvenation during their stay and have access to the property with over 20 fruit trees to pick from seasonally. This lovely space lends itself to restful, sweet dreams day or night. Take your book and lounge in the double hammock or a choice of sun or shade lounging chairs. There is a cottage and a "rock hut" on the property with helpful people onsite should any needs arise. To read reviews from recent visitors staying in our Fragrant-Free Guest Suite, please refer to listing number 623090 under VRBO or Homeaway.

This is an extremely quiet neighborhood. It is a fragrance-free home and acceptable to chemically sensitive people therefore I host non-smokers only. And in the aloha-spirit, kindly remove your shoes before the carpeted upstairs. Due to our drought conditions all of Montecito is on water restriction so its important to shower 5 minutes or less per day which allows the plants outside to continue thriving.

What makes this estate unique

The quiet and woodsy neighborhood has four road side walking 'loops' ranging from twenty to sixty minutes for light stroll to strenuous uphill exercise at any time of day or night. Guests will enjoy the hidden trails as well as magnificent ocean views.

I provide unscented soap, shampoo and beach towels. If anyone in your party would like a massage onsite (shiatsu/tui na for $80 an hour, or Swedish, energy work $120 for 1.15) let me know in advance for availability.

Tennis racquets (adult and children size) are provided for play on soft surface sand court. A tennis pro is available for $75 depending on his schedule and I can frequently arrange for a strong player to give a good tennis workout for $40/hour with notice.

We offer guest-passes to enjoy the private restaurant Tydes on Butterfly Beach with its fabulous Santa Barbara sunset views. Download the Homeaway Mobile App for driving instructions and local recommendations. The information is automatically sent from VRBO/Homeaway two weeks prior to your reservation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had five wonderful days at this property. We were made extremely welcome by the owner Cheryl. In our wildest dreams we did not expect to stay in such a fine home in such a special location. There are splendid walks on and around the property. Montecito has a number of excellent cafes and restaurants. It is however only a short ride from the delights of Santa Barbara. We just had the best time and cannot praise hostess Cheryl enough for treating us as family members!

My Response:

My deep appreciation for bringing your English humor to our shores and its so lovely witnessing a couple together 40+ years still stepping-in-sync enjoying each day together.
Apr 2015
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Family Oriented Sweet Spot
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

An unforgatable experience in Montecito that will be forever in our memories .The best VRBO Rental

  • 5 of 5

When you first enter the gates of this multi million dollar Montecito estate .You will immediately fall in love all over again , Its a scene out of a fairy tale . We were greeted by a warm beautiful host who gave us a tour of the grounds which included an organic garden with many vegetables and herbs growing plus an orchard of citrus trees and grass tennis court surrounded by a forest .We were told to please help ourselves to all of its glory .The owner Cheryl helped my wife book private tennis lessons for my 8 year old son George .The kitchen was equipped with all the gourmet tools to cook up our thanksgiving meal The enormous house was decorated with beautiful furniture and artifacts from around the world ,We enjoyed the pool table room and used the many fireplaces throughout the house. Cheryl belonged to an exclusive private beach club ,The Coral Casino and offered us to use the property for the nominal guest fees . Its located at the Four Seasons Hotel .Wow !! We travel quite a bit with VRBO and this was by far our favorite property anywhere in the USA .The beds were top notch and the sheets were the most comfortable of any house or Five star hotel we have ever stayed .Treat your self to a once in a life time experience!! Forgot to mention The hiking trails that start in the back of the property are amazing .

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad to have met you and your family and especially pleased you decided to move down the street! my grandson is the same age as your son so now he'll have a playmate when visiting. Keep stopping by to pick from the garden.
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  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic stay!! Beautiful property with all the amenities you can think of to accommodate any age range. A sanctuary. Excellent location, private, quiet, yet close to downtown, beaches, and restaurants. Cheryl is an amazing hostess and made our stay there very special. It was a family get together for our brother's wedding. We Highly recommend this beautiful villa. Thanks Cheryl for your hospitality and memorable moments.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's a pleasure to find connection meeting a new friend to share story. Thanks for spending time here et bon voyage!
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Beautiful house, amazing host

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location, well manicured house and an amazing owner. A must in Santa Barbara.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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We had a wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a large rental for a holiday gathering, and this house was perfect! The bedrooms are large, each with en suite bathroom, and the living space was sufficiently spacious that things were not cramped when jigsaw puzzles were in progress. The owner put up and decorated a Christmas tree and other seasonal decorations so the house was quite festive when we arrived. When I realized that there was not a large roasting pan in the kitchen for the Christmas roast, the owner appeared with one! The island in the country kitchen worked well, so that my granddaughter and I were able to prepare food and to make pasta together on it, then, later, it accommodated all completed dishes for our family style buffets. The grounds are lovely, with a pond full of koi which voraciously ate the peas stocked in the freezer and offered by the grandchildren. There is also a swing under the oaks that both grandchildren loved! The 5 year old had her first tennis lessons, using a junior-sized racket and the balls available at the house. There are many lovely walks to take from the house, and the men of our family went out for a bicycle ride, made strenuous because of proximity of foothills. Given the size of our group we did not go to any of the nearby restaurants, but the local grocery was well-stocked. Shortly after we left, the owner discovered that a small toy had been left behind, and she quickly packaged it and mailed it directly to our granddaughter. All in all this rental was absolutely perfect for us!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So sweet to read your experience of staying here, Elaine! My greatest joy in sharing my home is for folks to have the opportunity of reconnecting with their extended families... and grandparents spending time with little ones is the most precious.
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great location, great house and a nice family get away

  • 5 of 5

We took our family for a last minute get away. Cheryl was very accommodating and we enjoyed the grounds, the tennis court, house, and location. So peaceful and quiet. Able to access Santa Barbara's beautiful beaches and location. We will return and refer all our friends to stay here as well. Thanks Cheryl

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet estate

  • 5 of 5

Cheryl is an amazing hostess. Her home is absolutely gorgeous, with lots of room, beautiful views, quiet, and close to many attractions. It is nice to know that she is nearby in case you need something and at the same time she gives you privacy.she is excellent at accommodating any special needs you might have, and Checks in periodically to make sure everything is top notch.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Robin. So far its all been families booking so there was a learning curve to overcome for me by having 7 individuals for a week. I am most impressed with all the students from Pacifica and congratulations of your graduation!
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Rates & Availability

Upper Village Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
14 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee per week $300
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.0%

The Standard Weekly Rate is 7 nights for the price of 6 or $3,900 rather than $4,550. The house is located on 3 acres. The middle acre has a rented cottage and a smaller hut dwelling which may or may not be occupied. Up the trail at the far end of the property is the tennis court. I'm looking for a "low-impact" family to rent the home during summer months. If water usage goes over allocation or the historic numbers; then renter is responsible to pay the overage. The same goes true for electricity and gas in that the numbers should be consistent with the bills for the past few years.

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Upper Village Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
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  • Clothes Dryer ...
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  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
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  • Towels Provided ...
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  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
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  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
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  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , double wide marble shower and bench
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , this full-length tub is in downstairs bathroom
  • Due to the severe water shortage in our area we request only one bathing per day and preferably 5 minute showers is GREATLY appreciated. The outdoor plants are very thirsty.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
  • All bedrooms are carpeted and we request no shoes be worn upstairs. Bedroom #1 and #4 (and downstairs) have flat screen television plus Sonos Sound System and "Apple TV" capabilities. The house is outfitted with German technology Memon water filter and Combi air purifier nullifying Wifi, EMF, and toxic air pollutants.
  • Books ...
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  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
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  • Video Library
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  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Housekeeper is available once or twice a week for $30/hour. Shiatsu, Swedish, and Energy Healing massage practitioners are available by reservation and varying prices between $80-$150

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