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Family Oriented Sweet Spot SURVIVED Thomas Fire!!!

Bedrooms 4
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

spacious yet cozy sleeps 7adults for a perfect respite away

6,000 Sq Ft French-Normandy home situated on 3-wooded acres 7 minutes from beach. Our recent county ordinances regulating short-term vacation rentals allows those of us who choose to remain on the property (in guest house quarters) to host vacationers. I've always lived onsite so I'm grateful I can continue to offer my home to visitors.

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. After the Thomas fire in December 2017 all the vents were professionally cleaned and LED tested to insure no soot remains from the effects of smoke in the air. Our hill tops will sprout new growth in the spring. 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.

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.

More Details

Cheryl Tomchin
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 4, 2018

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 and helping make California fossil-free . My passion for the past few years is studying with Pacifica Graduate Institute's dream tending program working with the Global Dream Community Initiative.

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 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, Thai or Swedish, energy work) it is $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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Montecito Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 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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Family Oriented Sweet Spot survives fire & flood!
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

Paradise in Montecito

  • 5 of 5

Our week long stay in Montecito couldn't have been more relaxing. Cheryl's property transports one to another realm. The house is beautiful and set up with all the amenities you may need. The gardens and acreage around the property were amazing and the deep toned chimes throughout brought about a deep relaxation. Cheryl was a wonderful hostess, helping me with local shopping and restaurants nearby. My husband and I have decided it may be our new favorite vacation spot - no need to leave the country to have a European experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your family enjoyed my home and property the way it's meant to be experienced. It was lovely hearing tennis balls bouncing again!
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Magical yard and extraordinary hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

My young girls and I were displaced during our own home renovation and this property was an incredibly comfortable place to stay. My children LOVED the magical grounds with stone paths, roses, vegetable garden, hammocks, swings and koi pond. Such a restive and lovely setting. This experience was different for us from other vrbo rentals in that the owner lives on the property and took a respectful yet vested interest in making our stay pleasant. She visited with my children, lent them books and was available for questions throughout our stay. Truly a remarkable property and lovely host. Thank you Cheryl!!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so special hearing little people's voices--music to my ears!
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Breathtaking escape from reality

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this magnificent house for our sons wedding. I didn't think anything could have made that week better, but staying in this gorgeous warm and welcoming home did. The house and grounds are gorgeous, but it is also the owners attention to detail that made it perfect. Can't wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Passover Seder in Exquisite Montecito home

  • 5 of 5

We can't thank Cheryl Tomchin enough for sharing her lovely home with us during the past week. The house and garden reflected so much beauty, love, peace and joy....which our family and guests drank in with enormous gratitude. The spacious, gorgeously appointed 4 bedroom home (all with their own baths), reflected Cheryl's own years of loving memories! There are several large working fireplaces within the home, including the kitchen and master bedroom. We felt so "at home" fact, being in this lovely space felt like home.! Cheryl epitomized "Mi casa es su casa!" The kitchen was well equipped to make it easy to cook and plan 2 Seders! One night we had 10 people and the other 14! It was such a gift to be able to bring our sons, who live in Calif. (we live in Phila.), and dear friends all together under one roof, to joyously celebrate Passover. There was a lot of planning involved to prepare....but the highlight was this incredible home and Cherlyl's own "giving" and gracious nature (including sharing her magnificent roses from her garden to grace our holiday table!) The outside gardens have rippling fountains and organic flower and vegetable gardens. It was a peace of heaven to stroll around the property. Who ever chooses this are in for a real treat!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My greatest joy sharing this property is witnessing families enjoying themselves.
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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: November 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.
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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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: December 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!
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $350
Damage Insurance $59

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. Guests are requested to not wear perfume or use hair spray in accordance with this listed as fragrant-free and chemical-free property. Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund