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Exotic Luxury in the heart of Montecito

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 4,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Stylish, original & fun. Secluded 1-acre retreat with pool, spa, BBQ + Fire-pit

Kashmir, the ultimate one-of-a-kind experience!

Enter through a beautiful vintage gate in the most exclusive neighborhood near the upper village of Montecito, and a spectacular 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home awaits, immediately transporting you to Morocco and the Balearic Islands.

With lushly landscaped grounds and architectural elements reflecting international sophistication, Kashmir is intoxicating. The Moorish style home rebuilt in 1968 was meticulously restored in 2011 with a unique blend of colors, fabric textures and eclectic design. The owner's love of art, photography, music and fine furnishings is apparent throughout the property. Every amenity has been provided to assure a luxurious and flawless vacation experience.

The entry, with black onyx-style flooring and gilded ceiling, welcomes guests into this unique home. In the living room, stately French doors and windows span the wall of this bright space, inviting the outside in. On quiet evenings, entertain around the 1904 Steinway Baby Grand "O" series piano, or enjoy the 60" flat screen TV while relaxing in front of the warmly blazing fireplace.

The kitchen's whitewashed walls and Italian statuary marble set the stage for an unprecedented gourmet experience. A massive center island offers front row seating to oversee the culinary delights being created at the commercial-style range and with professional appliances and amenities provided here. Even the most meticulous chef will find every tool needed to create the most demanding dishes. A two-sided gas fireplace separates the kitchen from the formal dining room which seats 10 at a unique round table.

French doors from the kitchen and dining room offer immediate access to the fully enclosed central courtyard. This courtyard is truly the heart of this spectacular home with its sparkling pool, and plenty of lounge chairs around it's perimeter.

The nearby outdoor kitchen, with seating for 10 at a built-in banquette-style mosaic table, is a charming spot for a lavish sit-down dinner or a casual pool-party buffet.

From the kitchen, ascend stairs of exotic multi-colored hand painted Moroccan tiles to the posh Master Suite on the second floor. Crisp white walls are the blank canvas to this fresh contemporary room of black and white with crimson accents. A balcony, reached through massive wood sliding doors, acts as a loggia to watch activity in the pool courtyard below.

With the sun setting on the ocean views beyond, take refuge on the lounges or suspended rope hammock and melt into your dreams.

The marble Master Bathroom is beautifully appointed with step-down bathtub with shower-head, mirrored vanity and views of the backyard.

Nearby Bedroom #4, vibrant with colored fabrics and pillows atop extra long twin beds, is designed as a quiet reading den or cozy sleeping quarters.

Downstairs is Bedroom #2 (west) with a California king bed and French-door access to the private outdoor spa. The addition of a queen sleeper sofa makes it perfect for families with small ones that need to remain close. The California king bed in Bedroom #3 (north) faces the lush backyard, while more French doors offer immediate access to cool evening breezes or warm summer sunshine.

In both downstairs bathrooms, light streams in through tall windows and reflects off cool marble to create bright spaces. Large open glass showers complete the picture for a spa-like experience.

All the bedrooms, the living rooms, and the pool room have 50" or 60" flat screen TV's with Direct-TV. Music streams throughout the home from the built-in speaker system.

The "Pool Room," off the central courtyard, is a wonderfully versatile guest retreat. This stand-alone space with a private entrance can be used as a family game room, or as a 5th Bedroom Suite with a custom handcrafted California king day bed. The unique focal point of this entertaining room is the 1920 Brunswick tournament-sized pool table which was featured in a match between Minnesota Fats and Paul Newman in the movie "The Hustler". Flanked by an abundance of large French doors on both sides, this room can be opened up to create a continuous flow from the pool courtyard to the large shady backyard.

The outdoor landscaping was designed by renowned architect Eric Nagelman, and boasts massive boulders, native plants, and a seasonal creek. The park-like setting of the property speaks to the importance of preserving the natural landscape. During evening hours, the outdoor lighting is magnificent.

After each sunset, gather around the large open sand fire pit, or sneak away for a private soak in the spa under the stars.

Kashmir echoes of faraway places. Once inside the gates of this special property, you too, will feel worlds away. Visit again and again; as each stay promises to be a unique and memorable experience in luxury.

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Montecito House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 32
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • W E D D I N G S, E V E N T S & PARTIES are not allowed on this property. No outside guests are permitted. Please read the house rules for details.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 (master) - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Master Bathroom w/Step down Shower - tub combo, 2 sinks
    Bathroom 2 (north) - toilet , shower , w/walk-in glass shower, sink, toilet, large walk-in closet
    Bathroom 3 (west) - toilet , shower , w/Lg walk-in shower, 2 sinks, toilet
    Bathroom 4 (Pool House) - toilet , shower , shower and toilet in seperate rooms
    Bathroom 5 (Powder Room) - toilet , Downstairs hallway bet. Kitchen and Living Room
  • Master Bathroom w/ step down shower - tub combination, 2 sinks, private toilet; Bathroom #2 w/ lg walk-in shower, 2 sinks, toilet; Bathroom #3 w/ walk-in glass shower, sink, toilet; Pool House Bathroom #4 w/ walk-in shower, sink, private toilet; Powder Room w/ sink and toilet.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 (Master - upstairs) - 1 king , Large Sofa, TV & deck w/Ocean, Island/Mountain views
    Bedroom 2 (north) - 1 king , 1 Cal/King and 1large Queen size Sleep sofa. TV-area, desk
    Bedroom 3 (west) - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Cal/king, seperate sofa and TV area. Walk-in closet, desk
    Bedroom 4 (upstairs) - 2 twin/ single , 2 extra long twin beds. Room doubles as den.
    Bedroom 5 (Pool-Garden house) - 1 king , Large library sitting area, pool table, wood fireplace
  • Upstairs Master Bedroom w/ Cal-King bed; Upstairs Bedroom #4 w/2 extra long twin beds; Downstairs Bedroom #2 w/Cal-King bed and queen sofa sleeper; Downstairs Bedroom #3 w/Cal- King bed Main floor; Pool Room w/custom King-size bed. All beds with 4 down pillows, 700 thread-count linens and European down comforters; extra pillows and blankets in closets. Non-down allergy options available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Exotic Luxury in the heart of Montecito
average rating of 4.923077 based on 30 reviews

Perfect Residence for our family vacation. Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

They say location, location,location is the secret. Kashmir is a uniquely elegant residence in a perfect location in Monticeto with wonderful tropical grounds, pool and much, much more. Our family loved every minute of our stay. Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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san fransciso, ca

Can’t wait to come back!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved every aspect of this home. Words cannot adequately describe the mood, feel, warmth... from the setting to the layout to the decor... pool was amazing... pool house was a hit... kitchen with massive island was the center of our gathering... Steinway piano showcased my brother in law’s talent and the entire family gathered in this comfy room after dinner... fireplace between kitchen and dining room kept my mother warm and provided just enough see through to feel like the two rooms were perfectly connected... numerous French doors and windows opening up to the lush yards kept everything feeling airy and breezy... I could go on and on but I don’t think I need to... if you are fortunate to secure a date at this home you will leave wanting more. Thank you Valerie for being so welcoming and lovely and easy to work with. Thank you Remy for letttingbus enjoy your Moroccan/Indian getaway!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, TX

So worth it!

  • 5 of 5

A group of 6 women stayed here and loved it. Beautiful house. Everything taken care of, and well located. Could not have been better!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sleeps four couples comfortably. All others have to be kids

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and amenities. Great location quiet and secluded.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Visalia, CA

Fun, easy family friendly house

  • 4 of 5

We loved the layout & Location, very family friendly. The home was a little worn when compared to the photos but had a lot of personality. Thanks again

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jefferson NY and New York City

Wonderful House

  • 5 of 5

Our family has rented houses for vacations all over the world and Kashmir is at the top of the list. The house is very comfortable, personal and very interesting decor, fine hotel quality beds, bedding and bathrooms, and a kitchen with more dishes, pots and pans and appliances than I have at home. We all had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Property Manager

Valerie Aroyan
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Valerie Aroyan

Entrepreneurs, Architects, Designers

Traveling the globe and creating one-of-the-kind vacation rentals in prime spots and unique locations.

Valerie Aroyan purchased this house in 2010

Why Valerie Aroyan chose Montecito

We considered ourselves very lucky when we found this very unique moorish house in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of old Montecito. In 2010 we completely renovated this treasure and decorated it with a blend of Moroccan style and bohemian chic. Featuring amazing contemporary art and photography, we created a super comfortable and relaxed ambience mixed with luxury and many added outdoor fun-spaces. This place is a one-of-akind expirence in Santa Barbara, documented by countless reviews from happy guests.

What makes this house unique

The 4 main bedroom are all large, with king-size beds and all have their own walk-in closets, bathrooms, desks and sitting areas with large flat-screen TVs. The rooms are seperated by extremely thick old moorish walls and are located in separate parts of the house to allow for privacy. There are 3 fire places, a historical pool table from the 1961 movie "The Hustler" (Paul Newman and Minnesota Fats) in the separate Garden/Pool room, a heated pool, Jacuzzi and and outdoor fire pit. This house also features a fully equipped gourmet kitchen with a large center island and a gas fire place. A baby-grand Steinway will be a delight for music lovers and musicians. This house was created with luxury and fun in mind.

Guestbook comments from the manager

9/7/2012 – This place is awesome. Thank you for providing this paradise for people to enjoy
Sep 2012
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Nearest Airport
16.9 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.8 Miles
Pierre La Fond Bar and Bistro
Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
Birnam Wood Golf Course
Nearest Train
7.1 Miles
Santa Barbara Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 101
Nearest Restaurant
1.8 Miles
Wine Bistro, ViaVai, PaneVino
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Miramar Beach
Car: recommended

The host recommends the following first class services. Please book in advance:

Yoga, detox, water massage Therapy by, Watsu by Ninaya (call 805.637.2387)

Holistic Massage Therapy by Amy (text to 805.698-3569 or email to


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $425
Damage Deposit $5,000

>Pool heating on request. Fees are $25/day in Summer (June/15 - Sept/15) and $45 in Winter
>Check-in at 3pm, check-out at 10am

Payment and Cancellation terms:
>30% deposit required to secure booking
>-Balance of 70% due 90 days prior to check-in date
>If reservation is cancelled within 90 days before check-in, the second payment of 70%will be refunded if property can be re-leased for .the same rate during the same time period. If the rate or new rental time differs from the ..original reservation, the refund will be .prorated accordingly.
>$5,000 security deposit refundable within 14 days of check-out.
>Pool heating fees: $25/day for reservations between May 15 - Sep 15, $45/day for reservations between Sep 16 - May 14
>90+ night stays require a special pre-payment and deposit schedule to be arranged directly with the owners.
>We do not to rent to groups of adults under the age of 35

Please carefully read the house rules for owners cancellation policies and other terms. Owners do not use the general terms of VRBO, instead guest will receive a full binding contract by owner which spells out all terms in detail.

W E D D I N G S & E V E N T S

due to recent restrictions on vacation rentals by the City of Santa Barbara we cannot allow any more weddings or large parties at our property.

Kashmir is situated in a very high-end neighborhood and it is extremely important to preserve the peaceful environment around us and to keep a good relationship with the neighbors.

Dinner parties are restricted to the houseguests only and no additional guests should be invited (occasional exceptions for a few additional guests can be made after consultation with the owners and depending of the circumstances). There cannot be any loud music past 10PM outside and only reduced noise up to 12:30 AM inside. Cars should not leave later than 12:00 AM

Please also keep in mind that Kashmir is often rented back to back and

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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