Estate, 8 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 9.5 Baths, (Sleeps 16)
Why Melanie Cava chose Santa Barbara
Ravenscroft is just as much a piece of historical art as it is a home. Peggy Ravenscroft, the original owner, was ahead of her time in her achievements (a summary of her life can be emailed) and had the vision to commission George Washington Smith (GWS) on the creation of this home. GWS is said to the father of Santa Barbara Architecture. This home is of museum quality with original masterpiece features in tact including tiles, wrought iron, stone work, furnishings and artwork original to the era. Yet it has been modernized with all new systems while maintaining original features. As we walked through Ravenscroft our first time, there was another interested party who was saying they were going to gutt the home. We had to buy it because our goal is to preserve and share it with others. Peggy and GWS started something that deserves to be seen. Someone once said this home is to be felt as much as seen as it has a magical ambiance/spirit. Not to mention the majestic gardens with mature 100 year old trees, stone pathways and sitting area with fireplace providing beauty from every angle.
What makes this Estate unique
Main house, Guest House, Two Cottages, Tennis Court, Pool, Spa, Theater Room, Office, Billiards room, sauna and magical garden. Private gated and encased.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
The house was gorgeous and more than I could’ve ever asked for for an all star break trip!
The property was so clean and well kept. Everything was top of the line and the amenities were second to none. I’d stay here over and over again. Everyvody needs to stay here at least once!!!
We were thrilled to host our first NBA Players from the All Star Games in LA and even more excited to hear how much they loved Ravenscroft. We look forward to hosting them again and are so grateful for the feedback.
It was truly magical experience ! Such a beautiful and serene setting.
The house was amazing. You felt as if you were in 1920s Hollywood era .
We spent every night around the outdoor fireplace .
Can’t wait to return.
An absolute dream! We wished we never had to leave!
Gorgeous property and Todd was wonderful Abor answering all of our questions and insuring we had everything we needed.
Ravenscroft Historic Estate is a perfect step back to the magical, glory days of Montecito. It is has been painstakingly restored to shine in all its romantic glory. Every area of the estate offers an experience for everyone who stays there. My grandchildren enjoyed the tennis and swimming while my husband (who is a landscaper) found total joy in the beautiful grounds. The kitchen is a wonderful place to connect with family while cooking in a perfectly appointed kitchen with a cozy fireplace. The grand living room is the epitome of entertaining and singing out tunes to the piano. Todd is an amazing host who offers all the help you could ask for. His passion for the home is contagious. I would highly recommend Ravenscroft if you are looking for a first class, five star experience.
Amazing & Wonderful Estate to rent for family vacation
My family (15 adults & teens) just enjoyed a perfect family vacation at Ravenscroft. It is a spectacular and unique property. The owners have lovingly restored the home to it's original grandeur and it was a special treat to be able to call this estate home for a week.
The grounds are stunning. The pool, jacuzzi and tennis court were so well maintained. There's a chicken coop on the property and we were able to get fresh eggs for breakfast. Upon our arrival, the kitchen was stocked with everything we'd requested and a full dinner was left for us so we didn't have to cook or shop on that first night. On a different night, we hired the private chef recommended to us and she was outstanding.
There is air conditioning in the master suite and fans provided in the other rooms although the gorgeous Montecito weather doesn't often require their use. Aside from the Maine House bedrooms, there is a one-bedroom guest suite that is beautifully decorated and has an extremely comfortable king bed as well as a pull-out sofa in the living room. There is a 9 seat movie theater with exceptionally comfortable reclining chairs. There is an outdoor ping pong patio, indoor billiard room and gym, outdoor fireplaces in several locations... honestly, this property is virtually perfection.
The only thing I'd change is the WiFi signal. It's available in a few spots in the house, but not across the entire property. That said, it was rather nice putting the phone/iPad down for the better part of every day.
There are so many places to relax and have fun on the property that it was hard to venture beyond the beautiful wrought iron gates. However, there are many great restaurant choices right in Montecito.
This is a special place and the owners are beyond accommodating. I could not recommend it more highly.
Thank you Kathy! We are so grateful to have guests that can truly understand and enjoy Ravenscroft's magic. We also wanted future guest to know that central air-conditioning has been added in the main house and also in Jack's Cottage with individual thermostat's in each bedroom along and also in each room. We have also added repeaters throughout and also upgraded the WiFi service and while it does not cover the entire house, guest house, Jack's and Abigail's cottage (very large area), it has been significantly improved.
Splendid for the whole family!
We had a fantastic famiy reunion celebrating our dad's 80th birthday. We ranged in age from 7 years old to 80 and there was something for everyone. We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful gardens and the gorgeous estate. There is no need to leave the Ravenscroft Estate because there is so much to do. My neice enjoyed finding fresh eggs every morning in the chicken coop, we all loved swimming in the pool, relaxing in the jacuzzi and playing family tennis. The lawn was perfect for bocce ball. We watched family movies in the theater, played ping pong, rode bikes and went hiking. There are so many lovely gardens to choose from to just sit and read a book or listen to the birds chirping. The kitchen was well equiped with gorgeous appliances which made it a joy to cook family meals. It was truly hard to leave and we all hope to be able to return soon.
- The Beach is less than 2 miles away.
- Downtown Santa Barbara is 5 miles away.
- Santa Ynez wineries are 45 miles away for which there are several services that provide day trips from limos to jeeps
- Lotus Land is steps away
- Casa De Herrera is within 2 miles