Spacious Spanish-style guesthouse on a tranquil wooded hillside, five minutes from UCSB and the beach. Three attractive, airy rooms plus a work alcove with full-sized desk. Perfect for longer stays as well as short ones.
Located on a quiet private lane in the hills just west of town, the cottage offers many of the comforts of home. It is spacious at 700 square feet, the maximum allowed for guesthouses in the county. It features a handsome, inviting living room as well as a fully equipped kitchen with table and four chairs. The large bedroom has a top-quality queen bed. (There is also a sofa bed with comfortable new mattress.) Attractive touches include a work alcove, tile floors, high ceilings, skylights, and private patio. We have also just installed air-conditioning. There is parking for two cars in front of the cottage and more in the back, if needed. Free access to cable TV and WiFi.
You have private access to the cottage and can come and go as you please. There is a lockbox where you can pick up the key or drop it off when you leave if we are not available.
The cottage was built for my husband's mother, who moved to Santa Barbara in her 80s. It is wheelchair accessible and has seating and handlebars in the shower.
We live on the property and will enjoy welcoming you to the cottage. We will be happy to give you tips about things to do and great places to eat in Santa Barbara and the surrounding area.
Although it is easy to get into town, you are away from the lights and sounds of the city. The house is surrounded by California's natural landscape of live oaks, Eucalyptus, and native shrubs. People comment on how serene it is here. The sounds are of bird songs and crickets and an occasional frog. At night, if there is no moon, you can see the Milky Way. We love gardening, and from the cottage you can enjoy views of the garden, the wooded hills, the canyon, and the mountains beyond.
We expect our guests not to smoke or bring pets. Likewise, we want you to avoid loud parties and to keep all noise down after 9 p.m. No non-paying overnight guests please.
Paul and I are semi-retired and feeling grateful to be living at a more leisurely pace in such a wonderful part of the world. We both have academic backgrounds and taught English and American literature at a number of universities in the states and abroad. I've also worked for RAND, the research institute, as a communications coach. Paul and I lived for ten years in Europe, mostly Brussels, where our two sons grew up and attended French-speaking schools. We love to stay with local folks when we travel (France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Lithuania) and look forward to meeting people from around the world through Airbnb. We also love to read and write, cook and garden, and are pleased to have more time for these things nowadays.