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The Stone Cottage is a Romantic, Secluded Tuscan Villa yet close to Everything!

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 bedroom nestled in live oaks with both sun and shade & attractions close by

Come to beautiful Santa Barbara and enjoy this gorgeous, historic Tuscan-style stone villa, built in 1935. Quiet and secluded, nestled in a stand of live oaks at the base of the American Riviera in Mission Canyon, you are nevertheless within an easy walk or short drive from Santa Barbara’s many attractions and activities, including the Old Santa Barbara Mission, the Natural History Museum, the Botanic Garden and all that downtown and State Street have to offer. You can also travel by trolley with a stop near the cottage. Everything is close by in Santa Barbara and several of its choice beaches are only a few miles away. Its also perfectly situated between Santa Ynez and Carpinteria to check out valley wineries, galleries and museums.

The Stone Cottage at Rocky Nook is an ideal romantic getaway for two or for a solo retreat or for someone here on a working vacation at UCSB or other business. It is fully appointed with all the amenities of home and then some, such as a regal four-poster Queen bed, all new kitchen appliances, a spectacular slate walk-in shower with skylight and huge, original iron paned windows on all walls. With a wood-burning fireplace and smart TV, you may not want to go anywhere, preferring to stay in for a cozy evening with a brandy or hot chocolate. Two lovely patios with seating, one with a gas grill, will beckon you outside though for dinner, coffee in the morning or an evening glass of wine. Or, you can wander further astray and stroll in adjacent Rocky Nook Park.

So, come experience the magical ambiance of the Stone Cottage and all that it has to offer you during your stay in Santa Barbara!

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Mary Ellen Hoffman
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Mary Ellen Hoffman

I grew up in suburban Washington, D.C., but wanted to move to California from the time I was 5 after my aunt moved here to teach school, which roughly coincided with the opening of Disneyland. The closest I got was watching The Wide World of Disney on Sunday nights until I came to Santa Barbara on a spring break from college back in the 70's. I was smitten, but didn't manage to figure out how to live here until decades later when my daughter had the brilliant good sense to go to boarding school up in the hills in nearby Ojai. I moved to Santa Barbara in 2005 to be close by for her senior year, not really planning on staying after she graduated, but here I am more than 10 years later! (Conveniently, she is now a doctor in LA .)

Mary Ellen Hoffman purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Mary Ellen Hoffman chose Upper Riviera

We saw this amazing 1+ acre property for the first time on Father's Day of 2014 and moved in in September 2014, having fallen in love w/ the natural park-like setting and both the charming cottage and grand house; we were captivated by the whole package, but also by the fact that we were still close to everything (Need something from Trader Joe's? 4 minutes' drive!). We undertook some major upgrades to both structures, but retained all the character from the 1920's-30's.

We're looking forward to sharing it with others who want to experience Santa Barbara--and who knows--maybe decide to stay forever, too!

What makes this cottage unique

When you look out the majestic back windows of the cottage or main house at the huge trees for the first time, you can't help but be awed by the natural beauty of the scene, literally in your backyard. You immediately know why the original owner, writer and artist, Thomas Ripley, built the cottage originally for his art studio; he didn't need to go far for inspiration!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Upper Riviera, California

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Brand new all slate large walk-in shower w/ skylight, window and bench. Slate counter top.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Majestic four poster queen bed w/ bedside reading lights, armoir, and grand original iron-paned windows w/ privacy blinds
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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The Stone Cottage is a Romantic, Secluded Tuscan Villa yet close to Everything!
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 81 reviews

Charming and lovely get cottage, perfect get away.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay and enjoyed spending our anniversary in the lovely setting of this special property. We had everything we needed and look forward to when we can visit again.

  • Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Stone Cottage is a wonderful place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time we’ve stayed at the Stone Cottage. Our first visit was for a week last September, and we just completed a two month stay in February and March. This place is magical! It is just as pictured—charming, cozy and comfortable, and close to everything. Mary Ellen was a great host and she made sure our every need was met. We highly recommend the Stone Cottage.

  • Submitted: 31-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful boulders surrounding a stone cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is a delight to the eye - both inside and out. And to the body - comfortable furnishings and extremely comfortable bed and bedding. There are three outdoor areas, one for cooking and eating, one for lounging and another with a table with umbrella next to a waterfall with lively frogs. Truly a one-of-a kind property. Location near the Botanic Gardens is a plus as well.

  • Submitted: 1-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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private beautiful sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

The Stone cottage is a private beautiful sanctuary filled with charm and exceptional care.

Mary Ellen provided everything we needed during our seven night stay. We were captivated with the gardens, rock waterfall and outdoor space. The interior also exceeded our expectations. Great/fun walking trails and parks surrounded the property. Everything within a mile and a half. We will be back

  • Submitted: 22-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Stone Cottage is a warm, comfortable and romantic property. It is very well appointed, comfortable and clean. The location is excellent. The owner, Mary Ellen, was super nice and went out of her way as a host. She even found and returned my wallet that was accidently dropped next to my vehicle! As a host of a vacation property that I own, I carefully looked at her property to see where she could improve it for other guests. I must say, just continue exactly what you are doing and all your guests will be happy! I highly recommend her property and look forward to coming back again.

  • Submitted: 18-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just lovely!!

  • 5 of 5

Staying in this little stone cottage was such an absolute pleasure, this is how it should be done!! Mary Ellen and Rick have put thier hearts into this place and it shows through every detail, every convenience, you won’t want to leave the comfy bed or the cozy couch by the fire or the lounge chairs out by the rock fountain . However if you choose to venture out you’re just walking distance from the Santa Barbara Mission, the Natural History Museum, the Botanical Gardens and public parks. It was by chance that I got a week long stay because they’re usually so booked up, now I understand why and feel so grateful that I got to experience it for myself. Thank you for allowing us to stay, it was just lovely!!

  • Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Santa Barbara Municipal
Nearest Train
3.5 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
El Encanto
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Arroyo Burro ("Hendry's)
Car: recommended

Nestled among live oaks and sycamores, but w/ plenty of sunshine, there is a peek of La Cumbre Peak from the property and a lovely park with walking trails a few steps out the back door. The closest attractions are the must-see iconic Old Mission, the Rose Garden and the Natural History Museum, all an easy 5`10 minute walk from the cottage. The open old-fashioned trolley has stops at all three locations. Walkers can get to downtown in 20 minutes, or it's a quick drive and park, too. Strolling State St is an activity in itself, but wonderful restaurants (such as Opal, Jane, Carlitos), boutiques and shops (Rooms and Gardens, K Frank) or the wonderful Santa Barbara Art Museum will draw you inside. Don't miss La Arcada with its many shops, galleries, restaurants and life-like bronze figures hiding in plain sight. From there, the magnificent courthouse is only a block away on Anacapa and Anapamu. And, for either the morning or afternoon tour, Tuesday-Saturday (closed November 15- February 15) head to Lotusland, considered one of the top 10 most romantic gardens in the world, well worth a 15 minute drive to Montecito. Grab lunch before or after at Jeannine's on Coast Village Rd or on the outdoor patio at the Four Seasons. There is wonderful hiking in Santa Barbara as well for the more adventurous, one of the closest trails to the cottage being the Jesuita Trail to Inspiration Point. Road and Mountain biking options are easy to access from the cottage, too. There are several beaches close by, including Arroyo Burro, East Beach, West Beach and Butterfly Beach (Montecito). Don't miss the Funk Zone for wine tasting and great food, day or night. But if you want to stay closer to "home" there is Los Agaves on de la Vina, Via Maestra 42 (our personal favorite) on Upper State, and last, but not least, do not walk, but run to McConnell's Ice Cream on Mission and de la Vina.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Upper Riviera, California

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$633.25
cleaning fee C$101.32
Pet Fee C$94.99
Tax Rate 12.0%

Cancellations prior to 60 days will receive a full refund. 50% refund for cancellation between 30-60 days. No refunds on cancellations less than 30 days. Please check w/ VRBO about their traveler's insurance avaialble for purchase for other refund options.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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