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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

Beautiful secluded furnished house on two acres built in early 1930's by Hugh Goodhue, architect, son of Bertram Goodhue, with formal gardens inspired by Lockwood DeForest, landscape architect. Beautiful mountain view. Living room with brick floors and fireplace, central brick patio. Only one mile from famous San Ysidro Ranch and Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel. Large, mature eucalyptus and pine trees. Complete privacy from neighbors. A rare, early Montecito home situated on former estate. Lush front and back gardens.

Gas fireplace in master bedroom. Gardener and cleaning included. Unlimited long distance for local and U.S. calls. Overseas calls extra. Ideal for quiet couple.

1st and last month's deposit required for rentals of more than one month. Also security deposit required. 1-2 month rentals for summer months.

Check or money order.

Keywords: House

NOTE: This property was not damaged this winter.

More Details

Property Manager
Rufus Dickinson
Member since: 2006
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2018

About Rufus Dickinson

Long time resident has kept the house in its original, historic condition. Unusual Spanish house designed by Hugh Goodhue, the son of Bertram Goodhue, renowned American architect. Original brick floors in the living room were the old tool shed. Beautiful fireplace with original painted tiles from Turkey.

Rufus Dickinson purchased this house in 1967

Why Rufus Dickinson chose Santa Barbara

Owner grew up on the property. Connected to former old Montecito estate.

What makes this house unique

One of the most unique properties with towering trees, formal gardens, roses, secret paths, view of mountains. Peaceful and completely private. Former guesthouse of Montecito estate that belonged to famed architect, Bertram Goodhue.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Santa Barbara, California

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5+
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom with fireplace, Queen size Beds (1) guestroom. Both with private baths.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term renters welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Fireplace in living room and gas fireplace in master bedroom, internet connection, lovely formal gardens with palm trees, eucalyptus trees, pine trees and many flowering shrubs and wandering paths. Completely secluded.


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(6 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
Hobe Sound, FL, USA

A little jewel

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful stay. So many cozy, sunlit spots to sit for breakfast or lunch. Splendid gardens by Lockwood deForest.

  • Submitted: 7-Dec-2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil

A gorgeous place to rest

  • 5 of 5

When my family is on vacation, the best we wait for is an amazing place to go and a great house to stay. Montecito and Montecito Garden Home was a happy surprise. The property has a beautiful garden and a super mountain view, special spots to whole family enjoy, charmingly furnished and decorated, impeccably maintained and… a housekeeper and gardeners once a week! We had good time enjoying the house: cooking, reading good books (Rufus has a good collection of them!) or just resting under the trees in the garden with a glass of wine. We are planning to come back soon and stay more time at this lovely house. Just a walk from Montecito Village, near the grocery, restaurants, bank, shops, gas station. Rufus offered all support we needed, careful with details to make us feel welcome.

  • Submitted: 4-Feb-2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

Paradise in Montecito

  • 5 of 5

Our holiday in Montecito was extraordinary. This romantic Spanish style home sits on a beautifully landscaped two acre lot in the heart of Montecito, an upscale area in Santa Barbara, California. The site offers privacy and seclusion - yet it is minutes away from all major attractions. The home is exceptionally clean, with lovely furnishings. All your needs are met.

We spent many happy hours on the property itself, sitting under the trees with a glass of wine and a good book. The various seating areas were like vignettes begging for your attention - first the front patio, then the various areas at the rear with the wonderful views to the mountains.

Montecito is a small enclave which offers all the amenities that can be found in any first class city. Should you wish to have a fabulous meal - there are numerous restaurants within a ten minute radius.

Shopping in Santa Barbara was a delight. The main street is tree- lined with interesting shops and eateries. The El Presidio, located in the downtown core, is a stark reminder of Santa Barbara’s historic Spanish past.

The proprietor provided us with information about the area and welcomed us with a bottle of wine and beautiful orchids. A lovely beginning to a wonderful time.

We are looking forward to returning to this exceptional property in the very near future.

  • Submitted: 21-Nov-2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Monica, CA, USA

Romantic Montecito getaway

  • 5 of 5

Uniquely beautiful home in gorgeous Montecito in a magical and romantic setting. Stunning garden from noted landscape designer ensures you are surrounded by nature - soaring trees, birdsong, views of the mountains. A short walk to the exclusive Montecito mall where you will find restaurants, delicious takeout meals at Pierre Lafond's - the home's location could not be more perfect for every kind of Montecito and Santa Barbara adventure. Interiors are charmingly furnished and decorated, impeccably maintained. Could not recommend this more highly.

  • Submitted: 11-Apr-2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix AZ

Charming Home in a Spectacular Setting

  • 5 of 5

This lovely home is a hidden gem in a totally tranquil setting. It is a retreat in time to a quieter and slower paced life style. The house is extremely charming and very accomodating. It is meticulously maintained. The grounds are inviting and a perfect place to unwind or in my case continue to work but from the front patio! The furnishings are comfortable and are evocative of the quintessential old Santa Barbara style. The house is at the end of a long drive and completely private. The multiple outdoor seating areas offer tranquility just a few minutes away from all the great places to shop, eat and relax in Montecito. Downtown Santa Barbara is a short drive. The owner was very gracious and his agent was most helpful in every aspect. I hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: 11-Apr-2013
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Barbara

A romantic getaway with old world charm.

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend to anyone. Rufus is a delight. Great location, walking distance to restaurants and shops. We particularly loved the living room that felt like an old hollywood movie. Three different patios - breakfast in the morning on the front patio, lunch off the master in the interior patio and dinner in the back with beautiful mountain views, lush garden and complete privacy. It was after two stays at this rental that we decided to move from Houston to Santa Barbara. Best decision we ever made!! My friends from Texas have also stayed here and have loved it as much as we did.

  • Submitted: 6-Apr-2013
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Santa Barbara
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Montecito Village
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Montecito Village
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Miramar/ Butterfly
Car: recommended

A short walk to beautiful Montecito Village with excellent restauants, shops, post office, hair salon, drug store, charming coffee shop. A path from the house.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Santa Barbara, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
30 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
30 night minimum stay
my standard rate
Sep 1 2018 - May 31 2019
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee C$257.7

Owner will consider weekly rental. 12% tax is applied to rentals less than 30 days and $2.20 per day. House is NOT available for rent between January and May.

Weekly rentals are not generally accepted from June until September. Weekly rental rates are $2500 plus 10% city
Security deposit of $1000 for weekly rentals.
tax. Pets are not accepted.

City transient tax of 10% will apply for rentals less than 30 days.

A damage deposit of $2500 will apply to monthly rentals and $1000 for weekly rentals.

Payment upon confirmation of rental by check or money order.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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