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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Santa Barbara, California

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Gnome2Tra...
Agoura Hills, CA
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29 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Fun place to stay”
Reviewed 27 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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My family of 3 couples rented the Captains Cottage in Summerland for a wedding at the Santa Barbara Zoo in October. This was a fun place to stay. The nautical theme with numerous seaworthy knick knacks made the place feel like a real vacation. The location close to the beach was perfect. Although, guests have to deal with a bit of tar on the feet afterwards. A couple items reduced the rating from excellent to very good. The shower in the downstairs bathroom turned cold after 5 minutes which Francesca informed us was probably due to a new on demand water heater. She promised to alert the plumber to this problem for future guests. Also, there was an odor coming from this same shower after awhile which the plumber will probably correct as well. 2 dehumidifier bags located in the closet and bathroom had a very strong fragrance which was easily corrected by moving them outside temporarily. All in all, we had a fabulous time and would rent one of the cottages again!

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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Family
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McSnates
Key West, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Wonderful way to get the feel of the real Santa Barbara”
Reviewed 16 February 2014 for a stay in March 2013
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I have rented three of the Santa Barbara Cottages. Jasmine, Paradise and Ecalyptus Hill. Each was lovely, beautifully furnished, views of the ocean. Jasmine and Paradise are in Summerland, an adorable town. Eucalyptus is up on Eucalyptus Hill, charming, charming. The kind owner greeted me with homemade brownies each time, and thinks of every touch to make you feel at home and comfortable. Due to my great stays in these rentals I decided to move to Santa Barbara, and now have my own little ocean-view cottage right in town.
Thanks to the owner of these lovely cottages, I made a huge East Coast to West Coast life change. I'm smiling every day.

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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Friends
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Kate A
Columbus, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“What a hostess”
Reviewed 23 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014

I have stayed in a dozen homes rented from online sites. No hostess compares to Francesca. Brownies and fruit on the kitchen counter, champagne, soda, butter, & milk in the fridge, full-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion & soap in the bathrooms, chocolates on the pillows. And, my favorite, the toilet paper. I know this seems simple and silly, but not having to run out to the store for toilet paper because the house is really FULLY stocked was wonderful. Plenty extra rolls in the cabinet under the sink!

We actually arrived about two hours before our check in time and after a call to Francesca, we were told that if the housekeeper was gone (finished) we were welcome to enter the house. The garden wraps around the house and is obviously cared for by someone who loves it. Places to sit in the sun, places to sit in the shade, places to eat. It was just lovely.

One of my favorite things about staying in a home is having access to a washer and dryer if we need one. Yup, you guessed it, fully stocked with detergent, bleach, fabric softener, and dryer sheets. You are not going to find a house that will make you feel more like you are in your own home (just one cleaned for you!) than this one.

Great location, great weather, great company, and a great hostess. All made for a lovely holiday. Jump on this one.

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Travelling group: Family
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Kim R
Reston, Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“View of Paradise”
Reviewed 5 January 2014 for a stay in December 2013
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We were blessed with perfect weather during our recent stay. The ocean views and decks are fabulous. The location provides great access to Santa Barbara and points of interest around the Central Coast. We have been renting from VRBO for the past 6 years, and this was the best furnished home, with great amenities to make you feel at home. The three bedrooms with three bathrooms worked out perfectly for my husband and I and our adult children. Everyone had there own space, yet we had a great area to join for meals and games, etc. We would highly recommend this home. The Reinebergs, Reston, VA and Boston, MA

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cagirl17
sacramento
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very clean and absolutely darling!”
Reviewed 14 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013
1
person found this review helpful

My girlfriends and I rented Jasmine Cottage for a long weekend when we were down from Sacramento running the Santa Barbara Marathon. We could not have been more pleasantly surprised and grateful for such a darling little cottage. It was spotlessly clean as if it were the residence of the manager herself and we were immediately relaxed and smiling ear to ear upon entry. In addition to being sun-filled, immaculate, spacious and cheery with sweeping ocean views, it was the little touches which made our stay. Vases with fresh flowers, a pan of home baked brownies and a bowl of organic fruit greeted us on arrival. The high quality linens in the bedrooms, scented candles and well stocked kitchen made us feel like we were guests in someone's own home. We left feeling as though we should have done something nice for Francesca instead of her doing nice things for us. For what we needed, it was perfect, well priced, relaxing and spacious. It vastly surpassed staying in a hotel and I would definitely recommend to a friend, bring family and or stay again.

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Management Response
17 Dec 2013
Thanks for taking the time to provide your experience at Santa Barbara Cottages. We know that you want to be both pampered and have a very special visit to Santa Barbara. I am glad to hear that you especially enjoyed all the special treats and extras which make a vacation rental so much better than a hotel! See you again soon, Francesca
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Shawn M
Union Pier, Michigan
1 review
“Paradise Cottage--our home away from home!”
Reviewed 14 December 2013 for a stay in February 2013

Every year we reserve Francesca's Paradise Cottage for our 6 week winter getaway from cold and snowy Michigan. The first time we stayed we were so pleased that it was exactly as pictured on the web and perfect for our needs. The cottage itself is cozy and well appointed--we use the kitchen a lot and it is fully equipped and Francesca stocks some basics and a few goodies for use upon arrival--a welcome treat after a four day drive across country. Now that we are regulars she even stocks our favorite coffee so we can enjoy our first morning cup on the deck overlooking the ocean. The cottage has everything you could need or want, including a fully enclosed and beautifully landscaped yard (great since we bring our dog), full of flowers. Summerland is a charming little beach town with restaurants, cafes and shops all within walking distance. The beach is just gorgeous--you can walk for miles on the soft sand, play with your dog or arrange for a horseback ride. The Santa Barbara area is great because there is lots to do--go downtown for top-notch dining, shopping and cultural events--we love the Santa Barbara International Film festival and the First Friday gallery hopping. Of course, no trip to Santa Barbara would be complete without visiting wine country. Just a short drive over the mountains, there are tons of wineries with breathtaking views and world-class wines to sample. Take a picnic and make it a day trip. I could go on and on about how wonderful Paradise Cottage is, but the fact that we come back each year really says it all! Thanks Francesca for creating our perfect home away from home.

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Management Response
17 Dec 2013
It is an enormous honor to be able to welcome back guests year after year. I realize that if you have never been to a vacation rental, you don't know what to expect and that it can be highly variable depending on the owner. However, we do everything possible to make your visit like a "home away from home" experience with absolutely everything you need. Many thanks for coming back to see us and enjoying everything special that our corner of the world provides.....Francesca
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Mae9262
Edmonton, Canada
1 review
“Wonderful property!”
Reviewed 13 December 2013 for a stay in October 2013

This is an exceptional property in a perfect location for exploring the Santa Barbara area. The cottage is sunny, spacious, inviting, and impeccable -- from the moment we walked in the door, we felt relaxed and welcome. The kitchen is stocked with all the essentials and much more, there are tons of towels in the bathroom, both bath and beach, and the bedrooms are absolutely charming, with very comfortable mattresses, numerous pillows, and lovely bedding. The wraparound deck was excellent for lounging and viewing the ocean and Summerland. The pretty rear patio was very private and perfect for a quiet morning coffee or for leaving the pets when we wanted to go exploring. We took our dogs to Summerland beach daily (very dog friendly) and we walked for miles (all the way to Carpinteria). Francesca is a superb host and property manager. She made us feel enormously welcome throughout our month-long stay. We would love to return and will definitely recommend this property to family and friends!

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Management Response
17 Dec 2013
We are so very lucky to have visitors come from all over the world to see us -- a special welcome and thanks to our friends from Canada. There are so many things to do here in Santa Barbara, beyond just experiencing one of the prettiest places on Earth. Whether it is whale watching, wine tasting, glorious farmer's market fresh food or just walking on the beach with your dog, there is something special for everyone. We are extraordinarily honored to be able to provide such a special home to host your visit. Many thanks for your review and see you again soon....Francesca
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