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Spectacular View Above the Clouds

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 8)

4 bedroom 3 bath 3000sq ft handcrafted mountain home w/ breathtaking views of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands from the top of San Marcos Pass in Los Padres National Forest. Beautiful, peaceful, a hikers' and bicyclists' dream, with plenty of room for private time to read, write, enjoy the wild birds and animals, the garden and the panorama of Santa Barbara the way it used to be. 2 master bedrooms, with king-size beds, 1 upstairs, the other in the back of the house by the rose garden with its own entrance and deck. 3rd & 4th bedrooms with queen sized beds. Experience non-tourist Santa Barbara 20 min. from downtown, UCSB and the Santa Ynez Valley wineries (a great bike tour). Watch amazing sunrises and sunsets from 3 decks, a tiny, private patio, and a terrace 2500 feet above Santa Barbara and enjoy the sun when the city is shrouded in fog. Hike "Lizard's Mouth" and "The Playground" in the national forest, visit Painted Cave, fish and boat on Cachuma Lake, and dine close by at historic Cold Springs Tavern on Stage Coach Road.

Michael Grua
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:30
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Sunken tub w/ shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • veranda
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
48in flat screen HD TV in library. CD stereo system is only compatible w/ personal laptops. Minimum Age Limit for Renters. Relax among 50 blooming rose bushes (in season). Dining room w/ burl table seating 10. 6ft 1in concert grand piano in living room. Library w/ hundreds of books, overflowing into bedroom bookcases. Study w/ computer DSL access, scanner and printer. A perfect place for family reunions and/or wedding guests. We're right in between the quaint Danish village of Solvang/Santa Ynez Valley wine country and Santa Barbara, 'The Riviera of America'.


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Spectacular View Above the Clouds
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Fantastic house for the weekend with a gorgeous view!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was fantastic. Michael was so helpful and accommodating, the house had everything we needed, and the views were spectacular. Very relaxing! We’ll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carly and her friends were great guests and we will welcome them back.
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Relaxing in the clouds...

  • 5 of 5

The place was comfortable, clean, and a relaxing place to get away. It had all the necessities for our small family reunion. Very comfortable for the eight of us. It was about an 18 -minute drive down the mountain to Santa Barbara proper, but I would definitely recommend this place if you want to go and plant yourself for a few days in a very comfortable, quiet and private place. The outdoor deck was great! The first day was sunny and warm, the second day the clouds rolled in and it was on the cool side, but it was just as beautiful! Actually, coming from further south, it was a welcome change! Checking in and out was easy too! We would absolutely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning view!!!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent experience all around.

I can't wait to visit again!!!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kim and her family were great guests and we look forward to hosting them again soon.
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Stunning views, Charming home

  • 5 of 5

Mike was so kind and we LOVED their beautiful home so full or rich history and warmth. The views are incredible, the hummingbirds plentiful, the home comfortable. I wish we had more time to spend there as it was a busy family weekend event in SB. I guess we'll have to come back soon just to spend time in the house.

The only thing I would warn folks about is the very last section of one way road leading up to the house driveway is a narrow and winding road without any guard rails protecting you from the view below. Not a problem for my brothers and I but my parents couldn't drive it comfortably... especially at night. But we left their car just a minute away and would shuttle them up and back to their car when needed.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great views and decks.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, hospitality, and views!

  • 5 of 5

Mike was a great host and the house is spectacular, perched on a mountain overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific. Every evening we were treated to beautiful sunsets. Definitely the place to rent if you are looking for a nice, quiet place to relax with some wine and a book. The bedrooms were comfortable, kitchen clean and well-stocked with equipment, and the appliances / HVAC / plumbing / Internet all worked fine; we had three couples plus a single person and everyone was happy and slept well. (There are some minor issues of water pressure, you can't have multiple people showering at once.) Choose your bedroom carefully if you want to sleep in, though: the master gets very sunny in the morning, while the bedrooms at the rear of the house don't. Can't wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Private Homes, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Area, Central Coast, California, USA (20 Minutes From Downtown S.B, UCSB and Santa Ynez Wineries) San Marcos Pass has recently been declared one of the most scenic highways in the country and has been designated as a national scenic corridor protected from billboards and commercial development. The drive to and from town is spectacular. Additionally, West Camino Cielo is the route of several 'cloud tours' from Santa Barbara, that bring visitors up out of the summer fog on their way to the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country. The mountains are an amazing experience from another time. But if it gets too quiet, The Chumash Indian Casino is just over the hill.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Parasailing, Boating, Shelling, Rock Climbing, Health/Beauty Spa, Racquetball,


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £153.66
Refundable Damage Deposit £384.15

All three day weekends have a 3 night minimum stay.
$25 per night per person for more than 8 guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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