The El Cielito Residence

santa barbara, california
6 bedroom - 5 bath
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$1,121 per night (USD)
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Perks for the Parents

This gorgeous and historic Spanish hacienda with a pool and hot tub in the American riviera has sweeping ocean and mountain views and is for anyone who is a kid at heart. It sleeps 12 + 1. You’ll have 4 acres to roam here within a gated compound that provides endless wonder and discovery. This is a special place where you can cook up a feast in the gourmet kitchen with ocean views, swim in the pool, discover the gardens and star gaze in the hot tub. If you need extra space, there are 2 other accommodations that can't be seen from the main house to rent separately: a Studio and Guest House.

Why Kids Love it

Children of all ages will love this wonderland – they can splash in the pool, chill in the hot tub, play in the expansive gardens and toy area and sleep in the nook. Not forgetting the lily pond with frogs, boulders to climb and the movie projector in the great room. There are lots of games to discover in the great room too, as well as kids’ books. The large walk-in windowed in the East Wing could also function as a nursery. Stroll to a park with a stream or take a family hike on one of the beautiful trails nearby. Santa Barbara Zoo, Stearns Wharf with its historic pier, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Santa Barbara Harbor and Maritime Museum are all within an easy drive.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 30 nights. Safety notes: the pool can be gated if required. There is a balcony where young children should be supervised. The property is gated on a hilltop, and the house is 1 floor without staircases. There is 1 staircase next to the garage, but this can be avoided by entering the home through the front door instead of the side entrance. There is ample parking on the property. Use of a car is recommended to reach the property and to make the most of the area. You’ll be within a 10-minute drive of a Trader Joe’s. Pets are considered on request for an additional fee. Please note, there is AC in the Guest House and in the Studio but the big house does not have AC - it was designed for an indoor / outdoor lifestyle where windows and doors are open to the breeze.

About the Location

This house is located in a quiet, nature hilltop in Cielito neighborhood of Santa Barbara. In the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, this residence offers natural beauty with rolling hills, oak trees, and a tranquil setting with a stream. Nearby is Lotusland, an enchanting botanical garden with rare and exotic plants and sculptures. Downtown Santa Barbara, with its vibrant shopping district on State Street, is just a short drive away. There, you can explore a variety of shops, restaurants, and cultural landmarks, such as the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Fly into Santa Barbara airport (SBA), a 20-minute drive away.

Accommodation Details

This residence has 4.5 bathrooms and 6 bedrooms, plus an additional sleeping nook with a door and a built-in twin / single bed for a child. It’s all on 1 level in a gated 4 acres of land. There are 3 wings; each has a separate entrance and access to its own patio or outdoor space. In the Ocean Wing , you’ll find a cook’s kitchen with ocean views and gourmet appliances (2 dishwashers, Viking range, Wolf speed oven and Subzero fridge) and a butler’s pantry. This wing has 2 bedrooms (2 queensize, plus the sleeping nook), a Jack and Jill bathroom with a bath tub and ocean views, 1 dining room and its own entrance. The main living area features 2 dining rooms, a library, spacious living room with vaulted ceiling, mountain and ocean views, a projector movie screen and a fireplace. The East Wing has 1 kingsize bedroom with mountain views, and a small twin / single room that share a bathroom with a soaking tub. The West Wing has a kingsize bedroom and a full ensuite. To rent separately: a Studio with a kingsize bed, full bathroom and a kitchenette with induction oven, fridge, and microwave and a Guest House with 2 bedrooms, full kitchen and full bathroom. Outside is a pool, hot tub and spacious grounds.

Style Notes

Ocean view-hacienda beauty. This Spanish-inspired property seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces and features gorgeous original tilework from 1936. This includes a tiled outdoor sink made specially for washing roses. You’ll find 146 rose bushes in the rose garden here as well as oak trees, a blooming lily pond with frogs, owls for an evening serenade, and deer in the field. The layout of the residence is ideal for privacy and for entertaining with a grand living room with joyous velvet, pink couches. There are hardwood floors throughout and renovated bathrooms with chic tiling. We love the bold colors that reflect the flowers in the lovely gardens, the dining room with breathtaking views and the bright, beautiful bedrooms.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
3 king
2 queen
2 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 travel crib
Julie C.
Member since August 13, 2022
We are new to Santa Barbara and love it. We love picnicking under the oak trees, growing fresh veggies, swimming in the ocean, and hiking the local trails.

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