Nestle into this 1BR, two-story artistic guest house with loads of charm and an exotic Mediterranean style inside ?just right for a romantic hideaway, it?s called the ?Secret Spot?. Located on ""The Mesa"", it's tucked behind the property's main house. Its private entry leads to a lush tropical and tranquil little haven nestled above another vacation rental known as the ?Hidden Cove? (VRBO Listing #201036).
There are high ceilings with skylights, a natural rock fireplace, log canopy loft bed under another skylight for star gazing, stained glass windows, mood lighting for that perfect ambiance, and a travertine stone shower with dual shower heads. The kitchen downstairs if fitted with stainless steel appliances and a set of French doors leads to the deck with a mosaic bistro table that overlooks the pond and waterfall. Lush banana trees, palms, and jasmine vines create a garden area with a tranquil tropical feel and a great vibe. There is a great barbecue area in this space too.
Our property is a two minute walk to the Mesa Lane steps that go down to the beach ?a favorite surfing spot. We have boogie boards, beach chairs and bicycles for you to use. We are a lovely five minute walk to the main shopping area of ""The Mesa"" where you can find groceries and numerous restaurants (Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Tapas, and American) for your enjoyment.
Our property is TurnKey Rental Certified. All photos and amenities have been verified by TurnKey staff. Our calendar and rates are 100% accurate. We strive to make it as easy as possible to stay at our property - you just drive right up and enter via our secure electronic lock. No more keys and no more security concerns with a unique code that works for your reservation only. We will notify you proactively when early check-in / late check-outs are possible and you'll receive the comforts of a luxury home when you arrive like a starter supply of shampoo, soaps, paper products and hotel-quality towels and linens. In addition, when you book we will send you our mobile app with property directions, details, unlock code and instructions. And if you need us, we are available 24 hours each day with live help. TurnKey Vacation Rentals uses the industry's most trusted brand of software to securely store all guest data - HomeAway Software for Professionals. All TurnKey Vacation Rentals follow local and state tax rules. Each reservation includes applicable taxes, a cleaning fee and a Property Damage Protection Program. .
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Secret Spot hit the spot!
Reviewed by: Anne C. recommends this property. Stayed for 7 days in February, 2016 The three of us (1 couple plus our dog) loved our stay at the Secret Spot for the second year in a row - as charming as ever. The weather smiled on us too!
A guest from Tustin, CA recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in December, 2015 The overal visit was good. The location was very close to everything but was a little bit difficult to find at night. It could have been better if we were more prepared..a few issues we had1. the place was cold. We were not aware that the place does not have a central heating system. We used mainly fireplace but the other heating units did not work well except the one small heater in the bathroom. We could have used additional blankets but we managed without one. I'm sure we could have got one if we asked for. 2. I overlooked the fact that the stove was not in the kitchen and the kitchen was downstairs separated from dining area. Just caused some hassle but was not a big deal. But if you plan to cook a real meal for a family, that could be somewhat challenging. In overall, we enjoyed the visit, and the customer service over the phone was great. I wasn't sure if the couple who live in the main unit were the owners but they were very friendly, too.
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Thanks Sujin! We apologize for the cold. Guests can call us with any problems they may have 24/7. We definitely could have brought blankets and working fans. Since your stay we have checked the heaters and brought more blankets. You were perfect guests and we look forward to hearing from you again soon! -The TurnKey VR Team
Reviewed by: Natalie Q. recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in December, 2015 Fun, bohemian vibe! Everything we needed. Woke early to enjoy coffee and watch the pink and blue sunrises, surfers and dolphins just steps from the "Secret Spot". Great patio with sound of waterfall. Lots of stairs to reach the flat, could be an issue for some, not a problem for us. Lazy Acres organic grocery store just blocks away. Enjoyed fire in the evenings. We will be back!
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Thanks Natalie! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we're looking forward to next time! -The TurnKey VR Team
Reviewed by: Giselle C. recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in November, 2015 Great location. We were able to walk just a few blocks to some steps that lead down to the beach. Be sure to check out The Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, which is right on the beach! It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the place is true to the pictures. Gorgeous layout and decorations. The outdoor furniture was dirty and unwelcoming. There were bugs inside the house due to some windows not closing all the way. The couch had some stains on it and the bathroom heater and portable heater stored in the closet did not work. It's a beautiful property, but if I'm going to pay that price (including a cleaning fee) I expect to be able to utilize all listed amenities without having to clean them myself.
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Hi Giselle, thank you for taking the time to write us. We appreciate the kind words AND the constructive feedback! The home is currently being inspected to see what improvements need to be made. Guests can always call us 24/7 with any problems they may have with the home. We can remedy many things immediately. You were great guests and we hope to hear from you again soon! -The TurnKey VR Team
A guest from Fair Oaks, CA recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in September, 2015 We had a good overall experience and loved the location of the rental, it's private yard with koi pond, fire pit, bikes, and amenities. It was very cute and comfortable.The house was well equipped and very nice. It would have been better if it was a bit cleaner in the corners, etc. Although the surfaces and general appearance inside was clean, there were spiders and dust in most corners and ants inside and outside. The patio furniture needs to be cleaned and the whole place needs to be cleared of spider webs and ants. I would recommend this rental to a friend if the notes above were taken care of.
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Hi Jill, thank you so much for the helpful feedback! We have since remedied the issues you mention and we apologize. We're glad you had a good time in Santa Barbara and we look forward to hearing from you again soon! -The TurnKey VR Team
Reviewed by: Reva W. recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in August, 2015 This cottage was decorated in a very interest style that made it feel cozy. Loved the patio and fish pond. Didn't find the beach till the last day but wish I had spent more time there.
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Hi Reva, thanks for the kind words. You were great guests and we look forward to hearing from you soon! -The TurnKey VR Team
Patricia E. from Fresno, CA recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in August, 2015 This is the cutest place we've stayed in. You are greeted by a lovely tropical garden that weaves around to at hatched roofed patio table and a lovely pond. Upon entering, there is a darling little kitchen with coffe beans in the fridge just waiting your arrival. Going up the stairs you find artistic mosaics and art that gives you a total feeling of romantic escape. Looking outside on the balcony complete with table and chairs, you are sure you are in a very special place. The bed is super comfy. This little hideaway is just a couple blocks away from The Boathouse restaurant and the beach. Nothing seems very far away. We can hardly wait to go back. Do remember that at the beach you spend a lot of time outdoors and there are insects etc.
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Hi Patricia, thanks for the great review. We're so glad you enjoyed our home in Santa Barbara! That's one of our favorites too! You were perfect guests and we look forward to hearing from you again soon! -The TurnKey VR Team
A guest from Bakersfield, CA recommends this property. Stayed for 5 days in July, 2015 The house is amazing. The back yard is lovely. However, the bedroom is way too hot during the late afternoon so bring a table fan if you can The afternoon sun also shines in way too much through the garden window. I think they should put up a blind of some kind so you have the choice to block out the sun.
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Thank you for staying with us and we always do appreciate hearing from our guests. Typical of most houses in Santa Barbara, the homes here do not usually have A/C however we try to make sure there are fans readily accessible or we will also will drop one off if they are missing. We like the suggestion and will look at updating the room with blinds, again thank you for the feedback. All the best ~ Turnkey VR
Nancy G. from Truckee, CA recommends this property. Stayed for 6 days in July, 2015 The vacation rental was like being in a treehouse a block from the ocean. We took our dog to the beach everyday. Walking to the right, you could walk to Hendry's beach where there is a restaurant/snack bar. They allow dogs also. Walking to the left you can walk your dog almost 2 hours to downtown. It was the perfect location if travelling with a pet. I will definitely return.
Jaimie W. from Phoenix, AZ recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in June, 2015 The property description and photos are accurate. The place could use a deep clean, dusting, and removal of cobwebs are needed. The backyard oasis is in need of pruning otherwise the property seems well maintained. Overall we enjoyed our stay and would recommend this place to friends and family. Having the bikes available was a plus! There's a nice path to ride along the coastal cliff. The Boathouse at Hendry's Beach is just down the road had great dinner specials.
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Hi Jaimie, thank you for staying with us and, we do appreciate the feedback and will follow up on the cleaning items as they should have been taken care of prior to arrival. We are glad you were able to take advantage of the home amenities and the location, The Boathouse is one of our favorite places to go as well, great you got to enjoy~ TurnKey VR
A guest from Culver City, CA recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in May, 2015 The Secret Spot was a very nice retreat for my boyfriend and I to celebrate our anniversary. It is secluded and quiet, and has a sort of rustic elegance. Very comfortable, clean, and well maintained. The kitchen is fully functional, and it was fun to cook on the outside stove. It was great to be able to cook breakfast and eat in the yard area. The only downside of the kitchen was that the only pans were a large wok that's seen better days, or a small stainless steel pan. Could have used a larger pan, but we were able to make it work. The yard area is good sized and was really nice for our two dogs. The location is also great for the dogs because both the beach and the Douglas preserve areas are within walking distance. There are a LOT of stairs to get down to the beach. We braved them ourselves, but we drove our old dogs to the beach because we didn't think they'd make it back up after tiring themselves out on the beach. Overall we had a lovely weekend, and we were very pleased with the accommodations.
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Hi Laurel, thank you for deciding to stay with us and for leaving a review. We are happy our vacation rental could be a part of this special occasion and that you enjoyed the privacy of the location. Thank you for the feedback regarding the pans as we will look at replacing. Thank you again and all the best ~ TurnKey VR
A guest from Newbury Park, CA recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in April, 2015 The property was unique clean and well appointed. The best part of the property was its location to the beach. The beach was loaded with shells and fairly uninhabited which was great. It is close to shopping and restaurants. The concierge was great finding the property and entering was easy
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Hi Troy, thank you for staying with us and choosing our rental home for your vacation! So glad you enjoyed your stay and hopefully you had some good beach days in. We appreciate the review and hopefully we can welcome you back on your next trip to Santa Barbara ~ TurnKey VR
Tom M. from Toronto, ON recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in February, 2015 We had a nice 3-day stay at this cute little spot nestled among the lush plants and flowers near the ocean front in Santa Barbara. The owners provided everything anyone could need, and were very pleasant to deal with. We'd recommend the place to anyone looking for a visit to this beautiful part of California.
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Thank you Tom! We are glad that you had a good visit. The Turnkey VR Team
Reviewed by: A guest recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in January, 2015 Had a great time at this quaint cabin-feeling retreat. It was sweet, romantic and loved using the outdoor kitchen. Great for a romantic get away, and i'd love to come back!
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Thanks Lali. We are glad that you enjoyed your time. The Turnkey VR Team
Reviewed by: A guest recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in December, 2014 We stayed at this rental for Christmas vacation and found it to be super charming! Great location, dog friendly and really well appointed. Everything was provided for you, and there is even a fireplace, which we used everyday we were there as it was unseasonably cold. We did run out of toilet paper and could not find any spare, but I feel this was probably an oversight as even the logs for the fireplace were provided. The only other complaint, which is small, is that it took us several days to find the heaters, which are tucked away in a cubby behind the couch. Usually one doesn't need them in Santa Barbara, but again, it was unusually cold. My husband, dog and I stay in 2-3 rentals per year as we travel, and this was definitely one of the best.
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Thank you Joanna. Sorry about the heaters and tp. Please let us know if we can help in the future. The Turnkey VR Team
A guest from la verne, CA recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in November, 2014 Our family rented the "Secret Spot" property and it was just perfect for the three of us. We were there for the Santa Barbara Marathon and this rental was in close proximity of the race . It was a very comfy, cozy, rental and decorated so lovely. Just a great place to stay for our weekend. we're sure to be back soon.
Property Manager Response: Response from TurnKey Vacation Rentals Thanks Stephanie! We would love to have you come back to visit us! The Turnkey VR Team
Deanna G. from Red Hook, NY recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in September, 2014 We came to surprise our daughter for her birthday. She ended up staying with us as she goes to the city college and it is just a mile away. The secret spot is funky and charming, so much character!The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed sitting on the upper balcony for breakfast and we sat outside by the fountain and pond for dinner. We loved the location. 2 blocks to the stairs to the beach, lots of stairs , so great exercise! Also, the Douglas Family Preserve is just about 3 blocks away, a beautiful preserve with many walking trails! We did our shopping at Trader Joe's and Lazy Acres. The kitchen is small but really well thought out.This is our new favorite rental!! Will definitely come back!
A guest from Los Angeles, CA recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in September, 2014 This place was amazing! We desperately wanted a quiet beach getaway - with a little wine tasting on the side - and this place delivered! The property was brilliantly decorated, well stocked with any cooking/beach accessories you might need, and insular enough to feel like our own little world. Definitely going back!
Reviewed by: Luis P. recommends this property. Stayed for 3 days in July, 2014 The Secret Spot was amazing. Quiet, peaceful location one block from the beach and a quick 5 minuted drive from downtown Santa Barbara. The house itself was very well decorated, clean and well-maintained. I would highly recommend staying here if you're looking for a relaxing/romantic weekend.
Reviewed by: Judie M. recommends this property. Stayed for 2 days in May, 2014 There was only 4 of us but we had a great wkend, walking to the beach (just be ready for 247 steps down to the water) but worth it. Driving distance to State St., down town. Really hated to come home, weather was great.
Reviewed by: Victor G. recommends this property. Stayed for 4 days in May, 2014 we found everything great, especially like the addition of the samsung pad since we don't travel with computers. Correspondence was also excellent.