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8 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath
8 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bath

Really an arbor fantastique! Beautiful views in a woodland setting with the possible privilege of pool and BBQ access. This place can sleep 6 or more folks who are clean, neat, responsible, quiet, and mature.
Before booking your reservation please read about this property so you understand exactly what this property offers. 7-8 guests = $50.00 each, each night.

Amenities

Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Wifi
Iron
Hangers
Hair dryer

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed, 2 floor mattresses
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules

No smoking
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check-in time is flexible
Check out by 11AM

43 Reviews

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Edwin User Profile
Edwin
April 2018
This location may be difficult at first to get to since its high in the mountains but once you get there it is worth it. It’s quiet and private and the host is nice and hospitable. She even offered her own pool to use. There’s a great hike to take with a beautiful view. It may at…
Helen User Profile
Response from Helen:
Your review was very polite considering the horrible circumstances that followed your departure, which happened because you did not depart at the 11 am check-out but departed instead at 5 pm plus extremely uncouth visitors arrived after your group departed, who were invited by someone in your group and who provided directions without asking me first. Those visitors caused great concern on my part. I think you yourself did not read the full directions I provide with every reservation, but someone else in your group provided directions to undesirable visitors!! So what's up with YOUR complaint about directions?! Also, (Hidden by Airbnb) Maps work if inputted into your IPhone downtown but it does not work if the directions are inputted while up here. What do you want me to do with the birth certificate?
April 2018
Melody User Profile
Melody
April 2018
Good place to stay. Beautiful area.
Weiwei User Profile
Weiwei
April 2018
Helen’s place was scenic and absolutely beautiful. Our guesthouse looked out onto neighboring hills and mountains. Helen showed us a wonderful hike near her house and it was breathtaking - we saw fog roll over the Santa Barbara mountains. We enjoyed a sunny morning on the mountai…
Helen User Profile
Response from Helen:
Thanks so much for your nice review! Weiwei's description and assessment is exactly why I continue to hold onto this property even though it is such a lot of work in maintenance, repairs and over-all expenses. Every visitor who arrives and appreciates adds to my support here and clarifies my own thoughts as to whether I am completely crazy to work as hard as I do--or I am not crazy and it all is worth the effort!!
April 2018
Nina User Profile
Nina
March 2018
Great location up in the hills. 15-20 minute drive to Knapp’s castle. About 20-25 minutes to State street and the downtown area. I would recommend bringing your own utensils, plates, cups, napkins etc. Maybe also ear plugs because the frogs and wind tend to get a little loud at n…
Helen User Profile
Response from Helen:
It saddens me you felt the guesthouse was not up to your standards. While you were here, I would have appreciated being notified so I can immediately attend to any complaints. I am constantly available 24/7 to make certain my guests are comfortable and have everything needed. I myself clean the bathroom shower, toilet, sink, cabinetry, and counter sinks, immediately after every guest departure. The kitchen floor is scrubbed as well as the counter tops, stove top, microwave, and sink. In actual fact, I found it difficult to believe you were accurately reporting any problems whatsoever. I am very proud of this property, therefore spend considerable time, money and effort making certain everything is sanitary and presentable. You are the rare person who has complained about anything whatsoever. BTW, the kitchen is completely supplied with brand new pots and pans. There is an entire drawer of silverware, the cabinetry contains cups & glasses. Perhaps you did not open all the cabinetry. Paper towels are in abundance, so if you were missing having napkins available, you were most welcome to ask me for them. Regarding the white IKEA comforter stains, everything is always laundered. What you did not know is we had a well water failure, so some rust came through. Week before last we corrected the problem. One more correction is we are only ten min. to our main street, State St., here in Santa Barbara. I have always felt we live at the apex of everything good. It is 20 min. to downtown SB, the beaches, UCSB and SBCC, and 20 min. to the Santa Ynez Valley with all the wine-tasting, Solvang's Danish pastries, etc.
March 2018
Amy User Profile
Amy
March 2018
The surroundings were incredibly beautiful. Helen tended to all of the guests’ needs and was full of terrific ideas for local adventures and fun things to do. Helen is very responsive and accommodating.
Helen User Profile
Response from Helen:
I hope you have the opportunity to visit here. All your friends were just fine. Of course I couldn't resist teasing your friend with the Helix shirt. I graduated from Grossmont! Forever arch enemies--sort of! Anyway, you all are welcome to visit here again!!
March 2018
Vikas User Profile
Vikas
February 2018
The house has a beautiful view and is very close to downtown, not to mention Helen is a great host.
Helen User Profile
Response from Helen:
Thanks for the nice review. You all are most welcome to return here any time.
February 2018
Laura User Profile
Laura
February 2018
In addition to the house rules stated, 3 min or less showers and hauling water should have been included. And I think all B&B's should have a blow dryer.
Helen User Profile
Response from Helen:
It is not mandatory to conserve water in the bucket. You have three wonderful, strong, seemingly healthy sons, who I thought, would not mind carrying the 2.5 gals. saved water to the washer. Keep in mind, it is only ten min. down to our main street, State St. A trek is when I drive 26 miles to the grocery store while in Idaho. My girlfriend drives 75 miles to the grocery store. I have an extra blow dryer, which I could have supplied if you had told me you wanted one. I am careful what I make available. The carpets were cleaned last week. Soon, I will be cleaning all the furniture in both houses. It is Spring, so I have pulled out all appliances, cleaning behind them, paint everything needing to be painted, repair downspouts and gutters, cleaning the roofs on both houses, etc. etc. It is all rather intense, but I do pride myself on offering an elegant place to stay with luxury accommodations at a very reduced price. There are 11 ft. high ceilings in the guesthouse with many windows affording beautiful views through the oak forest on a five-acre country estate. The windows have been recently polished by a professional, the screens cleaned as well as all the levelors in both houses. This past month the trees have just been trimmed by professionals and the swimming pool room Tecate tile has just been refreshed. We are currently working on adding new pipe coverings underneath both houses. The responsibilities here are many and continuous. Nothing is old. Yes, there is a stain on the couch and one chair, which, as I have previously-stated will soon be machine-cleaned, though I tried Spot Shot, which did not work.
February 2018

Hosted by Helen

Santa Barbara, California, United StatesJoined in October 2013
Helen User Profile
322 Reviews
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I am a world traveler who enjoys welcoming other travelers to this unique property. I speak English and some Danish. This is a clean, healthy household for clean, healthy travelers. I am a well-educated, well-spoken book reader always interested in intelligent conversation. My…
Languages: Dansk, English
Response rate: 98%
Response time: within an hour
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