Home Away From Home
I've lost count of the number of times our family has returned to Paradise Cottage over the past few years. Our kids just refer to it as "our vacation house" and don't believe us when we tell them it's not really ours! We love knowing a dish of warm brownies and lots of fresh fruit will be waiting for us when we arrive that first day, and throughout the week we are made so comfortable with the little details that always seem to be covered. Many thanks to Francesca and John for all the work they have done to make this such a cozy, beautiful cottage.
Chris and Sarah and the kids
We've stayed at Paradise Cottage before. It's a lovely cottage! It's so quiet yet so accessible to 101.
Comfortable, Cozy, and Convenient!
This house is great. The whole process was so easy, the owner communicates all you need to know clearly and quickly. We loved having our morning coffee and evening wine on the patio. It's a great location for exploring Santa Barbara and various vineyards. This is an annual trip we do and this house has been our favorite so far.
I would give the cottage 10 stars if I could! Everything was exactly as see in the pictures and lots of welcome surprises and extras to make our stay special! Francesca went above and beyond! We will be back!
Lovely Hideaway in Summerland!
It was two adults and two dogs that stayed at this property for five days, four nights. We had a wonderful, relaxing time in Paradise Cottage. The house was clean, cozy and well stocked with all the basic amenities and some extras. There were fresh flowers, candles, books, movies and some yummy snacks and drinks. We plan to visit again!
Great location. Well-stocked Cottage.
I was happily surprized (sp) that it was bigger than the pictures made it appear. The kitchen table is small , but there is a dining room table that seats 6 comfortably. I was decorating a wedding cake and found the kitchen to be very well stocked. I had forgotten my candy thermometer and was astonished to find one in a drawer. Yay!! The fresh flowers were a nice touch as was the milk and fruit in the refrigerator. We enjoyed sitting on the patio and eating breakfast. It was very private with beautiful plants.
I would definitely book Paradise Cottage again.
Paradise Cottage was Fabulous, Beyond our Expectations!
The Paradise Cottage was indeed a Paradise! The 360 views from the patio's , living rm. and Kitchen were amazing. We enjoyed so much outdoor living in the 80 degree weather with views of the ocean, the beautiful succulents, flowers, fountains and lounge chairs. The entire house was so well outfitted with all the necessities and even chocolate by our bedside for a nice treat. We also appreciated the basket of goodies, coffee,& bottled water. We all slept fabulous! Eddie and Francesca were excellent hosts. Thank you for a lovely vacation. Santa Barbara is so charming!!- We loved it .
All our best, The Graf's
Francesca, the owner, thought of everything to welcome us to this lovely home. There were fresh flowers in every room (yes, even the bathrooms), sweet treats in little bowls, a well-stocked pantry and kitchen, and a selection of milk, soda, beer and sparkling wine in the fridge. We enjoyed candle-lit dinners and a spectacular view of the ocean. We'd like to return soon and will definitely recommend this gem to our friends and family.
Our family of 4 stayed here for Thanksgiving week and we are so glad we did. I could not have designed a better cottage rental! We arrived after dark and were so pleased at how cheery and charming everything was. Fresh orchids, crisp linens, plush pillows, and oh - the kitchen! When we walked in, we were greeted by a little pan of freshly made scrumptious brownies and several other goodies on the counter and in the fridge -- so thoughtful! We were exhausted after driving for 6 hours...it was heavenly to relax into such a welcoming place!
The two bedrooms on the main level were adorable and so cozy - I noted the lovely linens but my kids (ages 13 and 11) were focused on the little dishes of candy, haha. The downstairs consists of the master bedroom with bathroom. FYI, there's no door leading into the master but it still felt very private. My insomniac husband remarked on how comfy the bed was and how deeply he slept each night.
And the VIEW -- wow!! We loved sitting on the living room couch and gazing at the ocean from there. We also spent quite a bit of time in the private, plant-filled garden. It was heaven to relax with our coffee each morning, listening to the burbling of the fountain & taking in the deep blue of the ocean.
Location: just a few minutes' walk to the pristine beach where we enjoyed daily strolls with our kids and dog. It's also just a few minutes' walk to the tiny "downtown" Summerland area with a couple of cute cafes and antique shops. To get to the awesome shopping and dining district of downtown Santa Barbara, it's a 10-15 minute drive down the freeway, depending on traffic.
We had such a lovely experience staying at this cottage. I'd love to meet Francesca someday because she seems like such a thoughtful and caring person. She has literally thought of *everything* and adorns the home with every thoughtful detail imaginable. We've rented dozens of homes on VRBO and this was the only one we've visited that was so beautifully set up, down to the finest detail. For example, both bathrooms were stocked with high-quality toilet paper for the entire week, as opposed to the standard 1 roll! And - one of my pet peeves is slow drains - but there wasn't a single slow drain in the entire house! Everything worked perfectly.
If you're looking for a cozy, comfy, charming, welcoming place that's well-stocked, dog-friendly, and meticulously clean...AND super close to the beach -- this is it! We cannot wait to come back!
Paradise Cottage is Appropriately Named
My daughter and I visited Santa Barbara and were fortunate enough to stay at Paradise Cottage. It is a lovely, inviting, well cared for cottage. Every morning, we enjoyed breakfast and tea on the deck overlooking the ocean. Hummingbirds visited us there as they drank of the nectar and bathed in the fountain. Absolutely delightful! It's a peaceful, quiet spot just right for relaxing and enjoying the view. The cottage is minutes from Rt. 101 which is easy access to dozens of points of interest.
Lovely Girls' Weekend in a Beautiful Cottage
Paradise cottage was perfect for our girls' weekend celebrating a couple big birthdays. The views from the front room and the patio were gorgeous and the home was very cozy. The kitchen was impressively stocked with all the tools we needed to cook some delicious meals. The location was convenient and quiet off the main drag, despite the noise from the 101 which was easily forgiven for the views. We also appreciated the thoughtful assortment of snacks and treats left for us. The patio was lovely, however we were unable to spend much time enjoying it due to recent rains leaving things a bit soggy. It would be a great place to relax and dine in the summer months for sure. Overall, we had a great experience and would definitely come again and recommend to others.
Paradise in Summerland
This is our 6th stay at one of the Santa Barbara Cottage properties. We return year after year not only because of the great location, but also the consistent experience. Francesca ensures that the properties are well maintained, clean, and welcoming. Staying here feels as if we're at home because she's thought of everything. You'll find the basics in the kitchen, stacks of towels in the linen closet, internet access, a gas grill on the patio ready for your use, and well thought out rooms. After a long day shopping and exploring Santa Barbara, the comfy sectional in the living room is a welcome site.
The garden at Paradise Cottage is inspiring, the succulents and brick patio encourage you to linger in the morning with a cup of coffee.
Summerland is a great "home base" to enjoy your vacation from. It's a quick trip to Carpinteria, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Solvang, or just about anywhere you'd want to venture to. We especially enjoy the quick walk down the hill to Lillie Avenue in the mornings to grab a breakfast burrito at Stacky's or a more leisurely breakfast at the Summerland Beach Cafe.
Francesca thank you for the attention to detail and thoughtfulness you put into your properties. A stay at any of the "cottages" is a great experience.
Editor's note: Stacky's is no longer in business
A Charming, Fully Equipped Cottage!
We had a delightful time at Paradise Cottage. Francesca has added all the personal touches to make for a welcoming and comfortable stay. We were two couples who booked to attend a wedding in Santa Barbara. We were minutes away from our scheduled activities and enjoyed relaxing in the beautiful garden between events. This property is well maintained and fully stocked if you want to cook some of your meals.
For anyone visiting the area , I would highly recommend a tour of Lotusland, advance reservations are required.
Jasmine Cottage was Great. So Many Comfortable Spaces in and out.
Francesca had everything in Jasmine Cottage a vacationer could need: comfy linens, extra towels, snacks and beverages, a kitchen stocked with everything a chef would need and more. The home is spacious but cozy, with easy parking. Only downside is the noise from the 101, but the beautiful view and breezes made up for it.
Jasmine cottage was perfect. The house was equipped with everything you could need and the welcome package was great. Lovely location with an amazing view of the ocean. There was a view from almost every room. The property was very clean when we arrived and lacked for nothing. I would recommend and stay again.
We all had a wonderful time at the cottage. It is very lovely and convenient to everything.
The Cottage was perfect for our family and included everything we needed to have a wonderful vacation. We would definitely return.
Cozy Cottage Getaway
A group of friends came to the Santa Barbara area for a "reunion" of sorts and we had a wonderful stay at Jasmine Cottage. It was so clean and well appointed, with a home made batch of brownies and fresh blueberries in the fridge upon our arrival. Francesca stocks the cottage much better than many other VRBO's and rentals that I have stayed at. The multiple outdoor rooms, and beautiful gardens with sunny spots and trickling fountains were a wonderful surprise at every corner. Francesca was wonderful with communication before our stay and upon our arrival. We had no issues that required her attention, but I felt confident that if anything had come up, she would have seen to it quickly. Our drive into Santa Barbara to see our friend was only 7 min with no traffic. I highly recommend Jasmine Cottage.
Beautiful Beach Cottage
The house is amazing. It is a quintessential beach cottage. The amenities provided were a very nice touch. The house has everything you could need. The only criticism we had was that the local beach is unusable due to an oil leak. There are several other beaches in the area which were an easy drive from the house.
Amazing Cottage with More Amenities and Extras than Expected.
Within 10 minutes of arriving, 6 out of 6 "WOWS" were recorded and my teenage daughter and her best friend were already asking to come back in the summer. With a son attending UCSB next year, this will definitely be our family get-away destinatiin.
Thank you Francesca for all the goodies and unexpected surprises, as well the best sleep I've had away from home in years!!!
Feels Like Home
I spent a long weekend at this home with 3 girlfriends. This place is CLEAN. The entire cottage is stocked, not just the kitchen. There were fresh flowers. Little bowls of candy. Fresh fruit. Bathroom items, like shampoo/conditioner/lotion etc. And not the cheap stuff. Every bed was comfy. The views are unbelievable. The neighborhood is quiet and we felt very safe. Communication with Francesca was easy, with very fast responses. Truly one of the best vrbo rentals I have stayed at. Thanks very much for sharing your little peace of heaven. Can't wait to visit again.
We are a family of 5 including our 3 children aged 20, 17 and 15. This cottage was fantastic for all of us. We had travelled (sp) from the UK to NY then on to San Francisco and ending up driving down from San Francisco to stay at Jasmine Cottage for a week. The cottage was very welcoming on arrival, spotlessly clean, and stocked with groceries for us - and also home made brownies. Francesca has been amazing to communicate with and made the whole experience very simple and relaxing. We would absolutely recommend staying at Jasmine Cottage and we are hoping to be able to book another stay in the future.
The location was perfect for us to get around and see the sights. Thank you again Francesca.
These People Really Know What They are Doing
We have stayed at multiple different home away property's for the last 15 years and although we have stayed at many exceptional property's , and some not so exceptional this was by far the best experience. The reason for this was the attention to detail. We never met the property manager, Francesca but I can tell you she really, really knows what she is doing. It was all the little things that stand out. To begin with we arrived much later than expected due to flight delays. We were tired and hungry when we arrived. The kitchen had coffee for the next morning, milk, fresh fruit and all kinds of snacks, including fresh baked brownies and cold champagne.there were fresh flowers in almost every room. The sheets and towels were of high quality and there were plenty of towels. The house was very clean when we arrived. Also, the kitchen was well stocked with every gadget, utensil, pot or pan that you would need.the deck was huge and a welcome place to cool off with a cocktail after a day of touring. The 2 garden patios were very nice as well. I would tell anyone that rents property to stay here for a few days to take a lesson in how to make someone feel right at home. I would highly recommend this property.
We have stayed at a home away or vrbo property at least once a year for the past fifteen years and although we have had many, many wonderful experiences, and some not so wonderful our stay at the jasmine cottage was probably the best experience we have ever had. Although we never met the property manager, Francesca, I can tell you she really knows what she is doing. What made this experience stand out so much from the others was the attention to detail. We arrived much later than expected due to flight delays and we were so pleasantly surprised by the coffee, fresh milk, snacks, champagne and fresh baked brownies. Fresh flowers in almost every room made it so homey. The kitchen was very well stocked with every utensil you could imagine you would want or need. I can't tell you how many places we've been where there is one frying pan and a small saucepan.there were plenty of fresh towels and very nice sheets. The huge deck and multiple patios were a great place for a cocktail at sunset. The one down side is you are close to route 1 and the train so there is noise at times but we have stayed other places in Santa Barbara area and realize that's the price you have to pay to be near the water. My advice to anyone who rents property is to stay here once and take a lesson in hospitality. I'm sure if you do you will never have trouble renting your property.