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1 / 29 Historical & Romantic Gated Montecito Estate with Pool, Spa and Tennis Court

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Overview

Bedrooms:
8
Bathrooms:
9
Sleeps:
16
Type:
Villa
Pets allowed:
No
Wi-Fi available:
Yes

Description from owner

Romantic, historic George Washington Smith gated and private 2 acre Estate with pool, spa, tennis court is located in the heart of Montecito, a seaside village that has seduced moguls, magnates and movie stars for over a hundred years.

Ravenscroft pays homage to the grandeur of its natural setting with a timeless elegance that is truly captivating, for it is not only seen with the eye, but also felt with the heart.

The Estate is located in one of the most prestigious areas in Montecito, amongst the large and old grand estates of its same historic pedigree, directly adjacent the 34 acre Lotus Land, providing a private and serene setting, while being less than 2 miles to the beach.

It has been immaculately restored and renovated to meet the exacting needs of modern life while staying true to the purity of its renowned architect George Washington Smith.

Smith is synonymous with classic Santa Barbara architecture and in 1922 he designed Ravenscroft, a magical and timeless work of art that has been held in high esteem and published often as a local architectural marvel. It is one of a handful, and arguably the most well preserved, of original classically designed Santa Barbara Estates still in existence. The Four Seasons Biltmore was built by the same architect with the same design and materials, as was the Ogilvy house which is just a few doors down and Casa Del Hererro.

Within this classic Estate are sweeping lawns, colorful gardens, intimate outdoor terraces and majestic gates. The main residence is trimmed with elegant hand tooled wrought iron gates, doors and windows and provides 4 bedrooms (king in the master and queen in the rest of the house) and 4 1/2 baths (in suite bathrooms). The queen bedrooms each have French doors leading to the garden and two have fireplaces. In addition, the sitting room off the master suite has a day bed with trundle and fireplace. The living room is 52 feet long and offers a large roaring fireplace and baby grand piano with wrought iron doors and windows to the interior courtyard, dining room, bedroom wing and library/office. In the office/library are a fireplace, desk and secret door with passage to the wine tasting cellar with fireplace and tasting room.

The kitchen has been remodeled and includes a subzero, La Cornu stove, two Meile dishwashers and microwave. It is fully equipped with breakfast room with fireplace overlooking an interior courtyard with fountain and outdoor professional BBQ area.

The guest house features a king bedroom, living room with queen size pull out couch, 2 full baths and charming kitchen. The 'Abigail Cottage' is a restored charming 1 BR/1BA guest cottage, with twin bed, surrounded by fruit orchard, expansive lawns and hen house.

The sparkling pool, spa and north/south tennis court complete the magnificent estate. Also, within this private and magical Estate are a Garden Lath house and Japanese Green House that were built in 1934.

The billiards room includes a fireplace, pool table, 2 step machines and a ping pong is also available.

Staying at Ravenscroft is like stepping back in time, into Santa Barbara's history and you can just imagine Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn around the corner. There is no other property available like this one in Santa Barbara.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Published "California Romantica" by author Diane Keaton

- "You discovered Ravenscroft, ONE OF OUR FAVORITE HOMES in Montecito. Do you know the history of the design of the living room and its enormous fireplace? Yes, it was designed so that the horses could come in and get warmed by the fire. In particular, Mrs. Ravencroft's favorite horse, Jack." "Did you know the design of the living room was taken from a popular London stage production of the era. According to David Myrick's account in his two-volume "Montecito And Santa Barbara," Marguerite (Peggy) Doe Courtney, who later married Henry Ravenscroft - hence the name of the home - asked Smith to design a living room that duplicated the stage set of the play, which is why the living room is 52 feet long."

- "That says a lot about George Washington Smith: that he was a game guy; that he took on the owners' ideas and wasn't afraid of them and didn't feel that it was encroaching on his genius. It's an act of generosity on his part and, because of that, his work is probably the most prevalent in this book and it's the most unusual and most diverse. He wasn't afraid of a new idea. THAT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HOMES."

- "Did you happen to see the lathe house on the Ravenscroft property that, according to Harry Kolb, was where the first commercially grown orchids on the Central Coast were grown? I love that I saw it [in its decayed state] and caught it right before they began the restoration. I'm a preservationist, as you know, and I feel the beauty shines forth no matter what state these homes are in. You mustn't be afraid of them. When you see the beauty OF THIS PARTICULAR HOME, it's so astonishing. I just fell in love with it."

Beds: 2 King Beds, 3 Queen Beds, 1 Double Bed, 1 Twin Bed, 2 Sofa Beds

TripAdvisor Property ID: 4904405

Amenities

Features

  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Fireplace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Parking Included

Appliances

  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine

Activities

  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding
  • Pool or snooker table

Reviews (2)

Excellent – based on 2 reviews Excellent
2 reviews

“Amazing & Wonderful Estate for family vacation”

Reviewed 2 Aug 2016

My family (15 adults & teens) just enjoyed a perfect family vacation at Ravenscroft. It is a spectacular and unique property. The owners have lovingly restored the home to it's original grandeur and it was a special treat to be able to call this estate home for a week. The grounds are stunning. The pool, jacuzzi and tennis court were so well maintained. There's a chicken coop on the property and we were able to get fresh eggs for breakfast. Upon our arrival, the kitchen was stocked with everything we'd requested and a full dinner was left for us so we didn't have to cook or shop on that first night. On a different night, we hired the private chef recommended to us and she was outstanding. There is air conditioning in the master suite and fans provided in the other rooms although the gorgeous Montecito weather doesn't often require their use. Aside from the Maine House bedrooms, there is a one-bedroom guest suite that is beautifully decorated and has an extremely comfortable king bed as well as a pull-out sofa in the living room. There is a 9 seat movie theater with exceptionally comfortable reclining chairs. There is an outdoor ping pong patio, indoor billiard room and gym, outdoor fireplaces in several locations... honestly, this property is virtually perfection. The only thing I'd change is the WiFi signal. It's available in a few spots in the house, but not across the entire property. That said, it was rather nice putting the phone/iPad down for the better part of every day. There are so many places to relax and have fun on the property that it was hard to venture beyond the beautiful wrought iron gates. However, there are many great restaurant choices right in Montecito. This is a special place and the owners are beyond accommodating. I could not recommend it more highly.

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