'Ravenscroft' Estate - Pool, Spa & Tennis Court

Historical & Romantic Gated Montecito Estate with Pool, Spa and Tennis Court
Historical & Romantic Gated Montecito Estate with Pool, Spa and Tennis CourtAdjacent to the 37 Acre Lotus Land with intimate privacy and 2 miles to beachMagical and peaceful setting in one of the most beautiful locations in the world52\' Long Living Room designed from London Stage w/ Grand PianoAmazing architectural design for which great rooms were createdWorking office just in case....Picture perfect Theatre room with professional seating for 9This courtyard is fed by both the kitchen & grand living room to enjoyThis is 1 of 3 dining areas in the home with the garden room seating up to 14Chefs kitchen, with original tile, fully restored to its 1922 grandeurWarm kitchen nook off the kitchen that feeds two interior courtyards1 of 4 bedrooms in the main house with walk out doors to garden and poolOne of four bedrooms in the main house
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779 Ayala Ln, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
'Ravenscroft' Estate - Pool, Spa & Tennis Court
8 bedrooms
16 guests
3 night min

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 8
Bathrooms: 8.5
Sleeps: 16
Type: Villa
Per night: $3,500
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Santa Barbara vacation villa rental
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 and 4 1/2 baths. 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 guest house features a living room, 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths and charming kitchen. The 'Abigail Cottage' is a restored charming 1 BR/1BA guest cottage 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 work out room offers 2 step machines, free weights, univeral machines and a ping pong table. There are also 3 bikes 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."

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Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
May 17 2016 May 07 2017 $3,500 $3,500 - - 3 Nights
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 10
Deposits: $650 cleaning fee. $4,000 refundable damage security deposit. Inquire for weekly and monthly rates which depend on length of stay & season. Pricing for occupancy up to 10. Surcharge above for a party above 10. 50% of the rent, tax, cleaning fee & damage security deposit are required to confirm a reservation with the remaining 50% due 60 days before check-in.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: Standard method of payment is checks & direct deposits at any Bank of America Branch. Credit card payment via PayPal and bank wire transfers are also accepted but in these cases the 4% PayPal fee & $25/wire transfer fees are applied. Cancellation policy - deposit is subject to loss, excluding the damage security deposit, unless re-rented for that time period.



  • Beds

  • 2 King Beds
  • 1 Double Bed
  • 1 Twin Bed
  • 2 Sofa Beds
  • 3 Queen Beds
  • Features

  • Beach Towels
  • Game Room
  • Linens Provided
  • Pool Table
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Parking Included
  • Private Pool
  • Full Kitchen
  • High Speed Internet
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Appliances

  • Blender
  • Hair Dryer
  • Oven
  • Telephone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Iron
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Gas Grill
  • Microwave
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
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Kathy Weiss Beurer

Amazing & Wonderful Estate for family vacation

Kathy Weiss Beurer

Boston, MA

Amazing & Wonderful Estate for family vacation

August 2, 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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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What time is check in and check out?
A: Check in time is 4 PM and check out is 11 AM
Q: Can you recommend a chef and tennis instructor?
A: Yes, we can provide a list of chefs and tennis instructors, along with other services for you to review and retain.
Q: What activities are available on site?
A: Tennis court, pool, spa, pool table, ping pong table, Theatre room, two step machines, free weights, two bikes to name a few and we are within 3 miles to all beaches and less than 2 to upper and lower villages.

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