Natural Wonders/Privacy and Peace. Stay awhile!
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 baths
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Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
Please set the number of infants.
Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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[Now open only for 30 days or more, I welcome students, interns, etc. and those possibly looking for a new place to settle near Santa Barbara]................................

Natural Wonders is an unconventional, lived in, and somewhat quirky household, with private bedrooms that guests find "cozy", and the surroundings relaxing.

The space

Lovely safe surroundings on Santa Barbara's Upper Riviera.
In a gorgeous natural setting, the rather rustic hillside house is spread out and guests have access to everything.....high speed internet, hot tub (temporarily not operating because of drought) decks with views of the mountains, etc. The property has about 2 acres of tall trees, lush vegetation, and amazing wildlife. Although there's a feeling of isolation, it only takes minutes to drive to town, and is a serene refuge from crowds and traffic. [It's best if you have a car. The nearest bus is about a mile away on a hill] However, quite a few like the walk to town which is about 1/2 hour, and usually take Uber back home.
You'll find quiet, privacy, and peaceful living in this beautiful mountain view share.
Nestled in trees, with lots of garden and open space. Good modest room with very basic furnishings, and amenities of house, but bear in mind this is an old house and there are imperfections.The bathroom will probably be shared as I have two available rooms (see Natural Wonders/Privacy and Peace) It's not really possible to reserve one room or the other. Both probably have pluses and minuses! Longer term is usually interesting big wooden bed because it's harder to make and room has more storage space.
Non-smoking mature guests. No drugs, moderate alcohol, no visitors.
One single. Additional persons for $15 each.
Generally no children, but child over 10 possible...please inquire
Low rate for our expensive location and for people who want this special, casual, home atmosphere and don't expect pristine luxury, but value comfort. A month or more will be asked to share in utilities.
Must like adorable, well, behaved dogs who do not invade your space! A compatible dog might be welcome if there are no other guests, and with extra deposit.
Off street parking available.
I offer fruit and goodies first morning. Longer term, you're on your own with my cereals. bread, milk and coffee, or any of your own.

Guest access

Guests have access to general living space of whole home and outside, except for other private bedrooms.
Guest bathroom is small and likely to be shared. Shower is low flow due to drought regulations (sorry)

Interaction with guests

Interaction with other guests is totally up to the guests....but definitely encouraged when appropriate. Most guests enjoy socialization, and the host definitely wants to get to know her guests, if only a little!

Other things to note

If your choice of dates is taken on this site, try my 2nd room (in the same house) at Natural Wonders #2/Peace and Privacy
If your choice of dates is taken on this site, try my 2nd room (in the same house) at Natural Wonders/Privacy and Peace
Sorry, but I rarely accept same day reservations. It doesn't work very well with my schedule.
I will be more likely to accept a reservation immediately that has a photo of the guest (your pet would be a bonus, but I want YOU) information and reviews or references, verification, why you are traveling, and please, a bit about a second person coming with you.

Free parking on premise
Wireless Internet

Extra people £11 / night after the first guest
Security Deposit £114
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price £50 / night
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM

Non smokers only. Please don't book if you are a smoker. I wouldn't want my guests missing it while here.
No loud noise. No visitors.
Long term fix own breakfast. Clean and put away dishes and food.***(see below)
Maintain reasonable cleanliness and neatness in room and bath.
Considerate of others if sharing bath
No smoking or drugs on property or in neighborhood. Moderate alcohol.
No guests or parties. Maintain quiet.
No maid service....Clean up after selves
Third adult or 10 + child possible by special request and altering reservation. A cot or futon can be provided.
Children over 10 years considered for nightly.
Older TV in room. If desired, newer can be provided.

***Breakfast Policy
I very much look forward to breakfast time with my guests, as that is often the best time to enjoy their interests and personalities, however, as of April 2013, I will need to change my breakfast policy a bit. I have some classes I will be going to and may not be home for everyone's breakfast.
Everything will be on the table after the first night. Subsequent mornings there will still will be available coffee, tea, some fruit, cereals, pastries, bread, possible OJ and yogurt in a serve yourself manner. Long term (more than 5 days) guests please provide your own favorite items.
I always want to have enough so no one starts the day hungry!

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

30 nights minimum stay

486 Reviews

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Astrid User Profile
May 2017
We had the most wonderful time at Arlene's place. The view from her house is breathtaking and out was lovely talking to her. We will definitely try to come back to this enchanted place.

Katerina User Profile
May 2017
My boyfriend Jack and I stayed at Arlene's for one night during our road trip from San Francisco to LA. Her home is one of the most beautiful and interesting places either of us have ever seen, with unbeatable views and the most calming aura surrounding it. We loved chatting to Arlene about her fascinating life, and were especially grateful for the lovely breakfast spread she put on for us! Our stay with Arlene was a true highlight of our whole two-week trip.

Romain User Profile
May 2017
Arlene's house is a very beautiful place, where the wild take a big place. It's a very peaceful home, as our host. Arlene is very nice, thoughtful and sociable. Her breakfast was very complete and rich. We regret to stay only one night : she is a very interesting person with a lot of things to say. We didn't have the time to discover each other like we would have liked it.

Sarah User Profile
May 2017
Had a wonderful stay! The house has a beautiful view and is away from busyness, so it's nice and quiet. Arlene and the house are both extremely welcoming and charming! Arlene even made us a lovely breakfast. Would definitely stay again if we had the chance!

Rebekah User Profile
May 2017
We loved staying here! It is such a beautiful and unique getaway. The view is gorgeous and we loved walking around the garden in the back. Arlene was so kind and took such good care of us. The breakfast was amazing complete with freshly squeezed juice and homemade yogurt. She was such a joy! We definitely would come back if we could!

Robert User Profile
May 2017
arlenes crib is located in a idyllic part of santa barbara, quiet but very impressive. arlene is a absolutely air bnb pro and has a lot of experience with guest from all over the world. shes lovely. thank you, arlene.

Ronja User Profile
May 2017
its hard to find the perfect words for our experience at arlenes house. it was just beautiful. arlene is an extremly warm-hearted person, she can tell a lot of interesting storys, her house is just wonderful, the garden looks kind of a fairytail and we loved the many chipmunks! we hope that we can come back someday!

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Santa Barbara, California, United StatesJoined in September 2011
Arlene User ProfileArlene is a superhost.

I am a children's dance instructor, and very fit and active so I'm basically moving most of the time....
at home, in the garden, out dancing, and just puttering around.
I have three grown children, three grown grandchildren, and three high school age grandchildren.
I have lived in Santa Barbara since 1959 (great choice immediately after graduating from Vassar College) and in my special paradise home since 1963.
I want everyone to be as enthralled with Santa Barbara as I am...come visit soon!
PS. Please understand that I love being an Airbnb host for the exceptional variety and friendliness of all my guests and I enjoy chatting, if only a bit! Thanks :)

Languages: Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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