Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled

Exquisite Views, Peace and Tranquility, and close to great wineries.

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

A place to get away? Fine wine? Exquisite Dining? Fun Outdoors? Shopping?

John and Nadine welcome you to their exquisite Hilltop Home at Shady Oaks Ranch. This unusual home features an upstairs Master Suite with a Queen bed with a rollaway table for those luxurious breakfasts in bed and adjoining private bath. The large window in the Master Suite provides an excellent view of the far reaching vistas and nearby farmland. In addition, the home features a dining room with seating for 10, a cozy living room with Flat Screen Satellite TV and a pull out sofa, 2 additional bedrooms one with a queen bed and the second with bunk beds for the younger set. The entry into the home features a breezeway connecting front and backyards. Rounding out this home is the annex. The Annex features a great room with an entertainment area, a King Bed, a half bath, and an additional bedroom with a queen bed. In addition, the washer and dryer are located in the Annex for those special needs that can come up when least expected. The Hilltop's landscaping is meticulously maintained and features 3 sitting areas, a lawn, a hiking trail to our famous water tower, and a beautiful lawn for entertainment and croquet.

Views and vistas of Buellton, the Santa Ynez Valley and the local moutains all vie for the visitors attention and appreciation.

More Details

John de Bruin
Member since: 2012
Speaks english, spanish, russian, dutch
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2017

About John de Bruin

Nadine and I (John) are retired now for the second time. We completed a career in Aerospace in 2003 retiring from the Hughes Aircraft Company. The Hughes Motto was very similar to that of the TV show "Star Trek" i.e. to go where no man has gone before. John was involved with the design and deployment of infrared space systems while Nadine pursued a career in Real Estate. As a child, John had developed a love for the land and cows and upon retiring, we purchased a Ranch and raised grass fed beef, organic pork, chicken and eggs for our community. Farming is a hard life and all consuming and we elected to retire a second time to pursue some of the activities we had put on hold in favor of farming. We still live on our ranch in Lompoc, raise our own meats and enjoy our grandchildren as well as hosting guests from all over the world in our vacation rentals. We love the country lifestyle and are blessed with having our daughter and 3 grandkids live on the ranch with us. We live approximately 6 miles from Hilltop and are available for resolving any and all issues in short order.

John de Bruin purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why John de Bruin chose Santa Barbara County

The Shady Oaks Ranch is an amazingly unique property. Upon arriving, you feel a sense of peace and tranquility permeate your whole being. It is like being transported to another world or dimension. Complementing this sense of tranquility are the views and vistas of Buellton, the Santa Ynez Valley and the surrounding mountains. Do you enjoy the outdoors? Cachuma Lake or Gaviota State Beach are excellent places to go picnic and hike. Enjoy wine tasting? The valley is filled with amazing boutique wineries as well as some that are quite size-able and offer a great variety. Shopping? Enjoy history? Visit the two Missions established by the original Spanish Settlers. Visit Solvang for a real shopping experience from clothing to knick knacks to the world's softest socks. Hilltop at Shady Oaks Ranch provides you with a means to escape and yet have a diversity of activities to complement your time away from the hustle and bustle.

What makes this farmhouse unique

When Nadine and I first saw ( I really mean experienced) this property we were awestruck. We just could not leave. Located on 31 acres with means to hike up and down, challenged us to experience the entire range of views as well as the natural habitats of the majestic oaks and wildlife. You literally feel transported to another dimension. Can't say that enough. Come and experience it for yourself.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for a wonderful getaway. We absolutely enjoyed every bit of our stay here at your lovely home.

We truly appreciate all that you did to make our stay seamless. From the acommodations, amenities, and peacefulness and beauty that this home offers, truly made our family getaway a memorable one.

Wishing this little gem of a vacation home much success.

We hope to be back again soon.

All the best,
Nov 2012
  • 1 of 1


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
AJ Spurs
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
La Purissima Golf Course
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Goleta, CA
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
US 101
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Hitching Post
Nearest Ski
180 Miles
Mountain High Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Gaviota State Beach
Car: necessary

The Hilltop at Shady Oaks Ranch is located just minutes from the Santa Rita Appellation, a region first discovered by Richard Sanford to have similar soil and weather to the Burgundy region of France. Since Richard built the first winery in the area, many others have sprung up and we are now famous worldwide for our Pinot Noir's and Chardonnay's. There are many ways to visit the wineries from self guided tours to arranged tours to wine tasting rooms that have an excellent selection of the local wines without the need to travel.

In addition, lake Cachuma is a wonderful resource for fishing, picknicking, and guided nature tours. Other features include Ostrich Land, Firestone Brewery, the Chumash Resort and Casino and a myriad of fine eateries to delight anyone's tastes. In addition, two of the orginal Spanish Missions created here in California are within 20 miles.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Buellton, California

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , Upstairs adjoins the master suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , Downstairs close to bedrooms 2 and 3
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Adjoins the great room and bedroom 5
  • 2.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , with adjoining Master Bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 extra lg. double bed , This bed is located in the great room wtih 46' Flat Panel TV
  • King size beds (1) The Master suite features a Foster and Stearns King Size Bed, Queen size Beds (3) Two bedrooms and the greatroom feature queen size beds for your sleeping comfort, Queen Sleep Sofa (1) The living room has a comfortable queen sleep sofa for additional sleeping space, Bunk Beds (1) A bunk bed is provided in the bedroom for the younger set.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(64 traveller reviews)

82% Complete
15% Complete
0% Complete
1% Complete
0% Complete
Exquisite Views, Peace and Tranquility, and close to great wineries.
average rating of 4.796875 based on 65 reviews

The place was nice as described, replies were lacking

  • 2 of 5

When trying to contact the owner, we didn't get a timely reply the first time and no reply the second time. Cleaning wasn't a priority. Any dishes used had to be washed first. Looked at the grill and just said forget.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Unusual layout, but worked out great for our group.

  • 4 of 5

Quiet and relaxing, with room for all 6 of us. We bought a couple of bathmats, the tubs were slippery. Loved the grounds, beautiful views and tons of privacy, and super close to wineries and shopping. Loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Huntington Beach

Golf Getaway

  • 4 of 5

The Hilltop is a great place to get away from it all relax and enjoy good company. We had a boys golf trip that included 7 of us. Sleeping quarters were tight but everything else was just right. We took full advantage of the spacious dining area to socialize after dinner.

Most of all, we enjoyed sitting outside in the evening enjoying the cool nights and the view of the valley.

Make sure to arrive during daylight, We arrived at dusk and I drove past the driveway twice before I found it. The driveway is a long, winding gravel road that in narrow and steep. It's not as intimidating if you've driven it at least once in the daylight before trying it at night.

Location was excellent, just outside of town and centrally located to the golf courses in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Winnipeg, Canada

Sweet Mountaintop Abode

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here! It was clean, well-equipped, and welcoming, and the views are spectacular. We were surprised to see that it was so close to everything you need, only a mile off the 101, but you feel away from it all, and completely in nature. The road up the hill to the house needs to be taken slowly due to many major bumps/divots, but once you're there, you're sittin' pretty!

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great views and a nice private, quiet location.

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful family birthday/family reunion. This is a large house with lots of flexibility for sleeping arrangements. The owner was extra helpful also. I accidentally left some items at the house, and he was kind enough to mail them back to me!

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Bay Area, CA

Gorgeous views

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (+ one small non-shedding dog) enjoyed a relaxing getaway at the Hilltop. The views are amazing! The bedrooms and sitting areas have beautiful decor (think shabby chic) and there is a lot of space for people to spread out in the house and in the yard. The drive up to the house was easy. This home had the best instructions and notes of any house we have ever rented. Seriously. Detailed driving instructions, instructions how to use the remotes, appliances, nearby attractions, restaurants, etc. I appreciated the updated front door lock with your unique code and time limitations, felt very secure. The bath towels are very nice and a generous supply stocked. Every sink had hand soap and paper towels, which is appreciated. The floor plan is unusual, the kitchen is upstairs and on the opposite end of the annex first floor family room. This house would be ideal for a large group, we didn't even use half of the bedrooms.

The only thing that would've made our experience even better, would be some updates to the kitchen and replacing some well used kitchen equipment. Bring your own kitchen supplies (foil, ziplock bags, kitchen sponge, baking sheets, etc) and beach towels. I wish I'd brought a BBQ brush (there wasn't one and the grill needed a cleaning) and mosquito spray & repellant (not all of the windows/doors have screens and there were a lot of mosquitos during our stay). The wifi was not strong, okay for a getaway, but not if you are planning on doing work or streaming videos to your devices. I didn't see any recycling bins, that would've been nice, but I don't know how the trash program is done there.

Overall, a great stay here. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Buellton, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Rates
5 Sep 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
22 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Rates 2
27 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
22 Dec 2017 - 25 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Rates 3
26 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
New Years
29 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
Winter Rates 4
2 Jan 2018 - 15 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$0
Refundable Damage Deposit A$895.51
Cleaning Fee A$191.9
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Contact Owner

Other Holiday Properties