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An Architectural Masterpiece Surrounded By Gardens Unlike Any You've Ever Seen

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 750 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, 1.5 bath & Private Patio Overlooking Koi Pond, Waterfall & Gardens

A Truly Luxurious Guest Suite Awaits You Beyond The Magic Gate...

Discover the spacious 750 sq. ft. studio apartment with 13 ft. high cathedral ceilings, expansive mountain view window and 2nd floor outdoor covered balcony overlooking the koi pond, waterfall and luscious gardens. Located next to the main house where the owners live, you'll have your own private entrance and experience complete privacy. This extraordinary space is used exclusively for vacation rentals, so it's appointed with truly luxurious furnishings and amenities which you'll love. All of this combines to make your stay in Santa Barbara unforgettable.

Our tropical backyard and waterfall makes you feel like you're in Bali. Whimsical and creative gardens that will have you talking about them for months afterwards - especially the innovative hydroponic beds.

Perfect for 1 or 2 people here on business or a romantic getaway. Fireplace, Cal-King size bed with heated mattress pad & deliciously soft linens. Ceragem - far infared massage bed with jade rollers to ease your back and help you forget about any stresses. Fully equipped kitchenette with refrigerator, gas stove and counter space. Full bath with shower & luxury robes. Set your own combo to the in-room safe. Well equipped gym and free weights available on the premises. Borrow bikes & helmets for exploring town. Beach towels, chairs and sand pail. Free private parking behind secure closed gate.

Free super-fast Wi-Fi internet & large flat screen HD TV, with HBO, Showtime, Netflix and AppleTV.

If you are looking for a very special retreat space that is secluded yet close to town, then this is for you. Stay a weekend, a week or a month and indulge yourselves in a trip you'll remember forever.

We work from our home office and are on the property almost 24/7, so we will be available to offer assistance or any help you may need. We will of course also completely respect your privacy.

More Details

Evelyn and Mindy
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 September, 2018

About Evelyn and Mindy

We are artists, business owners, software developers and currency traders. We have each lived in Santa Barbara for over 35 years and have owned retail gift stores, restaurants and bakeries in that time.

We love this town and have carved out a very special area of it for you to call home during your visit. We have lived in many areas of Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpinteria - yet find Mission Canyon, where we now live, to be one of the best places in the entire area. When other parts of the coast are foggy and cold, our little piece of paradise basks in warm sunlight.

We love being close to downtown, UCSB (The University of California Santa Barbara) and the Music Academy of the West in Montecito - so all the cultural wealth of the town is easily within reach.

Evelyn and Mindy purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Evelyn and Mindy chose Mission Canyon

Mission Canyon is known as one of the best places in Santa Barbara because it's almost always sunny here, far enough from the beach to avoid the morning fog and close enough to the mountains for great hikes & day trips. It's also close enough to downtown that you can easily walk to all the great shops, theaters and restaurants Santa Barbara has to offer.

What makes this apartment unique

We think of our property as an evolving, living spiritual abode, and we are constantly bringing more artistic inspiration into every aspect of it. We often have garden groups come for private tours - even the docents of the famous Lotusland in Montecito - and artists from around the country come to see what lies 'behind the magic gates'.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Mission Canyon

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We ask guests to leave their shoes on their private balcony and not wear them in the guest suite.
  • Before confirming your reservation we ask that you tell us a little bit about yourselves so we can make sure we are a good fit for you and you for us.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • City Centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Garden bathroom on first floor available as well.
  • Bathroom has shower, custom concrete vessel sink and copper fixtures. Includes separate heater at your feet for after-shower comfort.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
  • The apartment is one very spacious room with lovely high 13' ceilings, with a deluxe California King bed and dual control mattress warmer. A king size portable blow up bed is also available. Luxury linens. Hypo-allergenic duvet comforter.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 2 bicycles
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Your suite includes a heated Ceragem massage table, featuring a 35 minute program to relax and align your back. Far-infrared rollers gently and slowly move from the base of the spine to the crown of the head


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An Architectural Masterpiece Surrounded By Gardens Unlike Any You've Ever Seen
average rating of 5.0 based on 93 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Spacious gardens, a bright clean airy room with a well stocked kitchen, and gracious hosts...what could be better?

When we return to the area, this will again be our place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 04/09/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay and look forward to returning

  • 5 of 5

We visited Suite Peas for Labor Day and thoroughly enjoyed the apartment and our hosts. The garden is everything other travelers have mentioned and when you see it, you realize the photos and descriptions do not fully prepare you for what you will experience. Sitting on the balcony and listening to the waterfall at the koi pond is something I soon won't forget. Evelyn and Mindy have thought of everything you will need during your stay and gone above and beyond to ensure you will have a pleasant stay. We are so appreciative and fortunate to have found this extraordinary VRBO and will absolutely stay here again when visiting the area.

  • Review Submitted: 04/09/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place to stay for visit to Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were completely delighted with our stay in Santa Barbara. This is a beautiful independent apartment located in the foothills above town, with territorial views and a lovely balcony overlooking the garden. Feels like you are visiting a spa! Quiet neighborhood, yet just a short drive to downtown restaurants and beaches. Amazing gardens below, and our wonderful hosts encouraged us to pick fresh salads from the garden. Immaculately clean, kitchen well set up, comfortable bed and friendly hummingbirds visit the balcony. We also enjoyed a day trip to the nearby wine country in Solvang and the Santa Ynez valley. This was a restful and wonderful place to stay, and we heartily recommend this.

  • Review Submitted: 30/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

We consider Suite Peas our home away from home. This beautiful spa-like retreat overlooks the incredible Santa Ynez mountains and is situated close to the Santa Barbara bowl and the downtown shopping district, as well as only a short drive to beautiful wine country in Solvang, Buellton and Los Olivos, yet we felt a world away.

You can spend your days on the patio enjoying a book, meal or even an afternoon nap, or explore the grounds around the property filled with homemade art pieces so spectacular they would make any artist or art curator jealous. In the evening, enjoy a glass of wine or a relaxing massage on the ceragem bed, while the peaceful sounds of the koi pond lull you to sleep.

The space is airy and bright, courtesy of large windows and a sliding glass door overlooking the gardens, and feature contemporary furnishings and the most luxurious bedding - we have never slept so well and so blissfully as we have in this space.

The setting is spectacular - secluded, tranquil, peaceful and the house is perfectly balanced between luxury and understated elegance.

Property, location and views aside, Mindy and Evelyn are warm and hospitable hosts we consider friends. This was our second visit and we would not consider any other vacation property rental in Santa Barbara.

This property is everything you could wish for in a home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly on par with five star accommodations we’ve experienced. Gorgeous!

  • 5 of 5

Mindy and Evelyn have created a beautiful guest apartment with soaring ceilings, northern light and sumptuous furnishings. They have thought of everything— French press coffee, ginger almond granola, fresh cream and almond milk, two slices of berry crumble pie, top quality linens and even a heated massage table! They have carefully curated a guide to Santa Barbara that allowed us to get the most out of our three day stay.

Their property, itself, is a beautiful oasis. I took more than 20 photos of their incredible gardens and koi pond. It was such a refuge that we stayed on property until 3 pm one day just because we didn’t want to leave. You can watch the humming birds feed from your private balcony over coffee or with a glass of wine. The kitchen was fully equipped and the entire space impeccably clean. Spa toiletries and a well equipped exercise area that opens to their extensive gardens complete the ultimate “get away and be spoiled” experience. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Go ahead, believe the reviews!

  • 5 of 5

There are two reasons this property has such exceptional reviews: Mindy and Evelyn. The property is lovingly cared for and the details...oh, the details. From plush pillows and fluffy robes to catnap-worthy lounge chairs and (my favorite) the Korean massage table - oh, gosh was that amazing!

The outdoors is truly a piece of paradise, beautifully harmonizing their artistic talents. Their hydroponic gardens are like none we've ever seen. The owners were generous with their time and provided a wonderful tour of their gardens, aviary and koi pond (feeding time was an extra-special treat). Hummingbirds greeted us on the balcony each day, while the restful sounds of water features lulled us to sleep each night.

Of special note, the owners are only as available as you want them to be. Never intrusive and we felt we had complete privacy. Wonderful location only about a 30-minute walk from downtown - a walk we enjoyed each day. Hendry's Beach was less than a 10-minute drive.

Such a restorative experience and one we can't praise highly enough. Thank you both for sharing your magical home with us.

  • Review Submitted: 17/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9.6 Miles
Santa Barbara Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
El Encanto Hotel
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Santa Barbara Golf Club (public)
Nearest Train
3.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 101 North and South
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Miles
Downtown Central Santa Barbara
Nearest Beach
3.6 Miles
Hendry's Beach
Car: not necessary

Less than a 4 minute drive to Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's and Gelsons (an upscale and very complete grocery store)


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$447.75

Two (2) night stay permitted with a $100 surcharge. Not suitable for corporate events or parties. No smoking indoors or outdoors anywhere on the property.

Cancellation Policy: 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. Within 29 days, please read terms detailed in the Rental Agreement, which we require you to sign.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.