3 Hidden Gems in this Santa Barbara Guidebook




  • 12 Sleeps,
  • 6 Bedrooms,
  • 9.5 Bathrooms
House ID #32189

Somerset - Grand Elegance in Montecito

Originally built in 1918, Somerset sits amidst almost two acres of lush landscaping in the heart of one of Montecito's most exclusive neighborhoods, rich with ancient oaks and magnificent mountain views.

Passing through secure iron gates, the entry court and gardens lead you to an impressive stone entryway with a hand-carved front door. The living spaces are presented in grand scale with vaulted ceilings, rich wood floors, original art and sophisticated yet comfortable furnishings. The ambiance is a unique blend of cozy and commanding, charming and impressive, intimate and grand.

The Living Room opens to both the entry gardens and the luxurious pool terrace. A 2-story stone fireplace anchors this opulent room, providing an elegant location for entertaining or quiet fireside chats. A full bar with comfortable seating is an inviting corner of the room.

This East Wing boasts two lovely Guest Suites, each with its own full bathroom. French doors, which open to the backyard pool terrace, set the inviting mood in the first Guest Suite. The second Guest Suite, with views of the lovely front yard, includes the luxury of a cozy fireplace.

The Formal Dining Room is a gracious feature of the West Wing. Brightened by an abundance of windows in the daytime, the charm of the room is warmed by an impressive stone fireplace for later dining.

The Gourmet Kitchen, centered by a massive marble island, provides every amenity for trained chefs or amateur gourmands. The generous supply of culinary tools and the professional appliances complete this Chef's "Dream Kitchen". Nearby, the Butler's Pantry adds convenience for catering staff or personal chefs to organize and prepare in anticipation of special events.

A bright and casual Sun Room and an informal Breakfast Room complete this Great Room, creating a great central location to gather, relax and enjoy time together.

The third Guest Suite in the main house is just off the Kitchen and has a full bathroom. A wonderful Office with 3 work stations and full bathroom complete the main floor accommodations in the West Wing.

The Master Suite occupies the entire 2nd floor. At the top of the grand staircase, a cozy sitting room offers a library of classic book titles. With impressive mountain views through large picture windows and a large sculpted marble fireplace, the Master Suite is romantic and luxurious. A private balcony overlooks the elegant backyard and the Santa Ynez mountains beyond.

The large Master walk-in closet is flanked by "His" and "Hers" bathrooms. "Her" bathroom echoes a spa-like theme with white Italian marble counters, spa tub and spacious walk-in shower. In contrast, "His" bathroom with large walk-in shower is rich in earth tones of natural stone.

There are 2 detached Guest Houses on the property, offering privacy and comfort.

The West Guest House is a bright space with a comfortable seating area, dining table and efficient full kitchen. The Master Bedroom is outfitted with a romantic 4-poster bed and full bathroom. A clever upstairs loft has a single-size futon, providing a child or teen with a space of their own but still close to parental supervision. Just outside is a wonderful private lap pool terrace with barbecue and dining table.

The North Guest House is tucked away behind lush landscaped hedges. Ultra private accommodations make this a unique escape. A grand Master Suite opens to a private patio. The Living Room with vaulted beam ceilings centers around the cut stone fireplace, providing a warm and relaxing space to end a busy day. A kitchenette, two bathrooms and private outdoor dining patio add to the perfection of this guest retreat.

Framed by spectacular mountain views, the expansive park-like setting defines this exclusive and memorable property. The backyard oasis is a veritable playground with manicured lawns, 2 pools, gazebo, 2 spas, fountains and numerous unique seating and dining vignettes.

An Outdoor Kitchen invites year round al fresco dining, centered around a large oversized grill and outdoor fireplace (with pizza oven). The built-in banquette table seats 12 with additional seating options on a nearby terrace. The outdoor bar is a great spot to relax and enjoy watching the pool activities.

A century-old jewel of Montecito, Somerset is the quintessential retreat offering every guest an exceptional experience rivaling the finest European country homes. And best of all, no passport required!


Summer Season rates are in effect for Thanksgiving Week & Christmas Weeks.

-5-Night minimum stay with the following additional restrictions:
High Season (Jun 17 - Sep 2) 
          7-Night minimum for all bookings made before May 1st.
          5-Night minimum for current year bookings made after May 1st.
Thanksgiving Week (Any dates booked within the week of Thanksgiving)
          7-Night minimum for all bookings made before Oct 1st.
          5-Night minimum for current year bookings made after Oct 1st.
Christmas Weeks (Dec 22 - 29 & Dec 29 - Jan 5)
          7-Night minimum (in the fixed weeks above) for all bookings made before Nov 1st.
          5-Night minimum (and flexible dates) for current year bookings made after Nov 1st.

Stays of less than 30 nights are subject to a 12% Lodging Tax + $2.20/night Tourism Tax.
$550 Cleaning Fee (14+ night stays require additional cleaning fees), Booking Fee (varies based on reservation cost).

No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in time is 3pm or later
Check-out time is 10am or earlier
Quiet Hours are 9pm - 9am. Please be respectful of our neighbors.
Guest agrees to electronically sign a detailed Reservation Agreement.
Manager/Homeowner reserves the right to deny reservation.
Minimum Age of Person Making Reservation: 40 years or older

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change.



Desired Amenities

Air Conditioning


Fully Equipped
Dual Ovens
Sub-Zero Refrigerator
Ice Maker
Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System
Coffee grinder
Coffee Maker
Cooking utensils
Stainless Steel Appliances

Living / Family / Media Rooms


Dining Areas

Dining Room
Breakfast Bar

Laundry / Linens / Towels

All linens supplied
All towels supplied
Iron, Ironing board

Recreation / Toys

Beach Towels

Indoor Entertainment

DVD Player
Sonos Music System
TVs in Every Bedroom

Pool / Spa / Health / AC

Air Conditioning
Built-in Spa

Outside / Yard / Patios / Decks

Back Deck
Fully Enclosed Yard
Gas Barbeque Grill
Water Feature
Fruit Trees

Communications / Internet / Office

High speed Internet (wired and wireless)
Free National Long Distance

Infant & Toddler Supplies

High Chair/Booster
Sheets/blankets for Port-a-crib

Option Onsite Services

Private Chef
Child Care
Personal Training

Local Attractions / Events

Farmers' Markets
Art Museums
Natural History Museum
Botanical Garden
Stearn's Wharf, Harbor
Wine Tasting
Vineyard Tours

Local Sports / Recreation

Biking (road and mountain)
Beach Volleyball
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba Diving
Fishing (Lake and Ocean)
Horseback Riding
Whale Watching
Bird Watching

Local Leisure Activities

Funk Zone (wine & beer tasting)
Channel Island Tours
Wine Tasting Santa Ynez Valley

Local Services

All services expected in a medium sized city

General / Notes

No Smoking
No Pets



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