We loved it (and so did our cat)
My husband and I lived for two months in Carla’s Garden Suite in Montecito, CA, in January/February 2012. We are retirees who settled in Montana and then decided to get away for a winter. We (and our Siamese cat) had a wonderful stay and highly recommend Carla’s Cottages! The cottages include 5 studio or one-bedroom apartments grouped around a beautiful pool and garden. Many of the other folks who stayed while we were there were also refugees from the frozen Northwest -- Oregon, Wyoming, Washington, Montana -- and the place had a friendly atmosphere that made it easy to get to know the neighbors (or not, if that’s your preference). Our place -- the Garden Suite -- had a little more room than the other studio, with an alcove for a small table where we could eat or work at the computer. At the end of two months, we decided it was a bit small for two people for such a long time, but we enjoyed it nevertheless. The main drawback (and this was minor) was the lack of a kitchen sink (dishes must be washed in the bathroom sink or bathtub), which meant over time that we ate fewer meals at home and more meals out. We also found the rooms to be a bit chilly at times (it’s winter even in California, we discovered), and wished we had access to the temperature controls. One of the main reasons we chose Carla’s was that she welcomed our Siamese cat, Fiji. In fact, Carla’s was the only vacation rental we found in the Santa Barbara/Montecito area that accepted cats. Fiji loved the garden, and was able to roam about at her leisure (during the day and only after we had ensured that the neighbor dogs were not out), because the garden is fully surrounded by secure fencing. All in all, we have fond memories of our stay at Carla’s Cottages and know you will, too!
~*~Garden Suite ~*~ Montecito Vacation Rental