Location, location, location
We stayed at this rental for a family vacation. There was plenty of room for my 3 grown children and their significant others, myself and one of my grandsons. If you have some children the staircase is an issue. We had to block it off to keep my grandson off of the stairs. The pool was great and I recommend paying to have it heated. We are all from CA and the week we happened to be in Santa Barbara was very warm, but the pool still felt cool early in the day because the heated timer only comes on 3 times in a 24 hour period one of which is at about 1:00 AM which is kind of worthless because you can't use the pool between 10:00 PM and 10:00 AM. The location is close to the beach, wharf and Santa Barbara proper. There are great restaurants nearby if you choose not to cook during your stay. The home was clean which is always positive, but the decor is dated. This includes the furniture and linens. There is a difference between antiques and just old and or worn out. There are not enough towels (only two bath towels per bathroom and only one or two hand towels) unless you wash them during your stay which I had to do twice during our 4 night stay. This is not something I want to do when I'm on vacation. There were some "quirks" to operating appliances. There are plenty of notes throughout the home to instruct you on how things can be made to operate and "the dos and don'ts" during your stay. There was also no access to AC which would have been nice during our stay due to the warm weather, nor are there any ceiling fans so it was uncomfortable for most of our stay when we were in the house. The lotions and soap listed as amenities are all bargain brands so I used my own as did most of my guest. During the rental process the owner was very quick to respond and my deposit was returned within two week of check out as promised. There was a note to renters that asked that a review be completed and a bottle of wine and some snacks were supposed to be left to entice a review, but there was neither left for my visit. Just a small detail, but for the price of this rental the review is in the details.
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