My husband, dog and I enjoyed 7 nights in the Poolside Cottage. I have never seen my dog so comfortable in a new space as this cottage. The grounds are just beautiful and so relaxing. We never took the time to go into the pool or hot tub (actually it was only warm the last 2 days of our stay). We never heard any sounds at night. We felt very secure within the compound. The area is just lovey, with quiet roads to walk. I was so impressed with the laundry facilities--two LG steam washers and LG dryers. I was really excited to get clean clothes. My husband played golf at the Sandpiper in Goleta while the dog and I shopped on State Street (Saks and Nordstrom are dog friendly). We were highly disappointed with Pierre Lafond nearby to the point we sent our pizza back (probably the worst pizza we have ever eaten). But we did enjoy Carlitos on State Street (with a lovely outdoor dog friendly patio and easy parking) and Stellas in Santa Barbara. Last year, we stayed at the Four Seasons Biltmore and prefer the Poolside cottage--no train whistles and less money. Reading was difficult and the cottage needs brighter light bulbs (but that is our only minor complaint). We would definitely stay again.
~*~ Montecito Poolside Cottage ~*~