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San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property 4.5

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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  • Romantic, secluded property with stunning landscapes and nature
  • Spacious, individually furnished cottages with working stone fireplaces and comfy canopy beds
  • Some rooms have enclosed patios and private whirlpool tubs
  • Calm and quiet, tree-lined pool area
  • Two on-site restaurants serve Californian cuisine and room service
  • Free Wi-Fi, snacks, newspapers, and parking
  • In-room spa services available
  • Stunning grounds feature a citrus grove, English-style gardens, and a lily pond
  • Clean and updated fitness center and yoga classes
  • Animal-friendly property with a Privileged Pet Program
  • Outdoor activities nearby, including hiking trails in the Santa Ynez Mountains and golfing


  • Prices for rooms and food are high
  • Some of the lower level rooms have small bathrooms
  • No spa on-site
  • Steep daily charge for pets

Bottom Line

San Ysidro Ranch is one of the most exclusive, romantic luxury options in not just California, but the entire country. The grounds are stunningly beautiful, with mountain views, fresh air, and a secluded location in a well-heeled neighborhood. The cottage-style units are individually furnished with stone fireplaces and pour-poster canopy beds; some have private outdoor whirlpool tubs. A chic swimming pool and charming Californian cuisine restaurant set in a flowering garden have attracted everyone from JFK and Jackie to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. Some guests argue the experience doesn't justify the high price tags, but for honeymooners or couples, it's undeniably a first-class option.

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In affluent Montecito, a short drive from downtown Santa Barbara

Map of San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property

The San Ysidro Ranch is located in Montecito, an affluent community of the rich and famous known for its gorgeous landscapes. The town's famous Upper Village sports its own high-end boutiques, upscale dining, and top-tier spas, so there's very little reason to venture back to downtown Santa Barbara (which is only a 15-minute drive away). The town provides easy access to miles of hiking trails in the Santa Ynez Mountains and world-famous golfing, and is a short drive to beaches.

  • 23-minute drive from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • 9-minute drive to the secluded Butterfly Beach
  • 9-minute drive to golfing at the Montecito Country Club
  • 14-minute drive to the restaurants and shops at Stearn's Wharf
  • 14-minute drive to Amtrak station
  • 15-minute drive to Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • 16-minute drive to Santa Barbara Sailing Center
  • 16-minute drive to the Santa Barbara Mission
  • 16-minute drive to Ledbetter Beach and Park
  • 19-minute drive to Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • 27-minute drive to Sandpiper Golf Course


Romantic and charming luxury retreat for couples

Organic herb beds are a part of the pristine garden grounds

San Ysidro Ranch was built on 500 sprawling acres of Montecito's wine country. The garden grounds are pristinely kept and lovingly landscaped with winding paths, fragrant gardens, and organic herb beds. This is where JFK and Jackie spent part of their honeymoon and current Hollywood royalty can be spotted here regularly as well. Standalone bungalow-style cottages dot the property, as do hiking trails. Regular renovations keep the property looking up-to-date and manicured. There's nothing over-the-top opulent or splashy here, but the luxury is evident in terms of stylish design and low-key charm. The lobby includes hardwood floors, leather sofas and chairs, and Oriental rugs. Kids are welcome here, but they're a rare sight. 


Italian linens, Nespresso coffeemakers, fireplaces, and Persian rugs -- some with private whirlpools

Private yard with whirpool at the Acacia Wildflower Garden cottage

It would be easy to check into San Ysidro Ranch and never leave the room. Each of the 41 individually decorated and lovingly designed rooms, suites, and cottages are built into charming bungalows and complete with working stone or brick fireplaces; some have stoves. King-size canopy beds are covered in soft Italian linens. Antique furniture and Persian rugs look lovely, even with modern touches like Nespresso coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs. Some units have private yards with whirlpool tubs. The Oak Grove-San Ysidro Creek Cottage has a beautiful all-white bathroom with a deep soaking tub, light wooden beam ceilings, plush bathrobes, and matching pedestal sinks. Bvlgari toiletries are a nice touch. Wi-Fi is free in all of the units. Room service is available, adding to the overall private feeling of a romantic hideaway.


The Stonehouse, Plow & Angel, in-room spa services, and heated swimming pool

Al fresco garden dining and California-style cusine at The Stonehouse

Features at San Ysidro Ranch have almost everything a luxury traveler would except on a romantic getaway. One niggling exception is the lack of a proper spa on the property, though in-room spa services are available. Breakfast isn't included in the room price, but there are two on-site dining options: The Stonehouse and Plow & Angel. The former offers lunch (closed on Monday and Tuesday), Sunday Champagne brunch, and daily dinner. Plow & Angel serves dinner and a nightly bar service, with later hours on weekends. California-style cuisine includes tapas, steaks, and gourmet comfort food -- usually with seasonal ingredients and herbs grown on-site. The year-round, heated outdoor swimming pool isn't enormous, but it is chic and provides comfy sun loungers. A renovated fitness center is bright-and-airy and provides indoor and outdoor cardio machines, along with strength-training equipment and yoga classes. Pets are welcome, with limitations, and there's a steep daily fee of $100 that includes a welcome bone and a beanie-baby toy. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. 

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900 San Ysidro Lane, Santa Barbara, California 93108, United States

Room Types

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  • Gardenia Cottage
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