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San Ysidro Ranch

Santa Barbara, California

Nestled in the Montecito foothills of Southern California's wine country, this wonderfully romantic retreat has provided a tranquil vacation spot for guests for over a century. Only 20 minutes from Santa Barbara makes it an ideal base for exploring too.

At a Glance

  • Beautiful setting in gorgeous gardens in the hills above Santa Barbara

  • Wonderfully romantic cottages, most with private terraces with hot tubs

  • Stunning restaurant with terrace dining under the stars and outdoor fireplaces

  • Great hiking opportunities in the hills nearby

  • Fascinating history with many a film star guest and even John and Jackie Kennedy on their honeymoon

Couples, Honeymoon, Villa, Family

Insider's View

For a very special private dinner, ask about the Old Adobe, an intimate dining room and the oldest structure on the property

Anna Bleasdale

Insider's View

John and Jackie Kenney stayed at the ranch on their honeymoon

Anna Bleasdale

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to San Ysidro Ranch or take a look at our itineraries to California


If you are looking for a romantic hideaway in a beautiful location with luxurious accommodations and an understated feel, San Ysidro could be just the right place for you.

Set in stunning gardens with the Montecito foothills as its backdrop, this is the perfect place to totally relax, unwind and indulge in a spot of luxury living.

From the welcoming hacienda, complete with comfortable sofas, complimentary cookies and inviting library through to the tranquil gardens dotted with private luxury cottages, this is an enchanting place to spend a few days. Breakfast is served in your cottage or in a quiet spot in the grounds and if you prefer not to venture out to sample some of the delights of Santa Barbara, which is just 20 minutes away, you can dine under a canopy of lights at the ranch's own restaurant.

When not relaxing in your private cottage, complete with canopy bed, fireplace and private terrace with hot tub, take a stroll along one of the 17 miles of hiking trails that surround the property, enjoy a dip in the pool or play a game of croquet out on the lawn. Head to the citrus tree fringed lawn for wonderful views or take in the fragrant and colorful gardens.

An oasis of calm, San Ysidro truly is a retreat perfect for a few days whilst traveling along the coast road between San Francisco and Los Angeles or simply as an escape after the buzz of city life. Ideal for couples, families are welcome too with the larger suites and the sublime Warner and Kennedy Cottages offering plenty of space for a family to spread out and relax in.

If you are looking for one place to splurge on your California trip, definitely consider San Ysidro Ranch. A unique experience, so special it needs to be experienced first hand.


With just 41 individually decorated rooms, cottages and suites, a stay at San Ysidro is very special. Choose from the quaint studio style hideaway rooms through to the picturesque cottages, complete with fireplaces and outdoor sunken hot tubs. For the ultimate experience, stay at the Kennedy Cottage, so called as this is where John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned.

San Ysidro Ranch offers so many wonderful cottage options it's impossible to list them all here. Some are grouped together, others stand alone and offer a great deal of privacy. All but the Hideaways and Daisy Cottage offer a private patio complete with sunken hot tub, roaring fireplace and wonderfully romantic decoration and Antique furnishings. Many of the cottages feature four poster canopy King beds as well and most have private parking out at the front of the cottage.

For the most pivacy, opt for one of the free standing cottages. Jasmine Cottage, Wildflower Garden Cottage, Waterfall Creekside Cottages and Gardenia Cottage all offer beautiful garden locations.

For those who require more space of who are traveling with children, the Creekside One Bedroom Suites and Channel Island Cottages offer the most space.

For the ultimate in luxury and privacy, the Kennedy Cottage and the Warner Cottage offer two bedrooms each and the most pampering and stunning of surroundings. The Warner Suite also offers it's own private 33 foot swimming pool.


Children are welcome at San Ysidro Ranch and the One Bedroom Suites and Kennedy and Warner Cottages lend themselves well to family groups. However, due to the secluded a peaceful nature of the property, it is best suited to families who don't require a children's club. Special children's amenities such as cots, in room baby proofing, baby monitors, changing tables, baby baths and bottle warmers are all available on request. Babysitting is also available upon request.


There is a swimming pool with generous terraces set above the lawn where lawn games are available for guests to enjoy. There is also a small fitness center adjoining.

The Hacienda and guest reception offers a small gift shop filled with luxury goodies and a generously sized guest lounge and library, perfect for relaxing in the evening with a drink or a good book.

Dining is a pure pleasure at San Ysidro Ranch. Breakfast is served in each guests cottage or at a location within the grounds on request. The Stonehouse Restaurant offers a wonderfully romantic location for lunch and dinner, with a cozy interior for cooler evenings and a beautiful outdoor terrace where guest can sample sumptuous fare under a canopy of twinkling lights. The Sunday brunch is particularly popular with guests at the ranch. For more relaxed dining, the Plow and Angel offers a convivial atmosphere inside and out. Outside enjoy dining under lantern strewn trees with open fires to keep you warm. In room dining is also available from 7am until 10pm daily.


Set in over 500 acres in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, this is the perfect spot for walking and hiking enthusiasts. With over 17 miles of walking trails around the property, there is something for everyone from 2 mile relaxed trails through to 8 mile round trip hike up to Montecito Peak. The gardens alone are splendid to stroll through with the Event Garden offering a lovely lawn surrounded by citrus trees and splendid views.

Trips out to the nearby vineyards of Santa Barbara, the beach, superb local golf courses and nearby attractions are all available. Bike hire can also be arranged for the more energetic who wish to explore the mountains on two wheels.

In room spa services and yoga instruction are available on request.

Location & Directions

Santa Barbara, California

Set in a beautiful location in the hills above Santa Barbara, around 10 minutes drive from the beach and the town.

When to go

The coastal climate of Santa Barbara is always a enjoyable surprise to the first-time visitor. This is particularly true during the winter months – roughly from October through March. Santa Barbara is a "get out in the sunshine and fresh air" place, with all the activities that it implies. A short drive into the Santa Ynez Wine Region (some 40-minutes out of town) the temperature is always around 10 degrees warmer without the ocean breezes.

Towering mountains, very close to the sea, shelter the coastal strip from inland heat and cold. The result is a comfortable year-round average temperature of 64 degrees, with an average maximum of 74 and an average minimum of 56 degrees.

All this means there is no "off-season" in Santa Barbara with sunshine all year round but the warmest months without morning fog and with higher temperatures July through October are often the best months.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to San Ysidro Ranch or take a look at our itineraries to California

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