California is blessed with a variety of ranches, where travelers can find safe and convenient accommodation, allowing a well-deserved break from the usual hotels and Airbnb rentals. Accommodation in the ranches is a great way to forget about the usual beaches and crowds present in some of the state’s big cities. They exude a sense of peace and calmness that will be appreciated by most, if not all travelers. The farm animals in the rural setup, the nicely designed cabins, the rocking chairs and the hot cups of coffee, all make a good case for you to consider trying out the ranches during your next trip to Santa Barbara. Scroll below for the best ranches in Santa Barbara, California.
This is a two-bedroom home located in a multi-unit ranch within the Hope Ranch Annex area. The area is peaceful and very secure, complete with a private entrance. The ranch comes equipped with all you need for a decent farm stay experience. It features spacious living rooms, a dining area, a farmhouse kitchen, and a private backyard with a pool. The home also comes with a beautiful front yard, where you will occasionally encounter some of the farm animals just roaming about. If you will choose to, you could get involved in feeding and tending to some of the farm animals during your stay.
Glamorous Ranch at the BEACHSanta Barbara, California, United States
Top guest reviewsour two boys loved spending time in the yard with all the animals and swimming in the pool
Host:monique was hospitable and friendlya truly stylish home with an amazing attentive host in a very central locationRead more reviewssuch a lovely place
This charming farmhouse in Santa Ynez sits on 4 acres (1.6 ha) is a space that you will gladly share with a variety of farm animals, including geese, tortoise, horses, chickens, cats, goats, and dogs. The furnishing inside the farmhouse is simple, but it has everything you may need for a comfortable stay. There’s a spacious seating area and a small dining section just adjacent to the fully equipped kitchen, with all you need to prepare a meal. You will also have a king-size bed as well as a full bath with a shower and tub for your grooming needs. With animals on the farm, you will have a lot to see and do if you want to get your hands dirty with some of the farm work, or you might as well stay indoors and watch some movies on the large flat-screen TV in the living room.
Charming Santa Ynez FarmhouseSanta Ynez, California, United States
Top guest reviewswe loved sleeping in the little bed loft areathe cottage is so comfortable and quiet and the area so gorgeousher hospitality was exceptional and the amenities were so comfortableit has a comfortable bed clean full bathroom it’s own patio and great kitchenvery clean and comfortablethe place is very clean and tidyeverything was clean as can be the shower was so much better than mine at homethe space was adorable clean and so uniquethe place itself was very clean and kris did a great job of communicating
Host:communications was excellent with the hosts who are very friendlykristine and francisco are amazing hostskristine is a great host; very kind and thoughtfulshe is an incredible host and very sweet personplus kristine is a great hostRead more reviewsthe location was greatthere's a cute market really close bythe location was ideal located just minutes away from los olivos and steps away from great wineriesit’s the perfect location for wine tastingperfect location we will be back
The Ballard Hill Ranch Los Olivos is a historical ranch sitting on a 20-acre (8.09ha) piece of land overlooking the stunningly beautiful Santa Ynez wine valley. The accommodation here features two large bedrooms, each fitted with a carl king-size bed. There is a spacious living room with floor-to-ceiling windows that allows plenty of natural light, as well as giving you the pleasure to marvel at the beautiful outdoors without stepping a foot outside the door. You also get to have a fully equipped kitchen for your meal preparation needs. You will definitely find lots of things to do and see within the ranch, but if you would love to explore around, notable activities and attractions include bike riding, horse riding, hot air balloon rides, and a plenty of wineries in the region.
Ballard Hill Ranch Los Olivos wine country horsesLos Olivos, California, United States
Top guest reviewsbeautiful views comfortable beds plenty of sleeping space for a familythe furniture is comfortable and the large windows provide great views and lightwonderful kitchen amenities and 2 spacious roomsyou will love the views and the comfortable accommodationseven when the temperature outside reached close to 90 degrees the deck was comfortable and shadedthe house is clean and had everything neededamazing place very clean and good locationbedrooms were clean and comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped with all i neededclean comfortable and a great view
Host:the host: communicable friendly knowledgeableangela was a great hostthey were very helpful and friendlyangela was a responsive and lovely hostgreat spot and angela is a wonderful hostRead more reviewsthe location is peaceful and privatebeautiful location in wilderness to get away from it all- very comfortable homethis place is absolutely amazing and the location was unbeatableits close to town very casual/comfortable and relaxinggreat location and great view very secluded yet close to town
The accommodation in this ranch is offered in a three-bedroom house, complete with two full bathrooms and a large kitchen. The house has a gorgeous deck from where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the beautiful vineyards in the valley. Though an old ranch house, the property has been completely remodeled and is now very comfortable to take care of the ranch accommodation needs of families as well as solo travelers.
Ballard Hill Ranch, Los Olivos farm style livingLos Olivos, California, United States
Top guest reviewsthe place was comfortable clean and had everything we needed
Host:angela was friendly and very good at communicating with me before our arrivalangela was super nice inviting and helpfulRead more reviewssuper close to everythingthis is a great location in los olivos close to wineriesif you're in town for wine tasting it's a great locationclean and roomy place and close proximity to the wineries in the areaif you're okay with all of that then this place was pretty good
This rustic one-bedroom cottage sits pretty at the historic Willow Creek ranch. It is surrounded by over 160 acres (64.7ha) of mountains, trails, wildlife, and trees. The spacious cottage is fully furnished, with luxury touches like pure flax sheets, a pool in the back area, french doors, Nespresso machine, and more. You won’t have many reasons to leave the ranch, but if you choose to explore around, there are plenty of things to see and do in the area, including sport fishing, whale watching, golfing, and kayaking.
Luxe Rustic Cottage Retreat In Private CanyonSanta Paula, California, United States
Top guest reviewsthe cottage is absolutely charming and authentic overlooking a huge poolthe whole pool area is surrounded with willow trees and palms that create the perfect holiday feelingthe pool area is fantasticthe pool had a perfect temperature and was very clean and well equipped
Host:the hosts were very welcoming and attentive without being intrusivemarianne and vito are wonderful hosts who make themselves available while also remaining unobtrusivemarianne and vito are fantastic hosts the property is beautiful and the surrounding canyon absolutely stunningwe can say enough good things about our stay and our hostsmarianne and vito are incredibly kind and the place had so many great touchesRead more reviewsclose to ojai santa paula and ventura but hidden away in a beautiful canyon
This is a peaceful and tranquil cabin sitting on a 20-acre (8.09ha) of land, with charming hills and breathtaking views. It features a large studio with a living area, a private bath, a loft, and an open porch. There are chickens and a few heifers on the ranch. With so much space to roam around, you may get the feeling that you are hundreds of miles away from civilization, but if you explore the neighboring regions, you will find some of the best wineries in Santa Barbara County.
Experience Life At Its Best In Wine CountrySolvang, California, United States
Top guest reviewsthe amenities which include a king bed and sofa were comfortable(but great wifi if you don't want to be too out of touchthe cottage is cozy and comfortablethe bed was incredibly comfortablethe cottage is perfect for a couple it has one king size bed (very comfortable)big clean fluffy towelsthe property is beautiful the cabin is clean and cozythe guest house was charming clean and privatethe place was also very cleanthe house was very clean and spacious and the bed was comfortable
Host:marcia was a wonderful gracious hostthe hosts were very gracious and helpfulthe hosts are wonderful and went above and beyond to make us feel welcomeour hosts were welcoming and introduced us to the farm animalshosts were extremely friendly and happy to assist with any requests or needsRead more reviewsrene's location is perfect for the areathe location is perfect for wine tasting in the areathe location is convenient to many wineries and a short drive to solvang to enjoy restaurants shoppingin the heart of wine country so an excellent locationalso so close to everything yet far enough out to feel truly secluded
Spend your days and nights in this charming farm retreat located just a few miles from downtown Los Olivos. The location is on top of a hill, guaranteeing you not only a bird’s-eye view of the Santa Ynez Valley, but also incredible privacy as well as great proximity to downtown, wine tasting, and shopping spots. The farm has a myriad of animals that you will enjoy interacting with and taking care of.
Westbrooks Farm Private Studio- Los Olivos Area
Top guest reviewseven the pullout couch is super comfortable with the extra mattress topper provideda tranquil country escape with expansive beautiful views and spacious clean comfortable accommodationsbeautiful cottage was very clean and nicely decoratedcute clean spacious one bedroom that fulfilled our every wishthe cottage is clean spacious and has all you need to feel at homethe property was really nice clean private and super close to everything
Host:the owners were available and responsive to our questionsthe owners were very available and helpfulthe hosts were wonderful and very responsiveproperty owners were an absolute pleasure to communicate withleanna was super responsive and amazingRead more reviewsgreat property super close to everythingpeaceful and close to everything you want to do in the area
The Anavo Farm retreat sits gently in the village of Ballard, right in the heart of Santa Ynez wine country. It is just a few minutes away from Los Olivos, and is also in close proximity to most of the attractions and amenities that the valley has to offer. Since it is a working farm, you will enjoy not only the gorgeous rural setup, but also you will find bleating of sheep, neighing of horses, and the rooster crows.
Anavo Farm's Chic Sheep Retreat
Top guest reviewsthe kitchen was stocked with drinks and snacks which was an amazing treatwe appreciated the stocked kitchen and bathroomvery quaint clean well stocked cottagethis was exactly as described very quiet clean and modern
Host:jen was the perfect hosther animals were so friendly and enjoyable too wake up tooRead more reviewsgreat location and quiet neighborhoodit was like walking into a pottery barn page in a magazine
This magical two-bedroom home sits on a pristine 5-acre (2 ha) estate, featuring horses, vineyards, and plenty of mature oak trees. It is spacious and has a nicely designed living room, dining room, a chicken place, a stone patio, and a pool table. The region has lots of interesting activities that will appeal to both adults and kids, and with the peaceful beauty that surrounds the area, you will cherish every second you will spend at the farm.
Magical home away from home with a farm experience
Top guest reviewsthe room and bathroom were very cleanwe really enjoyed out stay in this clean very private barn apartment
Host:jacki and carlos are wonderful hostsjackie and carlos are amazing hostsour host jacqueline was incredibly nice and welcomingjackie and carlos are the most gracious and accommodating hosts any guest could ask forthe hosts are congenial and helpful making everything easy and comfortableRead more reviewsbeautiful danish town solvang is just a few miles away from this place
This is a relatively small farm, but with all the charms you would wish to find in a typical working ranch. The accommodation features a three-bedroom house, with a spacious and decently furnished living room, a separate dining area, and a fully equipped kitchen. Since it is a working farm with lots of animals to tend to and a lot of farming going on, you’ll find plenty of activities to indulge in here. You also have the option of taking a bike ride down the numerous wine trails or touring the historical sites and museums within the region.
Los Olivos Micro Farm in the Heart of the Santa Ynez Valley wine country
Top guest reviewsthere is a lovely patio with chairs table fire pit bbq etcvery nice home with all the amenities for a comfortable staysheets and towels were clean and nice qualitythe house is very clean and nicely decoratedthe beds were very comfortable all linens and towels were fresh and clean and the home was spotlessthe home is clean and comfortableeverything was clean and the kitchen had more than you would ever need
Host:april was very accommodating and went above and beyond to assure a good timeRead more reviewsthe location is perfectthe walk to town is easy as it is practically right around the cornerlocated close to the center of los olivos it is well-appointed and comfortablethe micro farm was a perfect place for our family weekendwe also spent one day walking a few blocks to downtown los olivos and found it very charming
Enjoy farm life in Santa Barbara
Looking for a change of scenery and experience, we’d recommend staying in one the above mentioned ranches in Santa Barbara, California. All of these offer necessary modern comforts in a pristine natural setting. So, dust off your boots and get ready to experience farm life in Santa Barbara.
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