San Ysidro Ranch

An elegant hideaway in the American Riviera
Situated against the backdrop of the Santa Inez Mountains and with a magnificent panorama of the Pacific Ocean, San Ysidro Ranch occupies a unique setting on the American Riviera. Every aspect is conducive to just soaking up and reveling in the breathtaking surroundings.

Originally a 550-acre Spanish land grant, the ranch has been a hideaway for those seeking privacy and relaxation for more than a century. Hallmarks of the ranch include the luxuriant environs and charming private cottages. The ambiance of casual elegance is complemented by an attentive and accommodating staff and an eye for detail. This is where guests come not to be seen. 

Whether it be a weekend getaway or romantic escape — Winston Churchill and honeymooners John and Jackie Kennedy are among the famous past guests — the ranch is designed for discretion. 

Dedicated to accommodate every creature comfort, San Ysidro Ranch provides an impressive list of services and amenities, including several palate-pleasing dining options with menus that offer classic favorites as well as inspired seasonal cuisine. Another perk: guests can reserve a tee time at the nearby Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that's part of the private, members-only Montecito Club.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Relish the art of doing nothing surrounded by hundreds of acres of natural beauty. Meander and explore the spectacular grounds accentuated by lovely water features, inviting sitting areas and dramatic views.
  • Partake of world-class cuisine and wine in legendary settings. Casual or more formal, fireside or alfresco, the atmosphere is congenial and relaxed.
  • Choose from 17 miles of hiking trails, the pool, the spa or nearby golf and beaches as well as the many other attractions in Santa Barbara, including historic downtown, the Urban Wine Trail, Montecito Village and the Funk Zone.
  • Stonehouse is the only recipient of Wine Spectator’s Grand Award in California’s Central Coast, earning that honor since 2014. It boasts an impressive wine cellar of 2,100 labels and 12,000 bottles — it holds the only complete vertical collection of Chateau Petrus in the U.S., 120 bottles and 70 vintages for every year produced dating back to the famed 1945.
  • Be spoiled and pampered with an outstanding selection of amenities and personal attention in the comfort of your secluded bungalow sanctuary.
Things to Know
  • In the charming spa with its whimsical trompe l’oeil birds on sky blue walls, select from an extensive menu of tempting services like Intraceuticals oxygen therapy facials, massages and aromatherapy using essential oils infused with lavender, rosemary and citrus grown in the onsite gardens. 
  • Pampered pets are welcome in all cottages. They even have their own guest book and bed, a bone with their name in peanut butter, and can get a pet massage.
  • There’s a two-night minimum on weekend stays, which have to include Saturday.
  • Parking is complimentary and adjacent to each cottage. The spaces are equipped with complimentary electric vehicle charging stations.
  • A full breakfast, one-course lunch and two-course dinner are all complimentary with your stay. Alcohol, tax and gratuities are not included.
The Rooms
  • Pick from 38 upscale private bungalow-style cottages that feature vaulted ceilings, four-poster beds and fireplaces. Each cottage is individually furnished with handsome antiques and decorated with artworks collected from around the world.
  • Complimentary parking is conveniently located adjacent to the private entrance of your cottage. A nice personal touch is having your name displayed on a plaque welcoming you to your bungalow.
  • Your furnished private patio, deck or verandah is surrounded by lush landscaping with ocean or canyon views. Enjoy the outdoor rain shower or soaking in the sunken hot tub.
  • Luxury amenities include Rivolta Italian linen bedding, Bamford toiletries, complimentary gourmet snacks, twice-daily housekeeping and turndown service.
  • Special occasion options include in-cottage meals served on your patio, a romantic rose petal and/or candlelight turndown (with truffles, of course).
The Restaurants
  • The farm-to-table menu at Stonehouse is influenced by what is seasonal and can be sourced from local farmer’s markets, local fresh seafood and the chef’s organic herb and vegetable garden. The delicious bacon and fresh breads and pastas are also all made onsite. During lunch, try the grilled angus burger or the yellowtail fish tacos. At dinner, you can’t go wrong with the classic steak Diane, pan-seared Santa Barbara abalone, homemade fettuccine with speck ham or miso-glazed Channel Island black cod. But save room for dessert: Both the Meyer lemon tart with infused lavender and orange blossom honey cream, and the chocolate mint ice cream made from fresh mint are a must.
  • Head to Plow & Angel, a cozy, informal pub, for the tortilla soup, mac and cheese, and the braised beef short ribs.
  • The warm and convivial character of both the historical landmark 1825 Old Adobe Cottage as well as the wine cellar make them ideal options for more private, intimate dinners and special occasions.
  • When you want a bite while lounging near the heated pool, pop over to the Plunge Pool Bar, which overlooks the mini golf and bocce ball lawn game area.
Getting There
900 San Ysidro Lane, Santa Barbara, California 93108
SBA (22 min)   LAX  
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