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1 / 24 Many rooms open to the pool patio

From $800 / night help
Estimated Price for guests,

Description from manager

Description from manager

Bedrooms 4 / Bathrooms 6 / Sleeps 8 / House
Bedrooms: 4  Bathrooms: 6   Sleeps: 8  Type: House

6 Unknown types

Villa Ballena
TripAdvisor property ID 1991976

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Book this 4 bedroom house in Santa Barbara today! A total of 8 people can sleep here comfortably.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 4.5/5 thanks to an average of 10 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $4500 to as high as $6500, depending on travel dates.

The manager responds to 5% of inquiries, which is lower than average, and last updated the property’s calendar Feb 19, 2018.

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About the manager

About the manager

Paradise Retreats-World Class Vacation Rentals
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Calendar last updated:
19 Feb 2018
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English



Check in time:03:00, Check out time:11:00
This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your vacation rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Santa-barbara Attractions




  • Clothes dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine

Pool / Spa

  • Jacuzzi or hot tub
  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)

Property Features

  • Waterfront


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Toaster


  • CD player
  • DVD player


  • Deck


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


  • 6 Unknown types


Reviews (10)

Very Good – based on 10 reviews Very Good
10 reviews

Very Good

“well-equipped home with an outstanding view”

Reviewed 17 Jul 2012

Everything was outstanding- pool, jacuzzi, view and extensive amenities in the house-towels,pool toys. etc. Shower leak in the front bedroom on the jacuzzi side but there were other showers in the house that could be used.

“Beautiful property and location, house and jacuzzi needs updatin”

Reviewed 12 Jan 2012

This was our second stay at the Villa Balena. The location and land surrounding the villa are amazing. The private beach and the pool are another "wow" for anyone traveling with children. We also loved Paradise Retreats service and flexibility, they made sure that we felt good about our experience even with the problems outlined below. The reason that we will chose another rental property for our next stay in Santa Barbara is that this property needs to be updated. Certain things that were broken on our previous stay (hard to open sliding doors, shades partially broken) were the same even 2 years later. In addition, the hot tub was literally falling apart and a safety hazard (the outside was peeling off leaving the electrical panel partially exposed) and the tub in the master did not have a working drain. Again, with some fixes, this property would be my absolute favorite in SB. The cleaning staff does an amazing job -- the place is immaculate. The reason that this is not a one star review is that the location is absolutely breathtaking and the outdated decor and very old windows/doors and a jacuzzi on its last legs, is not enough to take away from that beauty. Also, the location in a neighborhood and a private beach were all reasons that we wanted to come back.

Response from the manager Thank you for your honest response. We have forwarded your comments to the owner for review. THE SPA HAS BEEN REPLACED with a brand new one that looks and works great! The views are still as spectacular as always! The home indeed is not new and therefore has had some deferred maintenance issues that may need to be addressed. We will be certain that your concerns are communicated and discuss this with the owners. We always appreciate these reviews as it helps us to better manage our properties and see the homes through the eyes of the guests. We hope you will be back again to Villa Ballena one day!

“Over-all it was lovely”

Reviewed 27 Oct 2011

The house was well maintained and had everything we needed. The view is stunning! We had some problems with the internet, and the spa, both of which were repaired while we were there. The (however the spa didn't work until the day before we left and it took two visits to repair the internet.) The dishwasher had some electrical problems, but would work eventually. The kitchen was well stocked and we had plenty of towels. The weather was fairly warm so the down comforters were too heavy and there were no lighter blankets. We enjoyed our stay very much.

“Great Escape from the Texas Heat”

Reviewed 21 Oct 2011

The house was very comfortable and worked well for our group. I particularly liked that the three bedroom areas were separate and Iliked the sliding doors opening up to enjoy the wonderful climate. The views were great but the actual beach wasn't as special or useful as expected. The hot tub didn't work. This house has an unusual front facade. On arrival we had a hard time figuring out where the front door was and worried we were trespassing because we didn't see the street numbers. Some hints on what to look for would have been helpful. The kitchen was very well outfitted but there was almost nothing with which to set the table, especially for a group of six.

“beautiful home with a beautiful view”

Reviewed 19 Nov 2010

we enjoyed our family vacation at villa ballena. it has a wonderful view and is spacious home. if you are looking for the newest entertainment amenities, this would not be the home for you. there are no flat screens and tv, dvd and vcr are not out of the latest best buy circular. we couldn't even watch tv in our room unless the light was on, it was all connect through the same socket. that didn't work with a baby in the room. the one thing i would mention is that this home has no air conditioning. depending on where you live you might be accustomed to a/c, this home does not even have a unit on the property. we also encountered a pretty nasty ant problem during our stay. the house was sprayed but since we were with a new born i was a concerned about the fumes as well as just the fact that there were ants everywhere; our bed, place mats, the closet, everywhere. that would be my only complaint. the home itself is relaxing and has a wonderful view. the kitchen has enough room for the family to gather but the a/c should have been mentioned before when listing what the home has and doesn't have and hopefully by now, the ant issue has been dealt with.

“Outstanding property and management team”

Reviewed 19 Nov 2010

The property is expansive and has all the comforts of home. The grounds are gorgeous and well groomed. The views are great! The cleaning crew did an outstanding job in a very short time. We could not have been more pleased!

“Truly paradise”

Reviewed 12 May 2010

This house was the perfect get-away for our family reunion. Everyone had a perfectly private and comfortable bedroom, and the property was so nice that in 7 days we chose to eat out for only two meals because we were so happy on site. We had elderly people with us, and they found the property perfect for reading and relaxing. We never heard people the whole time we were there. If you are looking for heaven on earth with no people around, this is it. If you are looking for a great surfing beach or to be in the middle of town, you will have to travel from this house (but not far)!

“Amazing View on a Spacious Lot”

Reviewed 27 May 2009

This property is beautiful. The view is gorgeous and the lot is very large and green. We loved the garden in the back. It is conveniently located off the main highway and only 10 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara. The home is clean and nicely decorated. The property management company is service orieted and is available if you need them. We will be back!

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