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  1. We enjoyed our stay with all our guests all the way from England and New York! This property is truly amazing and catered to all our needs. The kitchen is very well stocked with all the supplies we needed to have dinners and everything was easy to get to from the property such as downtown and the beach. Very clean and had no complaints.

  2. Just home from a four-night stay at River Rock Cottage with friends. We all absolutely loved it! From the darling cottage to the beautiful gardens in full bloom to the wonderful porch – we loved our stay here. Would come back for sure!

  3. Everything has an end and now we are spending our last night in River Rock Cottage after almost three great weeks. We loved every day here and all the details you have arranged in the house are so nice. The porch is great from early morning to sunset, the outdoor shower has been used instead of the one in the bathroom. Once again, thank you!!

    The Goranson Family - Sweden
  4. The River Rock Home was beautiful and we loved our stay there. I rented it for guests of our wedding and everyone had a great time. The home was exactly as expected if not better. In addition the area was a lot of fun, even for the younger members in our group. I would come back if I am in town again!

  5. We loved our stay at Santa Barbara. River Rock Cottage was the perfect place to give us the vibe/feel of Santa Barbara. We enjoyed the rose garden sitting by the porch. We didn’t have to buy anything; you had everything in stock here. Thank you.

  6. We loved spending time at River Rock Cottage–it is just beautiful inside and out! The garden was breathtaking with roses in full bloom–white, my favorite! We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Santa Barbara and having River Rock Cottage as our home base made it even more special!

    Shelby and Bill
  7. We were thrilled with every aspect of our stay at River Rock Cottage! From the floor plan to the decor to the amazing landscaping, this is an exceptional property. We have frequently stayed in VRBO properties in Santa Barbara and around the USA–none has been as well stocked and with such amazing “extras” (bikes, etc) as River Rock Cottage. Thanks for everything–we will be back soon!

    John and Frannie
  8. (Transcribed from guestbook at the property)

    We really loved the River Rock Cottage–such a pretty home and had everything we needed. Thanks very much.

    L and T
  9. Had a wonderful stay in this homey cottage. We loved everything about it and hope be back again. Thanks for the wonderful stay away from the 20 inches of snow in Chicago!!

    Tricia and Tom - Chicago
  10. Is there any private garden in the back of the house? I did not see any pictures that showed it.


  11. After moving to the East Coast from California, this was the perfect place to stay to revisit our favorite spots. We loved walking to State Street and taking morning walks through the beautiful neighborhoods. The cottage is so beautifully decorated down to the last detail. Our best rental yet–we loved it here!

    The Palmgrens and the Harpers
  12. Perfect vacation home! Great location. We had great meals at Arigato and Lark and a delicious meal at “home.” Many thanks.

    The Masons
  13. Thank you so very much for allowing us to stay in the beautiful River Rock Cottage! We had a wonderful time and leave with many precious memories–including our infant daughter’s first time at the ocean! Wonderful home in a wonderful city–we can’t wait to come back!

    The Hathaways - Canada
  14. We came to hike, eat, and relax–and we met our goals in every respect. Hikes we recommend: McMenemy Trail, Matilija Creek, Rattlesnake Canyon, La Jolla Trial, and Scorpion Canyon and Smugglers Cove on Santa Cruz Island. All were special in their own way. Restaurants we enjoyed include: The Lark (best meal of the trip), Zaytoon (fun atmosphere in the evening), Tre Lune (sophisticated brunch in Montecito), Olio e Limone (very good Italian, great service), and Los Olivos Cafe (wonderful lunch). We also took a wine tour with Wine Adventures–would definitely recommend–fun and educational day–nice to taste wines without concern about driving. The River Rock Cottage was an excellent home base for us during our trip–beautiful job on the remodel/restoration! Thank you.

    Colleen - Seattle
  15. River Rock is fabulous! From the minute we arrived we enjoyed ourselves. So beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. My thanks to Jill for wonderful accommodations! We only wished we could have stayed longer than 3 nights!! Next time we come to Santa Barbara we will!! This is such a great house and great location. This place feels like home away from home! Thank you again so much for allowing me to rent such a beautiful place. We all appreciated our stay here so much! Simply Wonderful!!

    The Aldridge Family
  16. We had a great time here!! We loved the house and it felt like home away from home. Our daughter loved it so much, she changed her name to “California” We especially loved the Moreton Fig Tree (Montecito and Chapala Street) Thanks for the stay and we’ll see you next year.

    The Martire Family - Illinois
  17. Our family spend a fantastic week here between the holidays! We love this cottage so much and can’t bear that we have to leave. Inside and out, this is the perfect! What a lovely way to ring in the New Year. Looking forward to another visit soon. Thank you for creating the perfect Santa Barbara getaway- this home is so beautiful and we loved being so close to downtown and enjoyed all the amenities the house had to offer; not to mention the style of the house – you have impeccable taste! Thanks so much – what a week!

    The Marayes Family
  18. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your charming cottage! We were looking for a place to call “home” for a few days over Thanksgiving while visiting our son who is attending UCSB…. we hit the jackpot when we found River Rock Cottage! Obviously a great deal of TLC has gone into creating this beautiful cottage and we look forward to another visit before too long! Thank you!
    P.S. Loved watching the humming birds while sitting on the front porch!

    Larry and Pam
  19. We enjoyed our week at River Rock very much. Great house, great town, great restaurants etc.

    The Kennedy Family
  20. We enjoyed our weeks stay here at the River Rock Cottage. Great to walk every where!! The house was perfect for the three of us!!

    The Over Family
  21. Jill and Ryan- Yes! You have created a very special cottage – perfection plus. We thank you for making it available to us and sharing your talent. You should be on the cover of the “Cottages Book”. We look forward to return stay.

    Fred and Carol
  22. We stayed at the cottage from July 1-8. It is a beautiful little cottage and we were able to walk to almost all our destinations. Thank you for the use of the box fans, since it was rather warm during our stay. I also enjoyed the outdoor shower. We watched a couple of movies and appreciated the well appointed kitchen. You have a fun getaway!

    Linda, Ann and Roy - Idaho and Missouri
  23. Our 2nd honeymoon spend in my “dream house”! 25 years together <3 we couldn't think of a better place to celebrate! The cottage is gorgeous, the location is PERFECT! Saw Sting at the bowl (which is just a short walk down the road), toured the mission, the Alice Keck park, and rode the bikes to the pier. Dinners at Opal, Jane, Cielito's... Truly and unforgettable vacation.
    Thank you to the gracious owners and to Paradise Retreats who helped organize such a fabulous trip. We hope to return someday.
    Peace, Love, Joy.

    The Shaws - Florida
  24. We had a truly wonderful stay in a lovely cottage. River Rock is Beautiful and has been lovingly restored. Santa Barbara is a wonderful place and even after many visits we never tire of its many attractions. We hope to return soon. Thank you!

    The Stone Family - England
  25. We enjoyed our visit and found that the cottage had all we needed. We spent time visiting the well recommended local attractions and dining. Each morning we walked a different section of the neighborhood. The BBQ worked great and we enjoyed our wine on the balcony in the amazing Santa Barbara light. We were surprised and delighted to hear the mocking birds signing outside our window. We would happily come again! Thank you.

    Jeff and Diane
  26. Thank you for a wonderful experience in this beautifully restored cottage! We enjoyed every day and evening! As gardeners from cold MN, we especially appreciate the fine detail to the many plants and roses. We felt at home and have a new appreciation for all Santa Barbara offers in a perfect getaway. Thank you.

    Glenn and Mary
  27. Our week at River Rock Cottage has been most enjoyable for me and my wife. As we plan a retreat to Santa Barbara at least once a year for the west coast- and prefer these extended stays in a comfortable home. The hose was beautifully designed and furnished, super kitchen, loads of lights and all the details- craftsman floor and features. Just a pleasure. We’ll be back!

    Peter and Carol (Maryland)
  28. Wow, everything about here has been awesome! The Cottage .. adorable- a style we both really love. The weather here has been fab… couldn’t ask for better. Comfort at River Rock has been beyond terrific.. thank for the little added touches, ie books, comfy bed, couch, outside chairs, movies, sundries in kitchen. all in all a wonderful trip to Santa Barbara.

    The Reed Family - Alberta, Canada
  29. What a great little vacation cottage! Had a wonderful time in SB with our young daughter. She loved the house, as did we. Great times, Thanks for sharing this wonderful home with us!

    Clay, Jenny and Brynn
  30. Great time, Great place!

    The Lindelin Family
  31. We absolutely loved our stay at River Rock! The house is impeccable, but so comfortable at the same time. We so appreciated the attention to every detail – the outdoor shower, the table under the tree, the porch swing. Everything is so beautifully and lovingly done. And this neighborhood is the best!

    The Dessouky Family
  32. Beautiful time at the cottage. Only regret is that we couldn’t stay longer!

    Chris and JoAnn
  33. Thank you so much! We loved your home and had a wonderful time.

    Anonymous - Arizona
  34. Simply beautiful. Love the cottage. Cannot remember sleeping so well! Peaceful setting and wonderfully decorated. We loved it!

    Anonymous - New Hampshire
  35. We had a wonderful stay in this lovely house. It is classy and comfortable and we loved making use of the porch. Thank you for sharing this lovely home!

    The Macklins
  36. Upon arriving at River Rock Cottage my husband and I were struck with how
    much the owners must love this cottage. It has been restored so beautifully! Most cottages just do not live up to expectations and certainly they do not live up to the photos on the internet. However, River Rock Cottage instantly did live up to our expectations and certainly looks like the photos seen beforehand! Thank you for all your efforts and we shall not hesitate to recommend River Rock Cottage and Paradise Retreats.

  37. What a fabulous cottage! Our first phone conversation with family were to tell them about it and the details of the garden and home. We have never felt more “at home” on a vacation. We particularly enjoyed walking into the hills beyond the cottage. We had traveled a bit in Southern France and found this as beautiful as the hilly walks we took in Nice. Our week here was restful yet also filled with activities such as visiting small farms and the Reagan Presidential Library.

    Anonymous - New Mexico
  38. My daughter and I spent a delightful week in your lovely well-appointed cottage and we appreciate the convenient location. A highlight of our week was a hike at Cachuma Lake. The scenery is stunning!

  39. Many congratulations to Ryan for the wonderful job done in renovating this
    lovely cottage. The details are well thought out and there is a
    comfortable feel to the place. The garden is a treat – it’s a joy to sit on the porch and chat to people as they wander past and admire the cottage. A very special place!

  40. We had such a great time and thoroughly enjoyed River Rock Cottage.

    The Malinas
  41. The house is simply beautiful! Very easy to use and comfortable. Enjoyed walking to many of the fiesta activities and the courthouse and downtown. Charming neighborhood – Couldn’t have asked for a better vacation spot. Wi-Fi access was awesome!

    The Jespersens
  42. We came here for our honeymoon. We had a wonderful time, and loved everything about this house, from sitting on the porch, to the retro tub. Thank you for making our honeymoon truly enjoyable.

    The Schoeny Family
  43. Fabulous, lovely, comfy and restful. We were so at home. Every detail of design and accents are beautifully presented. Thank you for our “home away from home”. We were celebrating a 60th birthday with all our childhood friends.

    Ann, Susan, Patty and Kristi
  44. River Rock is a charming, relaxing home. Great location. We discovered Katy Perry was playing at the SB County Bowl. My niece had never been to a concert….we got tickets and walked to the venue- GREAT NIGHT! The house is beautifully furnished and decorated. We will be back. Thank you!

    The Wach Family
  45. River Rock is the perfect place for staying in beautiful Santa Barbara. Relaxing was so easy in that charming and comfortable environment. We enjoyed the fruits of your labor and handled it as if it was our own. Thanks so much!

    The Franke Family - Germany
  46. River Rock was the perfect getaway for beginning our summer vacation. Afternoons on the porch with our favorite cocktail, great meals around the dining room table and the warm cozy feeling of the house made our stay very enjoyable. The idea of being able to walk downtown made the amenities of Santa Barbara accessible while still enjoying the serenity of a quiet neighborhood. Thanks for providing a great experience, we’ll be back.

    The Gaynor Family
  47. What a lovely beautiful house! We stayed here at River Rock for two months and found it one of the nicest houses we have lived in our whole time living in Santa Barbara. It is a wonderful house in the best location in Santa Barbara. We found nothing wrong with the house – it was perfect. The house is not only a beautiful sight to behold (inside and out) but also so warm and cozy. We enjoyed nights spent using the lovely fireplace or the warm blankets on the sofa. It is spacious and welcoming and perfect for anyone. The owners are some of the friendliest people we’ve met and were always trying to make our stay at River Rock the best it could be. We loved it so much we actually ended up extending our stay. We would come back to stay here in a heartbeat – we have so many beautiful memories of this comfortable, wonderful cottage. Everything about it not only works but is a great joy. What a pleasure staying here!

    The Tolkiens
  48. We felt right at home in this beautiful, cozy, cheerful treasure. The well equipped kitchen and gas grill made entertaining Santa Barbara friends a pleasure. After a stroll downtown combined with a little shopping, it was such fun to return “home” for refreshments on the porch. Beds are comfortably luxurious, and the outdoor shower was an unexpected, unique pleasure. River Rock Cottage amazingly combines authentic vintage appointments with all the modern conveniences we enjoy. We will eagerly look forward to our next visit to this charming bungalow in an idyllic city

    Kitty and Bill

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