Nestled in the Montecito foothills of Southern California's wine country, San Ysidro Ranch has provided a tranquil destination for discriminating travelers for over a century. Guests are drawn to the Santa Barbara hideaway for its blend of natural beauty, romantic heritage and classic luxury. Myth and history mingle in the lush gardens where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows; in the setting of John and Jackie Kennedy's honeymoon retreat.
The Ranch occupies over 500 rolling acres of unspoiled coastal landscape between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Dazzling 360 views turn from the Channel Islands beyond Santa Barbara, to rambling canyons under ancient canopies of Eucalyptus. Fragrant Magnolia and orange blossoms perfume the countryside. The light in these gentle hills is Artist’s Light – scrubbed clean by the sea, a prism of pure color.
Private cottages wind along the Ranch’s hillside creek and tree-lined paths. Built in classic bungalow style, all are individually decorated, all with fireplaces or stoves, decks giving way to sweeping vistas and outdoor hot tubs. Here, every guest and privileged pet receives a warm welcome. Relaxation and refuge are premium, enhanced by the discreet personal service and flawless attention to detail that are Ranch hallmarks.
With its idyllic climate and deep embrace of the outdoors, San Ysidro ranch is a place to indulge the senses and invigorate the soul. Seventeen miles of active hiking trails or a swim in our hillside pool coexist with the quiet pleasures of in-cottage spa treatments, a stroll in our vibrant gardens, and the art of doing nothing. Here, mind and body are emptied of care and transformed in the curative power of nature.
The ranch provides several premier dining settings, each featuring a palate of herbs and vegetables grown right here in our organic gardens. The Plow and Angle is a destination in its own right, offering evocative regional cooking and a convivial ambiance. Or if you prefer, arrange for intimate dining in the original 1825 Old Adobe Cottage, the Wine Cellar, or on the deck of your own cottage.