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Legendary Hideaway

The Ranch has a historical guest list: Groucho Marx, Winston Churchill, Sinclair Lewis, and John Huston, who finished writing the screenplay for The African Queen while in residence. Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh exchanged midnight wedding vows on the grounds, and Camelot began here with John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooning in the cottage that now bears their name.

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Ultimate Seclusion

Tucked away in the leafy foothills of Santa Barbara, San Ysidro Ranch offers a unique blend of privacy, peace, and tranquility in an idyllic setting. Thirty-eight vine-covered cottages surrounded by incredibly landscaped gardens with flowers always in bloom under a canopy of stately sycamores and gnarled oaks make this exclusive property destination unplugged from the rest of the world. Citrus groves, olive trees, brilliantly colored lantanas, lily pond, and the sweet smell of orange blossoms, fragrant magnolias, and jasmine make you think that you have just discovered a slice of paradise.

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Romantic Cottages

Individually decorated cottages feature a gated entry with an enclosed garden and adjacent private parking. Interiors are sprinkled with antiques and original artwork recalling a relaxed European country-home feel. Furnishings include Persian rugs, stone fireplaces, king-sized four-poster beds, oversized sunken spas, and outdoor rainfall showers.

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Culinary Excellence

The Ranch offers a range of premier dining experiences, all included complimentary with each stay, showcasing a rich palette of herbs and vegetables sourced from the onsite chef's garden. At The Stonehouse, housed in a 19th-century citrus packing house and honored with a Wine Spectator Grand Award, guests can enjoy a romantic ambiance with a full-bar lounge, separate dining room, outdoor terrace, and sparkling ocean views. For a more relaxed atmosphere, The Speakeasy serves up 1920's inspired cocktails in a sultry setting that is cherished by locals. Nestled in a picturesque setting, The Veranda offers fireside dining with French doors opening onto a private stone-paved courtyard, perfect for our renowned prix-fixe lunch and special celebrations. The Plow & Angel boasts a magnificent masonry barrel-vaulted ceiling and a glass doorway leading to a lantern-lit patio beneath loquat trees, accompanied by another inviting fireplace. For those seeking an even more exclusive experience, private dining can be arranged in the original Old Adobe, a California historical landmark dating back to 1825.

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Fairytale Weddings

San Ysidro Ranch offers breathtaking vistas and intimate venues to begin your storybook Happily Ever After.

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