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Historical Traveler Reviews James House Santa Barbara
James House - no detail overlooked
Marie is an absolute perfectionist and every detail shows her touch. The property is gorgeous inside and out. If you like a well kept inn, that is immaculate and well cared for, then this is the place.
Bed was comfy and building was quiet.
Breakfast for the three days we were there was yummy (and good for us). Ask for seconds of the triple berry breakfast cobbler...wow! All meals are made from scratch.
Location is good close to State Street but not too close. Marie knows the restaurants, golf courses and entertainment if you need help finding something to do.
We will be back (Marie, please make extra cobbler!)
Thanks again for a charming couple days.
Just returned from a 3-night stay at this wonderful B&B. Marie is a most gracious and hospitable host and an outstanding cook. She made us feel right at home immediately. The room was even better than we expected from the photograph and it was kept spotlessly clean. The afternoon social goes way beyond the typical cheese and crackers we've gotten at other B&Bs. Lots of healthy, gourmet, very tasty food and delicious SB wines. Breakfasts were fantastic. Marie knows the city and surrounding areas well and is a fountain of knowledge about restaurants and activities. We felt very well taken care of!
Loved this B & B!!!!!
My husband and I just stayed at the James House 2 weeks ago and it was one of the best Bed & Breakfast experiences we've ever had. The house was lovely...but the thing that really made it special were the proprietors. They took really good card of us and were amazing gormet cooks! The B & B is walking distance to all the shops on State Street and a nice hike to the beach. We highly reccomend this place as a fantastic weekend get-away!
Perfect! Perfect! Great Getaway at the James House!
Our weekend at the James House was Perfect. A great Victorian 5-room house on quiet Chapala St. located just where you would want to be. We stayed on a Sunday/Monday and Marie, the owner, truly took care of us. Actually she blew me away.
My wife and I work in an industry that can have you working at a moment's notice and of course, the dates I had booked almost immediately needed to be changed. No problem. She worked with us right up to the last minute and accomodated us. I had many questions for her about the rooms and the breakfasts as I was taking my wife away for a birthday weekend. I always thought I was asking too many questions, but Marie was always accomodating and gracious.
We stayed in the Garden room, down stairs in the back, which because we rearranged our trip was now all that was available. I thought it might be too small or noisy as it's near the parking area for the house, but it was perfect. Plenty of room, with everything you need. All the rooms are decorated nicely for a B&B, not too grandmaish or lacey, I'd say just right. The Garden room was seperate from the other rooms in the house so it actually was very quiet and secluded, with a wonderful little paito and chairs, fountain, and flowers, to sit and enjoy anytime.
My wife loved the large bath with the jacuzzi jets. The bed was very comfortable and comfy. We could of rented many movies from her great selection to watch on the flat screen in the room, but just ended up relaxing after walking to dinner a block or two from the B&B. The location is perfect, one street over from State, the main street for shopping and dining. We love Louies! Go there and sit outside and enjoy a nice couple hours talking and dining under the stars with your significant other and you'll have a great time.
Marie emailed us with many suggestions as to what to see and what to do and we followed many of them and found they were great, she even did extra research for places to have tea and scones and emailed me those. She really goes out of her way and here's the evidence to prove it. Her breakfasts are amazing!! Actually you may not get a better meal in Santa Barbara. My wife and I have changed our way of eating many years ago and had given Marie a list of likes and dislikes just as a nice, "if you could do this." She graciously did, with blueberry pancakes, twice baked potatos, teas, juices, and more, she accomodated almost every request. Which killed us because every day she'd ask if we were coming to the afternoon social hour and we didn't want to commit because we didn't know what she'd be cooking. Now we wish we had. Don't miss it if you can help it.
We looked at almost all the rooms and found them all to be perfectly clean, spacious, and special in their own way. You can check them all out on their website. She offers great specials which I encourage you to ask about and or take advantage of. Overall, we'd definitely stay again and have already referred friends to her. I guess you get the idea by now, we loved it and reccommend it to everyone!
Outstanding Santa Barbara Inn
Marie, the owner, made us feel like welcome guests immediately upon arrival. The rooms were exactly as pictured on their web site and the cleanest I have ever seen at any beak and breakfast anywhere!
The breakfasts were gourmet delights. The location is very convenient and walking distance to most of the businesses on State Street.
Overall, we were pleased with the whole experience with the James House.
Loved the James House
My wife and I recently took my parents on a tour down the PCH from SAN FRAN to LA. I found the James House on line and what a treat!
Our host was lovely and made us feel right at home. She prepared a lovely snack with some local SB wine...delicious.
In addition she recommended and excellent local restaurant that was one of our best meals on the trip.
The building is spotless..truly a wonderful experience.
Warm, friendly place-Excellent service-Delicious food- Good company...
We stayed at the James House for our 10th wedding anniversary. James House was the perfect way to celebrate! Beautifully decorated bed and breakfast that kept the integrity of a Victorian home while keeping in mind the comforts of modern amentities. Attention to details such as pictures of Santa Barbara in its early years and having everything you need in the room- mini-fridge, water, iron/ironing board, robes, brochures of Places to See in Santa Barbara, hair dryer, newpaper, DVD and tv player, books, DVDs, and games available for your use (free of charge) and wireless internet access. Each room had (spotless) private baths with toiletries- just in case you forgot! House is located on a quiet tree-lined street within walking distance to downtown Santa Barbara (State St.) We took many evening walks to local restuarants.
Marie, the Inn Keeper and owner, was delightful and attentive. She was helpful in making dinner recommendations, recommended places to see in Santa Barbara and directions to get there, and offered to make reservations. We enjoyed our historic tour of the home and of each of the five guest rooms. Each had its own character. Guests should take advantage of the gourmet breakfast served every morning- they are worth getting up for, especially the banana nut pancakes. They are Marie's specialty- and worth every calorie! Afternoon wine socials were excellent as well with local wines and appetizers served in the parlor or on the patio- patio is best on a beautiful Santa Barbara afternoon. Marie does ask if you have any dietary needs and does everything to meet those needs. We had an early morning tour which was before breakfast was being served. Marie made a special effort to serve breakfast early to accommodate us and send us on our tour with filled stomachs (we went kayaking). Marie prides herself on a warm, friendly environment; excellent service; delicious food; and good company. You feel like you have the whole house to yourself, and only see other guests at breakfast and wine social at 5:00 p.m. It was like staying with friends.
I would recommend James House Inn and we're making plans to return.
Leif and Cynthia G.
Choice lodging on Chapala
We have visited James House twice in the past two years, most recently the week of Feb 23, 2007. On a quiet tree-lined street within easy walking distance of State Street shopping and a short drive from the Mission and the Harbor, James House is nicely situated. It is a beautiful home with a classic Victorian drawing room and fireplace, views from the upstairs rooms, and convenient off-street parking!. The five rooms, each with their own character, are nicely furnished and spotless. Marie, the owner, makes it a great place to stay. She prepares a wonderfully fresh breakfast to start each day, along with 5PM hors d'oeuvres, wine and conversation as a great start to each evening. She has lots of touring and dinner recommendations and will help get you a table at a local hot spot. I encourage you to visit. We will again (and again!)
Classic, Enjoyable Stay
We have just returned from a weekend stay at the James House B&B in Santa Barbara, CA. It is a great B&B to spend a relaxing time away from the everyday work grind. The service was so incredible. We arrived late on a Friday from Long Beach to spend a Pre-Valentines Day Holiday Weekend. Marie, one of the owners, was quite friendly and courteous.
Upon our arrival, she told us that we would be the only guests for the weekend, and so, she graciously upgraded us to the State Room, which was a big surprise. It was nice to have the entire house to ourselves.
It is located within walking distance to downtown Santa Barbara. Marie and her son, Mitch, were both a joy to meet. The food served there was excellent and very tasty. The nearby Restaurants are great. Marie made dinner reservations for us at Ca Dario, a real cool Italian restaurant, where, upon our arrival, we overheard that there was a minimum 90-minute wait for those without reservations.
James House is probably the one of the best B&Bs we have ever stayed. In fact, our time spent there was so grand that it was hard to pack up and head back to Long Beach. We highly recommend James House as a B&B to stay.
Ron and Karen Patton
Long Beach, CA
A real 'Gem'
James House Santa Barbara is a luxurious period home with many original features and restored to a very high standard. This Bed and Breakfast Inn is truly wonderful. From the moment we arrived, we knew this was a very special place. We were welcomed with genuine warmth and sincerity.
Nothing is too much trouble for Marie who can't do enough for her guests and, in addition, she is a fabulous cook and happily copes with a range of dietary requirements. We are both vegetarians and the food served was imaginative, high quality and utterly delicious. Each afternoon between 5.00pm and 6.00pm Marie again works her magic with appetisers and wine [definitely the James House Happy Hour]. Both Marie and John have a wealth of knowledge of the area, including the best restaurants, places to visit, etc, and are more than happy to make bookings/reservations for you.
During our 4-night break we stayed in the State Room and the Garden Room. Both these rooms are on the Ground Floor and very well appointed, comfortable and well equipped with a phone, flat screen cable TV, DVD and wireless high-speed internet access, etc. We were also able to view the other guest rooms at the Inn during our stay. Each one is individually decorated to the same high standards with luxurious bathrooms and great attention to detail.
This Historic Inn is great place to stay for food lovers. For a romantic break or just to be get away from it all, James House will fit the bill. Would we stay there again? Absolutely, it is a real 'gem' of a place.
If you are planning a visit to Santa Barbara, experience the best Santa Barbara has to offer. Give James House a try - you won't be disappointed and that's a promise!!!!