Come stay at our rustic campsite under some large oak trees next to a little open area by an ecological pond on our working ranch! With 54 acres for our horses and avocados, we welcome guests to camp on a somewhat private part of the ranch (on occasion, equestrians may ride by). We can accommodate up to 8 more campers depending on the group type. We love welcoming familie
Come stay at our rustic campsite under some large oak trees next to a little open area by an ecological pond on our working ranch! With 54 acres for our horses and avocados, we welcome guests to camp on a somewhat private part of the ranch (on occasion, equestrians may ride by). We can accommodate up to 8 more campers depending on the group type. We love welcoming families to the ranch, but like to approve larger groups ahead of time!
At the campsite you'll find picnic tables, a fire pit for small fires, and running water. Minimal 110 Volt electrical outlet is at the campsite. There is a fully functional unique bathroom made out of a converted horse trailer with a toilet and sink a few hundred yards from the site. Walking around the property, you'll see an activity barn and a historic 19th century cottage which houses a private library. Permission may be granted for entry if requested. There is an outdoor shower at the campsite with cold water only. Some firewood may be provided at no cost.
Campers, making reservations during months when the otherwise beautiful weather becomes cooler, should be aware that because of the proximity of a wind machine which makes a noise like a helicopter about 300 yards away from the campsite, on a neighboring property may interrupt an otherwise peaceful and quiet experience. The wind machine comes on automatically when the temperature drops below 37 degrees so that avocados in the orchard do not suffer from a freezing temperature.
We are located only two miles to the ocean beaches and about a mile to a major shopping center. UCSB is just minutes away. Bicycling is very easy as all roads and access are flat.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Gracewood Santa Barbara in California.
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If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
The campsite was not a $160 a night spot. At most it’s worth $60.
Lots of dirty picnic tables set up haphazardly in a small spot.
The pond has mosquitos so bring bug repellant.
The duff and leaf litter on the ground is thick and in some spots a bit dangerous to walk through.
The horse folks around the property don’t want you near there horses.
I would not return to this spot at this price and state of disrepair of the camp spot.
It does have great potential if it were cleaned up.
This is a great place to camp. Huge private space under the shade of Live Oak trees. The ranch is beautiful and Fred and Cyndy were super welcoming. We were lucky enough to be there when the avocado's were ripe so it was a real treat to collect them from the ground and add to our meals!
Gracewood is delightful! We loved the privacy, the huge spaces, the trees, the wildlife, the gorgeous classic setting....all of it! The campfire next to the pond is gorgeous, and the abundance of tables and places to just be. We loved the archery too! We will be back! Thank you.
Gracewood is a lovely, tranquil spot with lots of activities and conveniences (potable water, fire pit, running toilet facilities, etc). Frank is a gracious and responsive host. I would highly recommend camping here, and hope to return again sometime. Thanks Frank!
Gracewood was great. Fred was welcoming and accommodating. Very private and secluded. Plenty of beautiful sites, and you are within close proximity of horses and trainers, which we really liked.
I would say that guests need to make a determination of value. This was the most expensive car camping site I have ever paid for. But if you accept that going into it, then you will have a wonderful experience. Otherwise you may want to think about staying somewhere else.
Fred is great host! Site is bit more primative than anticipated and depicted in photos. Tables and benches are not in good condition. The BBQ and propane grill also not really usable. Pond has heave over growth creating thick moss layer. My 6 year old son was still able to land a large fish. Be sure to bring bug spray this time of year. There is a horseshoe pit was was great. The fire pit adjacent to pond was great. There is an outdoor shower (cold ) but there is a hose attachment to connect camp water heater if desired. Was also a cool functioning sink to wash dishes. Tent site area is completely shaded by large trees. Was very tranquil! Choosing the right time of year to go could even make it more exciting. ( no over growth on pond)
There is lots to like about this spot. Super private, beautiful foliage and views, and very peaceful. It is very rustic, which we enjoy, but might not be for everyone, and the pond appears stagnant. Other than that, it's really lovely.