Hipcamp host Fred D.,
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Only 1 site is available right now due to COVID- 19.

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


Only 1 site is available right now due to COVID- 19.

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.  This machine probably might turn on maybe 7 nights in a year and only during the cold winter months.

Headlamps are a great idea, otherwise, flashlights for sure.  Minimal 110 V. electricity at campsite.  The library and restroom a little ways away from the campsite have lighting but it is very dark between the campsite and those facilities.

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.

Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 14 feet allowed
Pull-through site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: flat
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
Hookups: No sewage and TV connection
Generators not allowed
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Fred a message!
  • 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
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Gracewood Santa Barbara in California.


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Hipcamper Danny

Great camping experience

Danny H.
recommends this listing.
April 16th, 2022

My family had a great time. The location is peaceful and quiet. Fred is a great host. This was the perfect way to ease my family into camping. They’re now excited to camp more in the future.

Hipcamper Shane
Shane S.
recommends this listing.
April 12th, 2022

This was my second time staying at Gracewood and enjoyed it just as much as the first! The property is beautiful, the hosts are extremely friendly, and the location is central to everything you would want to do in SB. You won't regret staying here!

Hipcamper Paul

Private but expensive.

Paul M.
doesn't recommend this listing.
April 6th, 2022

This site was just like the other reviews described. It was private but expensive for what you got. Bring bug spray and earplugs for the mosquitoes and frogs at night.

Hipcamper Stephen
Stephen P.
recommends this listing.
February 14th, 2022

We loved Fred’s land. It was great to see the ducks, horses and hawks. Loved the campfire and the wood they provided for us was incredibly nice. We saw some horse back riders during the day that was cool. And at night the property was very quiet and peaceful. Thanks again Fred! Very easy and detailed directions to the spot. My Prius made it just fine.

Hipcamper Brianne
Brianne M.
recommends this listing.
January 30th, 2022

Fred was a great host. He was very helpful in getting our trailer into place. The camping area was very peaceful and pretty. Great fire pit, atmosphere and view of the mountains.

Hipcamper Eli
Eli G.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
December 28th, 2021

This hipcamp is on a lovely horse farm, and is a great launch spot for heading out to Channel Islands NP in Ventura! We were in a Sprinter 4x4, and had a bit of misunderstanding, as we did not realize that this site is intended for tent camping only. Since it was late Dec, we didn't have much of a chance to arrive in the daylight. We had a bit of trouble finding our way once on the grounds, but a lovely woman who was there for her horses helped us figure things out. We ended up parking the Sprinter in the horse trailer parking lot and camping there. It worked out fine, but we never actually saw the camp site itself or tried any of the amenities because we were in and out.

Hipcamper John
John K.
recommends this listing.
December 1st, 2021

Thank you Fred! This was our third time here and it won’t be our last. This is a little piece of heaven with a very special feeling. Our favorite place!

Hipcamper Alexi

Can’t wait to camp here again!

Alexi G.
recommends this listing.
October 28th, 2021

This was an amazing spot!! Fred was very communicative and made sure to check in, we got a little lost on the way to the camping spot and we immediately were helped and shown to the site. The whole night was perfect we had a little pond to ourselves and the area was nicely shaded so it wasn’t too hot. Can’t wait to camp here again!

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Hipcamper Adam
Adam P.
recommends this listing.
October 12th, 2021

Great place! Easy in and easy out!

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