Simpson House Inn Santa Barbara, California: Set among an acre of English gardens in the heart of Santa Barbara, Simpson House Inn offers a glorious country retreat just blocks from the center of town and a short drive or a nice leisurely stroll from the oceanfront.
First Impression/Lobby: Astonishing! Within seconds of seeing the property; their amazing gardens, the precious cottages and the peace it has to offer, I knew we were somewhere special.
Reception: We were greeted by Robin who instantly made us feel at home. Her outgoing, shining personality welcomed us to the inn as if we were customers who had been visiting them for years. I do not recall that last time I have received such and kind and lasting welcome. Robin's warmth and energy made feel instantly at home and I knew we were in good hands. This was truly a five-star, luxury inn.
The Cottage: We stayed in Pendle Cottage, one of the largest cottages. The cottage was as warm and welcoming as Robin was. The living room was small but that just added to its charm. The over-stuffed chair and love seat sat next to the real wood burning fireplace; believe me, there was nothing better than enjoying a great bottle of wine in front of the fireplace.
Upstairs was a small bedroom and a more than ample sized bathroom. Luxurious robes, towels, linens and ammenities just reinforced we were at a five-star inn.
Back downstairs, just off the living room, was the kitchen. Pendle Cottage is one of the only cottages that have a kitchen; not that we used it, but it did make the cottage more spacious and added to the homey feeling the cottage exuded. At times, I just closed my eyes and imagined myself in a small cottage on the New England Coast. Eyes open or closed, the cottage was bombastic!
Room Service:Simpson does not offer room service but instead you can order from a slew of local restaurants which will deliver right to your cottage. Of course, ice, soda, water and even popcorn are just a call away.
Restaurant: There is not a restaurant on-site but the inn serves and incredible gourmet breakfast, served in your room, on your patio or veranda, or any of the many garden locations; wine tasting and Mediterranean hors d'oeuvres are served each afternoon as well as an afternoon tea and dessert buffet.
Plus, with many great restaurants just a short walk away, you don't need an on-site restaurant.
Overall Impression Fantastic Bombastic! What an experience! Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just a few days away, Simpson House is the place to be. Everything they do is top notch, first class and done with warmth and sincerity. Simpson House Inn and its staff is Fantastic Bombastic!