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Casa del Herrero

Santa Barbara, CA
+1 805-565-5653
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Worth the wait!

Due to renovations, poor planning on my part, and limited tour availability, it took me several... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
Tour of Casa Del Herrero (House and Grounds)

Beautifully maintained, interesting gardens and architecture. Tour guide, Jacque, was so very... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Carpinteria, California
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Tours are by reservation only on Wednesdays and Saturdays for those 10 years & older. Admission for the 90-minute, Docent-led tours is $20 per person. Designated in 2009 as Santa Barbara's 4th National Historic Landmark, the Casa del Herrero, built in 1925, stands today as one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. The creative manifestation of St. Louis industrialist George Fox Steedman, Casa del Herrero (House of the Blacksmith) reflects the visionary passions of its 'dream team' of designers: reknowned architect, George Washington Smith, landscape architects Lockwood de Forest and Francis T. Underhill, and antiquarians Arthur Byne and Mildred Stapley, who also helped outfit the well-known Hearst Castle.
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Santa Barbara, CA
+1 805-565-5653
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

Due to renovations, poor planning on my part, and limited tour availability, it took me several years to see Casa del Herrero. What a gem! The property is beautiful and well kept inside and out. Larry our docent was a treat. Larry has a great...More

Thank maileann
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Beautifully maintained, interesting gardens and architecture. Tour guide, Jacque, was so very friendly, fun and informative during our two hour tour. FIVE stars all the way around. Bring your camera and comfortable walking shoes as some of grounds are uneven.

2  Thank mhuth66
Reviewed 18 June 2017

I live in Santa Barbara and finally signed up for a tour of Casa Del Herrero - not reallly understanding what it was. What a surprise. What Lotusland is to unique gardens, Casa Del Herrero is to the architecture and art of the structure of...More

2  Thank Kate S
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This is a very unique estate garden that is converted from the former home of George Steedman. A charming estate with a lovely garden, and Mr. Steedman's workshop.

1  Thank NaihuaD
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This is by far one of the best tours showing the growing influence of Spanish architecture and home treasures. Built in 1925 and surviving the Santa Barbara earthquake one can tour a home that is fit for a king with emphasis on family. The home...More

2  Thank Sandy W
Reviewed 5 April 2017

A wonderful slice of history in Montecito. The house and all its antiques along with the beautiful grounds make it a must see for those interested in art and architecture of the period.

1  Thank CaliforniaKathy
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

What a hidden gem in Montecito and an historic landmark. Visiting friends they recommended getting tickets to tour this House of the Blacksmith. A short video of the history followed by gorgeous woodwork, tapestries, amazing gardens, workshops and history of the Bass family. Spanish architecture...More

1  Thank Karen M
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Fascinating...memorable...beautiful . Guides were passionate and very knowledgable. A special treasure. Be prepared to walk and discover.

Thank Kristin D
Reviewed 3 January 2017

See how the "other half" lived during the early years in Santa Barbara. As a native of Santa Barbara I am blown away by this amazing "Casa". Very special glimpse into the early culture of the ultra rich in Santa Barbara.

1  Thank Brenda F
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Tours are offered to see this unique house and garden on Wed and Sat each week, two times per day. We attended a holiday tour. The house was beautifully decorated for the holidays. The tour started with a movie explaining the history. Inside the house...More

1  Thank LAtoEverywhere
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16 January 2017|
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Response from LAtoEverywhere | Reviewed this property |
The tours are $25 and reservations are required in advance. They give tours on Wed and Sat, I believe, at 10 and 2. We took the tour at 10 on a Wed. It was a nice group. They are an AHS affiliate if you are a member... More
19 July 2016|
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Response from CasadelHerrero | Property representative |
Hi Charles, THANK YOU! for asking the question that seems to perplex the most prospective visitors to Casa del Herrero. As Visitor & Volunteer Coordinator at CdH I found Trip Advisor's information about our hours a bit... More