With its diverse culture and rich history, Santa Barbara has been enchanting visitors for centuries. The city is full of architectural treasures, beautiful historic sites, and hidden gems – and they are all just waiting to be explored! If you would like to learn more about the local history, then you must visit Casa del Herrero. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 11-acre Montecito estate features a magnificent house museum and beautifully landscaped gardens. Words just don’t do it justice; you’ll have to come see it for yourself!
Casa del Herrero is just one of the incredible must-see attractions in our area. If you would like a complete list of museums, galleries, and historic sites, be sure to request our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s full of information about the best things to see and do in Santa Barbara during your stay at the Cheshire Cat Inn.
About Casa del Herrero
Known as one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial architecture in the country, you will be amazed from the moment you set foot on the grounds of Casa del Herrero. The 1925 residence was designed by renowned architect George Washington Smith, and features stunning furnishings and impeccable details throughout. The name Casa del Herrero (“House of the Blacksmith”) was given to the property by the original owner, George Fox Steedman. With help from other architects, horticulturists, and antique collectors, Steedman played a key role in the house’s design. Now, this grand Spanish estate draws visitors from all over the world!
Tours at Casa del Herrero
When you take a guided tour of Casa del Herrero, you’ll feel like you have been transported to a previous era. Take a stroll through the historic house and gardens, past incredible works of art, and around the Moorish-style gardens. As your local guide leads you past all of the main points of interest, you’ll also learn about the estate’s rich history. You can sign up for a tour on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. throughout the year. These 90-minute tours require an advance reservation and admission is just $25 per person. Admission for Casa del Herrero Christmas tours is $30.
From theatres and museums to beautiful gardens, there are also a variety of other must-see attractions in Santa Barbara. Make sure to stop by a few of them after a fun day at Casa del Herrero!
- Old Mission Santa Barbara
- Stearn’s Wharf
- Lobero Theatre
- The Sunken Gardens at the County Courthouse
- The Santa Barbara Orchid Estate
- Coronado Butterfly Preserve
Book Your Stay at Cheshire Cat Inn
Just four blocks from historic downtown Santa Barbara, Cheshire Cat Inn offers the ideal accommodations for your stay. Our Victorian Queen Anne houses and Craftsman cottages feature modern conveniences with all the comforts of home. Many of our guest rooms also include original fireplaces, sitting areas, and private balconies that overlook the garden or mountains. No matter which of our lodging options you choose, we guarantee that your stay will be a memorable one!
During your stay, you can start off each morning right with a wonderful homemade breakfast. Then, come back and join us for wine and hors d’oeuvres in the garden each afternoon. We also offer a nightly turndown service complete with treats, tea, coffee, and hot cocoa. Come experience all that our historic city has to offer and book your stay today. We can’t wait to hear about the amazing time you had at Casa del Herrero!