We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Casa del Herrero

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Santa Barbara, CA
Phone Number: 805-565-5653
Improve this listing
See all hours
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tours are by reservation only on Wednesdays and Saturdays for those 10...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 118 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 86
  • 27
    Very good
  • 3
  • 2
  • 0
Wonderful docent and great architecture

A well-informed and passionate docent makes all the difference and our docent, Laura, was that. Everyone in our group, from a dentist to an architect to an artist, raved about the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Pasadena, California

Similar Things to Do in Santa Barbara

Add Photo Write a Review

118 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Pasadena, California
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A well-informed and passionate docent makes all the difference and our docent, Laura, was that. Everyone in our group, from a dentist to an architect to an artist, raved about the house, the tiles, and the level of preservation. Well worth it!

Thank P S
Springfield, Missouri
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour seemed to be about the guide and his ideas of "synchronicity". Larry has been reviewed favorably by others, and he is a charming fellow, but it took so long for him to get through the house that the reason for our visit (to see the gardens) was not satisfied. On the other hand, from what we could see... More 

1 Thank Bill3763
CasadelHerrero, Guest Relations Manager at Casa del Herrero, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your Casa del Herrero experience, Bill3763. Most of our Docents have such passion for the Casa and its story that they want to impart all the details to our visitors...not quite possible in 90 minutes! Regarding the gardens, your guess that the drought is taking its toll on the greenery and on some of the trees,... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Lovely gardens, carefully done house, fascinating workshop for the owner who was an engineer and silversmith.

Thank Lynn28970
Farmington Hills, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Our visit to Casa del Herrero was a wonderful experience. The home was a combination of a Moorish style home, beautiful well cared for gardens, and a workshop that is hard to believe. I would definitely take my group to see it. A unique historic site

Thank Linda S
San Diego, CA
Level Contributor
46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

1) This house gives tours for $20/each by ADVANCE reservation only made OVER THE PHONE. Tours are given at 10AM and 2PM on Tues-Sat ONLY. You call +1 805 565 5653 to arrange for your tour. Tours are for up to 12 people only. If you don't make a reservation A) they won't accept you and B) it's most likely... More 

7 Thank mary21221
CasadelHerrero, Guest Relations Manager at Casa del Herrero, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review of Casa del Herrero! We're so glad you enjoyed the lion's share of your tour and that you found George Fox Steedman to be as compelling a character as we do! I'd like to add a couple of footnotes to your review: - First, our public tour days... More 

Alameda, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

beautifyl artifacts of1500 spanish era. if you have reciprocity membership of american horticultural society (most botanic garden membership in US and abroad) you can save $20entrance fee. 12person per tour.

Thank jeng t
CasadelHerrero, Guest Relations Manager at Casa del Herrero, responded to this review

Thanks for your 5-star review, Jeng. We are glad you enjoyed your recent tour of Casa del Herrero. We are so happy to be welcoming visitors once again now that our new entrance gate is operational! And thank you also for mentioning our Reciprocal Admissions program, to which I will add that when you become a member of Casa del... More 

Santa Barbara, California
Level Contributor
24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

This home is caught in a time warp and remains like it was on a summer day in 1850. A walk through the home and gardens is surreal. It is beautiful and a relic of the age in Santa Barbara when great industrialists from the North East brought their fortunes to Santa Barbara, built their great homes and gardens. It... More 

Thank Fred M
Santa Barbara, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Book reservations in advance to visit Casa del Herrero. I live here so have the pleasure of visiting at least once a year. This incredible home is now a museum which retains almost all of the original furniture and artwork chosen by it's owner/designer. The architectural details of this Spanish Revival residence are spectacular. It is impeccably maintained and is... More 

1 Thank Travelinggal9953
Kirkwood, Missouri
Level Contributor
23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Very interesting. Lovely home and architecture. Beautiful grounds and a workshop that will awe and inspire you. A wonderful tour. Don't miss.

2 Thank Sharon R
San Luis Obispo, California
Level Contributor
21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

A group of us, mostly retired ladies, enjoyed a Tour here in the Spring and were most impressed with the grounds, the architecture, the whole house. Wonderful! The tour guides were well informed and led a good one hour tour. Definitely worth the drive up through the windy hills and roundabouts.

1 Thank MFIZ

Travelers who viewed Casa del Herrero also viewed

Santa Barbara, CA

Been to Casa del Herrero? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Casa del Herrero and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Huntington Beach, California
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Casa del Herrero staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?