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Rancho La Patera & Stow House

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Address: 304 N Los Carneros Rd, Goleta, CA 93117-1502
Phone Number: 805-681-7216

aka Stow House or Rancho La Patera

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Step Back a Century

The 1880's Stow House was home to a family of early settlers of Goleta Valley. The furnishings are original or as close as possible. It is maintained by the Historical Society... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The 1880's Stow House was home to a family of early settlers of Goleta Valley. The furnishings are original or as close as possible. It is maintained by the Historical Society, and has been the site of many a wedding and private event. When the house is holding a public event, such as the annual Fiddler's Convention or 4th of... More 

Thank IdeasAndOpinions
Marrickville, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The home of a ranger who grew citrus. A tour of the home shows what it was like c. 1920 and gives you an idea of the isolation of the farm at the turn of the century. Only open weekends. At the same location is the old railroad station, and farm outbuildings, as well as a small parkland.

Thank elizabeth b
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately due to our schedule we were not able to tour the inside of the home, only walk around it. We really enjoyed watching the video about the history of the property- fascinating. We will definitely come back.

Thank Terry H
Gallatin, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

We lived nearby in the 1970's and walked the lake trails many an afternoon. Over the years the house and lawn have been the site of many weddings and community events. Today the drought has brought the lake low, but the many acres still provide a scenic ramble.

Thank OldOldBob
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We had a family wedding and it was a perfect place for a small wedding. We did have to provide a lot of the decor and such but the grounds were well kept and simply lovely!

Thank cd-seattle
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Well preserved and documented early California ranch. Nice little tour/museum and an even better walk around the grounds and the small lake that adjoins the ranch.

Thank SantaFeRetiree
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The Stow House is part of an old California ranch that covered most of the Goleta Valley. There is the old farm house, a collect of farm equipment used on the property, and a railroad museum housed in the old Goleta rail station. The Goleta Historical Society has an office there as well. Check it out. During the summer every... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Stow House is an historic destination - once a turn of the century ranch house, it is now an historic site, and the "ranch" has been converted into a beautiful park and preserve. Natural grasses, eucalyptus groves, water fowl, native florals abound, as do the wonderful aromas that accompany the environment. Joggers, walkers, nature lovers. Benches placed in expected and... More 

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Santa barbara, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

Lovely unspoiled area. Historic house (check for tour times); music concerts during the summer and great walking route around Lake Los Carneros, a favorite birding spot.

3 Thank GrannyA
Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

Rancho La Patera is a great place to see what life might have been like for the well-to-do in rural Central California in bygone days. This house is beautifully preserved/restored to its original grandeur, and tours are offered on weekends (and other times by arrangement, I believe). The knowledgeable docent gave a good tour of the house. Tickets were very... More 

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