In two full days of seeing the various attractions in the Santa Barbara area, Casa del Herrero was our favorite. It is enjoyable to tour palatial residences from the past (such as Hearst Castle), but it is hard for ordinary human beings to relate to many of them. Casa del Herrero is different. While clearly a home well out of the financial reach of the average citizen, it is at the same time a residence one can imagine living in. Its scale and amazingly tasteful design and decoration simply make one feel at home. The story of the building, and the builder, of the house is truly intriguing and was very well-told by the guide. If you're in the area, don't miss this!
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