Thursday, July 30, 2009

Estate Week Continues - Villa de la Guerra

July 14th, 2009

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Hanson, owner of the fabulous and ultra chic Villa de la Guerra. The estate was designed in 1910 by one of Santa Barbara’s most influential architects Francis Townsend Underhill. Mary and her husband bought the estate in 2003 and have spent the last five years restoring it to its original grandeur (and then some).

The property is very intimate and has a distinguished feel. You could go all out and have a super glamorous soiree, or you could keep it very simple and sophisticated. A limited number of weddings will be allowed here, so for the lucky few the site fee will be $10,000. The capacity is roughly 125 … I would say 125 would be perfect for a cocktail reception and 75-100 would be comfortable for a seated meal. The venue is right around the corner from the Santa Barbara Mission (, making it ideal for a ceremony at the mission, or at the mission’s rose gardens, and then turn the corner to Villa de la Guerra for the reception. The property is also quite perfect for corporate and charity receptions, as well as intimate dinners. I can’t think of a more beautiful setting. Contact me for more details

Here are some images; enjoy!

Historic Villa de la Guerra

The steps leading to the main entrance are quite majestic

Through the front doors is a beautiful courtyard - perfect for cocktails. It feels like you've entered the secret garden, only more regal!

The galleria separates the courtyard from the backyard. This would be a great place for appetizer stations and escort cards or a greeting table

Here are the back doors looking through the galleria into the courtyard. Imagine a Grand Entrance here - so stunning!

And the backyard ... need I say anything?

View from the far side of the yard looking back at the house

The sides of the house are ideal for caterers to set up and bathrooms that would need to be brought in

For intimate dinners, the kitchen, dining room and living room could be available for use

The dining room can seat up to 14 guests

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