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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: +1 805-681-7216

aka Stow House or Rancho La Patera

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Life in an eclectic Victorian with carpenter gothic detailing

This is a well-done glimpse at how a prosperous 1870s family lived in this part of California. The Historical Society has done a very nice job of assembling decorative arts... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Kate B
San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a well-done glimpse at how a prosperous 1870s family lived in this part of California. The Historical Society has done a very nice job of assembling decorative arts -- some from the original family -- that reveal the evolution of life in the house through the family's donation of the house to the society in the 1960s. Our... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

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 

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Marrickville, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

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.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 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 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 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 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 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 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 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.

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