Tours & Visitor Policies

All tours and site visits are by ADVANCE RESERVATION ONLY.

To book any tour or visit, please call 805-565-5653


Public Tours

Casa del Herrero’s eleven-acre estate is open to the public for Docent-led tours for adults and children age 10 and above. Public tours may be reserved on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Trained Docents interpret the history of the Steedman home, gardens, and workshop during the tours which last approximately 90 minutes. Non-refundable admission is $25 per person and payment is due at the time of reservation. For information or reservations, call us at 805-565-5653 or contact us by email at tours@casadelherrero.com.

Group Tours

Groups of twelve or more may book reservations Tuesday through Saturday year-round. Tour times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations are booked in advance, and a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve the date. The final balance is due 30 days prior to the tour date. Both the deposit and final payment are non-refundable. Visa & MasterCard, cash or check are accepted forms of payment. Due to our Conditional Use Permit, we are unable to accommodate large buses. Mini-coaches (capacity of 24 or fewer) are acceptable. Guests are encouraged to carpool whenever possible due to  our extremely limited parking (maximum of 10 cars). For more specific Group Tour information, please contact tours@casadelherrero.com or call 805-565-5653, ext. 202.

Self-Guided Tours, No-no!

Casa del Herrero does not offer a self-guided tour option. However, if you prefer a tour customized to your individual interests, you may arrange for a private tour. The cost of a private tour is a flat fee of $300 and is limited to 12 people. Please call the office to arrange a mutually agreeable time, allowing 1 week advance notice for scheduling. 

Holiday Tours

In Casa del Herrero tradition, a limited number of Holiday Tours are offered during the month of December. Visiting the Casa when it is all dressed and ready for the festive season is a wonderful way to don the holiday spirit. Visitors are invited to enjoy a cup of hot spiced cider as they tour the gardens and have a glimpse of how a Montecito Christmas in the 1930’s might have looked. For information on booking a Holiday Tour, please call our office at 805-565-5653, ext. 202.

Reservations
To schedule a tour or request a brochure, please call the Casa office at 805-565-5653, Monday through Saturday, between the hours of 9 AM & 5 PM. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY FOR ALL TOURS, including all levels of membership admission. Casa del Herrero accepts payment in the form of MasterCard or Visa at the time of booking. Confirmation will be emailed prior to your scheduled tour with information, a map and directions. Admission fees are nonrefundable. However, if you must cancel your tour, the Casa will give you a rain check, so long as it's within the calendar year and you gave the Visitor & Volunteer Coordinator at least 24 hours advance notice. Casa Members are given priority booking subject to our Conditional Use Permit. See our Membership Page for additional benefits of becoming a member.

Getting Here


From Los Angeles (South): Take Highway 101 North to Montecito. Take Exit 93 (San Ysidro Road). Turn right onto San Ysidro Road. Follow San Ysidro to the 2nd traffic light at the intersection of East Valley Road. Turn left on East Valley Road. Continue about 1/3 mile to 1387 East Valley Road. Our entrance is demarcated by two white pillars. Turn left into our driveway.

From Santa Barbara (North): Take Highway 101 South to Exit 93 (San Ysidro Road). Turn left onto San Ysidro Road. Follow San Ysidro to the 2nd traffic light at the intersection of East Valley Road. Turn left on East Valley Road. Continue about 1/3 mile to 1387 East Valley Road. Our entrance is demarcated by two white pillars. Turn left into our driveway.

Parking onsite is strictly limited to 10 vehicles per tour. Mini-vans or mini-coaches are acceptable but large passenger buses are not. Guests are asked to arrive fifteen minutes prior to tour time. With the exception of Service Dogs, animals are not permitted on the Casa grounds or in parked automobiles. Kindly leave all pets at home as we don't allow animals to stay unattended  in your car while you are on a tour.

 

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Tour Guidelines

Arrival Time: Tours depart promptly on the hour. As a courtesy to your group and Docent, please arrive fifteen minutes before your scheduled tour time.

Departure Time: The terms of our Conditional Use Permit prohibit visitors from exploring the Casa grounds unaccompanied by a Docent. Guests should plan to depart no more than fifteen minutes after the tour has concluded.

Photography: Visitors are welcome to take outdoor photographs with handheld cameras.  Photography inside the house is not allowed.

Smoking: The Casa is a Smoke-Free Zone.

Food & Beverage, with the exception of water, are prohibited in the house and gardens.

Except for Seeing-Eye and trained service dogs, animals are not permitted on the Casa grounds or in parked automobiles during tours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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PO Box 5612, Santa Barbara, CA  93150
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