Here are some homes just waiting for you to create a soothing escape on the grounds of your Montecito estate
Picture yourself enjoying a relaxing soak outdoors at your luxury Montecito estate. With a glass of fine wine or a cup of tea in hand, inhale a breath of fresh air and look up at the night sky filled with stars.
Believe it or not, Pinterest is filled with boards that showcase pictures of outdoor bathtubs. From repurposed vintage clawfoots to rustic stock tank tubs, you’ll find them in backyards around the world, on decks, balconies, and patios.
For those of us lucky enough to live in Santa Barbara, we can use our backyard bathtubs year-round: to cool off in the summer or keep warm in the winter.
I have several Montecito estate listings where a backyard tub would fit in perfectly, including:
- Palmyra: A Grand Montecito Estate – This grand Montecito estate’s grounds are as magnificent as its structures. Imagine hiding a soaking tub somewhere among the rolling lawns, impeccably-trimmed privets, tropical and native flora, citrus trees, or flower gardens. You could even create your tranquil space by placing it near the property’s lagoon.
- World-class Toro Canyon Estate – There’s plenty of outdoor space to place a modern tub at this over 40-acre Toro Canyon home perched in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The home is surrounded by the peaceful sylvan setting that is Toro Canyon Park and has plenty of hidden spots among the understated landscaping that utilizes native plants and majestic mature oaks.
- Magical Adobe Treasure – A vintage clawfoot tub would look spectacular hidden in the grounds of this magical adobe treasure that sits on one very private acre in Toro Canyon. Place your tub near the pergola or in the shade of the towering oak, eucalyptus, and sycamore trees amidst the abundant native plants.
While more and more hotels and lodges are giving customers the opportunity for a little alfresco bathtub soaking, installing a bath outside your Montecito estate is not just a matter of plopping a tub in your backyard.
Here’s a list of things to consider:
Privacy is key when deciding where to place your outdoor bathtub. The idea is to relax completely. You also have to consider drainage. So, choose a spot far away from prying eyes, yet a place high enough to allow proper drainage. You may need to build a foundation if your surface is not flat.
- The Tub
A clawfoot tub is a great choice, that is if you can find a vintage one. But just about any soaking tub will work, especially if it’s sunken into a cedar deck. Houzz has the largest collection of backyard bathtubs to get you inspired. A collection of more than 200 just waiting for you to choose one (or more) to bring home to your Montecito estate. Here’s the good news: outdoor bathtubs don’t require underground plumbing, making them low maintenance. No matter what tub you choose, keep in mind you’ll still need to build a frame to keep it in place.
- The Foundation
Consider this: a small bathtub holds about 40 gallons of water, while a larger single person tub could easily hold up to 100 gallons or more. Add the weight of the tub and your body weight and you’ll realize just how important it is to build a solid foundation. I recommend you have your contractor use bricks or stone pavers over a cement base. You’ll also need to connect the tub’s drainpipe. Make sure the water is directed away from any structure (your house or your neighbors). Some people direct the water toward plants for extra irrigation. Just imagine planting some night blooming jasmine around your tub for a truly sensual experience. You’ll want to hire a plumber to install a hot/cold hose bib. Check out this list on Yelp of the best plumbers in Santa Barbara.
- Finishing Touches
Once that’s done, it’s time for the finishing touches. I love the idea of adding a string of twinkle lights. You’ll also want to be sure to add a hook for a towel and consider having a place for your wine or tea. Then it’s time to soak outside in the privacy of your own backyard.
Perhaps you want to wait to build that outdoor bath until you move to a new Montecito estate. If you haven’t already done so, check out the properties I’ve listed above, or peruse the portfolio of exceptional properties on my website, then give me a call at +1 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com. I’ll find you the perfect Montecito estate, with room to add your own outdoor tub.