Love is in the air

A few months ago we posted a big congratulations to Lindsey and Jeff who were married at the Bates Ranch on a beautiful day in April. The flowers, the tent, the food, the dress! All were so spectacular we had to share photos from the very talented Lavender & Twine photography. Congratulations once again to Lindsey and Jeff. We were honored to be part of your wedding celebration and wish you many happy years to come! Click here for a look at the photos on Lavender & Twine’s blog page or enjoy a sample of the photos below.

Richard S. Meryman: Rincon Artist

Richard Meryman, a Bates family member, painted original oils of Rincon’s early days in 1938. Prior to this, Richard and Robert W. Bates became close friends while driving ambulances for wounded soldiers, during World War I.

After the war, while visiting Robert at the Bates Ranch, Richard met Robert’s sister Dorothea. Not only did they get married but the Meryman family then spent summers living at the ranch. Robert had a studio built for Richard with incredible northern light windows. These two oil paintings were sketched at Rincon Point and then painted in oils in this studio.

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Still standing today the studio is in its original location, but its foundation was crumbling. Rather than losing this historic structure, David Hutto, great grandson of Robert W. Bates, reinforced and restored it. The extended family of Richard Meryman spent a week at Bates Ranch House in the summer of 2013.


It all Began in a Garden

When RW Bates built his ranch house overlooking Rincon, he could only dream of how the property would inspire future generations. Molly Hutto, Great granddaughter to RW Bates, inherited the casual, elegant and timeless style of the Bates Ranch House and has carried that style into her new store, Botanik.

Molly had been with Botanik for 14 years when former owner, and friend, Erin Taylor offered to sell the popular Summerland home and garden store. Molly quickly said “yes!” and moved into the position of owner in January. The store retains its neutral color palette with pops of color and exquisite furniture pieces but Molly’s love for the garden and naturally beautiful materials is evident everywhere.

Read more about Molly and Botanik in the March 29th edition of the Santa Barbara News-Press or in the following design blogs.

A Seaside Town

Carpinteria is a charming town with beautiful beaches, breathtaking mountain views and the laid back vibe you would expect to find in a quaint beachside community. Located only 15 minutes South of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria seems worlds apart from its neighboring  city. Antique shops and family owned restaurants  line the main street which runs through downtown. Surfing, hiking and biking are just as much a part of everyday life as going to work or driving your car. On almost any given night beautiful sunsets can be seen from “The World’s Safest Beach”. A few times a year this sleepy seaside town turns it up a notch with annual events like, the Avocado Festival in October. With over 80,000 people in attendance, four stages with over 70 bands, avocado ice cream, avocado beer and three days of peace, love and guacamole – what’s not to love! Rods and Roses in June highlights the classic American muscle car and pays homage to the outstanding flower growers that call Carpinteria home.

R.W.BatesMany families  settled the Carpinteria Valley area in the early days, among them Robert W. Bates. Together they started a tradition of extraordinary community service which richly extends today.  Citizens continue to take pride in their local town.

R.W.Bates built the Bates Ranch House in 1928. He served as Trustee of the first community elementary school, The Punta Gorda School. This school holds state recognition for being the first  desegregated school in all of California. As an example Of Bates generosity he paid for a student’s cleft palette repair surgery. This single example was repeated many times over by early settlers. Noticing road and freeway signs as Bates, Bailard, Bliss,  Franklin, Romero barely give a glimpse into the generous community spirit continued today. Carpinteria Natural History Museum is a treasure filled with  early day philanthropy.

Book the Bates Ranch House for your next vacation to enjoy the beauty of Carpinteria and California coastal living.

An Artist’s Point of View

“I was fortunate enough to stay at The Bates House Ranch for the Fourth of July last summer. I am an artist and I get super excited when I see natural beauty all around me. I was so thrilled to walk around the property and was inspired by the many possibilities for paintings. The Bates Ranch House sits on a hill with an expansive front lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. That’s where I started to paint. I spent part of the day with a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of cabernet in the other. My soul was happy! The colors of the sapphire cloudless sky, the indigo glistening ocean and layers of palm frons on the mature Palm trees were breathtaking.   How could I possibly capture such beauty?  I did my best and enjoyed the process. When Brenda Bryant saw it, she fell in love with my creation and bought it right then and there!

My next inspiration came from The Bates Ranch house side door landscape. I loved the welcome feeling of the ranch house and that doorway just spoke to me. It reminded me of my childhood.  Something about the sound of the wooden screen door-closing shut. You know that subtle creaking sound and the soft slam. It was so casual and charming. The door’s rustic blue the color reminded me of family trips to the coast and flooded me with memories of being at the beach. There was a gorgeous rose bush draping over the doorway just asking to be painted. So I did!  Was so nice to be able to set up my paints and not have to rush. I sold this painting to the owner of the house Robbie Bate, she is very supportive of artists.

My last paining was of the little baby boy fountain behind the house.  This little guy was such a find. He surprised me as I was exploring the back yard garden. The mature eucalyptus trees enthralled me, as I just love eucalyptus trees. They smell amazing. Then I bumped into the baby fountain. I thought he was so sweet and the light was hitting him just right. So we sat together for hours while I painted him. The Bates Ranch House is so relaxing, beautiful and inspiring, and a great place to paint! ”

If you are interested in owning a print of the Baby Boy fountain please contact Lori Powers at

Need a vacation?

Looking for a family get-a-way? How about a weekend with the girls? It just so happens The Bates Ranch House is available for weekend rentals! Click here to visit our VRBO rental page and reserve a weekend now.

With five bedrooms, six baths, and over 5,000 square feet  of living space, the Bates Ranch House provides all the comforts of home and then some. Sited on the crest of a ridge with outstanding views of both the beautiful coast from the front and the valley to the rear of the property, this residence embodies the free and easy living of old California made modern making this the perfect place to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

Each bedroom has its own en suite bathroom, luxury linens, and offer views of the surrounding gardens and fruit tress that dot the lush 3 acre property. Wood burning fireplaces are located in the large living room, spacious master suite, library, and outside in the private courtyard, which boasts stunning views of the Los Padres National mountains. The 1/3 acre front lawn is perfect for family gatherings or games with 180 degree view of the water and a unique opportunity to view the famed Rincon Point from directly above, just as Steve Bissell captured it in 1973 for Surfer Magazine. Located only five short minutes to down town Carpinteria with shopping and restaurants and a lovely twenty minute drive to down town Santa Barbara.

This historic, charming home is perfect for a single family to enjoy a cozy interior with spectacular grounds and panoramic views. The house is also able to accommodate an extended family of up to twelve. This is a very special property with a unique history and beauty throughout the home and its surroundings.

Endless Summer

“From the moment we arrived, we were all in love with this beautiful place! Our end of summer family trip exceeded our expectations and gave us memories for a life time. Even our teenagers loved it and (mostly) stayed off their phones to enjoy the beauty and relaxation of this amazing place. It is truly magical and we are so grateful for the chance to share it! We will be back!”

-Mitch, Chris and family



Japanese Garden

During World War II, the Army installed military barracks adjacent to the Bates Ranch House. Soldiers observed and monitored the Southern California Coast at Rincon Point for Japanese invasion ships. At this same time, close friends of the Bates family were forced to relocate because of their nationality. Robert W. Bates took over the running of The Ota Farm to ensure its safety until the owners were able to return.

While rebuilding their livelihood and farm, the Ota’s very generously presented the Bates Family with a most impressive stone lantern. Mrs. Bates gradually created a Japanese Garden to suitably showcase such a treasure. These beautiful photos of the garden were taken by photographer David Powdrell.

Bates Ranch House on Edhat

The Bates Ranch House was privileged to be on the Carpinteria Home and Garden Tour last April. Valerie Powdrell , our site liaison, did a terrific job coordinating all planning. Her husband, David, took professional photographs of the property, an unexpected and welcome bonus. Many of these pictures are now featured on our website.

At a later date, David Powdrell submitted this article and photographs to Edhat, a site he contributes to regularly. You can see the full article here. Thank you to Valerie and David for a job well done!