5-Acre Ranch Retreat in the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country


Introducing the meticulously maintained Circle L Ranch, an historic 5-acre horse ranch nestled in the idyllic climate of Ballard Canyon in the famous wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley. The house combines exquisite craftsmanship with an artful blend of rustic wood, stone, touches of bronze and enchanting architectural indulgences.


The living room is open to the dining room and kitchen, creating a spectacular “great room” spanned by a rustic open truss ceiling. This room also includes a handy wet bar with wine refrigerator and overlooks the adjacent family room. A farm sink, British Kirkstone counters and distinctive designed backsplash in the kitchen add just the right touch of bucolic elegance to the entire space along with stone floors throughout the living, dining, kitchen and family room. Throughout the house, custom knotty alder doors with oil-rubbed bronze Ashley Norton hardware enclose each room with the warmth and texture of hand craftsmanship. Three unique hand laid stone fireplaces are in the living room, family room and master bedroom.


The oversized master bedroom, wrapped in walls of glass, includes a massive stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling, and walk-in closet fitted out with built-in cabinets. The master bath has honed travertine counters, a large tiled shower and a luxurious soaking tub. In addition, there are three other bedrooms, one of which is generous-sized and functions nicely as a second master suite. All bedrooms have open-beamed vaulted wood ceilings. In the bedrooms and hallway there are Brazilian undulated cherry floors.


An entertainers dream, the enchantment continues outside to the pool with cascading waterfall and spa surrounded by stone decking, and the dining area with lighting, audio, radiant heater and outdoor wood-fired pizza oven. There is also a fruit orchard including Plum, Peach, Pear, Nectarine, Fig and Fuji Apple Trees. A stone-edged pond, two barns and an oversized garage add to the many amenities that enhance this storied working ranch, originally established by Willard and Dorothy Beanland, who retired from Los Angeles to Solvang in the early 1970’s and named this Shangri-La “Goldie Acres.”  They bred, raised and trained only Tennessee Walker Palomino horses and were well known for riding these golden beauties in the Pasadena Rose Parade for 34 years in a row. In addition, they rode in countless other parades displaying the incredible “silver saddles” they designed specifically for their Palominos and were a fixture in the parade riding community.


As befits a working ranch, the historic center aisle barn includes 6 stalls, an air-conditioned office, tack room and full bath. Other equestrian amenities include a weather proof shed row barn, a personal arena, top-quality automated horse watering systems, turn outs and irrigated pastures enclosed by strong 2 x 6 fencing. Cars are pampered on the ranch as well in the 3-car garage with epoxy floors, handsome storage cabinetry and hot water for first class automobile maintenance.


From the moment you pull through the studded wooden automatic gates, the beauty and serenity is stunning. This is a property where the experience is even grander than the vision. Photographs and description cannot equal the impact of this splendid treasure up close and personal. Located in an outdoor paradise with 340 days of sunshine a year, where hiking, boating, horseback riding, golf and biking are as popular as wine-tasting, dining, live theatre, art galleries, artisans’ wares, and local organic produce.


Escape the city to Ballard Canyon where the ideal climate is influenced by marine cool breezes from the ocean, tempered by the coastal mountains and moderated by the warmer climate from the valley to the east. As a retreat or permanent home, this ranch enjoys the best of everything. This is a property where the experience is even grander than the vision.

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