Peaceful Guest Country Cottage
The Grand Meadows Friesian Farm welcomes you to their peaceful guest country private studio located on the famous Ballard Canyon Road.
Ballard Canyon is one of the most scenic, pastoral, tranquil canyons in the Santa Ynez Valley. It is secluded, quiet from traffic and city lights, yet within 10 minutes of Los Olivos, Solvang, Buellton and the heart of Santa Ynez Valley. Guests enjoy strolling through the farm or even embarking on the short 10 minute walk to neighboring Rusack Winery. Ballard Canyon is the venue for many of the famous World Cycling Tours and a haven for bike enthusiasts who want to enjoy the most gorgeous bike ride ever imaginable easily from your private studio. Two bikes are available to accommodate our guests.
Amidst the natural, beauty of Ballard Canyon, the Friesian Farm studio is beautifully furnished complete with every amenity one could dream of while vacationing. Tasteful, newly decorated with highest upgrades gives the studio a brand new country feel even though the property itself has a lifetime of history dating back to the early Ranchero days. The Friesian Farm studio offers intimate, cozy upgraded ambiance. Private patio, garden, outside fire pit, gas heater lamp allows for the ultimate, romantic evenings to enjoy the clear skies and stars galore – in quiet peaceful harmony. Included in this room is an over-sized, custom walk-in closet that can easily double as a small bedroom for young children. There is an adjoining room with a futon available for family guests upon special requests. Please take a look at the photos on this page to view this very special accommodation located in the most scenic, peaceful, bucolic areas of our beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.
Property Type: Country Guest Cottage
Maximum Occupancy: 2
Kitchen & Dining
Infant & Toddler Supplies (available upon request):
High chair • Pack and Play • Co-Sleeper • Sheets/Blankets • Removable safety locks for cabinets • Plug Covers • Toddler Potty
Optional Onsite Services
Cleaning Fee: $100
City Occupancy Tax: 10% of nightly rate
2 night minimum (3 night minimum during major holidays)
Mon – Wed
Thu – Sun
12/1 – 2/28
3/1 – 6/20
6/21 – 9/30
10/1 – 11/30
Mary & Malcolm
Thank you so much for your hospitality. We love the farm and enjoy the peace and quiet of the studio. We will see you again next year.
David & Julie
We had a wonderful time at Friesian Farm and highly recommend it. The location, amenities, and hospitality were perfect, and Max and Bruno (the resident dogs) were great company. We hope to return!
Ryan & Cimmeron
Thank you for welcoming us onto your ranch and for being so helpful during our stay. The advice you gave us on places to see and restaurants to eat at were spot on. Friesian Farm and Santa Ynez Valley are beautiful places. The amount of care that you put into this place will leave a lasting impression on us. Thanks again for everything!
Have you ever stayed at a place that you’ve never been to, but felt like you’ve been there many times before? Or have you ever met someone that you could swear you’ve known for years, but truly just met?Well this weekend my wife and I had that experience at the Friesian Farm. We received a memorable welcoming from our lovely host, Angela, who instantly made us feel right at home!
As we got into our little cottage/studio we were immediately struck with its picturesque farm house feel! And when we woke up to a view of rolling green hills, we knew we made an EXCELLENT choice. Located on the historic Ballard Canyon Rd., right next to the fantastic Rusack Winery, Friesian Farm is a hidden gem that I wish I could keep to myself! But since I can’t, I have to give this place a HIGH RECCOMENDATION.
For anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and enjoy a quiet little getaway, Friesian Farm is the place to go. Thank you Leanne and Angela for providing us with such a memorable stay
My husband and I spent 5 days at the Friesian Farm just outside Solvang as a way to wind down after his year-long deployment in Afghanistan and it was the perfect place to relax! The sunrise over the hills of the valley was astonishing, and we could see it from all the windows in the Friesian Farm cottage. Our accommodations were cozy and private and everything we hoped for in a vacation to wine country. The vacation rental property was only a 10- to 15-minute drive from all the key areas of the Santa Ynez Valley, a stone’s throw from countless vineyards and wineries, 20 minutes from the beach, and 45 minutes from the Santa Barbara airport. We got to socialize with the friendliest dogs and several horses during our stay, squeezed in some hikes, ate some tasty food and had some tasty beverage each day of the trip, it was all around a great trip! If you are looking for a cozy, romantic getaway for two, the Friesian Farm is the perfect property for any couple. I’m excited to get a larger group together to try out one of the other properties on our next vacation, too!
We loved it. In fact, we loved the area so much that we’ve been plotting ways to move up there ever since and we really enjoyed our base camp from Freisian Farm since it was so perfectly located, yet so peaceful and remote at the same time.
The place was great — we were very comfortable and just absolutely fell in love with the doggies.
I really enjoyed your service and the other properties on your site. As soon as I can get a group of friends together, we’ll be back to try one of the larger homes, for sure.
Bruce and Lisa Applegate
Loved you place! Thank you!
Allan and Londa
We recommend this place to anyone who wants the perfect getaway to Santa Barbara County. Even when we were out tasting wines our minds were on getting back to the farm. We had a great time! We’ll be back.
Kathy and Roger
Roger and I so enjoyed our stay at the Friesian Farm. We were so relaxed and comfortable. The grounds and views were breathtaking and the morning coffee with the warmth of the sun started our days with connection to the land and each other. Thank you for everything and we are sure to see you again. Oh, and Ike and the gang added such laughter and delight to our stay!…”Bye guys”! :) Thank you again.
Dear Leanne and Angela,
I needed to take the time and write you both to extend warm gratitude for providing Isabelle and I a wonderful weekend experience. The Friesian Farm cottage is the perfect setting for two people to unwind, stretch out, admire the valley scenery, and enjoy peace and quiet. I still can’t get over how lovely the hills looked. In addition, the provided amenities really exceeded our expectations. From the organic bath products, super comfy bed, overall cleanliness, modern-rustic country décor/furnishings, bikes, horses, solitude, it was fantastic. I really have come to believe that there is no other way to experience wine country valley than this.
Jasmine and Dewey
Thank you so much for opening up your home to us. It was a joy to stay here and relax. The dogs are precious and it was so nice of you to leave the wine and snacks! We enjoyed both thoroughly. We hope you will welcome us again sometime soon.
My husband and I had a wonderful time staying at the Friesian Farm and it exceeded all expectations. The property is lovely and had everything we needed and more. The location was convenient to our cycling activities and all the wineries yet it seemed miles away.. We will definitely stay again and many thanks to the kind owners for their hospitality. We really enjoyed the beautiful horses and the dogs were great company!
The cottage was great – way more spacious than the photos indicated and the Wi-Fi was a bonus! The homemade goodies were fantastic and the cold bottled waters were perfect after a long drive. We were personally greeted shortly after we arrived and felt immediately at home.
We had a fantastic time at the Friesian Farm! The view was amazing, and it was one of the most relaxing weekends we’d had in a long time. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to escape city life for a nice quiet time in the country!
So sorry it took me a long time to respond. We had a wonderful time. Friesian Farm was so peaceful and quiet. We’re sorry we couldn’t connect with Angela & Pieter but they left us a nice note and a bottle of wine, I believe, which was hugely appreciated. Their two dogs were very sweet and adorable. We would definitely stay here again and look forward to the next time we can make it!
Diane and Tom Perica
I wanted to write and tell you that the Friesian Farm was FANTASTIC!!!! We loved every minute of our stay. I remember your email to me several months ago when you wrote and said that I would not be disappointed — well how right you were.
The rental property is just perfect. Tom & I could certainly tell that you have put your heart and soul into making this property so very comfortable and inviting. We enjoyed a fire several nights while trying to count more stars that I can remember seeing in one night. The location is hard to beat. It was so centrally located to so many wonderful restaurants and wineries. When we departed on Wednesday I can honestly say we were both sad. We miss the Friesian Farm!! I hope we can return someday.
Thanks again for making our vacation very memorable!!
We had a WONDERFUL time!! The place was perfect and we felt like we were at home immediately. We also loved Ike and Bruno always waiting for us to get up in the morning to pet them. I will write comments on your testimonials page as we can’t say enough great things about our pleasurable stay!
Jack and Robin
Dear Angela and Pieter,
Thank you for sharing your "little piece of heaven" with us. We had a great stay! We hope to come back sometime in the not-too-distant future! Warmest wishes.
We were very happy with the stay. Everything was as advertised and the location could not be beat. There were even two dogs to greet us whenever we came back from an outing. Reminded me of being at home.
Hope the owners were also pleased. We would love to stay there again next year.
Thank you so much for the follow up. Lindsay and I had an amazing time staying at Friesian Farm. We were greeted warmly upon our arrival by Pieter and Angela and experienced the same treatment throughout our entire stay. It truly made for a very memorable experience and a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary. We will definitely come back for another stay in the future.
Thank YOU Leanne! we had an amazing time and I will visit your site today and give a rave review. Pieter and Angela couldn’t have been nicer and were so helpful, recommending tasting rooms, wineries and restaurants. We had the best time!
Please send my sincere thanks to Cindy!
Lucy and Nick
Angela and Pieter,
Nick and I would like to thank you for your hospitality. We have had a fantastic stay here with you both. You have a beautiful home with some lovely horses, one of which Nick is eternally grateful you allowed him to ride, he absolutely loved him.
We would love to stay with you again. Please keep in touch, you have been wonderful hosts.
We had a great time. Thank you for all you did to make our stay enjoyable.
Walt and Eileen Patterson
Thanks for the kind words and for connecting us with Angela and Pieter at Friesian Farm. We had a great & relaxing weekend, it really could not have been any better.