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Pete’s Cottage

Sleeps 3 | 600 sq ft

Pete’s Cottage features a private deck with scenic views of our golf course. There is a king bed with a double fold-out sleeper sofa in the spacious living room. And, the front porch and back patio make lovely places to relax and enjoy the outdoors. This cottage is named after Charles Pete Jackson, the original owner whose favorite place to stay was in this room. 


Born in 1898, Charles H. “Pete” Jackson Jr. grew up in New York, a member of a well-to-do family. He was the grand-nephew of U.S. President Chester A. Arthur; his father was Chief Examinerfor the New York State Civil Service Commission. Pete entered the University of California, attending a satellite campus in Davis which specialized in agriculture and veterinary medicine, with national acclaim for its livestock expertise.  After graduation, Pete Jackson started out in banking in Santa Barbara, where he met his future wife, Ann Gavit, and married in 1926.

Pete and Ann bought the 237-acre Rancho San Carlos in Montecito, building a home and equestrian center with covered arenas, practice track, and a polo field (where Lindberg even landed his plane!).  They bred and trained polo ponies, played on polo teams, and were founding members of the Santa Barbara Polo Club.

In 1939, Pete bought an 80,000 acre ranch in Nevada— launching his career as a rancher. He modernized the ranch which raised over 5,000 beef cattle.  In 1943, Pete and Ann acquired Alisal Ranch,  known for its racing horses, and also for its tradition of purebred cattle. Pete and Ann were also drawn to the extraordinary beauty and acres of undisturbed nature at Alisal. Pete’s ranch manager convinced him to open a portion of the remarkable property for discriminating guests to enjoy.

A down-to-earth  businessman (with a lot of “horse sense”) Pete was a generous philanthropist in his industry, county, and community. Pete was also a private person. He preferred to stay out of the way when he was at Alisal, leaving it in the capable hands of his staff, and instead, would take a quiet cottage on the outer edge of the property, where he could soak in the spectacular natural beauty of Alisal.

Welcome to Pete’s Cottage; this was his favorite place of private refuge.

Room Details

  • 600 sq. ft.
  • Spacious sitting room
  • 1 king bed, 1 queen sleeper sofa
  • 1 full bathroom
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Fully furnished, private patio
  • Private parking
  • Maximum occupancy: 3

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At Alisal Ranch, we believe that true hospitality comes straight from the heart— and want you to feel a warm welcome throughout your stay. Our serene Western-style accommodations offer casual and comfortable luxury, designed to help you unwind and relax.

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