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Secret Garden Inn and Cottages

Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA (Show map)
354 Reviews
$135 - $275
per night

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The Secret Garden is one of Santa Barbara's oldest inns, formerly called the Blue Quail. The inn consists of a main house and four cottages set in a lush jasmine, Jacaranda and camellia filled garden. The intertwined branches of the Persimmon, Avocado and Pecan trees combined with the high hedges and private lawns add to the secrecy of the garden while Hummingbirds, blue jays and trickle of fountains add peace and tranquillity. All eleven rooms have private bathrooms and four of the suites have a private outdoor Hot Tub.

Rooms & Rates

Bob White

White covered feather comforter and furnishings in soft greens characterize this room. The spacious bathroom with an old claw foot tub overlooks the back garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $121-$135


Handsomely decorated in forest green paisley with cranberry accents. This cottage room consists of a sitting room with TV DVD, separate bedroom and a shared veranda overlooking the back gardens.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $160-$175

Garden Room

A very light and airy room painted soft blue with hardwood floors. TV. French doors open on to its own private garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $160-$175


Decorated in light shades of green, this room has a queen size bed, and a love seat overlooking the private deck and hot tub. The bathroom has an old clawfoot tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $198-$220


Intimate room with old rose and green furnishings. Refrigerator, private deck with hot tub. LCD TV DVD. Spacious bathroom with an old clawfoot tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $160-$175


This delightfully sunny room has a bay window with a seat overlooking the garden. Private bath with tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $121-$135


Enter from a veranda which ovewrlooks the garden. A sunny room decorated in yellow. LCD TV DVD. Private bathroom with clawfoot tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen



Elegant two room suite with hard wood floors. Gas fireplace in the bedroom. TV DVD and refrigerator in the sitting room. Private bath and shower. Private patio with an spacious outdoor hot tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $231-$255


Cozy room with built in bookshelves and charming bay window seat overlooking the front gardens. Hardwood floors and a private redwood deck with an outdoor hot tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen



Overlooks side garden and lawn. Decorated in peach and beige colors, this cottage has an additional twin bed and a sitting room with TV DVD and A/C. Woodburning stove. The spacious bathroom has an old clawfoot tub and a refrigerator.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin



A charming room overlooking the back garden, decorated in light pink and florals with roses, TV, A/C, sitting area with a day bed . Private bath with an old clawfoot tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Yellow house

A large 2 bedroom house, sleeps 4. Fireplace , TV DVD in sitting room, dining room, equipped kitchen with breakfast nook, washer dryer, A/C, private deck and hot tub, garden with fruit trees.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double


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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Dining4.3

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354 Reviews

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Wedding weekend

5 on August 27, 2014

Dominique and her staff were very pleasant and accomodating without being over bearing, pretentious or intrusive. The overall ambiance was 'nice and easy'. If we are ever in the area again we would give her a call.

Great Time!

5 on August 25, 2014

Great experience for anyone looking for a quiet, secluded stay within walking distance to downtown restaurants!

Wonderful gem in Santa Barbara

4.2 on August 25, 2014

A great place to stay when in Santa Barbara. A short walk to restaurants.

Amazing home in Santa Barbara

5 on August 18, 2014

What a beautiful house, it makes you feel at home! Nice atmosphere, fresh decoration, pastries or something sweet homemade at the kitchen whenever you want, with a open patio for breakfast was perfect. And Dominique, the owner, was such an incredible and helpful woman, giving us all the info we need to have a fantastic day there. We wish to come back tomorrow!

Beautiful B&B with great service

4.6 on August 18, 2014

The Secret Garden Inn is located in a residential area of Santa Barbara with quiet and pleasant surroundings. It is a short (20 minute) walk to the historical Mission in one direction, and a half hour walk to the downtown area in the other; of course one can also just call a cab. It is thus very convenient for those needing some R&R but do not want to stray too far from civilisation. Our party of three adults and a baby fit comfortably into one of the larger cottages. The cooler evenings of the Californian central coast, even in summer, makes the hot tub a wonderful addition. The only thing we did not expect was that the pull-out bed for the third adult also functions as the hallway linking the main bedroom, the bathroom, and the patio with the hot tub. This caused some very minor inconvenience for us but should not trouble any guests with only two adults. The breakfast is as wonderful as advertised: the quiche is phenomenal. We also very much enjoyed the wine-and-cheese service in the afternoon and the availability of the hot drinks and brownies in the evening. The way the refreshments are set up really encourage guests to unwind a little and chat with each other, giving the place a rather unique atmosphere compared to other B&Bs.

Lovely secret that should be shared!

3.8 on August 16, 2014

We stayed here for one night and were very impressed. The place is super clean and very charming. The outside terrasse is beautiful and quiet, a great place to enjoy the lovely breakfast made by Dominique. Conveniently located and super easy street parking with no restrictions. Even the house cat was adorable. All in all, a great experience. Would recommend to everyone!

Beautiful setting

2.6 on August 08, 2014

On first impressions you are not impressed as rooms look a worn, but the ambience grows on you. Bathrooms need a bit of attention as I had to tighten the shower head as water was going everywhere.Bit expensive but perhaps that is what you pay in Santa Barbara

clean quiet place

3.4 on August 02, 2014

fairly close to downtown very clean and quiet. I would stay here again

The Secret Garden

5 on August 01, 2014

Cozy, Comfortable and Clean! A private, "homey" cottage in a residential neighborhood, yet close, (5-10 minutes) to the beach, stores and restaurants. I felt right at home both in my little cottage and in the patio garden while having a delicious homemade breakfast right from the kitchen. Service was non intrusive yet extremely friendly. Its own little parking lot - no struggling with luggage. Much, much better than the motel - hotel experience especially for the dollar value. if you are traveling to Santa Barbara, I highly recommend Dominique's Secret Garden as a place to relax in the evening and greet your morning.

A wonderful experience

4.2 on July 31, 2014

My daughter and I just spent six days at the Secret Garden, and I'm already feeling a little wistful remembering how much we enjoyed its peaceful atmosphere, and the friendly welcome from our hostess Mme Dominique Hannaux. As others have mentioned, she puts out a bountiful spread every morning, then at 5:00 pm there is wine and cheese, and later yet hot water for tea/herb tea, as well as brownies. Breakfast under the persimmon trees is delightful especially when her sweet cat Peanut comes to visit. Madame Hannaux was very helpful with restaurants suggestions, and possible excursions for us since we were car-less. Her clientele is international, during our stay there were guests from France, the UK, Norway, Canada. This added to the fun at breakfast time. Over all, a wonderful experience!

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Location Type



Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) 8 Miles miles

Directions to property:

Take 101 South, then Mission street exit, turn left onto Mission, travel one block and turn right onto Castillo street, travel one block and turn left onto Pedregosa street, travel one block and turn left onto Bath street, The Inn is on your right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Historical interests, Museum, Nature area, 1/2 mile from Santa Barbara Mission, Picnic area, Religious Services, Rodeo, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Billiards, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental

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  • Check In:: 3:00
  • Check Out:: 12noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited Restricted to cottages with private garden or deck

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends only
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night
  • Cancellations: 7 Days or more prior to arrival and $25 cancellation fee otherwise



Dominique HANNAUX

Languages spoken

English, French, Spanish

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  • Time Served: 8.30-10.00
  • Serving Location: In-room/Garden, Breakfast/dining room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Artichoke and pesto casserole
Delicious light casserole with tomatoes, artichoke hearts, parmesan and mozarella cheese, pesto.

Details Diamond Collection

1908 Bath St , Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $100 gift card with a $350+ purchase