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.
4.6 on March 27, 2016
great breakfast, good location, beautiful garden for breakfast
4.6 on March 23, 2016
The host was very welcoming, the cottages very cozy. While the rooms are not the most contemporary spots in the area, they are proximate to many activities and Main street. The am food was absolutely amazing and the coffee was delicious!
5 on March 16, 2016
This is the second time my boyfriend and I have stayed here! We love it so much. The service is wonderful, it's a great touch that they serve wine and cheese, brownies in the evenings and a delicious breakfast in the morning. The private jacuzzi's are amazing! They welcome dogs which makes us very happy as well. We will definitely be back! :)
4.8 on March 13, 2016
The owner, Dominique, makes her guests feel welcome and valued, as evidenced by her gracious (and delicious) care! We were treated to wine and cheese in the afternoon, brownies in the evening, croissants and eggs in the morning, and delightful conversation when desired. The blue and yellow decor is charming - the cat, Peanuts, endearing; the garden relaxing -- We will return!
4.8 on March 10, 2016
I write many reviews and travel a lot. We came to The Secret Garden in Santa Barbara on a lark. Wow, were we impressed. We had the smallest room, Kingfisher, but it was more than adequate. Came with a completely private patio and hot tub. The owner, Dominique is a treasure. It's worth staying just for her croissants. Breakfast was much more then I expected, and all of it good. Wine and cheese in the late afternoon. Good conversation. Helpful restaurant suggestions. Oh, did I mention the grounds are beautiful? Come stay for a night or for much longer, you will love it. mfp21
Thank you for your nice comment, we are happy you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again.
5 on March 02, 2016
Inn keeper is especially nice and accommodating. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday was delicious. Outdoor patio seating is very nice.
We are glad you liked your stay at the Secret Garden.
5 on February 14, 2016
We've come back to the Secret Garden to celebrate romantic holidays and just for a weekend getaway when we can. Dominique always makes sure our needs are met. I'm sure we'll be back again.
4.2 on January 07, 2016
Lovely, quiet and cozy cottage. Enjoyed our room, hot tub on the patio, breakfast, and late afternoon wine. Restful stay and great coffee joint around the corner. Would stay here again if we get back to Santa Barbara.
4.8 on December 30, 2015
What can we say? Dominique is amazing: the perfect host! She is kind, funny, welcoming and effortlessly sets the energy of her space! In addition, we were greeted by a cozy room, delicious breakfast (and wine/hors d'oeuvres), and a quiet, relaxing ambiance. We came to Secret Garden Inn and Cottages for a couple days over the Christmas holiday, and could not have asked for a better experience. The best vacations feel like you are getting away, yet, at one in the same time, feel at home. We'll be back!
5 on December 18, 2015
Secret Garden was delightful! I came to get away from L.A. for a couple of days. The rooms are quaint and cozy. The service is lovely. Dominique was a wonderful hostess.
This elegant two-room suite features beautiful hardwood floors, richly decorated with autumnal greens, rust, and cranberry. There is a sofa-bed, refrigerator, and TV with DVD player in the sitting room. The spacious bedroom has a gas burning fireplace and a window overlooking the front garden. A private patio is in the back with a secluded hot tub.
A down comforter covering the queen bed and matching furnishings in soft greens characterize this room. Bobwhite has a private bathroom with a big window overlooking the back garden. It is very spacious with a claw-foot tub and shower.
Features a cast-iron queen bed and a day bed. Whippoorwill is decorated in English rose florals and overlooks the garden. A pink and green Indian carpet covers the hardwood floors. Private bath with a claw-foot tub and shower.
This intimate room has French doors, opening onto a private redwood deck with hot tub. It has a refrigerator and a spacious bathroom with a claw-foot tub and shower.
Your own 2 bedroom house with an equipped kitchen , deck and hot tub, patio, garden
Adjacent to Whippoorwill, this room is decorated in light, refreshing green and natural wood furniture. In addition to the queen bed, Hummingbird features a comfortable love-seat overlooking a very spacious private deck with hot tub. Bathroom with a clawfoot tub and shower.
Adjacent to Mockingbird, this suite is handsomely decorated in forest green paisley with cranberry accents. Cardinal features a queen bed, separate living room, and a verandah overlooking the garden. Private bathroom with tub and shower.
A private cottage overlooking the lawn and garden, with private hot tub and deck, a king bed in the bedroom, a day bed and sitting area with a TV with DVD player, and hardwood floors covered with Indian rugs in autumnal colors. The private bathroom has a claw-foot tub and shower.
Hardwood floors, skylights, and French doors leading to a large private garden make this room especially romantic. It is decorated in blue and white, with a queen bed and TV. A spacious Italian tiled bathroom has twin sinks and a bathtub with a shower.
Enter from the verandah which overlooks the garden into this sunny room. An oriental carpet covers the hardwood floors, and the bathroom has an old claw-foot tub and shower.
Adjacent to Nightingale, this cozy room has built-in book shelves, queen bed and charming bay window overlooking the front garden. Hardwood floors, bright rugs and a spacious hallway entrance, which opens onto a private redwood deck with hot tub provide a romantic setting. The bathroom has a tub with shower.
Deep blue and fresh floral fabrics decorate this delightfully sunny room. It features an antique white iron queen bed, a bay window with seat, and a private bath with tub and shower
Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) 8 Miles miles
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
Bed and Breakfast
Board games, CD player, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities
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
Billiards, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian
Artichoke and pesto casserole
Delicious light casserole with tomatoes, artichoke hearts, parmesan and mozarella cheese, pesto.
We offer you a free upgrade to a hot tub cottage,( limited to availability ) enjoy our full gourmet breakfast on your own deck. Please contact the inn directly at (805) 687-2300 to redeem this deal.