Secret Garden Inn and Cottages

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

About

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.

Reviews

Overall
4.2

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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Love Secret Garden

3.8 on July 27, 2016

WE love this oasis from the crowds with one of the best breakfasts anywhere


50th Anniversary trip

4.6 on June 28, 2016

Great breakfast and hospitality. Room was fine but Santa Barbara expensive


Amazing B&B

5 on June 03, 2016

This is an amazing place to stay. We are going to make this place out new tradition every year. The place was serene and a great get-away. French cuisine was prepared every morning which we ate in the courtyard behind the main house. Wine and cheese is served on Friday and Saturday nights. It was a great way to get to know our neighbors. Dominique is very sweet and does an amazing job making sure her guests have everything they need. We stayed in the hummingbird and it had a private hot tub. Love everything about this place!


Great experience

5 on May 29, 2016

We had a great experience in our private cottage and garden.


Don't miss the wonderful baked bread at the Secret Garden Inn

5 on May 23, 2016

We are very familiar with Santa Barbara and having the Secret Garden as a quiet retreat was perfect while we visited our son for a few days. Dominique was hospitable in every way and has created a little oasis off the busy street where all is tranquil and one can sit on the porch or out at a little table and read and talk under the dappled sunlight under the trees. In the morning she greeted us with a smile and coffee and tea in her welcoming kitchen and made us the best omelet and quiche breakfasts and oh my, the breads baked by her daughter were out of this world! We stayed two nights and would have happily spent more nights in the comfy cottages with the bright colors, a good bed and nice linens. Other details we appreciated: the shower worked very well, and our internet too. We will definitely come back the next time we are in Santa Barbara.


Absolutely charming and wonderful place to stay!

5 on May 16, 2016

Dominique, the innkeeper who is French, is so personable, charming and nice. She prepares fabulous breakfasts, wine and snacks at 5:00 and brownies and goodies with hot cider in the evening. Eating in her outside garden is wonderful! Our cottage, the Wood Thrush, was so comfortable and we were able to enjoy a warm fire in the wood-burning stove one evening when it was quite cool! Will definitely stay here again!


Truly enjoyable place!

4.6 on May 11, 2016

We had a really great stay at the Secret Garden! The cottage was very clean, super cute, cozy, comfortable - wouldn't wish for more. The host, Madam Dominique, is very hospitable and kind - we are certainly coming back again!


Our little secret gem

4.6 on March 27, 2016

great breakfast, good location, beautiful garden for breakfast


Great little spot in Santa Barbara

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!


Love it here!

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! :)


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Rooms & Rates

Nightingale

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Bobwhite

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.

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

Whippoorwill

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.

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

Kingfisher

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

The Yellow House

Your own 2 bedroom house with an equipped kitchen , deck and hot tub, patio, garden

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Hummingbird

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.

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

Cardinal

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.

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

Wood Thrush

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.

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

Garden

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.

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

Mockingbird

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Oriole

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.

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

Meadowlark

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

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

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Location

Location Type

Downtown

Airport

Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) 8 Miles miles

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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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00
  • Check Out:: 12noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: Limited With adavnce notice
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Restricted to cottages with private garden or deck
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends only
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night
  • Cancellations: 7 Days or more prior to arrival and $25 cancellation fee otherwise

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Dominique HANNAUX

Languages spoken

English, French, Spanish

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

Broccoli crustless quiche
Delicious light and healthy non gluten quiche