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
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.3

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! :)


A delightful escape

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!


Great way to relax for a day or weeks

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

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your nice comment, we are happy you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again.


Weekend at Secret Garden Inn

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.

Innkeeper Response
We are glad you liked your stay at the Secret Garden.


Our favorite getaway spot

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.


Long New Years Weekend visit

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.


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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