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Secret Garden Inn and Cottages

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

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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.



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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.3

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Going back the next time we travel to Santa Barbara!

5 on July 01, 2015

Quiet and off the beaten track of downtown S.B. You can walk around the neighborhood or walk to downtown. The breakfasts were delicious!


3.4 on June 27, 2015

The substitute hosts, Ron and Linda, exceeded my expectations! The location of the Inn, and finding it were challenging for a visitor to Santa Barbara. But once found meet Mt expectations, and in some areas exceeded them. The hosts were gracious, and very attentive. The breakfast camaraderie with the other guests was appreciated, and special!

Wonderful Stay, Charming B&B!!

5 on June 11, 2015

We stayed one night May 26th in the main guest house. Our room was clean, comfortable and cozy. The Innkeeper Dominique was very helpful and hospitable, the breakfast she served was a generous portion and was phenomenally good. We were fortunate to have been the only ones there because it was just after the Memorial Day holiday and everyone had checked out. Parking situation can be a little tricky but we were able to find a spot in the back of the property so we moved our car from street parking to the back the next morning. The property is situated in a great location, close to everything that there is to see and do in downtown Santa Barbara. We would definitely stay again, even Peanut the house cat was sweet and a nice addition reminding us of our cats we left behind at home. Our only regret is that we wish we could have stayed longer. Can't wait to go back and if we do we will definitely stay here again!! Book your reservation with no hesitation. Dominique will take good care of you and make you feel right at home.

Innkeeper Response
We are glad you appreciated your stay, we hope to see you again.

Comfortable, quiet, and great food

4.4 on June 07, 2015

We stayed in the Kingfisher room for a couple of days. While it's a small room (queen size bed and a table and chair, plus bathroom), the stay was very enjoyable. It's a nice quiet environment, delicious breakfast, wine & cheese at 5 pm, then brownies at 7 pm. The hot tub really made the experience. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Secret Garden.


5 on May 05, 2015

I've never stayed at a B&B before and this was an excellent first experience. Both Dominique and her daughter were wonderful and welcoming and made sure I had any comfort I required. The Cardinal Room where I stayed was spacious and quiet, and the room and bathroom were clean. There were even some lovely French toiletries in the bathroom. There was plenty of bottled water and other beverages in the refrigerator and yummy desserts in the evening. Breakfast was delightful, my favorite being the scones. Also, when I accidentally left something behind, Dominique called me on my cell to let me know. Would definitely stay here again!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay, we hope to see you again.

We would stay here again

3.8 on April 15, 2015

The room was basic, but the food was great

Retreat in Santa Barbara

5 on April 15, 2015

Beautiful retreat hidden in Santa Barbara. Our room was very cozy and comfortable. Loved our private outdoor sauna, enjoyed soaking in the hot tub in the gorgeous setting. Breakfast was excellent! Definitely will be returning

beautiful first stay in Santa Barbara

4.8 on March 24, 2015

We loved the privacy of each unique cottage. The evening brownies and chocolates along with hot cider was perfect after a day in town. Then the fresh baked breakfast was a tasty send off for the rest of our stay in Santa Barbara. We would come back again.

Barb's Birthday

5 on February 27, 2015

Nice peace gardens and helpful staff.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review,

All the Comforts of Home

5 on February 07, 2015

We felt very much at home at this B&B. The owner and staff were friendly and the food was excellent. Our room had a small sitting room which was nice. The bed was very comfortable.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Come back soon.

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Rooms & Rates


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


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


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


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

The Yellow House

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

  • Maximum Capacity: 5


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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Location Type



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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  • 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



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.


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

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