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.
4.8 on November 21, 2014
Wonderful experience. Staff was kind and attentive. Easy check in and out. We had everything we needed. I would recommend this B&B and would stay there again. Thank you!
3.8 on November 05, 2014
My girlfriend and I decided to try a weekend getaway in Santa Barbra for our 1-year anniversary. We found the Secret Garden Inn and chose it for our place to stay. It was very nice, cozy homelike atmosphere with a friendly helpful staff. We enjoyed meeting the other guests and chatting with them during the collective morning breakfasts. The breakfasts were delicious, French cuisine that exceeded our expectations. The 5:00 wine and cheese hour was wonderful as well with a nice patio to enjoy the treats with a scenic, quaint backyard view. The room was spartan (ours was called the "Garden Room" I believe, and others I imagine are different), clean and comfortable. My only real complaint is there was no refrigerator in the room and the ones in the main area were completely full. It made it so we chose not to visit the farmer's market we were interested in since we had no way to keep any produce or other food fresh and no way to keep ice or take leftovers from a dinner for a midnight snack. I think the patrons of Secret Garden Inn would do well to invest $50-75 on a dorm-sized fridge for the room we and any other that doesn't have one. Otherwise, a great place to stay when visiting Santa Barbara.
5 on October 23, 2014
It was a pleasure staying as a guest of Mme. Hannaux (Dominique) in Santa Barbara. The bed was extremely comfortable, the bathroom (including a claw-foot tub) was clean, modern and accommodating, the full breakfast (fresh quiche every morning with fruit and artisan breads & croissants) was consciously prepared and served every morning. Friendly cat, fresh-baked brownies at the end of the day, gorgeous patio on which to enjoy meals under a huge, spreading persimmon tree, gracious hostess. Like being in a French country cottage. Definitely will return.
3.8 on October 16, 2014
Had a wonderful stay here - enjoyed a nice quiet room in the main house, loved the extras of cheese and wine in the evening, with brownies and tea at night. The courtyard garden was a wonderful place to enjoy breakfast with a view of the mountains in the distance.
4.8 on October 14, 2014
We really enjoyed our weekend stay at Secret Garden. Rooms were clean and cozy, albeit quaint, and the hot tub was truly private and a great way to relax at the end of a day. The location is centrally located within easy distance of state street and the mission. Both Dominique and the innkeeper were warm and welcoming and we enjoyed the little touches like fresh brownies in the evening and freshly baked persimmon bread with breakfast
4.6 on October 06, 2014
What a delight. Our room was very private. Enjoyed the front porch and the wonderfully secluded and well-kept outside breakfast area. Our hostess Dominique was fantastic!
5 on October 02, 2014
We arrived after Dominique closed the office, but the key and instructions were ready for us to pick up in the prearranged spot. We wandered along a brick pathway to the rear of the main house, and through a well-lit patio area to our little yellow cottage, where the lamp was on, welcoming us in. The cottage was one of four that flank the patio area. The Whippoorwill Room was immaculate and homey. Breakfast of fresh fruit; made-to-order omelets; and a crunchy baguette or croissants, served with fresh butter and French jams, was out under the fruit-laden persimmon tree. It was absolutely lovely, with attentive service from Dominique.
3.4 on September 22, 2014
Secluded setting in a residential area. Santa Barbara is small so getting downtown was no problem.Lovely patio and cottages with seating areas. Wine and snacks served in the afternoon and breakfast was served outside on the patio.The rooms are older but spotlessly clean and have comfortable beds.Not for those seeking sleek and modern.
4.8 on September 16, 2014
Our stay at the Secret Garden Inn and Cottages was brief but wonderful! The staff was very friendly and inviting. We enjoyed the wine and cheese in the evening and the quiche at breakfast was fantastic! Our room was clean, the bed comfortable, and the hot tub was an added benefit. I would highly recommend the Secret Garden.
5 on September 15, 2014
Secret Garden is my very favorite Bed and Breakfast. It is beautiful, quiet and so peaceful. My own private Jacuzzi surrounded by trees, flowers, birds singing and stars to watch at night is such a wonderful gift. The other touches of lovely wine and cheeses in late afternoon and brownies and tea before bed and not to mention the amazing breakfast. The owner Dominique is French and so kind and gracious she adds to the total experience. She has heavenly French soups to take home form gifts too. I absolutely love the Secret Garden.
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.