Secret Garden Inn and Cottages

1908 Bath St , Santa Barbara, CA 93101 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 hedges and private spaces 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

A touch of France in the US

5 on September 03, 2017

When we visit Santa Barbara we always stay at Dominique's secret garden . We love the touch of France , the cosiness and the great hospitality of Dominique and her team ( Inc peanut the cat ) . Mark&Elise

Lovely B & B

4.0 on August 31, 2017

Perfect! Great food and hospitality! Mattress too soft but otherwise lively! Would stay again

Very nice house

3.8 on June 26, 2017

Excellent breakfast.

Charming Hideout

4.6 on May 02, 2017

We just stayed at this little INN for 2 nights and were happy we did't need a car to get to the busier area of Santa Barbara (downtown). A very good night quiet sleep followed by great freshly prepared breakfast in the morning in this beautiful garden. The room had a small aircon unit attached to the window. Dominique was very welcoming and it was a pleasure to have met and have a chat with her about France, Europe and the living in California. We would always return to the Secret Garden, however next time we would probably try to get a cottage - nothing wrong with the room in the main building but prefer more space.

Lovely French themed B&B

4.4 on April 19, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed one night at this pretty B&B. Dominique made us feel very welcome and her French influence on the property, garden and food were very evident and delightful. We will definitely stay again if we are visiting the area. Mike &Karen Collins England

Un des meilleurs endroits pour la tranquillité et la détente à santa barbara

5 on April 18, 2017

I came to Santa Barbara for a much needed relaxation and detoxification and I'm very happy that I choose to stay at The Secret Garden Inn. The place is clean, very homey and is very relaxing. The inn keeper, Dominique, is a very kind and sweet lady. Her breakfast (especially her quiche and orange pound cake) is to die for. The rooms are serene, spacious land very nicely decorated. I also love the fact that there is a private garage and a roaming guard at night to make sure that the property is safe. Would also recommend getting the in house massage service. Would definitely come back. perfect for families with pets, young and old couples and for someone who wants to have mini vacation or a break from the busy city life. The Secret Garden Inn is... ¿¿ Near DowntownSanta Barbara ¿¿ Walking distance to almost Everything. ¿¿has a very sweet and helpful inn keeper ¿¿ delicious breakfast and late night snack made by Dominique, the inn keeper ¿¿quiet ¿¿has a tranquil and relaxing garden ¿¿has a inhouse massage service ¿¿have a roaming night guard

We have been going here for over ten years !

5 on April 11, 2017

We went here do our eight year anniversary celebration. We have an amazing time , we love the quint little cottages , and the home made breakfast and the brownies in the evening . It was a very relaxing and quiet weekend for us . We have been coming here for over ten years it's the only place we stay when we come to Santa Barbara . It's close to many good restaurants and even walking distance to our favorite ice cream shop. Thanks secret garden for providing us with many memories and more to come ¿¿

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your loyalty. We are glad you enjoy the Secret Garden.

- Dominique (innkeeper)

The Secret Garden is a real treasure

4.6 on April 05, 2017

This B and B is located in a very convenient and quiet location not far from State Street and shops and restaurants. The cottages are delightful, and the proprietress, Dominic, is attentive, friendly and a great cook. There is good parking in the back and a wonderful breakfast to awaken to. We have stayed at the Secret Garden many times over the years and highly recommend others do too.

Not pleased with the Hummingbird Cottage

4.0 on April 03, 2017

The Inn was great except for the cottage we had. The Hummingbird Cottage is isolated in the back of the property overlooking an alley and a parking lot. It has no garden sitting area. There was a domestic dispute across the alley from us while we were there which was quite disturbing. I highly recommend staying in a cottage other than the Hummingbird.

Great experience. Loved hot drinks and brownies. Breakfast was delicious.

4.8 on March 16, 2017

Great experience. Nothing to complain about. Relaxed atmosphere with beautiful gardens.

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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. Rates: $275 for 2 persons, $30 extra person

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

Nightly Rate: $220 - $275


Enter from the verandah which overlooks the garden into this sunny room with A/C. An oriental carpet covers the hardwood floors, and the bathroom has an old claw-foot tub and shower. Rates: $165

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

Nightly Rate: $132 - $180


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. A/C. Private bath with a claw-foot tub and shower. Rates: $165

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

Nightly Rate: $132 - $180


Adjacent to Mockingbird, this suite is handsomely decorated in forest green with cranberry accents. Cardinal features a queen bed, separate living room, and a verandah overlooking the garden, A/C. Private bathroom with tub and shower. Rates: $190

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

Nightly Rate: $144 - $195


An antique print comforter covering the queen bed and matching furnishings in soft greens characterize this room. Private bathroom with a big window overlooking the back garden. A/C It is very spacious with a claw-foot tub and shower. Rates: $165. Not appropriate for persons allergic to cats

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

Nightly Rate: $132 - $180

Yellow House

A 2 bedroom house with A/C, equipped kitchen , washer, dryer, hot tub on a deck, fireplace, TV DVD, internet access in an enclosed yard. Rented $ 375 as part of the B&B or as a vacation rental for longer stays.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $350 - $450

Wood Thrush

A private cottage overlooking the lawn and garden, with private hot tub and deck, a king bed in the bedroom, a twin bed and sitting area with a TV with DVD player, A/C and hardwood floors covered wit Indian rugs in autumnal colors. The private bathroom has a claw-foot tub and shower. Rates: $275 for 2 persons, $ 30 extra person.

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

Nightly Rate: $220 - $275


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. Rates: $190

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

Nightly Rate: $144 - $195


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 spacious bathroom has a tub with shower. Rates: $235

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

Nightly Rate: $188 - $235


Light 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. A/C. Rates: $165. Not appropriate for persons allergic to cats.

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

Nightly Rate: $132 - $180


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/C. A spacious Italian tiled bathroom has twin sinks and a bathtub with a shower. Rates: $190

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

Nightly Rate: $144 - $195


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. A/C. Bathroom with a clawfoot tub and shower. Rates: $235

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

Nightly Rate: $188 - $235

Check Dates


Location Type



Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) 8 Miles miles

Directions to property:

From 101 north, take Mission st exit, turn left, travel 3 blocks to Sheridan alley, our parking is the last one on the right hand side From 101 south, take Arrellaga st exit, go 2 blocks, turn left into Bath st, we are on the right hand side

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, 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


On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, 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

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3:00
  • Check Out:: 12:00
  • 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



Dominique HANNAUX

Languages spoken

English, French, Spanish

Resident Pets


Check Dates




  • Time Served: 8.30-10.00
  • Serving Location: Outside patio, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Broccoli crustless quiche
Delicious light and healthy non gluten quiche