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Secret Garden Hideaway-Walk toTown, SB Mission

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Sep 15, 2016
3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, Sleeps 9--

**For many more reviews/guest comments, go to "About Wendy Rockwood" or "About the Manager" in the owner's information below.

Nestled on a quiet street, with off-street parking, this spacious (approx 2500 sq ft) custom Craftsman offers a true retreat feel, with being downtown.

An easy walk to the historic Mission of Santa Barbara and its beautiful lawn and rose garden. There is a coffee shop around the corner and several restaurants as well as McConnell's, Santa Barbara signature ice cream parlor just a few blocks away. Stroll downtown through residential neighborhoods. You also have easy access to Arroyo Burro beach, the best beach with free parking, showers, and a great restaurant to go for happy hour and the sunset. It is a an easy few minute, straight shot drive.

Spacious accommodations with luxurious bedding and a remodeled kitchen make for a pristine experience with all the comforts of home. Secret Garden is unique in that it is a full three bedroom/three full bath home. Each bedroom is very private from the other with its own bath and cable TV, giving everyone a place to retreat to during the stay.

The (King Bed) Master is luxurious. It features, views of the garden, walk in closet and a custom tiled, in-suite bath with double vanity with seating, separate shower and jacuzzi tub. The upstairs Queen Bed suite features its own, private full bath and a lovely balcony area. The third Queen bedroom also has lovely windows, great space and a desk (as all bedrooms also feature). The front sun porch has a door so it also doubles as a fourth bedroom with a Twin hide-abed in the comfy couch/chair. The Queen sofa bed in the living room gives additional sleeping area. All bedrooms have their own TV with cable. Keep connected with included wireless wifi network.

This the perfect place for a group of nine or a romantic retreat for two or three couples.

The living room is huge with great seating for all to enjoy the 46 inch large screen HDTV. Access your Netflix, and enjoy a movie together. If there is a musician in the group maybe they can provide something fun on included piano. A fireplace and game table complete the atmosphere. A lovely large wood chess set, is out on the game table or bring out other board games, cards or puzzles, for downtime while hanging at the house.

Separate dining room with seating for 8. It has a lovely bay window and is just off the kitchen and living room. A great place to spend time together sharing a meal.

Walking through to back of the house you can shut the doors on the group in in the living/dining area and enjoy a chef's dream kitchen. Plenty of counters, pull outs in all cabinets and everything you need to whip up a lovely meal. Those that want to visit or help can utilize the seating area in the kitchen. Or they may pull up to the breakfast bar and give a helping hand to preparations. Open the french doors to the back yard and enjoy the view of the garden as you cook. The large french doors make bringing the meal outside easy. The patio and beautiful Santa Barbara weather is right there outside.

The Secret Garden backyard is the Crown to the house with its area for outdoor 'fresco' dining and barbecuing on the gas barbeque. Take in the sun on the provided lounge chairs. Lovely wisteria arbor gives a great ambiance for sitting and watching all the local birds as they frequent the magical garden setting. You will not regret your time at Secret Garden. In fact you may be like others, and have difficulty leaving, hoping to return in the future.

More Details
  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Wendy and Chuck are longtime residents of Santa Barbara and Big Bear California. We are happy to share our love of these communities with guests. In fact, that is what makes being vacation rental owners of six properties and managing them ourselves so rewarding. We have made many happy memories in all of our properties (we have lived in each one of them) and can share all the special features and local ideas with guests.

We love gardening, biking, walks on the beach and spending time with our own family which includes three grown children and five grandchildren and a great granddaughter on the way!

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the manager

The house & surrounding gardens were above & beyond the typical vacation home we've rented previously. Every amenity was provided--including butterflies flitting among the many colorful flowers. It was such a pleasure to return to this peaceful & lovely oasis after a busy day of exploring the sights & attractions of the Santa Barbara area.
Jun 2014
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9 Reviews

4.9
based on 9 traveler reviews

5

Wonderful House and Location!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our large family...we loved the layout as we could all be together in the open common areas but retreat to our separate areas when necessary for the babies. The location was excellent, close enough to walk to State Street, but just a short Uber ride if we didin't want to walk. Was concerned at first about no a/c but it wasn't an issue at all. Was cool with the windows open and at night had to close some. The back yard was lovely and we enjoyed wine every night at the outdoor dining table while the babies played in the yard. Would highly recommend and would stay again!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good visit! It is the appreciation of guests like yourself that make all our efforts to provide quality vacation properties worthwhile! We are so happy to know families are able to make special memories in our homes and we are thankful when they share what they enjoyed. Please visit us again!
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Lovely getaway

  • 4 of 5

The house was comfortable for our family -- including two teenagers and a toddler. Everyone had ample space -- both for shared activities and individual relaxing. It was clean and well-stocked (with soaps, spices, etc.). Wendy was on top of every detail and provided great support throughout. It's a longer walk to downtown than we anticipated -- but certainly doable. And the location is generally convenient to getting around town (to the beach, freeway, etc.) quite easily. Recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect size with all the amenities!

  • 5 of 5

We traveled with a family of 6, all adults, the home had everything you needed, each bedroom had its own full bath, outdoor patio with seating for the entire family, off street parking, easy on and off the highway but very quiet, we would stay here again. We needed a cooler for the beach one day and it was delivered to our door within the hour, the owners responded immediately to our texts but never invaded our privacy. Having a washer and dryer on site was a plus. Santa Barbara is a remarkable destination and this home made it even better.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The house was very comfortable. The location was convenient, but a long walk from downtown. You might be worried looking at the map that there would be freeway noise. That is no problem at all however. It was very quiet.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great house for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Lilyhaven over Christmas to have a family reunion. The house was perfect for our needs, enough places that everyone could go to be separate from the group, as well as plenty of common areas to gather. The kitchen was our favorite gathering place with a good sized cooking area as well as a seating area. We walked to the Mission and the local coffee shop, as well as the playground at Oak Park. It was a great area for all of our various ages (2years to 63)

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The PERFECT place for our family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect find this was for our family vacation. Our adult children met us there...we had 8 adults and 1 child total. Everyone was happy with the home, the serene backyard (where we spent every morning and evening), and the location.

The home was clean and well-supplied with every amenity listed. The location had great access to the beach and to State Street. We'd definitely recommend it and would stay here again. The only thing that could have been improved was the pull-out sofa in the living room which wasn't comfortable.

We ate at several restaurants in the area, visited Stearns Warf, the Fish Market, and shopped on State Street.

The highlight of our trip was a family horseback ride at Vino Vaqueros Horseback Riding in Santa Ynez. Jaye is the owner of Vino Vaqueros and her service is incredible, you'll be glad you went. Also did wine tastings at Sunstone and Zaca Mesa. We preferred the service and pricing at Zaca Mesa...their Syrah (which they're know for) has been served at White House State Dinners.

A close second on the trip highlights (for our family) was McConnell's Ice Cream. It's just a few short blocks away and we had ice cream four of the six nights we were there. See why it's number two on the highlight list! :-)

Bottom line...if you're going to Santa Barbara, we'd definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

We lovingly restored this 100 year old Grand Dame of a Craftsman style Bungalow to provide for current day amenities. All the while we maintained the overall decor so it is hard to see where the old ends and new begins. 'Lilyhaven' or 'Secret Garden Hideaway' as it has come to be known is truly that, a secret garden treasure in a downtown location. It is amazing how many birds inhabit the yard and the beautiful garden giving this property an outdoor presence in addition to its spectacular indoor rooms.

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

Other Activities: Wine Tasting & Whale Watching

Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$289
From
$499
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,299
 
 
Winter
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
$280
From
$499
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,900
$6,500
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
$529
$2,599
$6,800
 
 
Winter
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
$280
From
$499
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,900
$6,500
 
 
Holidays
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
$529
$2,599
$6,800
 
 
Winter
Jan 8 2017 - Mar 15 2017
30 night minimum stay
$6,500
 
 
Spring
Mar 16 2017 - May 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
$6,900
 
 
Summer
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
30 night minimum stay
$10,000
 
 
Fall
Oct 1 2017 - May 31 2018
30 night minimum stay
$6,900
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$499
$2,399
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $225
SB Tourism $2. a day $2
Tax Rate 12.0%

Weekends 3 night min and at the higher weekend rate We do not split the weekend so if you take two the third is at the weekend rate.
In Summer 5 nights get the benefit of the weekly price.
Monthly price is for 4- 6 month min. Inquire about higher price for 1-3 monthly stays.

All rates are subject to change. Check with owner to confirm prices.


Refundable Security Deposit varies

Inquire about monthly rates during the winter months. Summer weekly is the minimum rate.

July and August have a five night minimum which gets the benefit of the weekly rate.

HOLIDAYS HAVE HIGHER RATES AND LONGER MINIMUM STAYS.

All booking transactions outside the U.S. must be on a credit card.

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Amenities

From the Owner

Tall ceilings and large rooms there is space for everyone. Each bedroom is very private from the others and has it's own bathroom. This make family gatherings easier as everyone can retreat to their own privacy should they want some space from group events. The large living room and outdoor and indoor dining areas as well as the kitchen truly add that spacious feel. Work at the kitchen sink and take in the garden through the french doors opening on the scenic backyard. With having a direct relationship with the owner/manager you will deal with one person from your booking to any necessary details during your stay.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Family
  • Romantic

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean

Attractions

  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 2500 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, jetted tub, double basin & vanity seating area
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • All bathrooms have beautiful custom tile work.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, Garden Views & large bath
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, Upstairs with balcony & mountain/garden views
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, Large windows & privacy
  • Additional sun porch sleeping area - 1 twin/ single, Does have a door to separate the rroom
  • Living room - 1 queen, Doors to living area separate the space area
  • The 3 bedrooms are all very private from each other. Master has large bathroom with 2 sinks, vanity & jacuzzi tub. Upstairs bedroom is a private suite with its own full bathroom & balcony seating area. Bedroom 3 is very private & has a full bathroom outside it's door. Each room is equipped with its own cable TV. Additional sleeping areas include queen pull out sofa bed in living room and twin pull out bed in front sun room. The sun room provides privacy with closeable french doors.

Outside

  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

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