Award-Winning Secret Garden Hideaway--Space and Privacy in Downtown
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
DownTown house description
Nestled on a quiet street, this custom Craftsman offers a true retreat feel, with being downtown. Five minutes to the beach & ten blocks to downtown, you can walk or bus anywhere. Spacious accommodation with luxurious bedding and a remodeled kitchen make for a pristine experience with all the comforts of home.
Additionally there is a private outdoor area for 'fresco' dining and barbecuing or just taking in the sun. The living room boasts plenty of comfortable seating as well as a 46' large screen HDTV, wireless internet, solid pine floors, and a cozy fireplace to provide a wonderful ambiance. The large living room make this the perfect place for a group of nine or a romantic retreat for a couples. Three bedrooms, one with king bed, the others with queen beds complete with luxury bedding and down comforters. Set in its own garden setting this private home has off-street parking and its own private fenced yard. Relax under the flowering trees and take in the wonderful California weather
There is additional sleeping with a queen sofa bed in the living room, and a twin chair pull out in the front sun room. There is dining for nine, and one of the areas also serves as a game room/card table.
For Our Weekly Guests: For the adventurous, two beach cruiser bicycles are provided for an arranged three hour time for you to explore town or the beaches--only minutes away! Have great fun on the many bike paths.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
- 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....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- All bathrooms have beautiful custom tile work.
- Satellite / Cable:
- Game Room
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Winery Tours
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Coin Laundry
- Scenic Drives
- Whale Watching
- Paddle Boating
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
local services and businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Near The Ocean
sports and adventure activities
- Surf Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Mountain Biking
- Roller Blading
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
forms of payment
- Accept Credit Card
- Wood Fireplace
- Living Area
- Iron & Board
- Wireless Internet:
- Parking Off Street
- Activities Guide
- Ceiling Fans
- Filtered Water
- Hair Dryer
- Local Activities Guide
- Paper Towels
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Toilet Paper
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Grinder
- Ice Maker
- Pantry Items
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Outdoor Entertainment Area
- Beach Towels
- Beach Chairs
- Large Cooler
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Lawn / Garden
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Secluded and Magical Back YardGuest comment entered by manager
Secluded and Magical Back Yard
Your house was an amazing home for us during my son's wedding week! It was absolutely beautiful, the gardens were glorious, the back yard secluded and magical. The children had a safe place to play and loved being there. We all enjoyed our stay and frankly had a hard time leaving. What a memorable time. Thanks for working with us! My room upstairs was perfect to retreat to and filled with lovely light, and the balcony was stunning, what a view! Thanks again Wendy. I hope to rent "Secret Garden" again sometime.
- Guest Cindy H. B., Ann Arbor, MI
- Date of stay 07/01/13
- Review Submitted 07/08/13
Ideal Location; Perfect Set-UpGuest comment entered by manager
Ideal Location; Perfect Set-Up
The house was terrific for our family stay. It had everything we needed and was set up perfectly for our configuration - 3 groups of 2 adults and 2 young children who slept on the pullout couch. And the kitchen was a great place for us all to get together and nibble and talk. We even spent the evenings outside under the trellis around the table. Everything worked and there was enough hot water for us all to take showers before we went to my brother's wedding, something we all commented on. And the location was ideal, perfect for a quick trip to Hendry's for breakfast and a walk along the beach, a dinner on the wharf or up to State street for a stroll. Thanks again for the use of the house. Best regards.
- Guest David F., Albuquerque, NM
- Date of stay 04/14/13
- Review Submitted 04/17/13
Private & ComfortableGuest comment entered by manager
Private & Comfortable
Wendy, We had a marvelous time at the Secret Garden Hideaway. Loved that the bedrooms and bathrooms were so private. Very comfortable home with everything we needed. Thank you again! We had a fabulous time.
- Guest Debra M., Los Gatos, CA
- Date of stay 04/07/13
- Review Submitted 04/08/13
A Home Away From HomeGuest comment entered by manager
A Home Away From Home
My family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your property in Santa Barbara. We certainly would consider it if we ever returned to the area. I personally would not hesitate to recommend it to other freinds and family. The property was very well maintained and like a home from home. Our privacy was respected and on the one oportunity we had to meet the gentleman owner, it was certainly a pleasant experience. Josephine Sophie Nakato
- Guest Josephine N., UK
- Date of stay 03/27/13
- Review Submitted 04/08/13
Much Better than a Hotel!Guest comment entered by manager
Much Better than a Hotel!
What a wonderful, perfect spot for our Santa Barbara vacation weekend! We are a group of five friends who live all over the country who decided to come to Santa Barbara for a low-key girls' weekend/30th birthday celebration. The house was easy to find, spacious, and had everything and more than what we needed. We loved that we were able to cook in the kitchen, and with five women in the house, it was fantastic to have three bathrooms! We had considered booking a hotel for the weekend, but are now beyond glad we chose to stay at the rental house instead. I would highly recommend this house to others and would certainly stay there again on future trips to Santa Barbara.
- Guest Karoline N., Valencia, CA
- Date of stay 02/18/13
- Review Submitted 02/20/13
Charming House, Nice NeighborhoodGuest comment entered by manager
Charming House, Nice Neighborhood
Charming house. Nice neighborhood with classic bungalow houses, close to downtown. Fun walking! Great attention to all of the details to make our stay comfortable...even really nice amenities in the bathrooms! Best feature was that all bedrooms are so private and designed so that there is no noise or disturbance.
- Guest Cynthia L., Newburyport, MA
- Date of stay 11/04/12
- Review Submitted 11/08/12
Private & PeacefulGuest comment entered by manager
Private & Peaceful
The 6 Wisconsinites had a wonderful week topped off with the Sunday Packer win (football on the big screen TV a plus)!!! The garden area was a great extension for relaxation & visiting. The array of flowers, trees (avocado, lime, oak, mimosa) and birds (especially hummingbirds) was entertaining. It is an area packed with ambiance! Location to the water, State Street (stores), mission, Highway 101, Botanical Gardens was perfect. Loved the residential feel-- Private & Peaceful!
- Guest The K Family, Madison, WI
- Date of stay 10/03/12
- Review Submitted 10/22/12
Comfortable & SpaciousGuest comment entered by manager
Comfortable & Spacious
For our daughter's wedding celebration we needed a place for 9 family members plus friends from Seattle. My web search took me to your site, Wendy, and it was very fortuitous. We all had comfortable, spacious places in the house so that we were not tripping over each other and yet we could all congregate in the kitchen comfortably. We found the lawn furniture and expanded our presence out to the backyard for a lovely outdoor dinner after the wedding rehearsal. Everyone admired the mimosa tree, the avocado tree, and the lime tree--we have none of these in Seattle! The fans kept us cool--we're glad they were in most of the rooms. We loved your decor and attention to detail. It was a grand weekend!
- Guest Pam M., Seattle, WA
- Date of stay 09/09/12
- Review Submitted 10/22/12
Secret Garden Getaway For a Wedding!Guest comment entered by manager
Secret Garden Getaway For a Wedding!
We thoroughly enjoyed the house and property for our stay. With enough room to cook and host the wedding party and used as a jump-off point for the wedding itself. There was more than enough room for Jane and I, our daughter, Madeline, my in-laws and on the night of the wedding, my cousin and his wife. It was a nice location, close to the Mission, downtown and all points in SB. The yard was nice for people to gather and relax and with the adjacent property rented by my sister, we had a nice spot for a family reunion. Once again, Wendy provided us with a great place for a vacation in beautiful Santa Barbara! Thanks from Mick and Jane
- Guest Mick M, North Dakota
- Date of stay 07/09/12
- Review Submitted 08/15/12
Spacious and DelightfulGuest comment entered by manager
Spacious and Delightful
This house is spacious and delightful for a vacation. The three separate bed and bath areas worked so well for me and my adult kids. The bedroom at the rear of the house is sheltered and quiet, making it perfect for my grand babys nap. Good location, quiet neighborhood, well-furnished and well-stocked house. Perfect for us. Would definitely rent this house again.
- Guest Roberta H., Sutter Creek, CA
- Date of stay 07/28/12
- Review Submitted 08/02/12
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Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2014
3 night min stay
Apr 1 - May 15, 2014
3 night min stay
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Fees and Taxes:
- Tax Rate 12%
- Cleaning $225
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Year Purchased: 1986
About: 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!
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 givng this property an outdoor presence in addition to its spectacular indoor rooms.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.
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Secret Garden Hideaway a retreat near everything
Custom tiled master bath, double vanity separate shower and jacuzzi tub
Second and third bedrooms have queen beds, own bath and tv and desk
Upstairs suite has its own balcony
Front sun room a comfortable retreat for reading or a twin pull out bed
Desk, TV and a breakfast bar make many functions possible
View the organge tree from your sunny dining room spot
Comfy fireplace sitting are
Plenty of comfortable seating around the 46 inch HDTV
Dine under the wisteria vine arbor and enjoy the birds playing in the fountain
Plenty of outdoor space to enjoy your privacy in the sun
Magical Wisteria in bloom. So many garden wonders to enjoy!
Master suite has windows that surround you with views of the garden.
A beautiful place to unwind and retreat
Large closet and views of the garden
Sit out above the wisteria arbor
Large kitchen is cooks dream with everything you need
Comfortable nook for visitors as you cook
Table enlarged for six to eight
Game table doubles as extra dining area with leaf seats six
Garden views again all around
Lounge with the flowers and birds to the tune of the fountain
View from the kitchen sink out to your Secret Garden
3 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
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