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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.
Please contact owner (use email owner) to receive any special discounts that may apply to your reservation. Weekly reservations for up to 4 people, for stays ending by May 14, 2015, save significantly. Please contact the owner for this pricing. Right now all size groups save $100 on stays of 4 nights or more until May 14th, 2015.
Doors to living area separate the space area...moreless
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
Full stove, refrigerator with freezer and icemaker, microwave, plenty of storage and counter space.
Breakfast bar seating for two and lounge seating for two more in kitchen area. Keurig/reg coffee...moreless
Second story balcony for upstairs bedroom suite...moreless
Deck / Patio:
Flagstone patio under a wisteria arbor in backyard with views of the garden...moreless
Early Summer May 15 - Jun 7, 2015 3 night min stay
$499 Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Graduation Week Jun 8 - Jun 15, 2015 5 night min stay
Summer Jun 16 - Jul 6, 2015 3 night min stay
Mid Summer Jul 7 - Aug 10, 2015 4 night min stay
Late Summer Aug 11 - Sep 13, 2015 5 night min stay
Fall Sep 14 - Oct 31, 2015 3 night min stay
$499 Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Winter Nov 1 - Nov 19, 2015 3 night min stay
$499 Fri, Sat
Thanksgiving Nov 20 - Nov 30, 2015 5 night min stay
Winter Dec 1 - Dec 17, 2015 3 night min stay
$500 Fri, Sat
Holidays Dec 18 - Jan 3, 2016 5 night min stay
Winter Jan 4 - Mar 17, 2016 3 night min stay
$500 Fri, Sat
Spring Mar 18 - May 11, 2016 3 night min stay
$500 Fri, Sat
Summer May 12 - Sep 14, 2016 5 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
SB Tourism $2. a day$2
Check with owner on small group specials in off season. Weekends 3 night min
In Summer 5 nights get the benefit of the weekly price
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.
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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!
Why Downtown: 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.
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.