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Our stay was of 9 weeks, during Fall of 2018. My 20 year old son and I spent the whole time at the “Secret Garden Hideaway “, which allowed him to recover from the jaw surgery at the Goleta Cottage Hospital. We had guests stay with us the first week after surgery, and for Thanksgiving, and we all fit comfortably together in the 3 bedrooms and sofabed of the living room.
This house was perfect for us in so many ways. Three bedrooms, well appointed with comfortable queen size beds, desks, each with a full bathroom. Two bedrooms on the first floor, one on the second floor. The kitchen made daily cooking a pleasure, because of the light and greenery coming in from the garden and thanks to all the equipment within easy access. The living room had comfortable seating for all of us, and we enjoyed watching television with a big screen, listening to music and playing the piano and the guitar.
The light and quiet that envelop the house was a gift, day after day. The location is perfect, it is in Santa Barbara, within walking range of the Santa Barbara street, the Mission, the many parks and downtown. It is within a 10 minutes drive of the airport (SBA), the hospital, the groceries stores (Gelson’s, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and more), the shopping centers, cultural venues and gourmet restaurants. It is easy to go to places with no traffic, from the city to the beach and to the mountain.
The weather was another bonus: welcoming sun, blue skies and fresh temperatures between 60F and 70F (18C and 25C).
The garden at the back of the house is a treasure and the house’s secret treat. It is a small paradise, with lots of green and flowers, bushes, a big avocado tree with delicious and creamy fruits and a small lemon tree.
There were many things to do. We walked every afternoon, watched the sunset from the hills at Franceschi Park or at the Mission, from the beach at Stearns Wharf, the Harbour or Arroyo Burro Beach. I recommend the booklet “Walk Santa Barbara” by John McKinney, we enjoyed many of his walking tours. I strongly recommend the docent led tours of the Mission, the Courthouse, the Casa del Herrero and Lotus Garden.
Wendy and Chuck were gracious hosts, very attentive and quick to provide assistance and guidance with all things of the house and of Santa Barbara.
I look forward to returning to the Secret Garden with my husband and all of our children for a family reunion that will be just as memorable for all of us as this stay was for my son and I.