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Wendy Rockwood

Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Secret Garden Hideaway-Walk toTown, SB Mission

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights

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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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Wendy Rockwood (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Wendy Rockwood

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!

Wendy Rockwood purchased this house in 1986

Why Wendy Rockwood chose Santa Barbara

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

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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based on 5 traveler reviews

Secret Garden Hideaway-Walk toTown, SB Mission
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

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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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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Morris Plains, NJ


  • 5 of 5

Delightful cottage, very clean, fully equipped, very good back yard. It was as advertised on VRBO. My family was very pleased.

I would stay here again and also recommend it to others.

Ed Rosenthal

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Super vacation spot. Great location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our week-long stay at Lilyhaven, joined by a daughter, son-in-law and toddler, plus another adult daughter and her boyfriend. Each bedroom had its own bathroom with plenty of towels and toiletries. The house was spacious, spotless, and extremely well-equipped -- an important factor for us as we enjoyed cooking/grilling/eating in most evenings once our (exhausted!) grandson was in bed. We loved the sitting area in the kitchen with double doors that opened onto the little deck and back garden. What a pleasure to sit there watching the hummingbirds and butterflies -- not to mention the avocados falling from the tree!! We especially appreciated little details including very clear instructions for finding the lockbox, how to work the coffee maker, WiFi, nearby supermarkets etc. The house is super-convenient -- walking distance from town and easy on/off Rte 101. A five-star experience all round!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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La Quinta, CA

Quaint older home in great location Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at Lilyhaven. It is an older home in a quiet neighborhood that is centrally located in Santa Barbara. The home is very clean and in good shape and has a very nice ambience. The value for the cost of the rental when compared to other properties in Santa Barbara is exceptional. The beds were very comfortable. During our visit, it was quite warm and we had to open up the house and use fans that were provided in every room to keep the home comfortable. The back yard is very nice and the home is well-stocked with everything you need for your stay. The seating area in the living room around the TV seats 5 comfortably while the home can accommodate up to 9 people comfortably. The owners were very good to work with and provided assistance when requested. For good Mexican food, go to the Los Agaves restaurant which is nearby. Other great restaurants were Brophy Brothers at the Harbor and the Beach House at Hendry Beach for seafood and a really interesting restaurant for California/Peruvian food is at the Indigo Hotel near the wharf. All in all, we had a great stay and will choose to rent this property again in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Car: recommended

Other Activities: Wine Tasting & Whale Watching


Rates & Availability

Santa Barbara House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer
May 12 2016 - Jun 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2016 - Sep 12 2016
5 night minimum stay
Sep 15 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
Jan 8 2017 - May 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
30 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - May 31 2018
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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.


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Santa Barbara House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 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.
  • 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.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • 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
Catering/Personal chef available for hire jacuzzi tub in master bath

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