The Secret Garden

  • Queen Hide-a-bed
    Queen Hide-a-bed
1 Bedroom • Sleeps 1-4
Internet Fireplace Mountain View Downtown (more...)
Pamper yourself.  The energy is calming and the light is healing at this much loved cottage in downtown Mt Shasta.  Formally known as the Golden Bough Bookstore which sold powerful crystals and metaphysical books and accessories, the new owner had the cottage architecturally designed into a spiritual retreat to retain the powerful and sacred energy of the former store.
The Secret Garden is a home away from home.  The front door opens onto a cobblestone courtyard with lovely French Gardens, ideal for sitting and writing, contemplating, and watching the world go by.  At the back door (French doors) you will find a majestic covered redwood deck, and below, English gardens with a stone patio.  At the right time of year, enjoy the plums, apples, and peaches, and from Spring to Autumn enjoy the artistry of the garden, designed and maintained by one of Mount Shasta's most creative gardens. Another cottage, Dickon's Cottage, can be rented in conjuction with The Secret Garden.  Both homes are private.  Parking is off the alleyway in well lighted guest parking spaces.
The guest rentals follow the theme of Frances Hodge Burnett's book The Secret Garden.  You might want to read or reread the story before coming, or read one of the copies available for guests while staying within the magical walls of Mount Shasta's very own Secret Garden.  The building, before the extensive remodel, was the home of Golden Bough Books, and our goal was to keep the tradition of this very fine bookstore going, only now as a guest rental.
This home is not set up for children safety - we apologize
The covered deck of The Secret Garden takes you into the breakfast nook and kitchen, with the dining area beyond.
Breakfast nook is comfortable and cozy.  Lovely place to sit and feel peaceful, or enjoy a meal.  Beyond the nook is the kitchen, which is fully equipped, including interesting cookbooks to experiment with on cold winter evenings. We also offer tea samples from Sereni-tea to spice up, refresh, or invigorate your day.
The large dining table seats 6.  Dishes and silverware were chosen to reflect the mood of The Secret Garden.  Also, original paintings, most by our local artist Willo Balfrey, help create the elegant and dreamy feel of this lovely home.
For sleeping:
The Secret Garden offers a queen plus sleeper sofa with a Tempurpedic mattress downstairs, and two twin beds in the loft.   The twin beds upstairs can be together, or pulled apart, depending on your needs.
You will find a bathroom made in heaven, with heated tile floors, a soaking tub, a separate shower, all with soothing colors and windows opening to fresh mountain air.
For those long winter evenings, The Secret Garden offers a gas burning heat stove, casting the soft glow of flames for the ultimate cozy and relaxing mood.  For those who like, the gas stove has a little drawer for heating aromatherapy oils.
The Secret Garden has a wonderful view of Mount Shasta and Mount Eddy in the winter, and in the summer when the trees are full of life, there is the treat of the vibrant garden,  with the Eddies visible from the redwood deck.
We offer a quality home away from home, with careful thought put into all the details.  We strive to make your experience magical.

My vision for guests of The Secret Garden is a relaxing, magical stay.  Although each home will sleep four, the decor is geared toward peaceful, not toward parties or lots of activity.  Our neighbors are quiet, reflective folks, and we like to cater to the same. 
Our hope is to help create magic and peace in your stay in Mount Shasta.
We accept up to two small, well-behaved dogs, under 20 pounds.  OR we might allow one calm, mature larger dog with The Secret Garden owner's approval.  
Dogs may not be left unattended at any time.
Please keep dogs out of the garden area at all times.  We take great pleasure in presenting a beautiful garden to our guests, and one moment off leash can destroy everything.  
Non-refundable pet fee:  $40 flat fee plus $15 per day per dog.
Property Type House
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House Rules
  • Not suitable for children
  • Infants welcome
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Limited accessibility
  • Minimum age of primary renter: 21
Setting & View
  • City
  • Mountain View
  • Downtown
  • Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hot Water
  • Private Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Laptop Friendly
  • Basic Soaps
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hangers
  • Private Entrance
  • Extra Pillows & Blankets
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Pots & Pans
Bedrooms 1 Bedrooms, sleeps 1-4
  • Loft Bedroom – 2 Twin beds
  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Lawn/Garden
  • Parking
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure
  • Cycling
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Bay/Sound Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Deadbolt Lock
  • Fire Emergency Contact
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Medical Emergency Contact
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Police Emergency Contact
  • Smoke Detector
  • Enhanced Cleaning Practices
  • Cleaning Disinfection
Season Rate
1/1 - 12/31
Nov 22, 2020 - Nov 29, 2020
Winter Holiday
12/20 - 1/3
Holiday Weekend Rate
Jan 15, 2021 - Jan 17, 2021
Holiday Weekend
Feb 12, 2021 - Feb 14, 2021
Memorial Weekend
May 28, 2021 - May 30, 2021
Summer Rates
6/1 - 8/31
Independence Day
Jun 27, 2021 - Jul 4, 2021
Labor Day 2021
Sep 3, 2021 - Sep 5, 2021
Thanksgiving 2021
Nov 21, 2021 - Nov 27, 2021

Cancellation Policy: Fee: $75.00; Guest receives 100 % if cancellation occurs at least 14 days before arrival; No refunds within 14 days of arrival.