This is a beautiful inn and very peaceful. Each room is individually decorated: we especially liked the gas fireplace in the room, as it's quite romantic but also easy to use. The beds are comfortable and the soaps smell wonderful. A delicious cooked-to-order breakfast is included and it's only open to guests of the hotel. Plan on having dinner there, too, as it's magnificent, a really tremendous meal.
However, plan on spending an additional $50 or so on taxes and the 10% service charge. They do tell you about the charge on their site, but it's a surprise when a $275 room, turns into more than $330. Santa Barbara County has a 10% tax, there's a local $2 tax, and then the 10% service charge to give gratuities to the staff. I think those gratuities should be included.
Also, there's not really anything to do in Ballard. You'll want to drive into nearby Solvang for shopping and restaurants.
Remember to check their website for specials, as you can usually get golf included or some other deal.
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