Amazing Views! We stayed here in July with our family and everyone had a wonderful time, from our teenage children to our senior father. The views of the ocean and Malibu coast from patio and hot tub area were breathtaking and a favorite spot for our father. The house was large and accommodating for our party of eight. The kitchen was a joy to cook for the family in, especially with the fresh picked lemons from the tree in the yard and fresh tomatoes from the garden. We had many dinners in at the large, beautiful dining table that was handcrafted by Cash, the property’s caretaker. At our invitation, we enjoyed Cash’s company over a couple of dinners where we shared wine, stories, and laughter. We also enjoyed a warm welcome and flowers from the home’s owner on the night of our arrival and a personal visit before we departed. Also at our insistence, the homeowner let us keep his Rottweiler Duke at the house. Duke was the sweetest dog ever, plus it made everyone feel a little safer having him around at night to look after the property.
The initial drive up the switchback mountain roads was a little intimidating, but the privacy of the home was well worth it. Once we got used to it, we realized that the drive back and forth to Malibu was really not that bad and it was just a short trip to Zuma beach and many other attraction. If you are looking for a good day trip, the drive up the PCH to Santa Barbara is very enjoyable, but ensure you leave early enough to have sufficient time to explore. We left too late in the day and did not get to enjoy as much of the city as we would have like. For a shorter trip, Santa Monica is also very enjoyable. If you are looking for outdoor activities nearer the house, we enjoyed hiking in Topanga Canyon and on the many dirt roads surround the property.
When not dining in, we took in all that the Malibu area had to offer. We especially enjoyed the dining outdoors at the Malibu Café, upon the recommendation of the homeowner. The food and atmosphere made for a very pleasurable evening for all. Another favorite spot of ours was GROM gelato in Malibu. If you go there, don’t pass up the lemone sorbet.