|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
'A Place Away From Time' ~ In the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu.
Relax in our beautiful tropical pool. ~ Let the cares of the world melt away as you soothe your soul in the hot tub surrounded by colorful gardens and beautiful mountain views.
Retreat to your inviting accommodations ~
THE COTTAGE - Feel snug and cozy surrounded by the natural cedar and redwood walls and beams of this charming 1100 sf home. Nestled beside a wooded mountain creek, the house has a quaint Loft Bedroom (w/ walk-in closet) which overlooks the living room through from the rafters of the 16' ceilings and out the arched picture window. Downstairs is a fully equipped kitchen (sorry no dishwasher other than you), breakfast bar, dining area with Tiffany style lamp, entertainment center with fax and copier, and full bathroom. The sofa in the living room converts into a large queen-size bed so the house can accommodate four (4) people - five (5) with a roll-away..
CASA PORTOFINO SECLUDED LUXURY is located only 10 minutes from Topanga Beach on the Pacific Ocean, Topanga State Park hiking and horseback riding trails, and the Getty Villa; Only 20 minutes from Malibu, Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley.
The community of Topanga offers professional theater (June - October), several restaurants and coffee houses, two grocery stores, post office, and many unique shops and galleries. Many in home services are available in Topanga, including massage, pilates training and yoga.
HIDE AWAY behind your private gated entrance;
ENJOY the myriad of amenities for self-indulgence, sightseeing and recreation.
ENJOY a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and timeless!
ENJOY a slice of Paradise.
ENJOY the Secluded Luxury of CASA PORTOFINO!
Jerrolyn has designed and developed this magical property over the last 37 years. With a degree in architecture from Harvard, jerri has always designed award winning homes and offices.
Don came to California on vacation ten years ago and met Jerrolyn. As an artist, sculpter, construction & finish carpenter - to name a few areas of interest - Don has joined Jerrolyn in the development and design. We hope to be able to share our creation with you.
Donald Pitts and Jerrolyn Iacovone purchased this chalet in 1974
Casa Portofino is perfectly situated on the seaward side of the Santa Monica Mountain Range and surrounded by the State Park. There are hiking and mountian bike trail gallore within walking distance. The environment feels remote but is located only 20 minutes from Malibu, Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley and only 10 minutes from the Pacific ocean.
A timeless place to seek refuge from the world.
Great place to relax and get away. The location of the property makes it so it stays cool even during the middle of the summer, with ocean breezes coming in throughout the day.
My kids love the water. Let's start there. This place has one of the nicest private pools at any place we have ever stayed. It is beautifully landscaped, inviting and well appointed. The hot tub is great too. We stayed at the larger guest house (at Don's suggestion) which has the best access to the pool. His suggestion was most welcome. We ended up planning our days around when the pool deck would be sunniest as it was early in the season.
Moving on from the pool, the house itself was comfortable and had everything we needed, Decor I would describe as funky, quirky and provided interesting topics of conversation for the kids. Giraffe's are part of the theme you will be waiting to discover on your own. The kitchen was small but well equipped for cooking and dining in, which we did most of the time for dinner and breakfast. We made ample use of the gas grill by the pool.
The master bedroom was large and comfortable, right off the kitchen. Living areas included a separate dining area and very comfortable living room with TV/DVD/VCR available (and used with Don's patient instructions). Downstairs the in-suite laundry was a great perk. The second bedroom where the kids (8 and 10) stayed was a nice cozy room with garden access. The bed was a pullout which was fine for the kids, but sharing the house if it was two couple, it might not be as suitable.
As for the owners, Don and Jerri, they could not have been nicer. They were themselves a true "California experience". They like to chat and are very proud to share their home with you. They live in the main house on the property. And there could not be a more perfect marriage of residence and personality. Felt a bit like a Ray Chandler novel in a very good way.
An example of Don's thoughtfulness happened before we even arrived. He knew we were arriving late after a flight from the east. He also knew that things up the canyon close quite early. Putting two and two together he asked if we would like him to have a pizza delivered and ready for dinner when we got there. He did and it was exactly what we needed. Of course there was wine too, because they welcome all guests with a bottle - Don will ask preferences (white, red, sparking) before you get there.
All told, staying with Don and Jerri is a great experience close to the heart of LA but nothing like staying in LA. I would love to stay again with the kids as they love LA and this was a perfect base.
I enjoyed a wonderful stay at Casa Portofino; hosts Don and Jerrolyn welcomed me as one would an old friend, and I felt immediately at home. The home is well appointed with every necessity, and they graciously stocked the fridge and pantry with fruit, waters, muffins, coffee, etc....I've NEVER had anyone do this before! Gracious, courteous, professional...and a beautiful setting. Couldn't ask for more. Many thanks to Don and Jerrolyn for their warm and wonderful hospitality. Kind regards, Paige Romine/Austin TX.
The title sums up all that needs to be said. We had planned a family vacation to Los Angeles but needed a place for about 8-9 people to stay. Upon finding this property and reading the reviews, we decided it looked like a great option. Luckily both the chateau as well as the cottage were available, so we decided this was the spot. We could not have been more correct. The property is absolutely spectacular; waterfalls, flowering plants, and peacefulness abound.
On top of the beauty of the property, the residents could not have been more welcoming and kind to our family and friends. Upon arrival the refrigerator was full of food and drinks for breakfast, as well as snack items for the rest of the day. We proceeded to spend multiple days with them poolside, and truly enjoyed ourselves. We have remained in contact and upon returning to Los Angeles, will not hesitate to rent the properties again.
Beautiful accommodations with wonderful hosts. One of the best rental experiences I've ever had.
Spending a few days at the Mountain Chateau brought on the desired effect of complete relaxation. Topanga canyon and the outlying areas offer up some of the most beautiful countryside in California, combined with the proximity to LA makes this one ideal getaway. Pool, Hot tub and a view of the ridge close the deal.
There's a dream-like quality to Don and Jerri's wonderful guest house situated on a hill overlooking their Topanga estate. The chateau is made from local timber and is in immaculately conserved condition. It's laden with authentic character and really nothing like the typical holiday let.
Jerri's passion for unusual artifacts and design make this a location like no other. You don't need any artificial stimulants to experience the surreal quality of their landscaped estate, beautiful pool, hot-tub and many many sculptures and curiosities tucked under every rock.
The owners are beyond charming and go to any lengths to take care of their guests. The whole experience is perfect for children who can spend hours in the pool or adults wanting to relax in a tranquil stunningly beautiful location. We totally recommend this secret hideaway.
Other Activities: Bocce Ball (on site) ,boating, horseshoes, shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, health/beauty spa.
Pool is shared with estate owners and other guests.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
|Property Damage Protection||$69|
The posted Rental Rates are for the CREEKSIDE COTTAGE and are subject to change without notice.
The Pool is heated in the summer season only. Additional charge for heating pool during other seasons.
The Hot Tub is heated year round.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.