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Mountains, Tropical Pool & Hot Tub only 10 minutes from the beach!

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Retreat to Casa Portofino. Find solace for body, mind and spirit.

'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 Topanga!

ENJOY the Secluded Luxury of CASA PORTOFINO!

More Details

Property Manager
Donald Pitts
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Donald Pitts

My late wife, Jerrolyn, designed and developed this magical property over the last 37 years. With a degree in architecture from Harvard, she always designed award winning homes and offices.

I came to California on vacation from my law practice ten years ago and met Jerrolyn. The rest is history. As an artist, sculptor, construction & finish carpenter - to name a few of my areas of interest - I joined Jerrolyn in the development and design of Casa Portofino. I look forward to sharing our creation with you.

Donald Pitts purchased this cottage in 1974

Why Donald Pitts chose Topanga

Casa Portofino is perfectly situated on the seaward side of the Santa Monica Mountain Range and surrounded by the Topanga State Park which is filled with many miles of hiking and biking trails. The environment is remote, think Big Bear, but the property is located only 20 minutes from Malibu, Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley and only 10 minutes from the Pacific ocean. I can think of no place I would rather be.

What makes this cottage unique

A timeless place to seek refuge from the world.


Fernwood Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • smoking allowed
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Lower Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Lighted vanity Mirror
  • Full bathroom w/ tub and shower combination.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Living Room - Convertible Queen Sofa Bed - 2 sleep sofa /futon , 5' thick mattress topper makes this a bed of choice.
    Loft Bedroom - 2 double
  • * Single roll-away bed with memory foam mattress sleeps one.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Catering Available: There are several restaurants in the canyon or in the valley that will deliver (Some deliver free and others have a delivery charge.). Also, 'Restaurants on the Run' ( ) will deliver from a variety of restaurants in the area. (ROTR charges a flat $10.00 delivery fee with a $100.00 minimum.)

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Mountains, Tropical Pool & Hot Tub only 10 minutes from the beach!
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

lovely, magical place

  • 5 of 5

The owner was awesome, despite the fact that His wife and the developer of this place was very ill in hospital. Privacy was perfect and the photos do not do this place justice. These owners are truely wonderful people and are very generous and lovely hosts. Get Well soon J. !

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to relax and get away

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Terrific Place in one of the best locations in LA

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Casa Portofino

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kansas, Texas, Los Angeles

Beautiful vacation rental, wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful experience, outstanding vibe.

  • 5 of 5

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.

Highly recommended.

Brad Imbrie

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Abulita's Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
15.5 Miles
Catalina - Marina Del Rey Flyer
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Woodland Hills Country Club
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Van Nuys Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Topanga Canyon Blvd. and PCH
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Miles
Inn of the Seventh Ray
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Mt. Baldy
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Topanga State Beach
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Bocce Ball (on site) ,boating, horseshoes, shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, health/beauty spa.

Pool is shared with estate owner.


Rates & Availability

Fernwood Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Property Damage Protection $79
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 12.0%

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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