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The Villa Sophia - Romantic Honeymoon Spa Retreat - Central Los Angeles Hilltop

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type guest house

Overview

About the property

Large Guest House with Pool and Hilltop Views - 1 Bedroom 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2 - 4)

The Villa Sophia - LA Weekly's 'The Best Place to Pretend You're a Celebrity for a Day". This sumptuous, cozy and elegant GUEST HOUSE is like a private spa suite at a five star hotel, except that you have the hotel to yourself! Bright, sunny and spacious, the GUEST HOUSE overlooks a huge, private, 8' deep emerald tiled swimming pool to views of the downtown Los Angeles skyline, rolling yellow hills to the east and city lights. You will be surrounded by the lush garden grounds of an enchanting and historic, 1927 Old Hollywood, Los Feliz Hills estate that rests high upon 15' castle walls all around. One of the most filmed and photographed locations in Hollywood. Used often as an "Italian Villa" in films. Located in Central Los Angeles near to Griffith Park and the Griffith Observatory. Walking distance to the Greek Theater. Views are reminiscent of Tuscany looking east from bed. Enjoy number one rated Acqua di Parma hotel amenities and deluxe Italian linens by Rivolta Carmignani. Truly the finest luxury accommodations in Los Angeles. Totally private, peaceful and tranquil. Secluded in the exclusive, celebrity filled Los Feliz Hills neighborhood. Mountains and Pacific Ocean visible from property. Located on a small, hidden cul de sac for added privacy. Luxurious and private, this Hollywood Hills designer GUEST HOUSE was built in 2005. It does not get any better than this. Sublime and surreal. Magical.

***Please inquire before making a "BOOKING REQUEST" for stays of LESS THAN 3 NIGHTS. We can't always do stays of less than 3 nights.***

*** Please inquire before making a "BOOKING REQUEST" for FILM OR PHOTO SHOOTS. (pricing is $150/hour for 4 people, $25/hour for each add. person) ***

***Filming REBATES: The Villa Sophia is sometimes rented as a location for photography, filming and special events. Any filming or event at The Villa Sophia on any day during your stay that requires use of the rear garden or exterior pool areas entitles the Renter to compensation. Renter will receive either $75/hour OR a full reimbursement of their daily rental fee if the pool area is needed for more than 5 hours. ***

Location of many TV, movie and fashion shoots including TV show 'Entourage', Victoria's Secret, Vogue, W and GQ Magazines. Former home of cult director, James Whale, best known for his films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935).

Spa-like GUEST HOUSE built in 2003 has massive stone fireplace,10' venetian plaster walls, surfaces of limestone, tile, marble and stone. Deluxe master bath with huge stone/marble steam shower room. Water closet with toilet and bidet. Brand new surround sound system. Separate entrance with exclusive use of 500 sq. ft. covered grotto sitting area made of ancient terra cotta tiles. EXCLUSIVE USE of entire rear yard lawn and garden, POOL, HOT TUB and additional 500 sq. ft. of outdoor patios

Location: The Villa is situated next to Griffith Park, the largest municipal and urban wilderness area in the United States with many walking and hiking trails. The Park is the home of the Los Angeles Zoo, four Golf Courses, the Greek Theater, the Griffith Observatory, the Autry Museum, horseback riding, public tennis courts, bicycle rental, pony rides, camping, picnic areas, swimming pool, athletic fields etc. Two Frank Lloyd Wright museums, the Hollyhock House and the Ennis-Brown House (by appointment) and Richard Neutra's most famous house, The Lovell House are all in the neighborhood. Walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops, mail/shipping store, grocery and health food stores in Los Feliz Village center.

Coveted Photo Shoot Location: The Villa Sophia is a favorite of directors and photographers and has been used as a location for fashion photo shoots for magazines and publications including Vogue Magazine, Victoria's Secret and GQ Magazine.

Acqua di Parma Hotel Amenities: ACQUA DI PARMA amenities are provided to guests: bar soap, glycerin soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel.

The Italian luxury perfume maker's prestigious hotel amenities line is inspired by the brand's flagship scent, Colonia. Created exclusively for only the most elegant 5/7 star luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Reminiscent of Italy, Colonia amenities have a light, fresh and crisp fragrance containing Sicilian citrus, lavender, rosemary, verbena, Bulgarian rose, sandalwood, vetiver, cedar and ylang-ylang. The line is suitable for both men and women.

More Details

Property Manager
Tim Vlahos
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
4 October, 2017

About Tim Vlahos

I am a single man who lives alone in the main house. The property is big enough so that guests and owner's paths rarely cross...although I am available at all times for any reason necessary.

Tim Vlahos purchased this guest house in 2000

Why Tim Vlahos chose Los Angeles area

The Villa Sophia is located in the eastern Hollywood Hills, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Although you are walking distance to Los Feliz Village where you can find all the conveniences of a major city, up here in the Hills you feel as if you are in the country. The guest house faces south providing all day sunshine and the only sounds are of the birds singing, the gentle breeze blowing and the soft murmur of the fountains...

What makes this guest house unique

Peace and tranquility with views, all day sunshine, ocean breezes in total luxury.

Guestbook comments from the manager

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Villa Sophia for three wonderful nights. Since we live in different cities, my girlfriend always comes to visit once awhile. We try to stay at different places every time instead of my own. So we have been to the SLS, the W Hotel Westwood, Sofitel at Beverly Hills, Chateau Marmont etc...Compare to most of the accommodation in LA, we like the Villa Sophia the best in every aspect.

Nowadays, “A hidden gem” has been overused so many times, but the Villa Sophia is really the place that matches this phrase.

As soon we walked into the villa at night, the night view of downtown LA just amazed us. The view was just as the same as you can get from the Griffith Observatory. And the next morning when we woke up, everything surrounding the pool house makes it unbeatable. The house, garden and pool just brought an aesthetic and illusionary feeling of being in Tuscany instead of busy and crowded Los Angeles. The uniqueness and tranquility just can’t be found at those fancy Beverly Hills hotels (Although some of them are very cool hotels, but compared to the private space you can have, they are even more expensive).

Despite the perfect atmosphere and scenery, the details of the house are still among the best. The room is equipped with beautiful floor to ceiling windows, marble shower room with steam system, aesthetic paintings, decent stereo and books and movies! The bed is super comfortable, and my girlfriend says the shower product is her favorite and the best (Tim you really have a good taste!). Also there’s microwave, dinnerware, any daily necessities.

The owner, Tim is such a considerable host that makes sure everything is here and functional for your needs. He never makes you feel ignored but never being intrusive. His cute dog Sophie always came for her biscuits which Tim puts in a pool house cookie jar. (there are gates surrounding the pool/guest house area if you want privacy from Sophie)

Words and pictures can’t really explain how amazing The Villa Sophia is. Just go and experience it yourself. We are already planning to visit Tim and Sophie and stay there again.

Thank you, Tim, for opening your place to let us experience and appreciate the true beauty of The Villa Sophia.
Mar 2014
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday guest house in Los Feliz in Los Angeles

Property Type:
  • guest house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Luxury Spa type bathroom of marble, stone, tile w chaise.
  • Romantic spa like bathroom with double bathroom sinks made of copper, huge stone/marble shower room with rain shower head, additional side mounted and hand held shower heads, double steam units with marble seating for 4, chaise lounge chair, laundry basket, two Hammacher Schlemmer terrycloth bathrobes and HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER Turkish towels, limestone/tile floors, marble counter-tops, generous space with custom cabinets of reclaimed wood, plentiful pool and bath towels. Toilet and bidet in separate water closet. waterproof shower radio. AQUA DI PARMA hotel amenities - shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body cream, glycerin soap and bar soap.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bright, sunny and spacious with a south facing view overlooking a large emerald tile swimming pool to a view of the downtown Los Angeles skyline and city lights. 10' tall Venetian Plaster walls, huge armoire/entertainment center, floor to ceiling custom storage cabinets and shelves, massive stone fireplace, custom hand forged iron doors, windows and sconces, limestone floors. Deluxe upholstered 'Ralph Lauren' King sized bed. All bed linens are from luxury Italian manufacturer 'Rivolta Carmignani'. Sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover are 300TC mercerized, Egyptian cotton satin. For extra guests there is an inflatable bed and linens. $75/night. In November 2010 RIVOLTA CARMIGNANI became the first company in Italy to be certified under the OEKO-TEX Standard 1000 for it's environmentally friendly and socially responsible production conditions.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • In Ground Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Steam Shower
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Brand new surround sound stereo system, Ipod dock, DVD/CD player, Playstation, 40' flat screen TV w/ cable T.V., 488 channels. NESPRESSO machine with complimentary coffee capsules, King sized bed. hair dryer, hair straightening iron, iron and ironing board, steamer, Pilates magic circle with workout DVD, Yoga mats, blocks, strap and eye pillow, aqua fitness swim gloves, jog belt and barbells. ACQUA DI PARMA soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner and bodywash provided. Complimentary Nespresso capsules, milk, wine, bottled water. Wireless and direct connect high speed internet hub. Cell phone booster and free land-line telephone, wireless waterproof shower speaker with dock transmitter, sleep masks, printer and copy machine. Hammacher Schlemmer towels. Goown pillows and duvet. All bed linens are from luxury Italian manufacturer RIVOLTA CARMIGNANI. Sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover are 300TC mercerized, Egyptian cotton satin. Separate 500 sq. ft. tiled grotto seating area.

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average rating of 4.9852943 based on 113 reviews
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Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Great spot!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
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South Portland, Maine
5

Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

The place in beautiful. The views are breathtaking. We loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
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Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Tim is a very professional individual who keeps you informed and updated regarding your reservation. Enjoyed our stay tremendously.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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AMAZING!

  • 5 of 5

It was hard to believe that the pictures didn't do this gorgeous place justice. Tim was an amazing host. When we arrived, he met us down at the street and as my boyfriend parked the car, he carried both of our bags up the steps after being kind enough to let us drop our bags off quickly to go tour around a little while before check in. Later that afternoon, he gave us a run through of how to use everything in the guest house. Quiet street, easy parking, great location! I recommend it to anyone who is willing to walk up a handful of stairs to get to some of the best views in Los Angeles!

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Better than described.

  • 5 of 5

Tim is a great host and the property is first class. The views, the pool and the accommodation exceed expectations. Great location as well.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC, USA
5

Better than the listing. Villa Sophia is beautiful, cozy, well-located and affordable.

  • 5 of 5

The owner, Tim, greeted me at the gate and insisted on carrying my bag to the lovely guesthouse. Stocked with complimentary beverages and Acqua di Parma bath products, the Villa exceeds any luxury hotel and at one-third the cost. I can't imagine better views anywhere in the L.A. basin. Located in Los Feliz, the villa is 20 minutes from downtown, 5 minutes from Hollywood and 20 minutes to Century City. The pool, spa and grounds are stunning. I will return.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
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Location

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Los Angeles International
Car: recommended

The Villa is situated next to Griffith Park a U.S. historic-cultural monument and the largest municipal and urban wilderness area in the United States with many walking and hiking trails. The Park is the home of the Los Angeles Zoo, four Golf Courses, the Greek Theater, the Griffith Observatory, the Autry Museum, horseback riding, public tennis courts, bicycle rental, pony rides, camping, picnic areas, swimming pool, athletic fields etc. Two Frank Lloyd Wright museums, the Hollyhock House and the Ennis-Brown House (by appointment) and Richard Neutra's most famous house, The Lovell House are all in the neighborhood. Walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops, mail/shipping store, grocery, and health food stores in Los Feliz Village center. It is also within walking distance to Roosevelt Municipal Golf Course and Vermont Canyon tennis courts

Other Activities: WITHIN 3 MILES:

Wildlife viewing, golf, tennis, shopping, basketball court, biking, hiking, L.A. Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, architectural tours, bird watching at the L.A. River, several equestrian centers, bowling alley, ice skating rink and more...

Golf: 4 local golf courses within Griffith Park

Ski: Big Bear is approx. 100 miles from Villa Sophia

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday guest house in Los Feliz, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£469
for 1 night
From
£342
£2,181
£8,342
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £65 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £72.21 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £44.85
Tax Rate 14.0%

The guest house is large (750 sq. ft. or 70 sq. meters) but only has one king size bed. We charge $75/night for each additional person/child. There is a rollaway bed for extra guests. There are Full (54” wide) and Twin (39” wide) inflatable beds as well. There is a crib for infants.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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