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Georgous Spanish Casita 10 Minutes From Beach and very close to Pepperdine.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath With Mountain Ocean Views ~ Peace/ serenity/ minutes to town

This one of a kind property is located in a lavishly built Spanish gated estate on 250 acres of manicured grounds boasting the finest hand carved Mexican Paver stones. From almost everywhere on the property you can look down the canyon past waves of chaparral-cloaked hills all the way to the Pacific ocean. The quiet and privacy here are absolute. The Casa is an Estancia -Style structure with earth-toned stucco walls, a genuine Mexican tile roof and a wide lawn sweeping out in front. Immerse yourself in the Iconic Malibu in this state of the art guesthouse on a private Estate. This rural-residential property of 250 acres is just 15 minutes away from the Malibu center with it's restaurants, beaches, horse-back trails, hiking trails, boutiques, art galleries, Pepperdine University and loads of fabulous world class restaurants and wine tasting rooms. Your own private decks, lawns and Jacuzzi spa along with a Pergola are your views. Take a leisurely soak in the spa while watching the sunrise or the stars at night.Cocoon in your custom sheesham wood beds outfitted with organic mattress, exquisite linens, feather and down pillows and duvet. Two custom bathrooms, one with tub, round out your bath experience. The kitchen is outfitted with all modern appliances such as coffee maker, juicer, toaster, dishes, glasses, bowls, pots pans~~ everything you need to cook. Corral Canyon is a very winding road and is not for the faint at heart. The initial drive up to and down from the ranch provided interesting climbs and turns which caused everyone to pay close attention to directions.

If you have a larger group I have two additional adjoining suites in the Main Residence with a private patio connecting both of them. We also offer a fully stocked two bedroom apartment which sleeps 5 easily. Please ask

More Details

Geraldine Gilliland
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
30 March, 2017

About Geraldine Gilliland

My name is Geraldine and I hail from Northern Ireland. I moved to America in 1975 with my backpack and $300 and I have never looked back. I live on the property in the Casa Grande so I am always there to assist guests with anything. There is also a full time property manager to assist with any little thing. I was nominated for Irishwoman of the Year by Ireland's Former President, Mary McAleese and I received my award on Saint Patrick's Day 2015 by the Irish Fair Foundation. It is such as great honor to be acknowledged by Mary McAleese.

Geraldine Gilliland purchased this estate in 1995

Why Geraldine Gilliland chose Los Angeles area

Total privacy and security yet only minutes to the nightlife in Malibu. There is always a movie star sighting around town and we have a huge celebrity population here. Pierce Brosnan, Roma Downy and Mark Burnett, Dick Van Dyke, Robert Downy Junior, Martin Sheen and Family are only a few names seen frequently around town.

Please note that we do not permit weddings at this property.

What makes this estate unique

This one of a kind property is located in a lavishly built Spanish gated estate on 250 acres of manicured grounds boasting the finest hand carved Mexican Paver stones. From almost everywhere on the property you can look down the canyon past waves of chaparral-cloaked hills all the way to the Pacific ocean. The quiet and privacy here are absolute. The Casa is an Estancia -Style structure with earth-toned stucco walls, a genuine Mexican tile roof and a wide lawn sweeping out in front.

This is Not A typical 'Rental' - this is my Home. 5 Star Luxury - Spectacular. Fully Furnished Spanish 1800 SQ ft with 'loft'. 15 minutes to Malibu center and all the stores, 10 minutes to Corral Beach. Hiking, Nature trails, Solstice Canyon and the backbone trails. Open floor plan with Ocean and mountain views. Granite Island Kitchen, Water Filtration system, Custom Wood Cabinets, Light Oak Floors in loft and Mexican Pavers in rest of home. Custom Mexican Ceramic tiles in two bathrooms, Restoration Hardware and Spanish Antique furniture and lighting. High quality Linens and Towels, WIFI, Verizon Fios, HiFi Stereo with I pod dock, 60' TV plus 42' flat screen in bedroom.

Private Jacuzzi Spa with outdoor lounge furniture, Working Fireplace.... there is Simply Nothing Nicer for this price. Period. The perfect place for a couple - will consider a dog. Awesome outdoor kitchen with Santa Maria BBQ, and Gas BBQ and side two burner stove for outdoor entertaining. Home built in 2010. new paint, modern...simply amazing. Laundry with washer drier, surround sound indoors and outdoors for entertaining. 4 night minimum.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Malibu in Ventura County

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Master Bathroom Spanish Tile Floors, Mexican ceramic Sink
  • Two custom Spanish tiled bathrooms. Master bath has tub. Both are decorated with beautiful custom Ceramic tile and hand made ceramic sinks.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 2 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Loft Bedroom - 2 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , The sofa bed is located in the portico room. Queen Mattress
  • Master Bedroom and Loft Bedroom
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
We also have a brand new very comfy queen sized custom sofa bed with a queen sized Serta mattress in the great room for additional guests


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(34 traveller reviews)

Georgous Spanish Casita 10 Minutes From Beach and very close to Pepperdine.
average rating of 4.852941 based on 34 reviews

More then just a vacation rental - five stars isn't quite enough

  • 5 of 5

This place is awesome...the hostess is amazing!!! She graciously allowed our 11:30 pm arrival and met us in person. Geraldine and her staff were friendly, generous and helpful. We arrived just before one of the largest storms in a decade, the following day it was not advisable to go out unless required. We hadn't had time to shop for food prior to arriving and Geraldine generously made us these incredible egg salad sandwiches on potato bread, delicious goat's milk cheese rolled in crushed sweet blueberries, tomato soup with sweet pickles, and a nice bottle of Cabernet. Believe me it was delicious. The storm gave us a chance to enjoy the Spanish style milieu, mexican art, clean decor and comfy couches while we chilled and took in the Netflix collection. The casita is awesome...beautiful and relaxing atmosphere! The location amazing and extremely private. Unlike another reviewer that apparently wasn't a very good driver, we didn't have any issues with the road, even with the storms. Yes, it is a steep road with tight turns; just take your time and it's no problem. IMHO...VRBO should remove that review...the person didn't even experience how amazing this place is. Sad to say!! The house is 10 minutes from the beach and downtown Malibu. Perfect. The views are amazing. The casita is very well appointed. Little extras like shampoo and conditioner in the showers, plenty of hut tub and beach towels, excellent high end beds and linens. Hot tub is totally private with a fantastic view (we had a glimpse when the clouds opened up for a moment). So very very much more then just a vacation rental. If you get a chance I recommend visiting Geraldine's Irish pub in Santa Monica Finn McCool's; try one of the traditional Irish dishes, we did and it was excellent and the decor was transported from the family pub in Ireland- authentic and charming!. Plus, all of the staff were really fun and attentive. Geraldine we can't thank you enough for your kindness and generosity...you truly made our stay wonderful. Thanks your groundskeeper for going out in in a massive storm. A big huge hug from Patty, Hanns, and Ian. Stay awesome!

On a personal note - We have rented many many high end vacation rentals....while most of them have been really great, this is the most amazing vacation home rental experience we ever had!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Patty, Hans and Ian, I must say I teared up a little while reading this fantastic review. I am most grateful and humbled that you wrote what you did. You are certainly some of the best guests I've ever hosted. Your drive from Oakland landed you here late at night and you were brave to battle the biggest winter storm I've ever seen in my 20 plus years here. You certainly had to switch gears quickly but you "got" how magical and special rancho chiquita is even in the storm. Hopefully some day you will return in the sun to experience the rest of life here at the ranch. I will of course be busy at finn mc cools Irish pub next week of Saint Patrick's day. Best regards and come back anytime. Geraldine
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6 Star Property and Experience

  • 5 of 5

A big thank you to Geraldine, the owner who makes this beautiful property available on VRBO. The vacation house is in a lush green setting on a manicured property and has sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The details of the house are exquisite -- from the floor tiles to the high ceilings to the artwork. We really felt like we had gotten away from the hustle and the bustle of the East Coast to a quiet paradise. It was clear that Geraldine wanted us to have a nice experience, too. She had a lemon cake and pastries waiting for us upon our arrival. She also brought my daughter a gift for her birthday!

Please do not read the review of the person who rated this property at a 1 star because of the drive up Corral Canyon Road. That posting should be deleted as the road is a completely safe, paved, two lane road lined with other properties along the way.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best VRBO experience ever!

  • 5 of 5

My wife found this gem on VRBO for our family. Mountain top seclusion only 10 mins from PCH/Malibu! Super nice roomy airy casita! Very private. We played football on the turf lawn and enjoyed coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice on the porch overlooking the ocean view. Beautiful views of ocean and surrounding mountains. Very easy access on paved road! We were able to quickly access North LA, Hollywood, Universal Studios, Santa Monica and all the Malibu beaches. Owner also has very authentic and excellent Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica. Food and service were top notch.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing Rancho Chiquita. It was such a delight to host you and your family and I hope to see you again one day. Geraldine
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Most spectacular home and view of the Pacific Ocean

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I visited this Malibu mountain home overlooking the city lights and ocean for 4 nights. We have vacationed all over the US and this was our favorite. We will definitely be visiting this casita and this most gracious owner again. This is a very elegant property with the most amazing views. A prior review frowned on the drive up to this huge estate. They must have driven during night time and I found the drive to be fine. If you are scared of heights maybe this beautiful property is not for you. The staff at the property are very helpful and handle all your luggage. The owner provided excellent suggestions for restaurants and took the time to check in with us to see if we were okay. We had such a lovely trip and can't say enough positive things about this home and owner. Great job! See you soon.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Wade and Rainee, I am adding Rainee's review here as it really touched my heart. Hi Geraldine, this is Rainee Carlson (Wade's wife). I hope your bronchitis is improving and you're feeling better. We loved our stay! I hope to meet you in person on our return stay (in the future), and visit your restaurants in Santa Monica. I was wondering how I can leave an excellent review (in my own words) on HomeAway?.. . I appreciated so much about this property from the moment I set foot on it. Very magical, from the accommodations to the quiet peaceful picturesque views, especially ocean, the constellations from the patio at night and skyline. It was surreal. I also really needed quiet and privacy (so thank you for that). I could have stayed there for another week by myself just to write in solitude, I loved it so much. And your art collection resonated with me - deep, fun, interesting, colorful, a touch of whimsy. We've stayed at many Rosewood properties, 5 star places - but your place is our favorite. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Warm regards, Rainee Carlson
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Beautiful rental, relaxing stay.

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful home. We just returned from our stay, and we had an amazing time. This property is absolutely stunning. The home itself is beautiful, with spacious, airy, well-decorated rooms. The beds were amazingly comfortable, and the kitchen - both indoor and outdoor - were well-appointed with everything we needed.

I also cannot say enough about the view! The drive up to the property is a little intimidating, as it winds on a two-lane road alongside a canyon - but it takes you to the most incredible view! The sunrises are breath-taking, and there is nothing more relaxing than enjoying a morning cup of coffee from the hot tub as you're looking over the hills and the ocean.

Geraldine was incredibly accommodating and offered great advice about local restaurants. We enjoyed both the Malibu Farm Restaurant and Malibu Seafood. The area is right along the Pacific Coast Highway, with numerous beaches and natural areas. I highly recommend this rental.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing Rancho Chiquita my little bit of heaven in the hills of Malibu. And thank you for visiting my award winning Mexican restaurant, Lula Cocina Mexicana in Santa Monica. You certainly enjoyed all that Malibu and our area has to offer and I hope you will return as you will always be welcome Thank you for leaving my house in perfect shape.
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We left this home immediately after the drive up to it.

  • 1 of 5

We were sickened to think that the owner never cautioned renters that the road is almost impassable and frightening, to say the least. It was the worst approx. 4 miles we have ever traversed. The thought that our whole vacation would be subject to having to negotiate this awful road was so depressing that we left immediately. We had planned to go to the beach and enjoy the restaurants, shopping, etc. Not possible from this place! Renters, beware!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Priscilla, It's such a shame your family choose not to check into my beautiful home and I was sadly not there to meet and greet you. I was shocked and saddened to hear that you left without checking in, and that you wrote this one star review. I always suggest travelers do some homework about the location they have chosen before booking, and ask more questions of the host if they are not sure. Most of Malibu is either beach or canyon living. We are clearly marked as a canyon on the map marker provided courtesy of VRBO to all potential renters. Also it seems that perhaps you did not read any of the five star reviews about my property. I have been a 5 star VRBO super-host for the several years I have been using the service and I have never had a 1 star review. I only have 5 star reviews actually as I work very hard to keep all of my guests happy. So sadly you choose to leave my beautiful guest house and not to get to experience the privacy, the views, the skyline and the night stars and all that Rancho Chiquita has to offer. Wishing it had not turned out this way
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Car: necessary

We are quite literally 15 minutes to Pepperdine University. We are eight minutes to the beach and ten minutes to shops, restaurants and movies.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday estate in Malibu, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
20 Dec 2017 - 4 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £44 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £77.44
Cleaning Fee £117.34
Late Check in after 10pm £39.11
Guest after 6 per nite £39.11
Tax Rate 12.0%

The property is not available for weddings or parties. The property is available for a maximum of 28 days stay only. We are huge dog lovers and have several rescue dogs here but sadly we cannot host any dogs. We do not care to host any guests over 6 but may consider a special circumstance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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