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Peaceful Retreat Yet Close To Malibu, Santa Monica & the studios

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Living Room, Kitchenette, One Bedroom, One Bath Canyon Gem

Casita Colibri is a completely self-contained and private cottage (approximately 450 sq. ft.) that accommodates two very comfortably. Recently built, it has its own private entrance, a deck overlooking the garden and a short path leading to the secluded, solar-heated pool.

The living room and bedroom have their own remote-controlled, quiet, mini-split air conditioning/heating/fan units which allow perfect and quick temperature control.

The serene bedroom has a super comfortable, king-sized bed, flat screen TV and sliding doors onto the private deck...a perfect place for that first cup of coffee in the morning.

The living room/dining/kitchenette area is comfortably furnished and equipped with everything needed to create a simple meal. Spices, condiments, coffee, tea, sugar and milk are provided as well as a fresh fruit basket upon arrival.

More Details

Linda Ilsley
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2017

About Linda Ilsley

England, the East Coast and the Mid-West have all been home to Roger and Linda but we fell in love with Topanga when Roger was doing a lot of consulting work in Los Angeles in the mid-90s. That was when we decided this was where we wanted to live and we finally made it happen in 2002.

Linda Ilsley purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Linda Ilsley chose Topanga

There is something pretty special about waking up every morning and knowing that you are exactly where you want to be. The dry Canyon smells have become so familiar...rosemary, sage and lavender combining to create the most perfect treat for the senses and feeling so close to nature just makes us happy.

What makes this cottage unique

The year-round sunshine, dry warmth and the way the property is just snuggled into the landscape, continues to please me each and every day and I hope it will do the same for you.

Fifteen minutes down the Canyon to the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and another 10 minutes either direction to Malibu or Santa Monica, 30 to 45 minutes to the studios...we love this location.

Topanga is a popular weekend destination for Angelenos who come to enjoy the beautiful scenery, hiking in the State Parks or myriad of other trails, mountain biking (rentals available in the Canyon) and exploring the varied shops shops and galleries. The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum also entices many to the Canyon to enjoy their terrific productions. A choice of several restaurants, from fine dining to pizza, along with two coffee shops and a good gourmet food shop, give you plenty of choices for dining in or out.

And an easy drive away will give you more shopping choices than you will have time for from high end (Melrose Place, Rodeo Drive and excellent large Valley malls) to the outlet malls.

This is Southern California and you will not be disappointed. There are fantastic beaches all along the Pacific Coast Highway beginning with Topanga Beach, right where Topanga Canyon Boulevard meets the ocean. Turn right and you will be in Malibu in 10 minutes and left will bring you to Santa Monica in 10 minutes.

Restaurants, cliff trails for hiking, beaches, whale watching, surfing and celebrity spotting...all in the same day! Santa Monica Pier and Amusement Park, Malibu Vineyards, Universal Studios, Los Angeles Zoo and Observatory in Griffith Park...all of these destinations are from 20 minutes to an hour away. Santa Barbara is a little over an hours drive and Sea World and Legoland in San Diego are two hours to the South.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Old Topanga in Topanga

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Tub/shower, sink and toilet. On demand hot water.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Comfy king-sized bed, ample storage, television and FIOS. Mini split heat and air conditioning.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
If guests choose, all meals can be provided by the hosts: Three meals daily at an additional cost per day, including non-alcoholic beverages. Wine/beer charged separately.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)

Peaceful Retreat Yet Close To Malibu, Santa Monica & the studios
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews

Such a lovely weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Linda & Roger's Cottage Colibri was absolutely perfect. Linda was there to welcome us on arrival. The kitchen was stocked with yummy foods - including coffee, milk, fruit, English muffins, juice, granola, cheese and crackers. There was even local honey! The bathroom, too, had every amenity one could possibly need.

It was quite a warm day, & Linda had put on the AC so we walked into a cool oasis. The bed was luxurious, the rooms full of light. And, everything was clean and fresh. Our hosts could not have been more warm & welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, Ann. It was a treat meeting you and Brad and I'm happy you were comfortable in what was a super busy weekend for you!
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Idyllwild. CA

Truly a peaceful Escape!

  • 5 of 5

Linda, along with Roger's aid I suspect, preps this wonderful place from A to Z. You will find a bit of crackers, cheese, milk, other key items to go with your mornings' tea or coffee and make lingering much more enjoyable. Same with toiletries across the spectrum from soap to skin care. Towels galore, and the SOFTNESS... Reading items include not only an array of paperbacks, but some absolutely fascinating coverage of local lore. Of course the regular connections to the outside world - tv, wifi etal - are here if you are still unclear on the concept of "retreat".

Pack your stuff away and get to the poolside. You might think you're in an Amazonian ecolodge, perhaps in part due to the little lizards that scatter as you approach. No really, the landscaping perfectly balances organization with surprise, color with austerity. Need a bit of leg stretching? Walk down to the road and take a closer look at the fascinating territory you drove through on the way in. Check out pet goats, canyons and cliffhangers.

Linda and Roger will allow you all the privacy you'd want, but are always steps away to solve any issue that might arise. This place is a true paradise!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Chic, for your thoughtful and kind words about the Casita. We enjoyed meeting you and Joni (and Chewy!).
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Nice, Peaceful side-house with pool

  • 5 of 5

The space has a nice living room with helpful books about the area, a clean and neat bathroom, as well as a comfortable bedroom. The bathroom has complimentary toiletries; the bedroom has plenty of towels and blankets; and the living room had some snacks and drinks for us! We went here immediately following our wedding and felt like it was a prefect get away with a nice private feel without the price of renting a whole property! There is a pool that was refreshing chilly in May and we were told is comfortably warm in the summer. The hosts were very kind and will even make you breakfast for a small extra fee. I would give the place a full hearted recommendation! Thank you so much for having us!

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were such thoughtful guests and I wish you and Sarah a lifetime of happiness together. I'm still impressed that you jumped in the pool!!
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Lake Forest

Perfect getaway in Malibu

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I booked with Linda for a few nights before a longer trip to the UK. She made sure everything was ready for us, and even went to such lengths as to purchase snacks and things for us to munch on as we showed up, anticipating that we had had a long drive. She was easy to communicate with, non-intrusive, and very kind and thoughtful in looking over all the details, leaving out sunscreen for us at her pool and leaving us all sorts of tips about where to find things in the local area. As a result my wife and I were very relaxed, and had a great time and great sleep before our big trip. We would definitely use the casita again and would recommend it to any couple looking for a few romantic nights. :)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Camron, and I'm happy you both were comfortable here.. It was a delight meeting you and Susan and I was honored to host you on this first leg of your honeymoon travels. Hope you had a terrific time in the UK! Come back any time
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Our first time and will recommend to others!

  • 4 of 5

lovely, peaceful & quiet location in the Topango Canyon area. Home away from home feeling. The hosts made you feel like family and had all the little extras already there. They had a notebook with info about stores, restaurants, shopping and the operation of tv, a/c and wifi passcode.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely meeting you both.
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League City, TX

A heaven for the perfect idyll.

  • 5 of 5

This casita is hidden amidst towering trees, a stunning array of natural landscaping, and an amazing variety of native adaptive plants. The winding walk beckons you to visit the casita, and once you step through the door, you have found a glorious refuge. The interior is bright with light, yet entirely private. The kitchen is well stocked with thoughtful items and utensils, while a sweet eating area provides a spot to view the mesmerizing bounty of nature. The bedroom is sizable with a comfy king size bed, which will rock you to sleep. The bath is wonderful, with fluffy towels, baskets of shampoos, lotions, and soaps and a splendid sense of space. A whimsical bench provides a place to sit down, and it enhances the cottage effect. When you step through the sliding door off the bedroom onto the roomy deck, you find yourself thrust into an astonishing Monet-like painting, and a magical mosaic of plants provide a stained glass landscape for your viewing pleasure. A sun-spangled pool at the end of a meandering pathway completes this ravishing vision. Deck furniture provides a comfy spot to enjoy the dreamlike garden and relax in your own private retreat, as the casita is beautifully secluded from the main home. This jewel of a wild garden engulfs the visitor, and the cottage is a perfect place to relax, yet it is very near to an array of attractions including a splendid farmer’s market in Calabasas on Saturday mornings. The owners, Lin and Roger, are quintessential hosts while providing living essentials, yet still giving privacy to their guests. A whispering sense of tranquility pervades this casita and any guests will find it captivating, quiet, immaculate and entertaining. Thank you for a perfect idyll!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aw, thank you so much, Julie and Larry! You are too kind. Hopefully we will see you again!
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
LAX and Burbank Airports
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hwy 101
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Many in the Canyon
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Topanga Beach
Car: necessary

Nestled in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains, Casita Colibri offers a relaxed escape from the bustle of the City in a comfortable one bedroom, one bathroom and living room cottage. Enjoy a delicious breakfast tailored to your taste on the private deck, swim in the secluded, solar-heated pool (summer only), hike the beautiful and varied trails of the Canyon and discover a different pace in Topanga. Restaurants, coffee shops, yoga studios, galleries and only 15 minutes to the beach, this rural retreat offers quiet comfort and relaxation to those wearied by city living. A serene and beautiful get-away for two adults to enjoy the unique rhythms of life in Topanga.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Old Topanga, Los Angeles area

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £38.65

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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