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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 day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

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 Old 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.


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Peaceful Retreat Yet Close To Malibu, Santa Monica & the studios
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Beautiful, pleasant stay in Topanga

  • 5 of 5

We spent a terrific six nights here. What a nice, relaxing spot to come back to at the end of a long day sight-seeing or hiking! Tucked up in the mountains, it feels a long way away from the city, but is still a reasonable drive to LA attractions, into Santa Monica, or to LAX.

There was all the space we needed and we were very comfortable. The kitchenette is basic but still offers what we needed to cook ourselves breakfast each morning and some dinners as well, which was convenient. The pool was the icing on the cake, however--it's large and was the perfect temperature, and we could have spent much more time there than we actually able to.

Linda and Roger were terrific hosts: very friendly, and ready and willing to answer to any questions we had, and very considerate of our comfort during our stay. We'd happily return here the next time we find ourselves in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brent and Alexandra, It was such a pleasure having you here. I'm so happy you were comfortable in the Casita and would love to see you anytime you're in the area, if only to share a glass of wine!
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A peaceful retreat in Topanga

  • 5 of 5

The casita had everything we needed a kitchen, bathroom, and comfortable bed. Linda was very accommodating and welcoming but then gave us all the privacy we needed. It was fairly hot so the pool was an amazing bonus! It was absolutely charming and everything we were looking for. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, peaceful retreat.

  • 5 of 5

We came during a crazy heatwave, and still loved our time there. Linda and Roger are wonderful hosts and the home is serene and warm. Thank you for a perfect getaway!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you were comfortable, Shaun. It was an absolutely crazy heatwave and I'm just relieved you and David had a good time. Though I wish our paths had crossed, I was happy to meet David. Come back anytime!
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Culver City, California

A Beautiful Escape From City Life

  • 5 of 5

We had such an amazing time. It was beyond beautiful. We felt like we were in another world. Linda and Roger were awesome. We had complete privacy and they were available to us if we needed them. The pool was perfection. We would go back over and over again. Thank you so much for everything.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cindy, I am so happy you and your daughter had such a good girls' get-away weekend and that you enjoyed the pool so much! Thank you for taking such good care of the Casita and come back any time! And thank you for the lovely gift! What a surprise.
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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: 07-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 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: 15-May-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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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 £37.64

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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