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Spa and Pool Studio Retreat, in San Gabriel Mountains, near the Rose Bowl

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday studio in North Arroyo - Canyon Studio, near Pasadena

Studio with separate sleeping alcove, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

Gorgeous studio/pool house. The studio is adjacent to the pool and spa. Guests are welcome to use this area during their stay. The beautiful pool area right outside studio door has a deck with comfortable furniture and is very private from the main house. There is a fire pit and gas barbecue.

Please call us directly for same-day bookings as VRBO will not process them.

The pool warms up in the summer and is not heated year round. We would consider heating it for an additional fee in the Spring. Since the spa is attached to the pool it is not kept heated. We heat the spa for a few hours per days booked as guests request.

The pool is not fenced from the studio so may not be the best fit for young children.

There is no smoking.

The studio does not have a full kitchen. The sink in the bathroom is a utility sink, making doing dishes easier----think tiny house. We provide guests with paper goods and guests are welcome to leave dirty dishes for us to clean upon check out.

The studio has a very comfortable queen bed which is in an alcove which could provide privacy from the living area of the studio (see photos). The comfortable couch has a pull out bed, we are happy to provide a blow up queen mattress for guests to use on the pull out couch.

Our property is long and narrow and overlooks Millard Canyon with the main house up from the studio providing privacy for guests. It is located in a quiet residential neighborhood (not a business district, as a hotel may be); therefore, we don't allow parties or noise after 10:00 pm.

Home is adjacent to the Angeles National Forest and hiking trails are right out the door. These trails a not crowded as trails on the east side of Altadena are. Many times--especially during the week you may have the whole beautiful mountain to yourself (see photos of hiking trial).

El Prieto Canyon right outside the door which are known as world-class mountain bike riding trails.

Large flat screen TV with cable and internet. The studio has a magnificent view to Catalina on a clear day or twinkly city views and overlooks beautiful Millard Canyon.

Altadena is in the foothills right above Pasadena--a short 15 minute drive, twenty minutes to downtown LA and 45 minutes to Santa Monica beach. You really feel like you are getting away from it all but are very close to anything you might need. Very comfortable for the extended stay traveler.

VRBO does not allow same day bookings. Please contact us directly if you'd like to same day book so we an arrange this.

JPL is 2 miles away, Cal Tech is close. This would be a nice place to stay if you are visiting either of those places. Ask about the availability of our special business traveler rate.

Come for a weekend retreat. A weekend spent in our studio could consist of coffee or tea pool side, hiking or world-class mountain biking on El Prieto trail right outside the studio door, a relaxing massage on the pool deck or inside the roomy studio (additional fee to Muriel the masseuse) and a swim in the pool or a soak in the spa. Finish the evening with a barbecue and toasting marshmallows at the fire pit. It's a beautiful place to stay for a retreat.

Great option if your coming into town for the Rose Bowl games or parade. It's about a 5 mile drive.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Dennis and Margaret
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2016
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About Dennis and Margaret

I, Margaret was raised in both Southern and Northern California and am a huge fan of California. I was happy to meet and marry Dennis---a good mid-western boy from Chicago in 2000. We cherish this really special property which we have totally remodeled and enjoy sharing the studio with guests. No small children live on the property.

Dennis and Margaret purchased this studio in 2002

Why Dennis and Margaret chose Los Angeles area

We visited this property at an open house Mother's Day 2001. It was a hot May Day and when we stood on the patio overlooking Millard Canyon and felt the cool breeze and took in the amazing view we found home.

What makes this studio unique

Views and natural beauty! Beautiful pool at a great price. Very comfortable and roomy. Enjoy a soak in the jacuzzi after a long work day or a relaxing day of hiking and site-seeing!


based on 26 holidaymaker reviews

Spa and Pool Studio Retreat, in San Gabriel Mountains, near the Rose Bowl
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 26 reviews

Wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a small paradise. If you're looking for a quiet getaway near both good hiking and good food, or if you just need to stare out across a canyon or curl up with a book, look no further. This is the kind of place you come back to.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
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Mountain Retreat with a view in urban San Gabriel Valley.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in Margaret and Dennis' poolside studio while visiting friends in the area. The view, poolside patio complete with spa perched on a ledge above Pasadena area was wonderful. We relished use of the out of door area for reading, conversation with friends and family, and quiet reflection. The studio is modest, clean, and well maintained. We were very comfortable, and enjoyed the large screen t.v. We fixed crackers and cheese, and fruit platters, and went out to eat, or got takeout. They are planning to add a larger sink in the bathroom which would be good, because it is awkward not having a water source or sink in the kitchen area. Margaret and Dennis welcomed us and were good with communication before and during our stay. We would stay here again, when visiting in the area, and would want to explore the nearby trails in cooler weather. A good place to stay for one or two people, if you find yourself in the Altadena/Pasadena area. The studio is in a quiet residential area, we enjoyed waking up in a quiet neighborhood with birds singing outside, less than 15 minutes to downtown historic Pasadena with a lot of good eating choices. Our breakfast at Lincoln Cafe was delicious.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 5 nights to go to a concert at the Rose Bowl. We could not have picked a better place to stay. The location was great, we enjoyed hiking the foothills when we weren't sightseeing. The hosts Margaret and Dennis made us feel right at home and were very helpful and knowledgeable. Coming home to the backyard oasis though was the best bit. The pool, hot tub and fire pit were so invigorating yet also relaxing. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect relaxation oasis

  • 5 of 5

I had just finished the Angeles Crest 100 and was looking forward to coming to this home and trying to relax. It was the best possible experience. The home is small, but has very nice amenities. The only thing it doesn't have is a kitchen sink, but the bathroom sink was just fine. The owners are very responsive and kind. The pool area was perfect!

We would come back and stay here again and again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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New Orleans, LA

The studio was comfortable and well equipped. The location is magical.

  • 5 of 5

Margaret and Dennis are lovely, friendly hosts. The studio was comfortable and peaceful. The pool and patio area combined with the gorgeous canyon location are like a little slice of heaven. The location is easy to find and a great starting off point for any activities you may want to enjoy. I had a lovely time and look forward to returning. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This is a VRBO jewel. We traveled to the area for a friend's wedding and enjoyed the time we got to relax in this private oasis. It's a cute detached studio with easy access to the pool, hot tub and grill if you are interested. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The town's Farmers market on Wednesday was tons of fun; plenty of various foods to try. Nice and welcoming people.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Burbank, LAX
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Flintridge Proper
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Altadena Golf Course, Rose Bowl
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Gold Line Pasadena
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Great dining in Old Town Pasadena
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Santa Monica
Car: necessary

Amazing hiking and mountain bike trails right outside the door. Lounging by this pool makes you feel like you really are 'away from it all ' but your 15 minutes from Pasadena and 20 minutes from downtown LA. Very comfortable for business travelers.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday studio in North Arroyo, Los Angeles area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rose Bowl Festivities
19 Dec 2016 - 10 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest
1 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £23 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning £49
Tax Rate 10.0%

This home overlooks a canyon and the pool does not have a security gate from the studio but is gated. There is no fence on the canyon side so this might not be the right spot for young children. The home is in a wonderful neighborhood, no loud music/noise after 10:00. Please check with owners if you'd like to have additional day guests. No parties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday studio in North Arroyo in California

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 475 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with shower. Shelving available for toiletries. Body wash, shampoo and lotion available.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • There is a queen bed in the sleeping alcove and double pull-out couch in the living room space. The sleeping alcove in the studio can be separated from the rest of the space with dark curtains. That way the pull-out couch in the living room area can have privacy.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
This is a really special property which overlooks Millard Canyon, the pool is spectacular. You feel like you are away from it all but are close to Pasadena and Los Angeles. Can arrange for local masseuse to help with relaxation. Pool is not heated year round but can be heated at additional cost in the Spring. Spa heated for a few hours included.

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