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Extraordinary Retreat in Malibu

38 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in Newbury Park - Malibu Guest House

1 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 2-4


Romantic stone guest cottage is nestled in park like grounds, which are adjacent to Leo Carillo State Park and miles of gorgeous trails. A 5 minute drive from one of Malibu's finest beaches--Leo Carrillo State Beach. Haven for hikers, mountain bikers, motorcyclists, beach goers, or those who just want to sit and rest. English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German spoken by the owners.

Detailed Description of Property: Get away to a one of a kind oasis in the hills of Malibu. A rare wonderland 5 minutes from Leo Carillo Beach, one of Malibu's prettiest, and surrounded by miles of state park and trails. The property itself is like being in a secluded park, with the only neighbors anywhere near being the friendly, quiet property owners who live up top and are available to help you with anything you need, including fresh herbs from the garden and tips on where to go around town. One is a Malibu native, and they both have lived all over the world and speak German, French, Spanish and Italian, in addition to English. Your home is a large cottage built out of the stones from the surrounding mountainside. Enjoy the winding brick and stone paths through the grounds where you can visit 4 friendly chickens or the charming organic garden.

Cottage Amenities: It is beautiful and luxurious, equipped with a California king size bed decked in bamboo linens, a full kitchen, wireless high speed Internet, 42' flat screen TV, dvd and cd player, and a large stone two person shower. Outside, you may help yourself to lounge chairs or an outdoor eating area with gas grill.

Nearby Surroundings: The property is located in northern Malibu, which is the part of the Los Angeles coastline most protected from development. There are dozens of beaches a short drive away in addition to Leo Carillo, which is at the bottom of the hill. For example, Zuma Beach is about 10 minutes away. Nature trails are all over--a lovely one is less than a five minute walk away. The property is adjacent to Mulholland Hwy, which is a favorite for those who love to bike. We are about 15 minutes from local shopping, and within a half hour, you can be at all kinds of shops--in Malibu, Agoura Hills, among other neighboring towns. We are an approximately 45 minute drive to Santa Monica and Santa Barbara.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
6 October, 2016

About The Owner

We are husband and wife--She born and raised in Malibu before schooling, working and living on the East Coast and Europe for years. He is German and his lived all over Europe, in Africa, and has worked all over the world.

Our professional field is sustainability and energy policy. She is a policy analyst and advocate, and he specializes in media and marketing.

We love our two dogs as family members and are living our dream, of which we hope to share a slice with you soon.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2011

Why The Owner chose California

One of us is a Malibu native and still a home girl at heart. Both of us have longed to live where we can breathe easily, grow our own food, have water from our own well, enjoy natural and architectural beauty, and still be close to our urban and family responsibilities. After years of searching, we finally got lucky.


based on 38 holidaymaker reviews

Extraordinary Retreat in Malibu
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 38 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This little house and it's surroundings are amazing! So cozy and comfortable and Diane and Mattias are the nicest people you could hope for. The eggs from their hens and freshly baked bread were such a nice touch! We plan to come back again and again! Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We so loved our stay at this cute cottage. My husband, 14 yo daughter and 11yo son enjoyed our time especially quiet mornings while waiting for our granddaughter to be born in LA. The two futon mattresses they provided for our kids worked well. My daughter asked if we could live there. Quite a compliment from a teenage girl. We were respectful of privacy to each other with only curtains for closure in the bathroom so that did not bother us. We would love to return!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How lovely to hear that you all had such a good stay! We hope you will return to visit. :-)
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a magical place in surferland

  • 5 of 5

This is a gorgeous property. The owners are wonderful people and with it's location slightly off the beat 'n track from the Malibu bustle this place is the perfect retreat to tank up on some natural magic

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words. We are delighted that you had a good time!
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A gem in the hills of Malibu

  • 5 of 5

A lovely property with lovely owners. We spent July 4th weekend here and couldn't have picked a better spot. We hope to be back soon and would definitely recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so delighted that you had a good time and look forward to your return!
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Overall good experience

  • 3 of 5

I want to start by stating that we had a great time in the cottage. It is both rustic and beautiful, I love how the rocks show up in the inside and how the whole bathroom is carved directly into the rock. It was very clean on our arrival and Mattias and Diane were very friendly and welcoming.

The grill and the table outside are great addition to the cottage. Going to bed hearing the frog singing truly enhance the "vacation spirit".

No AC but the night are chilly in Malibu and with the windows open it was very comfortable inside the cottage.

The beach 5 min down the cottage is gorgeous as all the beaches nearby!

It hurt me to give only three stars, but we had no hot water and no water pressure altogether during our stay. We mentioned that once to Diane after our arrival, we had normal water for 24 hrs and then nothing again. This was particularly annoying especially with two young children.

Few more remarks, that I feel should be mentioned for information:

- Malibu is not far from LA, but traffic is very dense at anytime during day or night. If you plan most of your time in LA, this may not be the best place to stay.

- There is complimentary WiFi in the cottage, but we did not get any cell phone coverage.

- There is no door for the bathroom, just curtains. It is definitely an assumed choice from the owner and I agree that it looks amazing but you basically get no privacy in the toilet.

- It would be nice to have a source of water outside of the cottage to rinse "sandy feet" before getting in.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a good time and are sorry to hear that the water issue continued after we spoke, which we did not realize. Perhaps because it was such a big heat wave that week, no one mentioned lack of hot water after your initial mention of it. We have not had any complaints since, and just rechecked it and everything is fine, for anyone who may be reading this. We also put in some new equipment to prevent future line clogs. But again, we are so sorry that this issue diminished your experience. Also, for those who might be reading this, there are actually two hoses by the cottage that can be used for feet rinsing - one on the lawn and one in the driveway across from the parking area. And yes, cell coverage is weak here, but those with Verizon will get some, as we have a booster for this. We also have the landline in the cottage for urgent outgoing calls. Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer! Warmest, Diane and Matthias
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Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

The minute we drove into the property, my family was in awe of the natural beauty and immediate serenity that washes over you. Diane met us after we entered from the gate and gave us a walk through of our home away from home for the next five days.

The cottage is fantastic. Bed was very comfortable (and the boys were just fine sleeping on futons on the floor). Shower was lovely. Kitchen had enough equipment to make meals at home. Ceiling fans kept us cool at night.

We fell asleep listening to frogs and woke to the sound of birds and their chicken. Truly an oasis.

As the owners stated, cell service does not work in this area. WIFI was spotty. But this is not a complaint. This forced us to disconnect from technology and it was heaven!

Diane and Mattias are wonderful hosts. They have found the perfect balance of giving you your privacy, but checking in to make sure all is well.

Thank you Diane and Mattias for creating such a beautiful place and sharing it with us.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so lovely having you! And we are delighted that it was such a good time for all of you. Hope your homecoming was sweet and smooth.
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
LAX and Burbank International
Nearest Golf
6.3 Miles
Malibu Country Club
Nearest Motorway
2.9 Miles
Pacific Coast Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
4.6 Miles
Neptune's Net
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Leo Carillo Beach
Car: necessary

Other Activities: hiking, wine tasting, farmer's markets


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Newbury Park, Los Angeles area

Rental Basis:
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1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £327
Cleaning £78
Pet Fee £41

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Stays of more than 2 weeks subject to higher damage deposit.

Extra person fees of $15/night applies for each person exceeding the maximum occupancy of 2.

Single night stays are occasionally available when we are not too busy. Please inquire..

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Newbury Park, USA

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • There is an open stone shower. There is an organic hemp curtain that has been added since the photo was taken, although the shower is already private without it, if you prefer looking at nature. Privacy curtains separate the bathroom area from the rest of the cottage.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , A queen size futon or twin bed can be added
  • The luxurious California King size bed has a plush, all plant fiber mattress pad, a hypoallergenic organic plant fiber duvet, and bamboo sheets.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Courtyard
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 1 deck chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
There is a tankless hot water heater, and for space heating, there are three electric space heaters. There are two ceiling fans for cooling. On the coldest winter nights, the cottage typically is around 65-68 degrees with heaters on. On the hottest summer days, the cottage is typically around 70-75 degrees. In other words, it is pretty temperate, and the vast majority of guests are comfortable. But those looking for very warm or cool interior temperatures may not be ideally comfortable. The water from the tap is high quality and comes from our well, which is tested for purity regularly. Cell phone service limited. We allow well behaved pets.There is a $50 surcharge per pet. For additional details on our pet policy, please inquire. Check in time is 3-10 PM. Check out time is 10 AM. We are sometimes able to accommodate alternative times - please inquire. In the event we can accommodate late check-ins, there will be a surcharge.

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