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Lovely, magical place
The owner was awesome, despite the fact that His wife and the developer of this place was very
ill in hospital. Privacy was perfect and the photos do not do this place justice. These owners are
truely wonderful people and are very generous and lovely hosts. Get Well soon J. !
Stayed: September 2015
Submitted: October 2, 2015
Great place to relax and get away
Great place to relax and get away. The location of the property makes it so it stays cool even
during the middle of the summer, with ocean breezes coming in throughout the day.
Stayed: July 2013
Submitted: July 18, 2013
Source: HomeAway Family
Terrific Place in one of the best locations in LA
My kids love the water. Let's start there. This place has one of the nicest private pools at any
place we have ever stayed. It is beautifully landscaped, inviting and well appointed. The hot tub is
great too. We stayed at the larger guest house (at Don's suggestion) which has the best access
to the pool. His suggestion was most welcome. We ended up planning our days around when the
pool deck would be sunniest as it was early in the season.
Moving on from the pool, the house itself was comfortable and had everything we needed, Decor
I would describe as funky, quirky and provided interesting topics of conversation for the kids.
Giraffe's are part of the theme you will be waiting to discover on your own. The kitchen was small
but well equipped for cooking and dining in, which we did most of the time for dinner and
breakfast. We made ample use of the gas grill by the pool.
The master bedroom was large and comfortable, right off the kitchen. Living areas included a
separate dining area and very comfortable living room with TV/DVD/VCR available (and used with
Don's patient instructions). Downstairs the in-suite laundry was a great perk. The second
bedroom where the kids (8 and 10) stayed was a nice cozy room with garden access. The bed
was a pullout which was fine for the kids, but sharing the house if it was two couple, it might not
be as suitable.
As for the owners, Don and Jerri, they could not have been nicer. They were themselves a true
"California experience". They like to chat and are very proud to share their home with you. They
live in the main house on the property. And there could not be a more perfect marriage of
residence and personality. Felt a bit like a Ray Chandler novel in a very good way.
An example of Don's thoughtfulness happened before we even arrived. He knew we were arriving
late after a flight from the east. He also knew that things up the canyon close quite early. Putting
two and two together he asked if we would like him to have a pizza delivered and ready for dinner
when we got there. He did and it was exactly what we needed. Of course there was wine too,
because they welcome all guests with a bottle - Don will ask preferences (white, red, sparking)
before you get there.
All told, staying with Don and Jerri is a great experience close to the heart of LA but nothing like
staying in LA. I would love to stay again with the kids as they love LA and this was a perfect base.
Stayed: March 2013
Submitted: July 18, 2013
Source: HomeAway Family
Lovely Casa Portofino
I enjoyed a wonderful stay at Casa Portofino; hosts Don and Jerrolyn welcomed me as one
would an old friend, and I felt immediately at home. The home is well appointed with every
necessity, and they graciously stocked the fridge and pantry with fruit, waters, muffins, coffee,
etc....I've NEVER had anyone do this before! Gracious, courteous, professional...and a beautiful
setting. Couldn't ask for more. Many thanks to Don and Jerrolyn for their warm and wonderful
hospitality. Kind regards, Paige Romine/Austin TX.
Stayed: January 2012
Submitted: January 18, 2012
Recommended for: Pet owners, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Adventure seekers, Age 55+,
Nancy, Mike, Sennett, & Weston
Kansas, Texas, Los Angeles
Beautiful vacation rental, wonderful hosts
The title sums up all that needs to be said. We had planned a family vacation to Los Angeles but
needed a place for about 8-9 people to stay. Upon finding this property and reading the reviews,
we decided it looked like a great option. Luckily both the chateau as well as the cottage were
available, so we decided this was the spot. We could not have been more correct. The property is
absolutely spectacular; waterfalls, flowering plants, and peacefulness abound.
On top of the beauty of the property, the residents could not have been more welcoming and kind
to our family and friends. Upon arrival the refrigerator was full of food and drinks for breakfast,
as well as snack items for the rest of the day. We proceeded to spend multiple days with them
poolside, and truly enjoyed ourselves. We have remained in contact and upon returning to Los
Angeles, will not hesitate to rent the properties again.
Stayed: May 2011
Submitted: August 2, 2011
Recommended for: Families with young children, Pet owners, Sightseeing, Girls getaway,
Adventure seekers, Age 55+, Romantic getaway, Families with teenagers
Wonderful experience, outstanding vibe.
Beautiful accommodations with wonderful hosts. One of the best rental experiences I've ever
had. Spending a few days at the Mountain Chateau brought on the desired effect of complete
relaxation. Topanga canyon and the outlying areas offer up some of the most beautiful
countryside in California, combined with the proximity to LA makes this one ideal getaway. Pool,
Hot tub and a view of the ridge close the deal. Highly recommended.
There's a dream-like quality to Don and Jerri's wonderful guest house situated on a hill
overlooking their Topanga estate. The chateau is made from local timber and is in immaculately
conserved condition. It's laden with authentic character and really nothing like the typical holiday
Jerri's passion for unusual artifacts and design make this a location like no other. You don't need
any artificial stimulants to experience the surreal quality of their landscaped estate, beautiful
pool, hot-tub and many many sculptures and curiosities tucked under every rock.
The owners are beyond charming and go to any lengths to take care of their guests. The whole
experience is perfect for children who can spend hours in the pool or adults wanting to relax in a
tranquil stunningly beautiful location. We totally recommend this secret hideaway.
Georgia, John, and Jules
Carson City, Nevada
My husband and I, along with our basset hound, spent Christmas and New Years Eve 2010 at this
mountain chateau. The photos did accurately reflect the chateau, but didn't really do it justice.
Everything was beautiful and well-maintained. Jerri and Don went out of their way to welcome
us.They had a beautiful Christmas tree decorated especially for us, along with welcoming gifts.
Several times Don had to come up for various reasons, to teach us how to use the remote control
for the TV, to show us where to park, etc., and he did so each time with grace and gentility. Jules
even got the royal treatment! The property cannot be described accurately; enchanting is the
word that comes to mind. My husband hiked all over Topanga and Santa Monica, and Jules and I
relaxed in the chateau. I spent a few hours in Jerri and Don's house on Christmas Eve...it was a
Christmas wonderland, and they are gracious and friendly hosts. We were even invited to
Christmas dinner and New Years Eve! They definitely went above and beyond the call of duty as
Besides the unusually rainy weather, over which our wonderful hosts had no control, we couldn't
have asked for a nicer vacation spot, or nicer temporarily landlords. When I left, I told Don that I
could be happy living in the chateau. A charming and calming place, it's probably even better
when the weather allows the gorgeous pool and spa to be used.
I would recommend this vacation spot to anyone. I'll never forget our time there.
Bill and Elizabeth
Extraordinary Vacation Home
My wife and I had occasion to travel to the LA area for two weeks recently... after spending a few
nights in a dreary (but high-end and high-priced) corporate hotel, we did a bit of searching on line
and came across Jerri and Don's listing of their "secluded mountain chateau". What a delightful
alternative to the hotel! We could not have been happier with the accommodations or better
treated by our gracious hosts. The listing is completely accurate and the pictures on the site
actually understate the beauty and privacy of the property. Jerri and Don were so attuned to our
needs, ensuring that we were completely comfortable throughout our stay and offering cheerful
company when we sought it out but total privacy otherwise.
The rental was an excellent value as well, particularly when you consider that this beautiful
chateau, with its well-equipped kitchen also includes phone service, internet, cable, movies,
parking, etc. We clearly saved money - and had a MUCH more pleasant stay than we would have
had we stayed in the hotel. It would be difficult to imagine a more private, luxurious or beautifully
landscaped pool and hot tub... not to mention the comfortable lounges, fluffy towels, a gas grill,
etc., etc., etc.!
The town of Topanga is so pleasant, with some wonderful restaurants, and a very reasonable
drive to the beaches and all the points we needed to be in LA.
The views are magnificent and the home is quite simply extraordinarily spacious and
well-equipped. This property has my highest recommendation and I am so grateful to have found
wonderful new friends in our hosts.
Kansas City, MO
My husband stayed in this house for two weeks. The home is beautifully furnished, clean,
comfortable and the owners were always responsive to our needs. I especially enjoyed my
morning coffee from the deck looking out at the mountain range.
The restaurants in Topanga were all enjoyable and there are numerous dining options only 20
minutes away either on the coast or in the valley. I recommend this property for anyone looking
to get away while remaining within a reasonable driving distance of the city and the ocean. We
enjoyed staying there and will return.
Stayed: May 2010
Submitted: June 3, 2010
Recommended for: People with disabilities, Families with young children, Girls getaway, Age 55+,
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