Enchanting Artist's Guest House

House - Entire home/apt · Santa Clara Ave, Venice, CA 90291, United States
Simon, Darla & Wolfe
Your host, Simon, Darla & Wolfe
61 Reviews
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The Space

This dreamy cottage was designed by a prominent Venice artist who's known for his elaborate glass design. It's a sexy cozy space with a full bath, dining area, kitchen equipped with everything you need to make and serve yummy meals, a gorgeous glass sitting room with a twin day bed to lounge with a good book, and an exotic tropical garden. It is used solely for guest purposes, and is unencumbered by the owners personal items.

Located on a quiet one-way street, this little piece of heaven is located a 1/2 block from the glamorous Abbot Kinney Boulevard and 4 blocks from world famous Venice Beach.

There is ample room for storage with a closet for hanging clothes and two dressers. Perfect for a couple, or young parents with a small child, or a stay over friend. Furnished with two comfortable beds: one queen size in sleeping area, and one twin that doubles as a day bed in the glass sitting room. Both beds are made with luxurious high thread count linens. Bath and beach towels are provided as well.

The kitchen has a stove top, espresso maker, electric kettle, and toaster. The lush garden offers a sitting area and small dining table.

There are plenty of entertainment options: a sound system with multiple CD player, APPLE TV and dvd player, ipod hookup and wireless internet connection.

The interior is decorated in an eclectic fashion, with one of a kind pieces from the owners personal collection of art and books, as well as beautiful objects and furniture designed by the owner himself. Truly romantic, come here with someone you love, or alone to nourish your soul in this contemplative, inspiring place.

Abbot Kinney has been named "the coolest block in America" by GQ magazine and is known to offer the most unique array of shopping, restaurants and galleries in the city. TWO BIKES and locks are available for cruising around this wonderful little town.

Come and feast on all Venice has to offer...having traveled the world we can attest to the fact that there are few places with the rich intoxicating tapestry of culture, nature, art, cutting edge cuisine, diverse shopping, and amazing people you will find here.


Just minutes away you'll find the world-famous Venice Beach Boardwalk on the beach! On Abbot Kinney Blvd. you'll find specialty shops, excellent restaurants and trendy art galleries. Just north in Santa Monica, Main Street is fun; there's the Farmer's Market, the Santa Monica Pier and Amusement Park, and the hip Third Street Promenade with shops, restaurants and movies. Just south in Marina del Rey you can take a cruise, enjoy water-side dining, and take the Flyer over to Santa Catalina Island.

It's close to everything: the canals, shopping, the Venice Boardwalk and the white sandy beach, where you'll find volleyball, biking, basketball and just about every outdoor activity, including the famous Muscle Beach. Or, head to the water for swimming, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, shelling and deep-sea fishing. Only 5.5 miles from LAX airport.

Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Hollywood, Getty Museum, Norton Simon Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), La Brea Tar Pits, Peterson Automotive Museum, Museum of Tolerance, Museum Of Jurassic Technology, Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, Griffith Observatory, Newport Beach and Fashion Island, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena and the Rose Bowl, Will Rogers State Park, Santa Monica Mountain Park, Greek Theater, and the Hollywood Bowl.

Take Bus 3 to LAX, Santa Monica, and Westwood.

Street parking only.

We do have cats on the property but they don't go inside the guest house. However, they may stroll through the private garden occasionally.

No babies or toddlers without our permission.

Other Things to Note

No babies or toddlers without our permission.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $25 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $900 /week
Monthly Price: $3600 /month
Security Deposit: $400
Cleaning Fee: $60
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Some pets

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • We loved staying at this guest house! It had wonderful spaces -- including a glass room & nice outdoor patio section. The kitchen allowed us to cook nice meals. The bed was very comfortable (with the best pillows I've ever had! I'm buying one for myself!). And, the location was perfect -- close walk to all of the shops & restaurants. Highly recommend this enchanted artist's guest house!

    June 2014
  • Really enjoyed our stay at Simon and Darlas guest house. It's very well setup, very comfortable and is a really fresh and charming space. Very close to Abbott Kinney St for shops and only 15mins walk or 5min ride from Venice beach and boardwalk. Having the use of a couple bikes was also an amazing bonus. Would stay here again for sure!

    June 2014
  • Darla and Simon (email hidden) in the heart of Venice that is inspirational, re-energizing, interesting, and beautiful. My husband and I loved the character of the place!

    Darla communicated quickly, provided all of the information we needed in advance, and was very pleasant to meet. We hope to stay here again soon! Would recommend this amazing space at an amazing price to everyone!

    June 2014
  • We had an absolutely lovely stay here! Highly recommend. Uniquely beautiful style and comforting atmosphere. The sunroom (email hidden) to lounge and relax and the bed was super comfy. Very private, we felt completely at home here. Perfect after our long flight from Australia.

    Location is great. Close to restaurants, cafés and shops on Abbot Kinney but tucked away on a quiet back street. Also a short bike ride to the beach.

    May 2014
  • What a wonderful way to relax in between all our son's pre-wedding bustle! Only sorry we didn't have enough opportunities to take full advantage of the patio and outdoor living space. Hope to make-up for that the next time we're on the West Coast! - thank you Simon and Darla and Wolfe!

    May 2014
  • We had a fantastic time at Simon & Darla's guest house! This place already has a ton of great reviews and the last few, at least, are all accurate. Even with all of the reviews, though, there were a few pleasant surprises.

    First, the location was outstanding, even better than I'd expected. I had read repeatedly that it was only a five minute walk to Abbot Kinney, and just a few more blocks to the beach, but I was still surprised by how quickly we arrived. We parked the car on day one and never moved it again until we had to leave for LAX (which was an awesomely painless drive, by the way).

    Second, the guest house was just beautiful. You know you're signing up for a stylish and interesting place when you see the pictures, but it's actually even better in person.

    Third, the guest house was surprisingly private. After you walk through a front gate that is shared with the rest of the house, you enter a completely fenced off and private area that includes the guest house and the patio. I wasn't sure how privacy was going to work in a guest house with a glass walled room, but it totally wasn't an issue. And like everyone else has said, spending some time hanging out in that glass room is a really great experience.

    As hosts, Simon and Darla were accommodating and totally unobtrusive. We never actually met, but they were communicative and quick to respond to any questions or issues.

    All in all, I feel like this was the perfect place for our Venice weekend. I'd choose it again in a heartbeat.

    May 2014
  • Great location a stone's throw from Abbott-Kinney. Very separate and private, two comfortable beds. Loved sleeping in the solarium under the palm trees. Stayed cool with no a/c even though it was scorching outside. Kitchen equipped for basic food storage and prep, not lacking anything except a stopper for the sink. Reliable WiFi and AppleTV/Netflix. Easy in, easy out, low-hassle transaction, enjoyable stay, thanks Simon, Darla and Wolfe!

    May 2014
  • We had such an amazing girls beach weekend staying at the enchanting beach cottage! It looks exactly as funky + cozy as it does in the photos. The location is ideal, so close to Abbot Kinney + many fun bars, shops, cafés + restaurants. We loved relaxing in the glass room, sipping champagne in their super pretty glassware they provide. We all would love to stay here again!

    May 2014
  • What a total delight this beautiful guest house turned out to be! I am a Real Estate Broker in Portland Oregon and see many, many fabulous homes, but this really is a prize! My daughter and I stayed here and totally enjoyed every minute of it. We rode the 2 bikes provided everyday and had breakfast on the private patio surrounded by gorgeous lush greenery. The master bedroom area was cozy and had wonderful topnotch linens. My daughter slept in the glassed in area and was bewitched by it! Simon met us and showed us around the property and is a very interesting and helpful host!
    We cannot wait to go back! Thank you Simon and Darla!!

    Shirley and Jennifer

    May 2014
  • Fantastic quiet getaway gem, 1 block from Abbot Kinney, in the heart of Venice Beach. Very private, loved the decor, the glass room (very pleasant sleeping there with the surrounding bird of Paradise blowing all around you. Bathroom and kitchen were nicely stocked with essentials. So much do do in the area, we never turned on the tv, hosts provide bikes, so you can stay self-contained with plenty to do and see without a car for a week. Mattress a little lumpy, but plenty of beautiful linens and pillows. Simon and Darla were wonderfully discrete hosts! We had an amazing holiday, thank you!

    April 2014
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Simon is an Australian artist who's lived in Venice for the last 30 years. Darla is the owner of a fashion line and boutique in Venice.
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