Charming & Romantic B&B /Retreat

Bed & Breakfast - Entire home/apt · Encina Rd, Topanga Hills Encina Rd, Topanga Canyon, CA 90290, United States

Gorgeous, private & romantic, The Chianti Life Retreat/B&B is located within walking distance to the large Topanga State Park, & caters exclusively to couples & singles. Each night's stay includes a full gourmet, organic breakfast.

Your host, Ciel/Red
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Gorgeous, private & romantic, The Chianti Life Retreat/B&B is located within walking distance to the large Topanga State Park, & caters exclusively to couples & singles. Each night's stay includes a full gourmet, organic breakfast.

The Space

Romantic & charming, this beautiful Retreat/B&B is a perfect hideaway retreat for writers, lovers, wedding night/honeymoons, good friends, and weary travelers wanting the perfect spot to unwind and get away from it all. The Chianti Life Retreat/B&B is located on a gorgeous acre nestled in the Santa Monica mountains of Topanga Canyon under a canopy of 30 old oak trees, and surrounded by private meditation areas, rose gardens, woodland walkways, and beautiful dining bridges that span a bubbling spring-fed creek. There are multiple hidden areas to sit, write, picnic, read, meditate, or simple enjoy a peaceful vacation away from the city. Within walking distance from the Topanga State Park, this lovely cottage location offers miles of mountain-biking & hiking trails, and is a two minute drive to local restaurants, charming bistros, boutique shopping, country general stores, and our local farmer's market held every Friday morning. A short drive will take you to the local Santa Monica or Malibu beaches.

Price includes a European style breakfast served under the canopy of oaks with French Press coffee, orange juice, our own gourmet homemade breads & pastries, a choice of fresh eggs, steel cut oats, or our homemade granola, and fresh organic fruits of the season. We opened 'Cibo Vero!-Dining-On-The-Bridge' in July 2012, which offers a super private and elegant 5-course dining experience for 2-4 in Italian or French Country cuisine. Our guests dine on our large dining bridge over the stream-fed creek, under the stars and a wide canopy of old oaks. This experience is priced separately and must be ordered 1 week in advance as everything is prepared by hand and exclusively private and custom for the reserved couple only.

We offer private organic facials, one-on-one private sessions of yoga & guided meditation, as well as multiple modalities of body massage therapy, which include Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Theta Healing, Reiki and Crystal Healing, among others.

The enchanting cottage is graciously decorated in a European-living atmosphere and includes beautiful linens, a step-down spacious master bedroom set high over the spring-fed creek with gorgeous woodland views, a master bath with claw-foot tub, large mirrors & cozy soft bathrobes, living room/sitting area, small amenities kitchen and French doors that lead to a private outdoor breakfast area, and to expansive decking under the oaks. Try your hand at a game of chess, take a walk through the woods to one of the many meditation areas, or have a picnic on one of the bridges that span the running creek.
Wi-Fi is available.

- Private Body Therapy-Price upon request.
- Private Yoga and Guided Mediatation- Price upon request
- Organic Facials- Price upon request
- Private, elegant 5-course gourmet dinners on the bridge for 2-6 -Price upon request.
-Ultra Romantic Trail-Ride Package available, Includes 90 minutes guided sunset trail ride with bouquet of roses, followed by private couple's massage and evening at the Chianti Life - Price Upon Request
-Private dinner for 2 not included in package- Additional Price Upon Request

Property is also available to rent for small, intimate weddings, meditation and writing retreats, and yoga classes.

Guest Access

The property surrounding the cottage, decks, meditation areas, and driveway.

Interaction with Guests

Only if needed and of course, at breakfast, when guests are being served.

The Neighborhood

Our location is within walking distance to the Topanga State Park and about a 10 minute drive to the ocean and the beaches of Santa Monica & Malibu. Easy access to the LAX airport and fantastic shopping.

Getting around

There is no public transit in Topanga Canyon.

Other Things to Note

Long Term Cleaning fees are as follows:
$75.00 - 1-3 days of stay
$150.00- 3-5 days of stay
$200.00- 5-10 days of stay
$300.00- 10-20 days of stay
Monthly stays- Price upon request

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Monthly Price: $6340 /month
Security Deposit: $250
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Ciel's B&B is a magical place. The spaces inside and out are beautiful and serene, and Ciel has artfully attended to every nook and cranny. From the moment we arrived, Ciel was warm and accommodating, making sure we had everything we needed. She is a fabulous, gourmet cook. Our three-course dinner and abundant breakfast were divine, better than any five-star restaurant. We're looking forward to our next visit.

    July 2014
    Response from Ciel/Red:

    Thank you Meg! What fun it was to have you and Mary here!! I loved the "two beautiful sisters" visit :) It was so great to cook for you and I will long remember this beautiful time ...too short....but I feel lucky to have had you and Mary here at the Chianti Life Retreat. Thank you, thank you... A hug, Ciel :)

    July 2014
  • What can I say other than that I cannot wait to return and enjoy another night in the chianti life retreat! From the warm welcoming hugs from the Ciel, to the absolutely gorgeous and very private cottage, to waking up to the sounds of nature with our open windows and doors, to the exquisite breakfast served by the most gracious and lovely host. It was a delightful adventure and it made our anniversary such a special memory! Everyone needs to enjoy at least one night in this beautiful retreat, I cannot wait for the next time that I can snuggle up in the oversized plush bath robes and sit on the porch and be able to enjoy the breathtaking masterpiece that is the chianti life retreat.

    June 2014
    Response from Ciel/Red:

    Thank you dearest Carolyn and Patrick! You are both such precious people and I was so happy to have had the opportunity to meet you and to host you here at the retreat. I truly can't wait to see you again. Wishing you both all the very best blessings. You are going to have a long & very happy life together....I just feel that so strongly. Please stay in touch
    A hug

    June 2014
  • Perfect. I can highly recommend this place. An amazing weekend. A beautiful place, quiet, far better than we could have imagined. And hosting by Ciel was warm and very friendly. An unbelievable homemade breakfast was served to us outside on the deck in the sunshine every morning. The beaches are close by. A perfect weekend. Thanks Ciel, we will be back.

    June 2014
    Response from Ciel/Red:

    Thank you Martin! It was wonderful to meet you and Nicole and I so look forward to your return!

    June 2014
  • Back at home, eating a leftover scone freshly made by Ciel, and already missing our quick weekend getaway to The Chianti Life B&B. We knew it was going to be good when our friends raved about it, but nothing beats personally experiencing the intangibles that make The Chianti Life extra special: waking up to a window full of sunlight and trees; the soft, billowy, engulfing, comforters; sitting outdoors in comfy lounge chairs reading and chatting by a vintage fireplace for hours; smelling Ciel's fresh flowers strewn about the cottage; Louis Armstrong and classical music streaming from the stereo; being stuffed beyond comprehension by Ciel's gourmet breakfast every morning (how did she guess Mark's weakness for strawberry shortcake??); long baths in the claw foot tub, replete with scented bubbles and lavender salts Ciel kindly provided; the sense of worldly travel and history and family emanating from every carefully-chosen trinket decorating the space...could probably go on and on, but then I'd miss it too much! The best part truly was Ciel--her bubbly energy, kindness, and willingness to give her guests every possible thing to make them feel comfortable and welcomed. We came to temporarily escape the stresses of life, to regroup and recuperate, and we got all of that plus so much more. A new friend; a new magical discovery; and a reassurance that yes, one can find peace and tranquility in the midst of hectic LA. Visit Ciel and the Chianti Life-you won't regret it. XOXO, Dani and Mark.

    May 2014
    Response from Ciel/Red:

    Thank you Dani! It was magic having you and Mark!! Magic!! Thank you, thank are an amazing couple and it was truly a joy to have you.

    The Wi-Fi....ooooohhhhh...have never had that problem before....truly....and I use it over there often myself....but I did experience some issues last night on the it may have been something strange these particular last few days???....which I don't know why. I use it nearly every day for my business so I don't know...We also have FIOS here and the fastest connection possible which sits on the telephone pole just on the backside of the studio....the main Fios connection for our neighborhood is on that telephone pole in back of the it's a bit strange that you had these issues. Why? I don't know...but thanks for bringing my attention to it and I will check it out again today while I'm working out on the bridge!
    Much love and big hugs to you two and thank you so much for all the blessings you brought to this place!!!! miss you!!
    Ciel :)

    May 2014
  • My stay in this beautiful piece of heaven, away from the madness of city, was EVERYTHING! I was in desperate need of a escape and time to rejuvenate from a very, full, busy and demanding
    life. But Ciel was so patient during the planning
    process. She catered to my requests and intuitively knew exactly what I needed. Every detail was beyond perfect. Ciel thought of everything. Upon pulling up to the property and seeing her welcoming face, I knew I would be right at home. Everything was so beautiful that I could not help but to squeal with delight! And don't get me started on the food. Ciel prepared her 5 course Italian dinner for my husband and I .. And it was beyond fantastic from start to finish. Sitting outside under the twinkling lights and candlelight.. It was beyond romantic. Then, as my husband left to return to our 4 children so
    I can get a weekend of rest, relaxation and solitude.. I just sat and soaked in the magic and beautiful energy of Chianti Life. I enjoyed the lovely selection of music from opera to jazz ... the cute decor and intricate touches of Europe spread throughout the cottage. Upon waking from the best sleep I have had in months, The massage therapist prepared for my treatment as Ciel prepared an Epic breakfast spread for me outside. With hummingbirds flitting by and deer coming close ..I sat and enjoyed a breakfast fit for a queen. I have found the place I will come when I need a break and want to treat myself to nurturing, nourishment and beauty. I will
    be returning again and again and I can honestly
    Say I am so glad I found this ethereal place and
    Otherworldly sage. Thank you Ciel
    For EVERYTHING!!! Xoxoxox

    May 2014
    Response from Ciel/Red:

    Dearest are the angel here....truly a blessing to have your spirit on this land....and to have been able to share a bit of life with you and your amazing husband, Trey. Thank you for this beautiful review. Thank you for sharing that special energy of yours...your very special 'light'....with TCL and leaving your lovely footprint on this land. I am so looking forward to your return. Miss you! xoxo Ciel :)

    May 2014
  • Dear Ciel, thank you for turning my fairytale vision of a proposal into a real life dream come true for my sweet love Sara. The weekend was everything we could have hoped for and more. Our parents and we had a beautiful evening we will never forget. The food was delicious, the scene was idyllic and the accommodations were sumptuously cozy. The photos you took captured each moment crystal clear. A thousand times thank you. We can't wait to come back!

    May 2014
    Response from Ciel/Red:

    Thank you Kaveh for allowing the Chianti Life...and me to be a part of this amazing evening. Your beautiful song to Sarah brought misty eyes all the way around and your proposal and her "YES!" was a magical part of an evening I won't soon forget. Thank you for the lovely review....I'm so happy your dreams came true here at the retreat! Many, many best wishes and I can't wait for your return!

    May 2014
  • We spent a blissful week with Ciel at her gorgeous B&B in Topanga. Coming from Australia it was a great first port of call to really relax at the start of the holiday and to get over our jetlag. Not only did she feed us sumptuous breakfasts of her own cooking and baking, the B & B is located in a wonderfully tranquil spot, in a beautifully decorated home and she is a wonderful host!

    Ciel also gave us good advice on things to do in the area such as day trip to Santa Barbara, shopping at Santa Monica and a walk in the local national park.

    When I think again about the beautiful bedroom I just want to go back and sink into the gorgeous soft pillows! She has done a great job on making her B&B a truly unique, delicious and rejuvenating experience.

    We highly recommend it and look forward to returning again on our next LA trip.

    April 2014
    Response from Ciel/Red:

    Hi dearest Rebecca & Andrew! Thank you for this beautiful review! I just keep remembering your amazing smile (take a look on the Chianti Life(website hidden)page soon...will be posting you two in a day or so☺…)…and Andrew standing facing into the woods with that fabulous camera, taking pictures of the deer and the “mama hummingbird!” It was wonderful to have you two here in this 'neck of the woods.' I really look forward to your return one day….and to hosting you here again. And yes….I’m dreaming of getting to your extraordinary spot in Australia☺ ☺
    Thank you, thank you …for being exceptional guests! I hope you enjoy your stay in beautiful Paris ☺

    April 2014
  • We spent two glorious days at The Chianti Life B&B for our Mini-Moon. We had such an amazing time, and have not stopped talking about how much we love it to all of our friends! Imagine walking on a wood deck though a canopy of oak and eucalyptus trees, over a stream, and past quiet nooks containing comfy chairs and wood burning fire stoves, rustic tables and chairs. Twinkling lights guided our way. We already knew we had picked the perfect spot to wind down from a hectic wedding weekend and reflect upon our love and commitment. The cottage was beautiful and private. Its living room streamed the sounds of European classics, and it smelled of fresh flowers. Each room was appointed with a lifetime of collected art and photographs dating back a century. The exquisite bedroom, with its plush bed and french doors and windows was topped off with a fireplace that made the cottage cozy and even more romantic. We spent our days at The Chianti Life reading, chatting, and hiking at Topanga State Park (no more then a 3 min drive from its entrance). The views were stunning, and the 2 hour hike helped us work up an appetite. The town, just 5 min down the road, is filled with french, italian, and Mexican restaurants as well as boutiques and art shops. The highlight of the trip was the exquisite breakfasts from Ciel each morning. It was some of the most amazing food I have ever eaten, even a simple egg dish was outrageously delicious, and the food just kept coming. We did not have to eat the rest of the day! We will absolutely be indulging in her dinner next time we go, which takes a week to prepare for, so plan ahead. We wish we had! Ceil is kind and respectful. Her priority is being a wonderful host, and providing a sense of privacy and quiet for her guests. She has had an amazing life and travels, and frequents Italy and France (and you will indulge in the bounty she brings home, from cherry balsamic sauce with your salad to natural sugar crystals in you pressed coffee!). Ceil, THANK YOU for giving us a mini-moon of a lifetime! We are so blessed to have this magical place to come back to for decades to come. We love you!

    April 2014
    Response from Ciel/Red:

    Dearest Virginia,
    What a beautiful review of you stay here at the Chianti Life Retreat!! Thank you:)!
    In the two days you were here, you brought so much romance and love to this Retreat. From the start…coming into the bedroom…the gorgeous flowers, from your wedding, that you carefully arranged all around the room for Mitch and you, to the candles and your gorgeous wedding dress!!! (..oh my gosh…what a beautiful dress!!) Even at the breakfast table you managed to add more flowers from your wedding….a perfect extension of what was such a magical wedding
    You are an amazing couple…simply the most perfectly matched and adorable couple ever. I loved hosting you two and although I know you are leaving for Atlanta to live, I can’t help but dream of the day when you two return to the Chianti Life. Yes! Dinner on the bridge!!! I can hardly wait☺
    Thank you Virginia and Mitch! Missing you and I love you back!

    April 2014
  • We spent two wonderful and romantic weeks at Ciel's rustic styled house on her enchanted property under the trees. Ciel has a kind, loving and helpful nature. She was there for us every moment while respecting our privacy when needed.
    we enjoyed a wonderful optional dinner on the bridge celebrating our reunion in the best surrounding that one can imagine! Ciel prepared the most mouthwatering and delicious selections from her italian menu for us. while other airbnb's offer only the service of providing a key under the doormat here you get an extensive breakfast and the best host you can imagine!

    April 2014
    Response from Ciel/Red:

    Thank you dear Bjoern and Nadine.....what a PLEASURE for me to host the two of you! The conversations were wonderful...thank your for your amazing tech' savvy and I loved hearing from Nadine about her travels and some of her amazing experiences in the months before you two arrived here at TCL. You left a beautiful 'mark' on this land and your presence here is very much missed. I hope I will get to your neck of the woods in Germany one day soon so I can experience your interesting life there. ....and......I can't wait for the day when you two return to TCL for another relaxing time here...vino on the veranda...breakfast under the trees and who knows...maybe a French cuisine next time around!!
    Thank you both again!! :)

    April 2014
  • Ciel was absolutely lovely and incredibly helpful throughout the entire booking process. The space was exactly as depicted, if not more beautiful. Ciel provided detailed directions and was extremely accommodating in helping to arrange our stay. She was courteous, thoughtful and prompt--really couldn't have asked for a better host or experience. I highly recommend booking !!!

    November 2013
    Response from Ciel/Red:

    Thank you Michaela! You were wonderful to work with and your crew was brilliant here! Loved every one of them :)

    November 2013
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I'm a writer, producer, sustainable lifestyle enthusiast, gourmet chef well-versed in Italian and French country cooking, lover of organic good food, peaceful surroundings and all things beautiful. Born and raised in Northern California, have lived in Topanga canyon for many years in the magical beauty of peace and nature. I have lived off and on in Italy and speak English and some Italian. Currently working on a project to help our environment all over the world and running what some call "the BEST B&B in So Cal!"
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