Malibu Yurt Retreat On Organic Farm

Yurt - Entire home/apt · Decker Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265, United States

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A private and secluded eco-friendly Yurt with all the modern conveniences on working organic citrus farm. DESIGNED BY AWARD-WINNING INTERIOR DESIGN AUTHOR OF 'SAFARI CHIC' AND 'SWAHILI CHIC'

Announcement: We're now part of EatWith, too! Want to enjoy our famous 'farm-to-table' home-cooked organic meals but our rooms are full? Log onto EatWith to reserve a meal with us on the ocean-view sun deck or dining room.

Surrounded by canyon park-lands, this brand-new yurt with luxury conveniences features one large circular room (24’ diameter) with a queen size bed in the sleeping loft, a full size sofa bed in the living room, and two additional airbeds available as needed. There is a well-equipped kitchen and en-suite bathroom with shower. While retaining the circular structure and skylight of traditional yurts, this modern guest house has bamboo flooring, built-in walls, glass windows, heating, ceiling fan, WiFi (from 6 am - 11 pm) and satellite TV (no PPV movies/porn or Fox News). It is tastefully decorated with Southwest Navajo artifacts.

This beautiful, brand-new yurt is available by the night, week or month. It sleeps 4 comfortably, and additional air beds are available. Neither pets nor children under the age of 7 are allowed.

In this rustic retreat, you’ll enjoy the tranquility of sustainable living in the midst of our organic orchard and organic gardens watered with our own well. Just a little over a mile up a scenic canyon road from the Pacific Coast Highway, our neighborhood is home to deer, coyotes, raccoons and hawks and just a few families. Floating above the coast, the property has amazing views of the canyon and the ocean beyond with limitless lookouts for sunrise, sunset, moonrise and star-gazing. Surrounded by our Meyer lemon and avocado orchard, the yurt is adjacent to our organic vegetable gardens and free-range chicken coop.

In the morning, there is fresh brewed coffee en suite. Home-cooked organic meals featuring our own garden-fresh produce and local, organic or varietal wines can be arranged at a reasonable price.

Committed to an ecological lifestyle, we alert guests to a few limitations. No loud music. No parties or non-paying guests unless cleared by the management. Smoking allowed outside only, on decks or patio - use ashtrays only. This is a highly flammable wildlife area.

We also want to advise guests that this is a working orchard and vegetable garden. People uncomfortable with domestic animals (dogs, chickens, rooster) or scared by the sounds of wild animals (coyotes, owls, song birds) may prefer an urban location. Also, those who are very light sleepers should consider using earplugs if the possibilty of sounds of coyotes, owls, rooster or dogs keep them awake. While we strive to avoid working around the Yurt during early morning or late afternoon when guests like to relax, we will be tending the gardens, etc. during the day which many guests find fascinating.

Whether you wish to retreat to Nature or explore the surroundings, you have a wide choice of activities. Our canyons and beaches boast world-class mountain biking, hiking, horse-riding, wine-tasting, surfing and sunbathing. Nearby are local restaurants and hangouts while the towns of Westlake Village & Thousand Oaks are just 15 miles away to the north. There are hiking trails right out the yurt door which access Nicholas Canyon Park and lake as well as Leo Carillo State Park. We can arrange horseback lessons and trail rides locally, as well as rental of surfboards, wet suits, and mountain bikes. Yoga, dance, Pilates, acupuncture, massage, and gym usage can also be arranged.

While secluded, we are easily accessible by major roads. A 3 minute drive down the canyon takes you to Pacific Coast Highway’s most pristine beaches in southern California. It’s just a few more miles to beautiful Malibu town and pier with all lots of shopping, dining and recreational opportunities. A 12 minute drive in the other direction takes you to the Ventura Freeway for easy access to Burbank. Downtown L.A., Disney land and beyond... Or heading north to Ventura, Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, and other sights on the way to San Francisco.

If you wish to book, please include in your message this specific information:
* Number of People
* Ages of Children
* Intentions of having guests
* If you have food or animal allergies.


At the beach:
Sunset Restaurant – elegant beachside dining in Point Dume.
Neptune’s Net – seafood and snacks – surfers’ and bikers ‘hangout.
Spruzo’s Café – pizza and Italian dining with beach view.
Kristy’s Café – oven roasted dinners with panorama sea view
Malibu Seafood – world famous Malibu outdoor fish dining with sea view
Paradise Cove – beach-side dining and take-out on the beach

At Point Dume:
Sage Room – authentic Italian dining
Lily’s Café – Mexican breakfast and lunch. local hangout.
Zuma Sushi – Delicious and reasonable – a Zuma favorite
Mexican Café – Margarita happy hours

In the Canyons:
Calamigos Ranch – Romantic indoor/outdoor canyon dining
The Old Place – Wild West dining – good for brunch
Saddle Peak Lodge – elk, bison, ostrich – great atmosphere
Rock Store – local hangout – good for beer and burger
Malibu Golf Club – quiet place to mingle with Malibu locals

In Malibu/Pier area
Nobu - Sushi
Geoffrey’s - Italian
Mr. Chow – elegant Chinese food
Dukes of Hawaii – fish and steaks
Tony Tavernas - Greek
Malibu Kitchen – breakfast & lunch
Howdie’s – organic Mexican
Moon Shadows – American steakhouse
Gladstone’s - Fish
Cholada Thai Beach Café, and many more.

Farmers’ Market – Sunday mornings
Vital Zuman organic farm stand – all grown on local farm
Pavillions Super Market – nearby modern convenience
PC Greens – wonderful organic market and deli
Erewhon Organic Market – (coming soon in 2013)

Wine Tasting:
Malibu Wines
Malibu & Vine
Sip Cielo

Cool Spots:
Orchid Gardens
Trancas Nursery
Troutdale (trout fishing)
Paramount Ranch Movie Set Park (home of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman)
Malibu State Park (home of MASH filming)
Point Dume Park
Paradise Cove (home of Rockford Files TV show)

Great Beaches:
Malibu Surfrider Beach – considered one of the greatest surfing beaches on Earth
El Matador Beach - gorgeous pocket beach with natural arches
Pescador Beach – gorgeous pocket beach
Leo Carrillo – another beautiful beach with natural nooks and crannies
Zuma Beach – 3 mile long white sands beach

Guest Access

Guests have access to the pool and pool patio in addition to their own private terrace. They also have access to hiking trails right outside the door as 180 degrees of the property is bordered by Santa Monica Mountains Parks. Malibu's best surf beaches and most secluded beautiful beaches are just 2 miles down the road and in the other direction are wine-tasting sites in the midst of Malibu's vineyards. And, don't forget to star-gaze here in one of LA's only Dark-Sky preserves.

Interaction with Guests

Lastly, guests have access to Malibu's most affordable, quality dining option - our own farm-to-table, all organic home-cooked breakfast or dinners.

We love to interact with our guests, but we strive to give guests the level of interaction and privacy they want.. Honeymooners, for example, are given total privacy. Other guests who want to mingle will enjoy hearing stories of our travels and behind-the-scenes working on Hollywood Studios as well as great tips for how to enjoy Malibu. The best way to do this is to indulge in one of our very affordable farm-to-table, all-organic home-cooked breakfasts or dinners.

The Neighborhood

Malibu West is the real, authentic Malibu populated by the surfers, ranchers, and artists that together create a unique environment. While neighbors are hardly visible here in our canyon, a great way to enjoy the architecture of the area is to stroll along the shore of Broad Beach where many Malibu celebrities live. Another great option is to cruise Mulholland Drive all the way to the ocean.

Getting around

Having a car is best, but if you don't we can pick you up at the bus stop at Trancas down the road for a reasonable fee.

Other Things to Note

It is important to note that during the months of Jan, Feb, & March, the temperature at night can fall below 50 degrees. Although there is a nice gas heater in the yurt, it is important to be aware that it can be chilly by morning even with the heater on, so we recommend having some warmer morning clothing available during these months. We provide extra blankets for the bed during this time also.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $30 / night after 2 guests
Monthly Price: $3700 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Bibi is an amazing host! We had a wonderful experience at the yurt on her organic farm. From the moment we arrived we immediately felt welcome. Our experience was everything we anticipated and more. The yurt was awesome... Clean, cozy, warm and stocked with all of the conveniences you would need - warm blankets, a comfortable bed, delicious coffee, food in the refrigerator, etc. We really enjoyed the farm to table organic dinner that Bibi prepared. It was absolutely delightful! And, the best part was sitting on the outside patio overlooking a breathtaking view of the ocean and canyons, and sharing great conversation with Bibi, Bruce and other guests. Bibi's positive and fun energy is amazing. A stay at the yurt on her organic farm is highly recommended. Beautiful, relaxing and peaceful. We will definitely be back soon!

    April 2014
  • I absolutely love staying with Bibi. I have stayed in the lovely Zen Retreat room by myself, which is so inviting and warm, and recently stayed in the Yurt with my family. The Zen room is colorful yet relaxing and has the benefit of a little deck and table so you can soak in the mountains, sea, and birds. The Yurt was so fun! We could hide away in our private spot, with a nice little kitchen for cooking, then head right down to the beach and the Malibu offerings, after enjoying the descent down the gorgeous Decker Canyon Road. Bibi is easy-going, and warm, and really wants to make sure you enjoy your stay with her and in Malibu. Five stars to Bibi and her homes and to her willingness to share them with us for a night or two! ***** Mary L.

    April 2014
    Response from Bibi:

    Mary, it was such a treat to have you back again, and to have the chance to meet your lovely family. And, listen to Sam next time, right? Five nights sounds great!

  • Bibi and Bruce were fantastic hosts! Their property is beautiful and nestled in the Santa Monica mountains in Malibu. They have a great view of the mountains and the ocean. The Yurt was definitely as cool as it looks in pictures! If you're tall, you may have trouble climbing up in bed so just be careful. Bibi keeps the place very clean, provides basic condiments in the fridge, some basic medication in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, and even luggage racks to keep our shoes and luggage tidy. At night you can see the stars through the roof of the Yurt and it's amazing. The roosters will wake you up at 5 am, but that was a pretty cool experience for a change! We chose to have a meal with Bibi, Bruce, the 2 other guests, and 2 more people who came from EatWith (which we will also be signing up for). We also invited 2 of our close friends to dinner. The dinner was fantastic! One of the best rack of lambs I've ever had. And the deviled eggs were amazing! Fresh eggs - you can tell the difference. Having dinner with complete strangers was surprisingly comforting and a humbling experience. It's a great way to meet people and hear interesting stories. We definitely enjoyed our stay and the experience. Thank you!

    April 2014
    Response from Bibi:

    Thanks, Justin. I was so happy that you invited your friends to dinner. There's nothing like eating good food with great company, and the thing we most like about AirBnB/EatWith is discovering how 'guests' quickly become 'friends' around the dining room table. And, you can thank that happy rooster for encouraging the hens to lay all those delicious eggs we highlight on the menu. ;)

  • We had a lovely stay at the Yurt in Malibu. Beautiful surroundings, lovely birds, rooster and neighbouring turkey chattering away. Bibi is a fabulous host and very helpful with local knowledge re the canyon walks, restaurants, beaches and so on.
    It was a wonderful stay. Just a little advice if you are not a lover of the cold, it is freezing inside the yurt in March, especially at night and early mornings (if you are waking at 4am due to jet lag), so those who do feel the cold, its best to not go until the summer. There are heaters though. Also worth noting if you are taller than the average person, sleeping in the bed high in the top of the yurt may be difficult for some. There is not a huge amount of room to manoeuvre oneself. It was not a problem for us two skinny folks but worth noting for others.
    Having said that I would highly recommend staying here. It is peaceful, perfectly located and Bibi is a lovely warm and welcoming lady. Thanks. We will come again, only in the summer next time. :-) xxx

    March 2014
    Response from Bibi:

    With two heaters, two duvets and many blankets, there is no need to be cold in the Yurt. Note temperatures in March at night were 47-50 degrees which is hardly freezing. But, as I tell everyone, bring slippers and/or socks and a robe - or use the poncho because, obviously, after leaving the cosy loft, it's nice to slip on something warm.

  • This place is great, really secluded and peaceful. It was awesome to wake up to the roosters and play backgammon on the front porch in the sunshine.

    Bibi was a great host, everything I could ask for.

    March 2014
  • We had a unique experience staying at the Yurt. I really liked the white interior and the way it was decorated. We heard many animal sounds at night, like the wild west, and heard the Santa Ana winds in the Am. While staying in LA, I hear traffic all day and only hearing the wind and feeling the breeze was something I really appreciated.
    I would recommend staying at the yurt and hope to come by that way again.

    March 2014
  • We had a great time at the yurt! Very cool to stay in the Malibu hills, super nice dogs welcomed us and the dinner was delicious as well :)

    March 2014
  • This is a special, interesting, affordable, and relaxing place to stay in Malibu. Bibi was very helpful and responsive, even on short notice, and she was flexible when we needed to check out a little later.

    The yurt itself was great- very clean, lots of light, and it was wonderful to fall asleep and wake up to the stars.

    March 2014
  • Bibi was great! She was vey welcoming and accommodating. Her yurt was an amazing space to spend time relaxing, thinking and experiencing. We loved it! We recommend anyone, specially city people who wants some time off to visit BIbi.

    March 2014
  • Was amazing staying here! A great getaway from how. I loved the yurt. I want to build my own yurt one day. It did rain pretty hard but the experience was still awesome. It was the hardest pouring rain I've seen in years and I couldn't believe how quite it actually was inside the Yurt. Thanks for letting us stay!

    March 2014
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WE EMBRACE DIVERSITY! I'm an author/photographer by profession, but a traveler by vocation ... that's why I'm running an AirBnB... because even when I'm not traveling, I'm always on a journey! I love learning languages and speak Spanish, Portuguese and French with a smattering of Japanese and Arabic. Bruce is a Director of Photography specializing in 3D films. But, we both share a passion for organic gardening. Besides our orchard of 100 Meyer Lemons, we grow organic vegetables and herbs. We both love sharing recipes and conversation with friends, new and old, from around the world ... as well as favorite travel tales, books, and music.
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