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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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Creative, beautiful, and unique, this guest house is the entire reason I use AIRBNB. It truly felt like a second home for me. I am a plant addict and to be surrounded in the greenery of my own personal garden and glass "greenhouse" room made for an incredibly soothing environment to come back to. The artist touches were abundant and clever, and the furniture was well selected. The bed was comfortable, and the small kitchen and bathroom was more than sufficient. This will no doubt be my retreat when returning to L.A.
Great little nook studio apartment on the ground floor of Simon's house and artist studio. Perfectly located just behind Intelligentsia off Abbot Kinney.
Really charming solarium, and the bikes really came in handy. The only think to note is that you can hear the owners most of the day and they don't sleep in late, if that's something you're planning to do.
The listing was exactly as described. I loved the unique details added to everything. It felt very magical. I love the colors and the layout. And the feeling of seclusion while being nestled in one of my favorite parts of Venice.
We had a very pleasant stay. It's a charming place, with a lovely sun room, and a lush garden.
A nice place for a Venice Beach getaway!
Amazing little home away from home in the perfect location! Only a few steps from the abundance of shops, cafe's and restaurants on Abbot Kinney Rd. Thank you Simon and Darla for making our stay in Venice Beach unforgettable!
My boyfriend and I stayed with Simon, Darla, and Wolfe for 2 nights and had a wonderful time. Their place was clean, comfortable, and exactly what we were looking for for our stay in Venice. It's walking distance to Abbott Kinney and a bike ride, (which Simon and Darla provide), to Venice Boardwalk. We highly recommend this beautiful guesthouse :)
Simon’s guesthouse was a haven just off from Abbot and it’s cosy lifestyle. Very beautiful (even better than in the pictures) and in so many ways strange and calming. Spent a month there, got very good tips on road trips and for the area. Parking was easy. Only minus was first nights on January since very large part of the guesthouse is from glass it does get cold, but you can't help the weather. Hope we’ll be back.
The house was perfect for my family. My two kids ( 8+9) loved the two cats and the extravagant architecture a lot. There was enough space in every room. Kitchen was great, Bathroom absolutely awesome and the patio so lovely with all these tropical plant. Parking Situation isn't a problem at all and the house is really close to Abbot Kenney street. About 1 min. So... What else you need. Darla is super nice and we had a super relaxed holiday there. Thanks. If you are looking for a special and really easy place you are absolute right there. Its an old building so please be prepared that it is not super clean ....
The apt was very Venice as advertised which was great .
You really had a sense of unique location in the world. Minor problems were mostly dealt with
In a timely fashion. It was exceptionally cold however
and the space heater really was
Insufficient. We would stay again
but not in the winter months.
It was a pleasure for us to host Darla and Simon when they came to Joshua Tree. Communication with Darla was very friendly and they treated our home with a lot of care. We would be delighted if they would decide to come back to our desert home.
Simon, Darla and Wolfe were excellent guests. They were quiet, friendly, kind, and well mannered. Cleaning up after them was easier than for most of my guests. The apartment was in pristine condition when they left. Everything was just as they found it when they arrived. It was a pleasure to host this charming family.
Stayed in Simons place last year in Oct/Nov and it was an oasis in the city. Literally a 5 min walk to the beach and Main street a bit farther away. Abbott Kinney is right around the corner with all the cool and funky shops that makes Venice a home away from home. You'll feel relaxed in the studio with a completely glass encased living room enabling you to view the pond and excessive 'green' patio. In the winters there is a suspended fireplace you can enjoy and the summers, you have everything you need a stones throw away! Enjoy - I know I have!
Simon and Darla are amazing people, we have been friends and neighbors for a few years now. Their house is full of light & love and everyone immediately feels comfortable there. Simon is an amazing artist and They have wonderful taste in furniture and decor and have created a magical home and garden . Simon and Darla are the most creative, kind, clean, friendly people you could find. We trust them 100%. Their new rental space is beautiful and perfectly located right near Abbot Kinney, the beach and all the best Venice has to offer , they are wonderful hosts and caring, thoughtful and creative people.
The kindest, cleanest, most creative lovely family I know! Stay with them if you want a safe beautiful experience. The location is amazing! The house is custom, unique, bright and artistic. They are dream hosts, You couldn't do better!