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Sylvia, from Topanga Canyon
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Sylvia was a great host. The apartment is very nice and well laid out, and contains everything you might need. The neighborhood is wonderful with hikes, a dog park, and other amenities close by. We had a wonderful stay. Thanks so much.
This place is serene. I have never been so relaxed. Hiking and biking out the front door. Surrounded by sounds of nature. Sylviane is so supportive and easy going. This is a must place to check out.
Sylvia's place was so much fun! My best friend and I stayed there while bopping around Cali, and it suited our needs perfectly. One morning we walked out without having eaten or having much water and ended up on a 5 hour hike because we couldn't get enough of how beautiful Topanga is. Sylvia was a great host and really knows how to create a comfortable and welcoming environment. I highly recommend booking the second you come across this listing because it will probably go fast. Even the general store owner down the road knew that it was the best place to stay in Topanga.
Whether you are traveling from afar or live in the Los Angeles area and are looking for a weekend reprieve, this place is truly a hidden gem. Sylviane was such an accommodating and sweet host — ensuring all the details were in place to make our stay as special as possible, from fresh bedding and bathroom supplies to comfy bathrobes to wear out to the hot tub and outdoor shower. We had everything we needed to cook meals and heat coffee; to handle e-mails and phone calls (thanks to the property’s Verizon hotspot; reception is poor in the canyon); and to relax in the yard with one of the many cool books that line the cottage’s walls. It was unusually chilly for this time of year, so she stopped by in the evening to turn on the fire in the living room, which we enjoyed with our toes in a shaggy rug (and against a backdrop of orange trees and roses -- cue the Leonard Cohen eight-track). We had never heard of Topanga before our trip, but look back on it as a truly magical place. You can feel an energy that must have been there for centuries and that is made more vibrant when you imagine other travelers and residents who must have come there before. In the cottage, we felt transported back in time, not just because of Sylviane’s eclectic taste, but also because it has an old energy about that envelopes you like a warm blanket. I enjoyed meandering drives down Old Topanga Canyon Road in the morning, soaking in the forest air and sun as it slooooowly rises through the canyon. In the little town just a mile away, there is a general store where you can get all the food provisions you need: We enjoyed some awesome picnics. Malibu is expensive — a vegan and gluten-free pastry from one of the local bakeries will practically cost you your last paycheck — but there is no reason you can’t live it up on a tight budget if you get creative like the locals do! Guaranteed to have more fun his way, too, and probably avoid a visit to the doctor for throat abrasions. My favorite thing about our stay was snuggling with Pablo, the canine resident who Sylviane had greet us upon our arrival when she heard that we were animal lovers. Pablo, besides being generally awesome, is a real pro at yoga; we found out he will practice a variety of ridiculously cute poses in exchange for niblets (including an impressive tree pose and his obvious favorite, down dog). Who could ask for better entertainment? Overall, we could not recommend this cottage more highly, and if we end up moving to LA, we will definitely be coming back for weekend getaways. There is no way not to feel completely rejuvenated, even if you are on business as we were. So vacation and business travelers alike: Why not take a chance on something off the beaten...
Sylviane defines the Host, she makes you feel at home in a private setting and you will enjoy your stay as if you were a member of the family. Her place is better than described and shown…
Highly recommend, one of the very best Airbnb experience!
Sylviane was extremely friendly. Place was well kept and felt at home. Place felt like a hidden gem in midst of nature's beauty. Woke up to birds chirping and rooster sounding. Relaxing in whirlpool tub in the mornings with cup of coffee was true bliss. The drive to beach was scenic and quite special. Felt like found a hidden gem!
Ah, just looking at the picture of this apartment leaves me nostalgic! I stayed at Sylvia's garden apartment for a month, and miss it! Sylvia is an exuberant and warm-hearted host. She is available to help with any concerns, yet does not invade the wonderful privacy that the place offers. Her dog Pablo is also a good host: gentle and friendly with my old dog. Sylvia even took the time to show us a trail I never would have found on my own, at the summit of the canyon.
This place is a perfect retreat for a writer, or anyone who needs some time to spend " away from the madding crowd". Not only is the canyon beautiful, especially Red Rock, but the yard behind the apartment provides a green haven. I spend many hours watching the tiny white seeds sailing in the air, and the light moving on the trees, through the huge windows. I was able to continue my work sessions on the computer without worries about being interrupted.
My old dog, who has had difficulties eating because of liver disease, ate better while we were staying there than in the preceding year.
Lovely stay at the guest house! Many thanks to Sylviane for her accommodation.
Sylvia was our hostess and she was willing to meet us earlier than the listed check in time. She showed us around the home and offered to change or add anything that we thought we needed to be more comfortable. Everything was great! We loved the décor and the relaxing environment. Sylvia provided a binder with suggestions for restaurants in the area. Although we did not spend much time at the property, it was quiet and comfortable. Sylvia was available during our entire stay in case we needed anything.
My four friends and I stayed here for the weekend. We had a great time and the Guest House was the perfect size for us. Sylvia converted the huge walk in closet into a private cozy bedroom that worked out great to accommodate our fifth person. We enjoyed cooking in the kitchen, relaxing next to the indoor fireplace + outdoor fire pit, and floating in the jacuzzi. We hiked the Red Rock Canyon trail, which is an easy walk from the house. The backyard was smaller than I expected, but ended up feeling really comfortable. Sylvia has done a terrific job creating private outdoor sitting areas and the trees and garden make everything feel secluded. And Sylvia herself is wonderful, always there when we had a question, but never intruding. I will definitely stay here again... so many more hikes to explore!