Truly Unique Home in a Beautiful Setting
The Canyon View Lodge is a charming and quirky home that nestles perfectly into the natural setting of the Topanga Canyon. The hosts, Andrea and Peter, could not be more helpful and welcoming. Their home is separated from the lodge by a narrow space but they are not in the least intrusive and we felt comfortable coming and going at any hour and were happy to have them nearby. The narrow spiral staircase, antique bathroom fixtures, working fireplace, floor to ceiling window/doors in the bedroom and hall, and beautiful woodwork and details add to the charm of the home. The main bedroom is very comfortable and airy. The second bedroom is separated from the main bedroom by a shared closet space and is just big enough for the comfortable air mattress. The second bedroom has a curtain that can be drawn for privacy across the hallway. The bathroom is shared by both bedrooms using a crazy sliding door set-up so hopefully you are traveling with people you are VERY comfortable around because it is very "intimate". If you tire yourself out hiking as we did, you will sleep so soundly that nothing will disturb you. We easily accommodated a 5th person (child) on the fold-out bed which we placed in the loft /office on the way to the second floor. The living room futon could also be used for a fifth sleeper. We rearranged the layout a little to make it more convenient by putting the dining table on the little step up area with railings off the living room. The kitchen was cozy and well-equipped. Fridge and dishwasher need updating. Gas stove with grill pan accommodates cooks. The Patio has a spectacular view of the canyon and has a firepit and grill. We lit fires several nights with wood kindly provided by our hosts and enjoyed the night air, sounds, and smells. Many birds, including a bold red-shouldered hawk sing and perch around the house and their are lovely views through all windows. Within easy walking distance south on Topanga Blvd at Entrada Rd are numerous trails through the gorgeous chaparral to Trippet Ranch and other points along the Canyon. A little shopping district with general store, boutiques, cafe and an amazing farmers market Friday mornings is also in easy walking distance. It was great to enjoy the sights of surrounding LA, Santa Monica, and Malibu areas and return to our cozy secluded hideaway to relax and refresh. I would definitely return to Canyon View Lodge on a future trip!!
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