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1 / 129 A Sleepy Summer Morning at The Chianti Life B&B

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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedroom 1 / Bathroom 1 / Sleeps 2 / B&B
Bedroom: 1  Bathroom: 1   Sleeps: 2  Type: B&B

1 Full bath

ROMANTIC RETREAT / B&B - Southern Calif.
TripAdvisor property ID 3576069

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Book this 1 bedroom b and b in Topanga today! A total of 2 people can sleep here comfortably.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 42 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $2200, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 100% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Feb 19, 2018.

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About the owner

About the owner

Ciel M.
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Calendar last updated:
19 Feb 2018
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, Italian



Check in time:16:00, Check out time:11:00
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property
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Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Topanga Attractions




  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access

Property Features

  • Parking
  • Secure parking


  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • CD player


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Shared garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


  • 1 Full bath


Reviews (42)

Excellent – based on 42 reviews Excellent
42 reviews

Very Good

“Romantic and indulgent getaway”

Reviewed 25 Oct 2014

Such a hidden treasure to experience. My husband found this little spot and surprised me for a weekend getaway. I was continuously impressed by all of the top notch details ..... The grounds of the retreat are beautiful, natural beauty of topanga. Not overly manicured, with charm. The cabin where we stayed was perfectly appointed with everything you could possibly need to luxuriate; an extensive library of great international music, interesting books, a fabulous bathtub, fluffy comfy robes, champagne, a fabulous bed, and wonderful pieces of art and storytelling antiques everywhere you looked. Not only are we fans of the setting Ciel has created, but we are big fans of her culinary talents. She is seriously a gifted, top rated chef. And we indulged in all she served ;). Her pasta dishes and roman sea bass plate was superb. we are bringing my parents back to taste her menu. Dinner & breakfast were equally scrumptious.... Hand made scones, fresh fruits, amazing eggs etc..... Attention to details and just the right amount of attention from our host made our stay so enjoyable. I also recommend enjoying a massage treatment before breakfast. The massage table is set up on the bridge over the ravine under the speckled sunlight, a highly skilled massuese does her magic, as the birds chirp above.... Can we go back please?

“The Perfect Get-away from la!”

Reviewed 2 May 2014

Charming, whimsical, romantic, quiet, beautiful, peaceful - Chianti Life is all this and more! I was looking for a place to stay for my fiance and I. We rode our little motorcycle to Malibu for our first "long" ride and wanted to stay somewhere in the area. I was so fortunate to find this little gem. Every last detail is thoughtful and perfect. Ciel, a beautiful woman inside and out, runs this property with great care and love. She is an amazing chef and showers you with amazing food and hospitality. I can't believe something like this exists and I didn't know about it until now! I highly recommend the private dinner on the bridge. It is the most romantic and lovely experience you will ever have! We can't wait to go back and do it all over again!

Response from the owner Julie and JR... a HUGE thank you for being a part of the Chianti Life! Your presence continues to leave magic here and I am so excited to welcome you back one day soon:)! You two are such an adorable couple!! I loved hosting you and anybody that get s the opportunity to host you should consider themselves very lucky!! Thank you again and for this beautiful review. best, best wishes!! Come back! Come back!! You are missed! Ciel :)

“Wonderful place to stay!”

Reviewed 2 Apr 2014

My husband and I loved this place. We spent a wonderful week at Chianti Life enjoying this quiet , beautiful, and very relaxing spot in Topanga Canyon... Ciel, the owner and proprietor was so gracious and attentive ..each morning she served us an unbelievable breakfast outside our bungalow as we sat until the beautiful oaks. We would definitely go back..

Response from the owner Thank you for this lovely review Katherine! It was my great pleasure to host you and your husband, Darcy. I can't wait to see you again and to host you here at the Chianti Life again one day:) All Best Wishes to you both! Ciel:)

“A perfect slice of heaven right here in Topanga Canyon!”

Reviewed 15 Nov 2013

I felt as if I was coming home the moment I parked my car at The Chianti Life. Greeted by a friendly hug from Ciel, the owner/hostess/concierge/top chef, I immediately knew I had chosen the perfect atmosphere in which to spend a dreamlike week of relaxation and rejuvenation. I had read all the reviews and memorized all the photos (which depicted the charm, decor and landscape with perfect accuracy). I had been looking forward to my visit with the childlike anticipation of a wonderful Christmas gift or a birthday party! The Chianti Life lived up to my expectations, and more. When you want to go somewhere special, it should be special. The Chianti Life is special. Ciel has a wonderful instinct for decor which inspires one to stop and smell the roses. Charmingly comfortable areas filled with fresh flowers invite the soul to sit still, enjoy the music and unwind. A 5 star dinner outside on the beautifully lit bridge makes the fairy tale complete. Every detail of fine dining is in Ciel's repertoire, whether it be dinner or breakfast! Residing in the whole cottage feels like being transported to the 'perfect home'. Everything about this visit is 500% more special than any other B&B; you will ever experience. You simply will not want to leave the property. I've stayed in charming, rustic farmhouses in Europe and also experienced the 5 star luxury of Kempinsky hotels. I told Ciel she saved me the price of airfare to Europe! I found the ambiance, charm and elegance all in one place-right here in Topanga Canyon. Loved my time spent there and I will return often! Thank you Ciel for creating such a lovely, loving place and sharing it with us. P.s. Having a facial and doing yoga in the fresh outdoors were also unique and memorable experiences. Merci.

Response from the owner Dearest Nancy of the best guests ever! Thank you for this beautiful review of the Chianti Life Retreat/B&B. It makes my heart so happy to know how much joy it brought to you. It was such a blessing to host you here and I'm forever grateful to have had the opportunity to meet you. Your presence is a blessing to this land and the Chianti Life and me! I can't wait for your return to the Chianti Life with your magic, loving soul! Thank you, thank you Nancy. A huge hug! Miss you here!! Ciel

“Enchanted Oasis”

Reviewed 19 Sep 2013

This place is amazing! The host is gracious, welcoming and beautiful inside and out. The cottage we stayed in was decorated so beautifully with personal trinkets, family photos, art etc. wish I could take the whole place home with me. In a cabinet you will find a stereo system with lots of music to choose from. Do yourself a favor and don't make the mistake we did by not booking a private French or Italian custom dinner prepared by the host -we wasted time and money at nearby restaurant that was considered 4 stars on yelp but sooo was not! Fortunately we were able to get a taste of heaven the next morning when Ciel made us the most amazing breakfast we ever had! The food Ciel prepared put our whole experience over the top...and that was just the breakfast??? She puts her heart and soul in everything she does and the food she prepares is no exception. We look forward to coming back soon, giving Ciel a great big hug, eating the two dinners we missed out on and dancing in the living room until the sun goes down.

Response from the owner HI Windy!!! missing you and Mark.....sooooo much! Thank you for this wonderful review and thank you for choosing the Chianti Life Retreat because without that I may have missed the 'gift' of knowing you two. You I have told you...blessed my life and this land. Thank you ..thank you...can hardly wait for your return!

“Best breakfast ever!”

Reviewed 15 Sep 2013

Ciel's place is lovely and relaxing! The cottage is cozy and very clean, and Ciel pays attention to details (like robes and chocolate on the bed) to make you feel welcome. The breakfast was amazing! We would go back just for that.

Response from the owner Thank you Alex and Akane! You are magic! I hope one day to see you here writing...and you. Thank you, thank you...

“Charmed my socks off!”

Reviewed 9 Sep 2013

The Chianti B&B; is absolutely amazing. It's a Topanga Canyon haven! Chris and I fell in love with this place. Ciel, the prodigious host, is a star and she has created the most wonderful environment with plenty to marvel at. She has paid incredible attention to every little detail. Chickens eggs from her own chickens (she brought two to our table and showed us the beautiful, light green color of the eggs), the fairy lights at night, stairways and a wide expanse of deck space everywhere meandering around the tall oaks - it felt like being in a tree house structure as the deck space and cottages are structured around the trees! And she brought out a spice blend straight from Italy to sprinkle over our eggs... As well as serving gorgeous sliced heirloom tomatoes with cracked pepper and lavender from her garden. The 5 course dinner the night before is something to write home about! I'd need a blog for that experience... Check out the menus on her website. Crisp French linens everywhere - she has many beautiful things from France and Italy where she has spent a lot of time. A wonderful experience, I cannot recommend it more - one of my favorite stays, world wide, hands down. :)

Response from the owner Thank you Amanda & Christopher! It was truly an incredible experience to have you two here ...both for the dinner and for the night stay. Your presence truly blessed this full of light you both are. I missssss you two beautiful souls!! Come back..come back...I would love to see you again. xo, Ciel :)

“More than 5 stars!”

Reviewed 28 May 2013

This property is magical. Ciel is so kind to offer not only her cottage, but her profound ability to be such an extraordinary hostess. Her love and kindness greets you at the gate and embodies you throughout your stay. Her breakfast rendered me speechless! My husband and I rarely sit and enjoy baked goods but her ingredients are so pure that the meal was an experience of love and goodness rather than a meal. The fresh eggs from her precious little chickens were the best eggs I have ever eaten. She offers a special french seasoning on them that I continue to crave. Her french pressed coffee is still being discussed at our house today. It was the best coffee we have ever had. The cottage was so peaceful we slept more hours in her fine linens and cozy bed than we have in years. The property was so quiet, peaceful and lush that our were dreams were filled with creativity, love and calm. Normally we would be off to hike a canyon, but on this trip we never wanted to leave the property. Next time we will have the 5 course meal on her enchanting bridge, so we won't have to leave for dinner. From the huge arrangements of flowers set perfectly throughout the home, to the chocolate covered figs on your pillow, to the bubbles in the vintage claw bath, to the art on the wall, everything at The Chianti Life B and B is delightful, perfect and cherished with love by Ciel. Enjoy!

Response from the owner Thank you, thank you dearest Mia and Forrest!! What a gift to have you here! I am so beyond happy that you enjoyed your stay so much and I am thrilled that you will be celebrating your anniversary in August here!! More fun, more laughter, more hugs, more life stories! Thank you for blessing this land at the Chianti Life Retreat. Ciel:)

“Chianti Life Exceeds Expectations - Highly Recommended”

Reviewed 23 May 2013

Thanks to working in tourism, I've stayed in some amazing places, but Chianti Life stands out as a truly luxurious, creative, & memorable experience. My mom & I booked an overnight retreat - everything from Topanga Canyon's artsy, natural landscape to our cottage's Old World decor to the gourmet, homemade cuisine felt like hitting the holiday jackpot. We highly recommend staying here. In fact, I just booked another stay. Before booking, I'd read numerous guest reviews raving about an incredible Chianti Life visit and wondered if it was all true - the gourmet food, unique ambiance, and warm hospitality. Sure enough, it was everything & more. The cottage and property are even more beautiful then the photos and the proprietress, the lovely Ciel, went above & beyond to ensure we had a fantastic stay. The cottage was immaculate with a cloud-like bed and French windows overlooking the forest - a real treat. Outside, wooden bridges lead over a small creek to scenic meditation areas. Who knew such a romantic, restful, and heartfelt hideaway existed in la! We booked Ciel's 'Dinner on the Bridge' which was worth every penny (and more!) and extremely - Ciel made a multi-course meal which was better than we've experienced at most restaurants. She decorated the area with candles, flowers, and tasteful embellishments. I'm still dreaming about the foccacia & breakfast pastries. Also, her chickens laid our breakfast eggs. Chianti Life is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, retreat to revitalize the spirit, or just a home away from home. Thank you, Ciel, for everything. We love the Chianti Life!

Response from the owner Thank you lovely Lori for these beautiful words!! It was such a grace to have you and your beautiful Mom here at the Chianti Life Retreat/B& a warm embrace of spirit. Thank you for being impeccable, respectful, loving, amazing guests. You are another blessing to my life and to this land and we miss you here!! I can't wait until your return...i(n just a week or so now:)...with your twin sis! Many hugs! Ciel :)

“Wonderful Romatic Enchanting and Delicious”

Reviewed 13 May 2013

The Chianti Life B&B; is one of the most fabulous place's we've stayed. It is truly simple living but with elegance. Ciel the owner makes you feel so welcome and at home. We decided to have Cibo Vero on the Bridge for our anniversary. Wow!!! What a treat. A romantic private 5 course gourmet handmade Italian Feast. It was amazing. To top it off we had the best Tiramisu this side of Umbria. Sleeping was dreamy. The bed was so comfortable you just melt into it. She hand irons the linens. Morning breakfast was delish. Homemade scones and other homemade baked goodies. Fresh laid eggs that Ciel retrieved from the hen pen that morning. A beautiful fruit bowl, fresh squeezed OJ. More Tiramisu from the night before because it was too good to let go to waste. Thank you Ciel for a memorable anniversary. Can't wait to visit this enchanting B&B; again..

Response from the owner Thank you Rhonda and Dave! Finally I have a chance to respond to this exceptional, fabulous review! Thank you so much for your thoughts, for your presence on my land...for sharing your lives and your loving hearts....for blessing my life. Thank you, thank you. You two are 'gems!' I can't wait to show you Italy next Spring! Best blessings always, Ciel :)

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