Adorable Pup & Chickens in a Peaceful California Home
Sunlight, serenity and our adorable pup Suzy & 6 chickens: our quaint guest house will be yours for your stay, which is comfortable enough to sleep two, with a beautiful porch for indoor/outdoor living and a bell tent hung with fairy lights (with one queen bed) close by in the yard. The beach, town of Topanga, and amazing hiking trails are all within a 20 min drive of the house.
You will enjoy peace and quiet - a little slice of heaven in LA county. We often hear owls hooting at night. We have been living in the guest house (where you will stay) with Suzy for the past 6 months while we renovate the main house just up the hillside from the guest house (behind a large hedge).
Our Home & Location
Our guest house is quaint and peaceful! It's about 500 SF, but has everything you'd need in order to stay here comfortably!
There is a full-sized living room with a couch, the sleeping loft is accessed by a set of stairs you pull down. It is a comfortable double bed with a soft duvet and sheets, a fan cools the space and there is a window that opens onto the Eucalyptus trees. (We do have a window AC also, if needed!)...
The kitchen is small but efficient and fully-equipped with a full stove and oven, a good-sized refrigerator and a full-sized sink. Our hen, Hedda, gives us about an egg a day, which is easy to whip up for breakfast. I love cooking and have made many elaborate meals in the kitchen.
We eat outdoors on the patio, where we have a table and 4 chairs, as well as an outdoor couch.
There is a full bathroom in the guest house with a shower, sink, toilet and plenty of room to store toiletries.
We have a bell tent in the back yard with a queen sized bed inside... if you feel like sleeping outdoors, you are more than welcome to! Sometimes you can hear the owls hooting at night. There are fairy lights strung inside the tent with lamps, so it's not dark and spooky.
The chicken coop is located above the house and there is a lovely patio table and view of the canyon; nice to sit with a glass of wine during Magic Hour. The main house (under renovation) is on this level.
We have a washing machine to wash clothes located at the back of the main house. We do not have a dryer so we use a clothes lines to hang up our clothes to dry.
You will have a dedicated space to park your car.
You are only 5 mins by car to the town of Topanga (groceries, liquor store, restaurants, shops, yoga), 15 mins by car to Topanga Beach, 25 mins by car to Santa Monica (town and beach), 30 mins by car to Malibu (town and beach), and 20 mins by car to the valley (Woodland Hills and all the big box stores and restaurants you could ask for).
There is great hiking in Topanga State Park and also Tuna State Park, both 5-10 mins away by car.
It is possible to take a shared ride service to and from the house, but sometimes it takes them 30 min+ to pick up, so we rely mainly on our own cars for transportation. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Our sitter will have to feed, love and exercise our beloved German Shepard/Border Collie/Australian Shepard dog, Suzy.
She is fed once in the morning and once at night with a mix of dry and wet food, of which you will have ample supply....
Suzy requires exercise for her health and happiness. Her favorite thing in the world is to play fetch with a ball (she brings it right back to your feet after you throw it), so I have a ChuckIt and make sure she has a nightly session of fetch on the patio for at least 30 mins in the evening. You can also take her on walks and hikes (on the leash) as a supplement.
Ideally, the sitter I would be looking for would not leave Suzy alone for longer than 4-5 hrs at a time and would spend every night at our home.
We have 6 chickens up in the coop. You would be responsible for maintaining their food levels and providing fresh water, and a daily check-in. Possibly cleaning out their coop one time during your stay.
I have a several potted plants on the patios, I will leave a watering schedule for you! Not complicated. :) + More info
August 2018 | Jen and Al