The Villa Sophia - Romantic Honeymoon Spa Retreat
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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Los Angeles villa description
Glamorous Five Star Luxury designer GUEST HOUSE, private pool and grounds. Location of many TV, movie and fashion shoots including TV show 'Entourage', Victoria's Secret, Vogue and GQ Magazines. Former home of cult director, James Whale, best known for his films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
The 750 sq.ft. GUEST HOUSE, is situated on the garden grounds of a large 1927 Mediterranean estate, rests securely above 15' walls and high atop a Los Feliz hilltop. Bright, sunny and spacious it overlooks large emerald tile pool to view of downtown Los Angeles skyline and city lights. Mountains and ocean visible from property. Villa located on a cul-de-sac. Completely private, secluded and tranquil. Located in the celebrity-filled hills of the exclusive Los Feliz neighborhood.
Spa-like GUEST HOUSE built in 2003 has massive stone fireplace,10' venetian plaster walls, surfaces of limestone, tile, marble and stone. Deluxe master bath with huge stone/marble steam shower room. Water closet with toilet and bidet. Brand new surround sound system. Separate entrance with exclusive use of 500 sq. ft. covered grotto sitting area made of ancient terra cotta tiles. EXCLUSIVE USE of entire rear yard lawn and garden, POOL, HOT TUB and additional 500 sq. ft. of outdoor patios
Location: The Villa is situated next to Griffith Park, the largest municipal and urban wilderness area in the United States with many walking and hiking trails. The Park is the home of the Los Angeles Zoo, four Golf Courses, the Greek Theater, the Griffith Observatory, the Autry Museum, horseback riding, public tennis courts, bicycle rental, pony rides, camping, picnic areas, swimming pool, athletic fields etc. Two Frank Lloyd Wright museums, the Hollyhock House and the Ennis-Brown House (by appointment) and Richard Neutra's most famous house, The Lovell House are all in the neighborhood. Walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops, mail/shipping store, grocery and health food stores in Los Feliz Village center.
Coveted Photo Shoot Location: The Villa Sophia is a favorite of directors and photographers and has been used as a location for fashion photo shoots for magazines and publications including Vogue Magazine, Victoria's Secret and GQ Magazine. Please see website www.thevillasophia.com for more information.
Acqua di Parma Hotel Amenities: ACQUA DI PARMA amenities are provided to guests: bar soap, glycerin soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel.
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- 750 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Housekeeper Optional
- Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Low Allergen Environment
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Non Smoking Only
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bright, sunny and spacious has 10' Venetian Plaster walls, huge armoire/entertainment center, floor to ceiling custom storage cabinets and shelves, massive stone fireplace, custom hand forged iron doors, windows and sconces, limestone floors, marble window sills. Deluxe RALPH LAUREN King sized bed. All bed linens are from luxury Italian manufacturer RIVOLTA CARMIGNANI. Sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover are 300TC mercerized, Egyptian cotton satin. In November 2010 RIVOLTA CARMIGNANI became the first company in Italy to be certified under the OEKO-TEX Standard 1000 for it's environmentally friendly and socially responsible production conditions....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Romantic spa like bathroom with double bathroom sinks made of copper, huge stone/marble shower with rain shower head, additional side mounted and hand held shower heads, double steam units with marble seating for 4, two Hammacher Schlemmer terrycloth bathrobes and HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER Turkish towels, limestone/tile floors, marble counter-tops, generous space with custom cabinets of reclaimed wood, plentiful pool and bath towels. Toilet and bidet in separate water closet. wireless waterproof shower speaker with dock transmitter. AQUA DI PARMA hotel amenities - shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body cream, glycerin soap and bar soap....moreless
- Brand new surround sound stereo system, Ipod dock, DVD/CD player, Playstation, 40' flat screen TV w/ cable T.V., 488 channels. NESPRESSO machine with complimentary coffee capsules, King sized bed. hair dryer, hair straightening iron, iron and ironing board, steamer, Pilates magic circle with workout DVD, Yoga mats, blocks, strap and eye pillow, aqua fitness swim gloves, jog belt and barbells. ACQUA DI PARMA soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner and bodywash provided. Complimentary Nespresso capsules, milk, wine, bottled water. Wireless and direct connect high speed internet hub. Cell phone booster and free land-line telephone, wireless waterproof shower speaker with dock transmitter, sleep masks, printer and copy machine. Hammacher Schlemmer towels. Goown pillows and duvet. All bed linens are from luxury Italian manufacturer RIVOLTA CARMIGNANI. Sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover are 300TC mercerized, Egyptian cotton satin. Separate 500 sq. ft. tiled grotto seating area....moreless
- Video Library
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Recreation Center
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
- Coin Laundry
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Botanical Garden
- Nude Beach
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic Drives
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Fitness Center
- Ocean View
sports and adventure activities
- Equestrian Events
- Basketball Court
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Mountain Biking
- Dining Area
forms of payment
- Accept Credit Card
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Hair Dryer
- Toilet Paper
- Wireless Internet
- Towels Provided
- Basic Soaps
- Gas Fireplace:
- Free Long Distance:
- Linens Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Parking On Street
- Air Conditioning
- Local Activities Guide
- Fitness Room / Equipment
- Paper Towels
- Iron & Board
- Bottled Water
- Thermos Bottle
- Housekeeper Optional
- Mini Refrigerator
- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
- Catering Available
- Lawn / Garden
- Deck / Patio
ReviewsWrite a review
Beautiful and Private Getaway
Beautiful and Private Getaway
We spent a few nights at the Villa Sophia to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. Tim was very accommodating and helpful when we arrived. The grounds are beautiful...it was like a little slice of Tuscany! The guest house was perfect for a couple...much attention to detail was given when creating this place. The bed was super comfortable and the shower was amazing! We were so busy during the day that we didn't get the chance to just sit and relax by the pool, but it is gorgeous! Sophie was a delight, and she knows exactly what she wants when she comes to see you (her daily biscuits!). The location of this property is fantastic for all of the Hollywood and Los Angeles sites...very convenient to everything! This property is deserving of your stay.
- Guest Heidi L.
- Date of stay 09/29/13
- Review Submitted 11/06/13
Fabulous Pool House with a Tuscany FeelGuest comment entered by owner
Fabulous Pool House with a Tuscany Feel
Villa Sophia, what more can one ask for... An awesome pool house in an Italian-style setting. The pool, the spa, the steam room and the landscaping are extraordinary. The view is spectacular. We were so glad to get back to the Villa to enjoy the quietness and luxury of the house. The fireplace, the kitchenette, the Nespresso latte machine, everything was there to satisfy our needs. Sophie came to see us every morning to get her biscuits.... Our daughter was so glad to see her. It was great to be so close to Griffith Park with its endless trails. The best way to appreciate Villa Sophia is to stay in the Loz Feliz area away from the LA traffic. Tim was very discreet, he made us feel at home and was available if we had any questions. We will definitely go back to relax at the Villa. Tim, thanks for allowing us to feel like this was our place for the week.
- Guest Johanne and Mario from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
- Date of stay 03/30/13
- Review Submitted 04/20/13
All the Luxury of a Beautiful Hotel SuiteGuest comment entered by owner
All the Luxury of a Beautiful Hotel Suite
Absolutely superb accommodation far exceeding any hotel suite you could stay in as you get all the luxury of a beautiful hotel suite with sole and exclusive use of the absolutely beautiful garden, terrace, swimming pool and spa. Truly unbeatable in L.A. Constantine, the owner is a real gentleman leaving you to enjoy his wonderful property as if it was your own. Great location for enjoying walks around the Griffith Park.
- Guest Bill, Wellington, New Zealand
- Date of stay 12/21/12
- Review Submitted 01/25/13
charm! comfort! views! peace!
charm! comfort! views! peace!
Villa Sophia is a truly charming property; the accommodations are very comfortable (great bed), and well outfitted. Has a wonderful sense of privacy and seclusion, while being in a most handy location. We found it to be very quiet. The outdoor space is extensive, well furnished, and completely enchanting- with a large and stunning tiled pool. However, the view is the most outstanding part of Villa Sophia- exquisite panorama of LA! Tim, the owner/host, was very welcoming and helpful and was on hand to answer questions. This is a VERY special property! NB, there are steps to the property- if that's an issue, you might check with Tim- I'm not sure how many steps there are-
- Guest APV (USA)
- Date of stay 11/20/12
- Review Submitted 01/23/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway.
Best find ever!
Best find ever!
Although the pictures say it all, you really must be at this incredible retreat to experience all its splendor. This is a beautiful place in an exceptional location in an awesome neighborhood with yummy food and walking distance to a network of paths in the gigantic and gorgeous park. Tim, the owner, was so responsive and always available, yet gave us the privacy to feel as if we had this whole glorious place to ourselves. The light changes every hour and the views are incredible. Every detail within the living space has been considered. I am very picky about bedding, etc. and the bed, sheets, and pillows are lovely. The steam shower is nicer than any I have ever been in. The temperature controls for the hot tub, etc. are right at your fingertips. There is a beautiful gas fireplace to gather around. The kitchen is well equipped. I was there with kids, and Tim was very welcoming and considerate of what they would need (Keep in mind your kids would need to be very proficient swimmers. They slept on an air mattress and loved it. But this place is probably best suited to couples, so romantic...) Everything is very clean, all the time. Not only would I recommend this property to a relative, but I hope to return myself, and it is already part of a beautiful memory for my family.
- Guest Mary M.
- Date of stay 01/04/13
- Review Submitted 01/11/13
Even More Beautiful than the PicturesGuest comment entered by owner
Even More Beautiful than the Pictures
We had three days at this villa. Ever dream of traveling to Italy? Well, this is one better, right in your back yard (if you are in S. Cal - recommended highly if you are from elsewhere too). The place is even more beautiful than the pictures, in a truly classical old Los Angeles home way. All the furniture and accessories are the real thing - elegant, old school, and comfortable. The pool rivals the tile pool at the Hearst Castle on a small scale. The feeling is so peaceful, and the view of Los Angeles is extraordinary. Nearby you have the endless trails of Griffith Park, and the Griffith Observatory is in walking distance. There is a huge steam bath and ample sized Jacuzzi. The kitchen is small but fully useful - even free espresso for coffee lovers. A huge comfortable bed and Hi-Def. TV with surround sound, plus some videos and books available for your use, round out the experience
- Guest Jon and Rosie
- Date of stay 12/14/12
- Review Submitted 12/26/12
Transported to Tuscany...Guest comment entered by owner
Transported to Tuscany...
What an unbelievable experience I had staying at the Villa Sophia. From the moment you step foot on the property, you are transported to Tuscany. I absolutely love the fact that you are so close to everything in LA, yet there's such a feeling of privacy and exclusivity. You can't ask for a better host than Tim. He greets you immediately; helps you with your bags; explains everything about the property in perfect detail. The pool house is cozy, well-lit, and beautifully decorated. The full use of the pool and hot tub felt amazing after a full day at Universal Studios and Disneyland. I felt so relaxed, and let's not forget about the one-of-a-kind shower; it has a steam room built inside! I have absolutely no desire to stay anywhere else while in the Los Angeles area. I am looking to return next spring and bring my girlfriend along. I have no doubt in my mind that she'll flip when she sees this place. Many thanks to Tim Vlahos and Sophie! See you both soon!
- Guest Joe from Masachusetts
- Date of stay 10/17/12
- Review Submitted 12/26/12
25th Wedding Anniversary, wished we stayed longerGuest comment entered by owner
25th Wedding Anniversary, wished we stayed longer
After an extensive search of the internet my wife and I came across Villa Sophia and our first thought was that there had to be a catch.......but no! It is exactly as stated and pictured from our internet viewings. The property was a Hollywood haven with amazing views of LA, its also quiet which we wanted - certainly to start our vacation. The pool and terrace area were lovely and we really felt very at home. The pool house was perfect - comfortable bed, and the views are stunning even from the over sized shower morning or evening! We stayed for 4 nights, and then moved on to San Diego for 4 nights, we should have stayed at Villa Sophia! Los Feliz and its great restaurants are only short (ish) walk away, especially EN Sushi which we loved. Tim you were attentive and the perfect host, at some point we will be back..........THANK YOU!
- Guest Martin and Emma, Reading, England
- Date of stay 09/29/12
- Review Submitted 11/01/12
The best place to stay in LAGuest comment entered by owner
The best place to stay in LA
Our one-week honeymoon at Villa Sophia was absolutely perfect. If you're considering booking here, just do it. The property, the view - gorgeous. The pool and hot tub are wonderful. The bed and the steam shower will have you relaxed in no time. The little kitchen has everything you need. It's perfectly situated, close to everything we wanted to visit (delicious restaurnats, a concert at the hollywood bowl, visit to the Griffith Observatory). Tim is a wonderful host. Sophie is a charming visitor. It's really, truly perfect. Seriously, just stop your researching and book it : )
- Guest Meaghan and Zachary, Toronto, Cananda
- Date of stay 10/16/12
- Review Submitted 11/01/12
lovely and unique
lovely and unique
This was one of the most interesting places my husband and I have stayed, in LA or anywhere else. Tim, the owner, is a pleasure to deal with. As others have noted, aside from the spectacular views, it is the attention to detail that sets this place apart. Everything has been chosen with thought. We only had a few days to enjoy the Villa, but the experience has stayed with us. We will certainly return. Myra and Neil, Toronto, Canada
- Guest myra (toronto, canada)
- Date of stay 07/20/12
- Review Submitted 10/22/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
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1 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
The guest house rate is either $395 or $435/night for two people with every 7th night free.* There is an $80 cleaning fee for stays of 3 days or less. There is 14% hotel tax. No other charges. $75/each extra guest/child.
* $395/night for dates that fall within 60 days from the day you make your reservation. $435/night for dates beyond 60 days from your reservation date.
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $395
- cleaning fee for stays of 3 days or less: $80 + tax
- Property Damage Protection: $49
- Tax Rate 14%
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: I am a single man who lives alone in the main house. The property is big enough so that guests and owner's paths rarely cross...although I am available at all times for any reason necessary.
Why the Owner Chose Los Angeles:
The Villa Sophia is located in the eastern Hollywood Hills, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Although you are walking distance to Los Feliz Village where you can find all the conveniences of a major city, up here in the Hills you feel as if you are in the country. The guest house faces south providing all day sunshine and the only sounds are of the birds singing, the gentle breeze blowing and the soft murmur of the fountain...
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Peace and tranquility with views, all day sunshine, ocean breezes in total luxury.
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