Named after Margo Channing, Bette Davises’ larger than life character in All About Eve 1951; Channing House is a spacious 2-bedroom guest house on a private estate in Los Angeles. Once part of Davis’ estate Riverbottom, it is nestled in the equestrian area, which abuts Griffith Park. With the heated salt water pool and bucolic atmosphere, it is a perfect holiday spot and an oasis for work...
The MASTER BEDROOM looks through arched windows to the fruit orchard and the unique round brickwork and shingled roof of the original gate to Riverbottom, Bette Davis' estate. The room is bright and spacious with a queen-sized bed. A Moroccan chandelier casts soft light patterns on the clear bright walls. Watch the moon rise over the blue foothills of Mount Hollywood.
The stylish Moroccan LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN with the great round white chandeliers that pattern the white washed walls. The large Moroccan wood dining table is bathed in light from the arched windows. Open plan full kitchen with dishwasher, because no one wants to do the dishes while on holiday:-) 48.5" flat screen television with both digital cable (with the movie package and HBO) and Netflix and Amazon for streaming; and a handmade Moroccan couch (that can also be used as another bed). The cool tiled floor, original art on the walls, and the extensive grounds make this a great ‘home away from home'
The second BEDROOM also has Moroccan lights, dark wood floors and two comfy twin beds. The front windows look out toward the San Gabriel Mountains as they turn purple in the evening light.
The slate tiled BATHROOM has a built in shower room and a stack-able washer and drier. The patterned hallway off the living room has the controls for the central heating and air conditioning.
We have a bonus room that can be set up in different ways; an office with the desk and a number of outlets for those on a work trip; or as a little baby room with a crib (let me know when you book if you want to use either of these options).
The estate has a number of houses available through VRBO. The interior space is exclusive to this listing. The exterior is shared with the other guests staying in the houses on the estate.
The grounds are huge with two gardens. The front area, where Channing House is, with the fruit orchard, vegetable garden, gated parking, electric car charger, fountain and seating areas. The back garden is dominated by a large open area to play games in, a lawn around the heated salt water pool and spa, a French Lavender maze for children to walk and solve, the sun bathing area and outdoor shower, sink and loo, and of course the horse stables where Reina and her baby foal live (unless you are staying early 2018 and she might still be pregnant) The art studio is also under the arches of the barn at the far end of the estate (please check out my two Airbnb Experiences for painting https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/65880 and horseback riding https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/70605 and https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/78904 is the new horseback VIP ride.
Please don't let the rural setting and the hooting of the owls fool you, we are still in the heart of the city and you should be aware that you can sometimes hear the freeway, helicopters, dogs and sirens typical of city living. I mention it because it seems out of place while you lounge in the sun on the lawn feeling like you are out in the country.
Rivergate is our country house, we too stay at the houses for weekends and holidays. With the added bonus that I am right there to answer questions or fix anything that may arise. I won the Hero Award form Airbnb and I take my role as your host very seriously.
We share the estate with other houses that are available for let:
http://www.vrbo.com/712356 Rivergate House is the biggest and grandest.
http://www.vrbo.com/488798 Dillard's Pool House is in the heart of the estate and the bigger of the one bedroom houses.
http://vrbo.com/465113 is O’Leary’s Cabin, the smallest and most remote of the houses at the far end of the estate. The whole estate can be seen at http://www.vrbo.com/708660
Rivergate is a unique place and a little hard to describe, it can feel a little like a village on a summer day.