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A Sleepy Summer Morning at The Chianti Life B&B
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Romantic bathroom with clawfoot tub Enjoy a lovely light filled bathroom with marble floors and large mirrors
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A Sleepy Summer Morning at The Chianti Life B&B
Romantic bathroom with clawfoot tub
Enjoy a lovely light filled bathroom with marble floors and large mirrors
Relax in comfort in a beautiful living area.
Outside the bedroom on a sleep summer morning
Breakfast is served under the oaks as the first rays of sun peek through the woods
A fresh loaf of Ciel's homemade bread-Pain Francais
Our phenomenal Deep Tissue Massage by Pamela
Take a walk through the woods to one of the many sitting and meditation areas
Enjoy one of the numerous woodland walkways
Article in California QWedding Day Magazine
Enjoy breakfast or dinner with Ciel's gourmet cooking on a bridge over the spring-fed creek
The water begins a steady flow at the first rain
Curl up around the fire in cozy blankets on our bridge over a spring-fed creek and listen to the quiet of nature
Dinner by a roaring fire
Imported wines with our 5 course dinners on the bridge
Try your hand at a game of chess
The Wedding Dress hangs waiting
Our beautiful bride Tamara!
The bride to be and her MOH :)
Chianti Life linens
Enjoy quiet moments for reading or chess in the living room
The summer brings requests for 'tenting' on the land of our B&B
The summer brought additional fun-Tenting at our B&B!
We offer tenting for special large parties-inside view of tent
Pg 1-Article on our Retreat/B&B in Japan's Maisha Magazine
Three hearts of our semolina gnocchi
Pesce al Forno at Cibo Vero! at the Chianti Life B&B
Gnocchi di Semolina...for the 'birthday boy!'
Relax in the woods around the 'Dream Dome' fireplace
A cold night at the Chianti Life we move our dining indoors
Dinner by the roaring fire-al fresco
A little late-night bubbly with Piper Heidsieck & goat cheese pizza at the Chianti Life B&B/Retreat!
3 plates-beginning of 5 courses-Dining on the bridge
Romance and dinner on the bridge!
Enjoy your breakfast inside or outside under a canopy of oaks
Our fresh eggs, Oiseaux lays pastel blue, Lucille & Mama lay a beautiful brown!
Ciel's Crostata con Marmelata
The kitchen at the Chianti Life comes alive!
Fresh eggs laid daily! :)
Wonderful Sepi-Womb Medicine -massage
Enjoy tea or lunch over a beautiful stream under the oaks
Our exceptional Rheiki Master- Elizabeth
An afternoon egg!
Meet Oiseaux! One of the three gorgeous girls giving us fresh eggs every morning!:):)
Our August grapes
The beauty of our champagne grapes
Grapes ripening!
Seeding thoughts for fall
Fresh food at Cibo Vero!
A suprb bottle of Chianti Classico Riserva
Making Taralli
Baking the taralli
Taralli complete!
Sample breakfast menu-Italian morning
The Chianti Life is featured in California Wedding Day Magazine Fall/Winter 2012!!
Crew for magazine shoot working in lower meditation area
Bride on the footbridge
Dressing the bride
Wedding dresses lined up in the Master Suite
Down by the lower footbridge
Natural Beauty spread in CWD magazine-Fall/Winter 2012
Bride by the next location of our Tipi for Spring 2013!
Into our Woods
At our Gates
Our Melanzane
Making Ricotta
Whey separated-We wrap the ricotta
Roling out the rustica pasry
The pastry rests
Our Ricotta goes into the organic baby spinach
Filling the Rustica pasta
Closing our 'Rustica con Spinaci'
Our 'Rustica con Spinaci' complete!
Huge heart boulder beneath the master bedroom in our spring-fed stream
Winter rains bring torrents of water to our stream
Winter rains bring clear, clean water rushing over the boulders
Fastening last minute wedding dress hooks
Our beautiful bride, Tamara before the dress!
Tamara and her Maid of Honor
Tamara the day of her wedding-breakfast on the terrace
Restful sleeping with beautiful linens, windows to the woods, French doors to private breakfast area
Try our gourmet dinners and our exceptional wines!
The Chianti Life Rose garden-2012-Chicago Peace
Our beautiful David Austin Roses-2012 :)
Our 2012 Spring Roses! :)
'Blue'
Beautiful Doug & Diana
Lovely Mark & Ute from Switzerland!
Ute and Mark...arrive from Switzerland
Gordon and Eliza birthday breakfast-morning after
Beautiful Eliza...Birthday Boy celebration!
Beautiful Shari!
Full Blue Moon rising over the trees in August
Lovely Penny & Liz!
Wild Poached Salmon  on the bridge under the stars
A wonderful week with our guests from Paris...
Beautiful Yumi and Woonghee celebrate their wedding night!
Woonghee & Yumi- Breakfast on wedding morning
Our lovely bride Yumi
Helen holds our lovely 'mama!'
Magic rocks from Iceland from our guests
Rooting basil
Our special gift -Handmade rock from our beautiful bride Tamara!
A happy, beautiful guest, Joelle
A first morning light bursts through the trees over the meditation areas
First rains come and the waterfalls start running again at the Chianti Life B&B
Clear water running at the B&B....
Magical Liz & Nic!
Two beautiful lovers at our B&B
Our lovely UK romance!
Winter mushrooms begin to flourish along the spring-fed creek at the B&B
Like little ears listening for the water, our golden winer mushrooms tuck along the creek edge:)
Maisha Magazine comes to the Chianti Life from Japan!
Pg 2-Aricle on our Retreat/B&B in Japan's Maisha Mag
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Private Room, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Topanga, California

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Rebecca W
Los Angeles, California
1 review
“Unbelievable!”
Reviewed 27 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

The whole weekend was blissed-out magic. Gorgeous gourmet breakfasts every morning... dinner under the stars... sleeping with the windows open and all of the sounds of nature at night. Blasting Bob Dylan and soaking in a giant tub? I mean, come on. We all need us some of that. Not to mention, Ciel, who is the most above and beyond hostess imaginable. (I wanted to move in with her. Obviously.) CANNOT WAIT TO RETURN! Thank you, Ciel!!!

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
6 Aug 2014
Thank you Rebecca! It was magical for me to have you here at the Retreat! Your ener4gy and that your husband, Hal's, was a blessing for this Retreat and everything sacred about it. Thank you for your pre3sence and I can hardly wait for your return.
All best blessings! Ciel :)
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lisashoe
1 review
“HEAVEN ITSELF!!!”
Reviewed 15 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

honestly you could not get this in a 5 star hotel!!!! What Ciel offers is unlike anything I've ever experienced and I am a seasoned traveler. The Beauty and care in everything from the exquisitely decorated cottage to the lavender sprinkled on your morning breakfast.You could not find a more special place to retreat. On top of that, this piece of land is one of the most spiritual places I've ever visited. you will leave feeling like soul has been lifted. Ciel you are a fairy god mother! I will cherish you and your land always. A trip to LA will not be complete now without visiting The Chianti retreat. xx

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Management Response
29 Jul 2014
Thank you so much for these beautiful thoughts Lisa! Having you here was such joy...such a blessing; immense peace and magic for this land, the Retreat and for me. I am so looking forward to the day when you return with your Brian :)
Many Blessings to your life Lisa!
Ciel :)
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Noah S
Los Angeles, California
1 review
“Magical!”
Reviewed 3 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014

I was looking to treat my wife to something extra special, and all I can say is wow! Ciel and her property were and are truly incredible. From the moment we arrived to the moment we departed we were treated like royalty. We live 12 miles from the property and we might as well been in Europe. You really feel as if you have been transported to a secret destination that only you were lucky enough to stumble upon. Ciel's food is outstanding, the hospitality was outstanding and our stay was (as I mentioned in the title of this review) magical! We have already recommended this place to our family and friends and can't wait to return!

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jbontrag
United States
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“Spectacular hidden gem”
Reviewed 30 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

Just returned home from a wonderful visit to Topanga Canyon and the Chianti Life Retreat B&B. This is not your typical airbnb/Flipkey setup. And it isn't your average B&B, either. It is a romantic cottage nestled in the woods above Topanga, just down the road from Malibu and Santa Monica. And when I say "romantic", I mean it...I hit the jackpot according to my wife! Right now it is really only for one couple at a time although I understand that may be changing in the future...but that only underscores the romantic element -- it is all about you once you arrive.

Ciel managed to charm us from the moment we arrived. The cottage itself is lovely; a fully functional kitchen, living room and bed room with a full bath (nice claw foot tub with shower) decorated with lovely art and personal touches. Of course, while that is wonderful, the real magic is with the hostess. This is where the B&B comes in...her breakfast each morning is a veritable feast of homemade breads, scones and foccachia along with jams, fruit, and wonderful egg dishes. You can also request dinner on site (as a trained chef, she offers both 3- and 5-course French or Italian meals for a separate fee) as well as yoga, massage and other programs to get you back on track.

Quite simply the best B&B I've been to over the years. While it may seem a little out of the way, it is worth the trip. We will be back!

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Liked best: food and hostess
Liked least: driveway
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Reviewed 3 May 2014 for a stay in April 2014

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A romantic getaway
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Management Response
3 May 2014
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 :)
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