Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon

Georgous Spanish Casita 10 Minutes From Beach and very close to Pepperdine.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath With Mountain Ocean Views ~ Peace/ serenity/ minutes to town

This one of a kind property is located in a lavishly built Spanish gated estate on 250 acres of manicured grounds boasting the finest hand carved Mexican Paver stones. From almost everywhere on the property you can look down the canyon past waves of chaparral-cloaked hills all the way to the Pacific ocean. The quiet and privacy here are absolute. The Casa is an Estancia -Style structure with earth-toned stucco walls, a genuine Mexican tile roof and a wide lawn sweeping out in front. Immerse yourself in the Iconic Malibu in this state of the art guesthouse on a private Estate. This rural-residential property of 250 acres is just 15 minutes away from the Malibu center with it's restaurants, beaches, horse-back trails, hiking trails, boutiques, art galleries, Pepperdine University and loads of fabulous world class restaurants and wine tasting rooms. Your own private decks, lawns and Jacuzzi spa along with a Pergola are your views. Take a leisurely soak in the spa while watching the sunrise or the stars at night.Cocoon in your custom sheesham wood beds outfitted with organic mattress, exquisite linens, feather and down pillows and duvet. Two custom bathrooms, one with tub, round out your bath experience. The kitchen is outfitted with all modern appliances such as coffee maker, juicer, toaster, dishes, glasses, bowls, pots pans~~ everything you need to cook. Corral Canyon is a very winding road and is not for the faint at heart. The initial drive up to and down from the ranch provided interesting climbs and turns which caused everyone to pay close attention to directions.

If you have a larger group I have two additional adjoining suites in the Main Residence with a private patio connecting both of them. We also offer a fully stocked two bedroom apartment which sleeps 5 easily. Please ask

More Details

Geraldine Gilliland
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

About Geraldine Gilliland

My name is Geraldine and I hail from Northern Ireland. I moved to America in 1975 with my backpack and $300 and I have never looked back. I live on the property in the Casa Grande so I am always there to assist guests with anything. There is also a full time property manager to assist with any little thing. I was nominated for Irishwoman of the Year by Ireland's Former President, Mary McAleese and I received my award on Saint Patrick's Day 2015 by the Irish Fair Foundation. It is such as great honor to be acknowledged by Mary McAleese.

Geraldine Gilliland purchased this estate in 1995

Why Geraldine Gilliland chose Malibu

Total privacy and security yet only minutes to the nightlife in Malibu. There is always a movie star sighting around town and we have a huge celebrity population here. Pierce Brosnan, Roma Downy and Mark Burnett, Dick Van Dyke, Robert Downy Junior, Martin Sheen and Family are only a few names seen frequently around town.

Please note that we do not permit weddings at this property.

What makes this estate unique

This one of a kind property is located in a lavishly built Spanish gated estate on 250 acres of manicured grounds boasting the finest hand carved Mexican Paver stones. From almost everywhere on the property you can look down the canyon past waves of chaparral-cloaked hills all the way to the Pacific ocean. The quiet and privacy here are absolute. The Casa is an Estancia -Style structure with earth-toned stucco walls, a genuine Mexican tile roof and a wide lawn sweeping out in front.

This is Not A typical 'Rental' - this is my Home. 5 Star Luxury - Spectacular. Fully Furnished Spanish 1800 SQ ft with 'loft'. 15 minutes to Malibu center and all the stores, 10 minutes to Corral Beach. Hiking, Nature trails, Solstice Canyon and the backbone trails. Open floor plan with Ocean and mountain views. Granite Island Kitchen, Water Filtration system, Custom Wood Cabinets, Light Oak Floors in loft and Mexican Pavers in rest of home. Custom Mexican Ceramic tiles in two bathrooms, Restoration Hardware and Spanish Antique furniture and lighting. High quality Linens and Towels, WIFI, Verizon Fios, HiFi Stereo with I pod dock, 60' TV plus 42' flat screen in bedroom.

Private Jacuzzi Spa with outdoor lounge furniture, Working Fireplace.... there is Simply Nothing Nicer for this price. Period. The perfect place for a couple - will consider a dog. Awesome outdoor kitchen with Santa Maria BBQ, and Gas BBQ and side two burner stove for outdoor entertaining. Home built in 2010. new paint, modern...simply amazing. Laundry with washer drier, surround sound indoors and outdoors for entertaining. 4 night minimum.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation estate rental in Malibu, California

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • You may not use the fireplace without the screen and you may not leave the house with the fire burning
  • You may not stand on the jacuzzi cover
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Master Bathroom Spanish Tile Floors, Mexican ceramic Sink
  • Two custom Spanish tiled bathrooms. Master bath has tub. Both are decorated with beautiful custom Ceramic tile and hand made ceramic sinks.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 2 king
    Loft Bedroom - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , The sofa bed is located in the portico room. Queen Mattress
  • Master Bedroom and Loft Bedroom
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
We also have a brand new very comfy queen sized custom sofa bed with a queen sized mattress in the great room for additional guests


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

92% Complete
5% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
2% Complete
Georgous Spanish Casita 10 Minutes From Beach and very close to Pepperdine.
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 39 reviews

It does not get any better

  • 5 of 5

In the search for peace, quiet, tranquility and the most amazing views you will ever live with in your life: beg, borrow or steal the funds you might need for this amazing vacation splurge high atop Coral Canyon, within the safe, secure, gated confines of Rancho Chiquita.

The house had every amenity we needed for cooking and comfort. Geraldine, our host, was attentive without being invasive and even went out of her way to purchase hypo-allergenic pillows and blankets for us, despite the last minute timing of our request.

The drive up the hill from US 1 took barely 10 minutes and while it was indeed a bit curvy, it was really no big deal at all. And once you arrived at the house, believe me, there is no big hurry to head on back down that hill. We picked up groceries at Malibu Ralph’s on the way over to the house only to find that Geraldine had already thoughtfully picked up a few additional things for the fridge. We cooked on the stove, made coffee every morning and enjoyed every moment of our time at this truly relaxing vacation home.

Using the house as a base, we easily made the trip to Carpenteria, Ojai and the much more local sites like Point Dume and the Getty Estate. And should you want some freshly made seafood, Malibu Seafood is just at the base of the Canyon on US 1.

All in all, we strongly recommend Rancho Chiquita for anyone looking for a great vacation rental maintained by a caring and attentive owner.

  • Submitted: 25-May-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Barry, It was such s great pleasure to host you and your wife as my guests. Thank for this review and hope to see you again sometime at Rancho Chiquita. Sincerely Geraldine
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful escape above the clouds.

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Casita. If I could give half stars it would be a 4.5.

Geraldine was helpful and responded promptly to communication.

The road up to the property is a fun adventure with lots of turns, but definitely passable.

There are some things on the property that need updating (thus the rating of 4 and not 5). These things are not central to the enjoyment of the property. There is a table near the hot tub that has seen better days and an extra comforter that needs cleaning due to dog hair.

This is a place to stay high above the clouds and enjoy gorgeous sunrises. It is more suited to staying and relaxing for a while in that the trip into Malibu is doable but not something you want to do multiple times a day. The property is worth the drive!

We loved the property, Geraldine and her Beagles!

  • Submitted: 8-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Perfect! Just Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Geraldine's beautiful Spanish Casita with my Sister in Law and her family in August 2017 whilst visiting Malibu from England for a family wedding. It is so perfectly located: really near LA, not far from Malibu Pier or many of the best Malibu beaches or hiking spots. The villa was so comfortable, modern and functional. The layout and decor of the property allowed the children to have lots of fun and the adults to have a very relaxed time. The kitchen is so great and has everything you could wish for in it. The furnishings were of very high quality and so comfortable and cool and outside we had beautiful covered seating areas to eat and hang out in, a synthetic grass lawn for us to play on right in front of the house, unimaginably beautiful views of the ocean and Malibu hills and of course the hot tub for that extra touch. Geraldine was so helpful and generous, a perfect host and such a lovely person; meeting her made our stay all the more special. I really recommend this accommodation to anyone. Thank you so much Geraldine!

  • Submitted: 14-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful house with amazing views and welcoming owner

  • 5 of 5

We traveled from the UK to stay at this absolutely amazing property. The views are outstanding and the position of the house is brilliant. So close to Malibu and the beautiful beaches along the coast. Geraldine (the owner) was so welcoming and gave us so many brilliant recommendations of places to go and restaurants to eat at. We felt completely at home! This property is an absolute must for people wanting to relax and enjoy all that California offers. We loved our stay and thank you again so much Geraldine for making us so welcome. We hope to return to the house again in the future. All the best.

  • Submitted: 9-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Unbelievable panoramic views, gorgeous comfortable home!

  • 5 of 5

Unparalleled views through the canyon overlooking the pacific all the way to Catalina! If you want to be close to the action of Malibu but at the same time have your own secluded private retreat, then this property is for you! We rented for a week to celebrate our daughters graduation from Pepperdine. The drive up the canyon is a little harrowing at first but definitely worth it for the views and peaceful hilltop seclusion. Geraldine is such a gracious host, preparing a delicious brownie pie for our arrival and allowing us to host a small dinner party. Her houseman Mauro was also a wonderful asset to our trip. Wonderful amenities- everything from the bed linens to the fully stocked kitchen was exceptional. The gardens surrounding the home are beautiful and combined with the views make this home a true paradise! Whether we were drinking coffee in the morning or wine at sunset, sitting on the veranda enjoying the views will always be memories I cherish. Thank you Geraldine for sharing your wonderful paradise with us!

  • Submitted: 14-May-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paije, Thank you for choosing Rancho Chiquita. I love to share the property with guests and it's even more wonderful when my guests (who often turn into friends) totally get this piece of heaven. The good thing about Corral Canyon is that it doesn't have access to the valley so there is very little traffic on the road and it thankfully has guard rails. I hope you will stay in touch and keep me updated on your amazing daughters journey to follow her dream Mauro and the babies say hello. We are always happy to arrange help for our special guests. We have an amazing couple here right now who decided last minute to get married at the pergola on Friday. My team jumped to work and found her a caterer and an assistant who knew the property. There were no guests only our couple who actually live just down on PCH in Malibu. So special Geraldine
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
McLean, VA

6 Star Property and Experience

  • 5 of 5

A big thank you to Geraldine, the owner who makes this beautiful property available on VRBO. The vacation house is in a lush green setting on a manicured property and has sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The details of the house are exquisite -- from the floor tiles to the high ceilings to the artwork. We really felt like we had gotten away from the hustle and the bustle of the East Coast to a quiet paradise. It was clear that Geraldine wanted us to have a nice experience, too. She had a lemon cake and pastries waiting for us upon our arrival. She also brought my daughter a gift for her birthday!

Please do not read the review of the person who rated this property at a 1 star because of the drive up Corral Canyon Road. That posting should be deleted as the road is a completely safe, paved, two lane road lined with other properties along the way.

  • Submitted: 17-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Stephanie, Thank you very much for the 6 star review. You and your family are wonderful and we thank you for choosing Rancho Chiquita as I know you have many choices. Give my regards to the family Geraldine Gilliland
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Car: necessary

We are quite literally 15 minutes to Pepperdine University. We are eight minutes to the beach and ten minutes to shops, restaurants and movies.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation estate rental in Malibu, California

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$198.06
Late Check in after 10pm C$66.02
Guest after 4 per nite C$66.02
Property Damage Protection C$130.72

The property is not available for weddings or parties. The property is available for a maximum of 28 days stay only. We are huge dog lovers and have several rescue dogs here but sadly we cannot host any dogs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
Contact Owner