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Channing House with heated salt water pool and spa on a large private estate

Bedrooms 2
Space 157 m²
Property type house


About the property

Bucolic setting, great for kids, pool and hot tub, extensive grounds, central

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 salt water heated 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 (currently uninhabited) and art studio under the arches of the barn at the far end of the estate (please check out my two Airbnb Experiences for painting and horseback riding). Further still and you reach the back gate that opens onto Easter Field and all of Griffith Park.

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: Rivergate House is the biggest and grandest. Dillard's Pool House is in the heart of the estate and the bigger of the one bedroom houses. 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

Rivergate is a unique place and a little hard to describe, it can feel a little like a village on a summer day.

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Amy B
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Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Riverside Rancho, California

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 157 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No more than two additional guests at a time on the property
  • Please use the pool and hot tub at your own risk
  • We share the grounds with other holiday homes. Please be kind and courteous to our other guests. No music or loud talking after 9.30 or before 7am.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , also has laundry facilities
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , the couch can also be used as a bed
    Second Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • swimming
  • tennis
We do not host parties. The grounds and shared space is monitored 24/7 with security cameras.


Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Viva Cantina
Nearest Ferry
33 Miles
Catalina Ferry
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Griffith Park
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Burbank station
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
5 Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Mambo's Cafe
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Mt Baldy
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Santa Monica
Car: recommended

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, 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)

The neighborhood is upscale and residential, many of the large houses have private stables and it is common to see cowboys riding in the streets. We are just a few miles from Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Atwater (two exits on the freeway, or about 5 minutes). We are bicycling distance from the studios (NBC, CBS, Warner Bros, Disney …).

The stable block at the back of the grounds (original to the Riverbottom estate) abuts Griffith Park, the largest municipal park in America. We are close to four golf courses, Travel Town, the LA Zoo, The Autry Museum, several horse riding facilities and playgrounds, Pickwick ice-skating and bowling and of course the wildlife and 52 miles of hiking and horse riding trails in the park.

The City is redeveloping the LA River and there are great cycling trails and running tracks throughout the neighborhood. Downtown Los Angeles is about 15 minutes away, depending a little on the famous LA traffic (there is a shortcut through the park along Riverside Drive that is very pretty and cuts out the traffic).

Burbank and Glendale are home to loads of shopping including the Americana (a high end outdoor mall with fountain, fine restaurants and events) big box stores are just a few miles away in Burbank and Pavilions supermarket is one of the finest around and well within walking distance.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$107.33
Additional Guest Fee C$50.51 per person per night
Pet Fee C$126.27

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.