This castle in Hollywood Hills has everything you’d expect a fairytale abode to be but with modern comforts that make you feel like absolute royalty. While it’s in the heart of the bustling neighborhood, there’s nothing but the sound of birds tweeting once you walk inside. This is where writers, artists and hopeless romantics come to escape the world and seek inspiration in surreal surroundings.
You may have already seen some surreal places in L.A. but this is definitely one of the most magical. Once you’ve thoroughly marveled at the fascinating structures you can wander through the private courtyards and gardens, sunbathe on the deck, let your hair down on the balcony, and explore the tunnels or cave.
What to expect when staying at the Hollywood Hills Castle?
This historic house is a rare example of the whimsical world of Storybook architecture and looks as though it has magically been transformed from a drawing in a book into a solid, stone beauty. It’s fit for any prince or princess, complete with a sparkling pool, spa, fire pit, modern kitchen, three fireplaces, heated bidet toilets, organic bedding and plush towels. Although, it’s the gigantic, marble steam shower with beautiful brass accents that steals the show.
Guests can choose from three different bedrooms, each with its own character and charm—and fireplace. There’s the circular master bedroom with wooden accented, a chandelier, stain-glass windows and a claw-foot tub. The downstairs studio is more artsy with rustic touchesand light pouring in from the garden.
What is Storybook architecture?
Storybook architecture became popular in the 1920s and is characterized by playful styles that are often done in an exaggerated medieval style and are intentionally made to look ancient with plenty of handmade decorative motifs. You can see other examples of this whimsical style at The Spadena House in Beverly Hills, The Tam O’Shanter Inn on Los Feliz Blvd, and The Frank Long House on Linden Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois.
It’s not every day that you get to a castle perched on the hills on the Lookout Mountain section of Laurel Canyon. You can find out more on Airbnb here and plan your fairy tale getaway in Los Angeles.