Photography works by Catherine Roché are exhibited and offered for sale throughout the Inn. Visit her online shop Mooncrater on Etsy.
Your hosts are Warren and Elena Roché and their five home-schooled children. Warren is a retired studio musician who took up a second career designing and building houses. For most of his adult life he has lived in Topanga. Elena is a plein air artist who paints California landscapes and domestic garden as well as wild flowers. Her paintings grace the walls of the Inn and some are offered for sale. Warren and Elena's five young children help run the Inn. Karina, the oldest at twenty-two years, is a writer, the General Manager and Sous Chef. Seventeen year old Catherine is the Assistant Manager and a talented photographer. Her work is exhibited throughout the Inn and is offered for sale. The three youngest children help with housekeeping and gardening.
The two separate residences, the Casa Blanca and the Casa Rosa, 20310 and 20314 Callon Dr., that comprise the Inn were designed and built by your host, Warren Roché in 1987 and 1990. These buildings are his artwork, as he didn't just conceive and draft the designs, but actually build them with his own hands. The design and finish were inspired by the great flourishing of vernacular architecture in Southern California from near the beginning of the twentieth century to the Great Depression. Various show business celebrities resided here up until 2008 when Warren and Elena decided to convert both buildings to a Bed & Breakfast. Elena's classic plein air paintings and the ever growing collection of antique craftsman furniture adds to the pre great depression atmosphere of the Inn.
A desired neighborhood in Topanga, Cheney and Callon Drive are some of the least steep, widest and best maintained compared to the rest of the roads off of Topanga Canyon Boulevard. It is a quiet place, away from the road noise, in an East-West valley formed by Garapito Canyon and drained by Garapito Creek, a tributary of larger Topanga Creek. Relaxed and friendly locals enjoy easy and free access to Topanga State Park. You will see them hiking, jogging, riding their horses and mountain bikes. Local children get to grow up in a safe place surrounded by nature.
Known as Sylvia Park since about 1930, the neighborhood before that was the Cheney family ranch from the early 1900's. In those days Topanga Canyon Boulevard was a narrow dirt road and Froggies' Restaurant was the original one room Topanga School House. Like many other ranches in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Cheney Ranch, was a place for the residents of young growing Los Angeles to spend a weekend and hunt deer. When the family sold off most of their land to developers in the late 20's, it was subdivided it into cabin size lots and the club house, now the Mountain Mermaid, was built. The development failed in the Great Depression. Some cabins were built, but most lots on the steeper canyon sides weren't used. When the development company failed land owners were left to fend for themselves. As most lots were too small for modern houses, lots were combined and a few homes were built. Many gave up their land for taxes. This checkered past created a neighborhood dotted with a few houses here and there. Some old wooden cabins and the original Cheney Ranch house are still here, unchanged. In the 70's and 80's a few newer and bigger houses were added. But it never became crowded and every year in early December the whole neighborhood is invited to the original Cheney house for an annual pancake breakfast.
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We are a unique family owned Bed & Breakfast in Topanga Canyon in Southern California.
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California Plein Air
landscape and flower paintings by your hostess Elena Roché are on view and for sale throughout the Inn. Visit ElenaRoche.com
Topanga State Park
surrounds the Inn and offers trails for hiking,
mountain biking, horseback riding and bird watching. To learn more see our Location Page.