Topanga Canyon Inn Bed and Breakfast © 2013 All Rights Reserved
We are a unique family owned Bed & Breakfast in Topanga Canyon in Southern California.
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 years, is a writer, the General Manager and Sous Chef. Sixteen year old Catherine is the Head Housekeeper and a talented photographer. Her work is exhibited throughout the Inn and is offered for sale. The three youngest children help clean rooms, garden and care for wild birds.
The two residences, the Casa Blanca and the Casa Rosa, 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 best maintained compared to the rest of the roads off of Topanga Canyon Boulevard. It is a quiet place, off to the side in a smaller canyon formed by Garapito 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 by locals as the Cheney Neighborhood, it is named after the Cheney family that owned much of it back in the early 1900's. 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, most weren't due to steep hilly terrain. New land owners were left to fend for themselves. As most lots were too small for modern houses, lots were combined and homes were built. Many gave up their land for taxes.
This checkered past created a neighborhood where hills are 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 didn't become crowded and the whole neighborhood gets together at the original Cheney house for an annual pancake breakfast in early December.
California Plein Air
landscape and flower paintings by your hostess Elena Roché are on view and for sale throughout the Inn. Visit ElenaRoche.com
Photography works by Catherine Roché are exhibited and offered for sale throughout the Inn. Visit her online shop Mooncrater on Etsy.
Topanga Canyon Inn bed & breakfast
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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.
A professional trumpet player and conductor, Warren Roché took up a second career as a designer and builder. Both Casa Blanca and Casa Rosa are solely his creation from design to the last tile. Read more
Santa Monica Mountains
divide Los Angeles in half, create five distinct climate zones, harboring wildlife and native plants and attract nature loving residents. Read more