About this listing
A spacious, semi-detached house in the heart of what was once Bette Davis' estate, Riverbottom. This historic estate enjoys a salt water pool, hot tub, organic gardens, French Lavender maze, electric car charger... Close to Hollywood, Los Feliz and the studios
The scent of lavender drifts in the charming sash windows of the LIVING ROOM and KITCHEN. You can also see the pool, lawn and hummocks and beyond that the foothills of Griffith Park and the horse trails of Mount Hollywood (we are directly behind the HOLLYWOOD sign). The room is light and airy with cool tile floor. The huge couch fills the space, defined by the curved moldings and whitewashed walls. The 32" TV has both digital cable (with the movie package) and Apple TV. The Moroccan lights and original art make Dillard's Pool House perfect for relaxing after a long day and splash in the pool. The kitchen is small but functional with a dishwasher, stove, oven, sink and such. There is Wi-Fi throughout the estate.
You enter the historic ESTATE through the original riverside gate of Bette Davis' house Riverbottom. Dillard's Pool House is in the heart of the estate with the salt water pool and hot tub on your doorstep. Named after one of Bette Davis' favorite leading men; Preston Dillard played by Henry Fonda in the famous 1938 movie Jezebel.
A patterned couch on the VERANDA looks out to a field of French Lavender planted as a maze to walk through. The very large, drought tolerant organic garden is an oasis. The blue of the pool in the lush green lawn. Then the yellow of the flowers and flowing ornamental grasses, it feels like the dunes at the beach.
The BEDROOM has air conditioning and a queen bed and comfy headboard; perfect to tuck in to a juicy novel or a late night movie on the Apple TV at the foot of the bed. The light from the Moroccan lamp patterns the walls. It has plenty of closet space and a desk to write letters home on.
The BATHROOM is huge. Large enough to entertain in while you lounge in the bathtub! There is a washing machine and a dryer, (although in Southern California the clothes dry just as fast on the rack as in the machine)
Dillard's Pool House is next to the pool and hot tub in the heart of Rivergate Estate. The estate has a number of houses available through Airbnb. The interior space is exclusive to this listing. The exterior is shared with the other guests staying in the houses on the estate.
The houses on the estate enjoy massive organic gardens, almost half acre of garden with an abundance of butterflies and birds. The lawn surrounds the saltwater pool and spa, fire pit and grill. The art studio is where I offer a Painting Experience https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/65880. We also have a garden bathroom with outdoor shower, covered seating area, a couple of outdoor dining areas, sun deck, large shade trees, hammocks and café tables, fountain area, fruit orchard, vegetable garden. A maze of French Lavender for children to solve and Wi-Fi throughout. You can often find me planting or watering, things are growing and changing. Our photos are current and we update them regularly.
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.
O'Leary's Cabin https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1316362 which is at the far end of the estate and shares a roof line with the original stable block. It was named after Humphrey Bogart’s character Michael O’Leary, the knowing stableman in Dark Victory
Rivergate House is the biggest and grandest house on the estate https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6132998
Channing House is also two bedrooms and is at the far front of the grounds https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1316362. Named after Margo Channing, Bette Davises’ larger than life character in All About Eve 1951;
The whole Rivergate Estate at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6211632
Interaction with guests
Rivergate is our country house, my family and I stay in all of the houses (it is helpful for me to know how they function as holiday homes first hand). The grounds are large enough that the house is private. With the added bonus of friends and fellow travelers nearby to make friends with. When we are not staying in one of the houses we are just over the hill in Hollywood at Sunset Ranch. It is helpful that I am right here to answer questions or fix anything that may arise.
I won the Airbnb Hero Award and take my role as host very seriously. I take your happiness and well being personally and am honored to facilitate this community of travelers sharing this great estate.
Other things to note
Boring Legal Things: A 12% Transient Occupancy Tax, imposed by the city of Glendale, has been added to the final cost of the rental room (which we pay to the city). This is supposed to be stated separately as an additional cost to your room rental, however AirBnB does not allow for this option in pricing.
We charge a high cleaning fee. This is for the standard cleaning that we do before each guest and the small repairs, repainting, replacing damaged furniture, rugs, upholstery and minor fixes. We all break things and spill. It isn't very pleasant to have a lovely holiday only to get in to the nitty gritty of broken glasses or wall scratches at the end of it. These things happen and the second half of the cleaning fee goes toward the repairman.
We do not host parties. The grounds and shared space is monitored 24/7. We also have recording security cameras.
Like in the country, if you see a gate open, leave it open, if it is closed, close it after you.
No smoking inside please. If you smoke, please do so outside and away from other people. Please use an ashtray. Please empty the ashtray in the outside bins and not in the house
No more than two additional guests at a time on the property. If you have a group, please speak with Amelia (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) before inviting them.
Please use the pool and hot tub at your own risk. It is saltwater and heated and there to be enjoyed. It is heated typically to 72 degrees. It can go warmer and please ask me I am apply to turn it up. (The heater uses natural gas. There is a natural gas shortage here in LA and there have been public service announcements asking that we conserve) Please use plastic cups poolside. If you spill or somebody has an accident in the pool, please tell me. It is not difficult to fix but does need to be addressed.
Please Use the pool fence gates if they are up. They can be a little tricky to operate as they are designed to keep toddlers out. Pull the toggle on the top of the gate up to open. If in frustration you take the fence down, please make sure you put it together again for the sake of the kids on the property. MAKE SURE THE GATE IS COSED AFTER USE and that the pool is secured once you have finished. Again, we have young children on the property and really like them and want to ensure their safety☺
The estate is great for dogs and we do allow them (with a $100 fee). Please keep them on a leash in the pool garden. You are welcome to let them off leach to run around in the front garden. There is a great sandy area out the back gate known as Easter Field and Bette Davis Picnic Area. There are lots of horses, just in case your dog is surprised to see such creatures. If your dog poops on the estate, please remove it and place it in the outside red bins. Please do not leave your dog unattended. Please do not let your pet swim in the pool.
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. Whispering is okay as long as there is kissing involved or there is a full moon ☺
Hope this is not to frightening or strict. We have video monitoring and recording throughout the outside/ shared parts of the estate. We find that there is a great community magic that can happen here. I believe we get what we put into it and that the beauty of Rivergate is in the wonderful guests we share it with. If you have any questions, issues, problems or recommendations, please speak with me Amy (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) and thank you for staying with us.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
I am a mom and artist. Originally from London, England; I have been in California for 12 years and live on the property with my two very young children. I love my role as host and go to great effort to ensure a lovely experience for my guests.