My husband and I spent a week here. The steep, driveway approach announces you are somewhere secret, special. We loved being removed from the bustle of the world below. And once you open that big old front door and enter the house, you feel like you have somehow acquired your own magnificent, historic Pasadena home.
Guests have free reign to paddle about the place, sustained by coffee, tea, water and soft drinks, homemade cookies and muffins at any hour. There is wine and cheese each evening. Not formal but gracious living at its best. Breakfast is at your convenience and to your own taste. One might prefer yogurt and granola to go with the fresh fruit and fresh squeezed orange juice, or have the excellent chili and egg pie with salsa and guacamole, or french toast, sausages - everything is housemade by the owner, Pat, a fine cook and considerate host. For our 5 am departure there was a breakfast to go secreted in the fridge.
There are a number of spots to sit outside to enjoy the view of the San Gabriel Mountains amid the sound of rushing water and the scent of eucalyptus. Some rooms have porches - we would ask for No. 2 next time. Some have showers or baths or both. This is a magnificent property perfectly located to enjoy the riches of Pasadena and it's proximity to Los Angeles, by car or on LA's growing metro. The nearby Gold Line will take you into the heart of LA in 30 minutes. There are excellent walks and hikes nearby, good restaurants, important architecture, museums and lots of history. We had a splendid time here. Thanks, Pat.