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9 secluded Airbnbs within a couple hours of Los Angeles

Find peace, quiet, and plenty of open space at these secluded Airbnbs within three hours of L.A.

Michael Juliano
Georgia Evans
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Michael Juliano
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Georgia Evans
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So you want to get away, really get away, from Los Angeles. We’re talking about a 'hop in the car, pick up some groceries and never have to interact with other people' kind of getaway. But most vacation rentals in our favorite day trip destinations simply won’t do: Cozy cabins in the mountains are right on top of each other, as are most Palm Springs hotels and houses.

Thankfully, these secluded Airbnbs should really do the trick. We’ve scoured the region for some incredible spots where you’ll find peace and quiet, and plenty of open space that’s second maybe only to camping. And maybe the most magical quality: they’re all within a three-hour drive of L.A., and none will maroon you in the middle of nowhere. That sounds pretty damn fine to us. So get out of town. We think you’re going to like it.

Just a quick note: We’ve included a couple of guest houses in our list, but all of them are detached from the main house and offer a separate entry and private amenities.

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9 secluded Airbnbs near L.A.

45min from Downtown L.A.

Topanga is full of charming hideaways, but we think this 1923 cottage, dubbed 'the Birdhouse,' makes for a particularly enticing retreat. The interior is bright but cozy, with floor-to-ceiling views of the hillside from the bedroom plus a wraparound deck. You’ll even find a private trailhead on the property.

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1hr 30min from L.A.

You’ll have the hillside to yourself in this two-bedroom home just east of Ojai. The red barn-like cottage sits on an eight-acre ranch, complete with a private tennis/pickleball/basketball court. Of course, if you’re all about relaxation, you can just stick to the covered patio or the fire pit.

1hr 45min from L.A.

This adorable studio south of Solvang sits on the same sprawling piece of property as the main house, but, well, that’s basically the only other thing around. Being on a 20-acre vineyard has its perks, too; you can roam the property, have a dip in the pool, and cook pizza in an outdoor oven all in one day.

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2hr 45min from L.A.

Rugged mountains, a huge expanse of sky with twinkling stars come nightfall, incredible sunsets... this is your little slice of secluded desert heaven. Sure it’s not super luxe but really, you’re here for the isolation, right? And by the way, those views are best enjoyed from the cowboy pool, outside on the sand.

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2hr 30min from L.A.

You’ll see nothing but mountains and sandy hillsides in every direction if you stay at this desert dome, even though you’re only minutes from the highway. It’s as well-appointed as it is seemingly isolated: a bright, beautiful midcentury-inspired interior with wood accents overflows into a patio with an outdoor fireplace that overlooks the 112-acre property. Now, this is peace and quiet. 

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3hr from L.A.

Situated on the southern edge of San Luis Obispo County, this two-bedroom guest house is like something out of a dream. A really, really lovely dream. We’re talking rolling hills, free-roaming peacocks, a hammock, and a sizable spa. You can even roam the 50-acre property and pick some fruit. And why wouldn’t you?

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