For the first time in the history of The Bachelor, the iconic romance reality show isn’t being filmed in the iconic “Bachelor Mansion,” with the current season filmed at La Quinta Resort and Club in California’s Coachella Valley so the cast and crew can remain within a COVID-free bubble. As a result, the Malibu mansion that has been the scene of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette is vacant – and, for the first time ever, can be rented on Airbnb.
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Villa de la Vina
The mansion, dubbed Villa de la Vina, is located in Malibu’s Santa Monica Mountains. According to its Airbnb listing, the home boasts 10,000 square feet of interior living space and an additional 20,000 square feet of outdoor space.
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Prepare to Pay
The front door of the home opens to this tiled foyer, which viewers are no doubt familiar with seeing. Featuring seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, comfortably sleeping 13, the home is available to rent for US $5,828 per night, which is approximately $7,600 Canadian.
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A Rare Opportunity
What many viewers of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette may not realize is that the famed mansion is actually home to a California family, who lease it to the show’s production company twice a year in order for the show to film there. They usually vacate the historic home – which was built in the 1800s – for 42 days each time. However, now that filming isn’t taking place there, they’ve decided to rent it out.
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According to the Airbnb listing, the “200-year-old Mediterranean-style revival house, with its one-of-a-kind pool and romantic archways, exudes the rich feeling of a picturesque hideaway with canyon, mountain and vineyard views.”
While the seven-bedroom home is said to comfortably sleep 13, there are a lot more people crammed into the place during production of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. During filming, the various suitors will typically share bedrooms, sleeping in bunkbeds with up to six in a room.
Hidden From View
During production of the shows, there’s one large room on the main floor that viewers never see, and it’s also off-limits to the cast. That’s because the room is used as a TV control room, with as many as nine cameras running at any one time.
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Obey the Rules
As the Airbnb listing points out, anyone who rents the place will be asked to abide by a set of strict rules. “Absolutely no parties, filming, professional photography or gatherings,” notes the listing, and they’re apparently dead serious. “If this rule is not followed you will be shut down immediately and the police will be called for trespassing.”
It Must Be ‘Bachelorized’
“We ‘Bachelorize’ it every time we get back in,” production designer Rutherford told Reality Blurred. In addition, the furniture and accessories are changed each season, along with other interior design elements, in order to give each season its own distinctive look while maintaining the familiarity of the mansion. According to Rutherford, she and her team are given about two weeks to set up the place in advance of filming, with only “a little” planning taking place prior to that.
One thing viewers rarely see on The Bachelor and Bachelorette are children, although more than a few contestants have acted like children over the years. In reality, however, one of the bedrooms has been outfitted to suit a youngster and features a small teepee.
At the top of the staircase leading to the second storey is this stunning area overlooking the foyer. Some of the intricate, ornate features include Romanesque wood columns, a wrought iron railing, colourful tiles lining the bottom of the walls and an opulent chandelier.
The main bathroom, located on the second floor, has become a gathering place for the women competing on The Bachelor. “I love getting ready. I’ve always done my own hair and makeup, and I would spend hours in here with the girls,” Canadian Bachelorette star Jillian Harris (currently seen on HGTV Canada’s Love it or List it Vancouver) told ET Canada. “I would be in the tub, in a bubble bath drinking wine, while the girls would be getting ready. I was always running around, no clothes on. I just felt so comfortable with all the girls. It was a spot where we could be safe from the cameras, safe from the boys, we could be ourselves and get ready.”
The expansive living room, overlooking the pool, is where the show’s iconic rose ceremonies take place. Over the course of all those seasons, imagine how many roses have been handed out – and how many hearts have been shattered – right here in this very room.
On the other side of the foyer, opposite the living room/rose ceremony room, is this large games room, outfitted with a pool table and plenty of comfortable seating. Arched French doors open to the expansive outdoor space.
Tucked away in the corner of the games room is this ornate, vintage wooden bar, situated next to a built-in temperature-controlled wine cellar.
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The kitchen isn’t typically a place where Bachelor/Bachelorette cameras spend a lot of time, but the home does indeed have one – and it’s pretty swanky. As Bachelor production designer Angelic Rutherford told Reality Blurred, the contestants will often cook here and “they make it a giant mess.”
View From the Pool
This private infinity pool boasts a spectacular view of Malibu’s Santa Monica Mountains, about 30 minutes outside of downtown Los Angeles.
Here’s a part of the home that should be instantly recognizable to any fan of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette: the Olympic-sized backyard swimming pool, which the Airbnb listing describes as “one of the most famous pools in the world.”
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This covered sitting area overlooking the pool is one of the many areas devoted to rest and relaxation in the home’s “enormous outdoor space,” which has been “all perfectly packaged for your stay.”
A view of the home’s exterior from across the pool, which also boasts what is arguably television’s most infamous hot tub.
As Rutherford explained, when filming is happening the home “is set up so people can sit and have a conversation and feel comfortable,” with numerous semi-private gathering areas available. “They have to feel comfortable enough to where story actually happens. As silly as that sounds, they have to feel comfortable, and if they feel like there’s a camera stand that’s right behind them or right next to them, or the camera person’s too close, they’ll shut down,” she explained.