Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, Hummingbird Nest is an oasis of tranquility and majestic beauty. Extending over 126 acres, the estate’s landscape transitions from the earth tones of the Santa Susana Mountain that surround it to the vibrantly colored blooms of the native plants lining its curbing roadways and lush green pastures.
There are so many things here that please the eye and inspire the soul, among them bubbling fountains, meandering pathways, hidden gazebos and spectacular mountain vistas. This is truly an extraordinary location for events ranging from weddings and formal dinners to award ceremonies and charity balls. Corporations also find that Hummingbird’s serene environment is conductive to successful meetings and seminars. A picturesque backdrop and distinct atmosphere bound to remain indelibly marked in every guests’ memory.
Presiding over the property at the top of a hill is the 17,000-square-foot sprawling Colonial Spanish style residence. Arched entryways, curved columns, tiled staircases and the prodigious use of fancy ironwork add grace and drama to the crisp white façade. At the front of the building, the main circular court with its central fountain has such a lovely view that is often used during the ceremony or reception as a backdrop to the bride’s dramatic entrance down the front steps of the villa.
Just to the left of the main entrance, there’s a wrought-iron gate that leads to a garden, complete with bougainvillea and a Spanish tiled gazebo—another favorite ceremony backdrop. The multi-level patio with its fountains, iron lanterns, array of palms offers enormous flexibility for receptions, whether large-scale or more intimate. From this vantage, you can look down over the sweeping acreage to the large Grand Prix lawn below, which can be tented and is perfect for very large weddings and other grand events.
Hummingbird Nest’s other area is the expansive Lake Lawn. Bordering a tranquil lake, it makes a beautiful area for celebrations as well as an excellent backdrop for bridal photos.
For a very romantic setting that draws upon the history of the property there’s the secluded original 1920s ranch house, known as “Sitting Bull.” Utterly charming, the brick and adobe building is shaded by century-old eucalyptus and olive trees. It features a cobblestone courtyard, a sizeable garden and a sparkling pool area.
To complete the experience for the bride and groom, extend your stay at one of the several fully equipped three- to four-bedroom guest houses. Hummingbird Nest takes you away from your daily routine, providing a place to relax, laugh and just let go. By the time you leave, you’ll feel enriched, refreshed and looking forward to returning for future events.