Ever wanted to know more about the mansion used for The Bachelorette and The Bachelor? It may come as a surprise, but this bachelor pad is actually a family home for six when it’s not being used for shooting ABC’s hit TV shows.
Boasting stunning views of vineyards and the Santa Monica mountains, the 10,000-square-foot Villa De La Vina sits on 10 acres of land only 10 minutes away from Malibu. When Marshal Haraden built his home in 2004, he never imagined it would become the celebrated Bachelor mansion that it’s known as today!
Twice a year, Haraden and his family pack everything into storage and move out for 42 days. During that time, the film crew totally repaint the walls and bring in furniture specifically for The Bachelor or sister show The Bachelorette.
Designed in a 200-year-old Spanish Colonial Revival style, the front garden of the villa certainly makes for a welcoming backdrop. In fact, the exterior of the home is covered in an earthen material; no paint was used, giving it a unique finish.
Paired with a carefully landscaped garden, it’s a beautiful spot for romance. So it’s no wonder that many of the show’s fans have chosen this spot for own rose ceremonies!
The formal living room is where most of the rose ceremonies are conducted in the show. Compared to the rich and heady interiors featured in the show, it’s usually quite laid back and neutral toned, yet with some strong features. Check out the ornate stone fireplace, and the tile detailing on the skirting board. Bright and spacious, natural sunlight streams in through those hacienda-style arched windows.
A complete turnaround! Heavy colors and wild patterns coupled with low lighting set the tone to romantic for the cameras.
You might also recognize another part of the house, where contestants relax and wait for their moment to sparkle in the spotlight.
Do you recognize where this is? Maybe not! Furniture, curtains and everything is swapped out.
Here’s a view of the kitchen, which in daily life is really the centre of the home! It flows really easily from the living room, and has some of the best views of the house, according to Haraden.
Didn’t know there was a dining room at the mansion? Well, fair enough. During showtime this cubby room is converted into another area for chit chat and canoodling.
Even with similar decor, the walls are given a different coat of paint to match shooting for The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.
Want to see more of the living quarters? Some of the door frames were imported from Morocco and India, so you can see some ornate wood carvings that really stand out.
There are so many fireplaces! I’m surprised it gets so cold!
There are six bedrooms in the house, and a total of nine bathrooms, according to Trulia.
If you aren’t a fan of breathtaking mountains poolside views, you have no soul! The house is built into a mountain, and all the rock excavated for the pool and the foundations was the perfect material to be used for building the house.
The saltwater swimming pool is heated thanks to solar panels on the property, and features spa areas and various nooks to relax in.
Not featured in the show, but on site is also a studio garage which can be used for photo shoots.
Fallen in love with Villa de la Vina? Not surprisingly, it’s a big hit among those looking for the perfect spot to tie the knot and can be rented for weddings.
What did you think of the tour through Villa de la Vina, the mansion used on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette? Leave us a comment below and let us know which room is your favorite!