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Reality show revisits Fallbrook

Shelli DeRobertis

On the first Saturday in May, local Realtor Edward Monaghan was taking down a “for sale” sign from an organic fruit farm in Rainbow when Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott drove up tandem on a motorcycle, trailed by a camera crew.

The cameras were rolling for the reality series, “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,” and filmed the couple as they took a motorcycle ride on Rainbow Heights Road. The bike turned onto Rainbow Crest and ended up at the farm, Monaghan said. He had sold and just closed escrow on an 18-acre farm, and was taking down his sign when the helmet-clad couple asked for a tour of the property.

“It was a chance thing,” he said. “They came up and turned the bike around. I happened to be on the property.”

So he showed them around the blueberry farm. “They really liked the farm,” he said.

Spelling and McDermott created the reality show series, “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,” of which they are also executive producers.

The show airs on Friday nights on the Oxygen Channel and is set to begin its sixth season in the fall.

Photo clips from the episode that captures Monaghan and the blueberry farm can be viewed at, and Monaghan is pictured with Spelling and McDermott on episode 9: “Return to the Rue,” in pictures 53 and 54.

The celebrity pair are not strangers to Fallbrook and the “Return to the Rue,” episode is titled in reference to Oak Creek Manor Bed and Breakfast in Fallbrook, which was once upon a time the center of their reality show “Tori and Dean: Inn Love.”

In 2007, their reality series focused on their bed and breakfast hunt – away from Hollywood – and the charming Oak Creek Manor with its eight acres of lush English gardens and majestic oak trees became the choice for their new business venture.

The parents-to-be couple planned to renovate and manage the inn.

The bed and breakfast was given a new name: Chateau La Rue, and at the time of the filming of the “Inn Love” episodes, carpets were torn out and the four bedroom, 4.5-bath manor was refurnished.

According to reports at the time, Spelling had used her $800,000 inheritance to purchase the licensed bed and breakfast.

But in April 2007, the Village News unraveled the truth behind the show – that the property had only been leased by Spelling and McDermott for one year.

The reality show’s rental period expired, and the Oak Creek Manor sign returned and welcomed guests again in December.

Season three of “Tori & Dean” premiered in the summer of 2008, also with a name change: “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.”

Episode 9 shows that for a surprise romantic getaway for him and his wife, McDermott planned a trip back to the manor in Fallbrook.

At the manor, he and Spelling are seen in the kitchen, reminiscing about the many meals they had made there.

Oak Creek is still owned by Patricia King, who has had the bed and breakfast listed for sale since the time of the reality show frenzy. During a recent phone interview, King was asked what it was like to have Tori and Dean back for a surprise visit.

“It was nice having them at the manor,” she said.

Could Fallbrook’s charming community of Rainbow be the next location for another “Tori & Dean” reality series segment?

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