About this listing
Utilizing 1/5 of an acre with an Eco/Permaculture Design ethic, nestled in the desirable Meiners Oaks section of Ojai. This private gated property features a 3BR main house, 2 rental cabins, and beautiful gardens.
The Main House features 3 bedrooms and 4 beds: Bedroom 1 has a queen bed, Bedroom 2 has a queen bed, Bedroom 3 has 1 king bed and 1 twin bed. The house has a full bathroom with shower and tub, and complete kitchen.
All of our cleaning supplies are eco friendly and natural, and our gardens are organic. We have premium beds and 100% cotton linens. We do our best to choose the healthiest and most sustainable option available. There is filtered drinking water in the kitchen.
Guests have shared access to wireless internet, hot tub, pool table, outdoor kitchen, 3 outdoor bathrooms, and 2 outdoor showers (1 has a claw foot bathtub!). There is ample street parking, bicycles, and library/video check out. Our chickens and gardens provide fresh eggs and produce when available.
Interaction with Guests
We have a caretaker on site who can help arrange bicycles or assist with other needs. Please let us know what time you plan on arriving so we can let you in and give you a tour of the property.
The property is 2.5 miles from downtown Ojai and close to hiking/mountain biking trails, local hot springs, and local wine tasting. We are walking distance to organic restaurants, yoga classes, Aikido lessons, and bars.
Many things are within walking distance and we do have bikes for guests to borrow. The Ojai Trolley goes from Meiners Oaks to downtown Ojai.
Other Things to Note
Meiners Oaks Retreat does not allow pets. While pets are never allowed in the house, we keep chickens and one sweet kitty lives outdoors on the property. There are dogs, cats, chickens, horses, and other animals in our neighborhood.
See "Meiners Oaks Retreat" on the internet for more pics and info. Please note, all reservations must be booked through airbnb.
In an effort to make the place the best retreat possible, we are continually upgrading the property. There are some renovation materials on site. We make every effort to work around bookings to keep the place as comfortable and quiet as possible for our guests.
Cabins also available for additional fee. Each Cabin sleeps 2 adults on 1 Queen bed. More info on cabins here:
Pine Cabin: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1011548
Hidden Cabin: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1308863
Or you can book the entire property for larger gatherings. You can review the property details here:
Meiners Oaks Retreat does not allow pets.
Please do not park blocking any mailbox or driveway in our neighborhood.
While Ojai is a safe and friendly community, always lock your car and our front gate.
With respect for our neighbors, please be quiet while outdoors after 10:00pm and while coming and going.
We allow respectfull nudity in our hot tub, sauna and the surrounding area. Nude sunbathing is also permitted in the back yard. Lewd and lascivious activity will not be permitted in any outdoor areas.
Please do not bring any glass in to the hot tub area.
All houseware is to stay in the house. A fee will be charged for any lost or damaged houseware.
All furniture is intentionally placed. Please do not rearrange the furniture.
The outdoor bathtub drains to the garden, so please do not use salts in the outdoor bath. Salts are very hard on plants and can kill them.
Do not feed the chickens any chicken! However they love the rest of your food scraps.
Please, NO SOAP on the cast iron pans.
Feel free to use any of the food in the refrigerator and pantry. Please replace anything you use a noticeably large amount of, unless it is perishable. There are a variety of jams and preserves in the fridge, enjoy.
If anything breaks during your stay, please let us know asap.
Before you check out:
All dishes are to be fully cleaned.
Beds are to be stripped and sheets left in a pile on each bed.
All used towels are to be left in the bathroom.
Please take out all the trash, recycling, and compost. Rubbish bins are on the street, compost goes to the chickens.
Please be respectful of other guests who may be staying on the property at the same time as you.
Do not enter any private space on the property except the space you have specifically rented. This includes the caretaker trailer, tool sheds, other rentals such as the cabins, etc.
If you spill in the oven please clean it. A dirty oven will result in a $100 cleaning fee.
No tobacco products are to be used in the house, smoke or vapor. There is no smoking allowed on the property other than in the seating area that is in the front of the property. Please be aware of other guests that may be on the property at the same time as you that may be offended or allergic to tobacco.
We were 4 ladies and had 4 kids in total they had 5 beds in the house we were all comfortable the beds are comfy, the outdoor is beautiful they have an extra 2 cabins on the property but their bathrooms is outside which at one night they had guests in one of the cabin likely they were woman so it was ok with us.
But he had a property care taker and his girlfriend live in a trailer on the property as well and their restroom and shower was outside which I didn't realized there is a man on the property, so in a way we felt that we had no privacy, so if you do care about privacy this place is not ideal but if you are open to meet new people this place is nice and the property care taker and his girlfriend were nice.
If you planning on cooking bring your own pans and pots, we wanted to make some eggs for breakfast and we found a iron cast that we could use but didn't look that clean, the coffee maker looked not clean either so we skipped coffee at the house and sticked with tea.
This was my first airbnb experience and I think this place is nice but a bit over priced.
We totally loved this place and would return in a heart beat!!! We were lucky to have Mark around and thoroughly enjoyed discussions with him and his attention to our stay.
The house has a piano inside which I played quite a bit. This was a surprise as well as a few other changes on the interior, but all for the best. All our group from the youngest to the oldest felt so at home and really didn't go out much to visit the town since we were so content at Meiner Oaks Retreat.
The property was gorgeous and all the personal touches such as the chandeliers and outdoor bathrooms made it perfect. We would definitely come back and had a very groovy time.
The listing description was exactly the way this beautiful retreat was. We had a mini family reunion here and it was the perfect place for us to relax and plug away from everything. It was beautifully maintained and I'll definitely be choosing to stay here for my next visit to Ojai. :)
Our stay at the Meiners Oaks Retreat was great! Mark was an excellent host and there are caretakers on the property to help with anything that comes up. The property has a great mix of indoor and outdoor spaces to gather in and worked perfectly for the 8 people we had staying. We were there during a particularly hot weekend and the house stayed pretty warm at night, but once we figured out where to position the fans it was comfortable. I would definitely come back!
All was fine. Not great for elderly though, a bit too rustic but that's what I liked about it. Very nice people. We had everything we needed. Thanks so much!
Wonderful property and great location to reach the start line for Moutain2Beach marathon.
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About the Host, Mark
Life long clown, herbalist and formulator of adaptogenic superfood Highlove Vitality. Spending most of his time traveling, Mark has a clear understanding of what is required for travelers to be comfortable, applying this at his favorite vacation rental... Meiners Oaks Retreat.
Along with the full time business of running Highlove Vitality, Mark hosts and produces burlesque and vaudeville shows, building interactive Elixir Lounge environments at art and music festivals such as Lightning in a Bottle in Monterey, CA and Envision Festival in Costa Rica.
With Mark's work taking him all over the world and his beautiful daughter Maeha grown and living on the east coast, this family shares their home with travelers looking to retreat to the delightful Ojai Valley.
Since Mark tends to be out and about, dear friends and property managers Melanie & Daniel take care of things at home, and handle most of the communication through airbnb.
Mark loves to spend time home in Ojai at Meiners Oaks Retreat whenever his schedule allows.