About This Listing
ASK ABOUT OUR SPRING SPECIALS!! 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 5 beds: Bedroom 1 has a queen bed, Bedroom 2 has a queen bed, Bedroom 3 has 1 king bed and 1 twin bed. There is also a queen bed in the living room that can be used as a day bed or lounge area. Please see photos for details. 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.
Staying the weekend at Mark's property was wonderful for our family. The house worked perfectly for our needs. We were 5 adults and the house provided enough privacy when needed and plenty of gathering areas indoors and outdoors. The house is located in a quiet section of Ojai, between beautiful trees and in walking distance to great eateries. A short drive to town and all the fineries of Ojai are available. The house, beds, beddings and towels are clean and all the amenities function well. If you are looking for a quiet vacation at a place that is inspiring and fun - this is for you. Thanks Mark.
We had a wonderful stay at Meiners Oaks Retreat. It is an amazing place and we wish we could have stayed longer. The hosts were very accommodating and the caretakers were on hand to deal with any queries. Thank you very much!
Such a fun place!! The house was exactly like the pictures. Really beautiful and eclectic. Our kids LOVED the outdoor shower. There were chickens on the property but they are penned and even with animals the property was clean. The caretaker, Melanie, was really sweet and helpful. We even left some clothes by mistake and they are mailing them back to us. A great trip!!! We would definitely go again.
Our stay at the Meiners Oak Retreat was excellent! I had a group of 9 people and everyone really loved the location. We really enjoyed our freedom to do other activities outdoors. The privacy of the lot was great. And our friends really enjoyed the pool table. I really liked the meditation deck in the back of the house for yoga. Everything about the home was amazing. The beds were very comfy and I loved the wood floors. The house actually looked much better in person than in the photos. The open floor plan of the house was very welcoming and all around fun. It was quite a drive from Ojai to Santa Barbara but it was worth it! And Ventura beach was a quick drive away. We will definitely be returning here for our next trip to Ojai and Santa Barbara.
We had a great time staying at Meiners Oaks Retreat. It is a funky little place, a little crowded for 9 people, but was still a good time for the family!
Unfortunately, the oven wasn't really working, and a couple of us tipped over in one of the chairs that didn't seem to want you to lean back in it. Parking was a little crowded right in front of the retreat, but it was a great place to venture out into Ojai and a great place to have a little reunion.
Mark and his caretakers kept in great contact with us before, and once we were there, they were very welcoming and accommodating. It was nice that they were flexible with our check in time, and our group came in 3 waves, and they were very open and great with us.
Roxanne was there to meet us when we arrived. She was very pleasant and gave us a tour of the property as well as the interior. She also gave us her cell # to contact her with any of our concerns. This is an old neighborhood. The photos are an accurate representation of the place. There is a chicken coop out back. There is a smell of animal urine if you sit outside; we were told this is from the neighbors house as they have multiple animals.
We noticed the smell of gas when we entered the house. It was also very prominent in the evening, when we came back after being gone all day. One of the bedrooms is located directly off the kitchen, making it difficult to get away from the smell. The kitchen window opens, but there is no screen, so we did not leave it open to prevent animals from coming in (raccoons were heard in chicken coop at night and on the roof one night as well). We mentioned the gas to Roxanne on several occasions, and were told that the oven had just been checked. This did not change our experience. We had difficulty getting hot water in the kitchen, and one morning had no hot water because a circuit had been tripped-thus no showers before leaving for our conference. We had planned on cooking most of our meals at home. This did not happen due to lack of hot water, oven not heating up (I gave it 20 minutes) and the concern around the gas smell. The water in the hot tub was cloudy, and so we chose not to use it. We were excited to hear of bicycles; they were rusty and had flat tires so we rented some from the local bike store instead.
A great place for a relaxing get away! Mark showed us around the place when we arrived and the bikes were fun to have access to.
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About the Host, Mark
Clown since three years old, and seventh generation fortune teller. Mark is the host and co-producer of New Fangled Opry and works with a variety of groups, including The Do Lab, L’Unkles Boink, Insomniac Events, and The Beckys. With years of professional experience, Mark is a performer, producer, promoter, airbrusher, welder, builder, rigger, fire safety technician, elixir maker, healer, saw player, consultant, heyoka, yoga teacher, and more.
With Mark traveling the world performing and his beautiful daughter Maeha in college, this family has decided to share their home with travelers, people looking to retreat to the delightful Ojai Valley and folks needing a comfortable foot on the ground in Los Angeles.
Since Mark tends to be out and about, our dear friend and property manager Sara takes care of things at home and handles most of the communication through airbnb.
Mark and Maeha love to spend time home in Ojai at Meiners Oaks Retreat or in Los Angeles at their Pied-à-Terre in Highland Park whenever possible.
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