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.
SPRING SPECIAL ~ stay with us 2 nights get a 3rd night 1/2 price (discounted night will be applied to Sunday - Thursday only).
The Hidden Cabin is privately located in the back of the property under shady trees that keep the cabin nice and cool. There is a queen bed, sink with filtered drinking water, and heater.
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.
Guests have shared access to wireless internet, hot tub, pool table, outdoor kitchen, 3 outdoor bathrooms, 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.
We generally have a 2 night minimum, but exceptions can be made, so contact us with any questions.
We have rubbish service at the street. If you have more trash than will fit inside of our trashcans, we will handle your extra rubbish for a fee of $30 per trash can (32 gallon size). All rubbish must be sorted.
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, it is currently going through some renovations. There are some renovation materials still on site. We make every effort to work around bookings to keep the place as comfortable and quiet as possible for our guests.
House also available for additional fee - Sleeps 9 adults total with 1 Queen bed in Bedroom 1, 1 Queen bed in Bedroom 2, and 1 King bed and a Twin bed in bedroom 3. There is also a Queen bed in the living room that can be used as a day bed/lounge area. More info here:
Pine Cabin also available for additional fee. Cabin sleeps 2 adults on 1 Queen bed. More info here:
Pine Cabin: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1011548
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.
All furniture is intentionally placed. Please do not rearrange the furniture.
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 house, etc.
Melanie was such a great caretaker. She told us all the cool hiking trails and where to eat. The cabins are super quaint and the property is simply lovely! The outside showers are awesome...really cold but the hot tub makes up for it. Overall great experience definitely be back!!
I arrived promptly at 3PM check-in. Gate was unlocked. I walk in to see someone using a broom to clean up spider webs among the trees. Her name is Roxanne (I think). She's pleasant and calm.
Nick comes out to advise me that the beddings were just drying and that the room wasn't quite ready, but he would give me the tour of the property. I was shown the outdoor kitchen, which didn't seem "usable." Nick assured me everything was there, pots/pans/utencils, to create a meal, but the oven was busted. I had actually hoped to cook my first dinner there, but decided in that split second to pass. 3 total toilets, all with their accompanying sinks adjacent. Of the 2 outdoor showers I loved how cozy the bamboo walled one felt, with the clawfoot tub. During my stay, it just so happened to be 2 nights of below freezing temps, and day time temps of only in the 40s. The thought of showering outside in these conditions intimidated me. Next the hot tub, pool table, books, movies, the CHICKENs, meditation platform, fire-pit, and the bikes. It was as the listing described.
I left so that Nick can finish preparing the room. I came back at about dusk, and all the property lights were on: The chandelier above the fire pit, Christmas lights (white) twinkled; all lighting a dim and created a cozy ambiance. Kind of like walking through a dim version of Disneyland's New Orleans Square. It was cold already at that time of the day. I knew I had to soak in the hot tub.
The jets were already running in the hot tub. It's one of those soft tubs. It was dark and I knew there was "stuff" floating in the water with me. I didn't want to know what it was I just got it out with the net. The water smelled weird, like old furniture. I knew I'd have to work hard to wash it away. The shower post was a bit frustrating with the poor water pressure.
Oh, I have to mention the towels were really thick and smelled freshly washed.
In my room the electric heater perfectly maintained a warm environment that I was comfortable enough to sleep with minimal clothing. Getting into the bed, it had a 4" memory foam pad and shredded memory foam pillow. The sheets were soft, of high thread count. IT WAS SO COZY! I got into bed and it cradled me like a yield cocoon. I slept so deeply that night...
My second night was very similar to night one except, instead of soaking in the hot tub, I filled the claw foot tub with HOT water and stared up into the dusky sky that was slowing filling with stars. I would say that that was the best 40mins of my stay... the tub area was out in the open but very private. I am now considering installing an outdoor tub in my own backyard.
Husband and I went for a weekend getaway. The place was smaller than imagined but just as relaxing as we hoped for. It was the perfect place for a weekend to just enjoy nature. There are trees all around, chickens roaming the space and a little cat who is the sweetest, friendliest cat ever. The outdoor (cold) shower was nice after sweating in the hot sun all day. The area by the fireplace is the best. It was so quiet there. However, if you're a light sleeper, we would suggest to rent another space there besides the hidden cabin in the back since that one is located right next to the chicken coop. We thought it was funny waking up to chickens clucking at 5AM but that could be only because we are city folk (hailing from NYC) and we don't really get to experience that. We would definitely go back!
Absolutely lovely! The retreat is, simply put, a work of art. Getting to experience the genius and design skills of individuals is the main reason I opted for Airbnb over a traditional hotel room. Mark's propertry did not disappoint. Sara, the caretaker, is extremely sweet and helpful. We stayed in the hidden cabin and had a wonderful time. We spent are two days in Ojai exploring the town and hiking, but we could have just as easily spent that time lounging around the common areas of the property- including the hot tub, the outdoor kitchen, and the outdoor gaming area with a pool table. Everything inside the fences (and even the beautiful weldwork fences themselves!) tell a story about the inhabitants. If you're going to stay in the Ojai area, I cannot recommend staying with Mark and Sara highly enough- I certainly would again.
As a bonus there is a bar right around the corner (literally right around the corner) and another down the street, the Deer Lodge and The Hut respectively. But you'd never know it unless you actually wanted to go there. It made for a great way to unwind after most of the other places in town closed at 5:30pm.
Thank you for being such a great hostess, Sara!
For my first ever solo vacation, I took myself to Ojai and chose to stay at Meiners Oaks retreat. And it WAS A Treat.
Mark is magical. He has set his land up to be truly a retreat and a rejuvenating, whimsical haven. Claire who greeted me upon my arrival, was warm, generous, and happy to share about Ojai and all of its glory…from where to take the most lovely Yoga classes, to where to catch the best food, music, and hiking.
I loved my cabin. Cozy, and comfortable. Loved my lovely clucking chicken neighbors (their pen is right next to Hidden Cabin). Loved the assortment of books on the property. LOVED the outdoor bath and the chalkboard walled bathroom and the hammocks. I stayed two glorious nights…and will stay longer next time I check in.
Highly recommend Meiners Oaks. What a joy.
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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.