About this listing
The gorgeous craftsman-style Apple House located in the Arbolada, is a short stroll to the town center and across the road from Ojai Valley Inn. The fully-fenced property offers the opportunity to relax in a serene, immaculately landscaped setting. The cottage, pool and gourmet kitchen complete the experience.
This property is truly magical. Upon arriving you will be awed by its beauty and tranquility. Designed with many outdoor entertaining areas like the covered front porch and the large pool area. Spacious enough to host a group yet intimate enough to find your own 'secret place' to enjoy the peace and quiet of the manicured grounds.
The fenced/gated property offers an opportunity to relax in a private and serene setting. Each room is warm and welcoming. It is designed to maximize family fun and has been the location for many a family reunion. The sleeping arrangements offer a great deal of flexibility for the 8 guest maximum. We hope that you will get as much pleasure from The Apple House as we have.
Main House 2500 Sq ft:
Bedroom 1 - King Bed with en suite bathroom with Shower.
Bedroom 2 - Queen Bed with adjacent bathroom with shower over tub.
Bedroom 3 - Large 'Family style' room. 2 Full size beds, 2 Twin beds, separate changing room, adjacent bathroom with shower and laundry facility. 60 inch wall-mounted TV.
Guest Cottage Bedroom: 1 Queen Bed, bathroom with shower. Separate sitting room.
The Main House features a Gourmet Country Style Kitchen with breakfast nook. Large Farmhouse sink, 6 burner Viking Range and Sub Zero Refrigerator. Outdoor propane BBQ. Enjoy your meals on the covered Front Porch or on the back patio overlooking the large Swimming Pool under the 'pink moment' backdrop of the Topa Topa Mountains.
The Garage has been converted into a 'Pub Style' Family Games Room. Featuring an 8 foot Pool Table, Table Football and Dart Board.
The Grounds are a beautifully landscaped 2 acres. Enjoy our family orchard boasting espaliered Apples and Figs, many varieties of citrus, grape vines and countless other fruit trees! Every part of the property has something to offer. Enjoy your first cup of coffee with the morning sun next to a bubbling fountain. Nap in the hammock under the trees or spend the day swimming and sunning around the pool.
Guests have access to the complete 2 acre property including main house, guest cottage and garage converted to pub-style games room.
Other Things to Note
A must for first time Ojai visitor is the 1 mile out and back family friendly hike along the Ridge Trail located at the tip of Signal Street. Enjoy a cool morning walk along this trail. Bring your camera for the breathtaking views of the Ojai Valley. Then finish your walk and stop in town for coffee and a stroll down down the famous Arcade or a rest in Libby Park. If you're in town on Sunday morning do not miss the Farmers Market. Search out BD's vegetable stand. His farm is located a stone's throw from The Apple House. For biking enthusiasts there are two local bike stores where you can rent bikes and accessories. A paved bike path leads you all the way to Ventura or if mountain biking is your thing ask the bike store to recommend a suitable trail.
The Apple House is so wonderful you may never want to leave. If you do feel the urge to explore wider afield, many of our guests take day trips to Los Angeles for the various theme parks like Disneyland, Universal Studios or Magic Mountain. Or take a short drive to Santa Barbara for all it has to offer: Santa Barbara Zoo, World Class Dining, Outstanding Beaches. My personal favorite is the beach at Santa Claus Lane in Carpenteria. This beach offers surfing lessons and many little boutiques and restaurants as well - worth the 20 minute drive.
The Arbolada is an oasis and its serenity is highly valued by its residents. Sound travels, so please respect our neighbors expectations of a tranquil life, particularly before 9AM and after 9PM. No house parties or events.
Our property is non-smoking and unfortunately no pets are allowed, although we do love them as much as you do! We have a maximum 4 car capacity and please take care as you enter or leave the property, particularly if you use the rolling gate.
Our guest limit is set at 8 - we could sleep more but the property can only accommodate 8 people without its systems being over-burdened. Only registered guests are allowed on the property.
We will email you a welcome package that contains house rules along with "how to's", recommendations and local tips. There is also a copy available at the house.
Our 3 nights at the Apple House changed our view of family vacations forever. It was wonderful and we are considering doing it every year. We were a group of 7 and found that there was plenty of space for being together or reading quietly alone in any of the various nooks: a beautiful hammock beneath trees, loungers by the pool, the very cheerful front porch, or chairs nestled among the fruit trees. The pool was the center point of our days, as we visited in July. This is a home that was lived in by the owners and set up for optimal use. There are high quality floating loungers for the pool, a great outdoor grill, a Viking stove and ample kitchen space for group cooking, champagne glasses, and multiple kinds of fruit trees which you are encouraged to check for ripe fruit. This is a retreat for mind and body that is worth every cent. Janice and Keith gave us excellent restaurant recommendations in the area. If you are in town on a Sunday, be sure to stop by the Farmer's Market. Bart's Books is also a treasure.
Our family had the most perfect spring break vacation at the Apple Cottage house. It was everything we expected and more. The kids extra large sleeping and play room worked very well for us as did the converted garage/game room. It was so fun just to hang out and play with our kids. We cooked a lot and felt that the kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed. The owners were very available via email and extremely committed to giving us a great experience. Thank you!
Oh my I love this house !!! It is the perfect way to relax in Ojai ... It has everything that you might need in a amazing vacation . We came her with 9 girls on a bachelorette weekend, and did not want to leave! Keith was a perfect host and made us feel very welcome . I can't wait to go back with my family !
The Apple House is a great getaway! The inside of house is comfortable and beautifully decorated. The kitchen is amazing. It is stocked with everything needed to the cook a large family dinner. The best part of the house is the large backyard with huge pool and plenty of space to sunbath, play ping pong and even play soccer on the grass field!
I would definitely recommend this location for anyone looking for a nearby respite from the LA life (it is only a 1.5 hour drive). Thanks Robinson Family for a great weekend!
About the Host, Janice
I grew up in the nearby town of Santa Paula although I have spent my adult life in Northern California. The Apple House is our home away from home, a true family retreat. A place where we escape life's fast pace, and enjoy the company of our family and friends.