Heaven on Ojai's Earth

House - Entire home/apt · South Rice Road, Ojai, CA 93023, United States

Studio apartment in separate building with stunning outdoor deck and pool views of the mountains and Ventura River Valley. Located on a native plant farm property noted for its natural beauty by artists, Oscar-winning film artists, and music producers. One of a kind, and new to airbnb.

The Space

Guest House at Euterpe Farms

Welcome! We hope you enjoy your stay in this beautiful part of the world.
Smitty West

Here’s some information and tips to help make your stay easier.

General Safety

Euterpe Farms is a working farm and music studio. That means there are farm tools, farm work, and multiple hazards that you won’t find in most “vacation spots.” This is the beauty and uniqueness of this special place.

As a guest in the Guest House, you are welcome to the apartment and beautiful deck, and non-exclusive use of the pool. You may walk the grounds but please respect the privacy of the occupants of the main house.

Besides being a native plant farm, any portion of the grounds and pool area may be in use for other purposes such as parties and music events, filming, music recording or rehearsal, photography, plein air painting, and private use by the owner, Smitty West. Please be respectful of the privacy and business of the other people enjoying the Farm.

The property requires regular land care, pool service, gardening, and farming that may be occurring at any time, so if you see our happy grounds manager, Urbano….say hola! Smitty also enjoys doing work around the farm, and he may offer you a tour.

Please park on the dirt area at the bottom of the stairs. Do not block the garage doors or the paved circle so delivery and service vehicles can come and go. The beautiful 450-year old oak tree in the front of the main house will thank you as well!

WI-FI Internet

Pool Area
Enjoy one of the great experiences of Ojai….the pool at Euterpe Farms with White Ledge Peak of the Transverse Ranges at sunset! Caution with children…no fence between house and pool. There are pool towels in the apartment.

Euterpe Farms has a 1000’ fenced border and 180 degree view of the beautiful Ojai Land Conservancy’s Ventura River Preserve, and the two million acre Los Padres National Forest. This beautiful, diverse, and wild country is home to an amazing assortment of wildlife found no where else.
This is THEIR home, and WE are the visitors here on the edge of this wilderness. Be respectful of this fact and you will be rewarded with close-up view of an amazing assortment of plants and wildlife. Some of the larger animals you may see: deer, coyote, fox, snakes, bobcat, mountain lion, bear. Bird watchers will LOVE the diversity. We encourage raptors, and you may see or hear several types of owls, hawks, and other birds of pretty.

With big animals come small animals, so if you like lizards, spiders, and other crawlies, you’ll love it as much as the animals that eat them. If you don’t, well, you might have to live with them, because there’s 2 million acres of their home right next door! We try to maintain a no-kill philosophy on the property, and we have yet to see a poisonous snake, although we know that the river bottom is home to several. Best advice: Enjoy the wildlife, but don’t handle it!

Climate and Comfort
Ojai has a reputation in California for being blazing hot, but that isn’t really true. Here at the Farm, during the summer months we are rewarded with a beautiful Pacific marine layer breeze every afternoon, and the average summer daytime temperature is 89 degrees.

That said, sometimes during Santa Ana wind conditions, it does get BLAZING HOT for several days at a time. If you are lucky enough to be visiting during one of these spells (we get maybe two or three of them per year and it can be over 100 degrees), remember that it does cool off at night, so open the windows and night and shut them in the morning as the day warms up. There is an attic fan that can add to your cross breeze, and a portable air conditioner that will take the edge off. But the best solution is a dip in the beautiful swimming pool, and planning an evening poolside until the stars come out.

That said, chances are that you will have fantastic weather, any time of the year, and use the windows to moderate your temperature, and enjoy the porch.

Indoor Living
Ojai is all about outdoors, but you’ll find a lot of indoor conveniences here at the Guest House: Refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, service for small groups, satellite TV with surround sound, wifi, a desk area, books….etc.

Euterpe Farms is on a green septic system. If it didn’t come out of your body or off the roll of supplied septic-safe tissue, it doesn’t go in the toilet!

Solar and Wind and Water
The faucet by the sink delivers you unlimited delicious and “world famous” Euterpe Farms windmill water. This water is purchased by hundreds of fans at our roadside tienda (farm stand) as their exclusive drinking water. Delicious, untreated and pure mineral water. It is raised by the power of the wind from our 1926 Aeromotor windmill from an isolated aquifer under this portion of Meiners Oaks.
On the roof over your head is a 3000 kilowatt solar generating system, making power from Ojai’s most precious asset, our sunshine.

We’re doing our part to help sustain healthy communities of honeybees here at Euterpe Farms. Their hives are very obvious off to the cliff side near the windmill. No one has been bitten that wasn’t messing around with their hives. No one HASN’T been bitten who WAS messing around with them. Your choice.

You’ll see them on the wildflowers around the Farm. Tip your hat and say thank you (or “gracie” they are an Italian variety), and they won’t bother you.

We recommend the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s beautiful Ventura River Preserve. Walk or drive the one-half mile north on Rice Rd. to the trailhead. You may walk the perimeter of the Farm, but we do not suggest trying to climb to the River bottom from the property.

Smitty West
The owner and caretaker of Euterpe Farms, is singer/songwriter Smitty West. If he’s around, he’s a very friendly fellow who might want to share a story or hike with you. (website hidden). If he is on the property, he loves meeting our guests and helping you enjoy your stay. You can hear him sing with his partner Julija Zonic at Il Giardino Restaurant in Ojai most Friday nights.

Some of our favorites for quick, local bites:
Meiners Oaks ( ½ mile north on Rice turn left on El Roblar Ave.)
Papa Lenon’s – delicious, fresh food, counter service
Don LaLo’s – Mexican, fresh, yummy
Farmer and the Cook: Grocery and counter restaurant…organic and local
Downtown Ojai
Il Giardino’s – Italian….Smitty performs here every Friday –
Ojai Pizza – Yep….Pizza and families!
Oak View (5 miles back down the 33 toward Ventura)
Bocalli’s Italian and Pizza
OHM Thai

Have a drink of clean, pure windmill water, courtesy of Euterpe Farms!

This water is brought to you from a pure underground aquifer that underlies this area west of Krotona Hill. The reservoir is mapped by geologists to be fault-separated from the municipal wells in the Ventura River bottom, and in a completely different aquifer.
The well underlies the windmill you see in the field in front of you. Taste it, you’ll love it. So will your dog or horse, so let them have some too!
This water has been lifted by the power of the wind!
Before you is a 1920s-vintage, restored Chicago Aermotor A602 windmill. It was salvaged from a farm near Santa Paula, and put back into service to lift the water that nurtures the young native plants here at Euterpe Farms.
This machine is a thing of mechanical beauty and simplicity. It slowly and deliberately lifts the water from the earth every afternoon in the ocean breezes that move up the Ventura River as the Ojai Valley heats up in the sunshine. The machine is self regulating, turning to catch light breezes, but folding her tail to take the sails out of the wind in heavy winds. Every stroke lifts about two cups of water six inches. It sounds slow, but if the wind blows all day, it will fill one of the tanks you see next to the tower.
There’s a pond next to the well to catch the overflow on really windy days. Look closely forn wildlife around the pond, including deer and bobcat.
What about when there’s no wind?
The farm has installed a solar photovoltaic grid on the south side of the farmhouse. Every sunny day, our electric meter runs backwards! The small pressure pumps that help the windmill during low wind, and pressurize the water in the irrigation system draw on this power. We also have a solar water heating system made from recycled equipment from the 70s and 80s. We try to keep a low carbon footprint here at Euterpe Farms!
Want more than a sip?
There’s a tap for your larger water bottles next to the drinking fountain.
If you would like to fill water bottles, we would ask that you make a donation in the cash box to help keep Euterpe farms eco-friendly, organic and natural.

What is “Euterpe ?”
Actually, “WHO is Euterpe ("you-TER-pee")? In Greek mythology, she is one of the Muses, the daughters of Mnemosyne, fathered by Zeus. Called the "Giver of Pleasure", she was the muse of music.

The Muses dancing with Apollo

The Muses are goddesses or spiritual guides who embody the arts and inspire the creative process with their graces through song and stage, writing, music and dance. They were water nymphs, associated with the springs of Helicon and Pieris.

Here she is in a list with her sisters
• Calliope Chief of the muses and muse of epic poetry
• Euterpe muse of lyric song
• Clio muse of history
• Erato muse of erotic poetry
• Melpomene muse of tragedy
• Polyhymnia muse of sacred song
• Terpsichore muse of dance
• Thalia muse of comedy and bucolic poetry
• Urania muse of astronomy

Euterpe Music Company is the name of our music recording and publication company.

Guest Access

Private house, upstairs studio apartment. Downstairs is not a living space, but the studio for the owner.

Queen bed. Queen sleeper sofa.

Pool privileges
Jacuzzi on request
Gardens and grounds and trails that connect to the largest national forest in the country.

Interaction with Guests

As much or as little as you can stand! Owner is a musician and the farm caretaker, so permaculture native plant tours are available on request if he is around. Total privacy if you want it!

The Neighborhood

If you hate animals and nature, you will hate it here.

If dark nights full of stars, or blinding full moons scare you, stay away!

If the sound of coyotes, owls, crickets, frogs...scare you, stay in the city!

A birdwatcher's dream. A native plant enthusiast's Eden.

Getting around

Right on the Ojai trolley route.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $900 /week
Monthly Price: $3000 /month
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Our stay was absolutely magical. We got married in Ojai four years ago-- so we came back with big hopes that this trip would be as special. Staying with Smitty could not have been more perfect. He is open, charming, super responsive-- and the property is BEAUTIFUL. Great hikes, stunning flowers, nice pool, private yet personal experience, awesome views from the porch. We'll be back!

    April 2014
  • Smitty's place in Ojai is fantastic. The farm and the valley it over looks are simply beautiful. The guest house is cozy and clean. Smitty bent over backwards to make our stay a great one. He is very kind, flexible and generous. He truly lives in paradise and we can't wait to return.

    March 2014
  • We had an awesome time at Smitty's place! He was more then helpful and kind in welcoming us and providing us with activities in the area to do. The property is beautiful and we were able to unplug and relax! I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5, only because I felt the price was a bit steep for what it was...

    March 2014
  • We loved our stay at Euterpe Farm! The environment is so relaxing. It's perfect for a weekend getaway or an extended stay. Smitty was a fantastic host! He's available if you need him but gives you all the privacy you need. He's such a pleasure to talk to as well, we felt very comfortable there. Our favorite experiences were relaxing in the hot tub, watching the sunset, hearing music on the property, walks into town and sitting on the deck. The accomodations are clean and very comfortable. It is a really special place. We would love to stay there again!

    March 2014
  • Smitty is an amazing host who made us feel more than welcome. I have been in and around the Ojai area for over 20 years, Smitty and his property offer what I would consider to be one of the best experiences of the area. You are close to all the conveniences you could possibly want including some very good restaurants, yet you will feel like you are out in the middle of the country experiencing nature at its' finest. The views from the property are spectacular including mountains and one of Ojai's best kept secrets, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy running parallel to Rice Road. We had a visit from a large doe one evening and made great use of the pool and hot tub (which is perfectly balanced by the way). Of course, the place is clean and well appointed, you will enjoy sharing some food and drink on the deck. Smitty provided just the right amount of guidance in helping us become acquainted with his property, we had a wonderful experience.

    March 2014
  • Smitty was the most wonderful host imaginable. Nothing was too much trouble and he would do his level best to make us happy. Anything we needed instantly appeared. He also introduced us to local people and invited us to events in the neighbourhood.
    His place has everything for a comfortable stay plus the most amazing views. There is also a hot tub and giant-sized pool. You can walk for hours from his farm and onto the nearby trail.
    Also Meiners Oaks with the Farmer and Cook and Papa Lennon's restaurants is a 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive away. Downtown Ojai is a 10 minute drive.
    We cannot recommend Smitty and his place highly enough.

    February 2014
  • Perfect stay @ Ojai! Wouldn't have it any other way! Smitty was there to meet us as we arrived and was a generous host, giving us full access to his land and especially the hot tub! He even invited us to join him stargazing!

    The guest house we stayed in was the perfect size with all the amenities and appliances we needed. It was as if we had our own personal getaway house in Ojai!

    highly recommended... go spend some nights with Smitty!

    January 2014
  • Can't imagine a better place to stay in Ojai. Smitty's property is full of marvel & mystique backed up against the Ventura Riverbed & the hiking trails beyond it, and a straight shot from downtown too. Smitty is also the most generous host, happy to share his love of Ojai & depth knowledge of the area. Take advantage.

    January 2014
  • Cozy retreat in a beautiful setting. Smitty was a great host. Always available for questions or to offer suggestions for hiking trails. Near town, but secluded and quiet. After a week we returned home refreshed.

    January 2014
  • My husband and I had our first getaway sans bebe at Smitty's place in Ojai and it was perfect. There is a gorgeous pool and a hot tub that he kept warm for us the whole time (we couldn't use the pool because it was December, but I imagine in warmer weather it is fantastic). The place is located upstairs from the main house, but it was incredibly private and has everything you need for a pleasant stay. The best part was the views -- waking up to have coffee on the deck overlooking the grounds and in the distance, the mountains...pretty serene. Smitty was an incredibly pleasant host, giving us a tour of the farm and giving us recs for a hike right from the property (which we did -- lovely!). Overall, a very pleasant place to stay.

    December 2013
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I am a singer songwriter musician and permaculture native plant farmer. I live on a beautiful piece of the Earth, and like to share it. People seem to want to stay after they come, so I apologize if the property is not available when you're ready.
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