"The Prowler" Re-Creation Vehicle

Camper/RV - Entire home/apt · South Rice Road, Ojai, CA 93023, United States
Smitty

Our guest house is so popular at our beautiful farm, that we're offering the beautiful travel trailer "Prowler" for even more-seclusion! Same unrivaled vistas, pool, and nature...but even closer to the source, on the bluffs overlooking the Ventura River Preserve and Los Padres National Forest.

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Our guest house is so popular at our beautiful farm, that we're offering the beautiful travel trailer "Prowler" for even more-seclusion! Same unrivaled vistas, pool, and nature...but even closer to the source, on the bluffs overlooking the Ventura River Preserve and Los Padres National Forest.

The Space

26' travel trailer, "The Prowler." Famous for one week of the year as the Black Rock City, Nevada Burning Man headquarters for the music camp, "Minstrel CAMP."

WARNING
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!

This trailer is a complete home. Separate master "suite" with separate outside door, and bathroom door. The kitchen includes sink, stove, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, coffee maker, toaster, and full kitchen and dining service for up to four.

The dining area can fold into a bed. And the living room sofa folds into a bed.

Full walk-through bathroom has standup shower, and two doors...one to the master bedroom and one to the living room.

Central AC and Heat.

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 Prowler" at Euterpe Farms

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 Prowler, you approach the trailer through a private driveway, and have use of the outdoor seating area, and non-exclusive use of the pool and hot tub. You may walk the grounds but please respect the privacy of the occupants of the main houses.

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.

WI-FI Internet
Probably not accessible from the trailer, but the signal does reach the pool area, 100 steps away.

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 Prowler.

Wildlife
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. But the best solution is a dip in the beautiful swimming pool, and planning an evening poolside until the stars come out. All that said, the Prowler does have a strong central AC system.

Plumbing
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
All the water in The Prowler is 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.

The farm is powered in part by 3000 kilowatt solar generating system, making power from Ojai’s most precious asset, our sunshine.

Bees
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.

Hikes
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.

Dining
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

Here's a further description of the water:

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 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.

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.

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

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!

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

Right on the Ojai trolley route.

Guest Access

see "The Space" above

Interaction with Guests

As much or as little as you can stand!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $775 /week
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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  • Smitty is an awesome host, and his property is divine. This is the second time I stayed with him and my first in the famous "Prowler" ---

    The setting was lovely, private and situated between the beautiful pool and a breathtaking view of the valley. Hard to go wrong ...

    July 2014
  • We had a wonderful time in the Prowler. The RV was very clean and comfortable and the grounds are beautiful. Loved the pool! It was a very relaxing getaway. Highly recommended.

    July 2014
  • Our stay in "The Prowler" was simply awesome! The listing is very accurate and the property is amazing. Smitty was a wonderful host, taking me on a tour of the property when I checked in. Very accommodating and easy to get in touch with. The RV has all that you need for your stay and it was clean and well kept. We took advantage of access to the pool which was beautiful! We were looking for a quiet, relaxing getaway and we got exactly what we had hoped for. Thank you Smitty, I am sure we will return.

    May 2014
  • We had a truly wonderful stay at the Prowler on Smitty West's beautiful property. First off, the property is even more beautiful than the pictures show. Smitty has painstakingly maintained and planted native plants throughout the property and the vistas are spectacular. We had access to fresh fruit and herbs for snacking and cooking. Smitty was also kind enough to allow us to take fresh eggs from his chickens, which we thoroughly enjoyed for breakfast. We also had access to the pool and hot tub, which too has breathtaking views and was perfect during the hot Ojai afternoons. The views into Ojai Valley right off the edge of the property are breathtaking. The prowler is perfectly situated, giving us amazing views into the valley right out the front door.

    We were amazed by how quiet and private the camper was. As first time camper dwellers, we were surprised by how spacious and well laid out it is. The kitchen had all the cooking supplies and equipment you could want (fridge and freezer, full stove, pots and pans, coffee maker, toaster, etc.). The bed was comfortable and shower spacious. Cross breeze from the windows and screen door kept the temperature comfortable, even during the hottest parts of the afternoon. The camper has a stereo which plays music in each of the rooms which was quite enjoyable. The property has free wifi, but admittedly we were happy to disconnect for a few days so we didn't end up using it. We also utilized the fire pit right outside the camper on both nights of our stay.

    Smitty was a great host and clearly takes pride in his property and making his guests feel welcome and at home. He was very responsive and was happy for us to check in early and spend a couple of extra hours at the pool in the afternoon after our stay. He took the time to give us a tour of the property when we arrived and was quickly reachable via text if we needed anything. He had great restaurant and hike recommendations (there are multiple hiking trails directly adjacent to the property) and it was a pleasure to hear him perform at a local restaurant one of the evenings.

    We had originally planned to spend much of our time in Santa Barbara, but upon arrival, quickly decided it was best to take advantage of the beautiful property, pool, and surrounding valley - and it was well worth it!

    We cannot say enough positive things, highly recommended!

    May 2014
    Smitty
    Response from Smitty:

    One of the beauties of this property are that it is SO private that I sometimes don't get to see much of the guests. So when I find someone who loves the same things I love, and stays her AND takes the time to write about it....well it means a lot.

    I will take your suggestion on the ipod cable for the central audio system. There used to be one in the cabinet, but I might put a little note in the welcome book as well.

    May 2014
  • I decided to bring my girlfriend to Ojai for the weekend in order to propose to her. Based on the AirBnB description and pictures of Euterpe Farms, I decided that Smitty's farm would be perfect. Smitty was very accommodating and allowed me to decorate parts of his property and even allowed me to have a photographer take pictures of our engagement on his property. He was very easy to work with and responded promptly via email & txt. Smitty was a wonderful host! He really helped me make my weekend with my girlfriend extra special.

    Euterpe Farm was everything I'd imaged it to be and more. It had great scenic views of the mountains and a really cool windmill that pumped underground water for people to drink. The RV was clean/fully functional and Smitty made sure we knew how to use everything inside the RV.

    April 2014
    Smitty
    Response from Smitty:

    Austin's stay and proposal were like a modern but hip fairy tale! I hope they get married or honeymoon here!

    April 2014
  • The Prowler on Smitty's farm was the perfect weekend retreat and easily comfortable for longer stays. The sunsets are breathtaking- the only thing between you and the sky are beautiful mountains and a huge nature preserve. I enjoyed watching and listening to the wildlife, especially the adorably skittish rabbits and ground birds, always grazing together and popping up along the edge of the property. Raptors are always out cruising looking for a meal, their flight paths mesmerizing as they glide with little effort. A nice visual metaphor for the vibe of the weekend.

    Smitty is an incredibly gracious host who went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. He was super prompt at returning texts and let us know his rough plans for the weekend. Him and his music partner Julija were there when we arrived and both showed us around the property. They were warm and welcoming.

    One thing I took notice of every time we left and came back was how consistent the neighborhood is at filling up on the water that Smitty pulls from the aquifer. Families, kids, and dogs on a walk all enjoy the natural pure water he provides at his self-serve roadside stand. I liked seeing the community activity and it's nice to know we got to stay with someone who is well known for this unique and delicious harvest. The Prowler is tucked far away from the road though, you can't see it at all, so it's no threat to the total privacy you get.

    We loved our stay and will definitely come back for more Ojai farming, hiking and relaxing.

    March 2014
  • The farm is truly amazing! I had a magical and serene week, it was such a pleasure to come back to the camper after a long day's work. I used the hot tub and enjoyed the stars and moon while relaxing. It is so quiet on Smitty's property at night, no traffic noise - no noise from neighbors - just the wildlife and nature. I did see a deer one night, it was nice to have her visit.

    March 2014
  • This place was everything I hoped for and then some. The Host, Smitty was a delight and such a rare jewel he is. He took me hiking on the river bottom and around the area and showed me so much stuff I had not ever seen before. The camper is a great place to stay and the fire pit adds the final touch.
    Smitty's farm is beautiful with such an assortment of flowers and plants and garden, herbs, owls..etc. The view from the camper is breathtaking ... you just have to see the sunsets from here! I really enjoyed the privacy but mostly the hospitality Smitty welcomed me with and the Love he is along with the place ~

    March 2014
  • Such a beautiful place and a wonderful host. We went to get away from it all for a couple of days with some quiet time in nature. Staying in 'The Prowler' was alot of fun and gave us the restoration we needed. Thanks Smitty!

    February 2014
  • Beautiful location, no light pollution, no cars driving by, no strangers wandering by your windows. Just me and the beautiful view. Smitty is a cordial and unique host who was always available by phone and never intrusive. The trailer was clean and well stocked. It was very comfortable for me. When a problem came up Smitty took care of it immediately. Wonderful water local on the ranch.

    February 2014
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