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).
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 main house kitchen and in one of the bathroom sinks.
The Entire Retreat includes the following:
Main House - 3 bedrooms with 3 queen beds, 1 king bed, and 1 twin bed. Full bathroom with shower and tub, and complete kitchen.
Pine Cabin - 1 queen bed and desk.
Hidden Cabin - 1 queen bed and sink with filtered drinking water.
Guests have access to wireless internet, hot tub, pool table, outdoor kitchen, 3 outdoor bathrooms, 2 outdoor showers (1 has a claw foot bathtub!), 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.
California is currently experiencing a severe drought. Please be water conscious during your stay with us here in Ojai.
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 still on site. We make every effort to work around bookings to keep the place as comfortable and quiet as possible for our guests.
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.
Meiners Oaks Retreat does not allow pets.
There is no smoking allowed on the property other than by the fire chimney that is in the front of the property. Please be aware of other guests that may be on the property at the same time as you that may be offended or allergic to tobacco.
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 respectful nudity in our hot tub, and 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, locked cabinets, etc.
Excessive drinking will not be permitted. We enjoy a good party as much as everyone else, however if your group gets extremely wasted, we will ask you to leave without a refund.
We had a phenomenal stay! We had a small bachelor gathering at Meiners Oak Retreat (not a party, we graduated from that part of our lives many years ago) .. Our group had a small reunion of sorts.. Some of us haven't seen each other since college over 10 years ago. It was everything our bachelor sought out. Private, personal, accommodating, entertaining (pool table), relaxed.. It was a break from the hustle bustle.. A break from Brooklyn, Louisville, Chicago, Atlanta, San Diego etc etc.. We really needed the right place to catch up.. This was the perfect place, without a doubt. We stayed up till 5AM (I surely hope we didn't get too loud) we mainly just chatted about the good old days, we laughed until we cried! If Mark will have us, we will likely make reservations again in the future. Thank you so much for welcoming us Mark. I can't express how grateful we are that you opened your home up to us.
Our host and caretaker were flexible about our arrival time which made our lives much less complicated. We rented the entire place and it was perfect for our laid back family to gather. Best of all were all these different places in which to come together, hang out, move around, and be delighted by the visual richness of decor and landscape. The evident personality of the place--Clown meets Buddha meets California ease--we will seek to return should Ojai call us all together again.
The reservation was canceled 113 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Stayed at the Meiners Oaks Retreat with a group of 9 people who were in town for a wedding. We thought staying at a house together would be more cost effective and allow us to spend more time together as a group instead of individual hotel rooms.. This place was great!!
This is a very hippy'ish home with lots of querks and cool things around the house to admire and look at..
There is a nice seating area in the front lawn with a fire place.. We sat around the fire one night having a good time.. There are 3 bedrooms inside the house, and a couple of log cabin rooms outside of the main house with heaters for cold weather (as it was for us being the middle of December).. Nick, the property manager was really easy to deal with, and was very welcoming when we arrived..
Pool table was a good addition to play in the afternoon, some nice books to read, and a chicken coop in the back which added to the overall charm of the house.. At first we were a little taken back by the character of the house, but this place really started to grow on us, and we wished we could have stayed an extra day....
Beds were comfortable, and there were plenty of towels provided for everyone to use.
Close proxemity to town (5 mins), and was easy to find for cabs, guest, etc..
Thank you Mark for allowing us to stay at your house!! If we are ever back in the area with a large group of friends, we'll be sure to have a 2nd go at staying at this charming residence..
This place was absolutely perfect for our group of 6 adults and 4 kids ages 3-8. We rented the whole place for a long Thanksgiving Day weekend. I knew from the pictures and reviews that it would be eclectic and quirky and I was not disappointed. Before nightfall the first night, I worried about getting to the outdoor bathroom in the dark; but as night fell, lights on timers began to come on. We ate Thanksgiving dinner outside under the lights of the chandelier. The hot tub and the outdoor bathtub both got some use. The pool table was a huge hit and was in play for hours on end. Chickens and cats were fed. My husband and I walked up the hill to Deer Lodge one night and the entire group walked the few blocks down to Meiner's Oaks to the pizzeria one night and the Farmer and the Cook another night. Activities enjoyed by various members of the group: hiking on the trails just to the west (Oso Trail, River Trail),
visit to Lake Casitas with bikes, biking on the Ventura River Trail, riding the trolley into town, hanging out at the playground and park in town. In short, we had a blast--hope to come back again.
Our host gave me good e-mail instructions but they were on the same day and I didn't see them until after we arrived as we had a long day of traveling.We were never greeted by by anyone and the caretaker on the property never introduced herself or asked if we needed anything
This is an amazing house! We stayed at it for a wedding and my more affluent cousins rented a place that was listed as a mansion. The joke was that our place was way cooler, their place was a 5br3bath and ours was a 5br/3.25 bath! The outdoor showers are refreshing and relaxing, the old school mint condition range and spacious kitchen allowed me to cook for 16, with ample seating out front. The chickens lay fresh eggs every day, and the cat is outdoors and super friendly. It is within a block of the Deer Lodge, and also nearby is the Farmer and the Cook. Sara, the caretaker, welcomed us and was able to direct us to a swimming hole 3.3mi up the 33 from the house (on the left in the oak stand behind the big oak tree, usually a couple of cars parked there, naked people, and of course a didgeridoo!). There is a piano and a guitar and a ukelele for the musically inclined, an outdoor smoking and fire pit, even the book Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson on the coffee table. While this isn't a new condo in Miami or a villa in Malibu, it is the perfect place to enjoy Ojai if you are attracted to the funky, DIY, spiritual, self sufficient, artsy, earthy rep that Ojai has grown in the past 60 years.
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About the Host, Mark
Life long clown, herbalist and formulator of adaptogenic superfood Highlove Vitality. Spending most of his time traveling, Mark has a clear understanding of what is required for travelers to be comfortable, applying this at his favorite vacation rental... Meiners Oaks Retreat.
Along with the full time business of running Highlove Vitality, Mark hosts and produces burlesque and vaudeville shows, building interactive Elixir Lounge environments at art and music festivals such as Lightning in a Bottle in Monterey, CA and Envision Festival in Costa Rica.
With Mark's work taking him all over the world and his beautiful daughter Maeha grown and living on the east coast, this family shares their home with travelers looking to retreat to the delightful Ojai Valley.
Since Mark tends to be out and about, dear friends and property managers Melanie & Daniel take care of things at home, and handle most of the communication through airbnb.
Mark loves to spend time home in Ojai at Meiners Oaks Retreat whenever his schedule allows.