Simple, well appointed 500 sf studio/barn located in the Mira Monte section of Ojai 5 minutes from downtown. The house is a converted barn and absolutely adorable. If privacy, quiet and charm are what you are looking for, this is the place for you.
Just a 5 minute drive to downtown Ojai and 15 minutes to the beach in Ventura, the house is a converted barn and absolutely adorable. It features high ceilings with ceiling fan (no A/C) and a very private yard. There is a kitchenette with a toaster-oven, hot-plate and mini-fridge. Wifi and cable television are included as is a comfy queen sized bed. This place is peaceful, quiet and very private. The perfect place to relax and clear your mind.
Guests have access to the entire house/barn, old school record player and small collection of old jazz records, private fenced in yard.
Interaction with Guests
I am usually (not always) out of town when the barn is rented and can leave everything ready for your arrival. If you prefer to meet someone when you arrive, that can be arranged as well.
The area is absolutely gorgeous and peaceful. So many varieties of trees and birds singing. It is truly an idyllic setting, only minutes from the town center.
There is a bus that runs from Ventura to Ojai as well as the Ojai Trolley. Both of these can be accessed less than a half mile from the house. Ojai is a great place for biking or walking as well as the "down town" is less than 3 miles away.
Other Things to Note
I highly suggest using the lamps in the house rather than the overhead lights. The lamps have been specifically selected for the space and placed with consideration. The overhead lights are awful.
Also, please drink the water from the water bottle in the kitchen. The tap water is extremely mineral rich and not ideal for drinking. One last suggestion is to USE THE HAMMOCK. It will make your visit complete and is guaranteed to lower your blood pressure.
Though in a very private setting, there are neighbors within reasonable earshot so I request that guests feel free to behave as they wish (seriously, you won't even need to wear clothes if you prefer not to) within reason. Just no super loud music after 10pm, basically...
Congenial Travis was right there by text when we checked, with tips and advice. Very private and quiet after dark. Audio/visual setup worked fine after a little exploration. Great sleeping!
Travis was a great host and the barn was a sweet and simple retreat for the weekend. The bed isn't as soft as I prefer but the yard was beautiful and the hammock was great!
Travis' cottage was the perfect place for us during our recent stay in Ojai for a friend's destination wedding. As a host, Travis was extremely kind, thoughtful, and easy to communicate with. We felt we were very taken care of (Travis seems to have considered everything) and we were given privacy. As New Yorkers who had never spent time in the area, we found the location to be easily accessible from LA (and town is right up the road), but also tucked far enough away to really feel remote.
We were never stressed about this aspect of our trip and each day when we returned to the cottage after wedding activities, it was super comfortable and cozy -- it felt like we were coming home. Waking up there in the morning was also lovely. The trees form a dreamy canape over the back yard and the hammock is an ideal spot for relaxing and gazing up at the sunlight coming through the leaves. Other pluses...comfortable bed and linens, skylights (lots of nice, natural light inside), french doors leading right out to the private yard, clean and welcoming kitchen area, wi-fi connection, ceiling fan and good air circulation, and an array of coffee brewing options (for Brooklyn coffee snobs like us).
All in all we'd recommend Travis' place to others in a heartbeat :)
Travis was there to meet and greet us upon arrival, which we really appreciated. Prior to our visit, Travis was in communication with us, providing us with a visitor guide and recommendations to ensure that our visit to Ojai would be great. The space was just as it was photographed. All his home instructions were clear and articulate and we didn't have any issues with the space itself. Travis is incredibly generous and accommodating as well as sweet and easy-going.
My girlfriend and I had a lovely weekend stay at the cottage. It was a great hideout to call home for the weekend. Travis is a great host and had many good suggestions of places to go and things to do during our stay. Thank you!
I can't even begin to describe how magical Travis' cottage is.
First of all, Travis himself is a gem. What a nice guy. He was so easy to communicate with, and left instructions for everything you could need for your stay. He left tea and coffee for our stay too. (the coffee is top shelf!)
So now the barn. That barn is beautiful. Travis chose every piece in this barn very carefully. Everything was functional and so stylish. The floors, the table, the hammock. So California chic. We loved it there, and took advantage of the hammock every morning for coffee.
If you're looking for a quiet place for some r&r, this is it.
We will definitely be back!
Travis was a very accommodating and generous host - I would highly recommend his place in Ojai! Sunny, cool (even when it is hot), peaceful and fun - this was a great place to relax from spending the day in Ojai.