About this listing
Experience Ojai at its best in this gorgeously appointed modern Spanish colonial home.
• SECLUDED & QUIET BUT ONLY A 9 MIN WALK TO DOWNTOWN
• FEATURED ON THE 2015 GARDEN TOUR
• GOURMET INDOOR & OUTDOOR KITCHENS
• Weekly: $3,200 ($457/night)
• Monthly: $9,600 ($320/night)
This 2 bedroom, 2 bath is nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac at the base of the foothills of the Los Padres National Forest. You're just a few minutes walk to Ojai's charming downtown with shopping, restaurants, spas and golf. This completely remodeled, luxury home features a chef's dream kitchen -- Gaggenau full-surface induction cooktop, two commercial quality French-door wall ovens, Sub-Zero fridge, stainless steel farmhouse sink, and a huge center island. The gracious interiors include high ceilings, large windows, skylights, custom tile work, gas fireplace, stunning bathrooms, 3 sets of French doors and designer closets throughout. The interior is furnished in a casual California style with indescribably comfortable couches and chairs from Restoration Hardware coupled with authentic Spanish pieces.
The Gardens & Outdoor Kitchen
The secluded half acre backyard is a true oasis. Nestled beneath mature oaks, the property features majestic olive trees, numerous fruit trees (apricot, peach, fig, lemon, orange, persimmon, pomegranate), a charming vegetable garden and a stunning outdoor living and dining space complete with a chef's quality outdoor kitchen.
Take a break from exploring downtown or hiking to luxuriate on a lounger in front of the bubbling fountain. Hummingbirds and monarch butterflies abound. Feeling motivated? Smoke and grill to your heart's content and then dine beneath the stars. Afterwards, enjoy a night cap in front of the outdoor fire table as you cuddle up on the comfy couch.
Other Things to Note
• 3 night minimum stay
• No short-term rentals on holiday weekends
• Holiday rates apply
• There is a minimum 10-night stay during the winter holidays.
• Monthly rentals are responsible for utilities plus weekly cleaning at $120/week
• Unfortunately, our home isn't child-friendly
NO SMOKING POLICY
This is a non-smoking property. Please do not smoke either in the house or on the grounds.
NO PET POLICY
Please do not bring any pets either into the house or onto the property.
BEHAVIOR & GUEST COURTESY
Parties and sleep over guests are absolutely prohibited. Please be respectful of our neighbors and avoid playing loud music or putting the TV volume up too high. Please do not hold late evening conversations outside in the backyard (anything after 9:30pm) thus disturbing our neighbors. We really appreciate you consideration.
If anyone staying in our home is behaving inappropriately or irresponsibly, we’re authorized to request the immediate departure of your entire party. If this occurs, the customer has no right to ask for the return of your security deposit or prepaid rent. You should also keep in mind that, when renting a property, you accept the terms and conditions herein, and are expected to comply at all times. The person signing the contract is responsible for the appropriate and decent behavior of everyone in your party.
Accidents may occur but they are not included in the rate. Please inform us of any breakages and we will let you know the cost and deduct it from your security deposit. If the cost is in excess of your security deposit, you will be charged this amount.
Your security deposit fee will be returned to you soon after check-out once we have determined the home is in mint condition and there are no damages or missing items.
In case of inappropriate behavior in the home, no deposit money will be returned.
Please note that organizing parties or making inappropriate noise in the home is completely forbidden in order not to disturb the neighbors. Should the neighbors complain about unusual noise, the deposit money will not be returned. Inviting people for the night is completely forbidden as well.
We supply you with an emergency telephone number that you can use at any time, if you need it. In case of emergency, we will do everything we can to help you. Do not hesitate to call us. Off business hours, we kindly request you to be respectful and use it in EMERGENCIES ONLY.
As you may be aware, California (and Ojai in particular) is enduring its worst drought in 50 years. Anything you can do to conserve water is very much appreciated.
If leaving the home for an extended period of time, we appreciate if you turn off the air conditioner in summer. It’s super effective and cools the house very quickly so you can achieve your desired temperature in a couple of minutes after turning it on.
CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT
Check-in: after 3pm
Check-out: by 11am
Should you require an early check-in or late check-out, please check with us regarding availability and we’ll do our best to accommodate you as long as we have enough time to properly prepare our home for you or the next Guest.
TOILETRIES, LINENS & ESSENTIALS
We provide soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hair dryers (1 in each bathroom), toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex and towels for your convenience.
The beds are incredibly comfortable and made with fine linens. Should you require a change of sheets, there is an extra set in each of the bedroom closets. There is also an extra blanket located either on the bed or in the closet should you want to use it.
AMENITIES & SUPPLIES
All the supplies inside the home are included in the rental rate:
* Water & electricity
* Washer and dryer
* Dish washer
* Coffee maker
* Wi-Fi Internet access
Our landscapers periodically require access to the front and back yards to keep the property and gardens in good shape. They usually do maintenance on Tuesday afternoons but their schedules vary and we will inform you of their presence prior to your stay.
We would have stayed forever. It was like living in paradise. The expansive and inviting garden, the well equipped gourmet kitchen, the beautiful home, and most of all the peace and tranquility. What made it even more special were the fine touches throughout the house. In addition, Amber was very helpful and her welcome book was thorough and made it easy to slip right into enjoying Ojai living. We would definitely stay here again should we have the opportunity.
I stayed at Amber's house with 3 friends, and we absolutely loved it. The house felt like it was our own private retreat center, complete with a spacious, elegant interior and a gorgeous, expansive garden area in the back. We loved the luxe feel of the house, and we will definitely return the next time we're in Ojai. Thanks Amber!
The entire experience was exceptional. We spent a weekend in Ojai for a wedding and needed some extra space for our 2yr old to run around. The house was immaculate and very tastefully designed, and had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. The kitchen in particular was special and allowed us to cook in comfort. Amber was very helpful and answered all our questions. By the end of the trip, we didn't want to leave!
Everything over exceeded any expectation I had and Amber's communication and introduction was much appreciated.
Amber's Ojai vacation home is one of the best rental homes we've stayed in. It's almost like walking into a Restoration Hardware show home. Much better than staying at a hotel.
My mom, my two sisters, and I took a girl's roadtrip up the California coast and this was our first stop after L.A. With two very spacious bedrooms, it was perfect for our 3-day stay in Ojai. The soaring ceilings give the feeling you are somewhere quite grand. We were provided with white spa bathrobes, fluffy houseslippers, pristine white towels, boutique organic soaps, shampoos, and conditioners. The beds were new & comfortable, with high-quality natural fabrics. There are gorgeous rugs throughout that give it a warm, modern feeling. The wide white furniture with throw blankets and pillows were nice to relax on. The huge TV is on an artist's easel.
The kitchen is a gourmand's dream, with lots of teas, coffee, and steel cut oats for a nice morning meal. We appreciated the extras like the wine fridge and amazing microplane graters. The dining room has a great long table and walls of windows on three sides, and skylights. We loved eating in this indoor/outdoor space, as well as on the backyard patio that flows from the kitchen area--another great indoor/outdoor space.
The internet wifi was unusable until we took the router out of the office room closet and set it on a nearby chair, then it worked great. We walked to the farmer's market on Sunday to stock up on delicious organic fruits and vegetables. We hired a private yoga instructor (Ashley) for a one hour morning session in the backyard, which was one of the highlights of our stay in Ojai. The morning air was crisp & fresh, the lush backyard landscaping soothed our soul as hummingbirds flew around us and birds chirped. The backyard feels very private even though there are neighbors on the other side of the fence.
The road behind the house leads to Pratt Trail, but we opted for Shelf Road Hike instead for its sweeping views of the valley. We indulged in the areas great organic/vegan dining--our favorites were Farm and the Cook and Hip Vegan (Ray's Reuben Sandwich and the Italian Vegetable Soup was to die for). Daytrips to Santa Barbara/Montecito and Malibu were an easy 30-40 mins away.
There was an incident with being locked out for half the day. The front door knob wouldn't turn and the property manager (Amanda) was out of town (!) and didn't get back for four hours, which caused great frustration. It didn't seem like she had back-up or an assistant covering for her. We were compensated for the inconvenience later by Amber, the home owner, and were reassured that future guests would have access to other doors if it ever happened again. They later realized they should have called a locksmith immediately when we were locked out. I think they plan on replacing the knob as well.
Overall we loved our stay!
Amber’s home is wonderful. First off, the location is ideal, the house in a very quiet cul-de-sac, right at the base of the mountain where apparently there is a hiking trail. But it’s close to downtown (we walked to dinner). Also, Amber provides a binder that lists stuff to do, see and eat in Ojai, which was helpful.
The house itself is gorgeous—better than the photos! It feels very high end and the pride of ownership is apparent. There is amazing tile work throughout the house, the bedrooms are large, have blackout shades, and our bed was super comfortable. The living room couch is also very comfortable (sometimes the couches aren’t in rental places) and it was a treat to sit in front of the fire in the evening.
The absolute highlight of the home has to be the kitchen. Talk about high-end appliances! I wish we had stayed longer so I could have used it more, I love to cook.
Oh, and the backyard is an oasis. We enjoyed breakfast there in the morning - there were so many birds chirping – hummingbirds and many others, plus we saw bunnies on the lawn when we woke up!
We had a great time and I hope to go back for a longer stay soon! Thanks Amber!
About the Host, Amber
Originally from New York, my husband and I now split our time between British Columbia and California. We love the "super-natural" beauty of Ojai—from the oak-shaded paths and orange groves to the breathtaking hikes in the Los Padres National Forest to the stunning pink sunsets. This magical town draws artists, musicians and natural healers. It hosts some of the world's best art galleries, golf courses, and spas. Our modern Spanish Colonial home is a sanctuary within this real-world Shangri-La. We look forward to sharing all that Ojai has to offer with you.