A cozy place to rest, restore, and renew oneʼs spirit and body. This 3 BR 1 Bath bungalow was recently remodeled to embrace the style of the 1940ʼs in which it was built while adding modern upgrades.
Welcome to Wild Rice, a simple jewel tucked in under the oaks on the western edge of the Ojai Valley.
Just across the road from the Ventura River Preserve where hiking, biking, horseback riding and diving into the swimming hole are easily accessible, Wild Rice offers a rural experience just 2 minutes from the small hamlet of Meiner’s Oaks, and 8 minutes from downtown Ojai.
Situated on two acres of centuries-old coastal live oaks and an open pasture, the three bedroom cabin built in 1947 has been completely updated to provide simple, comfortable accommodations with plenty of indoor-outdoor living, lovely antique furnishings and fresh linens.
Choose the wooden deck off the dining room or the front verandah for sunset views - perfect for cocktails or dinner. Have morning breakfast inside at the table, or out back on the screened porch overlooking the bubbling fountain where birds gather. A fully-equipped kitchen and outdoor gas grill make cooking easy on those days you don’t want to venture out to Ojai’s fine food establishments.
The master bedroom offers a queen bed, the second bedroom has two twins and the third has a daybed with a twin trundle that can be pulled out for that sixth person. The bathroom is updated with vintage basket-weave tile work and a new shower (no bath.) Laundry facilities are on the back airing porch and the garage is available for parking your bikes or kayak should you be heading to Lake Casitas, just 4 miles up the road.
A wooden Jacuzzi nestles in the “barranca” – or dry riverbed – just outside the back door, planted with native vegetation. An owl box sits in the giant oak tree overhead and we’ve been fortunate to have a resident Barn Owl who shows his face at dusk, then hunts the back field for gophers, dropping the gopher skeletons beneath the owl box so we can see he has done his work for the night.
We call it “Wild Rice” as life on spot on Rice Road gives visitors a chance to experience the ‘wilds’ of Ojai - hearing the coyotes howling in the distance, tracking the hawks overhead, or seeing the small lizards run for cover in the rock walls around the property. It is a family-friendly environment, but also a romantic, private retreat for those who want some time to reconnect with loved ones or with nature. Let their mind and eyes wander over this peaceful place that we know as Ojai.
•Antique furnishings with all new beds and bedding
•Fully equipped kitchen
•Lots of indoor-outdoor access
•Flat screen television (featuring Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon, and Disney channels)
•Full laundry facilities
•Indoor and out door dining areas
•Outdoor spa and patio nestled in the barranca
•Bandminton/volleyball court and bacci ball
•Board games and books
•One mile from the restaurants of Meinerʼs Oaks, and 7 minute drive from down
town Ojai and its art galleries, shops and day spas
•¼ mile walk from the Riverhead trailhead to Ventura River Preserve for hiking,
mountain biking, and horse-back riding
•Located on a road frequented by road cyclists and known for its beauty and
•Across the street from a natural mineral water source, driven by a windmill,
where locals fill their water bottles
Private chef available upon request
Pets welcome with $50 non refundable pet fee.
The Wild Rice Cottage was an absolute dream! Everything about it was so comfortable! The beds, the directions for everything, the kitchen, the hot tub, and the areas on the beautiful property to just sit and listen to nature or the fountain, just to name a few. We had such a relaxing time and I HIGHLY recommend this cottage! Kim the property manager was so prompt and speedy with her replies and was even kind enough to give us a late check out due to our baby's nap time.
Wild Rice cottage was cute and comfortable and the kitchen was great for cooking. There was plenty of space inside and out including a lovely screened-in porch, outdoor dining areas and an expansive backyard. We particularly loved the beautiful view of the preserve across the street and as we were there in early March the whole yard smelled of orange blossoms. Kim was communicative and always quick to respond if we had any questions.
We had a wonderful time staying with friends (4 adults and 3 kids) at the Wild Rice Cottage. The home was beautiful and the location ideal. Kim was very easy to work with and always responsive. We hope to visit again.
We were very happy with the house and were surprised with how much land there was to walk around, the grounds were lovely and peaceful. We celebrated the holidays, and there was a grocery store was close by so we could shop and cook. The kitchen was great and we had all the items we need to cook. We were thrilled with our stay and would highly recommend this property!!
Wonderful place - everything we needed, including space, peace and quiet. House was immaculate, beds were comfortable, kitchen fabulous, perfect four our family getaway. We hope to spend time here again.
We had a great stay at the Wild Rice Cottage. The house is beautiful and on a beautiful property. It is very comfortable and relaxing and has all of the amenities needed. The neighborhood is nice. It is close to restaurants as well as hiking areas near Ojai. Would definitely stay there again.
We were in Ojai for a wedding weekend in early October, and we had such a great stay. The house is absolutely charming - the perfect balance of rustic and comfortable. We really felt like we got away from it all. We made use of the hot tub, and right across the street is a tap where you can draw fresh mineral water and stop into the nearby park with an outdoor piano! We also enjoyed sitting on the deck and porch in the morning with a nice cup of coffee. We really had a great weekend and would stay here again in a heartbeat when we come back to Ojai!
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Hi, I have been managing 20+ vacation homes here at Ojai Valley Escapes for the last several years….I have lived and worked in the Ojai area for over 20 years and I have built many amazing relationships with my homeowners and repeat clients… I strive to give the best customer service possible, while providing guests with unique accommodations from my beautiful selection of Ojai properties. If you are coming to Ojai to hike or experience the restaurants then I am your girl for recommendations….I hike every morning with my two dogs Bella and Ollie and eat out (too) frequently and consider myself a "foodie" for sure!!!! I am pretty knowledgeable about the area if you have any questions and can help make your stay in Ojai an enjoyable one….If this house doesn't work for you, let me know and I will find you your perfect Ojai Valley Escape:)