Wabi Sabi House is nestled in the most sought after location in the Ojai Valley, the fabled East End, where Krishnamurti himself used to take his daily constitutional.
The East of Ojai, where the Chumash thrived for 10,000 years, is the part of Ojai that Aldus Huxley, Jackson Pollock, and John Lennon have come to rest while in California. The large parcels of land, and ample privacy still allow for a lone bike ride along a lush, breathtaking road, undisturbed.
Drenched in sunlight and twenty minutes from the beach, this Japanese style retreat sits at the base of Horn Canyon, with a huge private yard filled with bamboo, succulents, a fire pit and outdoor dining. It is situated between two preparatory schools, The Thacher school, and The Ojai Valley School, The Krishnamurti Library, and what was once Beatrice Woods' home and studio.
Just up the trail which winds past the house and up over the "Pink Moment" bluffs, resplendent with local flora and fauna, crystal swimming holes, and a natural climbing wall, is a Pilates studio offering world class massage in an outdoor setting.
Natural sage, aloe, and aromatic herbs are right outside your front door, and down the road is an organic Pizza Parlor nestled amongst orange trees, oaks, and sweeping vistas. The good news is, you are still 1 hour and 15 minutes from Los Angeles and a short bike ride from town.
The cottage has a detached Japanese style bath house with a restored clawfoot tub, and birch paneling. It is ideal for a private soak after a long hike...
Views from the house include the Ojai mountain range on all sides, replete with hawks flying overhead. It is perfect for weekends or for the week to work in nature, near organic cuisine, Whole Foods style markets, world class spas, yoga, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and of course..surfing! This is the perfect place to re-charge all of your senses...enjoy!
Not what we expected. After reading the reviews we were looking for certain things, or at least felt we should see what was listed. No indoor fireplace (electric fake log heater), no washer/dryer. Door had to be forced to lock. Wanted to put clothes away but found someone else's underwear in drawer. From upper house one could clearly see into your "house" with no curtains to close. Fairly dirty and dusty conditions. Trash, hose lines, dog droppings, miscellaneous items across poorly maintained landscaping. Multiple insects found on bed sheet (slept in our sleeping bags). We "backpack" and/or "car camp" regularly and did so numerous times on this particular trip. But if we pay to stay somewhere we do at least expect it to be to the standards which are advertised.
Never met Caitlin directly but believe she was one of the people who came out when a dog on the property bit my dog (no injury). The small Dachshund looking dog (off leash) was following a man from the main house to the upper house past our "cabin". It turned and began to walk towards my wife growling. It then ran towards my dog (105lbs mastiff) and bit him on the rear leg. Luckily I had my dog on leash and was able to pull him back before he could defend himself. Dachshund barked, yelped (bark collar), and ran. A woman came from the main house asking "what happen now" (first contact so not sure what she meant by now). I told her what happen and she said the dog normally follows the man(forgot name) home. Given my dog's size I recommended they keep the dog away to avoid further issue. Male subject returned for dog and I told him about the bite. He said "...again? is it bad" (only bite on our trip so assume he meant previous visitor). A woman who looked like Caitlin fell coming out of main house and cursed (understandable). When I asked if she was okay she yelled yes (probably embarrassed so also understandable). No one apologized for what happened or addressed my wife and I in any further way. They all just went inside and we stood there for a second somewhat shocked as to what happened and the way it was dismissed. We then went inside as well.
Hmmm. He arrived with a Bull Mastiff and I'm uncertain if it was on a leash. My dad( a retired French teacher and Cross Country Coach..at a neighboring prep school) was headed to his "dusty" art studio which was 100 yards away behind a gate with his dachsund who had darted out and I guess ran up to the mastiff at which point my sister Amy( who was up from LA after a grueling work week) and was visiting my mom (who is an English professor on summer break), ran out to retrieve the dog and fell fully on her face. At which point this guest chuckled and asked if she was ok very casually without offering a hand and said he did not want his dog to bite the dachsund. My sister was a bit uh surprised by the incident, asked if the dogs were ok and went back in to tend to her pain from the fall.
Bad experience for all and one which has never happened before. Definitely two sides to this story. I would ask you to read the myriad of rave reviews Wabi Sabi has.
People far and wide love this place, love my dad Gary who is the caretaker, and love the beauty and quiet which surrounds them.
All I have to say on this really bad and inaccurate review.
This was a great retreat for me to get away from Los Angeles to write my book. I came for 2 days and loved the vibe so much I just booked a whole week in a few months!
Really nice and cozy space, perfect place for us to stop on our journey north. Caitlin also allowed our cat at no charge and all of us had a relaxing time! The bathhouse was also very enjoyable. We would definitely stay again!
Hosts could not have been more gracious. If you are looking for a "cabin in the woods" retreat, not too far from "civilization", as we were, then this is the place for you.
We shall return!
Wabi Sabi was a fantastic place to stay - my boyfriend and I had a fabulous time and enjoyed the quiet surroundings and outdoor fire at night. The only recommendation that I have is for an outdoor light on the patio so that we could have had dinners and played games once it got dark. Otherwise - we had a fabulous time and would definitely stay again.
Very Comfortable and Convenient
Great little spot in a quaint area of Ojai. The views are spectacular and the walking trail was great. Caitlin was very responsive to every inquiry.
Delightful in every way! I wanted to disconnect from city life and I got exactly what I hoped for. The cabin is adorable and, in my opinion, the perfect balance of comfort and rustic charm. I would gladly come back for that alone but the claw foot tub and the fireplace made the experience extra special... Caitlin was a lovely host and very responsive to any questions. I also appreciated her thoughtful extras like the bottle of wine and waived pet deposit as well as items I didn't know I needed until I needed them, like the flashlight and bit of firewood :) The location is ideal: Just minutes from shopping and restaurants but the property itself is super quiet and there's a hiking trail that starts just around the corner. All in all it was a perfect retreat - I cannot wait to come back!
While we enjoyed the stay, it was more rustic than we anticipated. Not much in the way of kitchenware or linens. The door wouldn't lock without a struggle. Not super clean. On the other hand, it was very quiet and peaceful and the bottle of wine was enjoyed. Could this be what they call "glamping"?
This was my second visit to Wabi Sabi. This is a lovely house in an amazing location. There is a great hike up to the Pines which has fantastic views.
Can't wait to return!
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