About this listing
The Beautifully rustic cabin, 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. Surrounded by nature and steps from great hiking.
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 streams, 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!
Guests have access to the best hiking in Ojai right outside the front door, there are fresh oranges to pick from the tree on the property, mountain streams, pepper trees, a soccer field surrounded by the mountain range and generally the most gorgeous flora and fauna that Ojai has to offer.
Interaction with Guests
Guest can text me or call me at any time if they need something. I live in Los Angeles but my folks live on the property and are available for anything guests may need from extra firewood, to tea light candles. The key and a manual are left for them so if they don't want to see anyone, they have that option also. The property is one acre so complete privacy is available.
The East End of Ojai is the most gorgeous area in Ojai. It is a sought after respite for people from neighboring Los Angeles where vacation homes are kept, but is also one steeped with long time residents who will give a friendly wave to anyone who happens past on foot, bicycle or car. Low traffic, close to town, like mountains in Spain, or the South of France. It's exquisite by all standards of what paradise looks like. Flanked by two prep schools, students jogging and horseback riding are a frequent sight. It's a great place to unwind.
There is a cute open air trolley car that picks up and let's off at Boccalis restaurant from the center of town which is a walk from the house. Drive is 3-5 minutes. Walk is about 45 minutes.
Other Things to Note
The house is the perfect balance of nature and town. Just far enough away to make one feel completely at peace. A massage and Pilates studio are a short walk up the trail, and hiking is at the front door. Because the house flanks a national forest, please be aware that indigenous California wildlife is part of the landscape. We advise that you keep your dog on a leash while outside. Please in the warmer months tell kids to be vigilant as rattlesnakes are part of the natural landscape and guests should be aware when hiking and with kids and dogs to remain vigilant when it is hot out. These critters don't want to interact with us but this mountain range is their home so we should be aware when enjoying its natural splendor! Otherwise enjoy the utter gorgeousness! Incredible beaches are a 30 minute drive away and surfboards are available!
Please be sure to adhere to check-in/check-out times as we often are booked back to back and Kristy the housekeeper needs time to make the house sparkle:).
Please no smoking.
Please leave keys on counter upon departure.
Please wash dishes and leave to dry upon departure.
Please clean up all pet debris in yard upon departure.
If you bring dogs prone to barking, please do not leave them unattended for long periods of time.
Please do not let your dog off the leash while outside.
Please no electric musical instruments.
Please do not leave candles burning unattended.
Please remove excess traces of your pet inside and outside of the house upon departure.
Enjoy your stay!
I loved my stay at this sweet cabin nestled into the woods. It was incredibly private and relaxing tucked away on a quiet side road. Wabi Sabi has everything you need to have the perfect getaway with an outdoor area, a fire pit, A/C and fan (for your personal preference) and a little stovetop and coffee maker. I will definitely come back here the next time I am looking for a respite from the city, either with a friend or my husband, or for a solo retreat!
The Wabi Sabi House is a very peaceful retreat with plenty of room for two people. With a full kitchen it was easy to bring in food even though there are a number of good restaurants around Ojai … Papa Lennon's Pizza, Jim & Rob's Fresh Grill and Casa De Lagos. By staying in Ojai it was an easy drive to Ventura or Santa Barbara. The house is in walking distance to the Krishnamurti Library and 2 minute drive into the main part of town. We had a great experience!
Caitlin made it easy to access even late at night in the very dark night!
Great little cottage perfect for unplugging and getting out of the city. Right next to horn canyon trail for some excellent hiking. Caitlin had lots of great recommendations for food downtown as well.
The Wabi Sabi was absolutely beautiful. It was all I hoped it would be.
The hosts were kind and helpful. Wonderful walking paths nearby. The neighborhood was quiet and peaceful. She was very responsive and quick to have the AC fixed when it suddenly stopped working on those hot days. Thank you!
We stayed for two nights at the wabi sabi and really loved it!
Though finding it was a little difficult, you turn down a driveway that does not specify the address from the outside, there are stones on the floor with a bunch of addresses, but not the one we needed. It took us a while but we found it.
Once there it was lovely. The windows inside showing the tops of the trees were beautiful. The bed was comfortable and everything was clean and pristine. The detached bath house was really elegant and that claw foot bathtub was awesome. The grounds it's on are a nice walk with the dog. We explored around and every corner was a nice surprise.
At times we felt the privacy level was a little too exposed. As when it's night and you are walking by or around the property you can clearly see in (and especially to the bed) which was probably my only complaint.
It was great space. It never felt too small and the walk to the detached bathroom was short and easy.
We did however lock ourselves out once (there is a note that the key is missing and if you are locked out you have to climb through the window.) so be careful of that. The door handle is one that you have to check from the outside if it is locked or not.
The hot water was awesome and lasted the perfect amount of time.
The yard area was a nice treat to sit outside and relax.
We will definitely be back to this place. It was a wonderful experience.
Caitlin provided a beautiful space for us in Ojai California. Private and unique.
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About the Host, Caitlin
Hello! I am a creative professional..illustrator, interior designer and brand consultant, living in Los Feliz, CA. I just co-founded my own business, a Design/Art House called Zoe Bios Creative. Our showroom is located in Silverlake CA, and we offer art and home furnishings. Although I love my LA neighborhood, it is great to keep my home in Ojai as a vacation rental so that I can escape to it from time to time to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, to hike, and to enjoy small town life..:). I love the idea of sharing my place and the experience of Ojai with others! It is truly a great place to both relax and/or work, and recharge. I have completely redesigned it to let in lots of light and veiws...I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do! Cheers! Caitlin