About This Listing
Nestled on a hill side surrounded by Oak trees and birds, makes it feel like a tree house, with a seasonal creek below.
At the end of a quite cul de sac and a few short steps to the bike path that will take you all the way to the beach (complimentary bikes for your riding pleasure)
Beach leisurely ride 45 mins.
Relax in the hammock and listen to the birds play in the fountain or BBQ outside on the deck over looking the mountains.
Watch as the two mini donkeys play together kicking up dust, or they watch you as you lounge on the deck, hoping you'll give them a carrot!
Scavenge the thrift stores in downtown Ventura, or hike the many trails offered near by.
After a day of exploring, soak in the Jacuzzi hot tub over looking the ravine and gaze out at the many stars above.
5 miles to downtown Ojai, 5 mins to beautiful Lake Casitas or 10 mins to the beach. Local winery minutes away. Our neighbor Santa Barbara is only 35 mins away.
Bike, walk or drive, just come and enjoy the serenity.
The room has one real single bed and a futon with inner spring coils (very comfy) that folds out to a full, located on opposite side of the house from my area. Meditation room can be made to sleep two more with an air mattress. You have a private bath and french doors leading out to another patio area with Jacuzzi hot tub and meditation room.
Full use of the kitchen and outdoor areas.
A short drive from Los Angeles yet it feels a million miles away.
Single night stays check in before 7:00 p.m. All others flexible check in.
Private bath, yard, meditation/yoga/massage room and jacuzzi tub with views. Indoor faux fireplace outdoor real fire pit. Meditation room can sleep two more on air mattress.
Interaction with Guests
My living quarters are on the other side of the home. We basically share the kitchen and I can be as friendly or evasive as you want.
Small neighbor hood, Im at the end of a cul de sac The home backs up to 15 acres with lots of trees, birds, dust, bird poop, lizards, squirrels etc. all the things that come with nature so if it's sterility you prefer this may not work for you.
Bike trail right next door (I provide bikes) public transportation up the hill.
Other Things to Note
Watsu massage available one block away.
I will provide bagels or muffins with your morning coffe or tea but need notice the day before.
One nighter's check in prior to 7:00 PM 20.00 late fee applies, all others flexible. Please dont spoil this for others I will have to make a min 2 night stay if I continue to get late one night stays.
No hard drugs.
No cigarettes please.
I love animals but can not take in yours. No exceptions.
Ladies toilet paper only.
This is an amazing place and it has exceeded our expectations! The biggest pleasant surprise was that we thought there'd be just 1 room for the 4 of us (me, my wife, and my parents), but there were 2 rooms, which was perfect.
The house itself is beautiful and very comfortable; it is located in a very nice quiet neighbourhood; close to a grocery store if you need it. In the backyard of the house there are 2 cute donkeys and the host kindly allowed us to feed them a couple of apples and carrots.
As we started down the road to marys place the neighborhood alone made us nervous, it was not what we exspected at all. We did not feel welcome when we arrived. No one was there, there was no note, and there were two dogs barking at us like we we intruding and we felt like we were. After We tried to contact Mary who had told us that here son would be at the home to welcome us and didnt hear back we decided to go in hoping there would be a note letting us know what was going on. As we entered the gate we passed a very dirty entry way including a fountain full of green moldy water and garbage. When we entered the house it was decorated nicely but there was no note letting us know what was going on. We left and decided to come back later(we left a note for her son to call us when he came home. When her son finally called us we went back to the house and he was very nice but we did not feel very informed. Our room was smaller than we expected and had a twin bed that sat on the floor with no frame and a futon. when we went out on the deck to relax there wasnt a clean place to sit. the chairs tables and patio furniture was dirty. We were unable to keep food in her refrigerator because of how dirty it was. The sponges for cleaning dishes in the sink were also very dirty. They did have coffee in the morning which we appreciated. There also seems to be a spider problem. We would have cancelled our stay but did not have the additional money to pay to stay somewhere else. Needless to say we were disappointed and would never stay there again.
We enjoyed our stay at Mary's house. The beds were comfortable and Mary welcomed us to share her kitchen. An added plus was the use of two bikes to ride and her house is next to a bike path that goes all the way to the beach. A view of the valley is gorgeous from the bike path about a block away. The jacuzzi was ready and I enjoyed sitting in it as I watched the sun rise on my first morning there. Mary's place is unique as there are a couple of mules who climb up the hill in her yard to feed right outside our window.
This is the 3rd year we've stayed with Mary. The surroundings are beautiful and restful. The 2 donkeys add local color. They LOVE apples and carrots. This time when enjoying the deck looking over the canyon, we saw 2 hawks have a mid-air skirmish. It was pretty exciting.
We felt very welcome and at home when we arrived at Mary's place. Her unique home has so much character and is a great place to relax either on the spacious decks or in the spa. The rural neighborhood is quiet and her decks and spas are private with views of forested hillsides.
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