About this listing
For an authentic OJAI VISIT, feeling as though you live here, come enjoy our home. We open our home to you. No locks on the front door. If you even wondered how it feels to really live in the country here is your chance.
This room is lovely. Furnished in antiques. Cool. Air conditioned. Private bathroom. Share kitchen and living room and outside amenities. Private outdoor patio area. 3 Miles from midtown Ojai. 1 mile to hiking trail head. Local hot springs 15 minute drive away. Grocery 2 miles. There are dogs on premises so you can't be allergic, although they do not go into the room. No smoking inside house. Quiet property. Can easily sleep in very late. No need for early check out. Just by about 12:00 p.m. If no one else is arriving then it can be later. We can discuss this a day before your arrival if you are trying to plan around your departure.
The streets here are quiet and dark at night. I walk my dogs every night off leash if that gives you an idea. There is internet and cable. Our environment is very casual. We pick up behind ourselves but are not neat freaks. The room does not have a television with cable per say, but it does have a nice 32 inch monitor hooked up with all internet amenities and a nice sound system to lay back in bed and watch netflix or listen to pandora.
Recently we bought a "human touch" massage chair. Look up
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We can leave you entirely alone or you can socialize with us. We love barbecue and tri-tip and watching movies on the big screen in the living room.
THIS IS IMPORTANT for DOG OWNERS: We have dogs. Several of them. They are our kids and they are their own pack. We have had guests with dogs several times successfully. However, I do request that you let me know about your dog before arriving. Sometimes personalities of dogs clash. I don't want any fights. Your dog needs to be up on vaccines including kennel cough. I often have very young puppies in the house that could get sick from another adult un-vaccinated dog. WE need to be smart. Also, if you are planning on leaving your dog in our house while going out there needs to be a discussion about compensation. I am not a boarding home. I love all animals and would happily walk and feed your dog, but I want to know ahead of time that this will be the case. If you have a male dog that lifts his leg to mark new territories like my house, please purchase a "belly band" before arrival. See this link: (website hidden)(phone number hidden)(website hidden)Dog-Housetraining-and-Incontinence.aspx.
Please don't just show up with a dog. Thanks for your consideration on this matter.
We are easy to talk too. Send a message through this system with your questions. I get them as text messages on my phone and will get back very promptly. Also, if you do book the room, for your own good, once booked you will have my phone number. I would love a call the day before letting me know your arrival time. Or, you can text me. But please make a connection with me the day before.
Thanks for your consideration of our room. We love our home and welcome you into it.
Guests have their own room, and bathroom and the kitchen too! We keep our dogs gated out of these areas. You can share in our living space too but the dogs will want to be near you then.
Interaction with Guests
We enjoy interaction with our guests. They come into our home and we so much enjoy knowing just a little something. I think some guests don't realize that we are exposing ourselves entirely by bringing them into our home. It feels more equal if we can get a feel for who is sleeping in our house.
It is peaceful here. NO street lights. We have a bed outside in the back yard where you can lie down and count starts while you drink your own wine or I can make you tea.
You need a car. But you can borrow a bicycle. We are 3 miles from town.
Other Things to Note
It is so safe here we don't have a front door key or lock. Taking walks late at night is a favorite around this neighborhood.
Please just treat us the way you would like to be treated if strangers entered your home. We are quite easy going. Respect the common area by picking up after yourself, mostly dishes in the kitchen.
Marika and Todd were perfectly wonderful. Their charming home was a perfect getaway just outside of downtown Ojai and completely secluded and quiet..just what we needed. They could not have been more hospitable.
My experience with Marika and her lovely home was nothing but positive. My boyfriend and I wanted to make a last-minute trip to somewhere we've never been before, and Ojai seemed like the right place. When we arrived, I immediately noticed how peaceful the neighborhood is and the sheer amount of beauty that surrounds the area. When we checked in, our room was different from the one pictured, but it wasn't a bad surprise either! The bathroom is beautiful, the artwork is eye-catching, the bed is extremely comfortable (I took a nap on it almost immediately upon my arrival), and it was very private. Overall, Marika and Todd are very hospitable and personable people. My boyfriend and I enjoyed getting to know them just as much as we enjoyed exploring the rest of Ojai/Ventura. They are intelligent, eager to connect with their guests, and generous people altogether. They made us feel at home, even though we only spent a night at their place. Marika's recommendations for places to eat and sights to see were all spot-on. We wish we had another couple of days to do more of the things she suggested for us... Lastly, if you are a dog lover, this is the place to stay. Her dogs are all well-behaved, absolutely adorable, and just fun to watch. We were very pleased with our short stay with Marika & Todd, and I would highly recommend staying here if you want to enjoy the beauty of Ojai. If we make our way back to Ojai, we will definitely stay here.
What a wonderful place. Fantastic decor, funky furniture, totally cool bathroom. Markia and Todd were so friendly and helpful and just fun to talk to. They gave us lots of pointers about the area and things to do. It was a great base camp for hiking the Los Padres National Forest and having great meals in Ojai.
Thanks Marika and Todd for making our 25th anniversary so special!
Marina and Todd were extremely friendly hosts. Their house is tucked away in a quiet corner of East Ojai. Very conveniently located with plenty of trails nearby to hike at. Of note, they do have 6-8 French Bulldogs that live with them so anyone with a dog phobia would do best with finding alternative lodging.
good communication about arrival, the room was better than the one described
Marika and Todd are wonderful hosts...warm and inviting from the moment we arrived. Our accommodations were much better than we imagined, totally private, with a super-soft bed surrounded by fresh flowers, eclectic decor and great art that will delight and inspire. As an artist, I felt right at home...so relaxing. Their dogs are ADORABLE! They had great suggestions for restaurants and other activities that helped make our weekend perfect. Marika and Todd are laid back and always had time for a friendly chat and were very attentive to our needs. We can't wait to visit again!
I really enjoyed this cozy space. Super artistic, super soft bed( I was in comatose kinda sleep), and a beautiful drive there. Marika was incredibly friendly and helpful with information! She was also very understanding since I was out of communication. So easy to talk to her, i wish I wasn't spent with weekends' agenda or would have engaged more or cuddled with pups. I could have lived in the bathroom! Thanks for having us!
About the Host, Marika And Todd
WE are an easy going couple. We live OUT THERE in the country of Ojai. Hotels around here go for 150 for a boring basic room. Ojai Valley inn in crazy expensive. We thought it would be a fun way to meet people and give an opportunity to travelers to feel the true Ojai. We used airbab on our recent trip to Costa Rica and loved the opportunities it gave us. We are animal lovers. Cats and dogs but not in your room. Of course not! There is a private garden area as well as the main yard. our place is not fancy, but cozy and lovely. If you don't like it we will give you half your money back. I will send you video ahead of time too. We can do facetime.