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. 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 1:00 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 treat you like family! They are both friendly and kind. When Marika found out it was my birthday she bought me flowers, no kidding. She is totally cool. You will like them both.
The House: We stayed at their beautiful home which is fabulously decorated with all sorts of interesting photographs, sculptures and art for my birthday. When I say "fabulous" imagine like mythical, like Serendip, like check out the big bronze colored stork statues and Ganesha and Shiva and Japanese screens - and what the heck, look for yourself at the photos!
The dogs: Cute alert. The French bulldogs will tumble all over each other to say "hi" when you first meet them, after that they kinda give you only as much attention as you give them.
The room itself: Our bedroom had an attached private bathroom and porch (I enjoyed sitting there and looking at the night sky.) Very romantic setting. Also well insulated. I didn't hear the dogs or anything when i was in the bedroom.
Good for all travelers: Marika and Todd will give you as much info regarding hiking trails, places to eat, things to do as you like or leave you to your own devices if you want. If you are a business traveler this is much nicer than staying at a bland motel. You can leave your stuff in your room and not worry about anything.
If you are traveling alone you can feel like one of the family - get to know Marika and Todd. If you are traveling as a couple it is a very cool room, you'll feel like a princess in the Arabian nights in that big puffy bed with all the comforters and pillows. So I recommend this BNB for any one except people afraid of dogs.
The setting: We were 5 minutes away from the Ojai town center. I took a yoga workshop at LuluBandha for my birthday. Five minutes away, but their house feels tucked away, secluded. It's the last house back at the end of the street.
Hope to stay here again next time we're in Ojai. Thank you Marika and Todd for a great vacation!
We had a lovely time at this home. The room is spacious and beautifully decorated. The bathroom is very nice and even includes a bidet. We took a long walk in the surrounding neighborhood. It is quite beautiful, with lots of oak trees, varied landscaping and stone walls. The home is quiet, peaceful, and away from the bustle of town. The hosts are super friendly, interesting, and helpful. Their dogs are adorable. I would definitely recommend this Ojai location.
Marika and Todd are amazing hosts! Marika was very responsive to my questions and returned my calls promptly. The room was much nicer than the photo. More like an artist bungalow. They have lovely dogs that are sweet and welcoming.
Marika and Todd are warm, relaxed, and welcoming. This is a quiet neighborhood, except for some soothing animal voices from neighboring yards. The room is lovely and unique in decoration - very comfortable. Everything was clean and thoughtfully set up, and Marika was quick to answer any questions/needs.
A great household and a relaxing stay.
This is a terrific spot run by wonderful people. I loved the outside open porch off the bedroom, and the sounds of horses and wild turkeys, which made me feel like I was back home in Montana as I woke. The dogs are a major bonus. Best of all, though, were Marika and Todd. Their easy warmth, hospitality, and humor added a great deal to my visit.
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.