About this listing
You will enjoy a lovely room with its own private entrance, bathroom and sauna. It adjoins a deck with a hot tub and patio furniture featuring spectacular views of the Topa Topa Mountains and a great place to observe Ojai's unique "Pink Moment."
Cradled by the rolling hills of the Ojai Valley, Casa del Cielo is a tranquil oasis full of hidden surprises.
The extensive grounds offer several delightfully novel touches. The path to your room passes underneath a natural wisteria archway as it leads you to an adjoining redwood deck, a great spot to take in a panoramic view of the lawn and native plant garden with the majestic hills beyond.
From the deck, a few steps takes you through a rose garden, then down to a large lawn, encircled by native foliage.
Continue on through an arbor in the center of the lawn down a short path, and you enter a Zen-like outdoor retreat, hugged by the hills and sheltered by tall bamboo and lush greenery. The trickling you hear is a stream, flowing from a waterfall in the Japanese Garden to your right.
Cross one of the two Asian-style footbridges and follow the stream to a large lily pond. In the corner opposite the pond, a redwood gazebo is poised on the edge of a deep canyon. It provides another ideal spot for enjoying a spectacular view of the Topa Topa Mountains and the legendary “Pink Moment.” *
*Surrounded by a rare east-west mountain range, the Ojai Valley is one of few places in the world to have a "Pink Moment" occur as the sun is setting. The fading sunlight creates brilliant shades of pink and lavender for several minutes on the Topa Topa bluffs, more than 6,000 feet above sea level at the east end of the valley.
In addition to the private sauna in the guest bathroom and the outdoor spa adjoining your room, you will also have access to the kitchen and laundry room.
Interaction with Guests
We respect the privacy of our guests, but we live on-site and we're readily available to help you in any way we can.
We're happy to provide information about local points of interest, restaurants, hiking trails, recreational activities, etc.
In addition to the fabulous views, our neighborhood includes an extensive network of hiking and horseback riding trails.
We're only five miles from the Village of Ojai, where you will find a wide array of stores, restaurants, art galleries, wine tasting opportunities and recreational facilities.
Located a short distance away along scenic Creek Road is the legendary five-star Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, featuring a large variety of world-class restaurants and other amenities.
Other Things to Note
We believe that a visit to the Ojai Valley is guaranteed to provide you with a uniquely charming and highly memorable respite from the hustle and bustle of city life, and we'd love to share our little corner of it with you!
The simple rules of common courtesy prevail. Smoking is permitted in any of the outdoor areas. We are not able to accommodate small children or pets.
Perfect place, very quiet in the mountains. Thanks to these great hosts, available when we needed. We enjoyed the place with the patio and the hot tub. Close to Ojai.
Liz and Steve were fabulous hosts. It was easy to coordinate our arrival time with them; good communication. Once there, they showed us around the property--which is gorgeous, and provided instruction for operating everything (A/C, hot tub, etc). The room was very comfortable and clean, and they had included some nice touches (coffee, tea, biscotti, incidentals). We didn't hear or see them the rest of the weekend (but we were gone most of the time). The house is quiet and the view of the stars from the deck incredible. Highly recommend.
Case del Cielo is truly a heavenly experience. Steve and Liz are warm gracious hosts who have seen to every detail to make sure your stay is comfortable. A private back deck area overlooking the mountains, a hot tub turned on heated just right, a private entrance, full bath with double sinks, a tub, and sauna. This was designed to be a perfect weekend to celebrate my birthday, Father's Day, and take some time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life in LA and just relax. Mission accomplished! Thanks Steve and Liz for making this great house available to us. We'll be back.
We loved our stay at this amazing Oak View property. The place itself is so neat- secluded, peaceful, rustic yet with a unique and interesting design element. The gardens are great, and the private hot tub and sauna are fabulous! Plus, Steve and Liz are great hosts. Chatty when you feel like talking but respectful of privacy as well. No complaints! We plan on visiting again in the future.
Steve and Liz were great hosts, sincerely concerned with providing all needs. Bathroom was stocked with butter cookies and coffee and bottle water. Room was private and felt separate from the house while adjacent. Beautiful view of the mountains from the hot tub.
We had an absolutely wonderful time at Liz's place in Ojai. They were great hosts and the location and setting were amazing!
Beautiful and peaceful location! Liz and Steve were very welcoming. There is a separate entrance to the room so you really do have a lot of privacy. The room is adjoined to a large bathroom with a sauna. There is a hot tub on the patio where you have a lovely view of the surrounding mountains. A short drive from downtown Ojai.
About the Host, Liz
Liz grew up playing cowboys and Indians on the Illinois prairie.
She was born in the small town of Marseilles, just south of Chicago. Her parents owned a grocery shop, and later a hardware store, that served the 5,000 town residents. As a kid, Liz enjoyed bicycling, singing and hiking along the Illinois River with her younger sister. From a young age, Liz was an avid reader.
"There was a great library just down the street from our house and during the summer I would go there two to three times a week to restock my books," she says.
When she was 12 years old, Liz's family got their first television. Liz loved watching movies. Little did she know that years later she would wind up working in the film industry.
She left home to see more of the world and attend Oberlin College in Ohio where she studied psychology and literature.
After graduating from Oberlin, Liz decided to try big city life in New York. She began training as a social worker helping emotionally troubled children, but found she wasn't cut out for the job. After a few years, Liz moved to Los Angeles.
While at a friend's party, Liz met her future husband, Steve, a documentary filmmaker. While helping with his movies, she soon learned that the business wasn't all glamour.
"You can't imagine if you haven't done it," she said. "I was working on the technical side so there was a lot of stress and deadline pressure."
The hard work paid off when a project Liz and Steve worked on won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. In the 1970s, Liz took on her own directorial project, a documentary about home childbirth.
After 20 years of life in Los Angeles, Liz and her husband were ready for change. They looked all around Southern California for land on which to build their own house, but when a realtor showed them a property in Saddle Mountain overlooking the Ojai Valley, there was no question about where they wanted to live.
They had no trouble fitting in with the arts community, and quickly became involved in the Ojai Film Society, and later, the Ojai Film Festival. Liz also enjoys writing, running the Literary Branch at the Art Center, and visiting the Ojai Library.
"I think It's important to have access to education and art," she said. "I want always to have the opportunity to learn and be exposed to excellence in the arts.”