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.
Liz and Steve were delightful hosts! So welcoming, even though we couldn't arrive until after 7pm. They gave us a brief tour, offered a refrigerator, and respected our privacy. Steve had the hot tub warm and toasty if we wanted to use it on upon our evening arrival. We had EVERYTHING we needed. We used the hot tub under the stars, enjoyed a private walk on the grounds in the morning, and headed off to the Ojai Valley Trail for the day. It was a perfect way to spend a 10 year anniversary. We look forward to coming back to this beautiful sanctuary where we felt very comfortable!
We needed a break from our fast paced lives, and staying here in Ojai served as the perfect getaway. The room is on the opposite corner of the house as the hosts, so there truly is privacy. And one thing is for sure: You won't want to leave. The home has wonderful gardens and the location is great for visiting Ojai or Ventura. Highly recommended.
This place is beautiful! It was great to come back in the afternoons and read on the shady deck. The view is amazing. The room and bathroom are extremely comfortable. The hot tub is also great. The hosts left helpful tourism guides in the room, and the bathroom was stocked with an electric kettle, tea and snacks.
Enjoyed a relaxing retreat in a great setting. Liz and Steve respected our privacy while still making sure everything was going well. Ojai itself was a treat. Thanks!
We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Liz and Steve's beautiful home. They were so welcoming and inviting and truly happy to share the place they love with us. I'd love to come back sometime. :)
Everything about our stay at Casa de Cielo was PERFECT! From the location, ambiance, privacy, setting, and amenities right on up to the hosts, our stay was just exactly what we wanted. The house and grounds are impeccable. Used the in suite sauna 3 times and loved it. Spa watching the thunderclouds over the valley after a nearby hike in the rain was cozy and relaxing. I think one of my favorite things were the house rules. I knew when I read them that this was the place for my husband and I to celebrate a birthday weekend away. Steve and Liz are wonderful hosts. Again, thank you for a PERFECT weekend stay in Ojai, we would love to come again if you will have us.
Liz and Steve were excellent hosts and their home and grounds were beautiful. Their place is very neat and clean, in a convenient location, and the hot tub and sauna were great perks! Would not hesitate to stay in their home again!
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.”