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 native garden with it's own patio.
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.” *
*Nestled within a rare east-west mountain range, the Ojai Valley is one of the few places in the world to experience a "Pink Moment" 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.
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 basic 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 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 hilltop property 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.”