Lots of light and a Cal King bed that is Very comfortable.Lots of light and your own entrance and patio from which you can see the Topa Topa Mountains.
Peaceful Ojai Retreat
Peaceful Ojai Retreat
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 private bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 private bath
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We love our quiet home surrounded by oaks, palms and views of the mountains. Our location is unique because the "pink moment" unfolds unobstructed before our eyes every evening in the winter just as the sun sets.

The space

We live in a lovely large Mediterranean style home in a quiet private location 4 miles (10-15 minutes) from downtown Ojai and 15-20 minutes from the Ventura beach. The room is large with a private entrance, outdoor patio, large open area planted in drought resistant and native plants and with a clear view of the Topa Topa mountains and the Pink Moment. Adjacent to the room is a private full bath with a tub and a shower and access to a large fridge which is a few steps outside the bathroom door in the garage. We supply a hot water kettle, tea & coffee, half and half/milk etc., and a small microwave along with an orchard of oranges (in season), plates, silverware, cups and pure water. We also supply a hairdryer, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and soap so no need to pack all that. We are quiet, peaceful people, open minded and joyful. There is parking and you will need a car as the bus does not come nearby. We have a cat who you probably won't see but if you are allergic to cats this may not be the best place for you. No pets, please. Our kitty is a rescue kitty and a bit skittish with strangers and other animals.

Guest access

Guests have access to a large frig, our large yard, their own private patio with a comfortable chair/swing, outdoor table and chairs.

Interaction with guests

We live here on the floor above the guest room and are very available to answer any questions or concerns. We enjoy interacting with our guests and giving them any help or information they may need to make their stay more enjoyable. We are both outgoing, friendly people but we also are absolutely fine with minimal interaction. It is all up to the guest. We sometimes have people who stay here while on a silent retreat and we rarely see them. Others enjoy exchanging life stories and we enjoy that too.

Other things to note

Over and over we are told that our guests sleep wonderfully in the Cal-King bed. A good night's sleep makes for a happy vacation! Also, we will provide you with a GPS for your car if you don't have one and are not familiar with the area. Peace of mind is a beautiful thing! There are several nice restaurants closer than downtown Ojai. One, The Farmer and the Cook, serves organic vegetarian & vegan food and sells organic produce. Another in downtown Ojai called the Rainbow Bridge has a sit down deli with some organic food offerings and a health oriented store. Also, there are many other restaurants from high to low end pricing.


Amenities
Wireless Internet
Internet
Free parking on premises
Iron

Prices
Extra people $5 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee $30
Security Deposit $250
Weekly Discount: 5%
Weekend Price $90 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years) - The yard has many cactus and is covered with mulch that is made up of bark that can cause slivers. There is a steep path leading down to the lower ar
Check-in time is 3PM - 9PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

We are open minded inclusive people and want to attract guests who value the peace and quiet of our property and home. We ask that the noise level be kept down before 9:00am and after 10pm and we will do the same. No extra guests, please, without first talking to us about it. No drugs and only reasonable alcohol consumption, please. NO cigarette smokers, no pets and no children under age 10. Also, please take any extra garbage out to the garbage can (we will show you where it is just outside the garage). Thank you!

You must also acknowledge
Pet(s) live on property - We have one cat.

Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Lock on bedroom door

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

84 Reviews

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Peter User Profile
November 2017
Lovely view. Amazing bed. Room is private and cozy/warm. My wife really liked the tea corner and the ample amount of towels available. Really affordable spot. Barb was an amazing host, and patient with telling us things re: what to do, etc. We will definitely be back!
Barbara User Profile
Response from Barbara:
Thank you, Peter. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves. It gives me great pleasure to do all I can to make my guest's stay fun, peaceful and comfortable. See you again in the future. Barbara
November 2017

Julie User Profile
November 2017
This place was absolutely perfect for us. We didn't even realize how close it was to the aunt who I was in town to visit - very quick drive to either downtown Ojai or Meiners Oaks. The quiet cleanliness, View, and comfort were all wonderful. Super comfy bed. The room is spacious and we really enjoyed the outdoor sitting area too.
Barbara User Profile
Response from Barbara:
Thank you so much for your kind and positive review, Julie. It was fun having you and Debra here and we hope to see you again in the future.
November 2017

Lisa User Profile
October 2017
Barbara & Bill are lovely & kind folks. Their room is welcoming, peaceful and they go out of their way to make sure you're comfortable. The location is close to all Ojai has to offer. This was my 3rd time staying in their relaxing space and I enjoyed every second of it! I highly recommend Barbara & Bill's place!!

Joel User Profile
October 2017
Great location, great hosts!

Lynda User Profile
October 2017
Barbara and Bill are the consummate hosts. Not only is the guest space more beautiful than I expected, I found Barbara and Bill to be down-to-earth, loving and kind people. I highly recommend a stay in Ojai at their wonderful property. (I saw the pink moment!!!) They also know so much about Ojai and the little things that only local people would know, and they were more than willing to share it all with me! This was the BEST Airbnb experience. I know, one day, I will return to this magical place. In gratitude, Lynda Lee
Barbara User Profile
Response from Barbara:
Thank you so much for your beautiful review, Lynda. We loved having you here and getting to know you. I'm really looking forward to your return someday.
October 2017

Katherine User Profile
October 2017
Barbara and Bill are both wonderful hosts! Communication throughout the entire process was quick and always helpful. The room is spacious and the gardens are beautiful. The drive to downtown Ojai is under 10 minutes. This a wonderfully quiet spot to relax.

Stephanie User Profile
October 2017
Our stay with Barbara was our first Airbnb experience. The accommodations were outstanding-peaceful, clean, and comfortable. Barbara was welcoming and communicated well throughout the booking process as well as answering our questions during our stay. My husband and I would highly recommend a stay at Barbara's home. We will miss the mountain and garden views from the porch swing and the quiet evenings.

Ojai, California, United StatesJoined in February 2009
Barbara User Profile

My husband, Bill Shields, and I live in Ojai and are both in our late sixties, love cinema, poetry, travel, natural health alternatives and nature. I was born in Seattle, Washington and lived there till I was 20 when I started traveling. Bill was raised in Seattle from age five and traveled extensively throughout Asia with his work. I have lived in Alaska, San Francisco, Marin County, Mexico, Denver, the W. coast of Florida and in Hawaii. I've always preferred warm weather to the rainy Pacific NW so, when I met Bill in Hawaii and decided to move back to Seattle to be with him, I lasted 11 years before I was very ready for another move to a warmer climate. Ojai has been the perfect fit for both of us. The close proximity to the ocean is a wonderful contrast to the warm Mediterranean climate of Ojai, the many beautiful opportunities for hiking, the close knit community and the various cultural events all supply an equal balance of nature, self growth and intellectual stimulation.
Both Bill and I are (mostly) retired. I was a Mental Health Therapist in Hawaii and Seattle and he worked for Pacific Trail/London Fog in Seattle for many years as VP of Sourcing. We are both active, curious nature lovers who have found our "heaven on earth" here in Ojai.
Two of my life mottos are "To thine own (Higher) self be true" and "The truth shall set you free." Being in integrity with myself and others is very important to me as is being close to nature and animals. Being a psychologist, I tend to explore what motivates people and try to always ask that question before jumping to a conclusion that might be less than an expression of their true self.
Airbnb has given us a wonderful opportunity to meet interesting people from all over the world and to share our love for Ojai with our guests. In my younger years I was a travel agent and still have plenty of that in me so, helping people find fun interesting things to do and places to eat and enjoy nature gives me pleasure. We always look forward to new guests.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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