House - Private room · Los Encinos Road, Ojai, CA 93023, United States
Your host, Barbara
14 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

The Space

We live in a lovely large Mediterranean style home in a quiet private location 4 miles from downtown Ojai and 20 minutes from the Ventura beach. The room is large with a private entrance, outdoor patio, large lawn and view of the Topa Topa mountains and the Pink Moment. There is an adjacent private full bath with a tub and a shower and access to a large fridge. We supply a hot water kettle, tea & coffee and a small microwave along with an orchard of oranges, plates, silverware, cups and pure water. We also supply shampoo, 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 so our home wouldn't work if you are allergic. No pets, please.

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 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.

The Neighborhood

This neighborhood is made up of friendly, quiet folks. There are no streetlights so you can really see the starts at night. The houses are nice and kept up. It is safe and we never worry about walking around at night. We often hear owls and coyotes yipping in the distance.

Getting around

The bus does not come by our road so its about 1 mile to walk to the bus. A car really is needed.

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!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $150
Cleaning Fee: $20
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Barbara and Bill were excellent hosts. The room is very comfortable and private. I used their (also private) deck, overlooking a garden, progressing from a lawn to something that will certainly be much more interesting, and many oaks. Lots of time for reading and resting. A very quiet neighborhood, and no particular reason to lock the doors. Even a peripatetic wild turkey. Highly recommended.

    June 2014
  • The room and bathroom were clean, nicely kept and decorated pleasantly. The space was very calming. Their home is nestled in trees and greenery. They welcomed me to walk the grounds, as well.
    It is a quiet restful place with pretty land scaping. I felt very lucky to have found it for my business trip and yearned for an extra free day to enjoy the stay more!

    The large wrap around porch just outside the room (email hidden) for enjoying breakfast and to do some writing.

    Barbara and her husband were both very gracious about privacy. They were available if I needed anything but gave me lots of space.

    I would definitely stay with them again!

    May 2014
    Response from Barbara:

    Oh, Lorelei, I'm so sorry you did not see the blinds on all the windows that pull down with a string. I'm sorry you did not mention this because that could have been remedied quickly. Well, now you know so next time you come you know you can have complete privacy. Thanks so much for pointing this out. We will make sure future guests know how to work the blinds. We've just never had this mentioned before so didn't realize they could be overlooked. Have a lovely day!

    May 2014
  • Barbara's home is lovely. The room is private with a great little patio to watch the sun rise or set against the trees and mountains in Ojai. Beautiful garden with birds, butterflies, and squirrels running through the trees. I loved hanging out and relaxing.

    May 2014
  • Bill and Barbara are truly accommodating people with a very peaceful home.

    April 2014
  • Barbara and Bill were wonderful hosts. They made every effort to ensure we had a pleasant stay. The room was spacious and we enjoyed the Cal King bed.

    We loved sitting on the porch swing drinking a coffee and looking at the mountains while listening to the birds each morning.

    The neighborhood is charming, we found no reason to bother locking our doors.

    February 2014
  • Barbara and Bill were wonderful hosts, and their home is an absolutely stunning sanctuary. Their gentle, kind, quiet presence made me feel both comfortable and accepted while I visited. They were so helpful with their suggestions of hikes and spaces to visit, were incredibly flexible about my stay schedule, and I genuinely enjoyed every moment of our time together. I can not wait for my next opportunity for a visit! Their sweet cat Shiloh was a love, and the oranges they gave me from their yard were the most delicious things I have ever tasted… sincerely. (You guys should give Sunkist some pointers)!!! :) The bed in the room was so comfortable it almost kept me from getting out and exploring, but the beautiful sunlight and views beckoned me. I simply can not speak highly enough about my time staying with Barbara and Bill. I will most definitely be back very, very soon!!! Thank you!!!

    January 2014
    Response from Barbara:

    Thank you so much for your kind review, Dewey. I'm so glad you had a great time and really look forward to your return!

    January 2014
  • This (email hidden) for our stay in Ojai! The location was super convenient to both downtown Ojai and Ventura. Our hosts were so gracious and the room was lovely and private. Could not have been better!

    December 2013
  • BArbara and Bill are amazing, beautiful people. I loved my stay in (email hidden). It was a safe, nurturing place to be and I will go back!

    November 2013
  • Barbara and Bill (email hidden) to share! The pictures do not fully convey the spaciousness and beauty of the room and patio. It was large, private and quiet. The king bed was extremely comfortable! I was participating in a rather intense process workshop and needed a quiet, clean and calm environment to rest. This was perfect! Thank you Barbara and Bill for being such gracious hosts!

    November 2013
  • I had a wonderful time in Barbara's and Bill's house.
    The room is big with an extremely comfortable king size bed. You will find more great blankets in the closet if you get cold. The shower is very good. There is a kettle and a microwave and cups and plates. There is also a big fridge in the garage you can use, The view from the windows of the room and the garden are absolutely beautiful. The room is super quiet and I slept extremely well maybe also because Ojai Valley is the only valley in the world to be oriented East to West instead of North to South. That is one reason why it has an amazing vibe and energy. The valley is so beautiful. I loved it very much.
    Barbara and Bill are very kind and wonderful people. I had very lovely conversations with them, they are also very very helpful. I highly recommend their place.

    October 2013
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University of Washington, UC Santa Cruz, The Evergreen State College, St Martins College, MA Counceling Psyc.
Shoreline School District - Echo Lake Elementary, Seattle. Ryther Child Center, Seattle. YMCA - Big Island.
My husband and I live in Ojai and are both am in our mid 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. 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, after living 11 years back in Seattle after meeting my husband in Hawaii, I was very ready for another move. Ojai has been the perfect fit for both me and my husband. The close proximity to the ocean is a wonderful contrast to the warm Mediterranean climate of Ojai. Both my husband 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 asking that question before jumping to a conclusion that might be less than an expression of their true self.
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