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We had a wonderful time at 5 Oaks! The location is great -- we walked everywhere -- but we often didn't want to leave because the house is so charming and peaceful. Sitting outside on the picnic table is heavenly, with orange blossoms and lavender filling the air, and the screened in porch is divine. The record player and music collection are fabulous, and the bed was comfy. As others have said, don't come here if you're looking for fancy accommodations. But if you want a peaceful stay in a charming, funky home that's close to town, this is it!
We stayed at 5 Oaks in March 2014 and simply couldn't have had a better location for a decompressing break. The house is utterly charming, cozy and well equipped. To be fair, it wouldn't be to everyone's taste: while clean and tidy it is on the rustic side and has a well-loved, well-lived in feel.
It really is staying in someone's home (Jo lives there when not renting out) and you are sharing the place with her books, records and life, but that was absolutely the appeal for us.
Staying at 5 OAKS was a great experience for me and my three traveling companions. Our trip was a mix of staying in (cooking a meal, drinking wine, watching movies) and going out (restaurants, farmers market, hiking trails). 5 OAKS was ideal for both scenarios!
Don't come here expecting all the latest amenities, but what you will get is a well-eqipped, spacious house where everything works as it should. The coziness and overall feel of the place make it a perfect way to experience Ojai.
The location is great: we walked most places, but when our feet got tired we drove. I could hear a little road noise from the street at night, but it didn't seem intrusive to me - and I consider myself a light sleeper.
Would definitely stay here again!
the only reason I give Jo's place 4 rather than 5 stars is so not to mislead anyone who's looking for a pampered Ojai stay. For my family and I it was a 6 star and well worth the price! Rustic, lived in, perfectly "cabin-esq" without being a cabin. Breakfast picnic (table) in the backyard while my kids swung on the tree swing in their PJs in the beautiful Ojai morning sun, is a new memory for (website hidden)'s real record player (not a high-end stereo turn table) and collection of well worn folk LPs has re-introduced me to old memories (and of course I'm now on (website hidden) looking for one for my SF home). If creaky screen doors, a light smell of burnt oak from fireplace, mismatched old towels, and a slightly out of tune piano isn't your thing you may find Jo's house too rough. For us, all of the above, plus a comfortable bed, and huge screened in back porch made this the perfect 3 night get away! The house has 1 spacious bedroom with a double bed, a pull-out sofa in the huge open living room, and I think I saw an air mattress in the closet. Water pressure is good, and kitchen & bathroom clean and well stocked. There was a large RV in the driveway as Jo mentions, but other than making it a little tough to get to the back yard it was really not an issue. Location perfect, close enough to stroll to downtown, without the downtown traffic noise. We would definitely stay there again. Thank you Jo!!
great experience stayed here, the place is nice and well kept. Perfect for a relaxing getaway
Excellent experience all around. I spent a couple nights on my own to get away from the city and it was a very peaceful, quiet, relaxing, comfortable home with a cozy (website hidden) was very accommodating and the entire experience was positive. I have no criticisms.
Jo was nice and helpful and it was a spacious place, I appreciated the green cleaners used and the notes around the house, but it was not as quiet as I hoped. Grand avenue is not as busy as the main road but it is kind of a through street and the bedroom although not right next to the road does face the road, so the cars driving by disturbed me. But I am very sound sensitive and live at the end of a dead-end road, so it might not be an issue for you.
My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at 5 OAKS. We loved being able to walk to all of the restaurants and shops downtown but also enjoyed the privacy and quiet of the neighborhood.
The house is very spacious and comfortable and we enjoyed our relaxing evenings listening to music with a few glasses of wine. Make sure you check out the backyard with it's fruit trees and a swing!
And if you hear some rustling in the bushes at night, do not be alarmed. It's not a robber, just the neighborhood raccoons looking for some food :-)
Classic old school California house. Close to things in town, cozy and has a record player with records! Record player you ask? I said that to give you an idea of what this place is like.
Great guest. Good communication
Jo was very nice and very clean.
Only positive things to tell about her.
We warmly recommend her and it will be a real pleasure to welcome her again.