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I am a singer songwriter musician and permaculture native plant farmer. I live on a beautiful piece of the Earth, and like to share it. People seem to want to stay after they come, so I apologize if the property is not available when you're ready.
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This farm oasis was the perfect place for our recent stay in Ojai. We were looking for a quiet, serene getaway from the city, and felt ourselves unwinding as soon as we turned in the driveway. Smitty is a perfect host! He gave us a lovely tour of the farm - the gardens, hen house, views into the river valley, and the lovely pool area to name a few. I was reminded that the stars do actually twinkle at night! We would stay here again in a heartbeat.
So far this has been my favorite airbnb experience. I planned a last minute overnight to Ojai to get away and recharge and that is what I was able to do here. Smitty is a wonderful host, informative and obviously passionate about Ojai and his little piece of heaven there. The grounds are natural and beautiful, and Smitty is so knowledgeable about the wildlife (a big part of the reason I chose Smitty's place) that it was a pleasure to have him walk me around the property pointing out things I would not have noticed on my own. His land backs up onto a reserve, and the view is spectacular from the deck of the studio. The pool and hot tub are peaceful both in the daytime for a swim and at night as a great spot to star gaze from. The studio itself is comfortable and clean, and it was amazing to be able to lie in bed and listen to the owls hooting from the tree outside my window. The location is also great, just a few minutes from the Ojai shops and restaurants. Smitty was available but unobtrusive, a really lovely and calm personality, perfectly in fitting with his place. I am already trying to figure out when I can return and spend more time, a single night is nowhere near enough.
Words can not explain the magical experience my girlfriends and I had at Smitty's Farm. Our time spent relaxing and enjoying the surrounding nature left us inspired and recharged for life. Beyond being a fantastic host, Smitty was an informative and passionate guide whose love and respect for the land was intoxicating. When we first arrived and were taken to witness a newly born Monarch's first breaths and it's release to the wild we knew we'd found heaven. We can't wait to go back!!!!! Thank you for sharing your home Smitty!
We had a wonderful stay on Smitty's property! The prowler is such a charming little nest, tucked into the back of the property and overlooking the mountains of the national forest. At night you can have a little bonfire under the stars, listen to the nature all around, take a swim in the beautiful pool and a dip in the jacuzzi... It really doesn't get better than this. Smitty and Julia are such wonderful, gentle people who care so much about the land and all the plants and creatures around them. So easy to get along with and such gracious hosts. As far as I'm concerned this is the best place to stay in Ojai. We hope to come back again!
Smitty is the perfect host. This retreat to Ojai was spiritual and life rejuvenating. Time simply stops here and for the better. I haven't felt this calm, this tranquil in a long while. The Prowler is quaint and very comfortable. I intend to be back sooner than later. Smitty and Julia also are soulful and talented singers. The invitation to see them perform at The Vine was a surreal and transcendent experience. A beautiful place hosted by beautiful people. Thank you Ojai and thank you Smitty!
The Prowler is a perfect place to stay - I cannot recommend it highly enough. Incredible views, a beautiful pool and gardens, convenient to Ojai, and complete peace and quiet. Smitty is an ideal host - highly responsive to any request, very friendly, yet respectful of your privacy. He is full of helpful info on things to do, from hiking and restaurants to music and local events, and he's a great source of info about local flora and fauna. The RV itself is very nice - it was our first time in one, and it was quite comfortable for 2 adults and a child for 4 nights. All in all, a perfect getaway.
My teenage son and I are wandering down the coast, enjoying time together while he's on Spring break from high school. We just lost my mom/his grandma, so we wanted something rejuvenating without the tedium of the usual resort experience. What a perfect delight to discover Heaven on Ojai's Earth, aka Euterpe Farms. This was our first AirBNB experience and we're both really impressed. Host Smitty, a former marine geologist turned musician, greeted us upon arrival and gave us a tour of the land and its inhabitants, ranging from massive live oaks, loquat, lemon and other fruit trees, quail, hawks, lizards, and many other forms of flora and fauna, all flourishing under Smitty's watchful eye (at one point in the tour, he moved a butterfly caterpillar from one plant to another with more leaves). If anything, the land, views and feeling of the place exceed the images on this site. After we settled in, Smitty left us alone, though he checked in a few times by text to make sure we were happy and had all we needed. The building itself was cool despite the warm sunny day, with great views of the valley and mountains in the distance. We relaxed with books, card games, dips in the fresh water pool (somehow both clean and chlorine-free) and even some old Star Trek episodes via the excellent DirectTV system in the room. We watched a fantastic sunset and both enjoyed the deepest sleep we've had in a very long time. We have nothing but praise for this place and the care that Smitty takes both with his guests and as guardian of this very special site.
You know all those other places you see in Ojai? Forget about them. Smitty's Heaven on Ojai is beyond a shadow of a doubt the best. Smitty is incredibly warm and welcoming, he personally showed us around, introduced us to the wild life and plants, gave us a detailed and annotated map of an incredible hike, and truly let his home feel like our own. Seriously, there were tons of little perks about the place that I overlooked online but really added to the experience: surround sound music, peace and quiet, a large piece of land to wander, easy access (walking distance) to night hikes and hike trails, just 3 miles from downtown, a beautiful private porch you can watch sunsets from, herbs you can dry and use as natural incense/in food and the list goes on. Ojai is great, but you can do your own research about that. Smitty's place is incredible. It made for the best get away.
Smittys was great! The property was gorgeous and the pool + hot tub overlooking the beautiful mountains can't be beat. The little studio was perfect for us and Smitty was very hospitable. Highly recommended!
We had a great experience at Euterpe Farms. Smitty was very welcoming and shared his passion for music with our son. We hiked the Ventura River Valley directly from the property. A serene place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Smitty’s place is a real Ojai gem. The location is convenient, the views are drop-dead gorgeous, and something interesting is always going on. Ditto for Smitty: available and eager to help, drop-dead gorgeous, and something interesting is always going on! Comfortable accommodations in a mini-nature preserve,this is the kind of place that you’ll remember forever and come back to often.
Smitty has been a friend for two years and I can truthfully say he is a delight to be around. When I saw he was offering his apartment through airbnb I could only think of how wonderful it would be to stay in that beautiful setting. The views, the peace and the overall ambiance are spectacular. And, if you listen well, you will hear the owls at night. Enjoy a part of Ojai few visitors see. This land is special and your time spent at Smitty's will not soon be forgotten.
If you want a perfect host, you have found one in Smitty. Handy, responsive, on time, one who listens and does all in his power to create beautiful experience for his guests...be it his friends, family, or renters. I love this house, so close to everything, but untainted by it. Gorgeous views, sunsets, pool, fireplace, fire pit, BBQ, fresh eggs, garden veggies and fruit...I may run into you if you happen to be there when we sing/rehearse! If you play music, too, make sure to let him know!!! You will LOVE Euterpe and Smitty, I know I do!