Heaven on Earth! Ojai's Most Desirable Magical Location
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Ojai bungalow description
Leave your cares behind as you walk into an enchanted getaway, your own Secret Garden, a completely private, secluded detached bungalow.
Two separate sleeping quarters, each with their own unique style, decor and king size beds, make this ideal for 2 couples and for small families.
We invite you to experience serenity and luxury in perfect harmony. A hundred-year-old garden with a variety of pine, fruit and pepper trees, horses, fountains surround your newly appointed Secret Garden Guesthouse. Enjoy mountain and valley views from the swim-spa-lap-pool, and watch breathtaking sunsets. Unwind under the stars in your private jacuzzi and treat yourself to a relaxing vacation.
The elegant and spacious bungalow offers a variety of unique features including a heavenly king-sized-round-floating bed (an Ojai exclusive!!!) which improves the quality of your sleep, exquisite one of a kind designer furnishings with all the modern conveniences. The second sleeping room also has a seating area, king size bed and luxurious furnishings. An unique and beautifully designed atrium style glass and french door complete kitchen gives you year round cooking in a real garden setting.
Located on 5 acres of magical landscaping in the tranquil East End of Ojai Valley, within walking distance to the Krishnamurti Retreat, Thacher School and the hiking trails of the Topa Topa Mountains. With just a few-minutes drive to Ojai's famed downtown restaurants, shops and galleries, the Secret Garden Suite has something for everyone.
The grounds are sacred and fun at the same time. Many secret destination points, including a magnificent outdoor ampitheater ideal for yoga, meditation, dancing and music. The stone Peace Chapel is yours to enjoy as well. A real active Chapel suitable for small elegant unforgettable weddings.
True Ojai hospitality you will remember forever!
- Restore with a rejuvenating massage with on site massage therapist.
- Enrich your experience with a special photo shoot by True Essence Photographer.
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Unsolicited praise from recent guests:
Thank you so much for a magical Valentine's Day weekend at your beautiful 'Secret Garden Suite'. Your warmth + beauty is seen and felt in every special detail throughout the Suite. We are so grateful for the healing and deep peace we feel in our souls. This is an enchanting and beautiful place. We hope to come and visit you in your magical fairyland home again! Love and Light always, Elizabeth & Noah
Keywords: wedding, anniversary, celebration, dinner parties, unique location, horses, themed dinners, chapel, amphitheater, dancing, yoga, spa, retreat, peaceful, rejuvenating, one of a kind, couples retreat, treatments, sessions, secluded, breathtaking,
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Clothing Optional/Nude Sunbathing Nearby
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 3-6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- I-pod Station, wireless internet
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Hot Tub
- Private Pool
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Fitness Center
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- - Krishnamurti Library nearby - famous pottery - adjacent to Thacher School - Stargazing - Horse watching (not available for riding) - getting massage by onsite massage therapist - being photographed by onsite photographer - receiving sessions to release spiritual blockages (ask for retreat packages) - women retreats one on one: session, massage, spa-healing for the day or an overnight stay - unique dinner parties (14- 20 people), themed, catered - limited only by your imagination!...moreless
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Magical and Comfortable
Magical and Comfortable
I loved my week long stay at The Secret Garden Suite. The Suite itself is whimsical yet extremely comfortable. The 5-acre property, Casa de Paz, is unique and gorgeous. The owners, Eva and Marcus are amazing people and hosts. I initially reserved The Secret Garden Suite for it’s location-almost on the border of Thacher-my daughter’s school. The experience turned out to be so much more than just convenient and practical. It was magical and probably life changing. I certainly plan to return.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 10/06/13
- Review Submitted 10/31/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Incredibly Beautiful & Peaceful Oasis
Incredibly Beautiful & Peaceful Oasis
What a gorgeous retreat this became for me. This property is situated at the base of massive mountains that have absolutely breathtaking views when hiked. After a long day exploring the nearby hikes or walking around the massive bright blue lake, it was absolute heaven to come back to this Ojai Ranch. Whether it was relaxing in one of 3 jacuzzis or enjoying a delicious meal of local produce at one of the many beautiful outdoor structures, we felt totally pampered and like royalty. Every detail from the interior design of the magical bungalow to the flowers growing along the stone path has love and intention. We got to know Marcus and Eva and their beautiful daughter Shanti, and they have such vitality and love. It was a pleasure sharing meals and getting to know them. What beautiful people inside and out, their bright shining light is truly a testament to their sacred land! It is inspiring and full of life here. A perfect place for a getaway. Thank you Eva, Marcus, Shanti, and Yogi the Doggy! :)
- Guest Kathryn (Santa Barbara, CA, USA)
- Date of stay 09/19/13
- Review Submitted 09/30/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
We took three kids and a baby to this magical house. The kids went wild in the nature and they loved circular bed! The house is in a magical garden where the kids could explore, they fed the horses and got lost. The studio does have a very unusual & wonderful second bedroom, which Eva actually let us have at no extra cost, which is very kind. Eva, Marc & Shanti were exceptional hosts, they were relaxed, thoughtful, generous and respectful. This place is so peaceful and pretty and very eccentric! there is an additional outdoor shower which feels great after a hike, and an additonal outside toilet in a beautiful hut. I loved the reading material in there! The house is a 5 minute drive into town and two minutes to the hectic, fantastic Bucalli's restaurant an Ojai staple. There are many hikes in the area including a wonderful mountain hike behind the Casa which looks out across all of Ojai Valley. If you really want the Ojai experience then this is the place for you We will defintly be going back as soon as we can. This would also be perfect for a romantic get away, especially as the house has it's own private hot tub! Please note. The pool is a 'spa' pool and not as big as we had expected. The kids loved it and it was the perfect size for them but not really for a bunch of grownups.
- Guest christine a.
- Date of stay 08/05/13
- Review Submitted 08/19/13
A Magical Retreat!
A Magical Retreat!
Casa de Paz is the treat of a lifetime! My partner and I went for a few days and stayed three weeks! It's like a hidden jewel in a mystical land. We felt like explorers finding a beautiful surprise around every corner. And, the Secret Garden Suite is VERY sexy! There's the king size floating bed and an exquisite soft white fur rug waiting for you after a hot soak under the stars. Eva and Marc are two of the most caring, giving and FUN people that we've ever met. Shanti is their beautiful daughter who calls the horses "my brother and sister." I smile every time I think of them. Everything was perfect and we want to celebrate many anniversaries in this beautiful place. Thank you Eva & Marc. You're amazing. N & K
- Guest dnance (Southern California)
- Date of stay 12/21/12
- Review Submitted 01/27/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Didn't Meet Our Expectations At All - We Left Early!
Didn't Meet Our Expectations At All - We Left Early!
Our family of 4 rented this for my 40th birthday weekend. It didn't meet our expectations AT ALL and we left after the 1st night! While the suite is separate from the owner’s home, you don’t feel like you’re private. Their car is parked outside the suite, you walk past their house to get to the pool, and they also use the pool and outdoor shower. While there are 2 jacuzzis, you can only use 1, NOT the one under the stars in the picture because that is their private one. Also note that the suite’s jacuzzi is above-ground and takes all night to heat up. It has a cover, and you are asked to put it back on when you're done (what a pain!). The pool is NOT in-ground even though it looks so on VRBO.com. It's a freezing cold above-ground “pool” with a makeshift platform around it. It is not very big (kind of like a cold, glorified jacuzzi), and it also has a cover that you’re supposed to put on when not swimming (pain!). The kitchen is NOT what I'd call a "complete kitchen." There is a mini-bar fridge and dorm room sized microwave in the 1st sleeping area, and there’s a sink and 2-burner electric hot plate in the kitchen. There is no oven or stove. The swinging bed is large enough for 2 adults, but it was very uncomfortable; we kept rolling into the center of it, and my husband’s back hurt for a week afterwards. There are two sleeping areas, but you have to pay extra for the 2nd one, and it does not have a bathroom. It is in the same building, but you walk outside a few steps and through a locking door to get there. We had our kids in there, and we didn’t feel safe having them separated from us like that. The 2nd area is small and had a VERY noticeable moldy/mildewed smell. My daughter, sensitive to dust and mold, couldn’t breathe well in the morning. It took 2 days of nebulized albuterol to get her back to normal once home. Also, in the 2nd area, there are electrical wires running underneath a rug under the bed which didn’t seem safe to us. The whole “suite” seemed more like a renovated garage, and I wonder if it even meets fire and safety codes for residential living. The suite was dirty, with cobwebs everywhere and a giant spider in the bed! There’s no potable water to drink; the sink water was NASTY! None of us could imagine spending any more time there, so we left early the next morning though we knew we wouldn’t get our money back. The owners *were* nice, and "to each his own," but this place just wasn't as nice as what we were expecting.
- Guest Tori (Santa Clarita Valley, CA)
- Date of stay 09/07/12
- Review Submitted 09/28/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers.
I love this place so much and the owners Marcus & Eva are two of the kindest people we ever met; the suite is beautiful and well appointed and that round floating bed, it just pure heaven! We stayed there the weekend of 09/23 to 09/25/11 and everthing was just perfect. The location is just magical and their gardens with a gorgeous hot and cold outdoor shower you have to experience it to believe it; we didn't use the jacuzzi just outside the suite because it wasn't working properly but it didn't affect the beauty of our getaway; on Saturday night the most beautiful rain sounds while getting a massage by Eva (2 hours massage and indulgence I know) but worth it. We are looking forward to return and continue to enjoy this beautiful piece of paradise in this magical property. Thank you so much for your kindness and hope to visit very soon.
- Guest Alma R. (Los Angeles, California)
- Date of stay 09/23/11
- Review Submitted 09/28/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Words and even pictures can't begin to do justice to this magical place
Words and even pictures can't begin to do justice to this magical place
I am a shaman who teaches earth healing around the world, so I am very attuned to the energy of places. And this place made me gasp in amazement, sigh with pleasure, tear up in wonderment, and laugh with delight. Everywhere you look there is care fully cultivated, breathtaking beauty. Often its whimsical; a purple picnic table sparkling with a glittery sun painted in the center. A life guard tower standing guard over the pool and hot tub - there are two hot tubs btw. One under the stars by the creek, the other under the trees in the gardens. Sometimes the magic is felt but unseen like an intense vortex in the middle of a clearing filled with dandelions, guarded by an ancient tree. I spent an hour there under the stars, the power of the vortex thrumming through me. It has all been created with such high consciousness that it feels like Paramahansa Yoginanda's private meditations gardens in San Diego. The Octagonal temple is filled with wonderous depictions of masters from all faiths, you can lie on the floor surrounded by crystals and sacred objects and look up at the domed ceiling decorated with every being you would want smiling down at you as you meditate. I wandered around a wonderful little valley perfect for weddings and ceremonies, explored stone buildings from the early 1900s, hung over the fence to chat with the horses, played with the big shaggy dog. Everywhere you look there are sweet little surprises ranging from sacred statues inviting you to yet another marvelous meditation spot, to the most beautiful outdoor toilet I've ever seen! Eva and Marcos are the perfect guardians for this property. They have indeed co-created Heaven on Earth with the nature spirits in one of the most beautiful spots I've ever had the privilege to stay in - and I'm from New Zealand, one of the most spectacular places on earth! Thank you THANK YOU for making this space available. I cannot recommend it highly enough
- Guest JOY! (Planet Earth)
- Date of stay 01/13/11
- Review Submitted 01/16/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children, romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
In the words of my daughter "OMG"
In the words of my daughter "OMG"
I like to be honest and a bit blunt-it is who I am. Although the photos and reviews seemed positive I was a bit nervous about renting a house where on the same property the owners lived. I was worried about if there would be enough privacy, if they would be around, if it would comfortable. We always rent houses but never in this situation. Well let me just say if I could have stayed there forever I would have stayed. Not only is the property the most beautiful place I have ever been I loved Eva, Marcus and their daughter. They were kind and accommodating and made it clear if we wanted privacy they would leave us alone. However I just feel in love with them, they have an incredible peace and compassion about them, there was nothing they would not do for us and there were so many special touches in the bungalow it was clear that they take their hosting very seriously. The property was like heaven on earth. Utopia was the word that came to mind. I love that Eva and Marcus appreciate the land and tend to it with such care. It is simply breath taking. We took so many photos and we have them all over our house and even as computer wallpaper....makes me smile every time I look at them. On top of all of this I had the most AMAZING massage - if I could fly back weekly for them I would. My whole family is in a hurry to get back there, we are telling everyone about this place. I hope Eva and Marcus keep this place as I plan many more visits and hope to make it back this year. If you are looking for a romantic get away - this is the ideal location...you will not find better anywhere. And the town of Ojai was just perfect with great food, great shops and so many activities! We did go to Santa Barbara and LA which were not bad drives but if it were up to me I would have stayed on the property the whole trip.
- Guest namaste (Kansas)
- Date of stay 04/25/10
- Review Submitted 06/10/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Owner response: Hi Kathleen, You are the sweetest human being, your review, so heartfelt and honest. Thank you so much for writing something so meaningful and deep about us. I really felt your heart come through and how much you love us and our land. This makes us truly feel honored. Thank you so much for your effort and also for not wanting to give up on that posting. Thank you for writing this and thank you for loving us. We really had a great time with you three too and we very much hope to have you back soon. And I am looking forward to giving you more massages. Big hugs from all of us!
Our week end at the Secret Garden Suite was so magical. Lovingly & originally decorated & the bed was fun! I had the best massage of my life with Eva and returned for a photo shoot with my grand daughter. I cannot tell you how great a photographer she is! It all is magical, truly. The grounds are beautiful, peaceful and private. We can't wait to return.
- Guest Marjorie & Sherman (Santa Cruz CA)
- Date of stay 08/25/09
- Review Submitted 08/25/09
We spent some very pleasant days in July 2009 at the Garden Secret Suit and would like to thank Eva and Marc for such a nice time! We have nothing but praise for the care and dedication with which Eva took care. Her massages were really wonderful. We highly recommend that place. You won`t be disappointed. Albert and Sabrina
- Guest Albert Baumeister (Munich / Germany)
- Date of stay 08/21/09
- Review Submitted 08/21/09
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Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: We are a family of 6 including our horses and our dog Yogi. My husband Marcus, Shanti my 2 year old daughter and myself, Eva. Our horses are: Highlander and Salvador and Yogi our sweet hairy puppy. We absolutely love living in Ojai and are happy to be able to nurture this land with our love and our care. Sharing this place with visitors makes us happy, since we feel that every guest is bringing a gift to this piece of property. The property seems to really like the attention and the joy that our guests are feeling and it just seems to be a perfect fit for the property as well as for us that enjoy meeting people from all over the world. Our guests feel rejuvenated and empowered and a part of it is really only coming from the energy that this place has to offer. We see ourselves as the stuarts of this beautiful land and know that the land can't be owned but that we can only do our best to live in harmony with nature and treat it with respect and gratefulness. We are grateful to meet all of you that feel a curiosity and a magical draw to come here and check out the Secret Garden Suite and it's beautiful grounds. We are looking forward to meet you!
Why the Owner Chose Ojai:
This property is a one of a kind property. It has a magical energy that transforms you inside out. When we bought it it was like a beautiful stone that we slowly gave more and more character and we underlined the beauty that it already owned by intuitively creating unique areas to enjoy what it has to offer. Now we can attract couples and families for Weddings, Anniversaries, little to medium big dinner parties or children parties that can be organized for you. Everything is possible here, it is only limited by your own imagination. - we offer themed dinner parties in the chapel, - little wedding receptions or rehearsal dinners, - Spa treatments, spiritual sessions, packages for couples, women or men that want to transform blockages. The property has now transformed into its own full potential and can give back to each individual visiter a little bit of the love that flew into its creation. We are so happy to share it with you!
The Unique Benefits at this Bungalow:
written by our Goddaughter Meghan My Perfect Place Beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, and enjoyable all describe my perfect place. This is a location with horses and dogs, “centering” worship areas, and amazing trails lined with rare, precious trees and bushes. The entrance gates, designed by my aunt Eva, have twirling stars in them and are very welcoming. There is a group of orange trees growing in a fenced-in area near the fishpond with steppingstones around it. Right next to this is a hammock that once you rock in, you fall asleep. Overlooking the Ojai Valley, you can sit in the bubbling Jacuzzi or take an outdoor shower. This is a place of wonder and amazement and is like a tamed jungle. If you haven’t guessed already, my perfect place is my Uncle Marcus, Aunt Eva (and now my brand new cousin Shanti’s) home. This is my favorite place because the scenery is both stunning and tranquil. The property is spacious, but the small rooms inside the house are as wondrous as the land outside. There are paintings and mirrors and artwork of all types. There are pieces of furniture from all over the world. The room that I stay in is perfect. The way the fluffy and colorful pillows line the bed, I want to stay there forever. My parents’ room is separate from the house and is actually a chapel with stained glass windows. Sometimes I sleep there. The horses, Salvador and Highlander have the most magnificent pen and the stalls are glamorous. They almost make me wish I were one of them. The dog, Yogi, has the shiniest and softest coat of fur that I have ever seen. When you hug him, you can’t leave. For all of these reasons, and many more, this is my perfect place.
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Ultimate Luxury centers on the King Sized Floating Round Bed and accent lighting
2 luxury couches and Armoire with FlatScreen HD LCD w/ DVD player
Spectacular Views of the village of Ojai and the Topa Topa Mountains
one of two fabulous jacuzzi's with outdoor hot & cold shower
100+ year old gardens with surprises at every turn
on site stone chapel: available for intimate weddings and other ceremonies
Your Private Shangri-la awaits!
In Suite Claw Tub for Romantic bathing
beautiful kitchen and dining area under a covered pergula with chandelier
A door to new worlds....
Seasonal blooms make every season a special treat
enjoy the beautiful horses on site
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