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Historic Craftsman Farmhouse in Ojai Valley

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 B, 3 BA, sleeps 9, four couples and one single

Please contact us by phone or through our website which can be accessed via the "See our site..." link at the bottom of the Amenities section below.

A spacious Craftsman farm house, the historic Churchill Residence is located in the east end of the Ojai Valley, a half block from Thacher School and the Krishnamurti Foundation. Originally part of the historic Pierpont property, the 4000 sq. ft. house was designed and built in 1905 for Civil War veteran General Charles G. Penney. The second owner of the house was Dr. Guido Ferrando who along with Aldous Huxley, and J. Krishnamurti founded the Besant Hill School (formerly Happy Valley School). The residence has been owned by the Churchill family since 1957.

A short drive from Ojai Town Center, the residence is set back one-tenth of a mile from Thacher Road. Amid orange and avocado orchards, the location is private and serene. Landscaped grounds compliment mountain and valley views from verandas on the front and back of the house. The residence is not suited for groups with children for reasons of their safety and potential damage.

A peaceful, rural retreat: The Churchill Residence is popular for groups of friends, writers, artists and Thacher families. It's secluded and peaceful, a great place to have a family reunion, catch up with friends, read, think, create. There are many cultural events in Ojai throughout the year. Don't miss the Sunday Farmer's market and Bart's Books.

Restrictions: We do not allow parties, receptions, etc. with more guests than are staying in the house. No commercial use allowed including filming and photography.

The residence is not suited for groups with children for reasons of their safety and potential damage. The house is over 110 years old and has not been child proofed. An infant under crawling age may be accepted by special arrangement. You will be required to bring bed and bedding for the infant. We require a liability release at the time of the reservation.

Our calendar is up to date. Please check availability before making your inquiry. With respect, we no longer respond to inquiries for dates that are booked in the calendar.

Please note that although we are forced to take bookings through this site we also take them directly. We do not accept payment through this site which saves you a fee and is less secure than sending a check.

More Details

Joan Churchill or Alan Barker
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

Why Joan Churchill or Alan Barker chose Ojai

Two generations of Churchills have owned this property and we hope many more will follow. We enjoy sharing it and maintaining its historical essence.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our 3 days here were not enough. My son was married at Twin Peaks Ranch on the 15th so we were very busy with wedding activities and could take full advantage of the beautiful grounds and orchards. We all loved this wonderful gracious house and spending time on the verandas just enjoying the spectacular scenery around us (and the flowers). It was so relaxing and calming."
May 2010
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Ojai House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Concerns about toddlers & young children due to safety & liability issues & wear & tear on house
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , Hand Shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Upstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Hand Shower, Upstairs
  • Outdoor shower with hot water
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Upstairs
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Downstairs
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , Upstairs, Sleeping Porch, bed is 78' X 48' quite firm
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Security cameras at entrances


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Historic Craftsman Farmhouse in Ojai Valley
average rating of 4.976744 based on 57 reviews

Amazing and relaxing home

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough nice things about this home. I can't wait to go back and visit again. It honestly felt like I was staying in my own (dream) home. The grounds were stunning. The kitchen amazing. The rooms cozy and classic. Not a single bad thing to say.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beauty Beauty Everywhere

  • 5 of 5

This place is one of my happy places - we've been coming here for years and hope to forever more. Simple and deep beauty, easy for a relaxing wonderful weekend every time. From big meals eaten on the front porch watching the sunset to soaking in the hot tub looking at the stars, this place is the best. Highly highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ojai at its best!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful....All was perfect!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What an exceptional place, There's nothing else like it

  • 5 of 5

Located in the east end of the Ojai valley a few miles from the town of Ojai this is a very special place. Completely quiet and at night there are no distracting lights and you can see the stars. The kitchen is a gourmet cook's dream. Our party of six could all work in the kitchen at the same time. Every part of the house and grounds is impeccable. Believe me, between the beautiful house, the library, the extensive porches front and back, the pool and hot tub, and not to mention the hammocks and the outdoor shower, you’re in paradise. It’s short drive into town, but I can’t imagine why anyone would want to go anywhere once they’re here.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful silent yoga retreat

  • 5 of 5

What a special property! The energy of the house supported our retreat and our silence. the living room worked perfectly for our asanas. The front porch was heaven and the Cedars, the pool, the outdoor shower - all of it was beautiful and serene. Thank you for the care you give the house to make it so welcoming, and for all of the information about the house, walks, etc. that made our arrival and stay easy. We truly appreciated it!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, comfortable, spacious, peaceful, idyllic retreat

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Ojai's Sunday morning farmer's market is a real treat. Don't miss Bart's Books. Many great hiking trails nearby.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $225 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

3-Day minimum on holiday weekends. Ask owner about weekly discount. We apologize for the barrage of emails you may receive from HomeAway requesting payment, etc. We have no control over this. Payment is to us not to Homeaway. We do not encourage purchasing insurance as we take a $500 security deposit. Please contact us directly through our website: or call Joan 310-828-1613.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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