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Private Ojai Retreat with Awesome Mountian Views

Bedrooms 5
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Chateau / Country House, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

For those who appreciate the casual and laid back Southern California lifestyle, we offer you a private country home nestled in the heart of California's beautiful Ojai Valley.

Experience the paradise of Ojai. Located 90 miles north of Los Angeles, and 35 miles from Santa Barbara, Ojai boasts near perfect year round weather, breath-taking mountain vistas, glorious pink moment sunsets, and a pastoral community of artists, writers, bohemians, mystics and spiritualists. The Ojai Valley has been known the world over as shangri-la for its restorative energy.

For those travelers who prefer private accommodations for family vacations, gatherings, personal and business retreats, the property awaits you with welcome arms.

This executive residence features five bedrooms, 2 full baths, pool, spa, on over an acre of private landscaped grounds for your serenity and relaxation.

For a weekend, week or extended stay, this comfortable home will be your special place not long forgotten. We look forward to your arrival...

Vacation Rental Amenities:

Peace and quiet. 5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, (sleeps 8)

Fully equipped kitchen, towels and linens, washer & dryer.

Private and beautiful grounds. Beautifully furnished and decorated. Pool Courtyard and Spa. Plenty of off street parking. High Speed Internet Access and full Office in upstairs loft. It is the perfect getaway retreat for creative professionals who take working vacations.

Special Note:

We can not accept guests with infants or children under 4 years of age because the pool is not fenced and is accessible from the main living room and master bedroom. We will consider one small dog per family. Cats are not allowed.

In addition to the main house, there is a lovely guest house on the property that is available as an additional rental and can sleep four additional guests for those larger groups who are looking for venue for business retreats or family reunions. Ask owner about availability.

Activities and Attractions:

Local hiking and biking trails. Golf, horseback riding, and world class spa attractions. Shopping and fine dining 5 minutes away in downtown Ojai. 5 minutes to Lake Casitas, boating and fishing. 20 minutes from Ventura, 30 minutes from Santa Barbara. 1 hour from the amazing Santa Barbara Wine Country for day-trips and tastings.

Ojai features many art, music, storyteller and film festivals throughout the year.

Rental Rates Main House:

$ 600.00 per night (two-night minimum)

$ 3,600.00 per week

$ 6,000.00 per month for multiple month bookings

Rental Rates for Guest Cottage

$300.00 per night with two night minimum

$1,500.00 per week

$3,000.00 per month for multiple month bookings

$250.00 Cleaning fee is additional to the rental fee.

Payment in US Dollars by check, money order or wire transfer

Keywords: Private country house with pool / spa and gorgeous landscaped grounds. Perfect Writer / Artist Retreat. 90 minutes north of LA, and 40 minutes from Santa Barbara. Awesome mountain views.

More Details

Thomson Dawson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2018

About Thomson Dawson

I am a brand strategy and creative consultant working everywhere in the world.

I absolutely love living in Ojai! It is paradise! Nothing is better than returning here to the nest from my travels. I am delighted to share this amazing place with travelers from all over the world!

Thomson Dawson purchased this chateau / country house in 1998

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Ojai is all about natural beauty.

From the Pink Moment on the Topa Topa bluffs to the amazing mountain views–everywhere you look it's breathtaking. The property is right next to the trailhead of the Ojai Land Conservatory offering miles of back country hiking, mountain biking.

The property is 5 minutes from beautiful Lake Casitas and 20 minutes from the beautiful Pacific Ocean. There is a large horse ranch across the street. You'll be five minutes from the village center for shopping, great restaurants and art galleries. The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is five minutes away offering world class golf and spa accommodations for the most discerning traveler.

In all of the central coast of California, there is nothing that matches the old California charm of Ojai!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our family had a wonderful stay here...very comfortable and well appointed. The property is located one block from amazing hiking trails and one mile from the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Ojai is so beautiful! We have booked our Thanskgiving Holiday again...can't wait to come back!
Nov 2014
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Ojai Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , with master bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 second floor - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 second level - 1 double
  • King size bed in master bedroom Queen size bed in bedrooms 2 and 3 Futon sleeper in upstairs loft Full Beds in Upstairs Bedrooms
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Private Ojai Retreat with Awesome Mountian Views
average rating of 3.875 based on 9 reviews

Lovely house/property but big privacy issue

  • 3 of 5

The house and property are very nice, well appointed and had plenty of towels, paper goods etc. Thompson was very nice to deal with and I believe he really does care if guests enjoy their stay. The being said, there is a huge issue with privacy. We knew there was a cottage on the property that might have someone in it, but didn't know it was directly across the pool with the door facing the pool. There is a 10pm quiet mandate which is fine in most cases as we are not that noisy and can still enjoy sitting outside talking and not disturb anyone. I ended up arriving at 9:30pm and my friends were all outside. We had only a 1/2 hour to enjoy being outside once I arrived because the cottage was 10 feet from where we were sitting and the fire pit would have also been too close that the person in the cottage might be disturbed. The main reason we rent a house is so we can sit outside in the evenings/nights and enjoy sitting under the stars. We had to move inside at 10pm. The next morning, imagine our surprise as my friend is using the restroom in the master and through the blinds sees a man walking by the pool. He was respectful and didn't look toward the house but it was very uncomfortable all the same. The other issue we had was that the pool looked a little green and had a bit of a slimy feel so we didn't use it at all, even though it was hot and we would have liked to. There had been a very hot spell so that might be the reason but it could be kept up better. If you can get passed those things, it's a nice house in a good location. Very much a country feel with horses and chickens just across the street.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are clear about the guest house proximity in our description. The guest house is sometimes rented with the main house for larger parties and separate from the main house for couples. There is complete visual privacy between the guest house and the main house as well as separate entrances that do not disturb guests in either house. Our pool always looks "green" because its painted that way. It's a black bottom pool. The person referenced in this review happened to be the pool man checking on the pool.
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing time we had at this lovely home. You can't go wrong with this location! The pool was cold but oh so perfect in the warmth of the Ojai sun. Ventura river was flowing and the house is just across the street from the trail heads in the river bottom. The yard smelled of jasmine and orange blossoms all day and the house fit our large family so comfortably.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our property! Spring in Ojai is special indeed. I'm so happy you all havd a good time on your vacation! Thomson
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Valencia, CA

Lovely home, but not private.

  • 1 of 5

The house itself and the grounds are beautifully kept and well maintained. It's quite clean, well furnished, well worth the price. Owner is quite nice and attentive, responsive through emails, texts, etc.

What is not mentioned, is that there's another small house, across from the pool where the owner lives, so he's around, all the time. No issues with the house and location however it should be clearly specified that the owner lives within the property, which in my experience, created a lack of privacy for my guests and I. I do not recommend.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do indeed have a guest house on the property. We don't keep that a secret. As owner, I sometimes stay at the guest house cottage. There was no one in the guest house during this guest's visit. This guest had a large party without our permission. Our neighbors complained and I had to ask them to bring it down. This guest booked our property under the pretext of a small group of eight persons. When in fact there were dozens of people partying in our property. Further this guest destroyed furniture and left without saying a word. We have been renting our home on vrbo for five years now. Our guests have been wonderful, thoughtful and respectful. Unfortunately this was not the case with this guest.
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Portola Valley, CA

5 Days in Ojai

  • 5 of 5

Two families stayed here and were thoroughly pleased with the amenities and location of the home. Great shops and restaurants in walking distance. The home is set back some and private. Our children played in the pool in back as well on the grass in front. The town of Ojai is very charming and we look forward to coming back to this home in the near future.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Josh... sure appreciate you choosing our place!!!
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The best stay ever!!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing long weekend in Ojai! While the NYC was snowed in, we had a chance to live and stay in a paradise. Lovely town, nice boutiques and restaurants, only 20 min drive to the ocean. Thanks to the owner hospitality, we felt very comfortable in the house. Lots of spring flowers, quiet part of Ojai, far away from any noise. It was too cold for a swimming pool, but we had a good use of the hot tub. Definitely will come back next year, but for a longer stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing our property for your stay! I hope you'll come back to Ojai soon!!!
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LA Area

Lovely place for a romantic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 3 days enjoying our stay in this lovely home! Very private and peaceful and very clean!!!!

We enjoyed the grounds, the campfire and amazing hiking trails are a block away. Beautiful surroundings with great Ojai sunsets. We are looking forward to coming back to the house again.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review! Sure appreciate you taking the time to share...looking forward to having you back!
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,500
Cleaning Fee $200

I accept checks via mail and wire transfer. 50% non-refundable deposit due on booking confirmation and rental agreement. Balance due 10 days prior to check in date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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