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Citrus, avocado and oak trees frame spectacular sunsetMain house on 20+ acre farm
Quality Group Time Amidst Nature
Quality Group Time Amidst Nature
10 guests
5 bedrooms
8 beds
2.5 baths
10 guests
5 bedrooms
8 beds
2.5 baths
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Quiet & serene 20+ acre avocado/citrus permaculture working farm where groups of 4 - 15 can relax and bond in peace. 5 miles to Ojai center. Views E to Ojai Valley & W to Matilija Dam. Fresh/aromatic air in mild micro-climate. Cooler when valley bakes, warmer when it freezes. Main House comfortably sleeps 8 - 10 (this listing). 2 Studios, via special offer, sleep up to 5 more. Hours of hiking on property + more nearby. 4 miles to natural sulphur hot springs. Large hot tub, 55" TV, WiFi, BBQ, W/D

The space

Give yourself and your 4 to 15 group a rejuvenating getaway in a serene natural setting at one of Ojai's unique avocado and citrus farms (20+ acres). With expansive views of the Ojai Valley to the east and Matilija Dam to the west. the property itself has about one mile of beautiful trails on the edge of Las Padres National Forest. We are only 5 miles from Ojai town center and 15 miles to the beach. Our micro climate is milder than in the valley so you will feel comfortable and refreshed all summer and winter even when the valley bakes or freezes. Guests tell us the air is special as jasmine, citrus, sage and rosemary aromas abound.

We are part residence (4 acres), part avocado/citrus farm, in transition to permaculture (7 acres), and the remainder park/forest and trails abutting one of California’s largest forests that stretches hundreds of miles from Ojai to Big Sur.

We offer 3 private accommodation types that can be rented separately or in combination to fit groups of 2 to 15 or more.

1. Main House (this listing)
Two story 3,000+sf house with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, plus extra sleep-ready sun/reading/study room. Main House super comfortable for up to 8 guests and comfortable for 10 guests. Has 1 working indoor wood fireplace, large TV, its own washer dryer laundry room, private 20,000sf garden with outdoor seating and eating areas(URL HIDDEN)person hot tub/spa. There is a half mile walking path on a dirt road. Hiking shoes and long pants and long sleeve shirts are required for hiking our trails. Hiking on trails in our wilderness requires some skill, a very special place but not for everyone.

The Master bedroom and balcony has valley views and a luxury Hasten king mattress. The en-suite bathroom with mountain views has a Jacuzzi tub, 2 sinks and separate shower.
Master Bedroom #2 and balcony also has valley views and 2 twin 100% organic natural latex mattresses which can been made up as a king.
Bedroom #3 with mountain views has 2 twin Tempur-pedic mattresses which can be made up as a king.
Bedroom #4 with mountain views has one queen high density foam mattress.
The sun-room has a desk and couch that can convert to a real queen supported by wood slats or into 2 single beds.

2. Large Studio #1 (requires discussion with hosts to create a special offer)
500sf room with bath, dining table, kitchenette (limited kitchen with hot plate, fridge, toaster, coffee press, blender) and large TV, plus a private 450sf outdoor patio. There is access to a washer dryer, and BBQ. It is attached to the Main House yet completely private with its own separate entrance. Can comfortably sleep 2 or 3 in single beds or in queen. The studio can also be transformed into a media/group (15+ people) meeting space space. Studio 1 can easily be integrated with Main House to create 3.5 baths.

3. Studio #2 (requires discussion with hosts to create a special offer)
275sf room with bath, kitchenette (limited kitchen with toaster oven, fridge, electric kettle, coffee press), access to a washer dryer, plus BBQ with outdoor eating area by the grand oak tree house. It is attached to the office building yet completely private with its own separate entrance. Can comfortably sleep 2 in king or twin beds.

Additional accommodation available on request.

On Request, On Site Services
Our mission is to make your stay as serene, invigorating, healthy and as informative as possible depending on your desires. We believe this will help you live a more Sane life. Should you wish, we can provide the following a la cart services – massage, detox program (need to stay at least 3 to 5 days), astrology consultation, essential oil personalization, private trail guides, life coaching, and classes in the principles of self healing, and raw/live/probiotic food preparation. We can also leave you and your loved ones in peace. Catering requests should be placed as soon as possible.

Guest access

Our property is secluded and quiet at the end of a 1/4 mile Private neighborhood road. A private gate code will be provided on day of arrival. Guests need to provide us with their license plates, car/model and color of all cars that enter at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Rental car info to be provided on arrival.
Guests can roam a large part of our farm/forest which is covered with avocado, citrus, a personal multi fruit orchard as well as many magnificent large oaks and abundant native Mediterranean chaparral. On the property, there are about 1 mile of hiking trails with many views of the Ojai Valley and Matilija Dam. Trails cover most of the 23 acres including some the Chumash Indians established for their sacred sites.
Guests can bike 15 miles to the beach mostly on segregated bicycle only paths.

Interaction with guests

Your hosts, Carol and Aubrey, are available if you need assistance and work some of the days in their office on the property. They can always be reached by phone, text or email and their goal is to make your stay in and around Ojai unique, rewarding and relaxing.
You can also reach out to Shawn, the farm manager, who lives with his family in the farm house on the property.
Let us know as soon as possible if you desire any catering services.

Other things to note

Ojai has a wonderful year-round climate with warm days even in winter and lots of sun and cooler nights. Being Mediterranean, rain falls mainly in winter.
The 15 miles of mountains that surround Ojai offer some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the USA with views, waterfalls and natural sulfur hot springs. There are some natural sulphur hot springs 4 miles away that can be reserved in 2 hour segments of $20 per person.

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Amenities
Family/kid friendly
Kitchen
Wireless Internet
Internet
Prices
Extra people $120 NZD / night after 6 guests
Cleaning Fee $376 NZD
Security Deposit $1504 NZD
Weekly Discount: 6%
Weekend Price $1203 NZD / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with keypad

Stripping beds of linen is much appreciated at the end of your stay.

We are in a drought and are so grateful for your mindful use of water and towels.

All residences are strictly no smoking and pet free. Our guests want our exhilarating air to remain fresh and safe for all including allergy challenged people.

Parties MUST be discussed with us beforehand as we respect the serenity our neighbors have created. When there are larger groups, carpooling to and from the property is much appreciated.

Please remove any garbage to cans behind kitchen before you leave to avoid encouraging critters. Open unattended doors can also attract critters!

Cancellations
Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
Availability
The minimum night stay for this listing varies.

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Sarah User Profile
November 2017
Carol and Aubrey's property is absolutely sublime. From the tasteful and comfortable decor to the amazing array of African art and furniture, the style and comfort of the property is hard to match. The kitchen was incredibly well stocked for a rental property and the beds and bathrooms were all of a high standard. The property itself is very beautiful - at night you can see all the constellations and by day you are surrounded with beautiful fruit bearing trees. My friends and I had a really lovely time together in this property and would definitely book here again if we were to return.

Christine User Profile
October 2017
The house and the property are great - lots of space and beautiful views! It's good to know that it's possible there will be other people there with you if you don't book the entire property. Carol is easy to work with and was very helpful. Overall we had a great weekend at this beautiful home!

Anita User Profile
September 2017
My friends and I really enjoyed our stay in Carol and Aubrey's beautiful and welcoming home. It was a wonderful environment for our reunion visit. Such a spectacular setting. Carol & Aubrey were very easy to work with, and everything was as stated, photos accurate, etc. Great place - we are so happy we selected it!

Mira User Profile
September 2017
Carol and Aubrey's place was absolutely stunning and relaxing. A "wonderland" as many of my friends called it. The house was exquisitely appointed, while exceptionally comfortable. Carol was extremely responsive in our preparations for the weekend, so planning was easy. It was lovely to meet Carol and Aubrey in person during our stay. Thank you, Carol and Aubrey!

Jason User Profile
September 2017
We had a great time staying at Carol and Aubrey's. They have a beautiful spot and were gracious hosts. Thank you!!

Dawn User Profile
September 2017
We had high expectations coming to this place, and even still they were exceeded. The house & property are so beautiful amidst the hills. Plenty to explore on-site or nearby, or just relax in the serenity of the nature right there. Carol & Aubrey were so responsive & accommodating leading up to & upon our arrival of our group of 9 & 3 little kids. It truly was the perfect place to spend quality time with friends amidst nature. We didn't want to leave!

Jud User Profile
August 2017
Gorgeous home in a beautiful rural setting surrounded by fruits trees and relaxing walking paths. The hosts were great at communicating before and during our stay. It was the ideal vacation for our family gathering. Highly recommended!

California, United StatesJoined in April 2013
Carol And Aubrey User Profile

Carol Cilliers Blaschke is an astrologer/metaphysician/healer, avid yoga practitioner, mostly raw foodie. I was born and lived in Southern Africa for 20 years before coming to the San Francisco Bay area. I currently mostly live in Ojai, and also in Venice Beach, California. I have traveled a great deal all over the world and tend to be pretty casual, preferring hiking and being in nature but also love some cultural input.

Aubrey Balkind was a creative graphic designer with work in numerous museums. Presently, he uses his "baby-mind" to solve strategic business and lifestyle opportunities that effect health. I grew up in South Africa and came to the USA to attend Columbia University's MBA program and thrived for 40 years in New York. The west coast beckoned, so I moved about 6 years ago settling in Venice Beach and recently in magical Ojai. Love yoga, hiking, bicycling, creating and eating Carol's amazing, rejuvenating raw food.

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