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Ojai Wilderness Mountains - Sespe Retreat House 100% Solar

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Overview
2 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
4 guests
1 night minimum
Holiday Rental House
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Bathrooms
3 Full baths
About the Owner
Carol H
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2018
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Reviews (29)
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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
This is the place for you if you are looking for a wilderness retreat away from it all without missing any of the comforts of home! We felt worlds away, but were within easy reach of Ojai town and LA. We enjoyed the solitude and silence of this place immensely. We came here to have a few days of total peace and quiet as well as to have dark skies to view the Perseids meteor shower. Night skygazing here was SO good and the set up for it is perfect - wide open clear sky and there are many comfortable reclining chairs and two different decks to view from. The entire experience was so amazing - the house, the outdoors area, the surroundings, and the hosts!!! We particularly loved the very comfortable bed, the fully stocked kitchen, the very cool evaporative cooling system, and the outdoor tub and fire pit. Carol and Doc have thought of everything - they even provide fire starter paper and firewood if you need it. Carol's communication, directions, and check-in process were so easy and clear. Carol, thank you for the warm welcome from you and your sweet dogs - we loved meeting you!!! Carol and Doc have put so much love into this property and the guest experience. They told us to reach out if we needed anything and they meant it - we realized upon arrival that we forgot a toothbrush - and they brought an extra up from their house right away (otherwise we would have had to drive all the way back to Ojai town the next day). Now that's service - so amazing! They are such kind people and genuinely care about you having a wonderful experience. One thing to note - the property is solar-powered - and you'll still have all the good stuff (a/c, heat, washer/dryer, etc) but there are a few items you won't find or be able to use here because they will totally overwhelm the power system - that is, hair dryer, toaster, and electric kettle. This wasn't an issue for us at all, but just something to be aware of expectations-wise. We used a kettle on the oven to heat water for coffee, grilled toast on the stovetop, and let my hair air dry in the very warm, low-humidity air out in this magical wilderness :) Staying here is a completely rejuvenating experience for those seeking peace/quiet/rest without having to rough it. We will definitely be back. Thanks again, Carol and Doc, for a wonderful stay and for sharing your beautiful home and property with us!
Visited August 2022
Written August 14, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
Let me start off by saying that my husband and I are always searching for the most distinctive experiences when we travel. We like to drink in the local cultures and natural environments that make each place unique. Resort travel is shiny and pampering but it doesn't represent the true local experience and lifestyle. We love to find the hidden gems that make us feel like we've found something that no one else knows about. The Sespe Retreat met all of our expectations and then some! The amazing adventure starts with the breathtaking ride up the mountain. It sets the vibe through 15 miles of serene landscapes, different at every turn. It's about a 30 minute drive into town but we didn't want it to be any shorter. A quicker trip back to "civilization" would steal away some of the magic of the Sespe Retreat. This property was immaculate! The detail and care that has been put into this property well exceeds the photos. Carol, Doc and the Sespe hounds were wonderful hosts. Carol stayed in contact via text during our stay and she or Doc were instantly available to answer questions or tend to issues. They are just down the hill and across the stream. Close enough to be available in 5 minutes if you need them, but far enough away to give you all the privacy that you would like. The property is 100% green, yet it doesn't restrict you from enjoying all of the comforts of home but appliances with internal heating elements such as toasters & coffee makers tax the solar system. Carol did communicate this in advance so we were well prepared! There is a pour over coffee pot which we did use and it made a good cup of coffee, but if you are a coffee junkie like us, stop in town at Starbucks and grab a box of joe! Worked perfectly!:) The view is vast and glorious! 360 degrees of ever-changing mountains that make you feel like you've discovered a best kept secret. We loved our daily visits with the Sespe hounds! They are energetic yet gentle and entertaining. If you are looking for a retreat to relax, breathe, and reconnect with nature and one another, this is the perfect place. We did not want to leave. We don't usually return to the same spot twice but we loved it so much that we are considering making the Sespe Retreat an annual event. Thank you Carol, Doc & The Sespe hounds for your gracious hospitality! You have something extra special on your mountain and we are so thankful that you are willing to share it with others. Until the next time. Mary & Roger.
Visited May 2022
Written May 18, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
My husband and I were looking for a place to experience: quiet, nature, amazing views ( preferably mountains), sounds of fresh water, beautiful weather, comfortable and CLEAN setting, ideally a hot/cold tub, accessible hiking,….you get the idea. Our adult daughter came with for a well needed Work retreat. The kitchen set up, ease of finding things, the bathrooms, laundry, even filtered water and MANY comfy places to read and relax, even a lush hammock! Each bedroom is set up to wake to a stunning sun rise and the night sky was full of star gazing. Carol n Doc have thought through the guests experience in a remarkably detailed way AND their communication was quick and simple. The protective dogs were just that. Non intrusive, delightful and pleasant to see hanging around. Indeed, the only tough part of this stay was leaving!!
Visited April 2022
Written April 9, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
Carol and Doc are wonderful hosts! The property is a slice of paradise with the most spectacular views and nature surrounding you. The house is immaculate and thoughtfully designed. It’s the perfect place to nourish your mind body and spirit. We will be back!
Visited January 2022
Written January 20, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
Everything about my stay at the Sespe Retreat was a dream. I was looking for the perfect solo nature retreat, and this was all that and more -- the house was so beautifully decorated, so cozy and easy to use and filled with thoughtful, comfortable details, the mountain was beautiful, Carol and Doc and the Super Hounds were so generous and present if I needed anything (and quiet and unobtrusive if I didn't). It was a homey, warm, and beautiful place. I'll definitely be back. Thank you for everything, Carol, Doc and sweet Yeti!
Visited December 2021
Written December 18, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
Thoroughly enjoyed the property, the landscape, the quiet and the stars. Carol was fantastic with information and responsiveness. The dogs were awesome and we felt protected at all times. Loved the goats too :). Would definitely return. Thank you Carol and Doc for a great stay!
Visited April 2021
Written May 15, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
Off the grid with high speed internet, you got me. This house was perfect, our hosts delightful and the dogs were all adorable. It's not often we find places that rate a 'must return'.
Visited April 2021
Written May 6, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
Beautifully decorated and perfectly situated. Carol could not have been more welcoming and helpful. Peace and quiet and the creature comforts! Thank you Carol and Doc.
Visited March 2021
Written April 1, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
It could not have been better. We wanted to get away from everything for a few days, and Sespe House was ideal. Carol and her sweet dogs gave us a warm welcome when we arrived, answered any questions we had, and then gave us complete privacy although we knew we could text or call her if necessary. It was exactly the experience we hoped for. The house is beautiful, perfectly equipped, with amazing views from every room. A soaking tub, hammock, fire pit are all extras that add to the experience. Thank you, Carol and Doc, for your generosity in sharing your house with us.
Visited March 2021
Written March 25, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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by a verified reviewer on Vrbo.com
We stayed at this property for 3 nights in Jan and despite the chilling evenings and occasional snow flurry (which we enjoyed!), we didn’t leave the property, and we took long walks, played with the dogs, and enjoyed the incredible views. I would recommend buying all of your food and not leaving. It’s not a super convenient drive to downtown Ojai, but also not necessary if you choose this type of VRBO and want a true escape from the hustle band bustle of normal urban life. There is only wi fi at the house, so we downloaded movies and shows before our trip and that worked out well. But, there is a TV and DVD options and access to some streaming. But, the real magic of the property is the fire pit, the really fun soaking tub, the incredible views, and the clean and wonderful fresh mountain air. I would recommend this property and would suggest packing for the season and preparing to feel transported to a different world.
Visited January 2021
Written January 28, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.

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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
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