Chic lush decor, conveniently located, close to activities, yet private
About Barbara Bowman
We love interior decor and have travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, South America and parts of Africa. During our travels we have collected antique pieces from different countries and used them to accent each room in our cottage. As residents of Ojai, and part of the downtown retail community, we have watched Ojai evolve beautifully into the artful, spiritual village it is today. The cottage was once used as the Krishnamurti bookstore, and to this day has a calming presence within. We work hard as activists within our town to keep the unique individuality that makes Ojai a special place to visit and live.
Barbara Bowman purchased this Cottage in 1979
Why Barbara Bowman chose Ojai
We felt that the tranquil atmosphere, within the cottage and the back patio, lent itself perfectly to having guests who want to be in the center of town and walking distance to everything, yet totally private within their accommodations. Having rented many places over the years, we always wanted beautiful decor, and felt that our guests would appreciate the time and effort we put into creating a unique place for them to stay.
What makes this Cottage unique
Walk out the front door, and you see across the street, historic Libbey Park, and the Libbey Bowl, where summer concerts are held on Wednesday evenings. If you turn to the right, in less than a block you will be on the walking path which goes for miles. If you turn to the left, you will be a half block from the downtown arcade which contains many of the shops, restaurants and galleries. Exactly one block away on Ojai Avenue (the main street), you can join the Oaks at Ojai as a day spa guest and take all their fitness classes. In the evening, you'll find two wine tasting rooms: The Ojai Vineyard is a block away, and Casa Barranca is a half block away. Both produce fine local wines, and Casa Barranca features organic wines. Or, you can sit on the Cottage’s front porch and enjoy the pink sunset moments, while sipping your favorite beverage. The Art Center is just across the park and has a running play many months during the year, and various gallery showings. Ojai is famous for festivals and if you look up the Ojai Chamber of Commerce or Ojai Music Festival calendar, you may find one that matches your interest perfectly.
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Home away from home
Barb and Sol, the owners of this Chic Cottage become instant like family the moment you move into their absolutely perfect home.
It is like being in a spa of your own. Every detail is taken care of from the extremely comfortable beds with high quality linen to the organic detergent for clothes. Art books carefully chosen and an outside terrace for meals. It is a safe and beautiful place which we would definitely come back to.
We stayed in the cottage to celebrate my 50th Birthday and it was one of the best homes we've rented through VRBO. The home was very comfortable with beautiful furnishings and a really nice garden in the backyard. There is a park across the street and you're only a block away from the downtown shops and restaurant.
I played Golf at both Ojai Valley Inn and Soule Park and it is less than 5 minutes away from the home. Lots of places within walking distance and a great coffee shop I walked to every morning. Very pleased overall with our stay.
Dino & Julia
Dear Dino and Julia, we were absolutely thrilled to be able to host you for your birthday celebration! You left the Cottage in fabulous condition, and we will welcome you back anytime.
Relaxing and Clean Cottage
My old roommate and I came to the Ojai cottage for a catch-up/girlfriend weekend; it was the first time for both of us in Ojai. The cottage did not disappoint--it was exactly as described and the location was perfect for walking into town. Barbara the owner, and Laura, the property manager do a wonderful job of decorating/maintaining the home. Quality linens and towels, comfortable beds, ample dishware and glasses abound. We appreciated having cold Pellegrino waiting for us in the fridge upon our arrival and nice-smelling, natural dish, hand, and body soap--thank you for the attention to detail. We really enjoyed reading Barbara's thoughtful in-town recommendations (we walked the trail to the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa and the beautiful hiking trail at the end of Signal). We also thoroughly enjoyed the wicker sofas we lounged in in the front room--perfect for all our chats, with a nice view of the trees and park. I had to do some work and brought my laptop out to the backyard dining area often, which, amid the tranquil water fountain and shade, was a very comfortable place to work. Thank you, Laura and Barbara, for providing such a clean and welcoming home. My friend is not from the area but I will definitely be back!
You ladies are welcome any time! If I hadn't seen you in the Cottage, I would not have known anyone slept there...you left the home immaculate! Thank you so much for making the Cottage part of your first journey to Ojai - we hope you visit many more times.
Beautiful cottage, fabulous location
We had a wonderful time, staying at this little cottage in Ojai.
It is right in town, next to Libbey park.
The owner has impeccable taste and attention to detail. It was very comfortable.
The flowing water fountain in back was soothing and the patio was a delight to
sit on in the evening..
We would love to visit again.
Note: the kitchen is well stocked, but no microwave.
It was such a pleasure to host your family! I enjoyed meeting your dad and hearing about your family's ties to Ojai, back in the day. Please come back and see us again.
A wonderful cottage located one block from main thoroughfare in Ojai. Wonderful furnishings including the most comfortable beds. Everything about this property is First Class !
IT WAS A DELIGHT HAVING YOU, AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR SPEEDY RETURN.
Beautiful Cottage & Convenient Location in Ojai
We rented this beautiful cottage last weekend. Everything is conveniently located within walking distance of this place! Laura and Barbara were very accommodating, flexible and hospitable during our entire stay. It was a little warm during our visit but the AC functioned beautifully keeping my pregnant wife comfortable. In the evenings it was really nice to hang out in the back courtyard near the fountain. In the daytime we loved lounging in the living room area where the couches were very comfortable. The manager's had beverages waiting for us in the fridge upon our arrival and had a nice local guide for recommended restaurants and activities to do. Any time we wanted to get some food or go out we just opened the guide and found what locals like to do in Ojai. We had such a great experience and hope to return soon with the baby!
Dear Monte and Diane,
It was our pleasure to meet you and your guests and host your last "Harrah" before you become parents! You were perfect houseguests. We hope to see you again soon.
Barbara and Laura
Located across from Historic Libbey Park, with summer concerts and festivals; a one-block walk to arcade with restaurants, and shopping for life-style, fashion clothing, jewelry, home decor. Wonderful art galleries. One-block walk to museum, bicycle rental shop, coffee shops and bakeries.
Ten minutes away from the cottage, Lake Casitas offers a water park, boat launch, and fresh water fishing, as well as a modest restaurant with a view of the lake and spectacular sunsets.
A short 20 minute drive away, the Pacific Ocean beckons. Surfing, snorkeling, swimming, sailing, skiing, and whale-watching are available (in season) with a full-service marina and harbor.