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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 The 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 1955.

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. Beautifully 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 with friend's groups, writer's groups, 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.

The residence is not suited for groups with children for reasons of their safety and potential damage. The house is over 100 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.

The house is not available for any commercial use including filming and photography.

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 we have no recent reviews because this listing service now allows reviews only by guests who have used their booking service. We choose to handle bookings ourselves.

More Details

Joan Churchill or Alan Barker
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

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
  • 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 ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • 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 4.9722223 based on 50 reviews

perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful home in a peaceful, idyllic setting. We couldn't have asked for anything more perfect for a much-needed rest. The bedrooms are charming and very comfortable and there is plenty of space as well as private areas to sit quietly if you come with a large group. The kitchen is stocked with everything you might need to provide meals for a large group of guests – just add food. There is a wonderful garden to explore, a pool and hot tub to relax by, and the sunsets are always glorious. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

My third time staying at this wonderful house. Peaceful, beautiful views from the front porch you will never want to leave. A wonderful slice of history, a respite, a place will make wonderful memories! Can't recommend it enough.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Plein air painting group

  • 5 of 5

Our group was greeted by the intoxicating aromas of orange blossom and of course the welcoming owner of the property. It was a perfect setting for a retreat, beautifully landscaped and tastefully decorated, filled with character and charm, as well as comfort. We are a plein air painting group who travel to striking locations throughout California.We all loved our stay at the farmhouse, and would like to put it on our calendars as an annual event.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This place is heavenly. We spent a long, relaxing weekend here with our adult children and their significant others. It was just as I hoped. Lots of cozy places to be alone as well as big enough rooms to be together. The kitchen is wonderfully stocked with pots and pens, serving dishes and sharp knives. The front porch is a perfect place to watch the sunset and experience Ojai's "pink moment". The pool was immaculate and the hot tub worked well. We even enjoyed the outdoor shower. We were allowed to pick the oranges on the property and made mimosas with fresh squeezed orange juice! It is only a few miles away from the Ohio Valley Inn and Spa and we spent a relaxing day there as well. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sisters Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This unique home just minutes away from downtown Ojai was the perfect destination for my 4 sisters in law and myself to connect for our first ever sister's retreat. We all come from different families with different interests so finding this peaceful place to renew, rest and rejuvenate was more than we imagined it would be. Coming to a home like this with family is truly special. It affords a more personal experience for the group. We ate and cooked in the extremely well appointed kitchen. We spent lazy hours on the porches talking and drinking whatever beverage of choice. The sunsets were spectacular. We quilted together in the cozy living room and we hiked the beautiful nature trails around us. The Churchill home gave us the opportunity to casually reconnect as family and more importantly friends. If we had chosen to stay at a hotel or B & B, it would have been a much different trip. This place is magical and I look forward to the next time I can wave my magic wand to be sitting in the hammock on the porch with a lovely glass of pinot in hand reading a good book. Heaven.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Friends Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Nine of us converged in California for a friend's wedding weekend and we were so lucky to have found this home to stay in! So spacious and well taken care of; you can tell the owners love their home and we do, too! We had everything we needed for our stay; we cooked in, ate out, swam in the pool and played more rounds of croquet than I every imagined (we had quite the talent for the game in our group!). The property itself was gorgeous. We spent the evenings on the spacious front porch--more than enough comfy seating. Several of us went for a run down the road, others took a hike up a nearby trail; happy faces from all as we returned "home". Overall, it was just relaxing and enjoyable to be in this home. The owner has a wonderful property manager nearby who was so welcoming and kind when we arrived. We all agreed that we would stay here again when we returned to the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
19 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
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

Ojai House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 30 2017 - Sep 7 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 8 2017 - Mar 29 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $225 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

3-Day minimum on holiday weekends. 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 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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