Our writer's retreat, Just. Write., has twice come up and stayed at the Dent House and twice now we've had the best experience from booking with the owners to Jim the grounds keeper to the house itself and everything in between. The first time our group came up was in February - there were 7 of us; this last time was this past May - there were 8 of us. All our needs were not just met, they were exceeded.
The house itself is from early 1900s and is unlike anything we've ever stayed in. There are four bedrooms, plus a smaller alcove bonus room upstairs, with four bathrooms, and downstairs there are two more rooms which we used as bedrooms - they both had fire places - and a fifth bathroom on the first floor. The kitchen has everything - including a second prep room - and a third room off the prep room. You name it, the kitchen has it - including multiple coffee makers - which is a writer's retreat necessity. There are three different tables in the dining room to eat at and the living room boasts another fire place - which Jim lights for you without you're even having to ask - with two different couches, multiple chairs, and a desk area that pushes off from the room. The front porch had plenty of seating - plus it's screened in to keep the few bugs there are out. There are peacocks and geese and ducks and horses and a burrow all living on the property in different areas. Plus there's a whole other seating area by a koi pond as well as picnic tables. Jim lit us a bonfire outside in the grill area on our last night and we all hung out and looked up at the stars. Our writers who attended had so many places to be inspired, sit and read and write, work on projects, take hikes down the road on breaks, and pick fruit right off the trees that we ate at breakfast.
To the person who says they had a difficult booking experience, we had the exact opposite - both times Denise - and Elizabeth who we also spoke to - were professional, courteous, answered all our questions and did so in a timely manner. To those who claim of a smell of sulfur in the bathroom sinks/showers, we didn't have that experience either. I imagine that it might perhaps be because it's well water.
Overall, our Just. Write. writer's retreat says DO GO HERE! The Dent House, the property, the canyon itself - this is truly a magical place - unlike any other place you can find. We're already planning our next writer's retreat there for October - can't wait!
- Also Known As:
- The Dent House Hotel Ojai