About Us

About Us

Horiz FountainAs concierges, chefs, and hospitality experts, our friendly Innkeepers Beth, Vanessa, Caitlin, Dillon, Kaitlin and Kathy (proprietor) will help you discover Ojai.  Beth and Vanessa have an extensive culinary background and are true foodies! Caitlin is a professional photographer and a graduate of Brooks Institute (let her know if you want to set up a photo shoot). Genoveva, Tanya, Maria, and Laura are our housekeepers but truly a part of our team!  They make sure the Lavender Inn is immaculate!

The owners of the Lavender Inn, Kathy and Mark Hartley, are passionate about preserving and restoring historic buildings.  The Watermark Restaurant and W20 Lounge (www.watermarkonmain.com) in Ventura, CA was built in 1911 and magnificently transformed over 1 year of planning and 2 years of building. Their love for keeping the integrity of old buildings and attention to detail is evident when you visit their historic businesses.

We do have 2 resident cats, Mister and Miss Hope (named after one of our InnCourage guests Hope) , who are treasured by the locals.  You may spot one of our dogs visiting though as we  keep the Lavender Inn for our guests’ animals (welcomed in the Topa Room #1 and the Provence Cottage).

Because of our dedication to helping the community, especially the InnCourage Cancer Wellness Retreat, Kathy and the Lavender Inn has been recognized with numerous awards in the recent years:  Red Cross Philanthropist of the Year, Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction, Ventura County Star 25 Over 50, Woman’s Economic Venture Trailblazer Award, Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian Award, and Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce Entreprenarial Spirit Award.

“I am all about the back-story….This story is one of human kindness, being of service, and giving back…The spirit of love and giving is all around and when you leave, your attitude has been fully adjusted and you are reborn.”   jodijacksonhollywood.tv

breakfastDivas“Once again, a beautiful stay. Lavender is the perfect place to rejuvenate your soul. Excellent breakfast, pleasant and helpful innkeeper always”