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Painted Hills Vacation - The Hollyhock Guest House - A peaceful sanctuary !

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cozy sweet cottage, beautiful floral garden, sleeps 2-4, WIFI, pets welcome

The charming Hollyhock Guest House, a cozy European cottage, is surrounded by a beautiful garden offering peace and serenity in all seasons. The cottage is located in a quite neighborhood of the quaint town of Mitchell.

This sweet little house has a cozy bedroom that looks right out into the lush trees and flowers. It features a comfy double size IKEA bed with a high quality mattress and fluffy down comforters. The kitchen has all the tools and equipment needed to whip up a memorable meal. The living room features a Flat Screen smartTV with a DVD player along with a selection of award winning and international movies. The comfy sofa pulls out easily into a bed for 2 additional guests. The adorable blue porch is the perfect breakfast nook from where you can enjoy the song of the many birds calling this place their home. Or dine outside in the BBQ area amongst the blooming bushes and fragrant roses. Wifi is available throughout the house and in the garden. Dogs are welcome and safe in the fenced in property.

The location of the Hollyhock Guest House is exceptional in its remoteness and breathtaking surrounding, a paradise for artists, nature lovers, and other sensitive people. From here you can set out each day for a new adventure to return to this peaceful oasis, the ideal place to spend quality time with yourself or with loved ones.

The cozy cottage is the perfect base to explore the Painted Hills -one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon just 9 miles away, and all the other units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Smith Rock, Ochocco National forest, Fossil Beds and more.. The Painted Hills are located 9 miles from Mitchell. Sheep Rock is about 38 miles and houses the monument's visitor center as well as the Thomas Condon Paleontology museum with its large collection of ancient fossils. The Clarno unit is close to Fossil, about an hour drive from Mitchell. Another one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon- the awesome Smith Rock is about 1.5 hours away. All routes are on "the Journey through Time" Scenic Byway and the drives pass through spectacular diverse landscapes with magnificent views around every bend of the road. There is an abundance of outdoor recreation like hiking, fishing, bird and wild life watching, swimming or rafting the John Day River and hunting for fossils. It's possible to dig your own fossils in the Wheeler High School Fossil Beds for a small fee.

More Details

Property Manager
Aruna and Barbara Jacobi
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About Aruna and Barbara Jacobi

My mother Barb and I started this business in 2008 and have enjoyed it ever since. We're originally from Germany and lived for a long time in Seattle were my family ran a European restaurant in the famous Pike Place Market for 10 years. After we sold the restaurant in 2000, I went on to study herbal medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle. Here in Eastern Oregon I enjoy gardening and growing herbs, hiking,landscape photography and taking care of our guests. My business partner and mother is an amazing creative force and the master gardener. She's almost everyday in the garden of one of the cottages tending to her flowers and loves to meet our guests for a chat.

Aruna and Barbara Jacobi purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Aruna and Barbara Jacobi chose Mitchell

My parents travelled quite a bit in the States and fell in love with Eastern Oregon. Both are artists and appreciated the amazing landscapes in this area with the breathtaking views around each corner. The Painted Hills especially caught their eye and so they decided to buy the properties in MItchell just 9 miles away from the national monument. A few years later, we bought the property out on Burnt Ranch Rd. about 7 miles beyond the Painted Hills. Because we couldn't part with the cottage and the little guesthouse, we decided to create the Painted Hills Vacation Rentals so we could share the beauty of this area with many more travelers to this area. We have never regretted it and have made many new friends with our guests, many of them coming since years now. We now

What makes this cottage unique

One of the unique benefits of the Painted Hills Vacation rentals is that it's not only perfect for a couple looking for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, but all 3 cottages can be rented together for special events, seminars, workshops retreats etc. ( all 3 cottages are listed with Homeway and and can be found under listing #248416, and #4017396) The location is so beneficial for a retreat setting with mother Nature at her finest.

Here are some highlights:

Incredible nature in all directions, close to the Painted Hills - one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon - and close to the other 2 units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Clarno and Sheep Rock. Smith Rock , another one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon is just 1.5 hours away. All places of interest are reached by the Scenic Byway ' The Journey through Time'

Biking, hiking, wildlife watching, rafting, wilderness experiencing, swimming in the John Day River, fishing, fossil hunting,exceptional landscape photography, retreat to heal and rejuvenate, stargazing, meteor showers, country life, country-festivals, rodeos, Thomas Condon Paleontology museum, fossil hunting, close to Ochoco National Forest,

COME and discover the wild Beauty of Eastern Oregon for yourself!!


Mitchell Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom has been remodeled and features custom build wooden cabinets, vanity mirrors and a combination tub/shower unit. It is well stocked with large fluffy towels,and organic soap, shampoo and conditioner.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 queen , fold out sofa bed
    Barn/game room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , hide a bed sofa
  • Here at the Hollyhock Guest House you will sleep peacefully to wake up rested and energized, ready for a great day of adventure. The house has one cozy bedroom with lots of light and a wonderful view into the lush garden. From the bedroom you can step right into the garden to have your morning coffee and adore the many flowers growing all around the house. The queen size bed has a high quality mattress and an European style down comforter. Two more adults or children can be comfortably accommodated in the living room on a brand new Ikea sofa that folds out into a queen size bed. Extra sleeping possibilities can be arranged in the remodeled barn.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 7 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
The Hollyhock Guest House is located in the historical town of Mitchell which features 3 American style restaurants, a gas station and a general store with limited selections. There is no cell phone reception in this mountainous region but we provide phone cards at a $5 fee for your convenience.The nearest airport is Robert Fields in Redmond, about 1.5 hours away by car. The closest bigger town is Prineville, a 45 minute drive, which has various supermarkets, restaurants, golf courses, antique stores etc. The Hollyhock Guest house also offers access to a washer and dryer with detergent supplied. A separate office bunkhouse is set up for internet service( laptop required). Please let us know ahead if you require internet service ! Pets from responsible owners are welcome with a $10 pet fee per day. Smoking is possible on the porch and in the garden but not indoors. Most places of interest are reached through spectacular scenic drives and are within a radius of 10 to 50 miles.


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Painted Hills Vacation - The Hollyhock Guest House - A peaceful sanctuary !
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 72 reviews

What an adorable and comfortable cottage! It's got everything we've needed and more! Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

We really found the greatest little winter getaway with the Hollyhock Guest House. We loved every minute of our stay. The cottage is warm and cozy and has a great movie DVD collection that was perfect for the evenings. We can only recommend this place as the best base to visit the Painted Hills and all the other amazing places like the Blue Basin, Smith Rock and Clarno. We will be back this summer with the family!

Rick and Jody

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

I felt home right away when I entered the cottage. Cozy, clean and sunny.

you can go from the bedroom directly in the garden and take your coffee out there. The owners are very friendly and creative, you can see that whereever you look. I'll be back for sure and fell in love with the Painted Hills.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Santa Fe, New Mexico

A comfortable, beautiful stay in a remarkable part of the world.

  • 5 of 5

My adult daughter and I stayed in Hollyhock House for two nights in October and felt completely at home. Barbara and Aruna's thoughtful attention to detail meant we had everything we needed at our fingertips. Bring food for your meals ~ the house is well equipped for cooking. The John Day Fossil National Monument and Painted Hills are treasures we were able to explore knowing a cozy home awaited us at the end of the day. Highlights of our stay included encountering flocks of quail in the backyard, seeing a dozen plus wild turkeys on our walk through the neighborhood and observing more than one herd of deer by the roadside. The maps and reading material provided will make it easy for you to plan your forays into this magical land. Thank you, Barbara and Aruna.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Charming and clean cottage

  • 5 of 5

I read positive reviews of the Hollyhock guest house (Painted Hills Vacation Rentals) on Yelp, but was not sure what to expect when I pulled in. Mitchell is a very tiny town (population 121) in a remote area. I was pleasantly surprised at how clean (really) and charming it was! It actually looked better inside than in the photos. The carpeted floors look brand new and the whole place feels well cared for. Although it was hot during the day, the shaded area and many windows kept the house cool. I had everything I needed in the kitchen to make some simple meals, and the bed was very comfortable. Aruna and Barbara even left a dozen fresh eggs for me! I loved it and hope to return someday, and would definitely recommend it to others looking for a base to see the painted hills and other area attractions.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Delightful cottage and Innkeeper

  • 5 of 5

Hollyhock House was full of great amenities and charm. Everything you need for a week's stay and to make your own meals. Barbara and Aruna (her daughter) are helpful, hospitable, and go the extra mile for guests. Barbara asked if we needed any food items at Prineville as she was making a chore run there and I gave her a food list with some 12 or items. She didn't blanch at all at extra trouble I put her to, and was kind to help us out; along with recommending sights to see.

Mitchell is a great place to stay and we met and talked with a number of residents who were wonderful to get to know. Beautiful area. Great surprises.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind and generous review, Mark! We enjoyed having you both as guests and wish we had more people staying for a week or longer. A two or three day stay is lovely and you get to see the highlights for sure, but as you stay longer, you really get a feel of this unique area and a sense of the special magic this place has to offer. Come again one day:-) We'll be happy to see you! Aruna and Barbara
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An Oasis in Sagebrush Country

  • 5 of 5

After exploring the hot and rocky environs, coming back to the gardens of the Hollyhock House is a delight. they are green and fragrant, with doves cooing and wind rustling the poplars like water. The kitchen has everything you need and the linens are clean and delightful. Stargazing is wonderful in this area. I have returned here many times. The owners are gracious and helpful. It is dog friendly and full of charm. I can't get enough.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Train
180 Miles
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
Car: necessary

This spectacular region of Eastern Oregon invites you to explore the spectacular Eastern Oregon landscape with awe inspiring vistas at every turn. High desert, river basins, ancient rock formations, and national parks - This is the home of the famous Painted Hills, Clarno Rock Formations, the Ochoco mountains, the John Day river, and the Sutton Mountain Wilderness! Visit the Thomas Condon Paleontology Museum to get a glimpse of the 50 million year old history of this region. Go fishing or take a scenic boat trip down the wild John Day River, one of the longest undammed rivers of the USA. Hike on hidden trails into the wilderness to experience the breathtaking beauty of Mother Nature.See antelopes, deer, coyotes, rare birds, and butterflies. Enjoy the deep silence of the nights with the milky way stretching out above you and watch the occasional meteor shower. There is beauty and serenity to be found here in every season !

Come and discover the wild Beauty of Eastern Oregon!

Other Activities: fossil hunting, wilderness photography, cross country skiing

Ski: The Ochoco National Park, about 20 minutes from Mitchell by car, has various snow parks with great cross~ country skiing possibilities, as well as sledging for the kids. Bring your snow-mobile!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40 + Tax
Cleaning $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

2 nights minimum. No smoking, pets welcome.
A cleaning fee of $65,00 is charged for a stay of 1-2 people f
Additional $25 for any additional guests.Free Wifi
Pet fee: $20/day/pet with owners approval.
$25/night/ extra guest
No smoking in cottage!
Firewood is available for $10/day.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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