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Whitewater River and Your Own Hot Springs Tub

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

McKenzie Hot Springs Cottage is an architecturally unique retreat on the banks of the upper McKenzie River, 55 miles east of Eugene, Oregon. On four private acres surrounded by forest, you will enjoy the music of the river from multi-level decks and your own private outdoor hot tub. The hot tub is continuously fed with mineral water piped from the main Belknap hot spring.

Inside, the cottage is light and airy with views of the river and forest from all sides. The geothermal floor heat and woodstove keep it toasty in the winter. The charming tiled bath and well appointed kitchen highlight artistic touches throughout. The cottage is a serene retreat for one or a cozy nest for a couple.

There is easy access to the McKenzie River Trail for hiking and biking. Golf, fishing, whitewater rafting , skiing and some of Oregon's most scenic drives are close by. You can explore the volcanic peaks of the McKenzie Pass and see spectacular fall colors. This is truly a special getaway for all seasons.

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Shelley Smith
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017


Blue River House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
continually flowing hot mineral water outdoor redwood tub overlooking the river, geothermal floor heat


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Whitewater River and Your Own Hot Springs Tub
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews
Creswell Oregon


  • 5 of 5

This place was the perfect getaway for my wife and I. We were fortunate enough to have family watch our two young kids so we could really reconnect and rekindle our relationship. The place was very clean and had everything we needed. The hot tub was the ultimate kicker providing much needed stress relief while watching the river flow by. This place is perfect! Thanks for sharing your place with us!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Mini Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this place was so beautiful and relaxing! Loved hearing the river outside while falling asleep in the cozy loft bedroom. The heated floors were so nice - especially in the bathroom. The hot tub was very awesome. So peaceful and magical around the property! Loved having coffee out on the deck in the morning by the river. We ate at a couple of good restaurants down the road and it was just a short trip to the Proxy Falls trail, which was an easy and lovely hike. The owner is great to work with and everything you could need is provided. Don't hesitate to stay here - wish we could have stayed longer! We hope to be back next time we visit Oregon!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property in a really special place!

  • 5 of 5

Awesome little place nestled in the forest. We stayed two nights in March. Hot tub was great. Stunning views. Opening my eyes to see big fluffy blankets of snow atop the trees - so very cool. Ventured to a cute little general store, and went for a snowshoe hike at Sahalie Falls.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house.

It is an amazing getaway for any couple looking for a stress free time to relax and de-stress.

The ONLY negative (and for most it won't be) was the area has no cell coverage but Belknap is a 3 minute walk and you can purchase WiFi for $3 for 2 days. The house does have a land line so we had our younger kids call us at night.

The hot springs heated hot tub was amazing. Looking straight down into the river we went out every morning and night. The house has all the creature comforts and the queen size bed is very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Oregon

Unplug, reconnect and recharge

  • 5 of 5

This hidden gem exceeded all of our expectations. My wife and I wanted a place to unplug, reconnect, and recharge. We made our reservations in the summer and spent the rest of the year looking forward to the trip. It started with a forecast of inches of rain (okay by us) and a call from the owner letting us know about the hot water pump problems the previous reviewer noted. We received regular updates during our drive on the status of the repairs, and by the time we arrived, the problem had thankfully been resolved. The owner noted that she was recovering from surgery. Perhaps that was a factor in the previous reviewer's experience? In any case, we arrived just before dark and found the cabin to be as described - nestled in the woods on the banks of the McKenzie and delightfully secluded.

The hot tub had already been filled and was just the right temperature upon our arrival. This is not your ordinary hot tub! The cedar tub is situated in woods, perched above a tributary stream and overlooking the river. You reach the tub from the cabin by descending a short flagstone-paved path and crossing a cute bridge over the tributary. Robes were provided to make the trip out and back more comfortable.

Inside, we enjoyed the cabin's unique architecture, thoughtfully-placed windows, french doors, and ample amenities. The cabin was clean and the care taken by previous renters was clear. The heat - all three forms of it - was more than ample. Beware the heated floors... my wife is now convinced that we need to install heat in our own floors! The television is small by modern standards and not well-placed for viewing from the couches, but it is perfectly adequate for watching a movie in the evening (there is a DVD player) and doesn't detract from the overall experience in the way that a modern large-screen TV might. This is a place to snuggle up and read by the wood stove, sip a glass of wine together on the deck, contemplate the passing river, and unwind in the hot mineral waters. In the warmer, dryer months this would make a great home base for exploring the many outdoor attractions of the McKenzie River, McKenzie Pass, and Santiam Pass.

Of the cabins and B&Bs my wife and I have explored in Oregon thus far, this one is our favorite. It offers indulgent amenities without pretentious luxury or commercialism. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice, but with issues

  • 2 of 5

While the location and overall condition of this unit is good - the river is fantastic - our stay left us disappointed for a couple of reasons.

Long story short - the pump that feeds the Hot Spring water into the Hot Tub and supplies heat to the radiant floors, had failed some time prior to our arrival. We were notified by phone, by the housekeeper - not the owner - of this soon after we arrived. Two days later at the end of our stay, and still without a working hot tub, we departed for home. The housekeeper kept us abreast of the multiple failed attempts to repair the pump.

While mechanical issues happen, it is worth noting that at no time during our stay, or after (to date), have I been contacted by the owner. I personally expect more for a business person and therefor, cannot recommend this establishment.

Other minor issues were present with the facility as well, but nothing that would cause me to write a negative review; broken volume control on the stereo and a bad burner on cooktop.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Mahlon Sweet in Eugene OR
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
McKenzie Bridge
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Tokatee golf course
Nearest Train
55 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Mckenzie Bridge
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Hoodoo Bowl
Car: necessary

The McKenzie River is one of Oregon's premier scenic areas close to the summit of the Cascades. The cottage is within a 5 minute walk of the 26 mile McKenzie River trail which has world famous mountain biking and hiking.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 9.8%

Mid-week winter rates are $175 per night plus 9.8% room tax. 4 night minimum from June 15 to September 15 except when a shorter period is available. Ask homeowner.

Damage protection of $250 is totally refundable. Payment by credit card at the time of making the reservation. Terms available, ask homeowner.

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