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Our only house rules are quiet after the sun goes down, and no smoking indoors. Prosper Village has a Noise Ordinance after dark, so please talk quietly outside and no playing music. No parties allowed!
This unique, quirky, happy old house has been decorated Swedish style in honor of the builder, Axel Sandstrom. Axel was a Swedish sailor who, in 1907, wrecked his ship on the Coquille River bar, swam ashore, and built this and several other homes, raising his family here. He signed up for the local coast guard and became a valued member of the community. His picture and a picture of the house when it was new hang in the dining room.
We have fenced in the back yard to contain your children and furry friends. Surrounded on three sides by alder and white cedar woods, the back yard is a great place to sit, relax, sunbathe and birdwatch. We're back from the ocean a couple of miles, so we're warmer and less foggy than the beach itself.
The beds are all very cozy, with high thread count sheets and feather comforters with freshly washed covers, so you have a good excuse for sleeping in! At the Swedish House, time has a way of becoming unimportant.
Keywords: House, bunkhouse, saltbox, Swedish
I am a 58 year old grandmother of 5 boys, interested in home renovation, gardening, decorating, knitting, sewing, and making things by hand. My great grandfather was a reindeer-herding Saami (Lapplander) and I'm also of regular Swedish, Irish, Norwegian, American Indian, Italian, and English descent.
Chris Alexander purchased this house in 1996
My favorite part about Bandon is the climate! The air is so fresh, almost never too hot or too cold. The people are friendly, there's plenty of nature, and of course, the beach walks!
I enjoy watching the morning sun filtering through the trees, the sounds of the birds, and the sound of the babbling creek just beyond the backyard fence. We've added a clothesline, not so much to dry sheets, but so we can watch them flap in the breeze!
While, it was cute and had character, it was too dusty and cobwebby for my tastes. Also, outside of house is in disrepair. We were very disappointed by the "unadvertised" attached building off of the sunporch and the multitude of trailers, extra cars, and a boat that seemed to clutter the outside grounds. The dock on the river looked unsafe as was the boarded walkway (as far as we got because it looked scary)! We searched all around for the toddler bed advertised to be in the king bedroom, but couldn't find it. Finally had to call about it and ask for flat sheets for the bed. I wasn't comfortable sleeping with just a fitted sheet and duvet cover! Maybe that's the Swedish way, but it is just weird to me. In sum, this house needs to be cleaner, finished remodeling or whatever was going on with writing on walls and ugly heating/cooling (which was HOT upstairs and not warm enough downstairs), and please be honest about having a building attached to the back with a full-time renter living in there and/or the ugly old Airstream trailer. :(
This house even though it's out "in the middle of nowhere" is very close to a grocery store and the beach (btw, don't skip Bandon Beach!!). We had 7 adults, a teenager, and 2 little kids so even though it was a little cozy for all of us, it worked. My 3 year old granddaughter LOVED the toys that were in the house. It was fun to stay in a house that had culture which almost made it feel like we were traveling abroad without leaving the country. Don't use Google Maps when trying to find the house. The owner was great to work with and we really appreciated her being so laid back. My husband and I slept on the most comfortable hide-a-bed sofa I've ever experienced.
Quaint and quirky and very clean. So nice to find good places where my pups are welcome. The location is close to town and beaches. The one time that we found ourselves needing something, Patrick the caretaker responded almost immediately. I'm pretty sure we'll stay at the Swedish House again.
We had a good stay. Very few places can handle 6 teenage boys & 2 adults. Having said that it advertised sleeps 10 but 8 was certainly cozy. Very friendly, everything went smooth just be sure to read the driving directions & do not listen to google maps! Would recommend for larger families or teams of 5.
I have gone back and forth about whether or not to give this review a 4 or 5 star. I rely heavily on people's honest reviews when booking on VRBO so if you want to know what made me give a full 5... read on. We really enjoyed our stay and imagine this being a great place to book a family reunion vacation if one could reserve the other homes at the same time. I'm a glass half full type of person and love the charm of old homes. If you are critical of structural integrity updated codes, or have mobility concerns this is not the place for you. We had 8 people in our party and fit comfortably in the home. The beds are amazingly comfortable and the owner has taken the time to add very nice creature comforts with the linens, décor, coffee, quality shampoos and body wash (these type of things matter to me). All 8 of us could all have meals around the table, which was a plus. The VRBO says it sleeps 10. That would be a stretch but probably doable with younger children. We really enjoyed the woodstove. It was a rainy spring break and after exploring the beaches and getting quite wet it was wonderful to come back get into dry clothes and warm our bones by the fire. The onsite manager Patrick brought us plenty of wood upon request for evening and morning fires. This made the stay so worth it!
Here is what would have made me give them a 4. Twice during our stay the water went out. The water comes from a spring and down the hill. Due to recent storms Patrick said he had to clear some of the sticks and leaves that were clogging up the feed to get it going again. We are very understanding and one of the people in our party has a similar spring fed water system in her home. For some this would have caused annoyance but we simply went to the stream to grab buckets of water to flush toilets and Patrick got the water going within the hour both times it happened. Once he rushed home (he was out) and the other time I had to text him quite early in the morning. I realize this is his job. But he was so kind and apologetic. I feel that a stay does not have to go perfectly to warrant a 5 star. The owner has put in place a system that has an onsite property manager who will come to your aid if problems arise and in a timely manner. That fact combined with the creature comforts and charm tipped me towards 5 stars.
We arrived in a rain storm, so it was real nice to have wood for the fireplace available. Nice. The house was clean and funky, but for us good funky. It did have some leaks due to the deluge, but did not negatively impact us. The beds were comfy and everything seemed to function. The area is quite and close enough to town to be convenient. I really appreciate the cancellation policy and laid back attitude of the owners. That really helped us as I had to bump my date by a day. I also find the price to be a good value, especially if you are sharing the cost, with other couples, then you can't beat it.
Allow me to recommend a delightful day of activities in the Bandon area!
First, find some way to get out of bed and get dressed. I suggest tennis shoes or boots and a jacket with a hood.
Make the 5 minute drive into Old Town Bandon and have breakfast at the Minute Cafe, which is a local landmark from the 1930's. Locals eat here, and it has an old-timey flavor. While you're waiting for your hashbrowns and bacon, call Bandon Beach Riding Stables (541-347-3423) to make a sunset horseback ride reservation.
Done with breakfast? Enjoy an easterly stroll down the street, pop into the book store, the home dec stores, art gallery... but don't miss Coastal Mist Chocolates! They hand-make tiny, exotic, exquisite chocolates TO DIE FOR. I'm not even a chocoholic but I'm crazy about their confections!
You'll stroll east, past the Visitor Center. Stop in, sign the guest book, and get a map of Bullard's Beach State Park (you'll need it for later). Ask them what hours the lighthouse is open. And ask if the art glass place up the road is blowing glass today... it's so fun to watch!
Continue east, cross the highway to Brewed Awakenings and put in your order for box lunches to be retrieved at noon (I know you're full of bacon and chocolate right now, but that won't last long!).
You'll see the Bandon Historical Society on 101 a block away... they ask for a small entrance fee, but it's well worth it. You'll see amazing pictures of Bandon the way it was before the big fire in 1936, and lots of cool household artifacts, guns and military paraphernalia.
Stroll east past the quilt shop (let mom look for a minute), then pop into the new Face Rock Creamery for Seth's sourdough and a hunk of cheese for later.
It's noon... go back and get your box lunches and hop back in the car. You're off to Bullard's Beach State Park which is north of town across the Coquille River.
At the State Park, ask the ranger where the Bullard's family cemetery is (the trail isn't marked, but it's back by the dumping station... rangers don't always know exactly where it is, so here you have a chance for an adventure!).
There's a play structure for the kids in case they're still squirrelly from the museum visit. Head on out to the light house, which should be open from 11 to 5 on Fridays and weekend days. If you climb out on the jetty, remember that the ocean claims a tourist or two every year. If it looks scary, that's because it's dangerous.
By now you are hungry... get out your picnic lunch and enjoy the scenery :) Don't forget to look for Japanese tsunami debris in the driftwood piles. Even a common water bottle might have Japanese writing on it. None of it is radioactive.
Now is a good time for a nap back at the Swedish House, that's what I would do!
Up from your nap, have some coffee or tea and some of your bread and cheese, put on your WARM clothing, layers and hats and gloves if you have them. The beach is windy in the evening. Now it's time to check in at the Riding Stable, which is through town, make a right on 11th, almost to the end of the road, left on Beach Loop and go until you see the sign on the left. The horses are very pleasant, anyone can ride them!
After your awesome beach ride, I think you should go have chinese food in town at the Asian Garden on Hwy 101. The prices are great, platters are huge, and you can hear the cooks back in the kitchen speaking Mandarin (or Cantonese?).
Now you are exhausted and stuffed... go to bed and sweet dreams!
For a different day full of adventure in Bandon, look at the Norwegian House vrbo listing page!