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The Brown House: Classic Contemporary Cottage on Bend's West Side

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The Brown House is located just one block from the Historic Downtown Bend area. This unique cottage was built in 1920 and has been officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the B.C. Brown House. This quaint one bedroom vacation home is perfect for the traveling pair who wish to be within walking distance of downtown Bend. Enjoy superb dining, galleries, breweries, shopping, festivals, playhouses, and Drake Park along the Deschutes River. While you are a guest at the Brown House, you can leave your car parked at the house and experience the best that Bend has to offer right outside your front door.

This home has all of the amenities that you want while traveling away from home, including a private bedroom with a king sized bed and direct access to the full bathroom, fully stocked kitchen with everything you’ll need to make your vacation feel a little more like home, flat screen TV in the living room with a DVD player, DVD movie collection and iPod docking station, separate eating area, free WiFi, and a washer and dryer. Enjoy the wonderful outdoors in your own private hot tub, or create memorable outdoor dinners with the gas BBQ and patio eating area. This home is finished in a “cottage contemporary” theme that offers all the comforts of home and none of the clutter. It is the perfect place to get away and relax during your Bend vacation.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 15, 2017

About Erin

In 2007, an architect versed with the historic district, put together a design plan to restore and update this great home. Our goal was to maintain the original character while making the home as energy efficient and livable as possible. Local and State Historic Districts oversaw the renovation process and upon completion, approved the application to the National Registry of Historic Homes. Having lived in the home for a few years, a little extra space was ultimately needed. The Brown House is located directly across the street from the Central Oregon Environmental Center and just two blocks from historic downtown Bend (see map). If the Brown House makes the top of your list, thank you in advance and enjoy your stay!

Erin purchased this house in 2007

What makes this house unique

The original home’s footprint, foundation, picket fence, hardwood floors, and front windows were carefully preserved. Keeping this as the historic shell, the rest of the Brown House was completely renovated using as many green materials as possible. A sampling of these include: a new high efficiency furnace and insulation, marmoleum flooring, no VOC paint, concrete counters, energy efficient insulation in the attic and basement, and a high efficiency hot tub.

Guestbook comments from the manager

My life dream was to come to Oregon and I fell in love! It has met and exceeded all of our expectations. We will definitely be back! The house was perfect and we would stay again. Erin & Jeff who ran the house were great! Thank you for making my dream come true.
Jun 2012
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Old Bend House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
iPod Docking Station


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The Brown House: Classic Contemporary Cottage on Bend's West Side
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 72 reviews

It was the perfect place to stay for our time in Bend! Close to everything.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend in this house. The kitchen was stocked with all cooking items we needed. The bed was incredibly comfortable. Loved the hot tub and private patio area. We will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute & Cozy

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, charming home with a great location. Blocks from downtown and Old Mill District.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Short and sweet... we love it! And we love this house as much as you do. The location can't be beat, and the charm of a house listed on the National Register of Historic Places definitely shines though at The Brown House. Thank you for being our guests!
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Cute bungalow in excellent location.

  • 4 of 5

Very comfortable. Only downsides: Very limited bath supplies (only hand soap) and kitchen cleaning supplies (empty swifter box, no sponge, just 1 roll paper towels. Hot tub works great, but temp difficult to adjust. Would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway for two.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Brown House. Clean, well appointed and walking distance to all our favorite restaurants. Hot tub was great too!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely time to have visited Bend! Thank you for being our guests at The Brown House... and for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. We are super diligent about our house cleaning, and always want our guests to feel that when they reach for something, it will be there. It sounds like you were able to take advantage of being so close to our cute downtown area during your stay, which is one of my favorite features of this house. You can't get much closer than that! Thanks for visiting, and come back again.
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Amazing Cottage and near Downtown

  • 4 of 5

The cottage or Brown House was ideal for my wife and I. Located two blocks off of downtown Bend so we biked and walked to most everything. The only issue was the two inch foam pad on the bed. Not sure why this foam pad was needed so we removed it and the king bed was perfect. I highly recommend the Brown House.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to see the word "ideal" when reading about this vacation home. It is indeed! The location is unmatched, and the convenience for doing all those really Bend-ish things is so lovely while on vacation. We provide quilted double core mattresses as well as a foam overlay so our guests can customize the bed exactly how they want... firm or softer. I am glad you found the perfect fit for you! Thanks for visiting.
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Perfect house in a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here to go to a friend's wedding and to enjoy the beauty of Bend. This house was absolutely perfect for us. The location is right downtown, and with the two cruiser bikes that are provided (with a lock too!), we found that we barely needed to use the car to get anywhere we wanted to go. We rode the bikes to breakfast, to explore the area, and even to dinner. Of course we had to get in the car sometimes, but it was really nice to be able to get around on bike or even walking to do pretty much anything we wanted to do. The house itself is immaculate--very clean and modernized and just the perfect size for two. The kitchen is well-appointed and we also made good use of the washer and dryer, a feature I love so I didn't have to pack as much, we just washed what we had and wore it again. I was very surprised at how quiet the area was despite the proximity to downtown---I am very sensitive to noise and I wasn't bothered, not even once. I also love that there are blinds on every window (off-topic, but I love the way the blinds can be pulled from the bottom or the top! I want them for my own house lol!) so that you have complete privacy, and the one in the bedroom is a blackout shade so that you can go to bed even before it's completely dark outside and not have to wake with the early summer sunrise. I loved that there is a code rather than a key for the doors--one less thing to worry about. The air conditioning and the hot tub were luxurious touches as well. Truly a delightful stay in The Brown House---we'll definitely book this house every time we visit Bend!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A wedding is a wonderful excuse to come to Bend, and it sounds like you had a great time at The Brown House! I love to see the word "perfect" when talking about your stay. We work hard to provide a well stocked, clean, comfortable place for our visitors to stay. I am so glad you had time to enjoy the bikes, the hot tub, and even shades that pull from top and bottom! It's the little things that really count, and I am so happy to hear that we delivered for your special trip. We can't wait to have you back!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
River's Edge
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 97
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Mt. Bachelor

This home has a Walk Score© of 92 points, one of the highest in Bend, because of it's amazing location!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.2%

All cancellations made within 24 hours of booking are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. Reservations booked and confirmed online are charged a nonrefundable 25% deposit. Cancellations made with less than 30 days notice may be completely non-refundable. Please consider trip insurance for your trip. See our rental agreement for full details on the cancellation policy as they pertain to your individual reservation. If you reserve at a 3rd party website, we are unable to refund your 3rd party fees.
When your arrival is less than 30 days in the future, 100% payment is due when making the reservation. When your arrival is more than 30 days in the future, 25% payment is required to confirm your reservation. The remaining balance due will be collected 30 days prior to your check-in date.

Please be aware that if you reserve through VRBO you will pay their service fee for their additional services in addition to the rate we quote for you. We are not able to refund/remove/deduct that fee for you if you reserve through VRBO. You may reserve with us directly without a fee at

Please check your VRBO instant quote for complete stay pricing and additional fees.

Rates are based on length of stay, and number of guests.
They will vary for weekends, special events, and holidays.
Some restrictions on check-in and checkout days of the week may apply to certain date ranges.
DISCOUNTS may sometimes apply for multi-night, mid-week, and business stays.
There will be an 12.2% Lodging Tax applied to all bookings.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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