About the property
- Cabin425 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum StayNone
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Our farm cabin along the bike trail is small--only 425 sf, plus a loft and a large front porch. We had a hand in building it, along with our neighbor and a few other local craftsmen. It is designed to provide solitude and comfort. It includes all the true necessities; at the same time we have chosen to eliminate unnecessary noise and clutter. You will find hot water, a small refrigerator, and a cozy wood stove and wood supply. Gaze from our porch over the valley or take advantage of many recreational opportunities nearby. Hiking (especially Brice Creek Trail or Upper Trestle Falls Trail) is grand. Oregon Scenic Bikeways Covered Bridges ride takes scenic curves around Dorena Lake to and from our cabin to Cottage Grove (17 mi one way). Swimming, kayaking, picnicking... It is ideal for families or couples. If you choose to bike East of our cabin, beyond the bikeway, cars are few, the water is inviting, hiking abounds. In winter, white water kayakers enjoy Brice Creek.
Nearby Cottage Grove is a small town that offers Historic Main Street (where Animal House was filmed), pubs, restaurants, music venues, museums (including Bohemia Gold Mining Museum), murals, and parks. Within striking distance are several wineries (Saginaw Vinyard, Chateau Lorane, and many more). [Please be sure to review UNIQUE BENEFITS below. We want to be sure this cabin is for you.]
Many small farmers inhabit the area, including RUBY AND AMBER'S ORGANIC FARM, which specializes in draft horse workshops for aspiring farmers. We give special rates to attendees of draft horse workshops, so please let us know if that is you!
UNIQUE BENEFITS: We built our home to be simple and beautiful. We intentionally left things out that do not foster inner quiet. THEREFORE NO TELEPHONE, TV, OR DISHWASHER. ALSO, there is NO CELL service, although it can be found (for most carriers) at the Mercantile, about 2 miles away. YOU WILL FIND electricity, indoor plumbing, a microwave, apartment-sized refrigerator, an IPOD/MP3 docking station, and a guitar. We have a small library of carefully chosen books and board games.
Dan and Cathie
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 27, 2018
About Dan and Cathie
We are semi-retired teachers who have grown children. We all have outdoor interests, and some of us are avid gardeners...even farmers. Dan is a third generation Oregonian, and Cathie's grandparents grew up in Oregon and Washington. We both attended University of Oregon. Our children are grown and engaged in diverse pursuits. Among their interests are: bicycle frame-building and mechanics, managing cropland and trees, salmon habitat monitoring, and providing service in the international sphere.
Dan and Cathie purchased this Cabin in 2007
Why Dan and Cathie chose Dorena
Our family loves to bike, hike, back pack, swim, and cross country ski. We wanted rural property where we could be close to nature and also grow our own food. Our family has spent wonderful moments here and we hope you will enjoy it too.
What makes this Cabin unique
We built our home to be simple and beautiful. We intentionally left out things that do not foster inner quiet. THEREFORE NO TELEPHONE, TV, OR DISHWASHER. However, there is electricity, indoor plumbing, a microwave, apartment sized refrigerator, an ipod/mp3 docking station, and a guitar. We have a small library of carefully chosen books and board games. Renters need to be aware that there is NO CELL SERVICE from our cabin, although it can be found at the Mercantile, about 2 miles away.
Pool / Spa
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Overall I enjoyed my stay. The cabin itself is very quaint and comfortable.
Thank you Dan and Cathie for sharing your farm cabin. I enjoyed my stay except for the mice in the "water heater" closet. Probably no one has told you about them BUT they really are nesting quite comfortably. I on the other hand did not. :) Thank you again for a memorable experience.
Also the code for the gate and house are incorrect. The caretakers arrived as I was trying to unlock the gate otherwise I would have been "up a crick with our a paddle." They had the correct code #.
0704 is incorrect.
Also the written instructions say to "take a left BEFORE the bridge onto Lower Brice Creek Road. It needs to read AFTER the bridge. It took me a couple turn arounds to figure it out.
Ok...That's all the help I have for you. Enjoy your day :)
Thanks for the input. Took care of the unwelcome mouse guests, edited our directions. All seems well. Dan and Cathie
Cozy, Quiet Cabin Getaway
This is a delightfully quiet little piece of the world that we really enjoyed! No cell service is a real blessing. The wood stove kept us warm, the birds sang to us in the morning, and the baby cows next door were adorable. This is an excellent place to unwind. We sat in front of the stove with books and tea, we did some hiking, and we slept like babies in the loft. We loved it here, and we would love to come back!
Thanks! Our goal has always been to reduce the number of electronic distractions that stress us all out, and to surround our guests with the best of the natural world.
A great cozy time
The cabin was everything we hoped for! It was secluded and cozy, and we loved relaxing in front of the wood stove :) There was lots of space outside for our daughter to run around and play and inside we had everything we needed! Highly recommend this cabin for anyone who wants to get away and spend a few days without phones, TV or internet.
Thanks for the nice review. What you liked is what we are always working to provide for our guests. Throw in some great hiking and bicycling and swimming in the river in the summer, and live music and good food in Cottage Grove, and that's our big-picture goal. Dan and Cathie
This cabin was absolutely perfect for a long winter weekend of reading, sitting by the fire, cooking, and hiking. Waking up to the foggy valley every morning was a dream. I can't wait to come back when the weather is warm so we can check out all the swimming holes nearby!
Our farm cabin is about getting away from the techno-centric, high-stress world to experience the natural world directly. It's very relaxing, very restorative. Most people who stay at our place love being "unplugged."
Wonderful getaway in the country
Our second time staying in this peaceful cabin and we'll be back. Great amenities including NO tv, internet or cell service. Just what's needed to unwind. Close to hiking trails - we hiked up in the Umpqua Forest only a half hour away if that. If you want to get away from it all this is the place to go. Dan and Cathie have done a great job making the cabin cozy and comfortable with everything you'll need to unplug.
The perfect solo retreat. Safe & Wild.
Almost perfect for a retreat. A nice bed would be great but I would not like to sacrifice the best price in the best wild location!
We are situated in the Row (rhymes with 'cow') River valley. (Beware that much of this valley has no cell service.) This little-known river has loads of great swimming holes. The Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway goes from Cottage Grove almost to our door. Next to us are scenic pastures. February through April, Brice Creek is expert level kayaking. (A car shuttle would be easy, since the road is never too far away from the water.) Lots of lovely hikes in the area (ex. Brice Creek and Upper Trestle Falls in Umpqua NF). Comparatively few people fish the upper river, though it is reputed to be quite good for trout.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
$10 per night fee per pet. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. FOR FIRE PROTECTION AND GUEST PREFERENCE, THIS A NON-SMOKING PROPERTY. ALSO, DO NOT BATHE PETS INSIDE HOUSE.