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Romantic Farm/Bicycling Cabin

Bedrooms 1
Space 425 sq ft
Property type cabin


About the property

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.

More Details

Dan and Cathie
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dan and Cathie were friendly and amazing to work with, and their family cottage is just amazing! Their hard work shows in its craftsmanship. The property is a beautiful, private oasis. Not to mention that it is difficult to find places that accept dogs, and we were able to bring our dog, Duke, with us. It is the perfect place to get out of the hustle of everyday life and relax, read, listen to music, and talk around the dining room table with a glass of wine. Thanks for sharing your special property with us.
Oct 2013
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Dorena Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 425 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Our bathroom is fully updated, with a shower/tub, pedal sink, and water conserving toilet. Please do not use our bathroom for washing your pets.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • We have room for those sleeping on the main floor queen futon/sofa. The second queen futon is upstairs, accessed by a fixed ladder to the sleeping loft.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • marina
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Swimming holes in the summer are abundant (just walk across the street!) Excellent opportunities for road biking, mountain biking, and hiking. When there is enough snow, even cross-country skiing. Kirk Family Mercantile is about 1 1/2 miles away


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Romantic Farm/Bicycling Cabin
average rating of 4.678571 based on 57 reviews

Cozy, Quiet Cabin Getaway

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Beautiful stay at this gem of a property.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is comfortable, well-thought out, and has everything one may need (just bring your own food & drinks)! We BBQ'd, there is a nice BBQ (larger than one in picture). They had charcoal on hand. The land itself is majestic, and seems to be a native prairie of sorts, surrounded by a mountain with trees. You get lots of alone and quiet time here!

July had warm weather, but honestly, inside the cabin one couldn't feel it really, especially with the fan provided and swimming nearby. The town has all you need, and believe me, was happy not to have wifi for a few days! Enjoy your stay and book this place, you will not regret it, at all. The most comfortable part of our Nor. Cal/OR road-trip. So fun! Our two pups loved it! Comfy modern bathroom, very spacious, comfy beds and nice kitchen, porch! Wow, good price and value, which I also appreciated. Place was absolutely spotless.

Communication with the hosts was just the best, they are so lovely and kind. Kudos to them for a well-designed cabin in an unparalleled location. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. We work hard to make our place comfortable, clean, and inviting, and we are delighted when our guests are able to relax, get away from the electronic hubbub, and enjoy some quiet country living. The Row River, lots of hiking trails and the Covered Bridge Bike Path are big plusses for which we cannot take much credit. Dan and Cathie
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Will stay again!

  • 5 of 5

This place has a little of everything depending on your mood. It rained one day, so we just chilled and relaxed in the cozy cabin, played games, listened to music (bring your own audio device with offline music). Then the next day we wanted to do a hike, thankfully Dan and Cathie stocked the cabin with lots of info on how to find close-by hikes. Check out the Brice Creek Trail up to Trestle Falls! The cabin was clean and had most everything you need, my wife was very impressed with the seasoning level of the cast iron skillets. It was a perfect way to spend my Birthday weekend and would recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable getaway.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Overall I enjoyed my stay. The cabin itself is very quaint and comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

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 :)

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the input. Took care of the unwelcome mouse guests, edited our directions. All seems well. Dan and Cathie
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A great cozy time

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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."
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
16 Miles
Axe and Fiddle
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Village Green
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Village Green
Car: necessary

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $35
Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Pet Fee $10

$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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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