About the property
- House2500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5-6 comfortably
The Meadow House is named for the expansive meadow it is sited on, and for it’s amazing views and surrounding abundance of natural beauty and wildlife.
Located in the rural Cascade mountains, (1 mile from the Rogue River, 28.9 miles from Crater Lake south entrance), this 2-story house is nestled between old timber forest woodlands and meadow. At the end of a private drive, it rests on 100 private acres of Protected Wildlife Habitat Area. Available during all four seasons, the Meadow House is as spectacular in the snow covered winter as it is in the warm weather of summer.
INTERIOR. The Meadow House (part of the historic Katydid Ranch of the early 1900's), has been rebuilt with custom details throughout and is a lovely way to enjoy extra creature comforts indoors while taking in gorgeous views of meadows and mountains through its many windows. Hardwood floors throughout, custom cabinetry, granite counters, large tiled bathrooms, a wood-burning fireplace (living room) and a large bright kitchen (set up for convenience of meal preparation) provide quality comfort.
Take your pick of the upstairs spacious master (king sized bed-new and very comfortable) or the downstairs corner bedroom (queen sized bed-also new and comfy) which is located next to a full bath. Additionally, there is a small private sleeping room located off the upstairs enclosed balcony which we dub the "eagle's nest". It's a small loft room with a double/full bed and works for a single person or two teenagers that share a bed. The Eagle's nest is small and probably not comfortable for an adult couple.
The house is in pristine condition, designed for comfort, and offers views all around. The wrap around deck is great for reading, relaxing, or barbecuing. It's also wonderful at day end for enjoying a glass of wine and waiting for the wildlife to visit.
OUTSIDE. Just outside the front door, guests will find the entrance to the “pinecone trail” which leads up a small hill to a secluded sanctuary perfect for star-gazing (the night skies are magnificent!) or side-by-side hammock-style relaxation, and a cozy camp-fire pit. It's a very short walk back to the house if you decide to spread out your tablecloth for a romantic picnic on the knoll. Throughout the summer, the ranch vegetable and berry gardens are available to guests. Pick enough for your for a special treat of sweet strawberries or wild blackberries when in season.
WINTER. On a winter day, you might see wild turkeys and deer browsing in the meadow and then catch the elk coming in for moonlight grazing after dusk. The winter months bring clear cold crisp weather and there is nothing more gorgeous than when the fresh blanket of snow covers the meadow. That’s when it’s time to cozy up to the wood-burning fireplace and relax as you watch the gentle white flakes fall.
Crater Lake National Park offers free ranger-guided snow-shoe walks on weekends and even loan you the snow-shoes! Snow mobiling and cross-country skiing are popular too. We love spotting all of the animal tracks in the snow!
SPRING. Wildflowers, bulbs, and by the end of May, the Iris are blooming. The meadow grasses are lush with springs showers and warming weather. A gorgeous time of year to visit.
SUMMER. During the summer months the meadow is shared with the ranch horses for daytime grazing who return to the barn at day end just in time for other wildlife visitors to arrive.
FALL. End of summer visitors are invited to indulge in the abundance of wild-blackberry picking (usually beginning by mid-August and lasting through most of September) If you can actually get the sweet berries in a bucket (supplied) you might decide to make a pie later on, or serve them over ice-cream. Yum! If not, just eat them off the bush and enjoy!
Relaxing is an important all-season activity, but not to the exclusion of hiking the numerous trails, bird/wildlife spotting, horse shoes, mountain biking, lawn golf, visiting the ponds, or checking out the old Boise-Cascade tree nursery on the property.
Guests are welcome, if they wish, to join us at the barn at feeding time to enjoy that special time of day with the horses and say hello to the owners whose home is also situated on the meadow; close enough to be available for any unexpected needs and far enough for privacy.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 14, 2018
About Barbara Long
Owners Barbara and Dan fell in love with the historic 100 acre Katydid Ranch at first sight and soon after went about restoring its two homes, barn, bunkhouse, outbuildings, and beautiful grounds. A couple of years down the highway, they completed their move , and now live in paradise full time...just across the meadow from the Meadow House. The Meadow House, the first of the renovations to be completed, is a welcome retreat for guests. We hope you love it as much as we do!
Barbara Long purchased this House in 2006
Why Barbara Long chose Prospect
The original house (where the Meadow House now stands) was first used as the ‘half-way to Crater Lake’ overnight lodging. Its first owner, Katy Grieve, welcomed horse and buggy travelers who had left Medford for the first day of travel, arriving at Katydid Ranch in time to rest the horses and have a meal before dark. The next morning they made the 2nd leg of the journey to Crater Lake. As Barbara and Dan went about restoring the ranch, it seemed only natural to make the Meadow House a vacation rental. The 100 acre property is a Protected Wildlife Habitat Area where birds, deer, elk, fox, turkeys, raccoons and other wildlife call home. Some of the property highlights are two large ponds found deep in the woods, creeks, springs, meadows, hiking trails and a mixed forest and woodlands of conifers, Pacific Madrone and broadleaf. In the spring, wildflowers are abundant in the meadows and under the trees, and the fruit tree blossoms are gorgeous. Shining through the woodlands are nature's stars, the dogwood trees, abundant with white flowers. At the end of May, wild daisies create a blanket of white and the forest floors are lush with triliums and the most beautiful variety of wildflowers. Naturalized iris, from the original ranch along with some new additions, create a rainbow of color the first couple weeks of June. The intent is for guests to experience the renewing energy of natural surroundings, the amazing clarity of light, and the majestic beauty of the Cascades.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We loved everything about our stay and this amazingly beautiful home and property. Our only regret was we couldn't stay even longer. We took advantage of the full size, immaculate kitchen and the handy washer and dryer. We sat outside and listened to frogs croak in the evenings, star gazed in the meadow and strolled along the path to the pond. We even spotted two beautiful elk coming in at dusk!! The location was easy to find, was conveniently located to Crater Lake (about 30 minutes from the south entrance) and close to a slew of beautiful waterfalls and pleasant day hikes. This could easily accommodate 2-3 couples and we all walked around the entire time marveling at the cleanliness and high-end EVERYTHING throughout the entire home. The owners live just across the meadow but we felt like this was our own private oasis and could have stayed for weeks without running out of things to do and see. Marvelous. :)
We are so happy to know that you enjoyed the Meadow House inside and out, and really took advantage of all that the property and surrounding area offers. We can't imagine living in a more beautiful part of the Cascades and we love sharing it. Thanks so much for your stay and for the wonderful review.
A wonderful escape to nature!
We spent three nights over President's Day weekend at the Meadow House. With so many great hikes nearby, we feel like we only got started exploring. The hiking information binder at the house was so helpful! Barbara checked in with us to make sure we had everything we needed -
but also respected our space (a tough balance and she did wonderfully). Already thinking about our next visit!
This rental truly has it all! Gorgeous house, beautiful property with trails and ponds, really nice owners who so thoughtfully stocked the house, and it is set in the beautiful town of prospect with trails, rivers and waterfalls! This was hands down our favorite rental ever and we would do it again in a heart beat!
We loved it.
The property was fantastic and very well stocked with all the items we needed. The location was great because it was just about 30 minutes from Crater Lake and other hikes with beautiful waterfalls near Prisoect was less than a 5 minute drive. I would highly recommend this house.
So glad that you enjoyed your winter getaway... and the waterfalls and hikes that this beautiful area offers. Winter is a great time to visit Prospect and Crater Lake. We were happy to host you!
We were looking for a getaway to decompress as we said goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018. The Meadow House was perfect for our family of four with plenty of room. We actually spent most of our time at the house relaxing as we made it our second home during our visit. We did manage to squeeze in a few sides trips including Crater Lake NP and Diamond Lake- both beautiful in the winter. Barbara and Dan were great. I can see us returning again for another visit.
Beautiful home, nice owners, and clean!
We spent a lovely weekend at Meadow House. The property was gorgeous and so close to Crater Lake. The house was immaculate with a nice view, a well provisioned kitchen, lovely bedrooms, and a cozy living room. I would highly recommend this property! The owners were great!
I hope to get back there when it's warmer!
The breath-taking views and spectacular wilderness of Crater Lake is what first brings many visitors to this part of the Cascades. Crater Lake National Park South (west) entrance is a beautiful 30 minute drive through gorgeous old timber forestland (stopping along the way at Beckie's Café, in Union Creek, for a meal or homemade pie is a must). Once here, visitors discover the many outdoor recreational activities the area has to offer such as the origins of the historic Rogue River, it's Natural Bridge, Avenue of the Giant Boulders, Pearsony Falls, Mill Creek Falls, Barr Creek Falls, and the Gorge...all within a couple of miles of the Meadow House.
Surrounding scenic and outdoor attractions are an easy reach away... River rafting is a popular activity on this part of the Rogue (take a day or 1/2 trip, put-in 15 minutes away). World-class fishing in the Rogue is minutes away (guide service referrals are available upon request, we know the best!). The Fish Hatchery is very interesting to see and 15 min. away. Boating and water skiing at Lost Creek Lake and Marina are 13 minutes west. 11 stunning waterfalls are within the immediate Cascade area and offer great hike-in opportunities. Serious hikers and mountain bikers have plenty of area to explore using this property as the first leg of an adventure. Bird watchers will find an abundance of bird-life, and of course, wildlife viewers will be situated in a Protected Wildlife Habitat area.
Numerous wineries are within an hour or so drive and visitors often enjoy making a day of touring the local wineries.
Off-roaders can utilize the many miles of designated OH trails which have several entries, on Hwy 62, within a couple of miles from the property, and are skill-rated (we have maps and more info. available).
Diamond Lake which is known for outdoor recreation and snow mobiling is northeast on Hwy 62 past Crater Lake.
In the other direction, southwest, is Mt. Ashland Ski Resort. The town of Ashland (nestled in the Siskiyou Mountain foothills) is home to the famous Shakespeare Festival and is a gorgeous little town of shops, boutiques, parks, and wonderful eateries. The historic town of Jacksonville (a thriving old gold mining town) is an hour west.
The nearby town of Prospect (3.5 miles up the highway) is an interesting town to visit as well. An old logging center, the town offers some rural charm with the original old bar and café, The Trophy Room, named for the many taxidermied wildlife collection which watch over the pool tables, shuffle board and karaoke bar. The historic Prospect Hotel offers a signature prime rib dinner for summer dining, and the Prospect Pizza parlor has, yep, great pizza.
During the winter, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing is a popular sport in the Crater Lake National Park. Ranger guided snow shoe tours are available on weekends. Snow play is always fun and the Meadow House a few sleds to borrow for fast slopes!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
*Base rates: 1-2 guests. Add'l charge for 3 or more, (including children), per night, 6 guest-maximum. ($15.00-25.00 per add'l guest/per night, see Season for exact amount) *2-night min. Inquire where only one night is available on calendar. Children under 12 years not accepted. *Holidays: 3 night minimum stay, $200.00 refundable security may apply to larger groups. *Full refunds require a 30-day cancel notice. $60.00 cancellation fee. *Cleaning: $85.00 standard, holiday or week-long stays $125.00, winter $75.00