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Meadow House near Crater Lake South entrance, upper Rogue River, 100 acre trails

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Barbara Long
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

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 from California, 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 Southern Oregon

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.


Prospect House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , The upstairs tiled bath feels to be nestled in the trees.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Like the upstairs, the downstairs tiled bathrm. is spacious
  • Both full roomy bathrooms feature custom tiled floors, spacious tiled showers with glass doors, craftsman style built-in cabinetry and pedestal sinks. Natural light streams in to complement the well-lit bathrooms. Bathrooms feel like new and are excellently maintained. Robes and hair-dryers supplied. (Bring your own personal toiletry products).
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Downstairs corner bedroom next to bathroom w/woodland views
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , upstairs spacious semi-loft w/private bath, enclosed balcony
    Small, private, extra bdrm has banister overlooks living rm - 1 double , Xtra sleep room, enter thru upstairs mster balcony, for 1or2
  • All of the bedrooms have views of meadow or woodlands and are great spots for wildlife viewing or bird-watching. Decorated in a cottage woodlands style with a focus on comfort ( high-quality mattress/box sets purchased for guest comfort). Downstairs corner bedroom has its own large closet, queen bed, and is situated next to the bathroom. It looks out at the woodlands and pinecone trail. Upstairs bedroom, has a king bed, private roomy tiled bathroom, large walk-in, and enjoys a tree-house like feel with lots of windows, old growth trees just outside, and a private enclosed balcony. It occupies most of the second floor and overlooks the stairway in a semi-loft style. Third bedroom is entered thu the upstairs master's enclosed balcony & is a cute little extra loft room with a double bed, overlooks the living room and activities below & enjoys its own view of the expansive meadow. It's small, works for an extra family member/friend. Enter via master. Too small for 2 large adults.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Plenty of parking space for trailers, RV's, and boats. Good driveway, easy access.


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Meadow House near Crater Lake South entrance, upper Rogue River, 100 acre trails
average rating of 4.9489794 based on 98 reviews

A beautiful home and a spectacular experience.

  • 5 of 5

A+ stay in our book.

Barbara was waiting for us when we arrived to welcome us and give us some pointers on the property and the area, which was much appreciated. We expected an older farm house, but we were blown away with the home. It's beautiful inside and out, which made us feel comfortable to relax and enjoy the stay, albeit brief. We would definitely recommend the Katydid Ranch to all travellers looking to get away. Although it's a great jumping off point for Crater Lake, it can also be an opportunity to get out of a city and look at the stars or listen to the sounds of the night with no cars or street noise. If we're anywhere close to Prospect again, we'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate the great review about the Meadow House, the property, and nearby area of Prospect. We are so happy for others to enjoy the beauty and quietude of nature on the ranch. Stargazing and listening to sounds of the night are favorites here too. Hope to see you again.
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Beautiful location and immaculate home

  • 5 of 5

This home is in a beautiful location. The home is appointed to the highest standard. The kitchen provides all necessary tools for self catering (a good thing because there are very few possibilities for eating out!!) as well as some basic supplies such as flour, sugar, salt and pepper. There is a full size washer and dryer as well as an iron and ironing board. The bathrooms are also provided with more than just basic toiletries. The home is immaculately clean and appointed with the highest quality of everything. Beds are comfortable and there is a flat screen TV in the family room. The owners' responses to questions prior to our visit were always within hours and they came by to check everything was in order after our arrival, as well as to provide suggestions for places to visit. We were unable to see Crater Lake at its best as smoke from the forest fires prevented it unfortunately. However, we thoroughly enjoyed visiting the three waterfalls (Mill Creek) which are within a couple of miles of the home as well as the Avenue of the Boulders. One of the best things about these waterfalls was the lack of tourists compared to an almost overwhelming crowd at Crater Lake (despite the smoke). If you are looking for somewhere to "get away from it all" this is the place. But if you like to eat out your options are limited!! Also, be sure to buy groceries before you arrive as there is only one small convenience store in Prospect and it does not stock much! We did thoroughly enjoy lunch at Mac's Diner in Shady Cove (about 20 minutes drive). It's a unique place and you can sit outside with a view of the Rogue river.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay!!

  • 5 of 5

Very well constructed luxury home on a beautiful property. Great owners too!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wellness Luxus im Wald

  • 5 of 5

Unsere Familie hatte einen zauberhaften Urlaub in diesem wunderbaren und liebevolle gebautes Haus im Wald. Unser Ausblick aus allen Fenstern was friedlich und wunderschoen. Speziell der Ausblick auf die Wiese, wo wir die Pferde beobachten konnten. Das Haus liegt mittem im Wald mit etlichen Wanderwege und zwei Teichen. Ausflugs Tisch und Haengematten erwarteten uns. Wir fuehlten uns sehr sicher und konnten uns einfach verwoehnen. Das Haus selbst ist wundervoll decoriert mit einer grossen Kueche und Kamin im Wohnzimmer. Einfach traumhaft entzueckend! Wir kommen sicherlich wieder zurueck. Oregon Dreaming !

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed hosting your family, and appreciate your review. Looking forward to seeing you on your next stay.
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Meridian, Idaho

We loved our stay at Meadow House. This property is truly a breath of fresh air.

  • 5 of 5

The Meadow House is gorgeous and so comfortable. The furniture is well appointed and the home is stocked with all the comforts of home. The property is located only 30 miles from Crater Lake. It was so nice to return to Meadow House and it's peaceful and beautiful surroundings each day. We loved sitting out on the deck and enjoying the views of the meadow and mountains. There are nice little hiking trails and a star gazing site right on the property. The morning we left we saw a herd of elk right outside our window eating apples and plums from trees in the yard. It is just a gorgeous property away from people and traffic.

Barbara and Dan have made an effort to really cater to their guests. In the house they have provided information and books on local points of interest as well as birds and wildlife. The Meadow House is so relaxing and interesting that it could be a destination itself.

Bonny and Dick.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for two couples.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Gorge Lounge and Cafe
Nearest Golf
32.9 Miles
Eagle Point Golf Course. Eagle Point
Nearest Train
84 Miles
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Crater Lake Hwy (Hwy 62)
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Prospect Pizza, Historic Hotel, Beckie's, Gorge
Nearest Ski
38.5 Miles
Diamond Lake Resort (crosscountry ski, snowmobile)
Nearest Beach
120 Miles
Brookings, Oregon
Car: necessary

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Damage Deposit $100

*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.

*Infants/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. $50.00 cancellation fee.

*Cleaning: $85.00 standard, holiday or special event $95.00, winter $75.00

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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