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Quiet Forest Retreat near Ashland, Medford, & Jacksonville. Kid & Dog Friendly

Medford, OR, USA
  • Cottage1150 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Large private modern cottage. Near town but feels remote. 60 acres of Wild Peace

Located in one of the most beautiful spots in the region, our Homestead Woodland Cottage is the perfect place from which to explore the wonders of Southern Oregon and the Rogue Valley. Also a dreamy private meditation retreat space. Bring your entire family, and your dogs, or come alone, and enjoy a vacation in nature with all the modern conveniences.

Homestead Woodland Cottage is a spacious (1100 sq ft), modern bungalow (built in 2000) nestled on 60-acres of private property in the Griffin Creek area between Ashland and Jacksonville. It’s at the end of a country road (now paved), with property borders on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) watershed land, so the surrounding trees are old and tall. It feels and sounds like you are the wilderness, yet driving 8 minutes northeast takes you into downtown Medford, 7 minutes northwest and you arrive in the charming historical gold rush town of Jacksonville, or 23 minutes south you find yourself in Ashland’s downtown plaza and the bricks in front of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Angus Bowmer Theater.

Homestead Woodland Cottage is spacious and modern, built in 2000 and lived in on and off for 6 years while we cruised the Pacific Ocean in our 35-foot sailboat. When it came time to settle down permanently, we built a two-story house, which is next to the cottage (see photos).

The kitchen in Homestead Woodland Cottage is large and well-appointed with a gas stove and oven, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and a good selection of pots, pans, dishes, and cutlery. You'll find everything you need to prepare a holiday feast for your family. The fridge is "apartment" size, a reasonable size for a family on vacation.

The private bedroom has a new queen bed, a wardrobe and dresser, and lots of leg room. The living room is large and open, the walls lined with books. You’ll be comfortable sitting upon one of the IKEA queen sofabeds (they become queen beds for sleeping upon) and several arm-chairs.

The living room has a desk with PC, a free-standing fireplace, and a lovely round kitchen table with chairs. There is also 42” plasma screen TV with cable, HBO, Showtime, and a selection of DVDs.

Expect good wi-fi for all your computer connections. Expect also that you are so remote your cell phone won’t work inside (there’s a cell phone “sweet spot” in front of the cottage, though).

The bedroom at Homestead Woodland Cottage is larger than a single car garage, with a new carpet and a new queen bed (guests report that it’s very comfortable). There’s a beautiful antique wardrobe and dresser for your clothes storage and Candace’s Grandmother Bee’s living room chairs to sit upon.

We also have a washer and dryer for your use. However, we don't expect you to wash and dry the plentiful and luxurious linens and towels we provide for your use.

Homestead Woodland Cottage’s bathroom has a deep stainless steel sink and plenty of hooks for towels. The large, custom, cultured marble shower features a bench and a pair of shower faucets so you can shower together with a friend or lover.

Homestead Woodland Cottage has great versatility of sleeping options, so it’s terrific for a family get-away adventure. There’s a comfortable queen bed in the bedroom. There’s a pair of comfortable convertible queen futon sofabeds in the living room. We also have two large, comfortable cots as extra beds. And the land offers several lovely, level spaces for tent or RV camping (small additional fee).

Homestead Cottage is about 1000 feet higher elevation than the floor of the Rogue Valley, so in summer it’s about 10 degrees cooler. The cottage is well insulated, and even on the hottest days (100+), the air temperature inside never rises about 79. In the winter, there’s a gas wall furnace to take the edge off and a free-standing fireplace that heats the interior so well that when there’s snow on the ground (which happens a couple times a year at our 2300 foot elevation) we often have to crack the windows to cool us down. We'll supply you with all the firewood you need.

You can expect a peaceful experience when you stay at Homestead Woodland Cottage. The nearest neighbor is more than 0.3 miles distant. A car might pass along the nearby easement road once every day or two (going to or from our quiet neighbor's home). You’ll not listen to cars at night, but instead enjoy the cackle of hens and the occasional rooster crow, our alpaca singing, our two old, friendly dogs barking at pesky squirrels (and our new puppy teasing them to play with her), a nearby family of night owls hooting, or the gaggle of wild turkey as they cross the front yard.

You are welcome to bring your dog when you vacation with us. Our flock of chicken wanders freely, so we ask you keep an eye on your pets – sometimes they chase chickens and that doesn’t work for us. But we love canine visitors. We also have a 12'x12' kennel with doghouse if you want to corral your beasts outside.

You can hang in a hammock, swing in our sky chair, jump on our trampoline, find plenty of shady spots to read a book or just be with the natural world, dine at our shady picnic table, and generally enjoy peace and quiet between expeditions into the Rogue Valley. See plays, dine or shop in Ashland; wander historic Jacksonville; go wine-tastingin the Applegate Valley; play or raft in the Rogue River; dawdle at a swimming hole along the Applegate River, ski Mt. Ashland in the winter or hike Crater Lake in the summer. All the wonders of Southern Oregon are near to your vacation pleasure spot, Homestead Woodland Cottage.


Candace Cave

Member Since 2013
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Response time:
within a few hours
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Candace Cave

Richard 'RG' Guches and Candace Cave live on land that has been in RG's family since before 1887. In 2000 they built the Homestead Woodland Cottage, the first structure on the land since RG's father's family moved off in 1919. We stayed in the cottage as a seasonal retreat while we cruised our 35' sailboat through central America. In 2007 we settled permanently, and built a two-story home in 2008. The cottage is now available for your comfortable stay. As a kid, RG dreamed of being a farmer. After 35-years as a college professor, and 10 years on a cruising sailboat, he's finally manifesting that particular dream. You'll see him out and about on his tractor or riding his gator, tending the garden, the chickens, and the bees. Candace loves the wildness of the Homestead. Ask her about the plants and wildflowers that grow around the property. But she's a 'city girl' at heart, so she spends many days each week managing our other travelers' accommodations, Chakra Garden, near downton Ashland.

Candace Cave purchased this Cottage in 1887

Why Candace Cave chose Jackson County

How could we not embrace 60 woodland acres of land given to us in beautiful So. Oregon? RG had been visiting this land, where his father and grandfather were born, all his life. It has been a marvelous experience to live upon it for the past decade. We are happy to share the beauty and serenity with you.

What makes this Cottage unique

We are at the end of a solitary canyon that is marked by two miles of (newly) paved road. Andrews Rd feeds off a back road that runs into Jacksonville and is at the very beginning of the Applegate Watershed. Our land is beautiful with pine, oak, cedar, madrone, and maple trees, some lovely meadows, an old apple orchard, a pond, and every kind of critter you might expect in the woods. We are at the end of the road, so there's no traffic, and two of our 4 borders are on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land, some of it watershed, so lots of big trees (2nd growth forest). We have a large garden, keep chickens and bees, and both love to spend time outdoors.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Spacious private room with its own door to the bathroom
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, 2 sleep sofa /futon, 2 Sofas are 2 comfy queen futons plus 2 large camping cots
      • Large private area with new queen bed and Grandmother's elegant silk-cover chairs. Also a lovely antique wardrobe and a dresser for your use. 2nd sleeping area is in 850 sq ft living room upon two queen sofabeds plus we have a pair of extra large, extra comfortable cots. Settle into the living room bed and watch cable or a DVD.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Two shower heads make for spacious yet cozy bathing
      • Large bathroom with door access from the living room and the bedroom. Includes a spacious shower with built-in bench and two shower heads. We supply lots of towels, soap & shampoo.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          The views are beautiful, both looking out the windows and outdoors. Lots of open space and also lots of trees. Idyllic.
        • Rural
          Homestead Woodland Cottage is in the woods. Expect a forested country feel and the quiet of wilderness.


            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      300+ organic cotton sheets. Down quilts. Ample cotton blankets. We suggest you bring sleeping bags for the cots, although we have sheets for them.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Air conditioning has never been needed, even when the temp is over 100 degrees. The cottage is well insulated and we've never known it to reach higher than 79 degrees.
                    • Fireplace
                      Free standing wood stove
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      There's a gas furnace that we turn on to 'take the edge off' until the wood stove gets going in the morning.
                    • Internet
                      Wi-Fi access to high speed internet connection. There's also a up-to-date PC you might be able to use (ask us).
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Use available upon request
                    • Living Room
                      Large and spacious living area.
                    • Parking
                      Plenty of safe parking here at the Homestead
                    • Telephone
                      Your cell phone won't work inside, but there's a 'sweet spot' outside where most people can get reception. You can use our land-line to check messages & phone out to numbers in the USA.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Thick cotton towels. 2 bath towels per guest. Extras provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Use available upon request
                    • Wood Stove
                      Beautiful free-standing wood stove heats the cottage beautifully. We'll supply you with all the wood you need.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Stainless steel coffee press
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Enough to comfortably supply a family of 8
                        • Dishwasher
                          Stainless steel. Washing powder provided.
                        • Kitchen
                          This a spacious, full, modern kitchen: gas range with excellent oven and warming drawer, double stainless steel sink, garbage disposal, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, appropriate tools and utensils.
                        • Microwave
                          Made by Sharp. 1200 W
                        • Oven
                          Wish we had this oven in the main house. It's a reliable, spacious device.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Condiments including salt, pepper, ketchup, mayonnaise, soy sauce, olive oil, balsamic & cider vinegars, etc
                        • Refrigerator
                          Larger than a mini-fridge but smaller than a full size refrigerator. OK for a family, and we also have a portable electric fridge you can use if there isn't enough room for all your groceries.
                        • Stove
                          GE Profile gas range and oven. Top quality.
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              A lovely antique round, drop-leave table can seat up to 6 people.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Our book library is in the cottage. We have over 5000 books.
                                • DVD Player
                                  We have an extensive DVD Library. Ask us.
                                • Music Library
                                  All of our CDs live in the cottage, as we have our music on our mobile equipment
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Direct TV cable with Showtime & HBO
                                • Stereo
                                  Part of the TV arrangement. Includes a CD player.
                                • Television
                                  42' plasma screen with full Cable including HB0 and Showtime.
                                • Video Library
                                  We'll provide a selection for your viewing pleasure. We have an extensive DVD library; let us know what you are interested in seeing.


                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      You have the woods to explore. And we have a large vegetable and medicinal herb garden.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      We've placed a bar-b-que in front of the cottage, just for your use.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Massage


                                                • botanical garden
                                                • cinemas
                                                • festivals
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • museums
                                                • restaurants
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • photography
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • groceries
                                                        • massage therapist

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hot air ballooning
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snowboarding
                                                            • snowmobiling
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • whitewater rafting


                                                                • We have lots of hiking options at the Homestead. Ask RG to take you for a ride in the Gator up onto the ridge - it's fun to hike the equestrian trails on wilderness public land, and then make your way on foot back down to your cottage. Or wander around the meadows or among the trees. And the hike to the Shaman Tree is a lovely experience. We've a large pond that attracts all sorts of wildlife. Our vegetable garden is large and abundant and we like to share our bounty with friends and guests.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  18 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  peaceful and Pleasant!

                                                                  Kate R.

                                                                  Candice & RG were amazing hosts, so thoughtful and kind! We loved the rural setting, peaceful property and all the wonderful animals. The property was away from town, but close enough to enjoy all the shops, hikes and restaurants in Jacksonville, Medford & Ashland!

                                                                  A nice, quiet retreat.

                                                                  Bradford M.

                                                                  My wife and I recently came to stay here for 2 months during a work assignment. The cottage was clean and comfortable, with a warm, home feeling to it, as you can see from the pictures there are hundreds of books lining the walls. We couldn't help but smile each day as we drove away from the cottage and passed the many chickens on their property, and also the 4 alpacas that would stare with interest at our dog. The owners are very friendly and accommodating. They never made us feel like we weren't at home here. The area around the cottage is quiet and rural, and offers a nice drive into the city, with picturesque views of the mountains in the distance. Their property is surrounded by lush forests as well. Overall, we had a good experience at this cottage and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to try and get away from it all for a few days, and enjoy some nice peace and quiet.

                                                                  Wish We Were There

                                                                  Karolyn B.

                                                                  Unfortunately while we were on the way for our great weekend, we were caught in flooding situations that caused the roads to be closed and we were not able to get to the cabin or to Oregon. The property owners kept in touch with us and were very understanding of our situation and the fact that we were not going to be able to get there. This was the same weekend that the town of Maxwell flooded and closed part of I5. Hwy 20 and Hwy 99 were also closed so we were stuck in Williams, Ca and we had to turn around and go back home. The property owners were very gracious and gave us a refund. We hope to be able to go at a later date when the weather is kinder. It must be a great place because it is already booked for three months so we have to go back much later in the year. I would certainly recommend this vacation spot. They had the cabin warmed up for us and were waiting for our arrival. They seem like very nice people.

                                                                  Unique, fun & generally amazing - a real experience!

                                                                  Steve T.

                                                                  Close to Jacksonville, Ashland, Medford, and other reasons to visit, but it is enough of an experience itself to be worth the trip. From the view to the comfort to the hosts, this is a 5 star choice. The bathroom, kitchen and access for disabled guests also deserve special mention.

                                                                  Not great in snow

                                                                  Chris M.

                                                                  The house was fine, but the bedroom is a converted garage and was quite cold. Snowstorm and no plowing of the driveway made access marginal. Recommend warm weather only.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Ah Chris,

                                                                  Your review shows the problems of the guest not asking the host for what he/she needs.

                                                                  We lived in the cottage for 5 years and found that by keeping the bedroom door open, the wood stove, designed for a house twice the size of our cottage, warmed the bedroom toasty hot. So it never occurred to us you might want a space heater in there. Had you asked, we would have been happy to give you one and now we've added one for future guests.

                                                                  Also, snow in our area is extremely rare. Rogue Valley has not seen so much snow since 1919, so this was nearly a one in a century event. The snow fell the night before your departure. The plow had not yet been up our driveway. Had you asked, we would have allowed you to delay your departure until that happened. Instead, you just put on chains and departed. We didn't know you were bothered.

                                                                  Also, we can't help but think you gave us a poor review (only 3 stars and no positive comment about the charm of the cottage or our location and amenities) because you wrote it immediately after learning that we were withholding your damage deposit because you caused damage to our new flooring that will cost considerably more to repair than the deposit itself.

                                                                  We really enjoyed the 4 days we spent at the cottage.

                                                                  Mark S.

                                                                  It's fairly close to Medford, the cottage is spacious, well equipped, and easily suitable for a gathering of 14 people. The only downside was a lack of cell phone service, but relatively fast WiFi was available and it was worth it to get away from the bustle of town. We came down to host a Christmas family gathering and everybody was able to easily find the place, there were no issues getting up the roads, and overall it was a very nice trip for a reasonable price. Thanks Candace!


                                                                  Medford, OR, USA

                                                                  The most wonderful aspects of the Homestead Woodland Cottage are that it has all modern conveniences, has the deep solitude of a forest dwelling, but is right in the middle of the wonderful recreation and leisure activities offered in the Rogue Valley. Inside the cottage, you'll find trail guides for places all over the valley, personal recommendations from us for fun swimming holes on the Applegate, winery tour maps, and a variety of other recreation guides. We're a great location if you've come to hang-glide or parasail from Woodrat Mountain. You can also enjoy a quiet, out-of-the mainstream get-away and spend your days hanging in a hammock or sky chair, soaking in our spa, wander around the upper meadow until you find just the right tree to read under, or hike up to the Shaman tree. Plus we welcome your canine friends.

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                                                                  18 Reviews
                                                                  Excellent 4.7/5
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