Quiet Forest Retreat Near Ashland, Medford, & Jacksonville. Kid & Dog Friendly(17 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2-3 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Large private modern cottage. Near town but feels remote. 60 acres of Wild Peace
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.
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.
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- 1150 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 8
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only:
You are welcome to bring your dog(s) but we will charge a fee ($25 per week). And please note that our chickens roam freely on the property, so you'll need to prevent your pooch from harassing them....moreless
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- 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. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- 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. ...moreless
- DVD Player:
- Music Library:
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- Video Library:
- Away From It All
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
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....moreless
- Pantry Items:
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....moreless
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 9 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning $40
- Pet Fee $25
- Refundable Damage Deposit $100
- Tax Rate 1.8%
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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.
Year Purchased: 1887
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Medford, OR, USA:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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.
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Homestead Woodland Cottage
Living Room Views
Kitchen Corner, Homestead Woodland Cottage
Stove, Pantry & Dining Table (on Right)
One of several walls of books
Looking out the front door.
Homestead main house and cottage.
View out the front window
A Rare snowy winter affords a special beauty at Homestead Woodland Cottage
Front Window View. Wildflower meadow with greenhouse in distance.
Kitchen Area & Dining Table
Full Kitchen at Homestead Woodland Cottage
Entry door looking towards kitchen. Seating on Right; TV on Left
Comfortable, ample seating
Desk, TV, extra chairs
Long View, Front Window
Candace & RG
Back View of the Cottage Exterior
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Saturday, May 27, 2017
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