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

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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

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.
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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1150 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Please do not smoke inside. And be cautious when smoking outside - we are in a high fire danger season this summer....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    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

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Spacious private room with its own door to the bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single, 2 sleep sofa /futon

    2 Sofas are 2 comfy queen futons plus 2 large camping cots ...moreless

  • 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

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Two shower heads make for spacious yet cozy bathing...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • Books:

    Our book library is in the cottage. We have over 5000 books....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    We have an extensive DVD Library. Ask us....moreless

  • Music Library:

    All of our CDs live in the cottage, as we have our music on our mobile equipment...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Direct TV cable with Showtime & HBO...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Part of the TV arrangement. Includes a CD player....moreless

  • Television:

    42' plasma screen with full Cable including HB0 and Showtime. ...moreless

  • 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....moreless


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


  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

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....moreless

  • Rural:

    Homestead Woodland Cottage is in the woods. Expect a forested country feel and the quiet of wilderness....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    A lovely antique round, drop-leave table can seat up to 6 people....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • 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....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Use available upon request...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Free standing wood stove...moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • 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)....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • 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....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large and spacious living area....moreless

  • Parking:

    Plenty of safe parking here at the Homestead...moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Thick cotton towels. 2 bath towels per guest. Extras provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Use available upon request...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Beautiful free-standing wood stove heats the cottage beautifully. We'll supply you with all the wood you need....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Stainless steel coffee press...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Enough to comfortably supply a family of 8...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Stainless steel. Washing powder provided....moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Made by Sharp. 1200 W...moreless

  • Oven:

    Wish we had this oven in the main house. It's a reliable, spacious device....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Condiments including salt, pepper, ketchup, mayonnaise, soy sauce, olive oil, balsamic & cider vinegars, etc ...moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Stove:

    GE Profile gas range and oven. Top quality....moreless

  • Toaster:



  • Lawn / Garden:

    You have the woods to explore. And we have a large vegetable and medicinal herb garden....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    We've placed a bar-b-que in front of the cottage, just for your use....moreless



from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid-Summer 2017
Jun 9 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
$110 $120
Fri, Sat
$725 $2,100

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$100 $110
Fri, Sat
$610 $1,900

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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10.5 Miles
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
86 Miles
Nearest Train
Klamath Falls
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 99 / Interstate 5
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
26 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mt Ashland
121 Miles
Nearest Beach
Crescent City, CA & Brookings, OR

Car: Necessary

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.


Owner info

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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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

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  • Homestead Woodland Cottage

    Homestead Woodland Cottage

  • Living Room Views

    Living Room Views

  • Kitchen Corner, Homestead Woodland Cottage

    Kitchen Corner, Homestead Woodland Cottage

  • Stove, Pantry & Dining Table (on Right)

    Stove, Pantry & Dining Table (on Right)

  • One of several walls of books

    One of several walls of books

  • Looking out the front door.

    Looking out the front door.

  • Homestead main house and cottage.

    Homestead main house and cottage.

  • View out the front window

    View out the front window

  • A Rare snowy winter affords a special beauty at Homestead Woodland Cottage

    A Rare snowy winter affords a special beauty at Homestead Woodland Cottage

  • Front Window View. Wildflower meadow with greenhouse in distance.

    Front Window View. Wildflower meadow with greenhouse in distance.

  • Kitchen Area & Dining Table

    Kitchen Area & Dining Table

  • Full Kitchen at Homestead Woodland Cottage

    Full Kitchen at Homestead Woodland Cottage

  • Entry door looking towards kitchen. Seating on Right; TV on Left

    Entry door looking towards kitchen. Seating on Right; TV on Left

  • Comfortable, ample seating

    Comfortable, ample seating

  • Desk, TV, extra chairs

    Desk, TV, extra chairs

  • Long View, Front Window

    Long View, Front Window

  • Candace & RG

    Candace & RG

  • Back View of the Cottage Exterior

    Back View of the Cottage Exterior

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 27, 2017

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