The Space 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, come alone or with a romantic companion, and enjoy a vacation in nature with all the modern conveniences.
The bungalow is built for comfort. The living room at Homestead Cottage is large and open, the walls lined with books. You can settle to watch the 42” plasma screen TV offering cable, HBO, Showtime, and a selection of DVDs, upon one of the IKEA queen sofabeds (they easily become queen beds for sleeping upon) or several arm-chairs.
The living room offers walls of filled bookshelves (please read while staying with us) plus has a desk with PC, a free-standing fireplace, and a lovely round drop-leafkitchen table with chairs. The kitchen is large and well-appointed with an excellent gas stove and oven, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, garbage disposal, a good selection of pots, pans, dishes, and cutlery, and pantry space. The fridge is small, but a reasonable size for a family on vacation.
The private bedroom has a new queen bed, a wardrobe and dresser, several antique chairs, and a small washer & dryer (not available in the cold months).
Expect DSL wi-fi for all your computer connections. Expect also that you are so remote your cell phone won’t work inside the bungalow (there’s a cell phone “sweet spot” in front of the cottage, though, and in many outdoor areas nearby).
Homestead Woodland Cottage’s bathroom has a deep stainless steel sink and plenty of hooks for towels, which we provide and are plentiful. 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 or friends get-away adventure. There’s a comfortable queen bed in the bedroom. There’s a pair of comfortable convertible 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 camping or an extra RV to park.
Homestead Cottage is about 1000 feet higher elevation than the floor of the Rogue Valley, so in summer the area is 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 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. Please note that we charge $25 when you bring your dog(s) and we will add this to your reservation after it is accepted.
You may smoke outside the cottage, but we request you to manage your residue/odor, and know that we prefer you not smoke tobacco. Guest Access You are welcome to wander all of our 60-acres of our property, but please note we are in a valley and most of the level land is occupied by buildings. There's obvious places to walk closer to the buildings including the meadows, the garden, the pond, the upper orchard, the canyon. You can hang in a hammock, swing in our sky chair, find plenty of shady spots to read a book or just be with the natural world, dine at our shady picnic table after using the bar-b-que, and hike some of our hilly woodland trails, (We've put in a number of trails and can recommend hikes. Ask RG about a ride up to the horse trails on BLM land).
Homestead Woodland cottage is intended for you to enjoy the peaceful vitality of nature, between expeditions into the Rogue Valley. From here see plays, dine or shop in Ashland (25-minutes); wander historic Jacksonville (10-minutes); go wine-tasting in the Applegate Valley15-minutes); play or raft in the Rogue River(50 minutes); ski Mt. Ashland (45-minutes) 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.
You are welcome to bring your dog when you vacation with us, although we will add a $25 fee to your reservation (Please tell us about your animals so we can include the fee when we accept your reservation). We can offer an outdoor dog run if needed. 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 friendly canine visitors. Interaction with Guests We're available anytime you wish to interact with us or enjoy complete privacy; it's your choice. RG and Candace live in the two story house next to the cottage (see photos). RG is often to be seen on his tractor or riding his Gator around. We have 60-acres which include a large garden and some livestock (chickens and bees). We have 3 friendly dogs (Hermes, Ku'a, & Ruby Tuesday). Candace comes and goes, tending to both the Homestead and Chakra Garden of Ashland. Both of us are naturally friendly and we'll interact with you as much or as little as you prefer. This land has been in RG's family since 1887, and he was raised a couple of miles away, so he knows a lot about the area. We welcome families with children and pets, and single people or couples wanting a quiet retreat experience. The Neighborhood Homestead Woodland Cottage is a spacious, modern bungalow nestled on 60-acres of "Woodland Reserve" private property in the Griffin Creek area between Medford 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 far from the bustle of civilization, yet driving 10 minutes northeast takes you into downtown Medford, 8 minutes northwest and you arrive in the charming historical gold rush town of Jacksonville, or 25 minutes southeast you find yourself in Ashland’s downtown plaza and the bricks in front of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Angus Bowmer Theater.
Homestead Woodland Cottage was the first building on this land since 1919, when RG's father moved with his parents and siblings into downtown Medford. We built the cottage 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, nearly a decade ago, we built a two-story house, which is next to the cottage (see photos).
Homestead Woodland Cottage is on 60-acres of designated "Woodland Reserve." We're at the end of a (paved) country road that, because of the lay-of-the-land, feels very remote but is actually quite close to Medford and Jacksonville. We are at the very beginning of the foothills that lead to the Applegate watershed, and two of our property borders are on BLM land. You can walk up our back hill (or have RG give you a ride in his Gator) and hike for some miles on BLM equestrian trails. And there's lots to explore near the cottage - a pond, hammocks & sky chairs in trees, an ancient orchard, two meadows, a Shaman tree... Getting Around You'll need to have a car if you intend to vacation with us. We are several miles from public transportation. But every part of the Rogue Valley, and all of Southern Oregon, is easily accessible by car from Homestead Woodland Cottage. Other Things to Note Homestead Woodland Cottage is a vacation rental annex to our property Chakra Garden of Ashland where we have several cottages for travelers in downtown Ashland.
It's a quick drive to Jacksonville (10-min), Medford (12-min) and Ashland (25-min), yet 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 home). You’ll not listen to traffic at night, but instead enjoy the cackle of hens and the occasional rooster crow, buzzing bees from our four hives, our two old, friendly dogs barking at pesky squirrels, a nearby family of night owls hooting, or the gaggle of wild turkey as they cross the front yard. ...