1956 El Rey Airstream-like trailer!

Camper/RV - Entire home/apt · Southwest Young Avenue, Bend, OR 97701, United States

Come stay in our original 1956, 17 foot, El Rey, Airstream-like trailer. It is nestled under some junipers on our 20 acre property in Central Oregon, with views of Cascades Mountains. Here you will find tranquility, peace & a step back in time.

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Come stay in our original 1956, 17 foot, El Rey, Airstream-like trailer. It is nestled under some junipers on our 20 acre property in Central Oregon, with views of Cascades Mountains. Here you will find tranquility, peace & a step back in time.

The Space

Have you ever thought about staying in a vintage travel trailer? Come stay with us in our original 1956, 17 foot, El Rey Airstream-like trailer. We have it nestled under some junipers on our 20 acre property in Central Oregon, with views of Cascades Mountains.

Why stay in a hotel or motel, or camp at a crowded camp ground, when you can have your own private adventure! This is truly a vacation opportunity unlike any other. While it is a bit like camping, it's much more.

The El Ray is compact, cozy (very cozy!) & comfortable. It includes everything that you'll need for your restful stay. It is equipped with two mattresses (a single and a full as a bunk) and a sofa for sleeping. The bottom bunk is 48" wide versus a typical full-size mattress, which is 54" wide. So, it will fit two slender bodies - we guarantee you'll be cozy! The sofa will sleep one small/average size person. There is a portable heater, blankets & sleeping bags.

*As we received a caveat about the cozy nature of the El Rey, we want to let folks know that if you like bigger sleeping spaces...you might feel a little claustrophobic in the El Rey.

The El Rey also has; a small refrigerator, a three burner stove/oven, storage cabinets, an on-demand instant hot water heater (outside/propane) shower and *toilet. You can make your meals using the propane stove/oven, or use the fire pit. The pantry has utencils, pots/pans & some cooking items for your use.

We also have an outdoor shower & an outdoor kitchen to wash dishes. Both use the propane instant hot water heater & are directly outside from the El Rey.

You should be able to get WiFi outside of the trailer, but inside we haven't been able to pick up the signal from our router. But no worries. Our home is about 40 feet away and you can sit on our porch for all your WiFi needs.

*The toilet is very compact and works a bit different than a normal house toilet. It has a flapper valve and uses gravity to remove wastes, like that on a boat. While we have a holding tank, we're finding that it's more amenable to folks to come inside and use our spare bathroom for some bathroom functions.

PLEASE READ: There is a space heater and the El Rey is insulated, but when the weather turns colder, we won't be able rent it out So, the El Rey is generally available from mid/late April to mid/late October.

Our property is located in Tumalo, a small community in Central Oregon. We call our property “GADSHILL FARM”, which was named after our great grandfather's (George Andrew Dunning) 19th century farm in southeastern Pennsylvania. We were very fortunate to inherit the “GADSHILL FARM” sign, made by GAD’s son.

Our nearly 20 acre property is ideally situated. It is far enough to be “out in the country”, yet close enough in to get to all the places you want to go. We’re about 6 miles from Redmond, 8 miles from Bend and about 20 miles from Sisters. The closest store/coffee shop is in Tumalo, about 5-miles away.

We’re about 45-minutes from Mt Bachelor ski resort, about 1-hr from HooDoo and about 30-minutes from cross country
ski/hiking trails.

We’re about 1 mile from the infamous Peterson Rock Garden, a roadside architecture and geologic attraction, built by Rasmus Petersen in the 1930’s. The Peterson Rock Garden was recently listed as one of the “Most Endangered Places” on the Historic Preservation League of Oregon’s top ten list.

The roads around us are quite rural, making it ideal for bicycling, even for young ones. We are experienced bicyclists and can provide you with excellent information on bicycle rides in the area.

Along with our home, there are several other buildings on our property, including a second home (which we rent), a large shop/studio, hay barn and small cabin (currently in use).

There are horses and chickens on the property, as well as domestic animals. We have one sweet rescue dog (Percy) and four very friendly rescue cats. We hope that you enjoy pets. Ours are very friendly; you might find a cat on your lap as you are relaxing and reading your favorite book.

As we live on the property, we think it fair that you know a little about us:

•There are two adults, Shari and Andy. Shari is an Environmental Scientist and writer. She recently published a book about the family’s volunteering in Ecuador and Peru. She currently works for the Oregon DEQ.

•Andy is a Photographer and person-of-multiple trades. He published a photography book (Southern Exposures). He currently works at COSTCO in the photography department.

•We have two girls. One attends Oregon State University in Corvallis. The other is a 7th grader. We also have an exchange student from South Korea living with us for the year.

•We love to travel. In 2011-2012, we lived in Plasencia, Extremadura, Spain. Andy and Shari taught English and the girls attended Spanish public schools. We've volunteered in Ecuador and Peru, spent weeks in Guatemala and Mexico and have traveled throughout much of the U.S.

•We love to play music and have a house full of instruments. We love to jam with others!

•We love being active. We hike, run, bike, canoe and ski. We love sharing our knowledge about Central Oregon and about anything else.

Clean sheets/towels (if you stay for more than one night you have the option to keep your sheets and towels versus nightly laundering). If you stay for a week, we can make arrangements for you to use the washer and dryer.

We'll also provide you with complimentary:

Coffee/tea/hot chocolate
A baked good

•Local knowledge, use of guides and maps

*Shari has her Food Handler's Certificate

•Play structure
•Playing in the pond
•Pogo stickHula hoops
•Board games/puzzles/children’s books
•Use of campfire
*Access to our Little Free Library. At the end of our driveway you will find a colorful range that has been converted into a Little Free Library. To learn more about this wonderful organization, please visit the website: (website hidden). You are welcome to borrow a book and trade (so bring along some books you longer want and add them to our collection and grab a few to share!)

*NOTE: We have a 15 foot Grumman canoe, with paddles, life vests, and roof tie-downs for $25/day.

**NOTE: We also offer a guest room in our house which sleeps two adults and two youth (one queen bed and a bunk bed). To learn more about our guest room, please visit our other airbnb link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1171593

***A FINAL FINAL NOTE: Don't trust your GPS to take you to the correct SW Young Avenue. There are two streets, one of which is ours, and one of which is close, but does not connect. Make sure to take the Young Avenue that looks like the letter "L" lying on it's side.

Guest Access

portions of the property, wifi, El Rey fire pit, wood for building a fire, the play structure

Interaction with Guests

As little or as much as they would like!

The Neighborhood

We love the peace and serenity. We love watching the wildlife. We love being so close in, yet feeling like we're away from it all.

Getting around

Sorry, no convenient public transportation

Other Things to Note

We've lived in this area a long time and have a lot of knowledge to share about what to do. We're avid bicyclists and love to hike.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $250 /week
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Andy et Shari sont adorables. Très accueillants, attentionnés et de bons conseils.
    L'expérience de dormir dans le airstream était excellente ! Nous avons adoré et l'endroit est paisible. On a eu la chance de voir une biche et ses petits à notre réveil passer tout proche du airstream. Tout était parfait !

    June 2014
  • This was a great stay in the Bend Oregon area. Shari and her whole family were great hosts and had everything ready for us when we arrived. There was a parking space, fruits and snacks in El Rey, and everything was clean! El Rey was a refreshing change for a camping trip and all my kids sincerely loved it. Thanks for a truly enjoyable stay.

    June 2014
  • What a fun, relaxing place to stay. Shari and family were lovely and the space was so fun. We hope to come back soon!

    May 2014
    Response from Shari:

    We hope you come back soon!

    May 2014
  • We had a great experience with Shari and Andy! They were friendly and approachable yet respected our privacy and space. They even offered some great suggestions of things to do in the area. We followed their suggestion to visit Smith Rock--a twenty minute drive away--and had the most incredible hike!

    Staying in El Rey was delightful, especially for the intrepid and adventurous. It's cozy and has everything you'd need. Shari even left us some cooking supplies and a light breakfast selection including gluten free oatmeal, the regular stuff, and fresh fruit. Showering 'al fresco' was also pretty cool, with the birds flitting by overhead but with complete privacy.

    The stay exceeded our expectations as described in the listing. I would recommend this to the adventurous!

    The neighborhood is quite rural but welcoming and not far from both Bend and Redmond. Lots of great outdoor activities to do in the area or if you want to just chill at El Rey, that's a good option too.

    Hope we make it back!

    May 2014
  • My 14 yr. old daughter and I stayed in the El Rey for three nights in October 2013. We were lucky to have incredible warm, sunny weather. We found the El Rey trailer to be cozy and adorable. We ended up using it only to sleep (it provided a warm and quiet sleep), read and play games, because Shari and Andy generously gave us access to an inside bathroom and a bedroom in the house where we could connect to the Internet. We loved the 5 enormous, friendly cats and the gentle old dog who live with the family. We played frisbee in a wonderful horse (website hidden) in the trailer might've been a bit challenging due to the tiny space, so we were delighted to be able to use the main house kitchen when the family left one evening. Shari and Andy were helpful and patient about repeating directions to their place after we got lost a couple of times. When we woke in the morning we opened the curtains for a stunning view of one of the three Sisters snow-covered mountains. Quiet, animal-filled, comfy, reasonably priced, accommodating family!

    October 2013
  • We had a wonderful time staying in the El Ray! Andy and Shari were great hosts and made us feel at home. The location was great, an easy drive to Downtown Bend and Smith Rock.

    October 2013
  • The description of this place was exactly what we were looking for. Quite, very clean1956 El Rey Airstream-like trailer. Not only Shari and Andy made themselves available for us, they were also very informative about the various places we can tour. Coming from Michigan, we were amaze on how accessible it is to go visit, Three Sisters, Bend, Terrebonne, Redmond, and Deschutes. So many places not enough time, but the three nights we were there was a really good experience as well as beneficial.
    Thank you Shari and Andy.
    From Al and Daria of Michigan

    September 2013
  • Andy and Shari are like the next door neighbors that you wish you knew better; laid back, kind, funny, and considerate. I had a wonderful time in the El Rey, and I plan on coming back next year! You can come alone (as I did) and enjoy the peaceful surroundings and beautiful sunsets. There is, however, enough room to bring your sweetheart along, which I plan on doing next year...which will be great because the El Rey provides a nice balance of the outdoors (for me), and the comforts of the indoors (for my other half). I'm sort of rambling here, but my point is that I had a great time, I loved the El Rey, Shari and Andy were awesome, as are their teenagers. Also, their cats and dog are super friendly, but not intrusive :) Don't forget to bring your bikes! See you next year!

    September 2013
  • Shari and Andy were so kind and welcoming. And the property was very peaceful and perfect for a quick getaway. We had a great time. My only caveat is that this trailer is small. So it's great for one or two people, but was a bit cramped for a family. That being said we spent most of the time outside anyway. Thanks Shari and Andy!

    September 2013
  • El Rey was simply brilliant. This is the most unique place I have ever spent the night. It was very peaceful and the hosts provided us with lovely coffee, lots of cooking utensils, and some great advice about local eateries. It is in really good condition for being so old and is quite cozy. Close to Bend, Smith Rock, etc. Enjoy!

    August 2013
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We are a family from Bend, Oregon in the US. Last year we lived in Spain. My husband and I taught English and our daughters attended school. We're back home now and had so much fun using Airbnb in Europe that we've decided to become hosts! You can read more about us in our Airbnb profile, or please feel free to ask us questions!
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