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.
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 Rey 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.
*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. It's a "pee only" toilet so guests need to come inside our home to use our spare bathroom (set up for Airbnb guests) for other bathroom functions.
We have an outdoor shower & an outdoor kitchen to wash dishes. Both use the propane instant hot water heater & are directly outside the El Rey.
You should be able to get WiFi outside of the trailer, but may not be 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.
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
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.
ABOUT OUR PROPERTY:
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 manages our property and is a person of multiple skills and trades.
•We have two daughters. One attends Oregon State University in Corvallis. The other is an 8th grader.
•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 and parts of Europe.
•We love to play music and have a house full of instruments.
•We love being active. We hike, run, bike, canoe and ski. We love sharing our knowledge about Central Oregon and about anything else.
WHAT WE PROVIDE OUR TRAVEL TRAILER GUESTS:
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:
•Local knowledge, use of guides and maps
*Shari has her Food Handler's Certificate
WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR USE ON OUR PROPERTY:
•Playing in the pond
•Pogo stick/Hula hoops/lawn games
•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. You are welcome to borrow a book and trade.
*NOTE: We have a 15 foot Grumman canoe, with paddles, life vests, and roof tie-downs for $25/day.
**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.
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!
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.
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.
We are out in the country and are a family. As such, we appreciate quiet spaces and family customs. No smoking, no drugs, no partying, no excessive drinking.
The El Rey was even more amazing than we were expecting, and Shari and Andy were exemplary hosts just by being exactly themselves. It was very comfortable, cute and cozy: we made most of our meals easily on the 3 burner stove in the well appointed tiny kitchen. We appreciated the amenity of the WC, especially in the middle of the night, and meeting the cats and dogs when visiting the in house bathroom. We loved listening to magpies, mourning doves and black birds from the shower in the daytime and frogs at night from the swinging chair. Shari and Andy are special people and the El Rey is a special place. We hope to visit them again!
I loved the El Rey and will definitely try to book it again if I return to Bend. It was down in the high teens two the nights I was there and I was toasty. The kitchenette is perfect for cooking, and the couch is a great reading nook. Andy and Shari were gracious hosts, it was wonderful to meet them. Highly recommend!
Shari and Andy made us feel more than welcome. They have put a lot of thought into making this unique dwelling comfortable and enjoyable. The trailer is beautifully preserved and exciting to be in. Like previously mentioned, the space is cozy especially for our party of 3. When we were inside, we had to take turns moving around, making tea, cooking, etc. If the weather was warmer it would have been easier as we could have spent more time in the outside area. The sleeping area is a bunk-bed configuration meaning if you move around a lot, your fellow slumberers may hear you. The area is quiet and bucolic. We had no problem finding it. If you're up for something different that's a step up from camping, this is a great option.
Lovely hosts, good conversation, an immaculate funky/retro El Rey 1956 trailer, fresh strawberries in the fridge and two bottles of locally brewed beer. Starry night, red-winged blackbirds, and sweet cats who visit you when you use the inside bathroom.
Shari and Andy were excellent hosts - meeting us when we arrived and making sure we knew how everything worked. We stayed in El Ray in early April but despite varied weather - including a snow storm we were toasty warm! My husband even braved the outside shower and said it was a treat!
I would happily recommend this place to other travellers - really unique!
We had such a wonderful time staying here. The property is just outside of Bend and surrounded by peaceful farms and beautiful views of the mountains. Upon arrival, Shari and her husband were very helpful in making sure we were well oriented to the trailer and all of its amenities. They even provided oatmeal, hot chocolate, coffee, a couple of beers, and a pumpkin spice cake, which were really sweet touches.
The El Rey is immaculate! It was a great size for two adults and a small dog and we were warm and cozy with the space heater, despite the cold temperatures outside. The outdoor shower worked great and the wooden bench facing the mountains provided one of the best places to enjoy some morning coffee. Shari was available for questions when we had them and was very accommodating.
Overall, we loved our stay here. This was way better than any hotel we could have found in town. It provides the perfect balance of providing that break from the city, but it is still close enough to town that you can enjoy all that Bend has to offer too! We definitely plan to return next time we are visiting Bend :-)
Our experience was excellent! The hosts were very helpful and kind. Their property is beautiful and the El Ray, was everything we had hoped for. It was quiet and beautiful. The El Ray was very clean and had everything that we needed. I would highly recommend staying here. Cheers!
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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!