Nestled in the private backyard of our family home, a neighborhood hub. The round, rustic, romantic MudHut hides in a secret garden overlooking the St. Johns bridge and sparkling river, near Cathedral Park, Forest Park, downtown St. Johns, canoe and hiking trails... Firepit, permaculture gardens, loaner bikes, community life, view!
Our hut was handbuilt by family, friends, and community with great love and serves as a guesthouse, homeschool hut, sauna and sanctuary. Wood-heated and candle-lit, it's a tranquil, rustic sleeping space.
You may wander the gardens, pick berries, have a fire, hang out in the outdoor living areas, the sanctuary and the stage. Bathroom facilities are a tip toe from the mudhut to the basement of our home, through the outside back door, down a set of stairs. It's impractical to share the kitchen in our small family home, but rudimentary outdoor kitchen facilities are available and there's outdoor dining with a view year round.
Interaction with Guests
I love to make tea and breakfast from the gardens and grounds if you desire. Our family spends a lot more time outside than in, and we love an excuse to have a fire, so if you want to be one of the family you are most welcome. That said, the hut is your private zone,
The cozy mud hut was amazingly cozy and serene. The pictures of the place do not do it justice. It's such a lovely nest. It was a perfect way to spend Valentine's Day. We didn't have the pleasure of meeting Ivy and her family but felt the love they put into the place.
Ivy was amazing - flexible with our arrival time, willing to start fire for us, and friendly. She even let us try some of her and her partners herbal homebrew, of which they had 4 or 5 on tap in the outdoor kitchen! The only thing I regret about this stay was not booking it for more than one night! I definitely reccommend taking advantage of the hot soaking tub in the early morning or night - amazing view and so relaxing!
Total therapy - I felt a sense of incredible ease and timelessness here. Great care was taken to make the place welcoming, and the garden area surrounding made it feel private and special. I hope to visit again!
Ivy was very communicative before and during our stay. She was willing to share in her musical instruments and various living spaces and hobbies. The hut was soooo loving and amazing, and the best bedroom anyone could ask for. Even with the rain, we were cozy and warm, with candles and fireplace. We didn't get time to try the hot tub but it looked inviting. Ivy's place is unique and a once in a lifetime experience that no one should miss.
Laughed all night w/ my two best friends in this hut under the candle light with some red wine & the wood burning stove to keep us cozy.. was such a magical place & Ivy was a fantastic - down to earth - host! LOVEDDD!
This place is truly special-- such a great space, warm family, and a really unique haven in a cool part of Portland. Ivy is kind and intuitive. She kept the stove lit so it was always cozy, and she went above and beyond to make sure my stay was comfortable. She was easy to reach when I had questions, but the hut is separate from the main house, so privacy/ noise was never an issue. She and C gave great recommendations for things to do and see in the St. Johns neighborhood. They've set up a rare and wonderful home in a scenic, gorgeous place, and it's such a gift that they're sharing it with the travelers who are lucky enough to find out about it.
The mud hut is a magical, wonderful place to relax and explore. Ivy made us feel so welcomed she had the hut all warmed and candlelit for us when we got there and gave us a lovely tour of the property. Set in an enchanting community space with outdoor kitchen, gardens, gorgeous view of the St. Johns bridge, and close to several great eateries this is the perfect place to escape while traveling. The hot tub was so nice to soak in at night while the bridge twinkled in the mist. Easily one of the best parts of our trip!
I'm a settled-down traveler who found a gem of hidden land on the edge of the city--land that wants to be shared. I raise my family, tend the land and work in the community. Artist, herbalist, permaculturist, teacher and writer.