The Mudhut and garden sanctuary
United StatesOregonPortland
Cozy mud hut with big bridge view

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed


Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed


Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

1 adult
0 children
Ages 2 - 12
0 infants
Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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About this listing

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!


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Futon
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and Other pet(s)
Room type: Private room

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Prices
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 14%
Cancellation: Moderate

Description

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. I recommend staying two nights for an immersive experience in the relaxing atmosphere.

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. The covered outdoor kitchen is right next to the hut with an ice box, a hot pot for breakfast beverages, and a camp stove with pots, pans & dishes provided. My husband and I are brewers, and there's usually something good to sip on the 4-tap kegerator. Outdoor dining with a view year round.

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,

We're in St. Johns, Portland's northern-most neighborhood and a small town of its own with a strong community identity here. Many families here trace their roots back to James John, the pioneer founder of St. Johns who is memorialized all over the neighborhood. Downtown St. Johns is a few blocks away, with plenty of restaurants (Thai, vegan, soulfood, chinese, pub grub, pizza, deli, breakfast, coffee & gelato), an old movie theater and shopping (lots of vintage).
Cathedral Park, three blocks away, is gorgeous and photogenic with access to the Willamette River and the awesome overhead presence of the gothic St. Johns Bridge that you can see from the hut.
We're also close to a lot of natural areas for urban hiking and paddling. Forest Park, full of trails and old growth forest, is right across the bridge. Just north of here is Kelley Point Park, the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers; Smith and Bybee Lakes, a wetlands for birding and paddling; and Sauvie Island, with beaches, farms, nurseries, hiking, fishing, & birding. We're on the Pacific migratory fly-way, so lots of raptor action around here. Bald eagles, peregrine falcons and hawks swoop by regularly.

We're about 20 minutes from the airport, a $30 taxi trip. The neighborhood is very walkable. To get out, St. Johns is served by at least 4 TriMet bus lines going downtown and toward Northeast Portland, then beyond. Also, my taxi-driver brother lives close by and likes to serve my guests short order when he can.

I built the hut as a retreat from the buzz and hustle of daily life, without electricity. The outdoor kitchen and basement have outlets for charging devices, and there is the option of running an extension cord to the hut for power needs. Wifi is spotty in the hut due to the thick earth walls, but is easy to pick up elsewhere on the property. Your night is your own, but to fully experience the hut in the spirit in which it was built, I recommend turning off and tuning in :-) I accept one-night reservations, but really recommend two nights for an immersive experience. Our location on the bluff above a working river in a major city means that the air is full of sounds. You may hear trains and ship horns at night. The thick earthen walls buffer the sound quite well for most, but some have found night noises to be bothersome. I mention this for the benefit of light sleepers and just for full disclosure.


House Rules
Check-in is after 2PM

This is our family home and a community hub, so the space is built to share. Make yourselves at home in the garden and grounds. The hot tub is available 24 hours a day, quiet hours after 10. When checking out, please wash your dishes and leave everything else to us.


Safety features
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Portland, Oregon, United States · Joined in May 2013
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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.

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