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,
~theMudHut~ was awesome........I am glad I chose to rest here...first of all it is a mud hut....add a small wood stove and the candles.. and it was cozier than any hotel that I have stayed at... but that's me.... The host are great too..very welcoming...down to earth folks... .....I love this place and would go back in the future.
This. Place. Was. Perfect. And I mean both the hut and the people! It's idyllic if you want a rustic, quiet getaway that is still minutes from all the city has to offer.
I don't think I can say enough good things about this space: a beautiful, wild-looking garden...funny chickens that hide in the bushes or follow you around...clean and well-maintained hot tub...great ambiance...the view...the (email hidden)eat water pressure in the downstairs shower...the hut was cool inside though it was around 80 outside...creative outdoor kitchen space...wonderful hosts! The entire property is alive with plants, animals, and artwork. All in all, it provoked the feeling that we had gotten away from it all (even though we knew it was close by). Being inside the mud hut you could be anywhere.
Ivy had great communication leading up to and upon our arrival. She is friendly and informative, and her family is absolutely charming. We ended up sharing a wonderful evening meal with them full of laughs and great conversation. We hope to go back!!
Huge thanks to both C and Ivy for a wonderful visit. It really was a welcome escape from the city and I will recommend it to everyone. From their delicious home brew, hot tub, fire pit, and outdoor kitchen, it was a perfect visit! Wonderful hosts and family to spend time with. I look forward to next time!
Upon arrival, I knew this was a great pick for our first night in Portland. Ivy explained how to get to our mudhut with ease, during which we were greeted by the crew of bold and friendly chickens. Although Ivy and her family were not home at the time, we felt very at ease. The access to the hot tub is a must, rinse first, but there was no place I would have rather been than looking at Saint John's bridge from that hot tub. The overall experience from the afternoon, the comfortable sleep, and the morning I spent in the chicken coop with their beautiful bunny was mystifying. The fire in the hut was key, and also made me feel primitive, thank you for that. To sum it up, stay here. Its a magical space that holds good feelings and now good memories.
I was on an international rock and roll tour, and my beautiful girlfriend met me for a single night on the road. I can't even stress how perfect this ace was to escape the metropolises I'll be trapped in for the next few months. And maybe I shouldn't tell anybody this but there's a drumkit in the basement. Ivy thanks!
This mudhut was the perfect little reset on a trip that involved a lot of busy downtown portland activity. It was quiet and peaceful. The hot tub was delightful and the hut itself truly is magical. We arrived to an already lit wood stove and immediately felt so welcome! The mudhut is so cozy, and charming,even more so then the pictures show! Our sleep was deep and we've been bragging on it ever since. This is an adventure worth taking, and is the perfect reset for anyone looking to have some quiet retreat.
Ivy did a wonderful job checking in prior to our arrival, and keeping us up to date on her comings and goings.
The space was well-set up upon arrival, peaceful, restful, and the neighborhood friendly and walkable.
It was a lovely visit, and a great way to unplug!
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.