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.
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 mudhut is wonderful. Ivy and her family were very generous, kind, and helpful, creative and welcoming. I felt very safe and I enjoyed making my own fire in the cosy mudhut's stove which worked like a charm and kept me warm all night on a cold and wintry Portland weekend. The bus no 4 gets you downtown in 25-30 mins, and also to Mississippi Rd in the East, so staying in the north wasn't a problem at all. There are cafes close by with great coffee and food and the area is quiet, and the mudhut and Ivy's house are surrounded by great neighbors :)
Ivy was a great communicator, very quick to respond to e mails and calls. When a last minute change in plans forced me to cancel my reservation, she was gracious and understanding.
Ivy is a good hearted woman. Kind and patient. Housing was a special adventure and made me feel like I was camping but with more protection ! I would recommend for anyone that enjoys the unusual.
Had the best stay in the mud hut! My first airbnb experience and it will be hard to follow up. Ivy is such a hospitable woman, lending my boyfriend and I a wine opener and tending to our fire making incapabilities. Her hut is small and quaint with candle lighting and a comfortable futon dressed with plenty of blankets for the nighttime. She provided towels and shower ammentities along with the most positive energy and conversation. You should definitely stay in her hut if you have the chance! It will make for such an authentic portland experience.
The mud hut was indeed cozy and beautiful!
Ivy was a terrific host: she responded quickly to messages and was super patient when we got stuck in bad traffic (holidays and intense fog are a bad combo) and didn't make it until after midnight! She'd built a fire so that the hut was toasty warm and waiting for us.
The space turned out to not be a good match for us because of a lack of accessibility: it had an uneven, cobbled floor, a narrow step down into the hut and then a steep staircase (with a low ceiling) down to the bathroom, which is in the basement of the main house across the garden. It was super hard on my bum knee, but I hadn't thought to ask in advance about those things. When we realized that it really wouldn't work, Ivy was super accommodating and helpful in modifying our reservation.
If you're concerned about accessibility or not having a bathroom in close proximity to your space, this is probably not a great match. But if you're excited to enjoy a simple space that holds just a futon and a wood stove, with a beautiful outdoor area to enjoy in nice weather, you may love this tiny, cozy hut.
Ivy was great! Thee place is adorable. We had a great time.
Our stay at ivy's mud hut was no less than a magical experience. The hut itself was quite beautiful, hand built with lots of character and appreciation for aesthetics. A wood stove kept the place quite warm and comfy, ivy was kind enough to start us a fire. We had an amazing view of the St. John's bridge and the river. There was an outside living room, a hot tub, and plenty of chickens and a super friendly kitty named potato that kept us company! Ivy was gracious, easy to talk to and made us feel welcomed and honored. We would recommend anyone visiting Portland to check out this space!
Wonderful experience, lovely mud hut ambience in the evenings. We enjoyed the outdoor structure set up as living room (there are blankets for chilly days/evenings), and having a campfire in the evenings. We loved having the chickens cluck around and see the view to the bridge.
Check out the Cathedral Park below in the St. John's bridge, it is within 10 min walking distance or shorter drive.
+++ Mud Hut highly recommended if you are a nature lover, art lover, and not opposed to basic conditions (small bathroom, futon mattress, no immediate electricity in mud hut).
The Mud Hut was a wonderful place for me to take a day away from my apartment in Portland. It was a great get away and I managed to work on my acoustic music uninterrupted from the hut. I lost track of time, enjoyed the natural lighting and candle-lit space. Ivy was able to run an outlet to the hut for charging my phone & using wifi. The host, Ivy was quick with questions and accommodating to any needs I had during my short stay. The view of the St. Johns bridge is wonderful - everything you see in the pictures truly reflect the lovely open space. I will definitely be back for another retreat in the future!
Wow. I wish I could paint a picture of my experience at the Mud Hut. Ivy's home is a mystical oasis in a conveniently private location. Every twist and turn of her land, which she has clearly invested so much effort in restructuring, holds an exquisite angle of beauty. Lighting the candles at night inside of the hut had me feeling like I was in a spiritual temple of my own, and the view of the St. John's Bridge was a gem in itself. Ivy is extremely welcoming and accommodating. She even set up the hot tub so I could enjoy it in the rain, and what a treat that was!