Cozy mud hut with big bridge view

Earth House - Private room · N Saint Louis Ave, Portland, Portland, OR 97203, United States

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

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.

Guest Access

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,

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $425 /week
Cancellation: Flexible

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • We had the most lovely time here in Ivy's cozy mud hut. I highly recommend coming to stay, and enjoy a magical getaway. It's very peacful, warm, and cozy. Our hosts very friendly and accomadating, and I look forward to visiting again!

    April 2014
  • Such an awesome place and creative idea. Cool atmosphere at night and a beautiful place to wake up with a view of the St. John's Bridge and flowering trees in the foreground. Thanks for your hospitality ivy!

    March 2014
  • The mud gives and gives! Healing sleeps, cozy fires, sunlight, and peace. Ivy was a fantastic host, and we loved roaming the grounds and visiting the chickens (and the kitten!).

    March 2014
  • An escape of the daily to the hidden gem.

    March 2014
  • Ivy and her family are very gracious and ensured we had everything we needed (and more) to enjoy our stay. We had a peaceful night's sleep, under a full moon, in a hidden gem of a beautiful community. A lovely experience! :)

    March 2014
  • 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 :)

    March 2014
  • 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.

    March 2014
  • 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.

    January 2014
  • 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.

    January 2014
  • 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.

    December 2013
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St. Petersburg High School, University of West Florida
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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