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 hut was filled with lit candles and a small fire. The yard was stunning and the hot tub was nice and warm. We immediately felt relaxed. It was amazing!
Ivy was a fantastic host. I arrived much later in the evening than I'd planned, but she was completely relaxed about it, and still had candles lit in the hut and the wood stove burning. The hut itself is beyond magical. If the concept of a totally cool mud hut in the midst of a great garden overlooking the river is even vaguely appealing to you, do yourself a favour and experience this place.
Ivy was such a sweet at welcoming host- down to earth and very easy to connect with. Her hut is nothing short of magical and we were so very happy to get lazy by the wood stove after a long day in Portland. I would definitely recommend staying here if you're looking for something special and cozy. The property is really sweet and comfortable, and private enough to feel on your own. We would love to come by again the next time we're in the city!
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.
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.