About this listing
You will wake in the trees, to the soft green prospects of the forested Siskiyou mountains to the west. You'll discover enchanting views at every window, from city streets to a quiet English garden and pond. You are a few steps from Ashland Plaza.
Ashland Plaza, world famous Lithia Park, international and gourmet restaurants, coffee houses; health food stores, fitness gyms, unique shops and Shakespeare theaters are a short stroll from the Carriage House (within 2 or 3 blocks!). You may also enjoy the quiet of the private gardens and a fully appointed kitchen (supplied with seasonal fruit; fresh, home-made granola; tea, coffee, and necessary condiments); laundry facilities; air conditioning; bathroom radiant heating (hair dryer, of course), and a romantic gas heating fireplace for winter visits. There is one bathroom (with a shower, not a tub). The Carriage House will sleep four people. Two in the private bedroom (queen-sized bed) on the main floor and two on the comfortable full-sized futon in the loft, accessed by a Japanese Kaidan Tansu (traditional staircase cabinet). The loft is not advisable for senior citizens or children under ten years old. We happily welcome children ten or over in the Carriage House. Approved by City of Ashland Community Development # 13-1826; Planning Action # '(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
A guest parking place is provided in the carriage garage. Private access to the garden and Carriage House, which is a completely separate unit from the 1876 Victorian house.
Interaction with guests
My husband and I take the lead from our guests. After welcoming guests to their accommodations, we invite them to feel comfortable about asking for directions or information about our community or our historic, 1876 Isaac Woolen House. We enjoy camaraderie--as well as guests who seek private time and solitude.
We live in the beautiful, quiet Ashland Historic District. The neighborhood is within walking distance to just about every place in town, with western prospects of the Siskiyou forest and of the Tuscany-like fields to the east. After taking the ten steps up and entering into the Carriage House, guests feel the peace of life among the trees, able to watch the many different species of bird fly, often at eye-level--and the Siskiyou white-tail deer foraging below.
Guests have a parking space in the carriage house garage. However, most people forget they even brought a car since the town center (post office, parks, stores and theaters) is within walking distance. Cycling is encouraged in Ashland. A bicycle path follows Bear Creek all the way to Medford. The number 10 bus (which circles Ashland and goes to Medford) stops across the street from our Victorian home.
Other things to note
For "in door" activities in inclement weather, you can set up a board game near the fire place. We've stacked five games in the kitchen cabinet: Monopoly; Scrabble; Pictionary; Backgammon; and Trivial Pursuit. If the weather's good, take a walk through the English garden, which is "patrolled" by three out-door working cats, Brendie, Mama Tux, and Lil'Grey. These are rescued wild kitties, so they purringly value their domestic jobs (either sleeping peacefully in protected boxes or fending off unwanted critters).
Our family values are bio-organic. We compost, recycle and use bio-degradable products. Although we understand and make exceptions for people restricted by physical or medical issues, we ask our guests to avoid wearing shoes in the Carriage House, if possible, so that we can maintain the high gloss and quality of the floors. We enjoy music-making and community gatherings, but discourage loud parties. All smoking is strictly prohibited, as are lit candles and incense. And, since we have employed cats for the garden, we do not invite other pets into the Carriage House. Although we are careful to protect our guests privacy, if we see windows open during a rain storm, or numerous lights on when we know our guests are away, or any other worrisome situation, we reserve the right to check out the unit and make adjustments for the safety of our guests and protection of the property. We will always knock before entering.
My husband and I are originally from Seattle. We moved to Ashland in 1999. My husband (a former Microsoft employee) is presently Head of Software Testing for an international software company. I am a former college and university English professor. When we have free time together, we enjoy music. John plays piano; I play cello.