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 comfortably sleep four people. Two in the private bedroom (queen-sized bed) on the main floor and two on the very comfortable full-sized futon in the loft. Children ten or over are welcome. 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.
Margaret and John were wonderful hosts, meeting my wife and I on their driveway as we arrived. Provisions of milk and coffee were stocked for us. This is the perfect place for a visit to Ashland, especially the festival. It's an easy five minute walk into town; the Carriage House is exactly as advertised, even better. The garden is peaceful, the neighborhood is quiet. Neighborhood deer are your companions. We plan to return annually.
This review will equal all previous ones in its enthusiasm and appreciation! Margaret and John are delightful hosts of the green and private oasis that is the Victorian Carriage House and garden. We received a warm and friendly welcome with helpful guidelines for the property. One's instinct is to treat carefully this lovingly created home and to enjoy it's essence, which we did! The spaces in the house are more roomy than the photos imply and we appreciated the many design touches, comfort and absolute cleanliness. The welcoming gifts of fruit, freshly baked cookies etc., were much appreciated. Proximity to town is perfect - a very quick walk to our favorite 'Mix' (Bakery/Coffee) and theaters. This is the magic of Airbnb; experiencing such gems and lovely hosts. We hope to be back. Thanks Margaret and John!
What a perfect place for my husband and me to stay while in Ashland attending my 50th high school reunion! It was a convenient home-base from which to conduct all our activities within town and around the area. And so comfortable! The space was even more commodious than it appears in the photo in the Airbnb site. Full-size everything and plenty of elbow-room. (Even a nice upstairs nook where I could escape my husband's over-active snoring on Night 2.) Great to have a washer and dryer right there -- and a well-appointed kitchen. Many, many windows to be opened to the pristine, deeply refreshing Oregon night air. Got to meet John, but mostly communicated with Margaret, who was attentive, informative, and sensitive to all our needs. The entire visited absolutely reflected the comfort and joy of having grown up in magical, mystical Ashland, Oregon, those many years ago.
We had a wonderful 4 days at the Victorian Carriage House. Margaret greeted us and carefully explained the details of staying in the house. We were pleasantly surprised to find delicious homemade cookies and granola, coffee beans, milk and other goodies to enhance our enjoyment. The location is perfect for a short walk to the theaters, downtown or just a walk in the park. The house is obviously a labor of love with fine craftsmanship and unique details everywhere. The elegant simplicity made lounging and reading a book or just enjoying the view a real vacation for us. We also enjoyed the serenity of sitting in the lovely gardens, although when the weather was too warm we did escape to the much appreciated air conditioning in the house. This is definitely one of the nicest accommodations we have stayed in anywhere. Thank you Margaret and John!
My husband, 18 year old daughter, and I had an excellent 5-day stay at the Victorian Carriage House--a beautiful, well-appointed, private, and perfectly charming space in the middle of Margaret and John's serene garden. The location is perfect for theater goers and those who simply want to enjoy town.
We couldn't have asked for better accommodations or hosts.
The unit over the garage was well appointed and comfortable. It was an easy walk to the theaters/restaurants. The place works great for a couple. Putting anyone besides a child in the loft would be awkward overall, but we just never went up there.
My wife and I enjoyed our stay in Margaret and John's wonderful haven. The Ashland theaters, park, store-fronts, cafes, and a number of top-notch restaraunts are a 5 minute walk away. The Carriage House is very spacious and relaxing, and nestled beside a marvelous garden boasting blueberries, strawberries, kale, and many other delights. We would have been happy to spend our entire Ashland weekend reading books beneath the garden's Wisteria-draped trellis. We look forward to our return.
About the Host, Margaret Noel
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.