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.
We had a wonderful stay at the Victorian Carriage House. The house is private, beautiful, clean and very comfortable. It had everything we needed, and so many extra touches that made us feel welcomed. Bedroom was very comfy and kitchen fully stocked and we loved the breakfast, snacks and coffee Margaret provided.
The location is superb, just a few blocks to downtown and the plays. We didn't use our car for the first three days we were there.
We will definitely stay here on our next visit to Ashland.
Margaret met us at the gate to her sweet home and Carriage House. We were already impressed by the photos, but honestly, they can't compare with the real thing. The Carriage House is lovely and nestled in a beautiful, well-kept garden. Margaret made the place welcoming with home-baked cookies, little candies by the beds, and capped water and glasses on each night stand. With just a 5 minute walk, we were at the theater, restaurants, and shops. I could go on and on. We couldn't have been happier with our stay.
We were warmly welcomed by Margaret when we arrived. She was extremely hospitable and even had home baked almond cookies waiting for us. The house is a beautiful as the photos but still very comfortable and homey. I could have spent a whole Sunday just sitting inside reading, playing board games and cooking.
The garden outside was a nice surprise as it was not in the photos. We enjoyed walking through it every time we came to and from the house, trying to spot one of the two outdoor cats that lived there.
The house itself is very central yet is deep within the block so still feels private and quiet. With Lithia park and downtown only 2 blocks away it only took us 5-10 minutes to walk everywhere we wanted to go.
The host were very welcoming! They met us as we arrived and made us feel immediately at home. The inside of the house was spotless and inviting. The garden was in bloom and looked beautiful. The Victorian Carriage House is stunning from the wood floors to the elegant ceiling lines. Ashland is a beautiful little city to visit and the Victorian Carriage House makes a vacation in Ashland even more special and wonderful. The view from the gorgeous front room windows is as lovely at 7 am as the city wakes up as it is at 10 pm, as the night lights illuminate the downtown. The Victorian Carriage is better than a five star hotel.
You can die and go to heaven, or just visit this lovely Airbnb! LOL What an absolutely beautiful place and excellent hosts. Margaret was in touch with clear instructions and welcomed us all personally. We came simply needing lodgings for three, but realized this would also be a wonderful place to find rest and relaxation. Where to start: beautiful views, peaceful location convenient to downtown Ashland, thoughtful touches like homemade cookies and granola, heated floor in the bathroom, fully appointed kitchen, VERY comfortable beds, spot on recommendations for restaurants, yoga mats, slippers, lovely garden...I just can't say enough. Luckily we forgot something, so as my grandma says, that means we're coming back...
Margaret and John were great hosts. Their space is beautiful and is in an ideal location. Warm, cozy, clean, just lovely. We really enjoyed our stay and will certainly return on a future stay.
What can I say? I want to move into this perfect, beautiful place and let Margaret and John take care of me all the time.
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.