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 never wanted to leave. We were scheming ways to stay forever. Margaret could not have been more attentive, and every attention was given to the little details like flashlights for walking up the drive at night, or a well stocked kitchen with lots of dishtowels, or really soft linens. The fireplace is amazing, the decor is so cozy and beautiful and complete you'll wish you could move in, and we both, in the loft and the bedroom, slept like infants. Pictures do not do the beauty of this place justice. Cannot recommend highly enough. Stay here immediately, but always leave it free for us when we're in town!
What a wonderful home away from home~ We had a wonderful stay at the Carriage House. Margaret and John could not have been more accommodating. We will definitely return here and will certainly recommend their house to friends. Thank you, Margaret and John~
Very welcoming! Cozy and friendly place. Just a short walk to downtown and theater district.
Margaret really made us feel welcome! Soft drinks, a cheese platter, and wine in the fridge; Crackers, chocolate and fresh fruit on the counter. And fresh banana bread on the table!
The Carriage House feels brand new. Wonderful workmanship throughout the house; window moldings, floors, cabinetry. Furnishings are all high quality.
We really appreciated the radiant heating under the bathroom floor.
Tucked down a private drive, The Victorian Carriage House quietly beckons the visitor to walk througn the garden gate and explore
what lies beyond.
Around a corner one discovers a charming flower garden of roses, azaleas, etc. Up an exterior stair, you arrive at a the leaded glass entry door and a welcoming padded chair handy as one removes outdoor shoes prior to entering.
The interior of the dwelling is absolutely delightful: light-filled and tastefullly decorated with beautiful textiles, a nice audio system, comfortable seating, and a glorious view of Ashland in the distance
through a canopy of treestops.
The location is quiet and peaceful - congruent with the internal atmosphere of the home itself....a glorious place to kick back and relax.
The location is also convenient - no need to drive. Stroll through the neighborhood, down a flight of stairs onto a winding path and over a footbridge. You'll cross the creek and be in the town square in 10 mins - ready for a play or a nice dinner out.
The Carriage house will offer cozy comfort
when you return from any adventures.
You'll find the kitchen stocked with fresh coffee beans, homemade granola, milk etc.
You'll find the futon in the loft awaiting a visit for nap or reading of a good book. Best of all, you'll find the bed will lull you to sleep with the high quality linens and feather pillows.
The only problem - you won't want to leave the Carriage House and the welcoming owner, Margaret.
The Victorian Carriage House is wonderful and is everything every one said previously and more! It has beautiful views of downtown, the hills and yard! Every morning we had a hard time getting started on the day....we would watch the sun peak through the clouds, the rain against a back drop of trees, the many birds in the trees and the deer casually grazing in the yard. If you are going out in the evenings do not be surprised if the beautiful big buck is laying in the yard under the trees when you come home. Even though it is fall we enjoyed sitting out in the garden under one of 2 arbors in the early evening enjoying cheese, pears and champagne provided by Margaret to celebrate my extended birthday weekend. What a special treat! We felt like we were at a high end luxury retreat.....who can say anything more than we felt truly pampered. We plan to come again....Thank you
This is a lodging is just lovely. We have stayed in Ashland many times and so appreciated the location being walking distance to all of downtown and the theater. This gorgeously appointed apartment was certainly large enough for two couples and having such a large and complete kitchen made it possible for us to have many of our meals there. Very comfortable, very pretty and very central. Yes, we'd go back.
Margaret and John's carriage house was just perfect for our stay in Ashland! Not only was it beautifully appointed with high-end amenities, it was a short walking distance to the theaters! This was especially important for us, as we were treating our mom to a few plays. In addition, the outdoor spaces were very welcoming, just right for pre-reading the plays and having a little happy hour snack before the evening performances! All of us loved it and hope to return again next year! Thank you!
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.