Bike-friendly PDX Garden Tea House

Other - Private room · SE Lincoln St, Portland, OR 97215, United States

This is a cute, 8x8 Japanese style tea house next to a massive hot tub, perfect for the lone traveler looking for either a quick stopover or an extended, relaxing economical stay.

Your host, Bryan
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This is a cute, 8x8 Japanese style tea house next to a massive hot tub, perfect for the lone traveler looking for either a quick stopover or an extended, relaxing economical stay.

The Space

This South East Portland Airbnb is a petite, quiet, Japanese-style tea house in a private (and lush, depending on the season) fenced-in backyard. It is surrounded by flowers, bamboo, fruit trees and raised garden beds. The tea house itself is an 8x8 space with a single bed, bookshelves, chair, space heater, and A/C - so the space itself is teeny tiny! I make no claim to the spaciousness of this particular Airbnb!

However, there is also a 350 gallon, 4-person hot tub located directly next to the tea house, which tends to make up for the lack of space inside the tea house itself :)

So, if you're looking for a quick stopover in a unique residence and perhaps a nice 104-degree dip to relax, the tea house is likely the place for you. If you're looking to sleep more than one person, have an aversion to tiny, yet quaint spaces, or otherwise need a lot of room to operate, you are probably better off looking around a little more.

The residence is located on one of Portland's wonderful bikeways - just a 15 minute ride from downtown, and directly between the popular Hawthorne and Division streets. If you're looking for a hill workout, Mt. Tabor's wonderful trails are located directly to the east. The residence itself is also bike-friendly, with secured in-home bike parking and tools, pumps, and area bike route maps available.

Late-night food carts, good coffee, strong cocktails at the Sapphire Hotel, and a popular yoga studio are all short walks away. If the bus is more your style, the #14 bus stops one block away and can have you downtown in just over 20 minutes.

As of June 2013, the tea house has air conditioning - it was just getting too hot out there, so there is now a small in-window unit to help keep you cool :)

Extras: WiFi, bike parking, car parking (on-street), and a loaner cellphone for guests whose phones don't work in the United States. The kitchen, bathroom, and bike parking access in the main residence all come with the tea house rental - however the tea house is *separate from the main house*, so you'll have to walk about 30 feet to use the kitchen, bathroom, washer/dryer, etc.

Other fun facts: hummingbirds abound, and if you time your visit with the right seasons, you can help yourself to the fruits from the yard's fig and plum trees.

Guest Access

Guest has access to the tea house, hot tub, as well as the main house with all its amenities - wifi, TV, laundry, kitchen, etc.

Interaction with Guests

I'm available to help if you need me for directions, suggestions, advice, restaurant or nightlife tips, but I'm also willing to let my guests do their own thing if they just want to explore on their own.

The Neighborhood

This South East Portland neighborhood is a short walk from Mt. Tabor, which has great walking/biking/hiking as well as a popular dog park and scenic view.

Getting around

There's a bus stop close by, and I also have a couple of loaner bikes for those who want to get around in true Portland style.

Other Things to Note

During the summer you can help yourself to my tomatos, peppers, figs, and plums from the backyard garden. Seasonal availability applies!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $320 /week
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Bryan was a WONDERFUL host, so incredibly kind and accommodating! He met me late at night and I was not in the best condition, but he made me feel very welcome, safe, and supported. Both the tea house and the big house - not to mention the garden - are magical, beautiful, special places, full of love and very peaceful.

    I come to Portland a couple of times a year, and after this experience, I really can't imagine staying anywhere else!

    May 2014
  • The Teahouse was so wonderful that I had to return for a second night - what a beautiful sanctuary!

    May 2014
  • Brian was a fabulous host -- great check-in instructions, incredibly responsive and helpful, and wonderful to chat with. Staying with him felt like staying with an old friend, and I can't wait to stay at his Tea House again.

    Plus, he let me borrow his beautiful vintage Masi to bike around town -- glorious!

    The Tea House itself was an absolute dream. Quaint and serene. Situated in Brian's backyard garden, with the hot tub just outside the Tea House door. Perfect for one guest looking for a peaceful place to rest their head and relax. My nights at this listing were spent soaking in the warm and spacious hot tub, and lounging on the house's comfortable bed with the French doors open to the aromatic garden. If you find yourself in Portland (or already live in Portland) staying here is a must-do!

    April 2014
  • Thank you for lovely stay in your peaceful garden. A fantastic way to arrive in the USA.

    March 2014
  • It is tiny. It is perfect. Stop looking. This is where you want to stay.

    February 2014
  • Bryan was the consummate host, very friendly and knowledgeable. The Tea Hut was charming and the hot tub was fantastic. I will be staying with Bryan on my next trip to Portland and recommend him to anyone without reservation!

    December 2013
  • I was needing a place to stay for a last minute stop over in Portland and Bryan was extremely kind to take me in. I wasn't expect much and little do I know I stumbled upon a little oasis in Portland. The setting for the teahouse couldn't have been any better. Got one of the best sleep on my trip. Took my time to wake up in the morning and soak in the hot tub under the bamboo trees. Location was perfect. Right at the foothills of Mt Tabor. Blocks away to bustling Hawthorne St. and the up and coming Division St. Bryan was super accommodating and made me felt right at home. Wish I could stay longer. Until next time!

    December 2013
  • I love the ambiance of Brian's tea house and I admit it- I venture over for his lovely hot tub and the seclusion/zen atmosphere of bamboo and wood. Plus he's a great guy!

    December 2013
  • What can I say about Portland, Bryan and the house... I would say that was probably one of the most exciting trips of my life. Every single thing was perfect. I'm pretty sure that this is not going to be my last visit to Portland and Bryan.

    Portland and Bryan the perfect combination! Period.

    December 2013
  • After realizing I had missed the last bus, post Max ride in from the airport, and suffering a minor panic moment, a text came through from Brian, "just checking to see how you're doing" he said, and I was so relieved. He hadn't been getting my texts for whatever reason, but as soon as we connected he hopped into a Car2Go and came and "rescued" me. Teahouse Shmeahouse, this was already going to be a 5 star review.
    But when I arrived, and was even encouraged to have the spa soak even though it was late, and I settled in for the best sleep in the tiny, quiet and comfortable space.
    Restored and renewed the next day, he directed me to an amazing americano (not hard to find in Portland's SE I realize, but still...), and was happy to share restaurant recommendations even after my short stay was at an end.
    For me, with my severe allergy to cats, I couldn't have stayed more than one night. The teahouse was free, but the bathroom/kitchen (shared in the main house) were quick to get me wheezing.

    That said, I would recommend The Teahouse if not only for Brian's warm hospitality, but also for the late-November soak amongst the bamboo right before bedtime. Better than a hot cup of milk!

    November 2013
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Let's see: I grew up in Ohio, went to school in Arizona, and moved to Portland Oregon in 2008, and I now call the Rose City my home. Way back in the 2000's I had taken a massive lap around America, camping and sleeping in my car and just seeing the country, and it was on this trip that I came through Portland for the first time. I distinctly remember saying to myself "I'm going to be back here (Portland) some day" - and indeed, here I am. I love Portland and being in this city, but my day job (I'm a full time computer nerd) involves a lot of travel - France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, and lots of in-country transit as well. So I get to mix business and pleasure on a pretty regular basis. It is not uncommon for me to walk into work on a Monday and be told "Pack your bag, because you're going to Hamburg for three weeks." I love this kind of spontaneous, seat-of-the-pants travel, and I like meeting other people who do, too :) As a host, I'm more than happy to lend a hand with info, directions, recommendations, and general Portland know-how. Or, alternately, I can just leave you to your own devices if you want to discover things on your own. Other fun facts: - I'm completely carless, and have been so for about 5 years. - Because of that, I'm pro-bicycle and all things biking :) - I'm a huge softie for my two cats (They also love Portland!) - Things I love about Portland: farmers markets, bikeways, lush green vegetation, strong strong coffee and abundant microbrews galore.
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