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Romantic European Cottage - Private Floral Garden-Pet Friendly-Incredible Nature

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cozy cottage, 1bedroom,1bathroom, Sleeps 4, close to famous Painted Hills Wonder

The pet friendly Hollyhock Guest House, a cozy European cottage, is surrounded by a beautiful garden offering peace and serenity in all seasons. The cozy house is the perfect base to explore the Painted Hills -one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon just 9 miles away, and all the other units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Smith Rock, Ochocco National forest, Fossil Beds and more. The bedroom looks out into the private floral garden and features a comfy double size bed with a high quality mattress and fluffy down comforters. The kitchen has all the tools and equipment needed to whip up a memorable meal. The living room features a Flat Screen TV with a DVD player along with a selection of award winning and international movies and a pull out sofa bed for an additional 2 guests.The location of the Hollyhock Guest House is exceptional in its remoteness and breathtaking surrounding, a paradise for artists, nature lovers, and other sensitive people. From here you can set out each day for a new adventure to return to this peaceful oasis, the ideal place to spend quality time with yourself or with loved ones.

We also have a bigger cottage available for larger groups of people.

This charming cottage is the perfect base to explore the Painted Hills around the corner and the other units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The Painted Hills are located 9 miles from Mitchell. Sheep Rock is about 38 miles and houses the monument's visitor center as well as the Thomas Condon Paleontology museum with its large collection of ancient fossils. The Clarno unit is close to Fossil, about an hour drive from Mitchell. Another one of the 7 wonders of Oregon- the awesome Smith Rock is about 1.5 hours away. All routes are on "the Journey through Time" scenic byway and the drives pass through spectacular diverse landscapes with magnificent views around every bend of the road. There is an abundance of outdoor recreation like hiking, fishing, bird and wild life watching, swimming or rafting the John Day River and hunting for fossils. It's possible to dig your own fossils in the Wheeler High School Fossil Beds for a small fee.

More Details

Property Manager
Aruna and Barbara Jacobi
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Aruna and Barbara Jacobi

My mother Barb and I started this business in 2008 and have enjoyed it ever since. We're originally from Germany and lived for a long time in Seattle were my family ran a European restaurant in the famous Pike Place Market for 10 years. After we sold the restaurant in 2000, I went on to study herbal medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle. Here in Eastern Oregon I enjoy gardening and growing herbs, hiking,landscape photography and taking care of our guests.

Aruna and Barbara Jacobi purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Aruna and Barbara Jacobi chose Eastern Oregon

My parents travelled quite a bit in the States and fell in love with Eastern Oregon. Both are artists and appreciated the amazing landscapes in this area with the breathtaking views around each corner. The Painted Hills especially caught their eye and so they decided to buy the properties in MItchell just 9 miles away from the national monument. A few years later, we bought the property out on Burnt Ranch Rd. about 7 miles beyond the Painted Hills. Because we couldn't part with the cottage and the little guesthouse, we decided to create the Painted Hills Vacation Rentals so we could share the beauty of this area with many more travelers to this area. We have never regretted it and have made many new friends with our guests, many of them coming since years now.

What makes this cottage unique

Incredible nature in all directions, close to the Painted Hills - one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon - and close to the other 2 units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Clarno and Sheep Rock. Smith Rock , another one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon is just 1.5 hours away. All places of interest are reached by the Scenic Byway ' The Journey through Time'

Biking, hiking, wildlife watching, rafting, wilderness experiencing, swimming in the John Day River, fishing, fossil hunting,exceptional landscape photography, retreat to heal and rejuvenate, stargazing, meteor showers, country life, country-festivals, rodeos, Thomas Condon Paleontology museum, fossil hunting, close to Ochoco National Forest,

COME and discover the wild Beauty of Eastern Oregon for yourself!!


Mitchell Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom has been remodeled and features custom build wooden cabinets, vanity mirrors and a combination tub/shower unit. It is well stocked with large fluffy towels,and organic soap, shampoo and conditioner.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 queen , fold out sofa bed
    Barn room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , hide a bed sofa
  • Here at the Hollyhock Guest House you will sleep peacefully to wake up rested and energized, ready for a great day of adventure. The house has one cozy bedroom with lots of light and a wonderful view into the lush garden. From the bedroom you can step right into the garden to have your morning coffee and adore the many flowers growing all around the house. The queen size bed has a high quality mattress and an European style down comforter. Two more adults or children can be comfortably accommodated in the living room on a brand new Ikea sofa that folds out into a queen size bed. Extra sleeping possibilities can be arranged in the remodeled barn.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 7 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
The Hollyhock Guest House is located in the historical town of Mitchell which features 3 American style restaurants, a gas station and a general store with limited selections. There is no cell phone reception in this mountainous region but we provide phone cards at a $5 fee for your convenience.The nearest airport is Robert Fields in Redmond, about 1.5 hours away by car. The closest bigger town is Prineville, a 45 minute drive, which has various supermarkets, restaurants, golf courses, antique stores etc. The Hollyhock Guest house also offers access to a washer and dryer with detergent supplied. A separate office bunkhouse is set up for internet service( laptop required). Please let us know ahead if you require internet service ! Pets from responsible owners are welcome with a $10 pet fee per day. Smoking is possible on the porch and in the garden but not indoors. Most places of interest are reached through spectacular scenic drives and are within a radius of 10 to 50 miles.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(63 traveler reviews)

Romantic European Cottage - Private Floral Garden-Pet Friendly-Incredible Nature
average rating of 4.7619047 based on 63 reviews

Lovely vacation home! we love it

  • 5 of 5

We stay two nights with my 4 years old to investigate Painted Hill area. This cottage bring us a lot of feel during the time. The cottage is comfortable, and the Owner is show her passion about the area. The hand made map is helpful, also bring us to a lot of new place we never know before we come. We bring a lot food to cook and did BBQ :). Kid watch the DVD as they like, and see the stars at night.

It's very nice place to stay. Sure will be back to stay in this place again !!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cosy stay, only decent place in Mitchell

  • 4 of 5

Cosy stay, and this is the only decent place in Mitchell. There were extra bedding/blankets. The kitchen was stocked with some instant food items like pasta/rice and in case the visitor arrives at odd hours or stuck with bad weather, he/she will be able to make it. The only complain is that for a two-night stay, we did not experience a room service for cleaning and trash removal etc.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Overall we had a wonderful experience. The owners were super kind to let us adjust our days and we had beautiful weather. We did have an issue with the number of spiders. My husband probably killed 15 or more quarter sized spiders. Aside from that it was a great spot.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your write up and your positive feed back. Yes, we are aware of the spiders and keep continue to address the problem but living so far in the boondocks like we do, we are always very close to the natural world surrounding us. The spiders are not dangerous and come in when it gets cold. We sweep all corners out regularly but some will remain. 15 big ones is a lot and we will do a special cleaning right away to get them out of the last corners. Thanks again for your review and bringing this to our attention, Best, Aruna and Barbara Jacobi
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Wonderful spot in a magical land

  • 5 of 5

Just a great place to enjoy the unbelievable beauty of the John Day Fossil Beds & surrounding area. Everything you need for a comfortable base is here in Hollyhock Cottage & Mitchell.

If we head there again this will be our 1st choice for accommodation.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Cozy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

During our visit to the Painted Hills region of Oregon we stayed in the Hollyhock Cottage. This was a wonderful treat and a place full of surprises. The cottage is very comfortable and had the best supplied kitchen of any place I have ever stayed, that included a kitchen. You will not want for anything. The farm fresh eggs were a real treat as well. There are plenty of towels too. The gardens around the cottage are incredible and a delight to explore. It does take some getting used to not having cell phone service out in Mitchell, or the surrounding areas, but the cottage does have an extensive DVD library. There were probably 100 DVDs to pick from. There is Wi-Fi, but too slow to support Netflix. My 15 year old son really enjoyed exploring the game room, which is located behind Hollyhock Cabin in a separate building (it is full of games and DVDs). This can also be rented for a small fee. I think the next time I return I will bring my son’s friend and rent this for the two of them. It is a great space for teenagers. There is also a laundry room with a washer and dryer and laundry soap if you need to wash clothes. Just about anything you need you will find here. At night go outside and go star gazing. If you check out you can find out when the International Space Station goes by and get a very clear view. We happen to see it just after 11:00 p.m. This is truly the best place to stay during your visit to the Painted Hills area. My suggestion is a minimum of 3 nights in order to see the Clarno Unit, Painted Hills Unit and the Sheep Rock Unit areas. If your teenagers complain about the lack of technology you should tell them once upon a time we did not even have DVDs.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Painted Hills Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Painted Hills Cottage, the place was clean and comfortable and had a beautiful garden area. Its close proximity to the John Day Fossil Beds and Painted Hills make it an excellent home base for exploring the area. The owners were friendly and helpful and our dog was welcome at the cottage also. Mitchell is a very isolated small town and services are limited, when we visit again we will probably bring more groceries and supplies as the cottage has a fully equipped kitchen. We recommend the Painted Hills Cottages for anyone visiting the area!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Train
180 Miles
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
Car: necessary

This spectacular region of Eastern Oregon invites you to explore the spectacular Eastern Oregon landscape with awe inspiring vistas at every turn. High desert, river basins, ancient rock formations, and national parks - This is the home of the famous Painted Hills, Clarno Rock Formations, the Ochoco mountains, the John Day river, and the Sutton Mountain Wilderness! Visit the Thomas Condon Paleontology Museum to get a glimpse of the 50 million year old history of this region. Go fishing or take a scenic boat trip down the wild John Day River, one of the longest undammed rivers of the USA. Hike on hidden trails into the wilderness to experience the breathtaking beauty of Mother Nature.See antelopes, deer, coyotes, rare birds, and butterflies. Enjoy the deep silence of the nights with the milky way stretching out above you and watch the occasional meteor shower. There is beauty and serenity to be found here in every season !

Come and discover the wild Beauty of Eastern Oregon!

Other Activities: fossil hunting, wilderness photography, cross country skiing

Ski: The Ochoco National Park, about 20 minutes from Mitchell by car, has various snow parks with great cross~ country skiing possibilities, as well as sledging for the kids. Bring your snow-mobile!


Rates & Availability

Mitchell Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Mar 17 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40 + Tax
Cleaning $65 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

2 nights minimum. 6.8% room tax/ night.
A cleaning fee of $65,00 is charged for a stay of 1-2 people for up to a week.
Additional $25 for any additional guests.Free Wifi
Pet fee: $20/day/pet with owners approval.
$25/night/ extra guest
No smoking in cottage!
Firewood is available for $10/day.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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