|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Bad Taste *B -n- B*
*Make your own bed--n--*Fix your own breakfast
Comfortably furnished in eclectic "thrift store" (see something you like? make an offer!) this unique, three-story, non-smoking vacation home, nestled in the mountains 25 minutes from Ashland, sleeps eight in beds, or more by arrangement. The "barnhouse" is filled with light from the many varied windows, each of which affords stunning views of the surrounding five and one half acres, backed by "endless" BLM/National Forest Service Land.
Relax by the wood stove, read from a library of books published before your time. No tv, no computer. Just Peace and Quiet (except once a day when the train goes by, and that's an EVENT!) "Family" meals available. And a playhouse for the kids!
Off Mt. Ashland Ski Road 20 minutes from the Ski Lodge. Hike or cross country ski (in winter!) to your heart's content along the railroad track, or wander on miles of the BLM/National Forest Service Land. Just 2 miles down the road sits an authentic Tibetan Buddhist Temple with a lovely Statue Garden containing a 35' beautifully hand-painted Buddha with the White Tara on one side and the Green Tara on the other. The Garden is open to the public. Special tours of the Temple by arrangement. From the end of February to the end of October the Oregon Shakespeare Festival provides live performances in 4 different theaters in Ashland six nights a week.
The BadTaste *B-n-B* is indeed a funky place. Sock knobs replace some door knobs, aluminum foil fills old barn floor cracks and some finishing details have been deferred. The house was a barn built in the 1930's,
converted inside in the 1970's, so it is lacking some professional touches.
However, the place has served dozens of families with children of all ages. No parent has ever complained.
The road is a county well-maintained gravel road which serves as an alternate route in case I-5 is closed at the Summit for any reason. In the summer there is dust, which is a nuisance if one is used to paved roads and highways. It is plowed regularly when there is snow in the winter.
The Barnhouse is unique. That is part of its charm. Some of the windows and doors were salvaged from the historic hotel that was built up Colestin Road in the late 1800's. It was converted indoors by a young couple with a great imagination. The views from all directions are magnificent. We do our best to make it enjoyable for everyone.
This was an absolutely amazing place. We are a family of 7, with kids ages from 10-16 and everyone had a great time. There is plenty of room and the house comes well stocked with everything but your food!
Mouna was a wonderful host!
First let's talk about what you NEED to know. 3 miles of steep switchback gravel road to get into the valley. But once you do, you are transported back in time.
The barnhouse is a rural barn that was transformed into a 3 story house. Things are put together creatively, and the decor is eclectic. 7 people from 15-72 years old were comfortable the entire 5 nights. The kitchen was well stocked, and the entire house is impeccably clean. The area was so quiet and peaceful, with a family of deer gorging on the apples from the Apple tree. It takes about 36 mins. to get to the Ashland Shakespeare theaters, so if that's you're plan, plan accordingly.
If you want a relaxed vacation this is the place!
Rural and magical are wonderful words, but often diametrically opposed. Most people are separated just enough from rural life as to think it is always as magical as a sky filled with the blinking star dream of a life of casual luxury. However, the truth is and will remain as long as there are rural places: creating a space for one's self in a rural setting (let alone one with enough surplus to share with guests!) is often fraught with struggle, heartbreak, difficulty, and a lifetime of hard work- equal parts luck, and a mountain of goodwill...
Luckily, at the Bad Taste BnB, you wont have to deal with an ounce of that struggle. Moana, your gracious and graceful host has seen to it that all you need to do here is relax and enjoy the hard fought and won dream of the colestein valley just outside the hamlet of Ashland. A wonderful woman. A wonderful space. And a truly magical way to enjoy this rural gem.
Don't be afraid to tip well if you feel the experience stretches to the extraordinary!
This house is located on a beautifully situated property that includes a meadow great for viewing deer, elk, raptors, and smaller birds such as wrens and hummingbirds.
The house itself needs serious TLC, but the floor plan is interesting and unique.
Allow plenty of time to get into Ashland, as you must traverse almost four files of extremely curvy and dusty dirt road before you get to pavement. Then you have several miles to go before getting into downtown.
DO NOT bring toddlers to this place.
If you and your family are interested in a unique experience amidst a beautifully forested area and do not mind the long haul into Ashland, give this place a try.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, but the place is not for everyone.
I met up with family that I havent seen in years, because of Military. The plase was AMAZING!!! everywhere in the house is unique and has its own flare. You will love the quiet and the view is great. Mouna is a wonderfull she gave me a military discount and welcomed my family as if her own, my girls just loved her. I look foward to doing this every year.
If you are looking for a step away from your every day and wish to escape the busy-ness of town, consider a stay in the Colestin valley. Nestled in a small historic community, views and wildlife surround you. Fun details decorate the inside, in summer, outside seating expands your options. The Barnhouse is spacious with cozy areas to relax, read and ponder. A well-stocked kitchen encourages you to cook in and enjoy the creative space with friends and music (love the record collection!!) Forget the need to travel into town, take advantage of where you are.
Great stay with family.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.