The SpaceSituated on 13 acres, and bordered by a nature conservancy on one side and a conservation easement on another, this eco-friendly straw bale house is perched on the rim of Whychus Creek Canyon.
The 13 acres is bordered by a 58-acre nature preserve to the north, a 36-acre conservation easement to the west, and 13 privately-owned unoccupied acres to the east. So, it's while it's "only" 13 acres, it is surrounded by wild lands, so feels like many more. Eagles, deer, beaver, wild turkeys, otters, steelhead, and mountain lions--to name a few--have all been spotted within the last year either on or within a few hundred yards of the property.
The house has one bedroom (comfortable queen bed), with a sleeping loft located on the other side of the house (2 queen size futons; one on a frame under a skylight, the other on the floor). So, it can sleep up to six--but be advised that the square footage of the place is small (about 600 square feet), so with six it will be very cozy. Also, the two beds in the loft space can only be accessed by a vertical ladder, so might not work for someone with mobility impairments, or for very young children. There is also a futon chair in the main bedroom that folds out into a bed that would be suitable for a small child. (That futon bed is 30" wide by 48" long, with partial railings. It can be extended to 76" with the matching foot stool.)
While there is not technically a full kitchen, there is what I would describe as a well-equipped and very functional kitchenette. It has a counter-height fridge with small freezer, convection oven that's big enough to roast a chicken or cook two 12" pizzas at one time; a heavy-duty two-burner hot plate, double sink, coffee maker, microwave, and a selection of dishes, pots, pans, and utensils.
On sunny days in the fall and winter, the house is heated on sunny winter days by opening the windows that communicate with the 500 sq. ft. greenhouse attached to its south side. In summer, those windows remain closed, and the house stays up to 20 degrees cooler than outside temps, due to the super-insulation and high thermal mass conferred by the straw bale construction.
There's a deck in back that overlooks the canyon; it's a great place to take in the sunset, or enjoy a soak in the hot tub. There is almost no light pollution out here, and the star-gazing is excellent on clear nights (which, especially in summer, is most of them). Perhaps due to the proximity of Whychus Creek--which flows through the nature preserve next door--the bird watching tends to be excellent.
Other amenities include a Chartes labyrinth that overlooks the canyon, a 250 square foot climbing wall, and an eagle observatory. The observatory has a scope and webcam trained on a golden eagle nest across the canyon during nesting season (roughly March-early June). The nest has been home to successful fledges for each of the last seven years!
In your reservation request, please let me know that you've reviewed and agreed to the Fragrance Policy (can be found under the House Rules tab), and feel free to ask any questions you might have about it. Likewise, if you'd like to bring your dog, please mention that in your reservation request, and let me know you've reviewed the House Rules that pertain to guest dogs.
Please contact me about special rates for longer stays. (As a general rule, there won't be much as much discount during prime times, but there could be substantial ones in the off season.)
Please note: Cell service is pretty spotty here (try the back porch, or just west of the shop for best results), but there is reliable Wifi. Guest AccessHouse, trails to canyon, picnic tables, climbing rock, eagle observatory. Interaction with GuestsOne of the wonderful perks of being an AirBnB host is that there is a parade of interesting people to meet, right here in the comfort of my own property! However, I also know that sometimes people come to a place like this for introspection or romance and just want their space. Your vacation, your lead.... Other Things to NoteEveryone is welcome here: LBGTQ and straight; liberal and conservative; all religions, races, and creeds.