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A Garden Oasis in Portland with Private Garden Hot Tub

Bedrooms Studio
Space 37 m²
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Private Studio with Hot Tub. GLBTQ Friendly, all races welcome. Permitted.

The Portland Garden Studio is designed to soothe the senses, offering a respite from a day of sightseeing or other activity, and provide you with a comfortable, upscale haven for rejuvenating your body and enhancing your relationship.

Private off-street parking is offered, in fact you have the entire driveway. A tall hand-crafted fence surrounds the 1/4 acre garden and patio offering you visual privacy in a busy neighborhood.

The interior of the Garden Apartment offers a comfortable king bed with upscale linens, & flat screen TV with streaming capability. For your business needs free high speed wireless internet is available.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all you might need to create your meals and a gas BBQ awaits the chef out on the patio. Please note that we do not have an oven available. Seating is available both indoors and out. We will be happy to provide you with a list of our kitchen inventory to help your planning.

The bathroom has a walk-in shower with a skylight in the shower. You will find our Garden Studio cozy, but with room for everything.

A light footprint

In creating our Portland Garden Studio, one of our goals was to recycle and re-purpose as much as possible. We had fun doing it and thought we’d share this list with our guests:

*The masonry for the patio came from a Portland school when they updated.

*The rocks that surround the patio were buried in the gardens here from the ‘50s.

*The decking was removed from Rob’s brother’s house (with permission :) ) and reinstalled.

*The deck framing and masonry supports came from a Craig’s List ad - the owners were re-designing their back yard.

*The hot tub came from another Craig’s List ad – the super nice owners were moving and couldn’t take it along. PS moving the hot tub was fun.

*The ceiling in the apartment is original. We removed the sheetrock, painted the beams, and left the fir attic decking alone. If you look carefully at the ceiling you’ll see the blue grading marks on the lumber from 1945 or so: 3,3,3,2,3 etc.

*The wood frames inside the wall niches came from old cedar barn wood.

*In early 2015, we installed a photovoltaic solar panel system on the roof. You can’t see it from the driveway or the guest side of the house, but it produces enough electricity to power almost all the needs of the house, including the hot tub.

We try to not use any herbicides, and recycle just about everything that the recycling people will take.

Come on over. We'll leave the light on for you.

GLBT Friendly

NOTE: The driveway is monitored for security purposes.

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Debi

Debi and Rob were high school sweethearts and were married the year after Debi graduated.

This is the first house we purchased. Our three children were raised here and we have enjoyed our separate careers at the VA Hospital, Debi in Dermatology and Rob in Engineering. Now the kids are grown and gone and we have retired; we decided to renovate the original back apartment area as a cozy getaway for two. We identify with the traveling couple and have found that we love sharing our home and seem to have a flair for hospitality. Sharing our little Garden Apartment with travelers meshes with our beach vacation rentals and to fits us perfectly. Where most of our work with the beach properties is on-line, we delight in the possibility or actually meeting the folks who stay with us in Portland!

Debi purchased this studio in 1976

Why Debi chose Far Southwest

We fell in love with the yard. The big Doug firs in the front offer a unique parklike setting in a busy neighborhood. It's a great place to relax, and back in the day, it was a great place for our children to play.

What makes this studio unique

Although the apartment is attached to our home, the area is completely surrounded by a 6ft fence (Rob's handiwork) that offers a quality of privacy that makes it feel like there are two separate homes here. We have two (almost) completely separate living spaces. We love being able to meet and greet our guests, but rarely see them after they arrive, unless they seek us out. We are available, but not intrusive.

The location is great, just 2 blocks off the freeway and in a neighborhood area that is spread out, with no houses looming over us. The #78 bus stops here, which is handy and downtown Portland is only about a 15 minute drive.

Guestbook comments from the owner

You have a space that is well-appointed, has a beautiful garden and such a wonderful getaway from the typically busy hotels. We had a fantastic time & the night time hot tubbing was delightful. Thank you so much for your welcoming and for a perfect getaway spot for us.

Hope to visit again!
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation studio rental in Far Southwest, Oregon

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 37 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children not allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Skylight in shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , This is an open concept apartment, with no bedroom door.
  • King Bed, Pillowtop and extremely comfy! Made with high quality linens.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking


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A Garden Oasis in Portland with Private Garden Hot Tub
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 48 reviews
New York, NY

Great space and even better vibe!

  • 5 of 5

This place is nestled right in a corner behind a spacious driveway and fenced in for privacy. The studio is quaint but very adequate wth the highlights being the outdoor hot tub and picturesque garden complete with walking path, hammock and patio furniture under a gazebo. Very comfortable and home-like vibe, awesome hosts and convenient to everything in Portland. I was literally never farther than a 25 minute drive to anything I wanted to do. Can't wait to revisit and stay here again!

  • Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted to have you stay in our Garden Studio! It's very important to Rob and I that our guests are comfortable. We want you to feel like you are welcome and hope the amenities we provide go a long way towards that. We love our tall old growth firs and that they are enjoyed by so many from all over the world. Enjoying the hot tub in the privacy of your own garden is a treat after a long day of sight seeing that we know is important to many. We would love to have you come again, and thanks so much for the great review!
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Sweet and quiet

  • 5 of 5

This is a well put together little oasis for a quiet get away. The hot tub, deck, and private garden are really lovely. The interior is full of nice hospitality touches. We enjoyed our stay here very much! The only thing to be aware of is that Debi hasn't figured out how to fit a washer and dryer in so pack accordingly.

  • Submitted: 3-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christmas in the Northwest!

  • 4 of 5

We had a delightful visit over the holidays in the apartment, which is cozy and outfitted with just about everything you need for a comfortable stay. The king-size bed is extremely comfortable. The apartment and location fit our needs perfectly. We even had snow!

Our one suggestion to our hosts is that since several of the lights were burned out or not working, particularly in the kitchen area, a more thorough check would have been appreciated.

This apartment would also be perfect in the spring or summer. The private garden area is delightful and I can imagine that it would be quite a nice retreat with morning coffee or over a glass of wine in the evening! Thank you; we enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights. The studio was very clean and cozy with everything you need and more. Debi was very responsive and I liked that privacy was important to her. The fridge was huge and I made breakfast every morning. Garden is gorgeous! The hammock is sturdy thank goodness lol and the hot tub was the absolute highlight! After a long day exploring and hiking the hot tub was heaven. Thank you so much for an amazing stay.

  • Submitted: 9-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to enjoy weekend getaway.

  • Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A hidden gem in southwest Portland

  • 5 of 5

We spent a delightful few days around the solar eclipse at this cozy but large studio, and really enjoyed our stay. The place is well-appointed, has all the necessary stuff for a short stay, and Debi and Rob were very helpful and friendly. They provided some shopping and eating recommendations that were right on the money. Parking was easy, and access to the freeway and local stores was convenient. Most hot tubs in rentals have problems, but this one was perfect on many levels - convenient, clean and functional. The garden provided a pleasant and relaxing view from the patio. We had a late flight on our checkout day, and the hosts graciously allowed us to stay past the usual checkout time, which made for a very comfortable departure. We would definitely recommend this place to a single or couple that are looking for a relaxing stay on the outskirts of Portland.

  • Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation studio rental in Far Southwest, Oregon

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Weekend
May 25 2018 - May 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
Jun 29 2018 - Jul 8 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$44.84 + Tax
Hot Tub Service C$25.62 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit C$256.24
Tax Rate 13.8%

Pet Free
Smoke Free

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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