Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Den, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
Margaret or Tom Saydah
About Margaret or Tom Saydah
I am a custom furniture builder and a welder. I love dogs. I live on the property with my wife and daughter. I love hiking and animals especially dogs. I like being close to nature so living and working on 4 acres just out side Ashland is ideal. I can walk out my front door and take a quiet hike or go to town and see a play.
Margaret or Tom Saydah purchased this Cottage in 1996
Why Margaret or Tom Saydah chose Ashland
We chose Ashland because it's beautiful and rural but also offers a lot of culture. It is big in the arts and we are artists. We remodeled a little house on our property with the idea that people can go on vacation and stay in an 'arty environment'.
What makes this Cottage unique
While staying at the ArtYCottage you can expierence fine art such as custom furniture, metal work and textiles that you can order or purchase, cook a great meal in a state of the art kitchen, soak in the tub, relax on the deck up in the trees or walk out the front door and take a quite relaxing hike or in winter you can ski. Hiking, boating and fishing are all close by. A short drive will take you to Ashland where you have the Ashland Shakespeare Festival, Cabaret Theatre, Oregon Stage wrorks for plays, many good restaurants, wineries galore, shopping, galleries and Lithia Park. Jacksonville just down the road has the Britt out door music festival all summer
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Peaceful, nicely furnished. Strict rules about dogs should be communicated in advance.
This is a very nicely furnished home in a quiet location. We enjoyed the quiet, the deer right off the porch, and the lovely furniture. But the owners are right in saying in response to other reviews that this place is not for everyone.
1) We had read the earlier review about the many little signs about taking good care of the woodwork, etc., but it was still surprising how much the house feels like a cross between a showroom and a vacation rental. The little note asking us to use a (provided) cheap washcloth to remove facial products etc. so as not to stain the provided washcloths etc. seemed a little much (the washcloths were grey colored fabric anyway). Similarly, having to worry about keeping a bathroom vanity counter dry because the wood is not waterproofed is a bit odd, especially when the chosen sink fixtures are elegant but splash a lot. We didn't use the grill because the cleanup required would have made it not worth it.
2) We were very glad that the cottage allows dogs, and were happy to pay the additional fees. It was therefore very disappointing to show up to a long list of rules about having dogs in the house, especially since these were not communicated in advance. We paid extra to be allowed to bring pets and were disappointed that the pets were supposed to be invisible. Dogs were not allowed upstairs; were not allowed on the furniture; were not allowed in the beds; were not allowed to be left alone. We would not have rented the place if we had known this in advance, because our dogs are not trained to stay off the furniture etc. A lot of people, like us, come to Ashland to see plays at OSF -- to discover that dogs are not to be left in the house alone creates a problem! And the suggestion to board them by the hour is helpful but not helpful because the recommended kennel is 30 minutes away, north of Ashland (and we don't like to board our dogs, especially at a strange place). So if you wanted to go to dinner or a show, suddenly it would be a major excursion. The policies are justified in the documents in the house by saying that they also rent to people who don't have pets and don't want dog hairs etc. Fair enough, but then what is the pet fee for if not cleaning? Owners can set their own rules but they should be made clear in advance, either on the posting or when a renter inquires about bringing a dog.
After reading this detailed review of the ArtyCottage I can only agree with the traveler, the ArtyCottage is not for everyone. I know of no overnight accommodations that allow dogs all over the furniture or allow them to be left by themselves. We actually make it clear that the dogs can be left in the cottage as long as we have a discussion with the guests and are on the same page about their care etc. Most of our guests bring crates for their pets. The cottage is an art house, not a kennel. The various notes that are posted are an indication of our 10 years of rental experience. Most people are grateful for the guides. We do love dogs but not all of our guests want to have to deal with dog hair in the master bed which is very hard to completely eradicate. That is why we ask that dog owners keep their dogs downstairs and off the furniture. To rent a property thinking you can let your dogs jump all over everything is the reason we have the guidelines posted in the cottage. It is for both the guests with pets and especially for the ones without them. I hope this makes the ArtyCottage seem a little less sterile than the reviewer made it seem.
Thank you and please give us a call or send us an email with questions.
Spot of Soil, Keepers of the Land, and Creation of a Place of Harmonic Art—- ALL converging.
Beauty in Nature for Nuturance.
Gorgeous cottage in a beautiful spot. Tom and Margaret are great hosts and answered every question I had. The craftsmanship is stunning and the cottage is well-equipped with the essentials. The perfect spot if you want access to town and theater but prefer a more rural environment and proximity to great hiking. Couldn’t recommend it more highly!
Lisa and her family were great guests at the cottage. We would welcome them back anytime. Thank you for your appreciation and care.
Impressive craftsmanship, a quiet, rural setting and a fair number of rules
The cottage is located about 8 miles outside of Ashland in the hills/country. It is incredibly quiet out there.
Without a doubt, the furniture and furnishings are all very artistic and made with impressive craftsmanship. We could understand and appreciate the owners wanting their cottage rental cared for. That being said though, we did find the notes scattered around the house a bit overwhelming, and the do's and don'ts made us unable to fully relax in this space. I am a fastidious home owner myself, but I didn't enjoy having to do even more work in this rental than I do in my own home. While beautiful to look at, we didn't really understand why surfaces were used in the kitchen and bathrooms that can't take some water being on them. And being provided a separate washcloth to remove any and all personal hygiene products that might stain the towels was a bit much.
We have rented Home Away properties around the country and in Canada, and the check-out procedures for this rental were the most lengthy of any we have ever encountered. We've never before been asked to wipe out the refrigerator or to clean the stove top, and we don't remember being asked to empty the recycling bin/trash cans elsewhere. Despite the fact this list is provided in the cottage's binder of information, another copy was stuck in the door the night before we were to check out (I guess just to be sure we didn't miss it).
We really didn't spend much time at the ArtYCottage because of all that we did while in the area, and, for us, that was a good thing because we didn't feel wholly comfortable in this home.
I am so sorry you were not comfortable in the ArtyCottage. The few care taking notes in the Cottage are a result of having rented an art house for the past ten years. They are not meant to be taken so personally. That being said, we only ask our guests to do basic maintenance while they are at the cottage, wiping down the counters after use does not seem over the top. If going on vacation means you can ignore all care taking responsibility then the ArtyCottage is probably not a good choice.
sun kissed chaparral
Thank you for sharing your amazingly creative cottage with us. Everywhere you look it is a feast for the eye. We loved sitting on the deck late at night listening to the sounds of the night . We really felt like we left the madness of San Francisco far behind. Thank you !
We absolutely loved our stay at ArtYCottage. The cottage itself is a masterpiece-breathtaking and inspiring! We had so much fun exploring the area. The location was perfect-about a 15 minute drive into downtown Ashland, close to several lakes, hiking trails, Willow Whit Ranch right up the road, etc. Margaret and Tom were excellent hosts. Sadly, we were so busy exploring we didn't get to take them up on the offer to tour the wood shop they have-next time!
Thank you very much for your thoughtful review. Hopefully you can make it back sometime. Be sure and check in during the off season when we may be able to offer discounted rates. The shop tour offer still stands.
Tom and Margaret