Private Urban Farmhouse


If my husband could have his way, he’d live an Ernest Hemingway existence – A lonely candle lit in a single-room cabin in the woods, writing about love and cursing his bitter losses. I’m not about that life. Which is why this cozy Portland cottage was the perfect marriage of sensibilities for us – a little bit country and a little bit rock & roll – a private oasis in the city. 

Tucked away behind the main house, this lovely renovated 2-story cottage sits perfectly perched, crowned in vines. It’s surrounded by 13 different fruit trees to be exact: grapes, apples, plums and cherries, all of which you can help yourself to.

This beautifully designed cottage makes you feel immediately at home. 

Just look at that open kitchen! It’s well-appointed with everything you’d need for a comfortable stay.

It has rich reclaimed wood floors and ceilings, a large dining room and a roomy vintage velvet sofa.

Never have I slept so well! The bed was incredibly comfortable and considering Henry can only sleep under the conditions akin to a hibernating bear, he was thrilled to discover the bedroom had blackout curtains.

Bistro lights glow and light the path at night leading to the outdoor cedar shower. This was by far my favorite part of our stay! The hot outdoor shower is private and secluded but gives you the feel of a spa-like setting.

Location. The Dekum Triangle: AKA Woodlawn Neighborhood is a classic Portland neighborhood with unique shops, bars and restaurants situated around a large city park. Positioned perfectly here, the cottage is less than 5 minutes walk to Woodlawn Park which is famous for “Trek in the Park” and occasionally movies on the lawn.

It’s also less than a mile South to a couple other pockets of shopping/dining on Killingsworth St and the Alberta Arts District as well as Woodlawn Coffee & Bakery, Firehouse Restaurant, Breakside Brewing, P’s & Q’s Market, Tamale Boy, Tough Luck Bar, and more. It’s “away” enough to feel peaceful and private, but only 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Truen and Nicole were so kind and helpful in deciding what to do/eat in Portland.

When I look back at my stay at Portland, I think I will always associate it with this beautiful cottage my husband and I were fortunate enough to find. It’s the quintessential Portland experience. Not only were Nicole and Truen incredible hosts, but their renovated studio is seriously one of my favorite Airbnb experiences to date. I just feel lucky my husband and I were able to stay here before it completely books out till the end of time. Can’t wait to come back!

*To book this beautiful oasis click here. Happy travels!

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