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“Wonderful getaway for humans and dogs”

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The Painted Hills Vacation Rentals
Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
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“Wonderful getaway for humans and dogs”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

We spent five awesome nights here in late August with our two dogs. The cottage was perfect for us, and the fenced yard with grass was perfect for the dogs! There was a dozen fresh eggs in the fridge, along with cherry tomatoes from Aruna's garden, which was a special treat. The cottage was charming and welcoming, and very comfortable for just hanging out. We spent a lot of time sitting in the Adirondack chairs in the garden, and ended up eating in more often than we had anticipated, given the fresh food and the fact the was kitchen was so well stocked, as well as the incredible peace and beauty of the garden. We also visited all three units of the John Day Fossil Beds, and drove to the various "ghost towns" in the area. The scenery in the area is beautiful. I have rented a lot of vacation houses with my family over the years, and all of the minor annoyances I've experienced in the past with other rentals had already been addressed by the owners of this rental (i.e., everything you need to cook/eat in; LOTS of places to hang towels or robes in the bathroom; an abundance of plush towels, etc.) We have been telling everyone we know about this wonderful place, and will definitely be returning in the near future.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

If you looking for a truly relaxing and peaceful experience then look no further than Painted Hills Vacation Rentals. We stayed at the Holly Hock Guest house( 2 adults 2 children). It was blissful. Aruna has painstakingly manicured the grounds into an oasis of plum trees, grape vines, strawberry and raspberry planys and host of plants to create a beautiful canopy to relax under. There are wonderful spaces on the grounds to hide away and relax on a chaise lounge, dine surrounded by horticulture or pick the fruit and herb varieties for your consumption...and the surrounding area (the painted hills, the John Day river, the fossil beds) are amazing for the fsamily to explore...We'll be back again, and again, and again...

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

A great place to relax in peace & quiet! Well equipped and comfortable. Makes a great base camp for exploring the sights and scenery of Central Oregon or for just a weekend retreat. Lovely hosts who are available when you need them and not around when you don't. A perfect mix.Great for families or not!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

Went to eastern Oregon to see the John Day fossil beds, which I had been to before but not for several years. Stayed at the larger cottage with friends. It was so delightful. The cottage has such a comfortable feel. Full kitchen was nice -- complete with spices and olive oil -- but the garden was the best part. Places to sit and read or ponder the meaning of the universe. Beds were comfortable, and the shower was large.

Great flowers -- poppies, columbine, and peonies were in bloom when we visited. Our host was available but never intrusive, and takes great pride in the cottage and the garden. I had no telephone service AT&T and the wireless in the cottage kind of came and went. However, for me, those were advantages not disadvantages. Great place.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

We stayed for 2 nights at the Painted Hills Guest Cottage with friends. We really enjoyed being so close to the Painted Desert and John Day Fossil Beds. Barb and Aruna's place is very comfortable and fun. The garden/outside area is lovely, the beds are really comfy, there's lots of great information provided, books on the area and history. Landscapes painted by Barbara's husband make you feel part of this amazing setting. The town has a small grocery and place or 2 to eat, and the cottage is above the town with a view of the sagebrush covered hills. Thank you for the lovely stay, Barbara and Aruna!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

My friend's family and my family stayed in the Painted Hills vacation homes for two nights. We enjoyed every minute of it. And when it was time to leave, the only regret we had was that we were leaving too soon. My 4-year-old son said to me on the way back, "We will come back again, and this time we will stay for TEN days."

My friend's family took the Painted Hills cottage, as they have more people. We stayed in the Hollyhock Guest house. The house is quite old, I give you that. And the bedroom is a bit small. The bed is comfortable, but a bit small for us, because my son co-sleeps with us. We even tried to make him sleep in his friend's room in the bigger cottage, where the two boys can each have their own bed but share a room. Though he prefers to spend every minute of waking time with his best friend, when it's night time, he wants mommy and daddy. So, the size of the bed is not what I liked most about the house.

But that is no problem. Not when everything else is so perfect. The garden is breathtaking! I could spend all day just walking in the garden and taking in every inch of beauty and freshness in every corner, or simply sitting on my front porch, enjoying all the pleasure that sunshine, breeze, a masterpiece of a garden, food, family, and great friends can give you, feeling so free and relaxed,

Our children had a blast! They spent most of their time exploring the fenced-in ground, chasing each other, chasing the neighbor's cat, running soaking wet around the lawn sprinkler, playing hide and seek (a lot of times not intentionally, the place is just too big for them to keep track of each other). The garden and the two houses and the game room became a maze, a palace for them. They were boys in Wonderland!

The owners are so friendly and nice. They made us feel very welcomed. And a lot of details in the homes and the garden show their thoughtfulness. They make their guests feel at home and at ease. Things may not be in the best shape or the most luxury, but they are comfortable.

Before we went there, we weren't sure if it was going to be a good trip. Because we weren't sure if there were going to be many interesting things to do or see in the area to justify the 4.5 hours drive to get there. But now we wish we stayed longer. We had a great time hiking at Painted Hills and digging for fossils. But for me, the vacation homes alone would draw me back again, and again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

Our end of the world 12/21/2012 retreat We arrived late after a four hour drive from Portland.The cottage was so bright and warm and welcoming, we immedidatley felt relaxed and delighted. The kitchen was fully stocked with great plates and cups and bowls that mkade our food taste even better. The kitchen had everything we needed. The beds were delicioius as was the shower. The garden was asleep, waiting for spring. We received a welcoming phone call to make sure we were in and comfortable. There is a terrific selection of movies the four of us enjoyed at night, unless we went out to star gaze the milky way.

The John Day Fossil Beds should be seen atleast once in your lifetime. The Painted Hills were only five minutes away, and the Paleolithic Museum and Blue Basin about 30 minutes away.
The whole experience was 'mind torqueing' history tour.

We are looking forward to a spring or summer visit when the garden wakes up and the John Day River is ready to be fished.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Arunajacobi, Owner at The Painted Hills Vacation Rentals, responded to this review, 5 January 2013
Thank you for your enthusiastic review. We do agree - Winter season is a special time out here in Eastern Oregon. Everything slows down even more and time seems to stop all together. The snow covered landscapes become mystical places and hiking in the Painted Hills, along the frozen John Day River or Blue Basin is just magic. And when you return from a great outdoor adventure, the cozy cottage awaits you to cook, read, play games, watch a movie, and just relax. We're so happy you came and enjoyed it!
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Property: The Painted Hills Vacation Rentals
Address: 209 -213 SE Rosenbaum St, Mitchell, OR 97750
Region: United States > Oregon > Mitchell
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Mitchell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
3 charming European cottages available for your Eastern Oregon vacation. Located in the quaint town of Mitchell, just around the corner from the famous Painted Hills,one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Another one of the Wonders, Smith Rock is only 1.5 hours away. The cottages are surrounded by a beautiful private garden, and are equipped with everything you need for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Free WiFi, pet friendly, exceptional movie library, artsy ambiance. German owners. Everything is in great condition and we keep it that way. A paradise for nature lovers, artists, geologists, photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Great hikes in pristine nature, a taste of wilderness and amazing star gazing. We offer accommodation for larger groups and gatherings, workshops like yoga retreats, or photography and art classes. Free Wifi, pets are welcome, full kitchens in every cottage with basic condiments provided and herbs and spices provided. Country fresh eggs from our own chickens will be in the fridge for you. Mitchell has 3 restaurants , a gas station, espresso shack, and a general store. We're looking forward for your visit! ... more   less 
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