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Painted Hills Vacation - Beautiful Oasis in High Desert of Eastern Oregon

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The Adorable Painted Hills Cottage - An Oasis in the Desert of Eastern Oregon !

The Painted Hills Cottage is a magic place with European style furniture, art from around the world, and an amazing floral garden that peeks in through every window. The owners have put all their love and creativity into this cozy house and have created a peaceful private sanctuary in the midst of the spectacular rugged landscape of the Eastern Oregon High Desert The cottage is ideal for family get-togethers and a romantic weekend for two. The bright and cozy bedrooms are furnished with modern Ikea beds with excellent mattresses, and fluffy European down comforters with 100% cotton sheets.

The cottage features a remodeled bathroom with a rain shower, high quality cotton towels, and organic soap, shampoo and conditioner,

The sunny country kitchen has a gas stove with oven, and is well stocked with gourmet herbs and spices, fancy condiments such as extra virgin olive oil and Balsamico vinegar, and all the equipment needed to cook up a grand meal including a coffee maker, toaster, microwave, and rice cooker.

The sun flooded living room features unique comfortable furniture, a big flat screen smart TV with a DVD player. You’ll also find a great library of acclaimed movie DVD’s for your entertainment as well as a stereo system with a selection of world music CD’s. The old attached barn has been remodeled to a cheerful game room to hang out, enjoy the board games and library, or - in colder seasons, make a fire in the wood. Kids especially love this space. The game room has an extra pull out sleeper sofa that can accommodate 2 more people in a cinch. WIFI is available throughout the cottage.

The garden has a special BBQ area with out door dining furniture and a special smoker BBQ grill. Herbs grow all around to use in your meals such as Chives, Marjoram, and Oregano. You’ll find special magic nooks and corners through out the garden to sit, relax, and adore all the beauty around you.

The surrounding area is spectacular with amazing views at every turn, a geological wonderland. The famous Painted Hills are only 15 minutes away by car, and the other 2 units of the John day Fossil Beds National Monument, the Sheep Rock and the Clarno Rock Formations, are between 40 and 70 minutes away by car driving along fantastic scenic Byeway routes to get there. There is so much to explore and experience here. You can go hiking along the John Day River or in any of the 3 units of the National Monument, hunt for fossils, go swimming in the river, go fishing or boating, watch birds and other abundant wildlife, make some of the best landscape photographs, paint the beauty surrounding you, watch the starry sky in the peaceful nights and just enjoy Mother Nature at her best. After exploring the region you are coming back to the peaceful and lush garden where you can lay under the apple trees, smelling the scent of blossoms, contemplating your last adventures. The combination of the rugged beauty of the Eastern Oregon wilderness and the lush peaceful garden will give you a memorable and special vacation. This place is a paradise for nature lovers, artists, adventurers, photographers, geologists, astronomers, and anyone enjoying the great outdoors.

More Details

Property Manager
Aruna and Barbara Jacobi
Member since: 2007
Speaks english, german
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
25 August, 2018

About Aruna and Barbara Jacobi

My mother and I have created the Painted Hills Vacation Rentals in 2009 with the two cottages we've used for years as our own vacation place when our family lived in Seattle. Once we've bought our 33 acre ranch located at the John Day River and 9 miles from the Painted Hills, the business idea for the vacation rentals was born out of the fact that there is very little accommodation available in this area inspire of the fact that so many visitors come to see and experience the amazing landscapes. A 3rd cottage was added just recently , a spacious 3 bedroom house which is conveniently located right across the street from the other 2 properties. A great addition and wonderful place to accommodate up to 16 guests.

This region is so rich with natural wonder and breathtaking vistas as well as the 3 units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monuments that we are happy that we can provide a special place for the travelers passing through.

Aruna and Barbara Jacobi purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Aruna and Barbara Jacobi chose Mitchell

After many trips and longer journeys through various States, we have fallen in love with the unique diverse area of Eastern Oregon. We've bought the two side by side properties in1997 and have remodeled the two houses as well as created a beautiful garden over the next 10 years. 3 years ago we've purchased a 3rd cottage, the Sunset Cottage which is located just across from the street of the other 2 properties. We've remodeled the old garage building to a small art studio that can be used as a workshop place, gallery or a meditation space. These 3 properties with their beautiful gardens and location above Mitchell on a rim,have become a true oasis in the desert that has brought an abundance of beautiful memories to many people - family members and guests alike.

What makes this cottage unique

The Painted Hills Vacation Rentals has 3 cottages located in a quite neighborhood of Mitchell. They can be rented together for a family reunion, bigger event, a special interest group or workshops. All of our 3 cottages are listed with and The cottages are only 9 miles away from the famous Painted Hills one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Both other units of the John Day Fossil Beds, Clarno and Sheep Rock, are easily reached by car on the Journey through Time scenic byway route. Smith Rock - another one of the 7 wonders of Oregon - is only 1.5 hours away by car.There is an abundance of unique hiking and biking opportunities, wildlife observation, and star gazing in the vast and open night skies that makes this place very special for any adventurous outdoor lover. For us this business is more then just a way of income - we truly love to host people and share this special area with them. Working in the gardens, remodeling the cottages, and creating this special magic for our guests is part of our daily life and our joy. Many of our guests have come as strangers and left as friends, returning for many more visits and bringing their families and friends. We love this life, our unique region and hope to welcome you here soon!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Mitchell

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • The bathroom has been recently remodeled and has a spacious step-in shower and a water conserving rain shower head with great water pressure that feels wonderful. The water comes from the towns own spring and feels good on skin and hair. It's drinkable too! We supply extra large bath towels and organic herbal soap, shampoo and conditioner for your leisure.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Reading Room - 1 single bed
    Living Room - 1 sofa bed/futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed , There also is a pullout sleeping chair for a child.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed
    Barn/game Room - 1 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
  • The bedrooms are furnished with comfortable modern beds fitted with high quality mattresses and European style down comforters. The Master-bedroom has one double-size bed with a special memory mattress designed to support the body and soothe aching backs. The second bedroom has a double size bed and a single bed, ideal for the kids or good friends.The comforters and pillows are covered with fresh European cotton covers. The rooms are quite and peaceful. No doubt -You will sleep wonderful here at the Painted Hills Cottage!
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Porch Furniture
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
The faucet water comes from the towns own spring and is very good to drink. Fill your bottles! There are 3 restaurants in town, all serving American style breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have different closed days so one or two will always be open. The grocery store has basic foods but bring your favorite foods and beverages along. The town's gas station is closed on Sundays and the gas is a bit more expensive. You can fill up in Prineville or Fossil (depending where you come from) before you come out here. Make sure your tires have good pressure and you have a functioning reserve tire because to get to the best hiking you sometimes have to get on rough country roads.We have a charcoal barbecue but bring your own charcoal and lighting fluid. We have brochures about the things to do here in our area and will gladly share the location of our own special places with you.


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(70 traveller reviews)

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Painted Hills Vacation - Beautiful Oasis in High Desert of Eastern Oregon
average rating of 4.928571 based on 70 reviews

A little slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the colorful spirit of the owner. The little cottage is a dream for anyone who is a hippie at heart! A perfect place to relax.

  • Review Submitted: 23/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is one of the most amazing places we've ever stayed in, and we've traveled the world :-)

  • 5 of 5

The Painted Hills Cottage is simply magic. The kids were in heaven with so many lovey and thoughtful details including the whimsical barn room featuring great dinosaur toys and board games. We specially loved to hang out in the garden which was full of flowers, some we didn't even know. We saw humming birds buzzing around the blooming bushes, and adored all the little art objects throughout the place. The beds were cozy, the linen cheerful, the kitchen well stocked, and everything was very clean and fresh. The house stayed cool all day and it was great to get back "home" after we've spend all day exploring area when it got quite hot.

My kids are asking when we can come back !

Hopefully soon :-)

  • Review Submitted: 12/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bay Area, Ca

Beautiful house and garden in an amazing location

  • 5 of 5

We had the delight of staying here with our 9 and 13 year old for 6 days. The garden is beautiful and sitting outside to eat or have tea was great. The house is like a home and we felt at home there. Clean and comfortable, everything we needed was there and the kitchen is very well stocked. There are so many things to do in the area and there were lots of information in the house about the activities from Barbara. A great location to walk down to the cafes and the local brewpub if you don't want to cook, the shop had the groceries we needed. The kids loved the game room and we watched a few movies at night. Barbara is a wonderful host, she gave us some great suggestions for day trips and we cannot wait to return. Would highly recommend for a family holiday

  • Review Submitted: 09/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much , Sandra for your warm and positive review. Even after so much positive feed back over the years, we still cherish to hear from our guests that they've had a wonderful time. All these comments let us know that we're going in the right direction to provide a great place out here in the middle of Nowhere, in beautiful wild Eastern Oregon! We hope You'll be back with your lovely family! Aruna and Barbara
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Beautiful gardens and a clean, lovely cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay and loved the cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 03/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The way vacations should be.

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in the Painted Hills cottage. It was a magical, fairyland filled with lush plants and splashes of brightly-colored flowers. It's a gardener's paradise. We loved relaxing in the grass and watching the trees dance in the wind while hummingbirds and hawks pass by. Thank you Barbara for sharing this space with us and allowing us all to enjoy it.

  • Review Submitted: 02/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gainesville, Florida

a wonderful, quaint cottage with a BEAUTIFUL garden at the heart of an outdoor wonderland!

  • 5 of 5

We really loved the location, we took every opportunity we could to enjoy the garden and the cottage is in a prime location to be able to visit the various parts of the John Day Fossil Beds Monument. We were able to go to all three units of the park over the course of the weekend without feeling like we spent too much time in the car. Mitchell has a few spots to unwind at after hiking too, we enjoyed a piece of homemade peach pie at the Sidewalk Cafe and beer at Tiger Town Brewery. The staff at Tiger Town are delightful :)

I highly recommend having your morning coffee on one of the many places to sit in the garden, or finishing your day off with a glass of wine under the stars. The wood stove in the shared room really is incredibly cozy as well!

Barbara is an incredible host, making sure the kitchen is stocked with all the necessary cooking wares and providing the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in. There's plenty of places to sleep, movies to watch, and games to play which was perfect for us since we had 2 teenage boys and a toddler to distract while we cooked. The cottage is quirky and artfully decorated, we really enjoyed the space.The ONLY drawback to the cottage is that it has only one bathroom, with 3 kids and 3 adults the line to the bathroom in the morning and before bed got pretty long. However that won't stop us from trying to book with Barbara and Aruna again for a family reunion trip down the road :)

  • Review Submitted: 07/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
3 restaurants in town
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
crosscountry skiing in the Ochoco Wilderness
Car: necessary

This region is a geological wonderland with amazing vistas around evry bend of the road. To list just a few of the special things around here: The John Day Fossil Beds National Monuments, the wild, free-flowing John Day River, the Painted Hills, the Blue Basin, the Picture Gorge, nature in its most dramatic and purest form, wild- flowers, wildlife such as deer, antelope, coyotes, lizards, birds..., the Ochoco Wilderness. You can go Fossil hunting, hiking swimming, fishing, take landscape-photography, and count the stars in the vast night sky..........


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$103.33
Additional Guest Fee AU$34.44 per person per night
Pet Fee AU$55.11

City tax $2/night,cleaning fee $85
The rates quoted above are for 5 guests per night. Each additional guest is $25/night extra.
The pet fee is $20/pet/night with approval of owner.
City tax is $2 /night
The cleaning fee is $85 for up to a week long stay
No smoking! Free Wifi
firewood available for $15/day

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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