One bedroom cottage, a short walk to downtown, OSF and Lithia Park
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About Priscilla Hunter
My name is Priscilla Hunter, and I would like to welcome you to our family's cottage, Beau Soleil Vacation House in Ashland, Oregon. A transplant from southern Louisiana, I have enjoyed living in the culturally rich university and theater town of Ashland since 1981. I purchased the Beau Soleil property in 1989 and fully remodeled the charming cottage from the foundation to the roof in 1999, and after a weather-related disaster, from floor to ceiling in 2014. I hope to hear from you soon!
Priscilla Hunter purchased this House in 1989
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Beau Soleil (I wish I knew how to pronounce it) Vacation Home surpassed our expectations. The house had everything my wife and I needed to enjoy our extended weekend in Ashland. The property was clean, comfortable, nicely furnished, and decorated with taste and purpose.
We found the kitchen well equipped and inviting. There is a half bath downstairs and a full bath upstairs. Although the house is ideal for a couple, the floor-plan and a sofabed downstairs make it an attractive alternative even for a family of two couples.
The location is absolutely perfect. - about an eight-minute walk to the OSF theaters. There are two supermarkets within walking distance. I would recommend the Ashland Co-op Market on 1st street (between A and B streets). We are definitely going back and you'll too.
Thank you for your sterling review of our family cottage, Beau Soleil Vacation House! (Let me help you with that name, it's like this: bow (as with an arrow) sew (as with a needle) LAY.) It was especially nice to have an opportunity to chat with you and your lovely wife. I look forward to having y'all here again whenever you come this way. Your visit was such a lovely beginning for our cottage with VRBO.
Beau Soleil Vacation House is located in Ashland's historic Railroad District, one-and-a-half blocks from downtown and "A" Street markets, bistros, galleries, restaurants, shops and offices, just a quick stroll from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and other theaters for stage or movies or "the jewel of Ashland," Lithia Park.
Beau Soleil nestles in a quiet neighborhood, both rich in history, on energetic, historic Fourth Street, once the main thoroughfare leading up into town from the busy Railroad station that dominated the Railroad Addition after the Golden Spike was driven in Ashland in December of 1887. By 1890, “A” Street, the main artery of the Railroad District, had become a separate commercial district with lodging houses, saloons, restaurants, stores and warehouses, all anchoring the original Railroad Addition and enlivening the area for new, affordable housing for railroad brakemen, firemen, and conductors, as well as local craftsmen such as barbers and carpenters.
In and after the Great Depression, renters and any owners with stable or subsidized incomes, such as retirees, began to occupy Railroad Addition housing, and many dwellings were converted to multi-family use. From the early days, Fourth Street also offered travelers a choice of hotels and boarding houses when they came to settle down and build community; or to visit for the healthful springs of lithia water, baths in the hot springs, lectures or shows in the Chautauqua tent, anything near the grist mill and what soon became Lithia Park, or making their way to Jacksonville, hoping for spent gold in rivers and mines, or going anywhere that promised trade, adventure, or freedom.
In 1900, during a period of increased building excitement in the Railroad Addition after 1898, William and Ella Burns built their Vernacular style home on a double lot at 143 Fourth Street. Its principle rooms, built before the introduction of modern wallboard, were constructed of rough wood lath and plaster. Also hidden by later paneling, some windows and doors were given period, wide interior casings of decorative molding and corner pieces. An old deed in the possession of the Clements family, from whom the old Ella Burns property was purchased by the current owner, indicates that in the 1920s, perhaps reflecting years of lean expansion affected by World War I or the coming Depression, Ella Burns was ceded the Fourth Street property for the price of $1.
Today Beau Soleil Vacation House stands behind the historic building known as the (William and) Ella Burns house in Ashland’s Historic Railroad District. The cottage itself, now known as Beau Soleil Vacation House, sits in the footprint of a two-story, funkily elegant, mid-twentieth century Vernacular structure, a “mother-in- law”-type house, that the present owner and her family called “the pink house” because of the color of its siding. Built around 1948, this little house was situated on one of what were becoming the colorful neighborhood alleys that now crisscross the Railroad District. In 1948, the little “pink house” was built as part of what seems to have been a long-held Clements family enclave covering the double lots of both the Ella Burns property and the property directly behind it that faces Third Street.
The current owner of Beau Soleil purchased the Ella Burns house and the accompanying old cottage from Mr. Mel Clements in 1989. Now remodeled, the two-story cottage now called “Beau Soleil” was given a new foundation, walls, and roof and a new architectural design by the current owner in 1999. Beau Soleil Vacation House opened to tourists in 2000. Though the old cottage was untouched by the major ice-storm- related flooding of Bear Creek in 1997 that had caused a new design of Lithia Park, Beau Soleil needed to be completely remodeled after it suffered interior flooding caused by broken pipes in the upstairs bathroom during another fierce ice-and- snow storm in south-western Oregon in December 2013. The prolonged 2013 storm caused major damage to many buildings in the Rogue Valley and the area was declared a disaster-area by the governor. The cottage and the town, fully recovered from the effects of bad storms, look forward, like their historical predecessors, to the arrival of visitors!
Beau Soleil: “Beautiful Sun”