The Monta-Villa Garden Cottage—autumnal getaway


Tiny home hosted by Brian And Jennifer

  1. 3 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bath
Fast wifi
At 95 Mbps, you can take video calls and stream videos for your whole group.
Self check-in
Check yourself in with the lockbox.
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Your cottage is private with views of the garden. It’s a unique tiny home that feels big with high ceilings and lots of natural light and warm accents. We have everything to cook most meals. You have local grocers and plenty of local food/drink and shopping options nearby. Walk the neighborhood, visit parks, hike to falls, visit the hens, or just sit in the garden/covered patio with a book and one of the cats. We filter the air, disinfect surfaces, & clean bed/pillow covers between each visit.

The space
COVID19 UPDATE: The state of Oregon has dropped the mask mandate indoors. Some businesses may still require it. Masks are recommended on public transportation regardless of vaccination status. At our cottage, we are taking extra precautions including special disinfecting cleaning protocols between each guest. As an added step, we use a HEPA air filter to clear the air before your stay and we open windows in between stays to reduce airborne transmission. Your hosts are both fully vaccinated and boosted. You’re welcome to enjoy the gardens without a mask.

Your space is a tiny home at about 304 sf, built in 2019. Living “tiny” means being creative and finding multiple purpose for items. You might notice some regular conveniences you’re accustomed to are not there — closets, TV, microwave, etc.

Sleep on a comfy Simmons Deep Sleep queen-sized mattress or use a pull-out single underneath. It serves as a couch during the day and bed at night.

There are also two, twin foam mattresses in the loft. The loft can be accessed by a sliding ship’s ladder (best for older kids and adults capable of safely using a ladder). The ladder is steep and doesn't have railing, so users should be cautious and always face the ladder when using it. Once in the loft, the ceiling is low, so don't try to stand up.

The space feels big with 10 ft high walls and a 15 ft vaulted ceiling. It feels spacious and is well lit with natural light from two large garden windows, a glass door, two smaller loft windows and two solar tubes plus plenty of soft lights throughout.

No need for a TV. Enjoy views of the garden from inside the cottage or sit outside in one of the outdoor seating areas. The WiFi extends into the garden with an additional access point on the patio. Visit with one of the three friendly cats or the chickens in the garden. If you want to go in the chicken run, please arrange in advance. Say hi to your hosts when you get a chance.

The cottage has games and books to enjoy if you want to stay in, or relax in the garden.

The glass door and two large windows have black-out curtains, though some light gets in through the solar tubes. Folks who are light-sensitive when sleeping might consider bringing eye masks. We have some as well you can borrow — just ask.

The bathroom is separated by a sliding pocket door. It has a dual-flow toilet, sink, and shower. There’s storage with several folding luggage racks, under the sink and on built-in shelves. We offer luxe hand lotion from Alaffia, made in nearby Olympia, Wa.

The kitchen has a sink, 2-burner induction range, and toaster oven with air fryer. We have warming dishes for reheating leftovers — no need for a microwave. The counter is 8ft long with plenty of prep space.

We have most of what you would need to cook including oils and spices, including Oregon’s Jacobsen salt. Don’t hesitate to ask if you’re missing something.

We welcome you with a delicious chocolate bar made by Chocolonely of Portland (and Belgium).

Help yourself to northwest-made instant oatmeal if you prefer breakfast in.

Make coffee or tea with the kettle and French press. We rotate a selection of locally-roasted, fair-trade coffee. Get out and taste some of what Portland roasters have to offer. Don’t forget to buy a bag of local coffee to take home!

We also feature Portland’s Stash Tea, high quality and ethically sourced leaves. You’ll find local, premium honey as well.

The fridge is just right for short stays at 4.5 cf. It has a little “freezer” compartment too though they items stay very frozen. If you need something really cold, we can put it in our upright freezer in the basement of the main house.

One of the below-counter drawers is mostly free to store your dry goods.

We provide two luggage racks for storage. There are several hooks in the corner by the bookshelf for hanging clothes. More hangers are on the shelf in the bathroom. There’s no room for built in closets.

We provide clean sheets and towels and other supplies for your trip. For longer stays, please let us know if you need any fresh sets or supplies. If you have clothes or anything that needs drying, feel free to use the drying line off the back of the cottage. The retractable line attaches to the back wall and a hook on the corner of the cottage. Please let us know if you have questions.

Note, we checked there is not a carbon monoxide detector as it is not required since we do not have a source of CO and it has been approved by local city inspectors.

We grow a variety of veggies and fruit in the garden. In the summer and fall, there are flowers and veggies growing. Please let us know if you want anything and we will get it for you or just hang out and enjoy the garden on your Adirondack chairs under the apple tree or on the covered patio.

The space used to be a 100 sf garage, built in the late 20s. We took it down piece by piece and salvaged much of the old-growth, tight-grain Doug fir wood. You can see that history and character showcased today as we made it into the trim, shelves and loft railing.

We’re located in a quaint, residential neighborhood on the north side of the Montavilla neighborhood. We’re located on a rustic street about 1/2 block from a freeway and rail tracks — which do create some noise when outside. We’re five miles from downtown and five miles from the airport. It’s on a rustic street with partial sidewalks. Make sure to check out the “the neighborhood” and “other things to note” sections for more info. As with the rest of the city and nation, a high number of people are experiencing houselessness in these hard times. Please be gracious.

Check us out — as The Monta-Villa Garden Cottage for Guests and the_monta-villa_garden_cottage — on social media for local tips as you prep for your trip.

Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Courtyard view
Garden view
Fast wifi – 95 Mbps
Free street parking
EV charger - level 1
Central air conditioning
Shared patio or balcony
Shared backyard – Fully fenced
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Portland, Oregon, United States

Portland is the gateway to many beautiful outdoor sites. Just a short drive away or grand views of the Columbia River Gorge, iconic waterfalls, abundant state parks, beaches, wine country, rolling countryside and more. Just ask and we can point you in the right direction.

The true Portland experience is all about the neighborhoods and their bustling commercial cores with pubs, restaurants, shopping and more, surrounded by residential streets.

The Montavilla neighborhood (named after the original Mt Tabor Village) is one of the top ten neighborhoods in the U.S. according to Lonely Planet. Montavilla is packed full of great restaurants, cafes, sweets shops, breweries, entertainment and shopping. Though some may be closed for in-house dining or shopping, many offer some services such as take-out and delivery.

There are several commercial cores to explore surrounded by charming residential blocks.

Several parks nearby have good hiking, playgrounds and golfing.

Explore by foot, bike, bus, train or car.

We are always happy to provide recommendations for things to do while you are here!

COVID-19 UPDATE: local restaurants and bars have reopened including offering takeout, outdoor dining and limited indoor dining. Masks may be required or vaccination status requested.

Hosted by Brian And Jennifer

  1. Joined in February 2012
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We love travelling to new destinations with our son and meeting new people. We like to hike, bike, paddle, garden, and cook. As travelers, we respect others’ space and leave it as good as we find it.

Combined, we’ve lived around the states and internationally including Ariz., Ireland, Calif., Colo., Hawaii, Maine, Mass., Mich., Minn., Mont., Nev., N.H., N.M., S.D., Utah, and Wash.

We both work for the State of Oregon helping protect the environment.

We are fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID as of 10/28/21.

We’ve been Airbnb hosts since 2012 and at The Monta-Villa in Portland since 2019.

We’ve lived in Portland together since 2013 — seeking a medium-sized city with great food options, an eco-ethic and lots of green space. We moved to Montavilla in 2014 and instantly fell in love with its charm, hardworking residents and businesses, and spirit. We enjoy sharing our space and what’s great about our neighborhood.

We provide a safe and welcoming space for people identifying as LGBTQ or BIPOC and others.

We’re happy to chat or leave you to your space. Maybe see you in the garden!

Please let us know if you have any other questions!

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We love travelling to new destinations with our son and meeting new people. We like to hike, bike, paddle, garden, and cook. As travelers, we respect others’ space and leave it as…

During your stay

We live next door in the main house. We will assume you want to be left alone unless you say — otherwise we are happy to meet in the garden or even share a meal. We are available 6:30 am-9:30 pm by phone or just knock. In an emergency, call anytime (several times if necessary until we pick up). We are always happy to answer questions or provide tips based on your interests.

We typically enjoy cooking/dining outside in the garden when it’s nice. You are welcome to join us there. We also enjoy being out in the shared garden.

COVID19 UPDATE: Your hosts and our son are fully vaccinated and boosted. We’re happy to interact with guest — though please keep a distance and wear a mask in the garden if you’re not fully vaccinated or received a booster within six months. Thank you!
We live next door in the main house. We will assume you want to be left alone unless you say — otherwise we are happy to meet in the garden or even share a meal. We are available 6…

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House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Heights without rails or protection
Climbing or play structure
Carbon monoxide detector not required Show more
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy