about the remodel
Freshly updated in 2017 with modern, upscale fixtures and finishes, we did our best to keep the cottage charm while creating a space that’s perfectly comfortable for a long weekend (or four) in wine country. Almost everything’s new here except the charming wood floors, cute niches, coved ceilings and arched doorways.
We created connection between the kitchen and dining room, completely redid the kitchen and bathroom, replaced the plumbing and electrical, added central air and heat, replaced the windows, freshened up the finishes throughout, and fixed up the landscaping. Multiple large windows (new and double-paned) in each room, and a small frosted one in the bath, allow for lots of natural light and a feeling of openness beyond the cozy 720 square foot size.
When the opportunity came to also purchase the Bungalow next door, we were thrilled – we love the idea of being able to enjoy the privacy of this cozy cottage while also hosting friends and family next door, all within walking distance to everything downtown Newberg has to offer.
cozy & equipped living space
Just inside the cottage’s front door, the cozy living room has a top-of-the-line custom sofa with a memory foam sleeper that feels like a real bed; sofa bed linens can be found in the hall closet. Plush navy velvet ottomans double as a coffee table, and the flat screen TV is equipped with Chromecast, Netflix and SONOS for streaming via your own subscriptions. Board games and a desk are available for work and play.
To use the apps on the TV, just turn it on and click the appropriate buttons for the service you’d like to use. Chromecast is a Google device which streams pretty much anything from your device (laptop, phone, ipad) to the television for viewing – to use, make sure your device is connected to the wifi network and go to chromecast.com/setup.
To play music from the living room speaker (it’s under the TV), make sure your device is connected to the wifi network, download the SONOS app and follow the prompts. You’ll need to connect to your personal music accounts (Spotify, Pandora, etc.) or music files on your device.
Finally, in the dining room just left of the front door, we’ve created a mini mud room with hooks and a shoe rack for corralling your outdoor gear. An umbrella is available for use during your stay; please ensure it makes its way back to the hook before you check out.
king bedroom + ensuite bath
The large bedroom has a king size modern farmhouse style bed with an amazingly comfortable medium-firm gel memory foam mattress, 100% cotton sheets, a plush down-like duvet and tons of pillows of varying firmness. USB and pronged outlets are easily accessible at each side of the bed for charging your devices. A huge closet and vintage dresser will hold all your things, and a velvet bench and luggage rack make packing and unpacking a breeze. We’ve supplied high quality no-slip hangers in the closet of each bedroom, 10 in each. Please make sure to leave them here for other guests’ use.
The modern cottage-style bathroom has been completely redone with a beautifully tiled shower, rain shower head and marble-topped wood vanity. A frosted window adds natural light while maintaining privacy, and multiple light fixtures make it easy to get ready on cloudy mornings. Ultra-fluffy towels, shampoo, conditioner, soap, cotton swabs and an upscale real-deal hair dryer are all there ready for you to enjoy.
The kitchen is huge and beautifully outfitted with brand-new everything, including a teak eat-in bar counter, 5-burner gas range, and sleek wine fridge. Everything you need to cook meals is included, down to the olive oil, flour and kosher salt: just add your groceries. (The 24-hour Thriftway is blocks away, and has all the usual needs and many organic choices; Ray’s is a great place to pick up avocados, other produce items, and some great Mexican and Central American goods.) You are welcome to use anything you find in the kitchen, including the dry goods, spices and seasonings in the pull out pantry – we just ask that you replace anything you use the last of, except the items we always supply and restock specifically for your use: coffee, tea, half and half, sugar and olive oil.
We supply whole bean coffee (Ethiopian, our favorite) from Flag & Wire in McMinnville’s Granary District. We recommend that you select the setting in between coarse and medium grind for the Bonavita, and we use 4 scoops per 8 cup pot.
To assist with your meal planning, here’s an inventory list of items in the kitchen:
– refrigerator with ice maker
– water filter pitcher
– undercounter wine refrigerator
– five-burner gas range and oven
– tea kettle
– bonavita drip coffee maker
– toaster oven and microwave
– stick blender
– dinner plates, salad plates and bowls
– flatware, steak knives and serving utensils
– linen and paper napkins
– drinking and wine glasses
– wine and bottle opener
– knives and cutting board
– cheese knife and serving board
– baking sheets, casserole and roasting pan
– round cake pans
– frying pans, small saucepan, dutch oven
– mixing bowls, colander and fine-mesh strainer
– measuring cups and spoons
– spatulas and wooden spoons
– can opener, citrus squeezer, vegetable peeler, scissors
– salt + pepper
– olive oil
– canola nonstick spray
– flour and sugar
– aluminum foil, parchment and plastic wrap
– paper towels and tea towels
– dish detergent and sponges
Adjacent to the kitchen is an open dining area with cushy mid-mod chairs and a small round wood bistro table.
full size laundry room
The laundry room has a full size washer dryer, free & clear detergent, an iron and ironing board.
Accessed via a door in the laundry room, the beautifully landscaped back garden has a Weber natural gas grill, small dining area, and an herb garden you are welcome to make use of for meals (or cocktails, perhaps?). The grill runs on natural gas, and is permanently connected – no tank refilling needed. To use, tun on the red gas lever to start the flow of the gas, uncover and use as normal. When you are finished, please make sure to turn off the gas, brush down the grill and cover it after it has cooled down. Grill-specific utensils are kept in the kitchen.
You’re welcome to any of herbs in the cedar planter: lemon verbena, rosemary, thyme and mint. Please clip sparingly and only take what you will use, so that others may also enjoy. There are scissors for this purpose in the kitchen.
Parking for two cars in the driveway is available. The back yard connects with the Bungalow next door, which is also available for rent together or separately, creating the potential for 3 bedrooms and 3 baths between the two homes and a joined outdoor space to host your group.