Garden Gate Cottage
The pleasant, restive Cottage Studio with the heart of Mt. Shasta view has an Island Canopied Queen Bed; fluffy towels; custom tiled floors, shower and backsplashes; a private garden with a fire pit and original art. Our cozy BnB has a fully equipped self-serve kitchen with thoughtful amenities and smart design. Easy on/off I-5 to Mt. Shasta, Dunsmuir, McCloud or Mineral Springs activities.
WHAT IS THE COTTAGE LIKE?
It is a studio apartment ( 16×20) that has custom porcelain tile and a water closet (toilet, hand washing sink), shower closet, sink/stove kitchen area, sitting area, clothes closet, washer and dryer (no extra charge), a work desk/table which also has a mirror and storage for a dressing table. a monitor heater and a sleeping “island” bed. It is in the city limits with a church parking lot on one side and a residential lot on the other. The Freeway is close which makes it easy to get on and off of. There is no air conditioning although there are fans and the ability to open windows at night for cool mountain air.
HOW MANY DOES THE COTTAGE SLEEP?
Inside the cottage, the queen platform bed comfortably sleeps 2. There is also a sofa sleeper and a chaise sleeper with sleeping bags in the upper cupboard for 2 more.
The Cottage is ideal for a small family, a couple or singles.
WHAT IS A SELF-SERVE BREAKFAST?
We provide eggs for your breakfasts. Our guests recognize the value of thoughtful amenities that allow you to cook and bake your own self-serve meals as the cottage has everything you need to cook and serve meals except lunch and dinner foods. There are spices, salt and pepper, oil, Bisquick/pancake mix, and sugar and butter. We also provide milk, coffee beans and fruit. Please let us know your preferences, any allergies or gluten or lactose intolerance.
WHAT IS THE WATER LIKE?
The cottage has an under counter water heater which provides hot water for a short shower. Hot water is instant and is set very hot. Start with cold water and add hot to get the right mix. The wash is cold water only. The drinking water is pure and good here. It comes right off the mountain streams and is bottled in our area.
HOW CLOSE IS THE FREEWAY?
The freeway is nearby. Once you close the cottage door and windows it can barely be heard as the cottage is well insulated. To us the freeway is a constant calming sound. It provides easy on and off to the various attractions of the area.
WHAT IS THE GARDEN LIKE?
Garden Gate Cottage nestles down our hill. It is calming, peaceful, private, pleasant and appealing to the senses. The outdoor garden has easy style with intimate areas for conversation, eating or just relaxing. In Winter the garden is dormant and the outdoor furniture is stored. There is a view of Mt Shasta from the Cottage garden. The Conversation Areas: The Fire Pit Area with seating. We set the fire pit with wood so all you have to do is strike the match. The outdoor furniture provides lounging, seating and conversation in season. The Eating Areas: A small table and chairs just outside the cottage door. A table and chairs in the Pergola. The Relaxing Areas: The Bubbling Fountain ( in season) with seating. The bench with a tin roof. Great for listening to rain.
WHAT ARE SUMMERS LIKE?
Summer days can be very warm with cooler evenings and night air. There are fans, but no air conditioning. Open windows at night for cool air, but close them during the day when it is warm out.
WHAT ARE WINTERS LIKE?
Winter months are November through February. Nights are colder than days. Usually the sun comes out and it warms a bit even in winter. There are only a couple of times a year that we have severe winter storms. We rarely have to put on chains, but we always carry chains as we live in the mountains. You should carry chains when you come to visit in the winter. The freeway is frequently plowed in case of snow and rarely gets completely closed down. Our road is a main street and regularly gets plowed during a snow. If snow is building up it is wise to park at the mouth of our driveway unless you have snow tires. We have a snow blower.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Expect to be cared for but not hovered over. Expect friendly folk. Expect vegetables and/or fruit from the garden during the growing season which is June to September or October.
Expect cool nights and warmer days (no air conditioning).
Expect changeable weather in the winter and options for winter sports.
Expect us to keep the garden watered.
Expect the gardener. The gardener is my 96-year old Dad who lives with us. He definitely has a ‘green thumb’ and loves to work the garden. You may see him or hear the scritch-scratch of his spade. He quietly goes about the garden in some area each day of the growing season; hoeing weeds, picking produce, tilling the soil or watering. He may not have his hearing aids in, but If you can engage him in conversation, he loves it.
We love to interact with our guests. When you register and get your key we greet you and give you a tour of the Gardens and Garden Gate Cottage. We bring fruits, vegetables and flowers from our gardens in season. If you would like to use the fire pit we will have wood for you. Feel free to ask us questions or text for information during your stay. If you are interested we can suggest places to hike or visit. Someone is always present at the Main House or in the garden during your stay.