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Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental 4.5 out of 5 60 ratings37

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Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2 Queen
Bathrooms: 1
Max Occupancy: 4
Pet Policy: No Pets

Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental 18500 E Aschoff Rd, Rhododendron, OR 97049

Special Offer: Enjoy discounted lift tickets from Mt. Hood Meadows when you reserve this home! Save up to $25 per adult ticket (discounted prices are only $49/adult). Upon booking your home, you will receive a special online offer to order discounted tickets.

This custom-built Mt. Hood cabin sits on 24 private acres of protected wilderness, offering the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. Featured in Portland Monthly magazine as one of the best "Secret Mount Hood Hideouts", the property has its own wonderful trails for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, making it feel like your own private ski resort!

In a verdant valley, just outside the little burg of Zigzag, is a Scandinavian gem. Inspired by the land of Ibsen and Grieg, this enchanted property has wonderful surprises. From the wood sprite peeking out of a tree trunk, to the steel footbridge that delivers you through the magical metal gate, you know right away you're in a special place. Welcome to the Swedish Stuga! More than a mere cabin, for the Swedes, a stuga is a place of relaxation, nature and nostalgia. Inspired by Scandinavian traditions, this sustainable built home combines old-world charm with a holistic philosophy of green craftsmanship.

A short trail (approx. 1/2 mile) takes you past a whimsical swing set and to the front door of this beautiful home. After crossing the river rock patio, you enter into the great room, with cathedral ceilings, a wood burning fireplace, and beautiful views of the forest. Wood for the old-growth floor was sustainability harvested. Part homage to his Scandanavian roots, yet true to his commitment to sustainable building, this stuga's creator has captured Nordic romance in a green-friendly environment. The pale wood of the vaulted ceilings, the sparse yet elegant lines of the white furniture, the floor clock (shaped like a person), and the Beautiful White and Gold Viking Professional Range and Hood.

At bedtime, you'll feel like you're in the hall of the Mountain King. The entire second floor is the master bedroom. Wake up in the Gustavian-style queen bed and savor a splendid view of the forest outside. Draw a bath in the big, claw-foot tub and luxuriate in steamy warmth before breakfast. In the downstairs bedroom you'll find a comfortable queen sleigh bed with top quality organic linens. The bathroom is down there as well. In it, Stuga's creator has maintained the same meticulous attention to detail. Enter the shower through French doors and stand on a river rock floor. Out on the covered deck is a gas grill and big table to enjoy a meal unhindered by the elements but still close to the nearby forest.

Though just a few miles from Rhododenron and all the activities available at all points beyond, you'll be hard pressed to leave this magical property poised on 24 private acres. Surrounded by protected wilderness in the Bull Run reserve, you'll have plenty of space to explore. Among the variety of private trails that meander through the forest, you'll see everything from fountains to a chandelier hung from the branches. In late summer, the forest fills with huckleberries, and in fall you can harvest all the delicious chanterelle mushrooms by the basketful.

Important Information: Those with limited mobility, take heart: the trail from the parking area to the home is roughly 150 feet in length and crosses a grated steel pedestrian bridge. Appropriate footwear is required, especially in winter, as this trail is not shoveled. The driveway is plowed only when the snow depth exceeds 8 inches, and a vehicle with AWD, chains, and appropriate ground clearance may be required. Bring your OWN flashlight to get in after dark. It is a dirt trail to the Rock Stairs.

Out of cell Phone range, but does have WiFi!

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  • 0 children
  • No pets
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  • Apr 17 2014 - Apr 17 2015
    15% discount for 7+ night stays
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Features & Amenities

  • Features

  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • A/C
  • Laundry
  • Fireplace: wood
  • Jetted Tub
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Media

  • Internet
  • TV
  • Cable
  • Netflix Streaming
  • Movie Player
  • Movie Library
  • Music: iPod dock
  • Activities

  • Pool Table
  • Ping Pong
  • Foosball
  • Bikes
  • Kayaks
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Board Games
  • Outdoors

  • Grill: gas
  • Firepit
  • Balcony
  • Patio
  • Deck
  • Beach Chairs
  • Dock

60 Guest Reviews

  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Antonia D.

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    As we walked up to the house we were greeted by the owner who was very friendly and told us about some new trials he had been working on. Walking across the foot bridge and seeing the house for the first time it seemed almost enchanted! My family is from Sweden and the house was very closely modeled after a traditional Swedish vacation home with a touch of the Northwest. Its simply beautiful and cozy and just what we needed!

    As stated in the comments regarding the home, there is no cell service but for those that like to stay connected in some form there is a landline. Also, if you cross the foot bridge there are some places where you can get a few bars:) Its good to escape, but we have two small children that didn't come with us so keeping in contact was essential.

    Overall, I can't say enough about this place. When our kids came up the second day we explored and played around the property. Our girls are 2 and 6 and thought the land was magical. I agree!!!

    Thank you for building such a unique place....we will be back for sure perhaps in every season!
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    Donald T.

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    Magical, enchanting, got engaged.... Amazing!
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    Claire M.

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    The Swedish Stuga is just lovely. It feels totally isolated and rural, but is charming, luxurious, and romantic at the same time. It's the perfect size for two. The woods behind the cabin are fun to explore, but it's just as nice to sit on the stone patio and relax in the (fleeting) sun. The nearby Ramona Falls hike is highly recommended--go the clockwise route for a gradual incline and check to see if the seasonal bridge has been put up if you have any issues or concerns about crossing a river on a fallen log. We were there in early June and the bridge had not yet been installed for the season. Bring slippers to the stuga, it's cold. But it will get cozy once you get your fire going. Thank you Stuga!
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Ben S.

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    Very cute secluded house in the mountains. Loved it.
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    Doug M.

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    We stayed for a week with a 2.5 yr old and a 5.5 yr old. It was a fantastical location with a "spirit tree" "fairy garden" with glowing mushrooms and truly captured a Scandinavian spirit the kids loved. We look forward to staying there again. 20 min to Timberline Lodge, 15 to the Mirror Lake Trailhead.
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Gudrun R.

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    Very beautiful.. and the house is old world scandanavian..loved it!!
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Cynthia L.

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    We came to Rhododendron in order to hike on the mountain everyday. The problem was that the Stuga property was so beautiful, so inviting, and so romantic, I didn't want to leave!
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Emily G.

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    This was an absolutely wonderful place to stay. We only had one day off after our wedding, and we came to the right place. The house was beautifully constructed, and the location was very peaceful and relaxing. We will definitely have to return.
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Eric A.

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    If you ever wanted to stay in a place where someone designed a uniquely fun, real and peaceful vacation home... Here is a successful place to enjoy a curious time just relaxing, breathing, cooking, playing, exploring and wondering when I should come back again for more. Thank you for the welcoming experience.
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Elisha P.

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    Completely satisfied with our stay! •:*¨¨*~P~E~R~F~E~C~T~ *¨¨*:•
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Anita K.

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    The home was very clean and fresh. Exactly as presented in the advertisement. We loved the solitude!
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    Steve S.

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    loved location and home.
    needs some very minor repairs and trash problem needs to be resolved.
    Will return
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Vanessa H.

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    This was a wonderful getaway for a small family! We loved being away from phones, tv and internet. There was so much to explore and see around the property. The swing was a ton of fun for the kids and we had a great time chopping logs for the stove and hiking the trails. We hope to come back and check it out in the winter!
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Lydia M.

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    The location and grounds are just beautiful, you can't help but relax to the sound of the creek. We had fun exploring the trails and finding many little surprises along the way. The Stuga itself is very unique, you will feel like you've stepped back in time, although we did not give the wood burning stove a try, we were able to make some great meals on the awesome BBQ grill outside. There were a few disappointments though, like the sofa which was held up by concrete blocks!! Definitely need a new sofa, there was no where to settle in at night and read or relax by the fire. All the outside lights were not working (there were signs on the light switches telling you so). It was very, very, very dark and difficult to find your way to the house; I did not feel safe. Bring flash lights! I would love to stay here again, but only if the house receives the attention it so deserves.
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    Catherine G.

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    is a most wondrous thing.
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    Sarah H.

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    This is our second time staying here, and it was once again a magical experience. My 6 year old son says it's like entering a different world, and I couldn't agree more. We love it.
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    Kathryn K.

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    This house and the property surrounding are gorgeous. I felt as if I was in a Swedish folk story. From the wood carvings, the statues, the fountains, the ponds and the chandelier in the forest(!!); to the amazing woodworking and decor in the home itself, this place is top notch for a relaxing getaway. Be forewarned that the cook stove in the kitchen is wood fired, so if building fires is not your specialty, you may want to bring things that don't require baking (there is an electric stovetop).
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Megan D.

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    We absolutely loved our stay at the Stuga! It is such a cozy and beautiful home. We plan to return in the future and would love to stay there in every season!
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Nora D.

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    Several amenities are available in the kitchen including a coffee pot and grinder, toaster and an electric water kettle and plug in electric burners. The stove is wood fired and like others we had some difficulty with it, unlike others we overcame these and have some tips on how you can too.
    Firstly, you need to know how to lay your fire from the top and use plenty of paper and kindling. Close up the top before lighting! It will take a while to heat up the chimney and there is a fan right there so use it.Be patient and you'll get a good draw and can put in some larger material.
    Secondly, it is crucial to use dry wood. When you arrive cut up any wood that you brought or is inside near the fireplace to no bigger than 2 in or so think. Additional wood might not be seasoned and contain a fair amount of water. Log cabin stack it near the fire and "grill" pieces on the stove.
    Lastly, the slide at the back controls how much heat gets to the right side of the stove surface. This also helps heat the oven. We couldn't find the tool to turn the square knob that switches the different grates and dumps the ash but a 5/8in socket does. Also as of this writing the top shelf isn't bolted to the surface but we didn't have any problems.
    With faith and fun you will have the success we had too. With continuous feeding we roasted a perfect 9lb rib eye at 450 deg and baked a nice bday cake too. We look forward to returning in any weather and with any stove.
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Ann H.

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    The Swedish decor is charming. The kitchen is cute but not very useful. Bring prepared meals. The shower is so creative and delightful. Watch out for troll and gnomes.
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Craig P.

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    If you are looking for this: to be REALLY alone, in the middle of a beautiful forest 360 degrees around you, a great sounding stream, no neighbors close or in sight, needing quality time with your spouse; this is the place! This is a place that you bring all your food with you because there is no reason you will want to go back to civilization until it's time to leave. Get lost in the feeling of being really alone imagining where in this world you want to be for the duration of your stay. No TV, bring a good book, talk with your spouse without interruption and relax. The property is really that awesome. The cottage is quaint, not elegant nor meant to be, authenticity to detail is amazing. Bring simple meals, unless you are proficient in cooking with a wood stove. There is an electric 2 burner portable cook top you can use. Our whole stay was just amazing!
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Gabrielle K.

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    Wonderful property with a charming stuga. So secluded yet close to great hiking and restaurants. I plan o returning year after year!
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    Aswathypriya N.

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    We celebrated my brother's 31st birthday at the Swedish Stuga. I am out of words to describe this house and the location! Absolutely beautiful. The house is very well kept and the surrounding areas were beautifully carved to perfection. I wanted to stay much longer and explore the surrounding forest and the clear creek running in front of the house. There is no internet or cell phone range - so if you want a place where you could still be in touch with your friends back home - this might not be the perfect place.
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    Stephen S.

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    Many thanks for a great week. We admire the hard work that went into building the Stuga . What a magical place you have created. Complete solitude surrounded by trees, a river, flowers, gnomes and lights in the woods! If you want to get away from traffic and the demands of everyday life as most of us know it, this is the place for you!

  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Melanie A.

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    My husband, daughter, and I enjoyed our week stay at the Stuga. Great location, sweet house, and nice attention to personal touches around the cabin and grounds. The only thing we'd change is the request to remove trash on departure. There were no instructions about location to do so. We ended up getting in touch with the owner and worked it out.
    Lovely stay though and we would love to return!
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Laura S.

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    Loved the seclusion, simplicity and beauty of this lovely Stuga. Internet, cell service and TV were replaced with the songs of warblers, wrens the thrushes, and the sound of cascading water as it rushed down a gorgeous stream.

    Would recommend bringing slippers for use indoors, and planning for simple meals.

    I wanted a retreat following an intense period of work, and this was the PERFECT setting.

    Thank you!
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Jim R.

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    VERY scenic and secluded location, perhaps unlike anything else you could expect to rent. The sound of the stream is peaceful. There are some quirky things to put up with, like weird rocks in the shower, old pots and dishes, but the overall experience is well worth it. It grows on you, and you don't want to leave. Thanks for the experience !
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    David P.

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    We loved the Stuga, our only complaints would be the furniture and the wood fired oven. It's such a great romantic get away and having a comfortable sofa in front of the fire, that both of us could have sat comfortably on and cuddled would have been great. We loved the rustic feel of the stuga, but the wood fired oven isn't practical for cooking. An electric oven would be a much needed improvement. The property surounding the stuga is absolutely incredible. Having 20 + acres to yourself without ever seeing a neighbor is just what we were looking for. We loved it.
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Clayton P.

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    The in floor heating is not operating or I don't know how to operate it.
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Valerie A.

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    Location was magical. Wish there was an option for baking besides woodburning stove...either toaster oven or microwave, and that this fact was more prominently put in ad. Loved all the touches outside; swing, lights, carvings in trees. We will be back.
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    Marcus S.

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    I would recommend that you let renters know that arriving in the daylight is a good idea. Especially if cold and snowing.
  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Michaela R.

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    Overall the property was really great and well kept, but I would have loved to have a better stove available (not just an electric one) and a TV. The heated floor were wonderful but it took a while to warm up the house, which was not ideal for our baby. On the other end, the location of this home is fantastic since it is so private and it has amazing views of the forest and the water stream. I will definitely try to go back.

  • Swedish Stuga Vacation Rental

    Tim D.

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    We spent two nights in January at the "Stuga". It was way better than what I thought and was so pleased with everything. So many little details make the place seem almost magical. Everything from wireless "airplay" in ceiling speakers to provide ambient music from your iphone/ipod or itunes, to face carvings on trees, a giant swing, a lantern hung in the middle of the forest and a perfect little bath tub... The pictures don't do it justice. I'm a professorial photographer and had a great time taking new pics that hopefully the owners feel moved to use. Great times!
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    Frank V.

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    A last minute booking, our stay at the Swedish Stuga turned out to be a very special one. The location and setting are great. On the foot of Mt Hood, along a stream, pretty remote, between the trees there was this charming place covered in snow. Beautiful. The house has a lot of character, many great details, not luxurious but very conveniant. This place feels like home and we would love to stay here in other seasons as well.
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    Wendy C.

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    My husband and I stayed here for our 10th anniversary and this place went above and beyond our expectations! We loved it! I've never stayed anywhere like it. It was very very private, clean, and well-thought out. I absolutely wouldn't change a thing!!!
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    Jonathan A.

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    Wonderful gem in beautiful setting. Be prepared to "rough it" though. You have to tote your gear quite a distance from parking area to house, but it is worth it when you get there! Don't miss the trails through the woods ... right out the door.
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    We loved this house, nestled in the woods. Even the approach - down a dirt road, over a foot bridge - was romantic. The only change we'd make is adding a full bath to the wonderful master bedroom upstairs but otherwise, it's a fantastic property.
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