Country Willows Bed & Breakfast Inn

1313 Clay Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520
Innkeeper(s): Dan and Kara Burian
 
  • Introduction

    Country Willows Bed & Breakfast Inn - Ashland, Oregon

    Country Willows Bed and Breakfast in Ashland, OregonWelcome to Country Willows, a quintessential country inn situated on the edge of the village, only minutes to the center of Ashland in beautiful Southern Oregon. A very special experience awaits you.

    The Setting:

    Snuggled against a rolling hillside on a lush five acres of farmland and surrounded by the magnificent Siskiyous and Cascade Mountain Ranges. Enjoy beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens, flowering fruit trees, pond, and creek.

    The Ambience:

    Comfortable quiet rooms in a restored 1896 farmhouse, private cottage and barn, with your own family of goats and geese. Inviting willow furniture on two spacious porches; heated swimming pool open spring through fall; and an outdoor spa open year-round.

    Country Willows bed and breakfast pool

    Heated Swimming Pool and more!

    Gourmet breakfasts thoughtfully prepared, complimentary refreshments throughout the day, and leisurely activities such as hiking on trails a few steps above the Inn or biking (you may borrow ours, of course) on nearby country roads.

    Featured in Romantic Travels Guide's "Best Places to Kiss"

    Karen Brown's Pacific Northwest- Exceptional Places to Stay and Itineraries 2009

    Designated as "Our Pick" in Ashland by the Lonely Planet guidebook, May 2008

  • Breakfast

    country willows inn breakfast

    Beginning at 7:45 AM, enjoy our fresh brewed coffee (The Good Bean - Jacksonville). A wonderful selection of organic and all natural full leaf teas is always available throughout the day, again by a local purveyor (Devi Tea - Medford). You'll find freshly made muffins, tea breads and our signature granola available at this time, but be sure to save room for the main entree yet to come.

    Greet the morning in our sunny and cheery breakfast room where you can enjoy the inn's garden surroundings. Or, you may wish to ponder magnificent mountain and valley vistas if you choose to dine at one of our outside tables on the beautiful wrap-around veranda --- in either case, always at a table of your own choosing.

    A full two-course breakfast which includes juice, a fruit course, and a sweet or savory hot entree is served between 8:30 and 9:30 AM daily. Using only the freshest ingredients and organic whenever possible, we enthusiastically and passionately strive to create a breakfast that is memorable and nutritious.

    Sunny Dining RoomIn the growing season, beginning early in the morning a harvest takes place in our own organic garden where a variety of herbs and flowers are gathered. Additionally, vegetables and fruits from our garden, as well as those from local farms (we faithfully visit the Ashland Grower's Market) are utilized in our breakfasts. Menus inspired by the seasonal rhythm of the garden are intensely flavorful and are a delight to the senses. Refreshments are readily available at our breakfast station throughout the day. Be sure to sample our homemade cookies, biscotti, or fresh fruit alongside our freshly made iced teas, lemonade, hot cocoa or specialty teas.

  • About the Inn

    Welcome to Country Willows, a gracious farmhouse country bed and breakfast located in beautiful Southern Oregon. Situated on a bucolic five acres at the edge of the charming theatre town of Ashland, the inn brilliantly blends the rustic elegance of a historical farm with the comfort and modern amenities today's visitors seek.

    A Glimmer of the Past 

    Ashland's Country Willows Inn history

    Built in 1896, the Inn was once a working horse farm and remnants of its past are evident in the many farm implements found throughout the property. The barn once housed a stallion fertility station; over the years rooms in both the inn and the barn were added and fashioned in a craftsman manner to reflect its original heritage. Throughout its history as both a farm and an inn, perennial gardens have been planted, fences mended, and animals welcomed, a testament to the on-going rhythm and life of this Ashland farmstead/inn. Now in its third decade as a bed and breakfast inn, Country Willows welcomes both returning and new guests each year.

    A Glimpse of the Present

    country willows inn garden entertainment

    Relax and unwind in one of our spacious and well-appointed guest rooms offering views of the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountain ranges, and quite possibly, a wandering goat or a wayward goose. Inspired by European country houses in their detail, rooms in the inn and cottage exude calmness in their understated elegance, simplicity, and charm. Barn suites reflect their Northwest heritage with superb attention to detail, timeless design, and spacious interiors.

    Take your book, grab a complimentary cup of hot tea or homemade cookie from the afternoon offering, and sit in one of the Adirondack chairs by the willow tree (or perhaps you'd prefer the rocking chairs in the English garden). Also available are bicycles, horseshoes, croquet, and lawn bocce.

    Follow the path heading from the barn to access miles of hiking trails meandering through timber stands and open meadows. When you've worked up a sweat, remember that the pool is open, inviting you to float or splash as you like. Retire to your own private porch or patio for a lazy, sun-soaked nap before gearing up for a night of theatre. Upon awakening from your midnight's summer dreams, enjoy a full country breakfast, lovingly prepared and graciously served at individual tables in the sunny dining room or on the outdoor veranda. We invite you to savor and delight in the Country Willows experience.

  • Area Information

    country willows bed and breakfast in ashland oregon

    Ashland, Oregon, with its renowned eight month long Shakespeare Festival, it's picturesque golden hills and wineries, as well as its abundant, year-round activities, serves as a perfect base for exploring all that Southern Oregon has to offer.

    Country Willows Inn is within easy reach of a variety of cultural, theatre and fine arts offerings, shopping, dining opportunities, and adrenaline-pumping activities (have you ever rafted the Rogue River or skied down Mt. Ashland?). Feel free to browse through our wide range of things to do and, as always, if you need assistance planning your perfect trip, we are happy to help you!

    Ten of our favorite (and mostly free!) activities to do in and around Country Willows, Ashland, and Southern Oregon:

    1. An Early Morning Hike -- Starting at the inn, amble your way up the meadow path to the irrigation canal trail and connect to the Ashland trail system (don't miss the waterfall) and for the adventurous, the Pacific Crest trail! Scenic and energizing!

    2. A Mid-Day Bike Ride -- Hop on one of our bikes and ride down the street to connect up to the Bear Creek Greenway. Great views of Mt. Ashland, Grizzly Peak, Ashland parks ... get off in the Railroad District and grab a bite at one of many in-town eateries!

    3. A Late Afternoon Stroll in Lithia Park -- With the sun setting behind the mountains, it's glorious any season -- beautiful trees, the soothing sights and sounds of the creek, endless trails so close to downtown.

    4. First Friday Art Walk --  Held the first Friday of the month, don't miss this wonderful opportunity to glimpse superb artisan craftsmanship. With featured artists in attendance, on-site demonstrations, and refreshments all housed in unique settings, you'll revel in this night out on the town!

    5. Lithia Artisans's Market -- Held every weekend from Spring through Fall, this uniquely Ashland event finds favor with all seeking to bring home handcrafted jewelry, art, or clothing. Held along the banks of the creek behind the Plaza.

    6. The Ashland's Grower's Market --  We don't miss this one! Held every Tuesday Spring through Fall, this farmer's market is a delight for the senses! Pick up some fresh organic fruit or veggies, bring home some Rogue Valley plants, jams or honey, and even enjoy lunch. A little bit of art as a bonus, too!

    7. Offstage at OSF --  Expand your theatrical horizons! Free events at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival include the Green Show and Noon Talks. For the former, a lively and colorful dance and musical program held before the evening plays on the Elizabethan Stage, and a up close and personal dialogue with members of the OSF company for the latter.

    8. Land of the Lakes -- And by that we mean, Crater Lake, of course, an easy drive and short day trip from the inn, but alsoEmigrant Lake (right here in Ashland) and Lake of the Woods, (midway between Emigrant and Crater). Spectacular vistas abound. We'll give you a map to get you there and back in a circular route.

    9. Jacksonville and the Applegate area -- Within a ½ hour of Ashland, drive past vast acres of pear orchards, scenic mountain vistas, and discover the quaint town of Jacksonville. With its unique shops, Britt Outdoor Musical Festival, local wineries, and home to our delicious coffee, The Good Bean, you'll find lots to see and do.

    10. And for our 10th favorite activity --  Relax! And yes, perhaps a reason you came to Country Willows. With that in mind, take advantage of numerous restful spots right here on the property including our Adirondack lawn chairs, poolside tables and chairs, double front porches, and other nooks you'll be sure to discover.

  • Awards & Accolades

    The Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest, 9th Edition --Ashland's only 4 Kiss Inn

    Country Willows Bed & Breakfast Inn room"This ranch estate two and a half miles from downtown Ashland has been a wonderful kissing destination for years, and the enthusiastic and detail-oriented innkeepers keep improving things. Who knows? If they keep up the good work, we may have to create a five-lip category!"

    "Places like Country Willows inspire us to keep kissing and telling."

    Country Willows has maintained its highest rating of four kisses up through the current (9th) edition.

    Karen Brown's Guides, Pacific Northwest, Charming Inns & Itineraries, 2009 Edition

    "Nestled against a hillside at the end of a quiet residential street, Country Willows embodies the perfect meeting of elegant country charm and privacy. This masterfully restored 1890s farmhouse is set on a lush five acres of farmland only seven minutes from town."

    "You will want for nothing in this, the ultimate country inn."

    Lonely Planet's Washington, Oregon & the Pacific Northwest, 4th Edition

    Designated as "Our Pick" in Ashland, Oregon by the Lonely Planet guidebook, May 2008. The "Our Pick" award represents the editor's top choice for Ashland across all categories of lodging including hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts. Lonely Planet is the largest travel guidebook and digital media publishers in the world. As of 2009, it published about 500 titles in 8 languages, with annual sales of more than six million guidebooks.

    "Only minutes from the center, the Country Willows is a luxurious B&B in the "countryside" (complete with a few farm animals). The nine rooms and suites sport a mix of antiques and contemporary furniture, and some suites are huge and creatively designed."

    Frommer's Oregon, 3rd Edition

    "Just outside town and surrounded by 5 acres of rolling hills and pastures, the Country Willows B&B offers the tranquility of a farm only minutes from Ashland's theaters and excellent restaurants. If you're looking for a very special room, consider the Sunrise Suite, which is in a renovated part of the barn behind the main house. It has pine paneling, a high ceiling, a king-size bed, a gas fireplace, and, best of all, an old-fashioned tub for two with its very own picture window and skylight. ... There's a 2-mile hiking trail that starts at the back door. You'll also find a pool and whirlpool on the grounds."

    Best Places Northwest, 14th Edition -- Rated 3 Stars

    "Set on 5 acres of farmland seven minutes from downtown, this rebuilt 1896 country home offers peace and quiet and a lovely view of the hills." "The best room is in the barn: the Pine Ridge Suite has a bed/living room with a lodgepole pine king-sized bed, and a bath bigger than most bedrooms."

    Recommended Country Inns, West Coast, 6th Edition

    Country Willows Bed & Breakfast Inn living room"If you have your own ideas of what a true country inn should be, chances are you'll find it all here at Country Willows: bucolic setting that has you oohing and aahing while you're still in the driveway, picturesque geese and goats you'll swear are from central casting, and a restored 1890s farmhouse that looks much too innocent to hold all the luxuries it does."

    "I like the ambiance around here, indoors and out. The innkeepers have the knack of knowing when to leave guests alone or incorporate them into the life of the inn."

  • How To Find Us

    Country Willows is located on the South side of Ashland, just off Siskiyou Boulevard at the end of Clay Street. Guests enjoy the feel of a country setting while being inside the environs of Ashland. Country Willows is about a 5 minute drive to downtown Ashland.

    This is the most direct route coming from California but cannot be accessed if you’re coming from the North:

    1. From California on I5 take Exit 11, which becomes Siskiyou Blvd. --  follow Siskiyou for three blocks past Tolman Creek Rd., which is marked by a flashing light
    2. Turn left on Clay St. Proceed up Clay St. to the end
    3. You will see our sign (CountryWillows, 1313 Clay) and white gates
    4. Drive through the gates and up the driveway to the area labeled Guest Parking

    This is the most direct route coming from the North:

    1. On I-5 from either direction take Exit 14
    2. Go west from the exit about ½ mile to the stop light at Tolman Creek Rd.
    3. Turn left and drive ¾ mile to the flashing light at Siskiyou Blvd.
    4. Turn right and go three tenths of a mile Turn left on Clay
    5. Proceed up Clay St. to the end
    6. You will see our sign (CountryWillows, 1313 Clay) and white gates 
    7. Drive through the gates and up the driveway to the area labeled Guest Parking

    This route takes you through downtown Ashland:

    1. On I5 from either direction take Exit 19
    2. Turn south on Valley View Rd. and drive 1/2 mile to the stop light on Main St.
    3. Turn left and continue through town 3 miles to Clay St. Proceed up Clay St. to the end
    4. You will see our sign (Country Willows, 1313 Clay) and white gates
    5. Drive through the gates and up the driveway to the area labeled Guest Parking