TouVelle House Bed & Breakfast

455 North Oregon Street P.O. Box 1891, Jacksonville, Oregon 97530
Innkeeper(s): Jamie & Shawn Kerr
 
  • Introduction

    Touvelle House Bed & Breakfast: Casual comfortable elegance

    TouVelle House Bed & Breakfast, located in Jacksonville, Oregon, welcomes you with a relaxing, comfortable environment where all of your needs have already been anticipated. Modern comforts combined with understated elegance create a special retreat just for you with restful gardens and verandas, feather-soft bedding and wonderfully delicious home-made breakfasts. You will find one of our 6 guest rooms (all with private baths) is a perfect fit for you. TouVelle House Bed & Breakfast provides a country-like setting right in town. With 1.3 acres of landscaped grounds we offer lots of space to relax including a swimming pool and sauna along with six guest rooms all with private baths.

    Craftsman Style, Country-like setting, Right in town.

    This handsome 3-story Craftsman style home is located in the National Historic Landmark town of Jacksonville, Oregon. Originated in the 1850's gold rush, Jacksonville is nestled among Madrone and pine trees in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. Just 5 miles from I-5 at Medford and 17 miles from Ashland, it is the perfect base from which to explore all of Southern Oregon.

    Jacksonville is full of wine, music, history and fun. We are the Gateway to the Applegate Valley Wine Trail with 18 wineries, and the heart of the entire Southern Oregon Wine Region with over 70 wineries. And the in-town tasting rooms and pubs feature live music on a regular basis. But our musical highlight is the Britt Festivals – the northwest's premier outdoor performing arts series that runs from June through September – is in a spectacular outdoor amphitheater just five blocks away. Additional cultural experiences include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with performances from mid-February through October in neighboring Ashland, along with four other theater companies and several regional performing arts centers.

    For the outdoor enthusiast there are numerous hiking and biking opportunities, including 20+ miles on the in-town Woodland Trails, as well as river rafting, kayaking, and fly fishing on the Rogue River, and downhill and cross-country skiing nearby. Fun day trips just a short drive away include Crater Lake, Oregon Caves and the redwood forests.

    TouVelle House is a handsome 3-story Craftsman style home which Judge Frank TouVelle had built as a wedding present for his wife Elizabeth in 1916. The house was designed by Elizabeth for gracious living and entertaining and integrated portions of an 1879's Victorian cottage that was the home of the Hoffman family. The house sits up on a knoll and is set well back from the sidewalk and street, providing you with a quiet and restful retreat.

    Even though it feels like you are in the country everything in town is just a short walk away. We are located just two blocks from the varied shopping, dining and wine tasting opportunities in historic downtown Jacksonville, and only four blocks from Britt Music Festivals.  There are also plenty of common areas on the property – both inside and out – which provide plenty of spaces for your enjoyment without feeling you are on top of the other quests.

    Whether you are planning a private get away or a gathering of friends or family, TouVelle House is a great choice. The house offers 6 guest rooms, all with private baths, which are described in detail in the Rooms Section.  Each room offers individually controlled heating and air conditioning, We took extra time selecting the softest, smoothest Egyptian cotton sheets to ensure a good nights rest. Feather beds along with down pillows and comforters provide that extra "cush" factor. 

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Tim Balfour and Gary Renninger Balfour for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers stay at TouVelle House to feel pampered and well cared for.  We’ve created a wonderful environment in which they can relax and enjoy themselves.

    What are you best known for?

    We are best known for creating a welcoming and gracious environment and then getting out of the way so people can enjoy themselves.  The property is laid out to create a private retreat and the house has a sense of serenity that guests sense immediately upon arrival. 

    What makes your inn unique?

    Our inn is unique due having plenty of common areas inside and out where guests can be comfortable and still feel like they have the place to themselves. It also had extensive grounds and sits well back from the street so that it feels like a country estate right in town.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    We love the Craftsman style and the sense of history in our house.  It is handsome and elegant but not fussy. 

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Jacksonville is a well-kept secret that provides a true get away with all the comforts. Jacksonville has retained the look and feel of the late 1800’s but offers all of the creature comforts today’s travelers crave – creative dining, quality wines, and adventure options along with the sense of having stepped outside of your daily routine and into a very special experience. It is an incredibly broad and diverse wine region, 25 wineries within 25 miles.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    “You’ve thought of absolutely everything.  Whenever I need something I turn around and there it is.”

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Britt Festivals – a summer long outdoor concert series, 2200 seating capacity in a quaint, vintage town of 2,100 where you can take in a picnic to enjoy before the concert.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    In-town day with a trolley tour to get a feel for the history, some shopping and a spa treatment, then relaxing by our pool or in the gardens followed by a concert at Britt Festivals or drive 20 minutes to Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

    • Day trip to Crater Lake and Rogue Gorge – incredible scenery and so worth the drive
    • Adventure Day – river rafting, zip-lining or jet boat rides
    • Wine tasting – this could be stretched to cover 4 days as there are 4 distinct wine areas in the immediate region, with Applegate Valley Wine Trail alone comprised of 18 wineries
    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Everything in town is within walking distance – Britt Festival performance grounds, 13 restaurants, 6 tasting rooms, shopping, trolley tours, 20+ miles of walking/hiking trails, historic cemetery.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Thai House is our go-to place, Gogi’s, which is upscale fine dining, never disappoints our guests.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    JacksonvilleOregon.com, JacksonvilleOregon.org, JacksonvilleReview.com, southernoregon.org

    How many rooms does your inn have?

     6 rooms with private baths.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, we can refer a local dog sitter in town who takes dogs into her home or a nearby kennel that has good reviews.

  • Amenities

    Additional in-room amenities include:

    • Down comforters and pillows 
    • Triple sheet Egyptian cotton bedding
    • Egyptian cotton towels
    • Luxurious waffle weave/terry cloth robes
    • Private bath 
    • Non-animal tested, vegetable based luxury bath products
    • Hair dryer 
    • iPod/iPhone docking station
    • Refrigerator for guest use, stocked with complimentary bottled water, on each floor
    • Irons and ironing boards

    Additional on-site amenities include:

    • Swimming pool and sauna 
    • 100% Smoke free environment, indoors
    • Guest Computer 
    • Complimentary High speed wireless internet access
    • Full Breakfast served daily at 9 am
    • Tea and hot beverages available 24 hours
    • Guest Telephone with free local calls
    • TV/DVD player/DVD movie library                                           
    • Bocce Court
    • New York Times delivered daily (May-Oct)
  • Breakfast & Other Refreshments

    In the morning you will enjoy a full breakfast in the Dining Room. Relax - this isn't a formal affair - just good food, good coffee and good conversation. Offerings may include scones, spinach and mushroom frittata or avocado scramble, and fresh fruit.

    If the menu being served doesn't suit you we offer a selection of alternatives. Gary can also accommodate dietary restrictions, so just let us know when you make your reservations. Good, strong coffee is available after 7:00 am and breakfast is served at 9:00 am.

    Even quests who are hesitant to join a communal breakfast have found that they really enjoy the experience. They have found interesting conversation and like-minded people. And for those who don't want to talk, don't worry, let the others carry the conversation and just enjoy the incredible food and coffee.

    Guest refrigerators on each floor provide bottled water and room to store your own items. Tea is always available in the Dining Room, where you will also find Gary's homemade chocolate chip cookies, or some other sweet treat, later in the day.

    We carry a selection of local wines for purchase by the bottle.  There are also cork screws, bottle stoppers and wine glasses for your use.

  • Indoor Common Areas

    Inside areas for you to enjoy include the Great Room with several sitting areas and a piano, the library and the sunroom. Stickley, Roycroft and other Arts & Crafts style furniture fill the Great Room and create a wonderfully comfortable space to read, play cards or board games or just curl up in front of the fireplace. The high, beamed ceilings and the massive sandstone fireplace give the room a sense of grandeur, but the furnishings provide very comfortable gathering spots.

    The Library provides a smaller enclave where you can catch the news or the game on the television or choose from a selection of DVDs, periodicals and books. Just off the library you can also slip out the door to the side porch and enclosed garden for a quiet spot for your morning coffee or an afternoon siesta.

    For the perfect spot to take a cup of tea in the afternoon you will find the Sun Room.  With four walls of windows this is room wonderfully bright and cheery.  In addition to a couple of rocking chairs you will also find a telephone for your use as well as a computer, printer and fax machine. There is complimentary high-speed wireless internet access throughout the house.

  • Outdoor Common Areas

    Outside there are many spots for you to explore until you have found your perfect hide-away. Our 1.3 acres include the front gardens featuring a bocce court, the pond lawn with a grouping of Adirondack chairs and a charming gazebo.  Closer to the house there is a swimming pool and patio, front and side porches, and the Wisteria Garden.

    We have furnished all of the areas with comfortable seating to give you lots of places to enjoy your leisure time.  Rocking chairs make the front porch a favorite destination for morning coffee or for just absorbing the wonderfully relaxing ambiance while a hammock and teak benches furnish the Wisteria Garden and further the Zen feeling.  Up on the side porch a pair of rattan chairs make for a great reading or cocktail perch, and a bistro table is good for reading the newspaper or a quick lunch.


    The swimming pool patio offers plenty of loungers and  patio umbrellas so you can be either in or out of the sun and still enjoy the water. We converted the pool to saline several years ago to avoid using as many chemicals and were pleased to discover how silky the water feels on your skin. No more dried out skin or irritated eyes.

    Down in front of the house below the pond lawn with the gazebo are the lower gardens with the bocce court. Bocce is a fun, easy to learn, Italian bowling game that is a cross between croquet and horse shoes, and enjoyable regardless of your skill level. You can stroll through the lawns until one of the benches or chairs calls your name.

     

     

  • Your Hosts

    Gary Renninger Balfour (on the left, above left) and Tim Balfour (on the right, above left) are the owners/operators of TouVelle House.

    We moved to Jacksonville from Delaware in 2004 even though we had only stopped in Jacksonville for one day during a vacation the previous year. We couldn't stop thinking about this incredible property and the wonderful town of Jacksonville so decided to take a leap of faith and move across country and become innkeepers.

    We continue to enjoy being the stewards for TouVelle House and take pride in the enhancements we have made to the house and especially to the gardens. We also love the easy access to the cultural activities of the area, the dedicated people who contribute to our town and valley as well as the easy access to hiking and other outdoor activities available in Southern Oregon.

    After working in the information technology industry, Gary enjoys the hands on and inter-personal aspects of running a Bed and Breakfast. He is the one with whom you will speak on the phone and the one who makes our outstanding breakfasts.

    Gary is originally from central Pennsylvania and has also lived in Washington DC and Delaware.  He speaks fluent German and lived there during study abroad and internship programs.

    Tim is originally from Kansas and has lived in Pennsylvania (where he met Gary) and Delaware. He worked in higher education admissions and financial aid and in education financing, most recently with a non-profit organization that provided education financing to graduate and professional students.

    Now he is working full-time with Gary running the bed & breakfast and specializes in gardening and landscaping.

    Although neither Tim nor Gary had ran or worked in a bed and breakfast before, Tim's parents opened one of the first Bed and Breakfasts in Kansas. They were very helpful as we got things started, giving us lots of sound advice.

    They, along with Gary's mother, continue to be our most reliable sources for constructive criticism, helping to ensure that our facilities are up to their standards and will meet your needs.


    You may also encounter our pugs – Lewis and Clark.  We adopted them when they were 10 months old in the fall of 2011. They are brothers who have never been apart and continue to be constant companions. Although we find them totally adorable we know that all of our guests aren't necessarily pet fans or have allergies.  No worries. We keep them in our private quarters and they aren't allowed in the guest rooms.  However, if you would like to meet them just ask and we will be glad to bring them out to say hello.

  • Area Information

    Recently named as "One of America's Top 10 Coolest Small Towns" by Budget Travel Magazine, and listed as one of 18 "Best Places to Live" by Men's Journal, Jacksonville combines the gentle ambiance of a historic small town with a vibrant cultural scene. Offering a summer long music and performing arts festival, over 20 wineries and tasting rooms, unique shopping and dining options and an easy-going attitude, Jacksonville is a perfect destination – for a weekend or for an extended stay.

    Having preserved its gold rush roots from the 1850's, it is one of the few select towns to be designated as a National Historic Landmark town. But this town will charm you with more than its history. The quaint brick and wooden buildings now house an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, spas and unique lodging – not to mention fantastic wine tasting rooms. The Woodlands Trail System offers 20+ miles of trails for hiking and biking where you a can take in the scenery, learn some history and enjoy our fresh air.

    Gold was first discovered in Jacksonville at Rich Gulch in 1851. Within months the area was filled with prospectors seeking their fortune. From out of the boisterous mining camps emerged a boom town originally named Table Rock City, which became Jacksonville. The town thrived as the county seat and the largest city in Southern Oregon until the railroad bypassed the town in 1884. The boom was over and businesses and residents moved away over the next 50 years.

    These unfortunate events actually helped preserve the town's rich historical legacy. With no economic reason to improve the local building, much of the original architecture remained intact, which is the primary reason Jacksonville was designated a National Historic Landmark town. There are over 100 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and the overall look and feel of the historic core give you the sense that you have come to a place where time stopped.

    Winter in Jacksonville is a special time when the pace slows down even more. In December, Victorian Christmas Celebration with historic dignitaries dressed in 19th century period costumes, twinkling lights, strolling carolers and horse-drawn wagon rides is a "must see event". Additional events can be found on the City of Jacksonville Events Calendar, along with more information about Jacksonville. Your holiday gift shopping can be a truly enjoyable experience when you combine it with a stay in Jacksonville.

    The festivities continue in February with a Chinese New Year celebration in recognition of the contribution Chinese immigrants gave to the development of Jacksonville in the early mining years. It is a great time to visit town and see how the locals live.

    Area Tourism Resources

     

  • Directions

    Jacksonville,Oregon is located in southern Oregon in the foothills of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains. It is easily accessible from Interstate 5, approximately 15 minutes from downtown Medford or the Medford airport and twenty minutes from Ashland. Drive time from San Francisco averages 6 hours, from Portland averages 4.5 hours.

    Directions from points South:

    • From I-5 take Exit 30, stay in the left lane of the exit ramp.
    • Turn left at light at end of exit ramp for OR-238W.
    • Continue on OR-238W for 2.5 miles until you come to a stop sign at Hanley Rd.
    • At stop sign, turn left to continue on OR-238W/Hanley Rd - go 2.7 miles.
    • After entering Jacksonville, turn right at East E Street - continue two blocks to stop sign at North Oregon Street.
    • Cross over North Oregon Street (you will see the entrance to the Historic Jacksonville Cemetery straight ahead) and turn right into the driveway. We are the second house, at the top of the driveway.

    Directions from points North:

    • From I-5 take Exit 30 for Rt 62 W.
    • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for OR-238W/Medford and merge onto Crater Lake Hwy/OR-62 W, which becomes OR-238.
    • Continue on OR-238 W for 2.5 miles until you come to a stop sign at Hanley Rd.
    • At stop sign, turn left to continue on OR-238W/Hanley Rd - go 2.7 miles.
    • After entering Jacksonville, turn right at East E Street - continue two blocks to stop sign at North Oregon Street.
    • Cross over North Oregon Street (you will see the entrance to the Historic Jacksonville Cemetery straight ahead) and turn right into the driveway. We are the second house, at the top of the driveway.

    Directions from Medford airport:

    • From the main airport exit, turn left onto Biddle Rd - go 0.8 miles.
    • Turn left at Hilton Rd and merge onto Crater Lake Hwy which becomes Jacksonville Hwy/OR-238W.  Drive 3.2 miles until you come to a stop sign at Hanley Rd.
    • At stop sign, turn left to continue on OR-238W/Hanley Rd - go 2.7 miles.
    • After entering Jacksonville, turn right at East E Street - just past Ray's market and continue two blocks to stop sign at North Oregon Street.
    • Cross over North Oregon Street (you will see the entrance to the Historic Jacksonville Cemetery straight ahead) and turn right into the driveway. We are the second house, at the top of the driveway.
 
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