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A cute cottage perfect for a weekend getaway or family vacation. Ideal for nature lovers and train enthusiasts. Lots of period features and views of Mount Hough and the Indian Valley from the deck and sun room. Totally renovated in 2016 with Airbnb guests in mind. It has a model railway that that circles the living room and about 6 times a day a real freight train rolls through and blares its horn, its very exciting!
The cottage was built in 1926 and totally renovated in 2016. It has many of the original features including the windows, wood floor and antique stoves.
There's a working Lionel model train set in the living room and the bedrooms have train stencils and views of the mountains. We designed it for a family with kids and older folks. It's got an enclosed garden with a sand pit, a wheelchair ramp to the back door and a deck for partying and views.
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You can access all the whole cottage.
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If you need any help, give Mat a call, or call into the antique store opposite, Lisa will be happy to give advice on local sites and places to eat.
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Fun Facts about the Railway Cottage
The cottage was built in 1926 after the Great Fire of Crescent Mills. This fire started in the hotel and destroyed 60 buildings downtown. Locals blamed the owner, Dr Carter, saying it was an insurance job, he claimed he was burning mattresses to kill bed bugs. Carter was chased out of town and never seen again.
The train hoots for a crossing to the old industrial site on the other side of the tracks. The site had timber mills until 1986 - it may reopen as a co-gen site to turn waste timber into electricity. The rail line used to be much busier. On hot days the tracks expand, so they run trains at night.
In the 1990s a gun nut rented the cottage and was once raided and had 30 guns, including a 50 calibre machine gun. We found lots of ammo casings and even a cannon ball. He would spray water at party people in the hotel garden when he didn’t like the noise.
In 2016 we did a major renovation of the building. It was in terrible condition - leaking and rotten everything. The previous renovation was in 1975 - see the wood cladding on the internal walls.
Many of the materials used for the 2016 renovation were recycled:
The rail lines in the garden were dug up from near the ramp of the cottage - there was once a short rail spur to move goods from the railroad to the rear of the store.
The rail ties used to be flowerbeds in the hotel garden.
The river rock to make the flowerbeds used to be a stone patio where the lawn is.
Redwood for the deck and ramp was from an old deck the opposite side of Indian Valley.
The blond cedar planks in the sun room and siding were from the interior of the hotel.
The modern window in the sun room was left over from making the North Star ski resort.
The old window in the laundry was found in the attic of the old barn with the rusty roof.
The gas stove in the kitchen was made in Alabama in the 1930s (I bought it from a guy in Greenville who bought it in the 1980s from someone in Alameda).
The wood stove is a Freedom Stove made and installed in the 1970s by a local craftsman called Woody (in 2016 he dug the trench for the new water and gas lines).
We jacked up the bathroom by about 6”, this changed the shape of the window frame. Notice how the window was built crooked - to reuse we had to correct with a shim.
The mirror cabinet in the bathroom was from a house in SF owned by a TWTR founder.
The loft insulation is made from recycled newspapers.
The model railway was a childhood toy of one of the painters.
The furniture and art and VCR collection are from local yard sales.
All the rusty metal objects on the deck post were found during the renovation - see how many you can identify.
- Only use the wood stove, propane stove and Dearborn gas wall heater after reading the instructions.
- Would prefer if guests took off their outside shoes when inside the cottage.
Cancela hasta 5 días antes de tu viaje y recibe un reembolso completo. Cancela en los 5 días previos a tu viaje y no se te reembolsará la primera noche, pero sí el 50 % del costo del resto de las noches.
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I'm originally from England and been in California for 18years. I like traveling and exploring new places and have visited many countries. I met my wife Satoko in Japan and we have 2 kids (one is a ballerina in the UK and the other a high school student in Orinda). I work mostly with high-tech startups and enjoy inventing and thinking through problems. For fun, I fix classic cars (check out my 1969 Datsun Roadster in the garage).
I enjoy Airbnb and meeting people from around the world.
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