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The Cottage at Winje's Farm
The Cottage at Winje's Farm
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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The Cottage was built in the 1860's by the first pioneer/settler. Miller Creek is named after him. It has been lovingly restored to meet modern requirements without losing any of its charm. We are your only neighbours for miles around.

The space

Fully furnished, air conditioned, private bathroom, private deck and garden. Parking. Organic garden, in season. Generous breakfast ingredients include homemade bread and jam made from our own fruit.

The Cottage is a fully furnished and equipped (cook's kitchen!) open plan living space with vaulted antique board ceilings and filled with light. It accommodates a couple luxuriously and a small family comfortably.

The barnyard is enormous and offers many secluded, shady corners in which to while away a lazy afternoon.

Accommodation is completely private, including deck, bathroom, garden and parking.

Winje's Farm is on Upper Lake, Surprise Valley and guests have easy access to the lake's edge. Our Wetlands Restoration Project is also on that side of the farm and offers unique opportunities for birders, photographers, and nature lovers generally.

Nearest towns, Cedarville, CA and Lakeview OR. Full service towns, both. Cedarville is 17 miles from the farm and Lakeview, approximately forty, over the magnificent Fandango Pass.

This particular corner of California is unique and beautiful with a full range of experience for explorers, from the wide and wonderful deserts of Nevada in the East to exquisite hiking trails and wilderness areas of the Warner Mountains to the West.

We do not have traffic jams, busy highways, shopping malls, crowds and noise. Just perfect peace in a perfect place, to hike, fish, walk, read, write, or do absolutely nothing.

Due to limited availablity of bandwidth, we are unable to provide wi-fi.

Guest access

The entire farm is at guests' disposal, at their own risk.

Interaction with guests

As much, or as little as our guests require. We are available. The Cottage is self standing and private.

Other things to note

We regret we cannot accommodate Instant Book. Our nearest good grocery store is forty miles away and homemade bread needs a little time!


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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (2-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM

Check in is from 4pm to 10pm. Keys will (EMAIL HIDDEN)plete the registration card provided, please. Check out by 11am. Enjoy your stay. Please leave a clue, if you can, of your destination every day. Cellphone reception is sketchy, and this is a wilderness area.


Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

15 Reviews

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Rachel User Profile
August 2017
Jan and Russ were wonderful hosts, and their home is a little oasis. The cottage is so comfortable, and the grounds around it are magical and beautiful. And Surprise Valley is such a special place!

Danielle User Profile
June 2017
peaceful setting, lovely hosts.

Emily User Profile
January 2017
Our stay at Jan and Russ' cottage was the perfect way to ring in the New Year! Jan was able to accommodate our last minute request and there is no doubt she put quality time and effort into every detail. We were welcome with smiling faces and many fresh fruits and vegetables, plus her homemade plum jam (which was worth the trip alone!). The cottage is rich with pioneer history and is located on a very open stretch of land near Upper Lake, which provided beautiful views of the landscape and neighborhood wildlife. We've heard great things about this location in the Summer and will no doubt plan to return! Thank you both for everything!
Jan Winje User Profile
Response from Jan Winje:
Thank you for your kind words. I am very pleased to know that you're both back home, safe and sound. The storm came in, hot on your heels........have a great year.
January 2017

Sid User Profile
September 2016
Everything was great. The place, the people, all awesome.

Luisa User Profile
September 2015
We loved staying at the cottage - it was a romantic and peaceful getaway. Jan and Russ were lovely hosts, we appreciated all of their thoughtful touches in the cottage and they made our stay truly comfortable. The cottage did feel like home; we wished we could have stayed longer. My husband and I hope to journey this way again and we'd be delighted to stay at the Winje's cottage.

Julie User Profile
August 2015
Nice clean studio-style cottage. Peaceful yard that you can sit in, if desired, or just enjoy the country breeze. Kitchen stocked w/staples, as well as fresh bread and jam (butter, too!), also snacks, veggies, some beverages.. you won't starve.. Nice, non-intrusive hosts. I was a little worried as the main house is quite close to the cottage, but it was fine. I felt welcome and comfortable, and still able to enjoy privacy.

Lindsay User Profile
July 2015
We enjoyed staying at Winje's cottage! Jan and Russ were excellent hosts who went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Both are very friendly, kind, and were always willing to provide us with suggestions and maps. The cottage itself was very clean, well decorated, full of tourist information, and unique as Russ refurbished the cottage that was built in the last century. The cottage had a rustic loft feel to it which we loved. If traveling to Modoc County, I highly recommend staying here and couldn't imagine staying anywhere else! The cottage is in a great location to explore the wilderness of California, Nevada, and Oregon.
Jan Winje User Profile
Response from Jan Winje:
We wished you could've stayed longer - there's so much to show you. Glad you made it back safely. Hi to Alex!
July 2015

California, United StatesJoined in September 2011
Jan Winje User Profile

I am from South Africa, married to Russ and we live on our gorgeous farm here in Surprise Valley. We count a family of foxes as our pets and grow an organic garden which we love to share with Cottage guests. Generous breakfast ingredients in fridge and store cupboard, so if you're not in the mood to shop, or stop for dinner, no problem, you can easily rustle up a light supper from your supplies. My home language is Afrikaans.

Response rate: 67%
Response time: within a few hours

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