LHASA HOUSE at Chakra Garden of Ashland
Expect privacy in a relaxed and friendly environment near the heart of Ashland when you stay in Lhasa House at Chakra Garden. Your stay includes a unique sitting area with views of Grizzly Peak, an easy walk everywhere (plus we have bikes), good interior HVAC, and complete pleasure access to our vibrant and colorful nearly half acre therapeutic Chakra Garden. We use only fragrance-free environmentally friendly cleaning products.
A recent guest commented: “Staying here is a very special experience! There are many nice touches in the cottage as well as a super comfy bed, a sweet little kitchen and plenty of places to sit! Lovely.”
Lhasa House is one of 3 private guest cottages nestled on the grounds of our healing sanctuary, a thoughtfully therapeutic wildflower, perennial, and herb garden. You'll find many interesting plants, and several colorful and shady areas for rest and reflection, plus ping pong, a hammock, a hot tub (small fee), a barbque, and a small lawn for afternoon yoga or watching the stars.
Our vintage property contributes to the veracity and charm of Ashland’s Historic Skidmore Academy District (the main house was built in 1884). Lhasa House is a 400 sqft structure built in the mid-1930s and was a mechanic’s garage for decades. We found it a burned-out shell with a falling down wall, no electricity or water, when we purchased the property in late 2010. Doing the work ourselves (in the “vernacular” style of the main house), the building is now a simple, well insulated and sound-proofed living space we call Lhasa House.
Here’s a description of the interior lay-out:
Park along the curb, open the gate, and enter your own private natural enclave. The front garden here invites bright shade plants and Grizzly Peak views from the outdoor seating area.
Enter the red front door. You are standing in the lobby/dressing room. It’s a spacious area with tall mirror and clothing storage, convenient for after-shower dressing. Walk forward to enter the elegantly tiled bathroom. Expect lots of thick fresh cotton towels, organic soap, shampoo and conditioner, plus a hairdryer and first aid kit.
Turn left from the lobby and step into the living/sleeping area at Lhasa House. Ahead of you is the garden door with a lovely window view, your entryway into our magical garden. You’ll also see a comfy swivel chair and moveable side table, a sofa, a small wall-attached drop leaf table, a variety of seating options, and the bed. The sofa is actually a comfy, therapeutic foam topped, high-quality futon sofabed from Ikea that easily is a couch or a bed.
The top-quality Englander pillow-top queen bed, along the room’s west wall, is consistently reviewed as “very comfortable.” You can walk all the way around it and there are reading lamps on both sides. All our sheets are fine quality white cotton, with cotton blankets, plus down-filled quilts when needed. The bed is kept private from the kitchenette hallway by a tall armoire, useful as a storage place for extra blankets and pillows, and with room for your luggage and other storage.
The kitchenette is a small functionally proficient space with everything you need to prepare light meals and store leftovers. You’ll find a fridge/freezer, toaster oven, micro, toaster, electric kettle, coffee maker, and 4 each dishes, cups, etc. Breakfast is not included, but we provide Peets Coffee, cream & sugar, organic cocoa, and a variety of teas for your morning refreshment. Plus a few healthy snacks from Trader Joe's.
Inside Lhasa House you'll discover bamboo floors throughout. The mini-split HVAC keeps the interior at a comfortable temperature throughout the year. There is Wi-Fi for your connection convenience and no television to distract you from a quiet life lived in the present moment.
Lhasa House’s soothing interior is supported by personally gathered artifacts and breathtaking photos from Lhasa, Tibet. Our property is downtown and near a street corner. Like all homes downtown, there is some traffic noise, but guests consistently report the environment inside and out as "peaceful," "restful," and "quiet." The walk to the plaza is 0.5 mile south (10 minutes) by Google Maps, with Angus Bowmer Theater (Shakespeare Festival) 400 feet further.
We, and our cottages, are charming, functional, clean, friendly, warm, private, quiet, fun, and casual plus show good attention to detail. We, and our cottages, are not fancy or ultra-modern or formal. But you’ll find life in our environment very pleasant, comfortable, and peaceful.
Please be aware that we love dogs, but cannot accept your canine companion, or any animals, as a guest.