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WildSpring Guest Habitat
Ranked #1 of 4 Port Orford B&B and Inns
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

I agree with just about everything the other reviewers said. We didn't meet Michelle, either, but we didn't need to, really. I found this place by accident while in the truck on the way to Port Orford and called. Michelle gave us excellent advice on which route (the SAFE one!) to take. It was dark when we arrived, but everything was exactly where Michelle said it would be in the mailbox at the kiosk. As it turned out, we were the only people there for our 2 night stay. It didn't matter, though. We marked our breakfast preferences and everything was truly excellent. I had the entire guest house to myself while my husband went bike riding. It rained most of the time we were there there but it didn't matter - the forest was so very quiet except for the rain. We saw a doe and her baby right by the truck. Because the facilites are eco friendly, Dean asked that we call him about 2 hours before wanting to use the spa so he could could get it heated up for my husband. My one suggestion would be to let people know it's not very accessible for the handicapped or anyone with walking problems. The paths are natural / woodchip lined. The hill to the guest house is no place for anyone with a walking problem. (wheelchair, crutches, bad knees, etc) Dean allowed us to drive up there but it has a very small area for turning around or backing up. There are no lights lining the paths to the cabins from the parking area but a flashlight is provided when you pick up the keys at the kiosk. They also provided umbrellas at the kiosk and at the cabin. Our cabin was clean and the shower was wonderful! (they set the room temp and ask that you don't change it by much. It was set too warm for us so had the bedroom window open a bit) I won't set a value rating because everyone has different ideas about what that is.

Room Tip: There are only five cabins so they are all probably nice.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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WildSpring, Owner at WildSpring Guest Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2012

Hi, we're so glad you enjoyed your stay, but we have to smile....you were not the only guests here. You must have missed the others at breakfast. We try very hard to create a sense that everyone who stays here are honored guests of a private estate. I guess that worked!

Though I wish you had mentioned when we talked at length about WildSpring that you had some ambulatory issues. We do talk about our natural trails on our website - we want to make sure our guests are aware that WildSpring is such a natural and unusual place, and we try to accommodate physically challenged guests as well (we've even devised rope lines for sight-impaired guests). We would have put you in a cabin that has its own parking space right on the other side of the fence that blocks any auto lights from intruding on the cabin area; it would easily enable you to get to your car and drive up to the Guest Hall parking. We will look at the parking area again to make sure it offers enough room for turning around easily.

We do have a little card in the cabin that ask guests if they find the radiant heating system either too cold or too hot, that they only turn it up or down a few degrees at a time since it has a lot of "inertia" - the system is slower than a furnace in responding to direction, but provides a gentle warm floor with no blowing dust or allergens.

And I would like to gently point out that we do line all our trails with custom-made copper lights that make our paths look like jeweled necklaces at night, bathing the paths with large golden circles of light.

Thanks for choosing WildSpring and we hope to see you here again.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Arriving at Wild Spring makes you realise that not every B & B is the same. There is a quietness about the property that certainly invites you to relax and listen to nature.

The trees whisper gently in the breeze outside your cabin which was well appointed with a comfortable bed and a good sized bathroom with shower. The sitting area is welcome as are the dvd's as an alternative to the lack of TV, pity that the screen is in the bedroom area, relaxing on the sofa to watch would be better.

Being given a torch with your key is, in itself a key to the fact that you are in a different place where sunlight intrudes between the trees in the day and only the stars show at night.

The common room is well appointed but the walk back to the room with a last cup of tea at night requires a bit of practice, especially when you meet the deer grazing by the path.

The outdoor spa is well built and located to give a view of the ocean.

Perhaps the serenity is just a little lost by the number of advisory notes commending adoption of a greener lifestyle but we left feeling relaxed, having easily slipped into talking in whispers for three days, it has that effect on you.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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WildSpring, Owner at WildSpring Guest Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2012

Hi, we're so happy you felt relaxed here and enjoyed the peace and quiet. This is a lovely place and we feel more like stewards than owners. You met the deer we suspect actually own the place - we plant a lot of deer-friendly plants and leave bowls of water everywhere...we figure it pays to keep the locals happy...

We wish you had let us know your frustration with the TV. It's a 19" very light Toshiba TV/DVD flat screen that plugs into the socket that's right on top of its bedroom shelf. This makes it easy to move it to the livingroom - or call us and we're happy to do that for you.

As far as the eco-notes in the cabin, we have a card that tells people what to do if they'd like us to leave their towels and sheets for another day, or if they'd like us to change them. And, there is a second card on top of our Guest Book from Travel Oregon about a new state-wide program they ask all lodging to promote asking visitors to donate $1 toward eco-projects around the state designed to keep Oregon the green and gorgeous place to visit that hopefully you enjoyed. We don't want to make anyone feel "admonished" however, and will place that inside the Guest Book for people to read when they feel like it.

Thanks for taking the time to comment on your stay here. We hope you might stop by again whenever you make the long trip from England.

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Reviewed October 19, 2012

WildSpring is just the kind of place we like to stay on our travels--unique, beautiful, restful and rusticallly elegant. Our cabin was spacious and had the amenities we most appreciate--comfortable bed, fabulous shower, woodburning stove and DVD (with no teevee, thank you owners!). The DVD library is extensive, the breakfasts healthful and delicious (and kept us fueled for all the great hiking opportunities the area presents), the forest pathways lined with art objects quirky and fun to behold. This is a lovely B&B, close to town and many distinctive parks and stops along the southern Oregon coast. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and left reluctantly, well recreated, rested and happy.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Annwyn cabin, which was the only one available for our 3 night stay. It does have a...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

From the moment you drive into the WildSpring driveway, a hush comes over you--and stays with you until you leave. You know you're in a special place. We agree with everything guests have said about the healthy, various breakfast offerings, the outdoor spa (it IS wonderful), the entertainment options at the Great Hall, the exquisite and uniquely decorated cabins and the elegance of the forest and its floor which surrounds you. We appreciated the "independence" we were afforded through the services of the owners and staff; to us, it was indicative of a sense of trust between owner and guest. Amenities within the cabin and Great Hall are abundant, and you know that assistance is a mere step (or intercom call) away. It is evident that Dean and Michelle, the ever-so-gracious owners/hosts, want to enhance one's experience of such a mystical place by remaining available, yet on the "periphery." We actually live just outside of Port Orford and had decided on a mini-vacation in town--what a breath of fresh air, and a grand visit!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

While traveling the coast, we had only one night at this lovely destination. I could have stayed for a week or more. The grounds are so serene and so peaceful - almost sacred. Our cottage was like staying in your favorite childhood fairy tale. And Dean and Michelle were gracious and welcoming.

It was rather chilly for an August evening and the fireplace provided welcome warmth which added to the magic. Simply walking around the grounds helped me to feel more grounded, centered and balanced and was a perfect respite from 10 days of near constant traveling.

I look forward to visiting again and staying longer next time.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

My wife and I spent 3 nights at WildSpring, and were hugely disappointed - particularly having read all the previously glowing reports. During previous visits to the USA we have spent time in a considerable number of cabins, and I am afraid this accommodation was disappointing in comparison.
WildSpring comprises 5 cabins located in a secluded woodland on the edge of Port Orford, but within walking distance of a number of restaurants. It was an ideal location for exploring nearby beaches, towns and State Parks.
On the plus side the breakfasts were substantial and tasty. However the cabin itself was somewhat on the small side compared with others we have stayed in; the trash bins in the room were not emptied once during our visit; and the information literature in the room was old and untidy. I was also disappointed that the owners take a very hands-off approach (self service check in and check out) - we only saw Dean for a few minutes at breakfast each morning, and never saw Michelle at all during our stay.
Compared with other accommodation we stayed at during our 3 weeks in Oregon, we felt that this accommodation did not represent value for money.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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WildSpring, Owner at WildSpring Guest Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2012

Dear Scorpian87: we're very sorry you found your stay here disappointing. No one has enough time and money for vacations, so our website goes to great lengths to ensure people know what to expect when they come here.

The cabin photos show every angle and we even give square feet so people are aware of the size (perhaps you would have prefered our larger cabin). We talk about the behind-the-scenes nature of our service, so that guests understand they have all the peace and solitude they desire, but also know we are available 24-7 if they need assistance.

Since we are so remote, our checkin process is designed to allow people to check in by themselves at any time with no extra fees that some small inns charge after hours, or they can call us on the intercom from the entrance; up to 9pm we are happy - and offer every guest - to come down, show them to their cabin and help with their luggage. You declined. We also leave the invoice on the cabin porch the night before departure so they can leave whenever they want. Or, they can visit the office or call on the intercom if they have questions or need assistance. You left without a word.

Dean visits the breakfast area every 10 minutes to see if anyone needs help or has questions, and I'm a 30-second walk to the office next to the Guest Hall - I am always there to handle the phones, intercom and computer. Many guests stop by to chat, I would have enjoyed hearing about Worcester.

We really want people to be happy on their vacations, so we even say on our website that if you prefer a place with a lot of staff around at all times, you would probably be disappointed here. It's hard to respond when someone is unhappy because they did not pay attention to information that is readily available.

We are extremely sorry your trash was not emptied while you were here and we will discuss this with our staff. They have a detailed checklist of all items every visit to ensure something like this doesn't happen (unless a guest leaves the Do Not Disturb sign up...). And, we will check to ensure the information in the cabin's Guest Book is up to date - though we had just replaced all of it at the beginning of the summer. But we are a bit mystified you found it untidy...it is all in a 3-ring binder, with local brochures in the back in a plastic pouch.

We're glad you enjoyed our breakfasts. You were gluten-intolerant and we make sure that we offer a number of items that respond to this dietary issue, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

Finally, we noticed you only gave our Cape Blanco Lighthouse out here a few stars, saying it was nothing special. Really? The most westerly lighthouse on arugably the most westerly point in the 48 states (where if you were there at sunset, you could be the last person in the 48 states to see the sun go down...), the oldest on the Oregon coast, on a spectacular spit of land surrounded by the crashing ocean, one of the best places to see whales, next to amazing walking trails and an authentically restored Victorian Mansion from the very beginning of our history here.

We hope the rest of your vacation lived up to your expectations.

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Wildsprings more than satisfied our need for a retreat. Many thanks for the thoughtful reading library, the fully stocked kitchen in the guest house (bonus points for the microplane zester!), the delicious breakfasts and the magical grounds. My fantasy use for this place would be a small group taking up all five cabins, in order to have the guest house and grounds all to yourselves. Regardless, I like the kind of people that are attracted to meditative spaces, and enjoyed relaxed conversations with some of the other guests. The view from the front porch of our sweet Annwyn cabin was of natural deep forest. The cabin itself was both luxurious and comfortable - I felt pampered. Nice showers. Oh, and I found the swing!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 92978 Cemetery Loop Rd, Port Orford, OR 97465-9562
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Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Port Orford
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Port Orford
Price Range: $198 - $308 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WildSpring Guest Habitat is a small eco-friendly resort overlooking Oregon's spectacular south coast, offering luxurious accommodations in a peaceful, naturally beautiful environment: Five lovely cabin suites filled with art and antiques on five acres in a private residential forest of 100-ft trees. Guest Hall and lounging deck to relax and hang out, sculpture garden and open-air slate spa - all overlooking the ocean. Spa robes, massages, WiFi, walking labyrinth. Free breakfast buffet and over 600 DVDs for free incabin movies. EV Charging station free for guests. An Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild member and Oregon Coast Birding Trail site. ... more   less 
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