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Bed & Breakfast and Retreat Rental

Cortesia Sanctuary offers two options for a personal retreat or stay: A 360 square foot round (18-sided) wooden yurt (The Sanctuary), and the 120 square foot Hermitage. Each has a rustic charm with privacy and views into the woods and gardens. The Sanctuary is ideal for that sense of "country luxury", either for individual or couples. The quaint Hermitage is outfitted only for individual comfort. Both are described below, including amenities and rental rates.

In addtion to these structures is the Narana's Dream Gallery & Art Studio. By special arrangement, a guest with artistic desires may use the Gallery work space for personal use. It has work tables, a desk, couch, and large views into the gardens. The Gallery can also be used for small group workshops (up to 12 or so).

Please note that the overnight accomodations include a continental breakfast. You also have the flexibility for personal light meal preparation using the effeciency kitchen attached to The Sanctuary, or you can eat out at fine restaurants in town.

You can become more familiar with the beautiful settings at Cortesia Sanctuary by clicking on the links of the left-side menu on this page.



Cortesia Sanctuary & Gardens

84540 McBeth Rd. Eugene, Or. 97405
(541) 343-9544
Email: OR
Address inquiries to Tricia Clark-McDowell or C. Forrest McDowell

Cortesia Sanctuary is a private 22-acre nature sanctuary located on an isolated ridgeline at 1400 ft. elevation (1000 feet above the Willamette Valley floor) with almost a 100-mile northwest view of valleys, a lake, and coastal mountains. We are located in the south hills of Eugene, Oregon, only six miles (a picturesque yet quick 10 minute drive!) from town.

Please visit our website at for an inspiring virtual tour of Cortesia Sanctuary and information about our work. Click on the link to Cortesia Sanctuary and explore!

Our 22 acre nature sanctuary is quiet and pristine. We have a lush 2-acre garden with vegetables, flowers, herbs, ornamentals, fruit trees, water features, a greenhouse, various benches, and a covered sitting area.
The surrounding woods of firs, big leaf maples, oaks, ash, etc. are 80-200 years old. There are numerous safe trails to walk through the deep woods and along the ridgeline (no poison oak), with several sitting areas overlooking the valley and Fern Ridge Reservoir.
The Cortesia Sanctuary gardens have been featured in the local and regional media and in national gardening publications, and are the inspiration behind the McDowells' bestselling book The Sanctuary Garden: Creating a Place of Refuge in Your Yard or Garden (Fireside Press, 1998, out-of-print).

By phone or email. A check, money order, or credit card number for one night's lodging will hold your reservation.

Cancellation Policy
Full Refund (less $50) up to 2 weeks before reservation date. No refund for cancellation made less than 2 weeks before reservation date (unless we can re-rent the space).  



The fully insulated wooden yurt is a modern architectural interpretation of the canvas yurts/homes of Mongolian tribespeople. It affords that sense of country comfort and spaciousness. The energy inside is very relaxing and high-spirited with many years of use for meditation.


360 sq ft. round (18-sided) wooden yurt, carpeted and beautifully furnished. There are lovely views west into the two-acre garden and east across the ridgetop into the forest and hills beyond. Very comfortable, pillow-top Queen bed with flannel sheets and warm quilt (as needed). Other furnishings include couch, rocking chair, dresser, mirror, small table & chair, rocking chair, library, sound system, space heater, fire alarm, fire extinguisher, and original art. Wi-fi connection to Internet (no TV or video). No shoes allowed inside, so bring your indoor footwear.

Connected to the Sanctuary (just outside the door on the sheltered deck) are both an efficiency bathroom and kitchen. Neither has plumbing, but offer countrystyle efficiency.

The bathroom has a self-flushing RV toilet, mirror, counter, towels, water urns and hand-cleaning bowls for simple cleaning. As a guest, you are also welcome to walk the 30 feet to the house to use the regular bathroom for toiletry functions, shower, etc. The bathroom is just inside the door on the left.

The efficiency kitchen includes a microwave, mini-fridge (no freezer section), toaster, 2-burner hot plate, tea hot plate, counter and fully equipped dishes and general cookingware. Cooking is not allowed inside the yurt (for fire safety reasons), howerver inside is a plug-in tea pot and a great selection of teas. You can eat your self-prepared meal at the table inside or lounge in the slider chair on the yurt porch, surrounded by lush nature, chirping birds, and water sounds and a view into the gardens. 

Rental Cost 

Because of rental demand, we require a 2-night minimum stay, unless otherwise arranged. Prices are subject to change to reflect seasonal demand. We will quote you current costs, if different than those posted on this website and the Internet.

Single: $95.00/night

8% Room Tax
, required by the City of Eugene, will be added.
Note: Stays of one week or more may be eligible for a discount, depending on the time of year. Please inquire.




The Hermitage is excellent for the budget-conscious. It is also perfect for that more isolated sense of personal retreat with little or no desire for worldly connection. Originally built as a luxury chicken coop, the structure was then used for over 20 years as a garden shed. It was completely redesigned in 2010 with light maple paneling, fir ceilings, insulation, and quaint cottage-style windows with garden views (west). The energy inside is light and enfolding.


A simple, rustic cottage (10x12 ft) that sleeps one. Extra long twin bed, desk and chair, dresser, bookcase with small library, space heater, original art and a fabulous view into the two acre Meadow Garden. An efficieny bathroom (no running water) with an RV toilet is located 10 feet away. Access also to the Sanctuary (50 feet distance) and house bathroom (80 feet distance), as described above. No TV, radio or stereo, fridge or cooking amenities; very limited Wi-fi access (because of distance from Internet modem inside house).

Rental Cost

Because of rental demand, we require a 2-night minimum stay, unless otherwise arranged (just ask!). Prices are subject to change to reflect seasonal demand. We will quote you current costs, if different than those posted on this website and the Internet.

Single Only:  $70/night

8% Room Tax, required by the City of Eugene, will be added.
Note: Stays of one week or more may be eligible for a discount, depending on the time of year. Please inquire.


Because of people's diverse food preferences and dietary needs, we do not offer any prepared meals. Continental Breakfast comes with accomodation: fruit, bagel, bread, juice, jam, yogurt, granola/cereal, among other seasonal delights. If you have specific dietary needs, please let us know so that we can adjust the selection accordingly.


A second spacious 360 square foot wooden yurt is available for use by retreat guests who desire to work on personal art projects.

The Gallery is also available for rent as a small workshop space for small groups. Please inquire about rates that fit your budget and requirements.

Gallery comforts include a couch, chairs, desk, work tables, excellent lighting, Wi-fi access, and beautiful garden views. Of course, the walls are adorned with original art and photographs by Tricia Clark-McDowell, all of which are available for purchase.

Not to be overlooked, the gardens and meadows near all structures at Cortesia Sanctuary can be used for group gatherings, workshops, weddings, and the like. There is plentiful nearby parking (for up to 30 cars) just a few hundred feet from the gardens, woods and meadows, and buildings.

As a unique and beautiful place of refuge, Cortesia is no ordinary destination. We are only six miles from town, yet far removed from everyday life. You will feel the peace the moment you arrive. We welcome your questions by phone or email and look forward to helping you create an inspiring and meaningful stay at Cortesia.

Tricia Clark-McDowell
C. Forrest McDowell

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Directions to Cortesia Sanctuary

84540 McBeth Rd, Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 343-9544


Tricia Clark-McDowell & C. Forrest McDowell

  1. Take Willamette Street south, rising up into the South Hills, until it dead-ends with Fox Hollow Road. Turn right at stop sign, going west.
  2. Travel 2 miles, winding uphill, passing a phenomenal vista of the northwest valley, Fern Ridge Resevoir and the Coastal Range. (Note: we locals call this spot Praise Point; there's a sitting bench - enjoy the view)
  3. Downhill from Praise Point (1/2 mile), come to the rural Fox Hollow fire station on your right. At this juncture, Fox Hollow Rd curves sharply to the left, and McBeth Rd curves sharply to the right, around the fire station. Follow the McBeth Rd curve!
  4. Slow down: within a few hundred yards come to the Cortesia Sanctuary driveway entrance on the left. Look for metal gate and sign at entrance.
  5. Drive down the 1000-foot driveway through some woods, coming to a large parking meadow on the left.
  6. Park in the meadow, far enough in so that other visitors can easily manipulate their cars.



For Your Information

    • Downtown Eugene to Cortesia Sanctuary is about 7-8 miles (it seems a lot longer!), taking 15-20 minutes.
    • Check-in with caretakers; request Map/Guide; please sign Gratitude Book after visiting.
    • Always bring a sweater or jacket, even during summer. It is cooler because of the higher elevation, deep woods, and a regular breeze. Sturdy shoes are best.
    • Visitors are welcome to bring a food treat to eat while hanging out in the woods or gardens. Please take all garbage home with you when you leave.
    • There are numerous foot trails in the woods. Most trails are somewhat uneven, narrow, or rocky, but still leisurely accessible.
    • There is little or no poison oak, especially on or near trails and benches. Nevertheless, wearing socks or long pants is ideal prevention but not necessary. Better yet, we appreciate if if you stay on the trails.
    • A well-maintained and spacious efficiency Toilet is near the gardens on the deck of The Sanctuary (if not available, ask to use the indoor bathroom).
    • Please, no smoking, radios, drugs or pets.

    • Donation fee for entrance. Your appreciation for the beauty and setting of Cortesia Sanctuary, and all the work involved in its stewardship, can be shown by a monetary offering. We suggest $5.00 - 15.00+.

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