The couple who restored the Ashland Springs Hotel has bought a quirky house and retreat on a hill above the city for 15 percent of the original $10 million asking price.
The Oregonian reports Doug and Becky Neuman won the bidding for the 1,100-acre Circle of Teran, created as a spiritual retreat in 2003 by hand surgeon Scott Young and Robin James, daughter of the founder of the Raymond James company.
In addition to the Ashland Springs Hotel, the Neumans own the Inn at the Commons, a former Red Lion Inn in downtown Medford; Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites, which previously was the Windmill Inn on the south end of Ashland; and Lithia Springs Resort just north of Ashland.
Young and James, who writes as Sulara Young, built the Circle of Teran as a home and retreat center in 2003, but became embroiled in disputes with Jackson County over buildings on the site that were erected without permits and workshops that were presented there in apparent violation of county codes. They worked to have the property recognized as a church, ultimately winning a Land Use Board of Appeals decision.
The large home has 11 bedrooms, a glass conservatory heated and cooled to grow bananas and a 10-sided, two-story great room with marble fireplace, interior balcony and glass domed skylight. Outside is a 200-foot-wide lavender maze.
Doug Neuman says they may turn it into a winery or bed and breakfast with winery, keep it as a home, or resell it.
Correction: The spelling of the Neumans name has been corrected in this headline.