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Dundee B-n-B honors past generations, seeks to be relaxing retreat in wine country

The Franziska Haus is truly a family affair. Not only is the Dundee bed and breakfast run entirely by one family, but the entire business is in the family’s honor.

“The first wave of communism took my family home — I’m the first generation here — and put everybody in death camps. (My grandmother Franziska) managed to escape,” said Haus owner Brigitte Hoss. “The way my grandmother … survived was to work in guesthouses in Europe. She always wanted to start one here in this country and she never did, she passed away some 20 years ago.”by: GARY ALLEN - Family honor - Brigitte Hoss wanted to open Franziska Haus to honor her grandmother who always dreamed of doing just that. Now the bed and breakfast is complete and serving customers.

Hoss said her grandmother’s past inspired her and her family to open the bed and breakfast.

“We finally said after all these years — my husband just retired, I’m on my way — so we just did it in the family’s honor,” she said.

The facility is constructed of logs, similar to a log cabin.

“Rachel (Weeks, her daughter) went to school for interior design and architecture and graduated from Oregon State,” Hoss said. “She actually did the AutoCADing (design) for it. She’s always loved and rendered cabins with wood.”

The vineyard location was also fitting.

“Before they even had their homes taken from them in what’s now Serbia they had a beautiful farm, vineyards, livestock, just a wonderful life,” Hoss said. “My grandfather just talked about the wine they had in the old country and how they had an overabundance. We looked around and looked around … once we came here and walked on this piece of property within 20 seconds I said this is the one, and here we are.”

Franziska Haus currently has two rooms — the Franziska Suite and the Wendelin Room, named after her grandparents — and one additional room underway in a separate building.

“I’d love to get this one going by harvest time,” she said.

The entire process has been a learning experience for the family, including discovering the intricacies of the business with the help of Bed & Breakfasts of Yamhill County.by: GARY ALLEN - New business - Franziska Haus was built to resemble a log cabin because the entire family has always appreciated that architectural style.

“It’s been a great community,” Hoss said. “They taught us a lot and what we’re finding is they refer their overflow to us so as we start ramping up and getting known that’s how we get a lot of our business. We feel really lucky and glad we joined them.”

She has even more plans in store for the business down the line, including hosting small events in the great room, as well as a meeting space and eventually hosting weddings.

“It’s not quite there yet. We want to wait until it’s all put together. We want to have everything go well instead of make mistakes,” she said. “It’s kind of a year for seeing what happens and then adjusting.”

So far though, business has been good and Hoss said the feedback has been encouraging.

“We get a lot of ‘wow.’ People are used to the little Victorian B&B’s,” she said. “People have an excellent night sleep here to the point we have to make extra copies of our invoices because people want to purchase the mattress we have. Who knows what it is. It’s a peaceful setting, the bed is comfortable and people just relax.”

For more information or to book a room, visit www.franziskahaus.com.

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