About this listing
Separate cottage with private entrance in garden setting, close to Duke and downtown. Bathroom in main house. Have coffee on the patio, listen to the birds & waterfall near the rock pond. Loaner bikes and cheap $5 car rides offered to guests.
This is a former freestanding art studio that we've turned into a comfortable, private room with a private entrance separate from the rest of the house. It has many advantages over our other airbnb room in the house, but its disadvantage is that you have to walk 10 steps across our patio to enter the house to use the bathroom/shower. Its main advantages are its privacy, larger size (15 x 21 feet) and amenities including a queen bed, a couch/single bed, fridge/microwave, electric kettle, library table, kitchen table, and antique wardrobe.
If you’d rather be inside the house, look for our other listing titled "Garden house near Duke, Downtown" (click on our profile and then look on the left for our other listings).
Located on the edge of historic Forest Hills neighborhood on a quiet, leafy, residential street, our sweet cottage is covered in vines, with many gardens, water features, grape arbor, fruit trees, and multiple patios for sitting out and watching the many birds at the feeders.
We are a mile to two miles from downtown Durham, Duke University, Duke hospital, Duke Gardens, American Tobacco, the Brightleaf District, Durham Performing Arts Center and the Durham Ballpark. We are just a few blocks from the American Tobacco Trail, and have loaner bikes for our visitors. We have two friendly, mid-sized dogs who quietly welcome all guests and one large personable cat who deals with anything that comes his way. The airbnb room, however, is off limits to the pets in consideration of fur sensitive guests.
We serve gourmet, French press coffee, muffins, toast, or cereal on your first morning. Have it on the patio in the garden! We love visitors and can help steer you to the best of Durham, including cheap eats and gourmet treats, hiking/biking trails, secret water holes, museums and events, family fun and the nightlife scene.
When your room and our other airbnb room are both booked, you would need to share the use of the guest bathroom. To avoid problems, any of our guests can use the other bathroom/shower in the house as needed.
The few times we've had double bookings we've had great luck with everyone--instant parties have formed with a bottle of wine around the dining table or out on the patio. We seem to be under some fortunate moon that brings very compatible people here -- charming, interesting, and with advanced social skills.
We really enjoy hosting and being a guest through airbnb, We've met some wonderful and interesting people from all over the world, some of whom have become friends and returning guests.
Interaction with Guests
We enjoy our morning coffee with our guests and have had many pleasant evenings on the patio sharing a glass of wine and hearing of their travels.
We live in a quiet, tree-shaded neighborhood of cottages and bungalows that are being lovingly tended with gardens and plantings. Our neighbors are an eclectic mix of teachers, artists, retirees, young couples and Duke professors. We meet each other frequently on the street as we walk dogs, jog, push baby carriers, tend gardens or just stroll the streets of an evening, so there is a strong sense of community and fellowship.
We will pick up guests for free from the Amtrak or the bus station. Parking in front of our house is easy and free.
We offer $20 pick up or drop off from RDU airport--cheaper than taxis or Uber/Lyft. We also will be willing to give lifts around the downtown/Duke area for $5 if we aren't busy.
We are .4 mile from a local bus stop, and 1 mile from the Amtrak and Greyhound bus station, and 1 mile to the free Main Street Connector bus that runs from Duke University through downtown. We also provide bicycles for our guest during their stay, with helmet and lock.
No smoking indoors. We request some kind of idea--within two hours--of when you will arrive.
We must pre-approve guests who visit and/or stay over who are not part of your initial reservation.