A charming space that's located in a quiet neighborhood close to the UNC campus & downtown Chapel Hill. Visit friends or college children, dine, & shop in the southern part of heaven or stay in to relax, read books, & cook your own gourmet meal!
The little house is truly a small and complete house - there's a charming living room complete with packed bookcase, a very workable kitchen with fridge, electric stove, dishwasher, microwave and toaster oven, a comfortable bedroom with a double bed and a television, and a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower.
The house is connected to our bigger house by a covered breezeway but has its own entrance and access by walkways directly from the driveway where you are welcome to park.
Interaction with Guests
We will be here during a guest's stay here and will be delighted to share information about "the southern part of heaven," as Chapel Hill is known. However, the little house is separate and completely private, and guests are free to come and go on their own schedules.
It's a quiet and friendly neighborhood in Chapel Hill with easy access to downtown and to the University of North Carolina. Lovely place to walk in the evening.
Just a couple of blocks' walk takes you to Culbreth Road where you can pick up the D Bus [always a free ride in Chapel HIll!] that will take you to downtown Chapel Hill and to the University of North Carolina. We're also close to all major roads and interstates in the area and close to area shopping by car.
Other Things to Note
We do have one pet, a cat - but, of course, he will not be staying at the Little House! However, they have stayed there with our children in years gone by so if you're seriously allergic to cats, you may want to choose another place in Chapel Hill.
We do have a Pack and Play should you want to bring an infant - we would welcome little ones!
We ask that guests not smoke in the Little House.
Carolyn and her husband were lovely hosts-generous, well-informed, and genuine. My daughter and I traveled south to visit some colleges in the vicinity, and we're made to feel very welcome-- great coffee, bagels and a raspberry tart awaited us. Our lovely hosts even took us on a tour to get us oriented! The home is decorated as you see it in the pictures, comfortable antique furniture, great selection of books and magazines, reliable heat and air conditioning. The university is about two mile down the road--my daughter and I walked it instead of taking the car. Lovely neighborhood-safe, verdant and quiet.
What a wonderful experience. The Little House exceeded our expectations. The Karpinos are sweethearts and greeted us upon arrival. TLH was clean and VERY quiet. Carolyn had the fridge and pantry well stocked with snacks and supplies which we greatly appreciated in the morning. We will be staying there 2 more times this spring and will be really looking forward to it. Thank you!
I had the opportunity to stay at “The Little House” for a whole month while I was completing a pediatric clinical rotation! Working 10-hour days Monday –Saturday and having night class, this was the perfect quiet place to rest and study and a very short commute (only a 5 minute drive to UNC Chapel Hills campus). My two favorite parts of the little house were the full kitchen and the huge bathroom!! The kitchen has everything you need to make any meal …. Carolyn even made sure the refrigerator was stocked with the basics milk, bottled water, butter, cream cheese, etc. …. and always asked if I needed anything more! The bathroom was very spacious and filled with fresh towels and any bathroom supply you may need ☺
Besides The Little House being a perfect home away from home, Carolyn and her husband Ralph truly made me feel at home, and always offered to get anything I needed. I highly recommend The Little House for any trip to Chapel Hill!
Carolyn's adorable Little House is the perfect place to stay in Chapel Hill. Close to town, stocked with all the essentials (and then some), and Carolyn was great about giving us info on how to get around and what to do. We felt very comfortable and welcome.
What a great charming little house. Clean quiet and charming. Carolyn is welcoming and lovely. The location is also very nice- away from the immediate downtown area but a really quick drive (great bus services as well). Would stay here again without hesitation - really great
Carolyn was a pleasure to work with arranging my arrival; she met me in the driveway to welcome me to the Little House. There were fresh flowers on the dining table and breakfast items in the very roomy, well equipped kitchen. I had my own parking place in the driveway. I was out of the house most of the day while in town, but my evenings were comfortable and private. The Little House is little, but plenty for one or two people. I would love to stay again next time I'm in town.
Carolyn Karpinos - retired attorney married to Ralph Karpinos who is also an attorney here in Chapel Hill. We have children and grandsons in Nashville, Tennessee and Brooklyn, New York. I am an avid photographer, enjoy cooking, and love to read. My husband is a runner and swimmer and bakes the best bread in town! We have travelled extensively in this country and are doing some international travel these days as well. I lived in Accra, Ghana for a few months and have also spent some time in Haiti as a volunteer. Chapel Hill and Carrboro are wonderful small towns - very cosmopolitan and somewhat funky - but still rooted in their southern heritage in that the pace of life is not too hurried and people are friendly. We welcome guests to this area and like being hosts!