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Garden house near Duke & Downtown

Private room

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
Please set the number of adults.
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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A quiet room in our garden house close to Duke and downtown. Have coffee on the patio, listen to falling water from the rock pool, watch birds come to the feeder. Free loaner bikes available, airport pickups-$25, Duke or downtown rides - $5.

The space

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. Your private room is connected to the internet. The airbnb bathroom has a full shower, with soap and shampoo for guests, and is sometimes shared if there is another airbnb guest. Guests are also able to use the hosts' bathroom if there is any need.

Free, unrestricted and plentiful parking is on the street in front of the house.

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, the Durham Ballpark, and most of Durham's best restaurants. We are just a few blocks from the American Tobacco Trail, and have free loaner bikes, with helmets and locks, for our visitors.
We will pick up guests for free from Amtrak or the bus station.
We offer $25 pick up or drop off from RDU airport--cheaper than taxis, similar to Uber/Lyft. We also will be willing to give lifts around the downtown/Duke area for $5 if we aren't busy. We have an 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, and fresh made muffins 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, museums, events, and the nightlife scene.

When we have airbnb guests staying in our outside cottage room, you would share the guest bathroom that is across from your room. If needed, guests can also use the other bathroom/shower in the house.

When 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.

If you're interested in our outside, more private room, look for our other listing titled "Creamsicle Cottage Near Duke & Downtown". (click on our profile and then look on the left for our other listings). That room is much larger and more private with microfridge and microwave for the same price, but you have to come into the main house for the bathroom/shower.

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.

Guest access

Private bedroom with internet access, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, maps and information about Durham, thermos of ice water and glasses, use of kitchen fridge to store food. Shared bathroom if there is another airbnb guest in the outside cottage.

Interaction with guests

We enjoy or morning coffee with our guest and have had many pleasant evenings on the patio sharing a glass of wine and hearing of their travels.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1 (Shared bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 12PM (noon) - 11PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Private room

Wireless Internet

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 12PM (noon) - 11PM

No smoking indoors.
We request an estimate --within one hour--of when you will arrive.
No additional guests are allowed to visit or stay over without asking our permission beforehand.
Children are counted towards the maximum number (2) of guests for this room.
We don't allow booking a room for another person unless you contact us first to discuss.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Lock on bedroom door

1 night minimum stay

372 Reviews

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Adam User Profile
September 2017
Mesa and Stuart's place is great. Peaceful and great location. Easy parking and access to downtown. Highly recommended!

Shane User Profile
September 2017
I've stayed at Mesa and Stuart's place before, which was great. This time I opted for the cottage and found myself in a great space yet again. I explored the yard this time and there is a great spot near the goldfish pond to sit and look at the sky. Thanks for having me!

Steven User Profile
September 2017
Homeowners were very friendly and accommodations were welcoming and clean. You cannot go wrong staying with this fantastic couple. They made us feel at home and provided great insight into the local area. Would definitely book again!

Nicole User Profile
September 2017
Mesa and Stuart were amazing hosts! Highly recommend

Anthony User Profile
September 2017
Nice, quaint spot. Stuart and Mesa were very accommodating and kind.

Shane User Profile
September 2017
Mesa and Stuart were extremely helpful the moment I walked through the door. After the tour, we had a quick conversation and they went out of their way to help me with information unrelated to hosting and guest duties. I felt sincerely welcomed. Unfortunately it was a short stay, in a great area. Would stay again.

Carlos User Profile
August 2017
Mesa & Stuart's place is absolutely lovely. Both are incredible kind and interesting people. It was a great place to come home to after a busy week at Duke. The garden was a particularly gorgeous place to unwind after a long day.

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Durham, North Carolina, United StatesJoined in January 2012
Mesa & Stuart User ProfileMesa & Stuart is a superhost.

I am a teacher, writer, photographer, reader, traveler, and lover of children and animals. I love big long novels, hiking to remote canyons, exploring side streets in European cities, and walking my dogs. My husband, Stuart, and I travel as often as we can, and like to stay at hostels, monastaries, and off-beat lodgings. My husband is a musician, web designer, movie buff, and, as I was told nearly thirty years ago when I first met him and his friend was describing him to me, no matter what we do,he always has more fun than anyone else.

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