If you've never slept in the round before, you owe yourself! We all want to "think outside the box," but how about sleeping outside the box? — well, inside, but not in a box! Windows above & all around, 59,206 pennies beneath. ★ ★ Magic!
We love to design spaces that are not in a box. We want to give our guests an experience that is meaningful and memorable.
We have two other spaces listed here:
Our private roundhouse: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/434618
(slightly less expensive, but with a shared bath)
An extra den:
(only $10/night, but available only as an add-on to one of the other two spaces)
"Enchanting, magical, uplifting" -- those are words used recently by our guests, describing this wonderful space. Twelve sides, windows all around, surrounded by nature, yet close to town.
Picture a cabin made of cedar and glass. It has wi-fi, electric heat, a comfortable queen-sized bed, a chair for reading, a fold-out desk, and a table with a coffee pot. All the bare essentials, in one place.
It's situated to be rustic and inspirational, nestled into the back corner of a deep lot. There are fruit trees all around and a seasonal pond that attracts ducks in the spring and early summer. Depending on the season, you can listen to birds and frogs from inside the roundhouse, or cross the footbridge to the south-facing deck behind the workshop -- another private space for your "get away from the bustle" contemplations. Or enjoy the firepit.
Follow the wending path to the front fence and everything is nearby.
The bathroom is at the rear of the main house, right near the back door (about 30 yards from the roundhouse). It's private and only barely shared. (We have another bath-and-a-half elsewhere in the house.) We have a clever curtaining system that can give you extra privacy if you want it. You'll be left as alone as you choose to be during your visit.
With a little bit of planning, we're happy to share our full kitchen with you during daylight hours. Same with the laundry room.
We're sharing our home with you, so we ask you to be respectful of that. We love to brag about Eugene and Oregon, and we're happy to share what we have and what we know.
Some have asked why we've listed a self-sufficient space in a convenient location for so little. There are two answers to that, or maybe three.
1. We love people coming and going. It's fun. After almost three years of hosting, our dog Boston gets bored without some bustle.
2. We'd rather people think of their visit with us as very-high-end camping, and not low-end Motel 6. (We don't offer little personal soaps and things like that.)
3. Those who enjoy the adventure of staying in a place that's different and unusual are often the most interesting people. That just makes it all the more fun for us.
We cannot guarantee that your visit with us will be enchanted and uplifting, but that's what we hope it will be. We'll do what we can to make it so.
What will you need? Fridge, microwave, coffee pot, toaster oven -- all yours. Laundry, full kitchen, yard, neighborhood -- shared. (Just ask.) We have gorgeous red velvet theatre curtains to divide spaces, but the intent is to remain permeable for hospitality's sake.
Interaction with Guests
We'll chat with you as much or as little as you like. (This is in fact one of the most difficult parts of hosting, because we have no way of knowing whether you want a tour guide, or would rather be left alone.) We created a "message center" on the back porch so that communication can be easily exchanged. Beyond that, we're available if you want or need us, but otherwise, we try to stay out of your way. It should be noted that guests often come for several days and never speak a word to us. The space is that self-sufficient. If that's your preference, it's available. On the other hand, we've made good and lasting friends via airbnb. The choice is completely yours!
As a long-time columnist for the daily paper and the local lifestyle magazine, Don has more stories than you'll have time to hear, but he won't force them on you. We usually have couple of magazines on hand that he's written for, so you can get some stories if you want them.
A good friend calls this location "the center of the universe" and she's sort of right. University of Oregon is about a dozen blocks away. Downtown Eugene is about a mile, straight north. Amazon Park and its running trails are a block away. Two bus lines pass within two blocks.
Four pizza places. Two Thai restaurants. Three Mexican choices. Two vegetarian restaurants. Two gourmet restaurants. All within an easy 10-minute walk. After all that good eatin', you'll be glad to know that three health clubs and the YMCA also are nearby.
If you'd rather cook or reheat leftovers, we have a toaster oven, microwave, two burners and full fridge under cover on the back porch. I have a tie-dye umbrella for you if it rains, and a bike you can borrow if you want to explore the town.
We're often asked about getting downtown or to the UO campus
Two bus lines to downtown within two blocks. Another line to Lane Community College and to the University of Oregon within a few blocks. We have a bike for folks to use too, but walking is easy. Downtown: 25 minutes. Campus: 20 minutes. Oh, and a virtual urban mountain (Spencer's Butte) is also within walking distance to the south. "Center of the universe," indeed.
Other Things to Note
NOTE: After almost three years on airbnb, this space is often "taken" for most times. If you'd like to try a similarly inventive space, on the same property, employing much of the same geometry (but larger and self-contained), check out our loft apartment: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3115540
Once it gets dark, we enjoy the sounds of nature all around us. We hope you will too. (In other words, please don't be loud late in the evening.)
Sorry, no smoking.
We have a fridge, microwave and a toaster oven (under cover) on the back porch. (With a little planning, you can also use our main kitchen during the daylight hours.)
If you're inviting others over, please let us know beforehand. We have a message board by our back door to help us exchange communication.
I arrived on a warm April day by train and bike, and found my way to the most wonderful of retreat houses. After being greeted by Boston, who has the charm and discretion of a savvy host, I dropped my bike at the roundhouse, and investigated the bathroom, which was a lovely walk on a meandering path and bridge over a frog pond. I soon was greeted by Don, got a few good tips on places to eat, then came back and fell into the most wonderful nap, door open to the sounds of birds, frogs, neighbors chatting. It's sort of magical, and each day after a conference, I left the other attendees who stayed at the Hilton and found my refuge waiting. Very comfy bed, wonderful little welcome snack, and thoughtful amenities. I liked the desk that overlooks the back corner of the garden where you can lift your head and see birds in the tree. Mostly I liked the sense of getting away from busy-ness into a tranquil, welcoming setting. The roundhouse would make a wonderful place for a personal retreat for contemplation and renewal.
Don made me feel so welcome - and everything had been so mindfully thought out. The round house was the perfect place to stay while exploring Eugene.. I had plenty of insightful reading material, clear directions, plenty of privacy, a beautiful view, and the sweet sounds of frogs in the pond to sing me to sleep.. (Earplugs were kindly provided.. But never used.) The neighborhood was quiet and safe - conveniently located walking distance from food and trails. I enjoyed my stay here, and would highly recommend this special spot to anyone looking for a quiet getaway with mindful hosts! Thank you very much to Don, Nate, and Boston!
We loved our little peaceful roundroom! Thank you so much Don, Nate & Boston for giving us such a great experience!
We felt cozy, comfortable & well taken care of! We loved having our little hideaway while learning Eugene!
Don greeted us upon arrival, showing us features of the house and any pertinent details. All needs and creature comforts were anticipated taken care of during our stay. It was a wonderful experience. One which plan to repeat. Thank you!
Don was very welcoming and the roundhouse was incredibly charming, comfortable, and accommodating! A lot of care had clearly gone into making this space ready for guests. Don and Nate had really thought of everything, and the space included lots of wonderful design touches, like copper fixtures and accessories to really bring the penny theme home. I was in town for a busy 4-day conference, and the roundhouse offered the perfect quiet retreat, while still being close to everything.
Don was very friendly and welcoming. He showed us around the beautiful roundhouse and gave us recommendations for dinner. Unfortunately, we could not continue with our planned visit but we would go back if we could!
Upon arrival we found a beautiful walkway winding through a very natural garden to the sweetest little house we have ever stayed in. Delicious treats were "under glass" and my daughter was very excited that the recipe for the treats was provided. It is pretty hard to impress her with food, so job well done. The roundhouse was open on arrival so it smelled fresh and breezy. There were two ducks on the pond welcoming us to stay. At night the soft rain on the roof, and the sound of many frogs, lulled us to sleep.
The mattress on the bed was amazing and we both awoke fresh and ready for the day. The towels provided were the softest premium towels, and the efficient little heater kept us very comfortable all night.
The main house is an architectural beauty, and Don made the bathroom and kitchen area available without feeling awkward. The hosts were very kind and let us have our privacy. I rarely get to visit with my daughter so I appreciated the time alone with her.
I often go to conferences in that area and thoroughly plan to arrange to stay here again. (I might be more social then. :) ) Thank you for a rare treat into "The Secret Garden".
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I'm a columnist for the daily newspaper and the town's lifestyle magazine. Decades of work in journalism has taught me to notice the details and to question the conventional wisdom. As a columnist and consultant, people rely on me to "think outside the box."
As the former Executive Director for the American Institute of Architect's local chapter, I learned how the details reveal intent. When they work together, you get design excellence, but that's only the beginning. When you stay inside a space that's been carefully and intentionally designed, there's a certain sense of safety and a quiet delight.
So here in this little world, these two rigors intersect. I design spaces that are not in a box, giving guests small surprises to make their visit meaningful and memorable. I'm also uniquely qualified to help people learn more about this special place in the world.
And I love it.