About this listing
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've tried to anticipate your questions, so scroll down and read our description here before inquiring about details.
We use a dynamic pricing model based on three years of bookings, so the dates you ask for will give you an accurate cost, which may differ from the generic listing price. Summer, weekends, track meets — we allow demand to influence rates.
We have two other spaces listed here:
Our loft apartment: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3115540
(slightly more expensive, but with a private bath)
An extra den (one guest called it "the lounge"):
(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 and folding wall 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.
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.
Late arrivals are easy to facilitate. The house is easy to find, even in the dark. The street is well lit and we have path lights to guide you to the roundhouse. Since it's a completely separate building, there's no need to worry about waking anyone. "We'll leave the light on for you," as they say.
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 and a clever folding glass wall 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 a 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
We welcome dogs and other pets, but we ask for a couple of things. First, do let us know when you're bringing critters with you. Second, please don't let them roam our yard unleashed. The fence has holes and our dog Boston gets confused when others are roaming unattended in "his" yard. (He's never unfriendly -- just confused.) Third, leaving pets unattended for long stretches inside hasn't worked very well. Gnawed furniture, yelping, too much hair on the bedspread -- that sort of thing. We have two dog parks within walking distance, so there will be opportunities for them to enjoy themselves too!
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.
Don's place is distinctive, unique, and wonderfully inviting. More importantly, Don himself was a fantastic host. So many little details made us feel welcomed and comfortable, and he took time answer our questions about special places to go. We would love to go back!
The roundhouse is exactly what it looks like - a very unique and comfortable place to stay. We loved it, and Don was a really great host.
Don was a wonderful host and he was very informative. He was very responsive and helpful to our questions. Check in went very smooth. We did not have to wonder what the house rules were or where things were located. There was a nice summary of the roundhouse and helpful information pamphlet.
The location of this property is not a far drive to the down town area and there is also a variety of restaurants and coffee shops near by to choose from. We stayed here since I had an exam the following day. The space was a comfortable place to study and relax. The internet worked well and I did not hear a lot of noise. Most of the sounds were animals and it made we not fell I like we were in a city.
The accuracy of the listing is perfect and well represents the space. We loved the atmosphere of the round house. There were windows everywhere and we could bring in a lot of light and there were also curtains to make it more secluded. If almost felt as if we were camping in the woods. It was great having nature all around us while in the city.
The small touches in the round house and the homemade cookies with a "remember the round house recipe" made the stay very memorable. If was very cool to see the guest book and notes from the other people that have stayed at the round house. The round house was tidy and the pull out tables were cool.
There was a nice table with things we might need during our stay: a variety of teas to choose from, coffee pot, coffee / tea cups, numerous magazines that relate to the surrounding city, and waters. The bed was the perfect size for two people during the stay. We liked that there was a comfortable chair to do some reading in also.
The bathroom in the main house was not an issue like at some of the other places we have stayed at. The restroom was easy to access, very clean, and gave off a rental vibe so it did not feel like you were intruding on the owner's space.
There was a very cute cat that hung out on the property that we enjoyed seeing and petting. I believe the owner also has a dog but we did not end up meeting the dog during this trip.
Wish we could have stayed longer than one night since it was very relaxing. The value of this location is great and one of the best finds in the area. We would definitely stay here again.
Dons place is really cool!...He was very welcoming and friendly/down to earth type of guy. My son and I liked the stay.
The place is really beautiful and quite. Don has done an incredible job with the cabin. With penny flooring, mood lighting and several such upgrades, it definitely would be one of your most luxurious cabin stays.
Very accommodating private space. It was just as described! Very peaceful.
This is my second time staying at the Round House, and I made sure months in advance that I got this booking... because the place is a sanctuary, and Don and Nate are fabulous hosts! I came for the Oregon Country Fair and knew that I would want a place that's quiet and where I can recharge in the quiet and privacy of my own space and surrounding nature. I had not met Nate before, but he is as caring and friendly of a host as Don. Thank you both! :)
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About the Host, Don
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.