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 all around, a skylight above, & 59,206 pennies beneath. ★ ★ Magic!
"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.
Springtime delight (warning): The weather has just begun to break toward spring and that makes the peepers (tiny frogs) in the pond very happy. So they are singing, and it can get quite loud. We adore the sound, but it can be a surprise to newcomers, so we wanted you to know ahead of time.
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 pond that attracts ducks every once in a while. 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.
Follow the wending path to the front fence and everything is nearby. 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 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.
The bathroom is at the rear of the main house, right near the back door. It's in the main house but 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. If it's the right time of year, we'll even let you mow the lawn, if you're into that sort of thing! ;-)
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 more than a year, 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.
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!
Friends describe our spot as "the center of the universe" because no matter where they happen to be going, they seem to be passing within a few blocks of here. That's about right!
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.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$10 / night after the first guest|
|Weekly Price:||$180 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$680 /month|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
|Pet Owner:||Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)|
Fun, funky and affordable alternative to the motel or b&b experience. Quiet and conveniently located.
Couldn't have been nicer! Such a unique accommodation..a reason to go to Eugene, all by itself, and truly embodies the spirit of Eugene.
Thank you, Don. You and your family have created an unforgettable experience!
This was a wonderful experience! Even better than described. The house was beautiful, clean, cozy and very accommodating. The host was very hospitable and the super friendly dog was a bonus. I would love to return. If you are seeking a very creative, peaceful retreat space, this is the place.
Such a sweet little space and Don is incredibly attentive to details. A touch of rural in a suburban neighborhood and splashes of beauty all around: red velvet curtains offer privacy at night, and much more...
The Roundhouse was snug and totally charming. We stayed here while visiting family in Eugene and it was a lovely retreat at the end of a day: comfortable, private, gently querky, and aesthetically appealing. The bed is comfy and the heating does an excellent job of keeping the place cozy on chilly December evenings (although it's not a bad idea to have a pair of slippers or slip-on shoes since those beautiful pennies that tile the floor are a little cold). The brief trip across the yard to the bathroom isn't inconvenient, and it's a bonus to be greeted by congenial Boston, the resident Lab. Don and Nathan are warmly hospitable and made us feel welcome while allowing us exactly as much privacy as we wanted. Future family visits to Eugene will certainly find us back at the charming Roundhouse.
I stayed two days in this yurt and couldn't have been happier. My first experience in a yurt and loved it. Such a different experience. The many windows plus the skylight opened the open space ( no boxy feeling) up even more. Plus the park like setting beneath the willow tree aside the two ponds lent a special feeling that lingers even now in my memory. There are so many special touches there in that created world that is so different from a motel/hotel experience that it makes me want to visit again--// just to stay there. My looking around for an accommodation in Eugene days are over. Happily.
It was incredible, the yurt was a perfect size with all the accommodations you need. it was well within walking distance to a couple grocery stores, and very close to a bus stop. i highly recommend it. Beautiful charming place, with a great vibe!
I stayed at the roundhouse 2 nights, and it lived up to its description. It's warm, comfortable, cozy, and peaceful. Don was very gracious, and the rosemary ginger treats were a nice touch.