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!
Our goal is to give you something in addition to a pleasant visit and peaceful rest. We want to give you a lasting memory — a story you can tell others when you get back home. Or many stories. (They pack easily and weigh nothing.)
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, heated or cooled to your comfort, a super-comfortable queen-sized bed with memory foam, a chair for reading, a fold-out desk, and a table and 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 son Nick welcomed by friend Calder (the actual person utilizing the round house). It was such an incredible property with a truly delightful clean and cozy home. Calder was very VERY pleased with his stay.
The Roundhouse was great! Don really put a lot of thought into the details and small touches of the place. Checking in and getting settled was very easy and straight-forward. The unit is in the back corner of the back yard. There's a small frog pond there with some pear trees. The bathroom and kitchen area are accessible through the backdoor of the main house. Both were clean and had everything we needed. It was a very pleasant and comfortable stay.
This was my first airbnb experience as I found myself searching last-minute for a place in the area to crash--and the bar has certainly been set high now!! Being able to check in quite late, with clear instructions from the host on finding the place, how to navigate the property, etc., was a welcome relief. The roundhouse itself was an exceptionally well-designed, peaceful place, with a very comfortable bed and unexpected lovely touches like the rosemary squares upon arrival. As I arrived late and left early, I didn't have much of a chance to linger and enjoy the beautiful, unique space around the property or interact with the hosts--and that is my sole regret from this experience!
We had a great time at Don's roundhouse. The place was just what we were looking for while moving from northern California to Washington. We were so happy our cat was allowed to stay with us. We weren't there for too long because we arrived late and had to leave early in the morning, but our time in the roundhouse was pleasant and comfortable. Highly recommended!
The Roundhouse was a peaceful retreat. We initially had plans to attend a fair... but once we arrived at the Round House we just wanted to rest on the comfortable bed , listen to soft music and look up through the Skylight. A neighborhood cat wandered in purred and said hello. The Dog Boston was also friendly. The next morning we ate ambrosia cantaloupe that was purchased at the local farmers market and had coffee provided by Don. The property has unique architectural angles, coined floors and handcrafted touches. Don was kind and interesting.
Don made us feel very welcome and provided us with detailed instructions prior to arrival. We met Don upon arrival and he gave us a small tour of the property and some suggestions on how to spend our day in Eugene. It was very clear that Don was passionate about Eugene and wanted to share this with his visitors.
A wonderful stay. Don's attention to detail was fantastic and he was quick to realise that this time I wanted to be left in peace to relax. I cannot recommend highly enough. A very easy experience all round.
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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.