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.
Lovely little round room! Everything was taken care of in detail. Even though we didn't meet our host (he was away himself), we felt as if we were welcomed by a generous friend. There was even a treat waiting for us! It was close to shops and restaurants, yet very quiet. There was however a chorus of frogs, so earplugs might still be handy!
Don was super sweet...the little roundhouse was perfect...peaceful, and full of adorable little touches that made us feel right at home. My favorite Airbnb stay ever! Definitely recommended!
What an awesome place to stay! We were truly enchanted by Don's beautiful little roundhouse with the penny floor. He and his son are clearly having a fun time making their home beautiful and unique, and also love sharing it with others through having guests in the roundhouse. My partner and I felt very welcome there, and there were so many little touches of hospitality that made it feel extra special for us. The shower was awesome, the space warm and cozy, and there were little surprise crumpets to nibble on when we arrived. We found ourselves feeling like we were on a retreat, even though we were right in town. The area is lovely, with lots to see, do, and eat, and the neighborhood was very convenient and easy to find our way around. The whole experience was almost perfect! The only issue we had was the bed is memory foam that ended up being too soft and giving me a neck ache that lasted a few days after we left. It felt comfy to sleep but if you have neck/back issues and need a firm mattress this bed might not be firm enough. But if not this place was wonderful in every way! Thank you so much Don, we loved meeting you and highly recommend your lovely roundhouse :)
Well, shucks. So close to perfect, and it was within our reach! We could have removed the mattress cover for you to give you a firmer bed. I feel bad about your soreness, but that just means your next visit can be even better! (Hurry -- the baby frogs have started their evensong ... they're early this year; it usually lasts into April.) Cheers! -dk
Don was very welcoming. He was available whenever we needed him. His dog Boston was also welcoming!!! And never bothered us. The accommodations were as described. The location was quiet and private, and the roundhouse felt like an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Well worth the price.
Beautifully designed little guest house! Don was friendly while respecting my privacy.
Don was there to greet me when I arrived. It was bitter cold in Eugene, I had been in airports and on planes all day and all I wanted was a warm nap before heading out for the evening. The roundhouse was exactly as I expected, as comfortable as any fine bed and breakfast and although centrally located, it felt like a rural setting. Just lovely, just what needed and priced just right - I'll be back! Thanks Don!
Don was a delightful host and the Roundhouse is a delightful space: comfy, cozy, and spotless. It is located in a charming garden. Be aware that the bathroom is in the main house; the trek through the yard was a bit breezy, as the weather was quite cold. I regret not having had more time to visit with Don—he's a fascinating character. If you don't mind the walk to the loo, I can recommend Don's Roundhouse without reservation.
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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.