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 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 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.
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 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.
The host's son, Nate was very welcoming. He made sure we were oriented to our permanent yurt and checked in with us to see if there was anything that we needed. This was a unique vbro and we would definitely stay again if we come to Eugene.
My daughter and I had a very relaxed and enjoyable 2 night stay while visiting the nearby University of Oregon. The campus is a quick 10 minute drive from Don's house - but once at the house you feel a world away. The yurt itself is lovely and very comfortable - very nice bed, great temperature control, outside sitting area - and thoughtfully put together with little treats, water and coffee, guides to the local area, etc. This feels like very glamorous camping because of the small track around the duck and frog pond to get to the bathroom and kitchen facilities on the other side of the yard. Highly recommended and will be returning!
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's little roundhouse was an incredible find in Eugene and is highly recommended. I felt compelled to take a photo of the little table he has set up inside, commenting to my husband Don had literally thought about everything: locally roasted coffee, Eugene magazines, an adorable "About Us" story telling the history of the roundhouse, baked desert bars complete with take-home recipe, etc. So thoughtful -- very hospitable and welcoming. It was also very clean.
The bed was super comfortable, and the chirping of the frogs provided a serene, restful experience. There's even a skylight to stargaze as you sleep, and Don was as accessible as you wanted him to be to answer questions.
A couple notes: I have Celiac, so need to eat gluten-free. If you are in this situation, make sure you head out to dinner before 6pm. Gluten-free options close as early as 7:30 locally, and we had to drive quite some distance, finally finding food at about 9:30 at night. I highly recommend Hot Mama's Wings and Off the Waffle for daytime eating. We were excited at the highly publicized option of Bruno's Chef's Kitchen, but they were very rude and closed early on a Saturday night, leaving us without an option for dinner (we arrived at 7:45).
Despite the precautions, Don couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating, and the roundhouse is a gem. Highly recommend.
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!
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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.