About this listing
1980's rustic mobile home - back in the woods but near everything in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Located inside Carrboro city limits, with a Chapel Hill mailing address. Cannot be seen from road. Solar lights on deck. Owls and deer!
This is a 1981 doublewide mobile home. It is clean, fully furnished with a working kitchen, dishes, pots, etc. Two bedrooms, two baths (one off the master bedroom). We use the two bedrooms as an office and artist studio when guests are not using them. Behind a third locked door is a toolroom - supply closet, with it's own exterior door.
In summer, there are window air-conditioners. We clean and air the trailer before your arrival. A few minutes of open windows or A/C will remove our southern humidity.
There is a covered, screened front deck with chairs and a table. There are trees and lots of birds, deer, and the sometimes a spotted owl hooting. Quiet and peaceful, can't be seen from the road.
Winter heat is by in room heaters, with a central electric heat furnace that gets expensive - tends to feel a little chilly in the winter to most southerners.
There is no internet at the trailer - there are wifi sites all over town (and free Carrboro Wifi downtown).
Cellphone/smartphone service is good.
Privacy, trees, park your car and ride your bike (free bus during the week has bike rack). It's about 10 minutes drive to downtown Chapel Hill or Carrboro. It's about 5 minutes to the Park & Ride for transit throughout the Triangle area.
Nearby shopping centers are Timberlyne and Chapel Hill North with shopping (Food Lion, Harris Teeter), gas, restaurants, and post office.
Whole Foods is about 15 minutes away; Weaver Street Co-op in Carrboro is a great gathering place. Whole Foods in Chapel Hill is quite large. Also a Trader Joe's just down the road from Whole Foods.
Guests have use of the main part of the trailer including the kitchen. We access the toolroom from the exterior side door so your space is private.
Interaction with Guests
We try to meet everyone when they arrive. You are on your own, but we are nearby if you need anything.
The trailer is on several acres with one other occupied house and a 1930's stone house that is not occupied. Lots of trees and birds and deer. The neighborhood is convenient to both Chapel Hill and Carrboro. We recommend a car, although some guests have parked and used their bikes to get around, and the free HS bus line runs M-F. See the "guidebook" for some local interests.
There is public transit during the week but it's best to have your own transportation. The HS bus line runs on Rogers Road about once an hour to/from the university, but not late nights or weekends. A car is recommended (although two guests biked most of the time - more power to them).
Other Things to Note
We stick by our NO PETS policy.
No smoking, and no pets, sorry. We live nearby so we can come by if you have any questions. Yes, this really is a doublewide mobile home, so nothing is too fussy! Please do not crank up the utilities while you are not at home. A/C via window units.
I had to travel to NC from California for work/school and really wanted a place that was quiet and private, and Simone's place was perfect. I needed the place for four weeks, and scheduling was a breeze. She provided really detailed instructions with pictures to help me find the place and met me there when I arrived and walked me through her place, including a really helpful sheet of info both on the place and on the local area. The place was exactly as described in her ad, a well-outfitted mobile home in the middle of the woods, with a few hundred feet between you and the closest neighbor. I never heard a sound while I was there, which was blissful coming from LA. Simone and her partner touched base via text ever so often, but left me to my devices other than to ask how I was doing and if I needed anything. It really was perfect for what I wanted. Access to I-40 was close by, so even though it wasn't in the middle of Chapel Hill, Durham or Raleigh, it was easy to get anywhere I wanted. Wouldn't have changed a thing.
The peace and quiet at this property was especially nice, and often deer could be seen right outside the door. The tranquility was great, but it was still located minutes from the heart of Chapel Hill and all this delightful town has to offer. The house was basic no frills accommodation, but had the necessities (spacious shower with good hot water in master bedroom, a clean and reliable oven and stove, microwave, roomy refrigerator, clothes washer, bed linen and towels provided). It would have been good to have had Wifi and TV, but for the low cost it was not that much trouble to go to a nearby café for an internet connection, or listen to NPR on the radio/CD player which was provided in the living room.
Our hosts, David and Simone, were very timely in communicating with us about our plans and they went the extra mile to make sure our whole family would be comfortable by locating a pack and play for us to use for a baby bed, They met us at the front door to show us the layout and then left us to our devices, but made sure we were well equipped with breakfast goods, so we did not need to go to the store right away. We were cocooned in many layers of green in this cozy trailer home, it was a perfect woodland retreat for staying near the lovely Chapel Hill and Carrboro area.
Good suggestion. We are in a wet climate so no dry dessert air. when the trailer is closed up for even a day or so in the summer, it will smell musty. I'll add a note to the description. Sometimes we are able to go out there and turn on the A/C or open the windows; other days we don't get out there ahead of time.
This will make you think twice about the romance of a simple life in a trailer as you drive through the Virginia Mtns.
Host are very hospitable. They welcome you and give you privacy but are a phone call away. The trailer is in the woods with hiking trails around. The inside is as shown in the pictures. Over all a very nice time.
Simone was extremely helpful, accommodating, and communicative with me before, during, and after our visit. I would highly recommend visiting her property anytime you visit the Chapel Hill area!
Simone was so helpful with directions and planning. We were coming in for a long weekend, and booked last-minute and the trailer was as promised, clean, fully equipped, and very comfortable. It was so nice to be tucked away in the woods in such a peaceful place! We would definitely return!
My buddy and I had a weekend workshop in Carrboro and were lucky enough to find this option on Airbnb. It could not have worked out better. Simone and David met us at the property, showed us around, and told us to call if we needed anything. After they left, we noticed that they left us some awesome welcoming gifts.
It was so relaxing. We spent every night staying up way too late on the newly screened-in porch, listening to the wildlife and looking for deer and bunnies. Everything we needed was already there. Completely affordable, eclectically decorated, total comfortable, conveniently located, and more-than-gracious hosts — this will always be our first-choice go-to place in Carrboro.
About the Host, Susan Simone
We live nearby - walking distance from the trailer. We are both former New Yorkers, but we have been in the Chapel Hill ares for more than 20 years. Interests are writing, photography, music, travel, books, music, fixing things (houses - cars - radios - clocks), and community radio (Tofu Dave is a DJ on the local low power station).
Our guru is taking us on a quest to achieve complete ignorance but the journey is lengthy. :) Meanwhile we seek to honor the spirit of those we encounter everywhere.
We've used AirBnB many times ourselves, and like quiet places that are "down to earth", not too fancy, and private - sort of like this one. Hablamos Espanol tambien!