Stunning 800SF furnished guest house adjacent to 1600 acre forest between Duke and UNC in Chapel Hill, NC.
This fabulous loft style guest house is part of an architecturally significant contemporary home recently featured in the NY Times. Designed and programmed for visiting artist residencies, it is available as a short term rental when artists are not in residence. The "artist pod" is located on a steep wooded slope overlooking New Hope Creek in Orange County, NC between the towns of Durham and Chapel Hill. The house is perched at the edge of Duke University Forest which offers miles of wonderful hiking and jogging trails. Despite the forest seclusion, we are located less than 15 minutes from Duke University, NC Central University, and Durham to the Northeast and UNC Chapel Hill and the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro to the Southwest. Raleigh and other communities in the Triangle area are only slightly further away. No public transport near the house. 1 parking space available for your car.
The Triangle area of North Carolina is one of the most beautiful and desirable places to live in the USA and has a wealth of cultural amenities and social opportunities. Bon Appetite magazine named Durham and Chapel Hill America’s “Foodiest Small Towns” and we are home to some of the top restaurants in the entire country. Two Whole Foods within 10 minutes of the house. There is a strong commitment to the arts in the area and a diverse and talented community of artists.
Suitable for a couple. No pets (2 felines in adjacent main house) or kids. 1BR, Kitchen, Full Bath with shower, and Studio. 270 degree views from loft bedroom. Laundry, library and photography gallery in adjacent house. High Speed Wireless. NO SMOKING INDOORS OR ANYWHERE ON THE PROPERTY. STRICTLY ENFORCED.
There is full climate control, operable windows for good cross ventilation, a ceiling fan, a flexible lighting system, and security system. There is a wrap around deck and other outdoor areas.
The kitchen has a refrigerator, two burner electric cook-top, a combination convection/microwave oven, a dishwasher, large sink, and all necessary cooking utensils and tableware. There is an expandable dining table (seats 6) and a storage pantry. A large moveable kitchen island with cabinets doubles as a work table.
Your hosts Ellen and Frank, architect and AV consultant, are art lovers and love to share their collection. Proceeds from our airbnb rentals are used to fund travel scholarships for our visiting artists.
The only downside to staying at Casilhaus is no airbnb will be able to compare! We had an amazing time staying on the cliffs of the Duke Forest. Frank and Ellen were extremely accommodating and great ambassadors of Durham. I hope to make it back soon!
Off the charts.
"Architecturally stunning" is not an exaggeration. In fact, the beauty and elegance of the structure are matched by the peacefulness of the setting (end of a cul de sac, facing 1600 acres of forest), the thoughtfully selected artwork throughout the house, and the hospitality of the hosts.
We feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to share partake of the entire experience.
Cassilhaus was such an amazing house. Ellen and Frank made the place really welcoming and provided snacks, towels, and all kinds of cooking utensils. I stayed here for two nights and a day with my boyfriend and we loved it here. Frank provided many suggestions to visit and eat at. We visited college campuses and many places to eat but we still had many places we did not get to visit. We would love to return in the future!
Ellen & Frank's home is a work of art, filled with works of art. Highly sophisticated, yet comfortable and relaxing. We couldn't have asked for more. Thanks Frank & Ellen. We'll see you on our next trip to the Chapel Hill area!
Frank and Ellen were outstanding hosts and made us feel very welcome. They appreciated that we had come to Chapel Hill to relax and rejuvenate so they left us to do just that. The location and guest accommodations were spectacular. Thank you!
I have had some really solid AirBnB experiences, but this experience was among my favorites. Frank and Ellen were amazing hosts. To say they made me feel welcome is a bit of an understatement. As a veteran of the traditional hospitality industry my deepest appreciation and admiration goes out to them for their approach to hosting.
I stayed in the guest pod of their beautiful home with the express goal of writing. I accomplished some of that goal actually most of that goal. The setting is peaceful. The space brought my creativity to the fore. The gallery space they have in their home is truly a special and one of a kind experience. Frank went out of his way to solicit info re: breakfast foods I like and upon arrival there was a delicious array breakfast treats - including milk from a local dairy.
I could go on at length about the experience though I will sum it up with the best praise I can: I will return with my wife to enjoy this lovely setting as soon as time allows. Thanks to Frank and Ellen. You also receive the added benefit of knowing your stay supports artists in their work of making and creating. Thanks again.
We had a fantastic stay at Cassilhaus. The apartment, artwork and view are stunning, and Frank couldn't have been a better host. His enthusiasm for Durham is contagious (especially given his help in getting to know the area, from the farmer's market to museums!). I sincerely hope to stay there again and highly recommend it to others.
It's going to prove hard for me to review this place without it seeming like hyperbole. The best thing about Frank and Ellen's place is not the immaculate and stunning amenities. It's not the paradisaical location on the edges of the Duke Forrest. It's not delicious breakfast and snack items they provide for you during your stay. It's not the incredible artwork and photography throughout the house and in the gallery. And while it's difficult for me to say this, it is not the outdoor shower (although it may certainly be a close second). No, the very best thing about staying at Frank and Ellen's is the opportunity to meet and spend time with Frank and Ellen. Their place is perfect and they are gracious, kind, giving, welcoming, and happy to help with any and everything you might need. They love Durham and are so proud of their town and therefore are more than willing and delighted to share their favorite spots and point you in the direction of great museums, gardens, and hikes. I cannot recommend any place more highly than this one. It's fantastic. And maybe if you're lucky, you'll know first hand exactly what I mean.
Cassillhaus is much more than a stellar (website hidden) is a destination onto itself.
The townhouse apt. is an architectural gem skillfully designed by the owner. The setting is in a beautiful wood overlooking an impressive creek below. The owners are thoughtful, welcoming and sensitive to guest's privacy and solitude. Rare it is to enjoy hospitality by such thoroughly enjoyable hosts. I cannot wait to return!!
Frank and Ellen were fabulous hosts and their home and artist pod are gorgeous! The woodsy setting is lovely, and it's also very convenient to both Chapel Hill and Durham. I would love to return for another stay. I highly recommend Cassilhaus!