Sleeping loft with 270 degree views.  Apartment is filled with fine art.Winter view of east side of apartment.
Architecturally Stunning Apartment
Hosted by Frank
Frank is the host.Frank is a superhost.
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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This architectural gem is snuggled into the Duke University Forest between the thriving university towns of Durham and Chapel Hill, NC. Designed by the architect owner it has 270 degree views of the forest and is quiet and secluded yet minutes from some of the best restaurants on the East Coast. Immediately adjacent is a contemporary art gallery you can browse at your leisure. 6 months of the year the space is used as an artist residency and your rentals pay for the residency program.

The space

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.

Guest access

The apartment is 100% yours. If you need access to laundry facilities you can just ask.

Interaction with guests

We are happy to have as much or as little interaction as you like. We are available to offer recommendations for the area or assist in any way we can.

Business travel
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (2-12 years)
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Quiet hours between 11pm and 7am. NO SMOKING ANYWHERE ON THE PROPERTY INDOOR AND OUT. Please enjoy but do not touch the art. Please treat our place like you would your own.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - Single flight of stairs to the sleeping loft and bathroom.


37 Reviews

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Michael User Profile
August 2017
Frank and Ellen's house was perfect for my wife and I! They were great hosts and really opened up their home to us during our extended stay. Would highly recommend.

Garrett User Profile
July 2017
We really enjoyed our stay with Frank and Ellen. Their home is a quiet refuge and they are warm and gracious hosts. Very special and unique!

Brooks User Profile
May 2017
We enjoyed staying in this breathtakingly, gorgeous home! Ellen was a great host - she was fun to talk to, responsive to any questions we had, and made sure we felt comfortable during our stay. We enjoyed viewing the art gallery as well. Their home is nestled in a calm, quiet part of Chapel Hill, and the views of the woods are beautiful. A great place to stay and recharge.

George User Profile
May 2017
This place was spectacular. My posh parents in law stayed here during graduation weekend at UNC and loved it. Truly a remarkable house amidst an undisturbed forest. We took a pleasant walk along the banks of New Hope Creek behind the house. Frank was extremely welcoming and was a great communicator. We will plan on staying here when we visit Chapel Hill.

Michael User Profile
May 2017
As always, Frank and Ellen's refuge was terrific.

Geoff User Profile
December 2016
We had a wonderful stay at Cassilhaus. Frank and Ellen were gracious hosts and their apartment is just as it is listed in the description. We would definitely stay with them again.

Pamela User Profile
November 2016
We had a fantastic stay. Frank and his wife couldn't have been better hosts. Their house and the private apartment are gorgeous. The setting is beautiful and the architecture and design are wonderful. It was a great experience to stay there and we highly recommend it to everyone.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United StatesJoined in February 2012
Frank User ProfileFrank is a superhost.
I am a long time Durham/Chapel Hill NC resident and a huge fan of this area. Duke Grad. Own an Audio/Video design and integration firm and manage an artist residency and exhibition program. Art lover. Photography collector. Married. No kids. 2 cats. 55.
Languages: English, Français
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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