About this listing
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.
Quiet hours between 11pm and 7am. NO SMOKING ANYWHERE ON THE PROPERTY INDOOR AND OUT. Please do not touch the art. Please treat our place like you would your own.
Amazing place to stay. We loved the big bright glass door/window. Frank is very nice and showed us around. Their cats are really cute as well~~
We just got back from our wonderful weekend stay at Cassilhaus.
The apartment is beautiful, comfortable and truly unique. It is also extremely well located. We were able to get out to the Haw River Ballroom for a concert in under 30 minutes on Friday night, and were just 15 minutes from downtown Durham.
Frank and Ellen were wonderful hosts, and it was great to get a personal tour of the current gallery show from Frank while we were there.
Definitely hope to be able to make a return visit!
This house and its gracious host more than live up to their reputations. It's tough to even describe the space without lapsing into hyperbole, but it is quite honestly one of the most unique AirBnb experiences I've had. Let's dispense with the obvious stuff: Frank is a perfect host; the living quarters are beautiful and contain everything you'd need; the location can't be beat. Now the real treats: the architecture of the place is incredibly, and the art gallery shouldnt be missed. The neighborhood is serene, and we left counting the days until we'll have the chance to return!
Everything was just as we imagined it would be - "PERFECT." The house is wonderful and close to everything you might want to do in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area. We'll be back.
Frank and Ellen welcomed us and made us feel completely at home. The house itself is truly stunning, and feels spacious. This is a dream quality environment, set up overlooking the Duke Forest. You won't hear a thing that is made by man, not a plane nor a car. Birds and the wind, yes. Yet you are 10 minutes on a great country drive from both Chapel Hill and Duke. The house itself has everything you need: a great bed, high-end bathroom, a very nice kitchen, and place to eat. The decor is simple and enhances your ability to appreciate the quality artwork that is provided by Frank and Ellen. You will however spend some of your time just looking out of the two story high windows and enjoying the view into Duke Forest.
The most difficult part of the stay is leaving.
I had high hopes for Cassilhaus and my expectations were all met or exceeded. My only regret was not having more time to sit and enjoy the space. This apartment is modern, spotlessly clean and peaceful. We had everything we needed plus a few extras (tea kettle, cups for tea, soap) and enjoyed perusing the books and art.
Frank was warm and welcoming, and very responsive with communication beforehand. I love what he and Ellen are doing to support artists.
One thing to note: the apartment gets very bright in the morning because of the floor to ceiling windows. I brought my eye mask with me and would have missed it if I hadn’t. (The windows MAKE the apartment, though, and you feel as though you’re up in the trees.)
I HIGHLY recommend both Frank and Cassilhaus.
The house is an incredible architecture master piece in the middle of a beautiful forrest. We really enjoyed our stay and am very glad to have met the hosts.
About the Host, Frank
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.