The space is ample for sitting, reading, studying, relaxing, and especially pondering.A coffee cart, original artwork, heating and air conditioning, and plenty of light.
Private Oregon Roundhouse … Not in a Box!
Private Oregon Roundhouse … Not in a Box!
3 guests
1 bed
1 bath
3 guests
1 bed
1 bath
Please set the number of adults.
Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
Please set the number of infants.
Under 2
3 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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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!

Our goal is to give you something in addition to a pleasant visit and peaceful rest. We want to give you a lasting memory — a story you can tell others when you get back home. Or many stories. (They pack easily and weigh nothing.)

The space

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 four 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 another space listed here:
Our loft apartment:
(slightly more expensive, but with a private bath)
For an extra $10/night, we have what we call the "loftier apartment" -- it includes a dining area directly beneath the apartment's living room. Here's a link to that listing:

"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, heated or cooled to your comfort, a super-comfortable queen-sized bed with memory foam, a chair for reading, a fold-out desk, and a table and a coffee pot. All the bare essentials, in one place.

(Not in all the the photos — we've added lush, room-darkening curtains all around for privacy and to aid those who prefer sleeping later.)

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 (with tub and shower) 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 and folding wall 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.

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.

Our listings include a 9.5% room tax assessed by the city of Eugene. Those added funds are used to promote tourism and other good things around Lane County.

Guest access

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!

You may be greeted by our very friendly neighborhood cat, Maceo. He will take no for an answer (eventually), but he missed his calling as a watchdog.

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 a couple of magazines on hand that he's written for, so you can get some stories if you want them.

Other things to note

NOTE: After over five 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:

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. 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!

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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Check in time is 6PM - 2AM (next day)
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Self check-in with lockbox

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.


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Sophie User Profile
September 2016
Don was away, but was incredibly helpful beforehand and his son Nate was a brilliant host. The Roundhouse is exactly as everyone else has described, i.e. bloody amazing. I would completely recommend it to anyone for a short or long stay. The special little touches, comfy bed, peacefulness and technological wizardry contributed to us not actually seeing much of Eugene as we couldn't stand to leave the Roundhouse every morning!
Don User ProfileDon is a superhost.
Response from Don:
Aw, shucks. -dk
September 2016

Martin User Profile
August 2015
A wonderful stay. Don's attention to detail was fantastic and he was quick to realise that this time I wanted to be left in peace to relax. I cannot recommend highly enough. A very easy experience all round.
Don User ProfileDon is a superhost.
Response from Don:
Thank you, Martin! -dk
August 2015

Amanda User Profile
October 2017
Quiet, clean, wonderful sleep.

Alicia User Profile
October 2017
Loved this little round home! Wish we could have stayed longer.

Molly User Profile
September 2017
Really enjoyed our stay here! The round house was lovely, comfy, and private. Everything was as advertised. WiFi and all other amenities were great. Thank you! :)

Katharina User Profile
September 2017
A lot of great things have been written about this place and they're all true. I loved every second of my stay and highly recommend this magical place.

Chanel User Profile
September 2017
The roundhouse was perfect for my girls trip with my sister and my pup. It was easy to find and close to everything we wanted to do. Even though its a small space, Don has done an incredible job of anticipating the needs of his guests. The roundhouse has more technology and gadgets than my 1,200 square foot apartment! I would absolutely recommend it and absolutely stay here again.

Eugene, Oregon, United StatesJoined in April 2012
Don User ProfileDon is a superhost.
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 Exec…
Languages: English
Response rate: 95%
Response time: within an hour

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