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Charming Home Nestled in Forest Near Trails and Duke

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet

Overview

About the property

Private Home Nestled in Forest (2+ BR, 1 bath, Sleeps 1-6)

This charming home nestled in beautiful oak forest at the end of a residential street in Durham, NC near the Eno River, and approximately 10 minutes from Duke University, has all the comforts of home. View the forest through the large skylights in the high ceiling above the open living/dining area. Enjoy forest views through every window in the home and from the two private decks. Hike nature trails beginning within 150 ft of the home and extending to and through the Eno River State Park. Snuggle up in the evenings as you watch a free movie from Amazon Prime on the new 32" LED smart TV. Be near, but feel far, from everything except nature!

The master bedroom has a Queen-size Sleep Number bed, blackout curtains and a private, enclosed deck off the back of the house. The second bedroom has a full-size bed with a sateen comforter set, blackout curtains and two windows into the forest. The 400 square foot loft has a large forest-view skylight and is outfitted with two desks and reading chairs, as well as a futon sofa/bed. The loft provides an additional semi-private sleeping space (there is a door). Linens are provided for the full-size loft futon bed and a twin air mattress upon request. The bathroom is newly remodeled and the kitchen is fully equipped with all that you need to enjoy cooking and baking during your stay (including a new side-by-side refrigerator, a new glass-top stove/oven, a dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster and basic pantry items such as salt and pepper, spices, flour, sugar, olive oil, basic condiments, tea, honey, and coffee to start your first morning). We strive to provide all of the comforts of home including high-speed wireless internet, a charging station, a hair dryer, ironing board and iron, shampoo and conditioner, first aid kit, hand lotion, zip lock bags, saran wrap, food storage containers and more.

This home is ideal for visiting scholars, couples and families of all varieties, parents visiting adult children at Duke or in the general area, patients/families visiting or receiving treatment at Duke Medical Center (ask about our discounts for medical visits), solo travelers and anyone seeking some peaceful time.

We welcome families with small children (we have two of our own!). There is a play area in the side yard, which we put together for our daughter on her second birthday--it includes a small slide, a children's picnic table and a sand box. A gate for the bottom of the stairs, a twin air mattress, pack-n-play, high chair, and children's toys and books are also available upon request.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017

About The Owner

This was our home for years. We were married next to the Eno River within walking distance of the home and our reception was held on the deck afterward (in April when the azaleas are in full bloom)! With the birth of our second child we moved to nearby Chapel Hill. We love this beautiful forest location so much that we couldn't bear to part with the home and instead decided to share it with others. We still visit often.

The Owner purchased this house in 1998

What makes this house unique

We love to walk the miles of nature trails that begin at the end of the driveway and lead to the Eno River. The Eno River trails are a favorite in our family- they provided the backdrop for our wedding and we still walk them often!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you again for a wonderful stay in your forest home! You have been more than helpful and welcoming. Letting us use your pack and play, high chair, etc. has made this place feel more like home. If we ever come back to Durham, we will book here again.
Jul 2014
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Amenities

Durham House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large vanity with drawers, medicine cabinet over toilet, combination bathtub/shower with luxury shower head and secondary hand-held shower head; heavy duty vertical safety hand rail on wall at edge of tub. Hair dryer, first aid kit, cotton balls, cotton swabs, hand lotion and hand soap provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom - 1 double
    Semi-private loft - 1 double
  • Queen size, Sleep-Number bed in master bedroom, Double Bed in 2nd downstairs bedroom, double futon bed in semi-private (with a door) loft space. Twin air mattress and and/or pack-n-play (with jersey sheet) available upon request. Linens provided.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
Notes:
Guitar available for use.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

Charming Home Nestled in Forest Near Trails and Duke
average rating of 4.7714286 based on 55 reviews
5

Great little cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is our 7th stay and we keep coming back. What more needs to be said!!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brevard, NC
5

Still Love It!

  • 5 of 5

Our third visit to this comfortable, well-located home in the woods. So clean and completely equipped. Quiet neighborhood. Picnic down Cole Mill Road (about a mile from the house) has excellent BBQ and fried chicken. Busy place though. As always, hated to leave. Plan to stay longer next time. Visited Sarah Duke Gardens -- absolutely beautiful (and only a few miles from the house). Laura is a joy to work with both when booking and when asking questions, etc.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Relaxing weekend in the woods

  • 4 of 5

Clean, comfortable, well stocked. Convenient to Duke and a beautiful, quiet location. Quick access to Enos River State Park trails.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great home and great owners

  • 5 of 5

This was our third time staying at the Forest Home. It feels a bit like home to us and we love the trails nearby as well as the proximity to Durham. We will definitely be back. Thank you Laura and Brad!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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4

Well stocked w/all you need - from pots and pans to extra blankets. Backs to a nice nature trail

  • 4 of 5

Owners are pleasant / helpful.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ticonderoga, NY
5

Wonderful stay!!

  • 5 of 5

This home is exactly as described - charming and nestled in the forest. It was so quiet and peaceful. I loved siting on the deck listening to the birds and watching the deer. The trails were great for walking our dogs. The house was very well equipped - everything we could need was provided, and as a bonus - it was wonderful for toddlers. Our grandson visited and loved the sandbox, slide and toys; and it was very childproof. Laura was wonderful to deal with and very prompt with all replies.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Durham House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
May 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$135
$785
$2,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$129
$775
$1,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.5%

SMOKING IS PROHIBITED ANYWHERE ON THE PREMISES.
There is a $15 per night fee for each guest over 4 (up to 6). Mid-stay cleaning ($70) is required for stays longer than 3 weeks. Maximum stay is 6 weeks. Pets are allowed only when approved in writing and for an additional $100 deposit.
Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to arrival (45 days for monthly rentals) are subject to a $50 or 5% (whichever is greater) service fee. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made within 30 (45) days of arrival date, forfeit full advance payment.

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