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The James Bond Hidden Cottage -Cozy Getaway By Wake Forest University & Downtown

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Charming Southern Cottage With A Playful Nod to 007 in Smashing Location

Surrounded by trees in the best part of town, the James Bond cottage welcomes you with fun vibes. In historic upscale Buena Vista, this hidden retreat is 5 minutes to Wake Forest University, Downtown, Old Salem, Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods. Walk to the funky Airstream for your morning coffee, to a romantic candlelit dinner next door and explore tree-lined streets with charming historic homes built during Winston-Salem's tobacco heyday. You'll be close to all the action and after a fun day exploring, turn on the magical twinkle lights and get cozy in your private hideaway infused with a playful dose of 007...

In the most beautiful neighborhood in our city, the location makes an ideal base whether you're exploring Winston-Salem, touring area wineries or furniture shopping in High Point. It's a comfy hangout for Wake Forest events, UNCSA performances, romantic escapes, family visits, wedding weekends & girls getaways.


+ You'll feel comfortable & at home here, where modern comforts blend with one-of-a-kind pieces. With over 1200 square feet, there's room to spread out, relax & take it easy.

+ Enjoy a glass of wine or two in the cozy kitchen with a gas fireplace

+ Wrap up in a soft throw on the comfy sofas and indulge in a good movie binge on the large Smart TV with cable and access to Netflix, Amazon Prime TV & Hulu (don't forget those passwords). Watch James Bond clips on YouTube or jam out to your favorite musicians...Carly's NoBody Does it Better anyone?

+ A long hallway separates the bedrooms creating extra privacy. The en suite bathrooms off each bedroom are perfect for couples or families traveling together. There's James Bond’s luxurious master suite with sexy cheetah carpet and Miss Moneypenny’s serene boudoir that looks out at the pretty Magnolia tree.

+ Ease into your morning with coffee on the patio when the weather is warm or curl up on one of the comfy sofas in the den with 3 sides of windows surrounded by trees.

+ Order takeout for dinner or whip up a tasty meal in the inviting kitchen with a cool skylight. Well-equipped with a Krups coffee maker, Bodum French press, Chantal tea kettle, Cuisinart stainless steel cookware, toaster oven, dishwasher, stove, microwave & fridge with water filter. There's also a Lodge cast iron grill pan for easy indoor grilling on the stovetop.

+ For your comfort, we provide high speed internet - wi-fi, cotton linens, bedding, plush towels, organic coffee, hair dryers, an iron with full size ironing board, shampoo, yoga mats, washer & dryer.


+ Check out the funky vintage Airstream for locally roasted coffee & baked goods. On different days food trucks set up by the Airstream & the bicycle shop. Look for Dough-Joe's for homemade doughnuts (just follow the irresistible aroma) and the bright yellow Bahtmobile for fresh Thai & Vietnamese-inspired dishes.

+ Explore one-of-a-kind bars 1/2 mile away...there's the newly opened Joymongers pub specializing in craft beers aged in barrels, West End Opera House to play some old school darts or enjoy a brew sitting out on the deck at The Tap.

+ Go for a stroll and explore the tree-lined neighborhood with its charming historic homes built during Winston-Salem's tobacco heyday (ask Cara about the castle house).

+ Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner or a classy Sunday brunch at the gourmet restaurant next door.

+ On a sunny day check out the interesting home goods shops 1/2 mile away and stop by the homemade gelato shop for a tasty afternoon pick-me-up.

+ Check out the cool farm in the middle of the city. Say hello to the farm animals, pick up some local produce. Strawberries in May and explore the pumpkin patch in October (a great photo op).

+ Sample infused honey at Urban Colony Store's “honey bar." We love the bourbon & chocolate infused honeys. The building used to be a pharmacy back in the day when they had soda fountains.

+ If you're up for an adventure, walk to The Porch Cantina for fresh Tex-Mex fare, try their margarita flights, play some corn hole, then drop on over to Hoot's Roller Bar & Beer Company.

+ Head on over to historic Hanes Park to play some tennis. We've got 2 rackets in the cottage for you.



What a pleasurable experience it has been! Cara greeted us warmly and proudly showed us around. There were flowers in the kitchen and the fireplace glowed in the corner. The accommodations were that of a 5-star hotel. Thick bath towels, comfortable beds, absolutely perfect! The eclectic decorating is wonderful. We look forward to our next stay here.


Liza - Denver, CO

Best place we have ever stayed!


Twila - Tybee Island, GA

What a magical home. Even though you are minutes from most anywhere you'd need to go, the home is tucked back in the property with lots of privacy. My favorite thing to do was to open all the blinds in the living room area and watch the leaves on the trees blow. The home is decorated well. Not to feminine. Not to masculine. Very comfortable and cozy. We loved the James Bond theme. Let's talk about cleanliness.... We own a housekeeping business that includes cleaning vacation rentals. The first thing I'm going to notice is how clean the property is and all the little details it has to offer for incoming guests. If I could give the James Bond cottage 10 stars I would! Far exceeded my expectations!! Not only was there not a speck of dust anywhere but beds were made perfect and towels were nice and fluffy. I'm a cook and the kitchen was also stocked with everything I needed. Dan and Cara greeted us with warmth and kindness. They went above and beyond to answer any questions and helped us in any way we needed. We can't thank them enough for their generous hospitality. We will definitely be back, again and again.



Beautiful little house, secluded yet convenient to downtown. Bedrooms and bathrooms are luxurious, and I felt as if I wanted to move right in. Highly recommended. I travel frequently, domestically and internationally, and this house was one of the nicest houses in which I have stayed.

More Details

Property Manager
Cara & Dan
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Cara & Dan

Hi, We're Cara & Dan. We’re your hosts and live in the front cottage with our Lassie-look-alike Mr. Parker. We look forward to welcoming you to our cozy compound in the woods. Cara is a pillow designer and hostess for our 'Don't Worry Beach Happy' condo in North Myrtle Beach (VRBO #1325064), 'The Wimbledon Cottage', 'The Basement Bungalow' and Free Spirit Getaways. Dan is 6' 5" so not surprising, a high school basketball coach. When you arrive, we are on hand to welcome you (unless we're on an adventure) and help you during your stay. We are respectful of your privacy and happy to answer questions and offer suggestions about dining, shopping and places to see in our city. Your quarters are in the Hidden Cottage, a fully self-contained spacious 1200 square foot apartment with a private entrance. You have 2 convenient parking spaces in the front with additional parking available if needed.

Why Cara & Dan chose Winston-Salem

Stay in a charming authentic Southern cottage complete with a Magnolia tree by the patio. Located in the upscale Buena Vista/Reynolda Historic District. Spanish for “beautiful view" here we give it a Southern twist and pronounce it—Byoo-Na Vista. It is the most beautiful neighborhood in our city.

In case you haven't noticed, Cara's favorite Bond is Roger Moore. Since the cottage is hidden in the woods in the middle of town, we thought it’d be just the kind of pad 007 would hang-out in if he had spy biz in Winston-Salem, ha! With a playful nod to 007, it's an inviting, fun place to stay.

The neighborhood was designed as a tree-lined haven in the middle of a bustling city & the first homes were built in 1915. Fun Fact: The neighborhood became a showplace for some of the most popular American architects of the 20th century—most notably, Charles Barton Keen, a favorite of wealthy tobacco & textile families. He designed our treasured Reynolda House for Katharine & R.J. Reynolds, which is a 5 minute drive from the cottage.

What makes this cottage unique

We love this neighborhood. The Hidden cottage makes an ideal base for exploring our city. The location is fantastic, you're just minutes to basically everything. You'll get a real feel for what it's like to live here and you'll have fun discovering our local neighborhood spots.

Before, we lived downtown but prefer this location because it’s the best of both worlds...the cottage is tucked away and secluded and yet we're close to great restaurants, shops & sights. One of our favorite perks is being able to walk to the Airstream for the best coffee in town!

If you're a runner, you can head out of the driveway and hit the pavement; there's so many different routes to take (and some challenging hills). Or go on a leisurely stroll and explore the interesting architecture.

We're close to some cool vintage furniture & home goods shops. Do some shopping and then pop in the homemade gelato shop for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Publix & Harris Teeter grocery stores are an easy 5 minute drive away. On Saturdays from April to November, you can check out the organic farmer's market.


Winston-Salem Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • James Bond's en suite bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Miss Moneypenny's Bath - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • James Bond Suite - 1 queen
    Miss Moneypenny's Boudoir - 1 queen
    Sofa - Sleeps 1 on comfy Henredon sofa in the den
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
We are happy to personalize your stay by making reservations and arranging activities. We can book a relaxing massage and you never have to leave the cottage. Ask us about our Grocery Pick-up service. Simply send your grocery list and we will do all of your shopping for you.


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The James Bond Hidden Cottage -Cozy Getaway By Wake Forest University & Downtown
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews


  • 5 of 5

All sorts of YAY for the James Bond Cottage!

The cottage was charming, had everything we needed, and was as described. It was also seemingly only a 10-minute car ride from all our activities.

Cara is a wonderful host, very attentive and helpful. Communication was fast and easy. There was even a lovely bottle of wine waiting for us on arrival.

We will definitely stay at the James Bond Cottage next time we are in Winston-Salem.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is my second time to stay here and certainly not my last. The cottage is comfortable, clean, well stocked and the perfect place to relax after a long day. Cara is the ultimate hostess and it goes without saying that we love Parker.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Better than home!!!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is lovely. Kitchen was complete with everything you need for a multi-day stay. Master bedroom was large with plenty of space in the closet for all of our clothes. Master bath has a great soaking tub and marble shower. 2nd bed/bath was just perfect for our son. There's lots of room to lounge around in the family room. We made this trip because our son was moving to WS. Cara was incredibly helpful. She not only provided restaurant recommendations but did research on an apartment. We've already booked our return trip in November.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you need is provided! Cara is delightful!

  • 5 of 5

Close to the University and other areas to explore.

The home was perfect for a family of 4!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Morris County, NJ


  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend!!! lol If you are holistic minded, have sensitivities to fragrances and toxic cleaning products as I do then this is your place! I have a severe cat allergy and only slightly lesser dog allergy and usually stay away from places that allow animals but the property is spotless and had no real issue. The hosts are warm and friendly and most accommodating and paid attention to every detail! This is the absolute BEST property on Home Away, not another that comes close! Thanks Dan and Cara!

💜Patty and Rocky

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Sequim, Washington


  • 5 of 5

Over the years we have used VRBO a lot. This Cottage is the best provisioned place, Cara should teach other owners/property management companies how to equip a home. This Cottage is in a great location close to town but very quiet, with lots of trees around it's tucked in the back of the main house. The layout is perfect for 2 couples, everyone has their privacy, it has more than enough dishes, glasses etc. Cara has spices, salt & pepper, sugar and more, many rolls of toilet paper and paper towels. She cares about your stay, making sure their is nothing you need however, you have complete privacy, we would absolutely stay there again and highly recommend the James Bond cottage and the best host..Cara.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Piedmont Triad International Airport - Greensboro
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Joymongers, West End Opera House & The Tap
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nice courses - Pilot Knob Park & Oak Hollow
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Business 40
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
1703 fine dining (Next Door),Carmine's & The Porch
Car: recommended

You're close to all the main attractions....a 5 minute drive to the main campus of Wake Forest University, Downtown, Graylyn conference center , Reynolda House & Museums and 5 minutes to Whole Foods, Publix, Trader Joe's & Harris Teeter grocery stores. It's an easy 10 minute drive to Old Salem & North Carolina School of the Arts. Historic Hanes Park is 1/2 mile away with tennis courts and a playground.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $150
Cleaning fee $65

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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