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Peaceful Garden Retreat W 4 Br, 4 Acres & Privacy, 13 Min. To Duke

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,850 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 2850 Sf Peaceful Cottage W/Hot Tub, Massage Chair, Trails, Privacy

"Like walking into a hug!" GardenSpirit Guesthouse is a peaceful garden retreat with complete privacy, but with easy access to Duke, downtown Durham, interstates and shopping.

Nestled into part of a 10-acre estate of towering pines and crystal blue skies, GardenSpirit is a light-filled, 2850 sf spacious cottage w/ 3 kings, 2 XL twins, sunroom, massage chair, meditation paths, gardens & hot tub.

The house was originally designed as a women's garden retreat center so the furnishings are soft, pastel and charming - perfect for a girls' weekend, family reconnection, writing retreat and/or soul renewal. Great place to stay if you're in town for a wedding or graduation (and we would even consider hosting a very small wedding and reception with advanced approval). Even business travelers will feel at home here, with fast internet access and desks in each bedroom.

The house is private but it is located within an established residential neighborhood. Folks are friendly (you'll see more people walking their dogs than cars) and the neighborhood is safe. To reassure you further, the house is protected by a monitored alarm system and external video surveillance (it helps us keep track of who's on site when no one has booked the house).

There are four bedrooms, one on the main level and three upstairs.

"Carolina on My Mind" (aka 'the yellow bedroom') is on the first floor and has a king sized bed, comfy quilts and antique dresser, updated for you. In the closet find extra pillows and blankets. Each room has an accurate atomic clock with USB charger.

The first floor bath, next door to the bedroom, has an oversized vanity with one sink, lots of storage and a generous shower with a shelf for your shampoo. The shower is a step-in with safety grab bars.

"Once in a Blue Room" is the master suite at the top of the stairs. Double the size of the other bedrooms, this oasis has a private bath with two sinks and vanities (in true 1980s style one of the vanities is just outside the bathroom (what were they thinking?). The colors are soft (periwinkle blue) and the comforter and blankets even softer. The room is accented by bright yellow awning stripes on the privacy curtain and shades. Brand new furniture in this room including a computer desk with convenient top side outlets, and nightstands with pull-out shelves. Behind the bookshelf divider is a lovely hand-painted garden themed armoire.

The master bath has a shower/tub combo, loads of fluffy towels and cheerful yellow rugs.

The "magical midnight" massage room also lives inside this room - we converted the master closet to a evening-like experience complete with stars. Recline in the chair and let yourself relax ....ahhhhh.

"Tickled Pink" is the smallest bedroom, which faces the private back yard/forest. A wicker desk offers a place to jot down your thoughts. There are two brand new nightstands and a luggage rack. Overhead is a new ceiling fan operated from a wall switch. This room has a king bed with a firm mattress. If someone in your group needs a little extra back support, this is the bed for him or her.

"In the Limelight" is a bright bedroom that overlooks the front gardens and has two XL twin beds dressed with Lauren Conrad comforters. There is a ceiling fan and a screen to provide privacy to occupants of both beds. Sit a spell at the rattan desk and gather your thoughts.

"Tickled Pink" and "In the Limelight" are served by the hall bathroom, a mere 10 steps away. The bath has a brand new double vanity, new twinkly overhead lights and a tub/shower combo.

Though the house and grounds are generous, GardenSpirit is not the place for a big party. Only registered guests are welcome to use the facilities (hot tub, massage chair, etc.). And the house is a non-smoking place to hang out - it's a medical necessity for the owners.

We honor quiet hours from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am so that you sleep well and undisturbed. You might hear the hoot of an owl or the rustle of a squirrel (those darned rascals steal the birdseed!). And during the day, you'll be entertained by the antics of tiny hummingbirds, flashy cardinals and gorgeous bluebirds (we feed them all). Best of all is the frequent appearance of a momma deer and her fawn, frolicking in the woods or occasionally you’ll catch a glimpse of a red fox. There is a neighborhood unicyclist who rides by the house every day but he zips past in a flash so you might miss him.

You might like to visit the Purple Treehouse with some very happy children. Next to it is a sturdy “airplane” teeter totter which has been known to accommodate big and little humans. And the hammock is just behind the treehouse, so you can take 10 and gaze into the leafy canopy of trees. There are park benches placed strategically throughout the forest for contemplation and relaxation.

If you prefer to stay inside, the 60" flatscreen is full of delights - Netflix, Hulu, all cable channels and HBO. The Roku is already signed on to our account and the DVD player is simple to use. The internet is fast and dependable and we have VOiP phone service, but there aren't many phones - don't want to interrupt your reverie.

Of course, it's always nice to curl up with with a good book/Kindle in the cozy living room or sun room - there are lots of regular books on the shelves, including a couple by the Rogglis. If you have children, you might want to rent the Creative Cottage during your stay for a small additional fee - art supplies galore and no worries about spills.

All in all, GardenSpirit is a place to settle in and feel “at home away from home.”

More Details

Linda Roggli
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

About Linda Roggli

"I wasn't born in Durham but I got here as fast as I could!" Which means 1986 for me, a life coach for ADHD women, and 1980 for my husband, a Duke pathologist.

For the last 25 years, we have traveled the world together so we know the good, the bad and the ugly. We captured the best at GardenSpirit: immaculate, relaxing, quiet, spacious, convenient. It's a little slice of Southern heaven on par with pimento cheese and NC BBQ!

We've visited 19 countries - much of Europe, Australia, Japan, South America and the US, of course. One of my favorite trips was to jolly old England to see Stonehenge, Shakespeare's home and Gravetye Manor. I also love Amsterdam and the Greek islands. On my bucket list - the pyramids in Egypt and the watery streets of Venice.

Sounds crazy, but when I'm not heading for the airport, I prefer to stay inside "the compound" at home.I love spending precious time with my husband and two beloved Shelties (Milli and Sophie). Hey, when you live and work inside a retreat, it's easy to simply enjoy life right here, right now.

Linda Roggli purchased this house in 2006

Why Linda Roggli chose Durham

Why did we buy this house? The view from the vaulted sunroom sold us instantly. It's magnificent! And the fact that the house sits on several acres of NC forests (and the fact that it's 90 seconds from our personal residence).

We built our home in 1993 so have watched the changes in ownership at what we now call GardenSpirit. When we moved in, GardenSpirit was unpainted - natural wood that darkened and looked pretty horrible, to be honest. Then a new owner painted it a pastel green (not the most attractive) which was its color when we bought it in 2006.

Since then, we have transformed the outside - dumped tandem truck loads of dirt in the front yard to level it, got rid of the circular drive and plant flower gardens. The back yard was reshaped, too, with an expanded deck, new patio, sturdy bridge and new plantings. The first thing we bought for the house was a hot tub, but it took three tries to get it leveled and in place. Whew! Glad it worked out - a nice place to relax.

We knew the paths in the back yard were the key to enjoying the property, so our landscape guys spent hundreds of hours hauling Chapel Hill gravel back to the far reaches of the property. Now, it's a forest oasis and a place we still love to walk, and share with you.

It's been a long transformation, but we believe GardenSpirit is a magical place to stay and enjoy. Now that you know a bit of the history, we think you'll appreciate it even more.

What makes this house unique

Whimsical, comfy decorating, soft blankets, spectacular views and peace...lots of peace. Meditation paths are perfect for an early morning stroll (or run if you have a lot of energy). But sitting on the deck watching the wildlife is as good as it gets if you're looking for calm and relaxation.

We are a National Wildlife Refuge so there are deer, squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks, foxes and birds everywhere. We do our part to maintain the bluebird population by tending to bluebird nesting boxes and providing mealworms and suet. The hummingbirds return here in May and depart in early October and we enjoy them while they flit here and there (dive bombing each other!).

Designed originally as a women's garden retreat center, GardenSpirit definitely has a feminine vibe, great for girl's weekends or reunions. The painters (men) who painted the stairs nearly revolted against the purple ballusters, but they got over it. Male visitors are a bit taken aback by the frills but quickly settle into the soft comfort of the house.

The nice thing about the house and grounds is the choice to gather together or spend some time apart. Three separate living areas inside and dozens of benches and seating groups outside are perfect for conversation or quiet reflection.

Most folks visit the labyrinth, located through the gate (we fence our 5-acre yard to keep the dogs corralled). Just follow the Butterfly Path to reach the 60', seven circuit labyrinth (some guidance about labyrinths is provided). A beautiful way to start or end your day at GardenSpirit.

Though GardenSpirit is far from the 'madding crowd,' it is pretty close to everything else - Duke, shopping, Interstate 85, movies, museums, great restaurants all within a 15-minute drive. A nice launching point for activities and a nice place to come "home" to at the end of the day.


Durham House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • First floor bath - toilet , shower , The bath serves the public areas as well as first floor BR
    Second floor hall bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , This bath has double sinks and plenty of towels
    Master bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , There are 2 sinks, one inside the bath, one outside the bath
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Tickled Pink - 1 king , Tickled Pink is at the top of the stairs and shares a bath
    Carolina on My Mind - 1 king , "Carolina on My Mind" is a first floor bedroom
    "Once in a Blue Room" - 1 king , "Once in a Blue Room" is the master suite.
    "In the Limelight" - 2 twin/ single , "The green bedroom" is light and airy with two XL twins
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
The 7-circuit Cretan labyrinth is a favorite of our guests. And the paths cut through all the properties are relaxing and calming. A peek inside the Twinkling Purple Treehouse is always fun (big enough for adults and kids) and the huge hot tub is an all-time hit. Walking the neighborhood is safe and enjoyable. Easy access to Duke, downtown and tourist attractions like Bennett Place, Duke Homestead and the Museum of Life and Science (great for kids and adults). A guidebook is provided with up-to-the-minute activities, festivals and performances in the Triangle. DPAC (the Durham Performing Arts Center) attracts Broadway stage plays and major recording artists and entertainers.


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Geln Ellyn, IL

Lovely accommodations, gorgeous landscaping, a host who's thought of everything!

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful time at this lovely home. The rooms are colorful and uplifting, and the spacious, wonderful sun room at the back of the house has an enormous gorgeous sectional on which everyone can relax. The host has left lots of helps around the house so it's easy to figure everything out. The piece de resistance is the land - a beautiful, magical forest of pine trees with a fire pit, trails, psychedelic-colored REAL mushrooms, playhouses for children, wonderful landscaping, and just lots of places to sit and enjoy. We loved it and would like to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to welcome you and your family to GardenSpirit. Thanks for the kudos -- we work hard to make it a special place and appreciate it when guests notice. Although, I admit I had nothing to do with the color of those mushrooms outside LOL! Come back any time.
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The property was great! Very relaxing and enjoyed my stay!

  • 5 of 5

The property was very nice and had multiple things to do. Very relaxing. Enjoyed the weekend! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house and very helpful owner - just a perfect experience.

  • 5 of 5

The house was just perfect for our family and the property was unbelievable - trails in the woods, great bird watching and peaceful privacy.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our stay at Peaceful Garden! Linda was a wonderful hostess and the facility is just gorgeous! We knew we were in Durham but felt like we were out in the woods miles away. We are thinking about coming back for just our own retreat sometime next year! Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So thrilled to have you here -- and the door is always open to you all! Many blessings!
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Perfect Location for Women Visiting Duke or Durham

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect location for our group of women attending the Duke Women's Weekend in February 2018! The house and property are even better than the descriptions and pictures show. There are 3 king beds and 2 twin beds. The house (including the kitchen) is stocked with everything you could need. There is plenty of parking, wifi and cable. The location is very convenient to visiting Duke University and Durham. I am sure that we will be staying there again in the future. Thanks Linda!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great group of women! Loved hosting them and would welcome them back any time - especially in the spring when the flowers are in full bloom! Hugs and much appreciation for your thoughtful care of GardenSpirit.
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Everything perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Linda is a caring, great hostess for this wonderful home. Very well stocked, beautifully decorated and location is great

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU)
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Amtrak station, Durham
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Bennett Pointe Grille - best flounder anywhere
Nearest Beach
168 Miles
Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington NC
Car: necessary

Duke University (with Duke Gardens and Duke Chapel) is just 13 minutes from GardenSpirit Guesthouse. The amazing NC Museum of Life and Science is wonderful for children of all ages (don't forget to buy tickets to ride the micro-train!). Hiking on the Eno River trails is always a treat and there are three locations nearby (if you have a canoe, it's a great place to paddle, too).

Funky shopping on 9th Street in Durham, nestled next to Duke East Campus (good restaurants too).There are shopping centers at Northgate (fair selection) and Southpoint (Nordstrom, Macy's, Belk, Sephora, Chico's) and outlet shopping toward Burlington (Tanger Outlets). There are movie theaters in Durham but the BEST movie experience ever is in Chapel Hill at Silver Spot Cinemas - make reservations for dinner AND reserve your oversized seats inside the theater - plus lounge chairs and footstools if you sit in the front row. Clean, progressive and great movies. While you're in Chapel Hill visit the University of North Carolina and the NC Botanical Gardens. Franklin Street is the equivalent of Durham's 9th Street shopping.

Food ? Durham is internationally acclaimed for its fabulous restaurants, both downtown and in the 'burbs. You'll need to drive, but every bite is worth it (we list our favorites and reviews in the GardenSpirit Welcome Book). Try Toast, Slice, Nana's (my fave) or for fun, Locopops!

The downtown scene is hopping in Durham. Nightlife, great restaurants, boutique shopping and many festivals where you can dance in the streets! A newly revived downtown attracts new residents from all over the country (there is a housing boom in Durham at the moment).

The best thing about GardenSpirit, however, is GardenSpirit. It's a place to rest, relax, renew your soul, listen to the birds, watch the silly squirrels, and walk more than a mile of gravel meditation paths. You might catch a glimpse of our shy fox; but the friendly deer and their fawns visit daily. Walk the 7-circuit Cretan labyrinth located on the owners private property (just call beforehand so we can quiet our two Shelties). And enjoy the gardens - always something in bloom.

Of course the hot tub loves to be used and is big, warm and inviting. The Purple Treehouse is popular with children and big people alike (it's large enough for two adults with lounge chairs). The little creek that runs behind the house is charming, too - watch the babbling brook from the sturdy bridge or get closer on the rocks.

Quiet, calm, friendly - GardenSpirit is just what the doctor ordered. And speaking of doctors, Durham is a renowned medical oasis with world famous Duke Hospital and surrounding clinics.

Let's face it, the Triangle isn't a huge tourist destination - no glitzy casinos or ocean views. It's just a nice place to visit, relax, eat some great food, dig into the downtown scene, visit Duke, take a trip to Raleigh or Chapel Hill and enjoy yourself. Ahhhh....isn't that what life is all about?


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Insurance $59
Refundable Damage Deposit $400

Though spacious, GardenSpirit cannot accept more than 8 guests. The only exception is for an infant or small child who sleeps in a portable crib that will fit in the master bedroom.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.