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Newly Renovated Retreat

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom Apartment With Private Driveway

This used to be my photography studio until I retired in 2014. My wife and I had always talked about setting up some form of B&B so converting this over to a private getaway with bells and whistles seemed like the perfect solution. Although I have a no refund policy, if you notify me 90 days out from reservation, I will refund your funds. Less than 90 days, if I can re-book the property, I will refund your funds at that time.

We also just received the distinction of being rated as the No. 1 rated VRBO in this marketplace out of 466 homes. This rating was based on the metrics of 5-Star reviews, no complaints or cancellations.

This unit has it's own private drive up and separate entrance. The retreat has an outside deck that faces towards the West and a private yard that sets the scene for some great sunsets. Once you're settled into the retreat, it is very private and for 7 or 8 months out of the year, you can't see any homes from this property and nobody can see in to invade your space. We are also far enough away from the city that it's not unusual to see deer, hawks,foxes, possums, feral cats and other sorts of wild life that roam the property freely. The property is also set up with multiple bird feeders, and when sitting on the deck it's quite entertaining, especially watching the squirrels trying to figure out the feeders.

We set this unit up with the European open feel to it. Both my wife and I are into Feng Shui and we had an expert come in and walk the property before we submitted the final design. Open and spacious and breezy. Since it's part of a duplex set-up there is a set of soundproofed doors That not only separates the two sides but blocks out almost all but the unusually loud noises.

We offer a full Entertainment center with DirecTV and Showtime, HBO, Netflix,Amazon, Starz and the NFL Max program.

We were recently featured on the CBS news here in Wake County as one of the model vacation rental sites in this area as their has been quite a bit of controversy about short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods. Most people familiar with short and long-term rentals are pretty much in agreement that short-term rental properties are much better maintained and taken care of than are long-term properties. There are also many more advantages that us VRBO and Airbnb travelers like and enjoy.

We look forward to your stay with us.

tom and colette

More Details

Tom Edwards
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 16, 2018

About Tom Edwards

I came to Raleigh from Ann Arbor Michigan in 1986 and have run a photography studio (New Image Studio) in Raleigh until 2014 at which time I passed it along to my daughter.

I enjoy meeting new people and helping others get to know this area and all it has to offer.

Tom Edwards purchased this apartment in 1989

Why Tom Edwards chose Northwest Raleigh

This property was right on the edge of the city and halfway between Durham and Raleigh. It is also 10 minutes from the RDU airport. The property itself is on an acre of land and is full of wildlife including deers and Owls that keep us entertained.

What makes this apartment unique

Fully integrated entertainment center with 60' Smart TV, Directv, Netflix, showtime, HBO, Starrz, Hulu, Amazon, Pandora and a Blu-ray player with sound bar and sub-woofer. We have (2) decks and private yard with it's own driveway and parking. Everything is new as of 4/1/15. We also have a gas heated home with a whole house humidifier and an air purifier which makes for a comfortable environment.

Most of what you see when you are in or around the Retreat are woods as we are located in a secluded neighborhood where all the property owners have an acre of property


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation apartment rental in Northwest Raleigh, North Carolina

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Bookings canceled at least 90 days before the start of the stay will receive a 100% refund. Less days will receive refund if able to rebook.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Brand new walkin glass shower with rotating shower head
  • Large bathroom with walk in shower, no edge to step over.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen bed with 12' Memory foam mattress.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
This Retreat is in a very quiet neighborhood that I had lived in for almost 30 years. The retreat is surrounded by woods and there is plenty of wildlife around. Once you have driven in you are by your selves. We have tried to think of everything that would give people a good experience here.


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Newly Renovated Retreat
average rating of 4.9423075 based on 52 reviews
Land O Lakes, FL

Beautiful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was the best VRBO I have ever stayed in. It was like a home away from home. The owners, Tom and Collette, thought of everything you would need. The kitchen was fully stocked and the convection oven was amazing! The wildlife outside was so fun to watch. TV and internet service were excellent. It was a must for me because I was working remotely the whole week. Thank you Tom and Collette for sharing your little piece of paradise with me 😊�

  • Submitted: 4-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And I finally figured out what was draining the birdfeeders… The deer… I raised it 3"....come back sometime.....
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Lovely, serene setting

  • 5 of 5

Tom and Colette have thought of everything to make your stay perfect. The neighborhood is quiet, the birds are singing, my Corgi enjoyed regular jaunts through the streets. You won’t be disappointed!

  • Submitted: 17-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The most amazing property

  • 5 of 5

The photos do not do justice to this amazing property. It is simply stunning, and probably the most beautiful vrbo we have ever stayed in. The living area was filled with light, and all of the furniture was so comfortable. We had never seen so many entertainment options available via the TV. There is a nice deck suitable for drinking coffee or wine. The owner was very friendly and even loaned us a portable chair since we had forgotten to bring our own (we were in the area for a swim meet). He also provided well informed advice on local restaurants. We would definitely book this property if we are in the area again.

  • Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Blissful and relaxing retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The place was clean and had everything we needed. The host was friendly and made sure our stay was comfortable. We were truly able to relax in this place surrounded by nature. Great for birdwatching!

  • Submitted: 14-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, in a peaceful neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

Tom was very responsive to help set up the rental dates, and kept in good communication during the stay. We would have preferred a few more towels Only offered 2 for 2 people staying the week), and linens in better condition.

Otherwise the was a very comfortable apartment for 2 or at most 3 people.

  • Submitted: 4-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in Raleigh!

  • 5 of 5

Owing to a little mix-up on the rental dates on the Renovated Retreat, we were delighted to be offered a stay at Tom and Colette's personal residence while they were away for the holiday. This was more than satisfactory to us.

Tom was very communicative and the home was very clean. I only wish we had time to stay longer and check out more of Raleigh. Maybe we will stay at the Retreat in the future. It was a pleasure working with our hosts!

Thank you,


  • Submitted: 1-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Wildwood Green
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
200 Miles
Boone NC
Nearest Beach
130 Miles
Wrightsville Beach
Car: recommended

We are located on the outer edge of Raleigh and close to the RDU airport. Our property is on an acre of land as are all the homes in our subdivision and it is very quiet. We have set our property up for maximum privacy with it's own driveway and parking enough for 3 cars. We have lots of wildlife that passes thru and It is not unusual to see a herd of deer passing thru as well as many birds coming to our feeders. We also have owls and hawks that are our constant companions. Recently foxes and coyotes have been seen as well as the occasional possums and raccoon..Cats roam the area during the day but not so much at night since the foxes and coyotes have come in.

We are close to grocery stores and shopping centers (1/2 mile) as well as one of the largest malls in the state.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation apartment rental in Northwest Raleigh, North Carolina

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
labor day weekend
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Long Term
Sep 3 2018 - Dec 31 2018
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee C$52.55
Refundable Damage Deposit C$656.85
Pet Fee C$131.37

Agree to the house rules and understand that we are in a neighborhood and respect what we have asked.

Owner'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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