You know that Food Network show “Unique Eats”, right? Well, if the network producers decided to start a new series focusing on unique lodging amenities, I’d nominate Small B & B, Pittsboro’s newest bed and breakfast, for the premiere episode.
Once a Methodist parsonage, Small B & B has been repurposed into a charming bed and breakfast, with attached cafe, and is located conveniently within a short walk of Pittsboro’s center and historic downtown.
The innkeepers/owners, Dave Clark and Lisa Piper, moved to Pittsboro from Minnesota where they operated a cafe and participated in their local farmers’ market selling baked goods and beverages. In Chatham County, Dave and Lisa found abundant access to local food sources that comprise the hearty breakfast and lunch menu items served in the cafe.
Hungry diners will find a satisfying breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Saturday, as well as Sunday brunch. True to its name, the counter service cafe has a small, yet cozy dining area, warmed by wood paneling salvaged from the home’s original interior. Daily menus are posted on chalk boards and include “wild card” options that change frequently and seasonally.
For visitors planning an overnight stay in the area, Small B & B’s “Guest Cottage” unit takes reservations currently. The free-standing cottage offers spacious accommodations with two beds, sitting area, private bath and a kitchenette. At the time of my visit, the guest cottage was occupied (you can find pictures and more information about the cottage at the website link). But there’s more to come, in two distinctive units soon to be available.
The corrugated metal buildings, designed by a UNC Charlotte professor of architecture as part of a traveling art exhibit, rest in their new permanent location at the wood’s edge behind the main house and cafe. The horizontal unit (on the right in the above picture) is the “Woodshed”. Once you step inside, you gain an appreciation for the name.
The wood paneling on the interior walls comes from trees felled in the April 2011 tornado that struck in Lee County. Slate tiles mingle with hard woods to cover the floors. Industrial fixtures in the bathroom and on the bathroom door echo the exterior metal walls and roof. Speaking of that roof, imagine how cozy a rainy night might feel, under the quilt, listening to gentle tones created by falling raindrops. Bliss.
The second unit, dubbed the “Treehouse”, is a more vertical two-story structure (to the left of the “Woodshed”) and I hate that my picture doesn’t include the full height of the tree visitors will discover inside. Just imagine another foot or so of branches extending beyond the top edge of the photo below.
The full height of the “Treehouse” is sixteen feet and includes a loft/deck area that will be accessible via an interior ladder and exterior spiral staircase once the unit is complete. The inlaid tree over the bed impresses. But take a look at the sliding bathroom door (a work of art still in process at the time I took the picture). Gorgeous, isn’t it?
Both the Woodshed and the Treehouse have private full baths and large windows allowing natural light to permeate the space. Small B & B is both kid friendly and pet friendly (nice features for families and pet owners). And in case you don’t have pets of your own, one of three resident cats will be happy to fill the pet void for you.
Small B & B’s focus on reuse, sustainability and artful accents fit perfectly in the Pittsboro community. The owner’s welcoming and friendly nature will surely draw repeat renters to their unique accommodations, as their food does for the cafe. The growing list of activities, festivals, shops, wineries, food tours and even a nano-brewery in greater Chatham County make it more tempting than ever to spend an extra long weekend exploring the area.
Be certain to visit the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau website for complete details about upcoming events and venues to plan your next (or maybe your first) visit to Chatham County. Then contact Small B & B to make that reservation for a comfy place to rest your head at the end of a fun-filled day.