“Host Your Own” Program Packages


We encourage writers, readers and other creative artists to consider booking Doe Branch facilities to host their own workshop and retreat activities. We can provide turn-key services to meet your lodging and catering needs, while you pursue your creative passions.


We can match accommodations to your needs: The Vermillion Guest House includes five bedrooms, a sleeping loft and adjacent bunk house and can accommodate 10-12 people. The recently renovated historic Schoolhouse cabin is close by and includes three bedrooms and an adjacent bunk house. The Schoolhouse accommodates 6 to 8 people. Taken together, the two houses can accommodate up to 20 people.

The houses are connected by both road and walking path, just a few minutes by car or fifteen minutes by foot. Both houses and other areas of the property include indoor and outdoor meeting areas for larger groups to gather, dine, or hold readings and other performances.

catered MEALS

For years we have provided healthy, delicious catered meals from the Zuma cafe in downtown Marshall. We can arrange catering for your hosted events, allowing you and your guests to focus on the creative work at hand. Zuma will develop your custom menu in advance and can accommodate most dietary restrictions. We require Zuma catering for six or more guests.


Let us quote you a price based on your lodging and catering needs. The base nightly rental fee for the Vermillion House is $300.00 plus NC tax. The nightly rental for the Schoolhouse is $200.00 plus NC tax. We will discount these fees for Host Your Own workshops depending on volume and length of stay. Zuma’s catering cost is typically $35 per person per day but will depend on menu choices and workshop duration.



Year-round with notice


Group Sizes from 2 to 20

Catering service optional

Private and relaxing setting

Pricing upon request