Rustic off-grid country cabin of the tiny house variety. Beautiful views. Quiet, peaceful valley. Built on the site of a pioneer homestead! 170 acres of private land and two miles of navigable Buffalo Creek to enjoy. Two comfortable beds - one queen, one double. (Extra guests may tent beside the creek for $10/night/person). Stay three or more nights and receive either a jar of our delicious redbud jelly, a bottle of maple syrup, fresh eggs from our chickens, or some fresh garden vegetables.
Stay in a work of art! Handcrafted cabin built from solid cherry, oak, maple, and poplar hardwoods cut and milled by us on our farm. Quiet, relaxing, private, inspiring. These are some words that describe your unique retreat on Redbud Hill Farm. You don't have to be an artist to rent the cabin, but we guarantee you will leave with your creative batteries recharged and a renewed sense of focus and inspiration. This non-smoking cabin sits 2/3 mile from our home through the woods on the edge of a 40 acre field that borders Buffalo Creek. A new 400 watt solar system with 24 volt battery bank provides decent electricity for lights and small appliances - depending on sunshine. Very clean outhouse. Secluded and private, with a lot of charm. All built by us out of wood salvaged from trees on our farm and processed into lumber on our sawmill.
If you like to camp, without the hassle and hardship, you will enjoy having a tidy cabin, two comfortable beds, indoor kitchen, a full porch, and a setting all to yourself. There is no refrigerator, so you will need to bring a cooler for your food. There is a wonderful old-time country store 1 mile away where you can purchase ice, food, and other supplies. We supply all basic cookware, propane, and utensils. You can have a campfire, hike the trails, look for arrowheads in the fields - (yes, they are there!), birdwatch - kingfishers, ducks, geese, turkeys, bluebirds, even a nesting pair of bald eagles that live on our adjacent property one mile away, canoe, kayak, or swim Buffalo Creek - depending on water levels, or enjoy some smallmouth bass fishing.
PETS ARE WELCOME - Please see our pet policy under "Other things to note."
Some amenities include a campfire pit, porch, propane stove for cooking, basic dishes and cooking supplies. If you need something, we can get it for you. Our farm is called "Redbud Hill Farm" because of all of the beautiful redbuds that bloom around our property during the spring, which we make into delicious jelly! We invite you to hike the trails on the property through woods and fields. You can also enjoy our 2 mile private access to Buffalo Creek for fishing, swimming, canoeing, or skipping stones. We have a lot of wildlife to observe, including bald eagles, blue herons, whitetail deer, wild turkeys, grouse, rabbits, foxes, and birds of all kinds. You will hear coyotes yipping at night, but they are very reclusive and are not a threat to humans.
Hunting privileges do not come with the cabin rental. Also, no discharge of firearms without permission.
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We have raised seven children. Two are still at home. The older ones have ventured all over the world, sometimes living for extended periods in countries like Spain, Mexico, Cyprus, Morocco, France, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Japan, Costa Rica, South Korea, and Bahrain. We like to meet interesting, adventurous people who love life, the arts, traveling, and generally being nice people. This is a place for quiet reflection and artistic pursuits, not a party shack to make a lot of noise and mess. We will be happy to get you situated and make your stay as pleasant as possible. Our daughter Rosalie was named one of two 2016 West Virginia Emerging Artists of the Year, and some of her work can be found around the cabin, as well as works from Jim and other artists. This quote from Thoreau's 'Walden' is a good way to begin thinking about your time here:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”
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The cabin has a loft with a comfortable queen inner-spring mattress. There is also a high quality solid wood full-size futon with an extremely comfortable double mattress that easily sleeps two.
The one room cabin is insulated, clean and comfortable. It has beautiful oak and maple flooring, and black cherry ceiling, and white pine walls, milled from logs on our sawmill. There is a nice wooden kitchen table and chairs in front of a picture window for you to catch sight of some deer, turkeys, fox, or even a bald eagle. A small woodstove provides heat for warmth or cooking. The kitchen is inside the cabin, with a sink, supplies, propane stovetop and counter space.
Make no mistake, this is a rustic, secluded experience. The outhouse is about 50 feet from the cabin. We provide toilet paper and hand sanitizer. We are still working on a water system, so you will need to bring bottled water for drinking. We will provide well water for cooking, showers, and cleaning.
PET POLICY - Pets are great. We have pets. We love pets. But some of our guests have severe pet dander allergies (not to mention a dislike for pet smells, fleas, and ticks), so we don't allow pets to spend any time in the cabins. Pets are welcome to stay on the porch or outside the cabin. ALSO, your pet is completely your responsibility. You will be living in the woods with wild animals, such as raccoons, opossums, foxes, etc., that your pet may encounter if not kept close to you or on a leash. Your pet may also feel the call of the wild and run off (though we have not lost any yet). It will be your responsibility to take care of your pet and make sure it is safe. Our pets know our property and run free, so don't ask us to tie up our pets. Bringing your pet with you is one of the perks of staying with us, but you will need to do whatever it takes to keep your pet under control and safe. Some people bring pet carriers, leashes, or run lines. We have pet carriers available for you to use as a temporary house for your pet if you need one.
This is a rustic, off-grid, tiny house experience complete with solar panels, wood stove, propane stovetop, queen inner-spring mattress in the loft, and other basic amenities. You will need to bring your own food and drinking water. We can provide some water for washing and cooking.
Please read our descriptions thoroughly. This is kind of like camping, but with a really nice, comfortable cabin instead of a tent. Electricity is by a 400 watt solar system, which is fairly strong for lighting and small appliances, but is completely dependent on sunshine. If it is cold you may need to split your own wood and keep a fire going in the wood stove. The outhouse is clean, but unheated. We just built a new outdoor shower. Pictures coming soon! We keep the cabin very clean, but you may encounter some typical camping type bugs and animals, such as beetles, spiders, chipmunks, or the occasional mouse.
The property (170 acres), is yours to explore for the duration of your stay. This is not a party house. We ask that you respect the buildings and the surroundings and leave things as you find them. Tidying up at the end of your stay is appreciated. Fires should be contained in the wood stove or fire pit. No smoking inside the cabin.
You may need to hike 2/3 mile to the cabin, depending on road conditions. We can also haul you and your stuff to the cabin with our atv. There is a nice comfortable queen mattress in the loft, and a high quality double bed futon on the main living area. Most people bring their own sheets, pillowcases and towels, or we can provide these for a $20 fee to be paid when you arrive.
Pets are allowed to wander off-leash as long as they are well-behaved, not biters, and play well with Dixie the Wonderdog. She is generally very good with friendly dogs, but will bristle at unfriendly dogs. Pets are allowed on the porch of the cabin, but we ask that they not be brought into the living area.
We are reasonable and won't stick you with additional costs unless something is truly damaged and needs to be repaired or replaced, eg., broken window, slashed screen, etc. So far we have not had any damages to the property.