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Secluded Tiny “Mayapple” Artist/Spiritual Retreat

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"The Mayapple" - Tiny house seclusion. Off-grid, solar cabin sits on its own hilltop, 1 mile from Bethany College in beautiful West Virginia. 170 acres of private land with two miles of beautiful Buffalo Creek to enjoy. A comfortable double bed provides an ideal slumber for one or two people. Extra guests may pitch a tent or roll out sleeping bags for $10/person/night. Pets welcome at $10/pet/night - see pet policy.

Quiet, relaxing, private, inspiring. These are some words that describe your stay at the Mayapple, a unique, tiny house hilltop retreat on Redbud Hill Farm! We guarantee you will leave with your creative batteries recharged and a renewed sense of focus and inspiration. You just won't find this kind of seclusion in most state parks or private venues. There are only two other cabins (about 1/2 mile away), on the 170 acre property that is entirely surrounded by Buffalo Creek.

This non-smoking cabin sits 1/4 mile from our home through the woods on it's own hilltop, which you will have to yourself. Solar panel provides minimal electricity. Hand pump for spring water. Very clean outhouse. Outdoor, au naturel, homemade solar bucket shower. 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 the Mayapple - a tidy cabin, a comfortable bed, a screened in porch, and a setting all to yourself. There is no refrigerator, but we can provide a cooler if you need one. 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 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 or kayak Buffalo Creek - depending on water levels , or enjoy some smallmouth bass fishing. PETS ARE WELCOME! See our pet policy under "Other things to note."

The cabin has a comfortable double bed, and suits 2 people just fine, though other guests are welcome to roll out sleeping bags inside the cabin or on the porch. (Please note: The bed is only 6’ long, so taller guests may want to stay in one of our other tiny houses.) The solar panel provides some lighting, a cell phone or laptop charge, or fan, depending on how cloudy the day is. After a sunny day some recent guests were able to run a box fan (provided) through the night. Cloudy days will provide less electricity, so you will need to conserve your electricity usage and bring some alternative light sources such as a flashlight or lantern.

The one room cabin is insulated, clean and comfortable. It has beautiful oak, maple, and cherry flooring, paneling, and cathedral ceiling - harvested and milled on our farm. There are a couple of tables and some chairs, including an antique rocking chair to read a book on the screened in porch and maybe catch sight of some deer or turkeys strolling by. A cute little Jotul Swedish woodstove provides heat for warmth or cooking. The kitchen is on the porch with a propane cooktop, a sink, supplies, and counter space.

Make no mistake, this is a rustic, secluded experience. You will have the hilltop to yourself. The outhouse is about 25 feet from the cabin. We provide toilet paper, but you will need to bring your own hand sanitizer. A hand pump provides access to spring water, about 100 feet from the cabin. It is a shallow spring, so we recommend bringing bottled water for drinking. The water is fine for cooking and cleaning. A homemade solar bucket shower is a highlight! A black bucket can be placed in the sun to provide 5 gallons of water for a couple of warm showers per filling. Enjoy a private, off-grid, bucket shower experience, surrounded by trees and sunshine!

CELL Service - No WIFI is provided, but there is a cell tower on a neighboring farm so Verizon and ATT have strong signals. We have heard mixed results about T-Mobile.

NO FORGAGING - We practice sustainable forest farming practices. This means that we maintain and protect edible and medicinal plant species such as mushrooms and wild herbs. These plants are very susceptible to over-harvesting, and it takes a lot of care to maintain their viability. Because of our many guests, just a few foragers here and there can easily wipe out an entire colony. For that reason we ask that you do not pick any wild mushrooms or wild herbs during your stay. Feel free to collect creek stones, beach glass, arrowheads, wildflowers, etc. But please, no wild plant foraging. We will assess a $50 fee for violating this policy. Thanks.

COVID19 VIRUS - We are fully vaccinated against the COVID virus. In accordance with CDC guidelines we do not wear masks while outside, but will respect the wishes of our guests regarding social distancing during interactions.

Because of the unique nature of our properties - isolated tiny homes with minimal human contact, we believe we can continue to provide safe and enjoyable stays for our guests. However in order to operate responsibly we abide by the Airbnb safety guidelines.

1. All tiny homes will be left vacant for a minimum of 24 hours before a new guest arrives.
2. Guests will be asked to either walk or drive their own vehicles (high clearance AWD) to their tiny home. (We are OK with you riding in the ATV if you feel comfortable doing so). We can transport luggage in our ATV.
3. Bedding: We provide mattresses, mattress covers, comforter, and pillows. Guests should bring their own sheets, pillow cases, towels, and/or sleeping bags. (Freshly washed linens can be provided if you let us know in advance. There is a $25 fee per bed for freshly washed sheets, pillow cases, and two bath towels).
4. We will thoroughly clean each tiny house according to CDC guidelines as prescribed by Airbnb.


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Wellsburg, West Virginia, USA

We are located on Redbud Hill Farm, one mile from Bethany, WV, home to Bethany College. The small town has a throw-back general store that has been owned for generations. They have everything you would expect in a well-stocked general store. The college has tennis courts, a swimming pool, raquetball court, fitness center, and library, which are available to the public. (NOTE: COVID maylimit the use of college facilities).

Oglebay Park is a 20 minute drive. Wheeling is 30 minutes.

Downtown Pittsburgh is a one hour drive.

Day trips can include a Moundsville Prison Tour (45 minutes), zip lining at GrandVue Park (45 minute drive), downtown Pittsburgh (60 minutes). Great historic dining at Drover's Inn (15 minutes). The immediate local area isn't brimming with culture, though Bethany College (1 mile) and West Liberty University (5 miles) often offer unique musical, athletic, and arts events. Your main purpose for coming here will most likely be to enjoy the quiet solitude of the cabin, hiking the peaceful woods, and maybe an outing on Buffalo Creek.

Vært: Jim And Jo Ellen

Tilmeldte sig i februar 2016
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Jo Ellen and Jim have three sons, four daughters, two daughter-in laws, and six grandchildren. We built our home and the three tiny houses that we currently have for rent. Jo Ellen is a great gardener and will be happy to share fruits and vegetables that are in season. She enjoys greeting guests with her warm smile and welcoming them to the cabin. Jim owns a sawmill and built our cabins from trees on our property. He is also a retired art professor and likes to produce maple syrup and sculptures out of metal and wood.
Jo Ellen and Jim have three sons, four daughters, two daughter-in laws, and six grandchildren. We built our home and the three tiny houses that we currently have for rent. Jo Ellen…
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We have raised seven children. Two are still at home. The older ones have ventured all over the world, some living for extended periods in countries like Spain, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Morocco, Costa Rica, South Korea, and Mexico. 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. Jim, and our daughter Rosalie, are artists, and some of their work can be found around the cabin, as well as works from 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.”
We have raised seven children. Two are still at home. The older ones have ventured all over the world, some living for extended periods in countries like Spain, Cyprus, Dominican R…
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