UNPLUG in a one room cabin tucked in the hills of West Virginia. Perfect for hard-core "glampers" who love the woods but appreciate basic amenities. Quiet, remote, simple, rustic. No electric or running water. Clean outhouse. We take you up the hill, give a short orientation & you're on your own, with plenty of privacy, great views and miles of wildlife & walking trails!! Read all info. Check-In before dark. SAVE detailed directions. GPS will get you lost and cell service is spotty.
By "remote," we mean, "off-road." To avoid damaging your car on the way up the steep, rocky hill, we'll meet you at the bottom (where you can park it safely) and we'll take you up in our truck. At the end of your stay, you can get a ride, walk down with your stuff, or we'll take it for you and you can hike it down hands-free. Whatever works best for you.
If the forecast looks like road conditions will be impossible for us to get you up or down the hill with the truck or 4-wheeler (ATV), and you're still hooked on the cabin-idea, we're happy to lead you on the short hike to it. Otherwise, we invite you to check out our other 2 listings, "Quaint Farmhouse in the hills," or "the Crash Pad." Both have easy vehicle access for any weather, and we can discuss a comparable price.
NO ELECTRIC OR RUNNING WATER = should be considered "Fancy Camping" (glamping)
HEAT/LIGHT: one propane heater, lanterns, flashlights.
KITCHEN: Simple kitchen with sink/wash tub, single burner stove. and cooler for food. Jug of water for washing. Bring your own drinking water & ice, and we will refill as needed.
Kitchen Items Included: French press coffee maker, pots, pans, cooking utensils, plates, cups, bowls, knives forks, spoons, can opener, napkins, paper towels, dish rags, dish towels, dish soap
FOOD: We do not serve meals but some snacks are provided. Feel free to bring your own non-perishable foods or cooler items.
Linens included: Sheets, pillows, pillow cases, extra blankets, towels, washcloths
OUTHOUSE: a few steps outside the cabin, includes: toilet paper, sanitizing hand gel, wet-ones
OUTSIDE: large deck, 4 plastic chairs, table, small charcoal grill, charcoal, campfire ring, 2 chaise lounge chairs (cushions in the shed). Campfire wood available upon request.
Interaction with guests
Upon arrival, we'll give a short orientation with safety information and a map of the property for hiking trails. After that, you're on your own! Upon request, each evening at sundown, we can bring more water and ice and check if there's anything else you need.
Other things to note
We have 2 Great Pyrenees dogs who roam the property to ward off predators from our chickens. They are nocturnal and WILL bark at night. Please know, they are doing their jobs and including YOU in their realm of protection. Sleep easy knowing you are safe. They are friendly to all our guests and will not harm you in any way. Male: Otto, Female: Clara
ANIMALS you may see, hear or encounter: song birds, ducks, herons, owls, hawks, vultures, wild turkeys, squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs, skunks, possum, snakes, turtles, frogs, deer, rabbits, foxes, coyotes or the occasional stray horse. Signs of a black bear (scat) have been in the area, but no sightings in years. BUGS: cicadas, crickets
HARMFUL INSECTS: ticks, mosquitoes, bees, chiggers
BUG SPRAY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL SEASONS - Lyme disease is in our area, contracted only by the deer tick (not the dog tick or the star tick), and only if it's been attached to your skin for over 24 hours.
1) We have working dogs; please leave yours at home.
2) KEEP IT CLEAN - Critters and bugs are attracted by your food, garbage and, yes, toilet paper. Please dispose of it in the trash can, not down the hole.
3) KEEP IT QUIET - Voices carry in the hills. Quiet Hours from Sundown to sun up.
4) KEEP IT REAL - It's dangerous to be stupid in the backwoods. Please use your head and not illegal drugs.
My partner, Bill, and I moved to West Virginia in 2000. We love its quiet beauty and simplified life, and want to give others the opportunity to experience the same.
Besides airbnb guests, we host retreatants, and college groups who come from all over the country for their spring and fall breaks. With the students, we do service projects for the poor and elderly in our community and give them a taste of Appalachian culture. More than that, they learn first-hand how extractive industries (coal, gas, oil, timber) and their own energy consumption cause the social, environmental and economic issues of this "poverty pocket" of a America. By the end of their time here, they're a little wiser, living more simply, and ready to make a difference back home.
Hosting you helps us continue to educate, advocate and contemplate in these ancient hills. To learn more, look up Appalachian Catholic Worker.