The SpaceQuiet, relaxing, private, inspiring. These are some words that describe your unique hilltop retreat on Redbud 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 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 having 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. Guest AccessSome amenities include a campfire pit, screened in porch, Coleman stove and propane for cooking, basic dishes and cooking supplies. If you need something, we can get it for you. Our farm is called "Redbud Farm" because of all of the beautiful redbuds that bloom around our property during the spring. 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. Interaction with GuestsWe 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, 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.” The NeighborhoodWe are located on Redbud 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. 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, the peaceful woods, and maybe an outing on Buffalo Creek. Getting AroundYou will need a car to get here, and you will need to be able to walk for short distances, up and down a couple of hills. Most people park in our driveway and we cart all of your belongings to and from the cabin in our ATV - about 1/3 mile. Or you are welcome to go pioneer style, which some people enjoy doing, and pack in your supplies.
If the conditions are dry you may be able to drive your 4WD vehicle (with high clearance), in to the cabin. The road is a bit rough, and you may scrape against a few branches and weeds on the way in. If conditions are wet we ask that you not drive on the road, as it creates ruts and potholes. Other Things to NoteThe 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. 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.
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 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 and hand sanitizer. A hand pump provides access to spring water, about 100 feet from the cabin. It is a shallow springhouse, 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!