The SpaceOur Tiny House, Blue Moon, is one of a kind. Please read our description in its entirety before making a reservation.
We have a Tiny House upon 35 acres abutting the Roosevelt National Forest near the Cache la Poudre wilderness area. So, you can either explore the big hill and valley on our property, relax enjoying the privacy and wildlife in the meadow tucked in our valley of the Rocky Mountains, or take off into the National Forest for a hike. If you want to go fishing in the nearby Poudre River, or rock climbing in the Poudre Canyon, it is a hike away. You can even hike down into the canyon and wade across the Poudre to the Mishawaka (if the river isn't too high), but I wouldn't recommend trying to hike back uphill after a show :)
The Tiny House is a stunning contemporary design hand-crafted by MitchCraft Tiny Homes, under 250 square feet including the loft, with all the amenities, and operates completely off-grid without any connection to public utilities or a well. The loft has hand-crafted stairs leading to a queen size pillow-top Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress, organic cotton sheets and pillow cases are provided, along with a luxurious year-round down comforter. We also provide two cool core memory foam pillows and two fluffy, hypoallergenic pillows to accommodate all types of sleeping styles.
The main level living area has a striking kitchenette with a butcher block countertop and stainless steel backsplash that runs all the way to the ceiling behind open shelving. In our kitchen space you'll find a three burner gas stove and small oven, a 4.5 cubic foot refrigerator (larger than a mini fridge, but smaller than an apartment size), as well as a full size sink. Dishes, bowls, silverware, glasses, mugs, wine glasses, stainless steel pots and pans, mixing bowls, cutting board and chef's knife, spatulas, can opener, peeler, cookie sheet, glass pie pan, rolling pin, salt & pepper in grinders, French Press for coffee, tea kettle, wine tools, etc. are all provided. You should have all the essential tools you'll need to make a meal or bake some cookies, just bring your own ingredients.
Also in the main living space is a built in bench seat with cushions, an ottoman, a drop leaf table for dining or games and to use as a workspace for a laptop, ample storage in cupboards, drawers, and a closet with hangars, and a propane heater for those chilly winter nights. The bench seat is narrower than a twin bed, but it is fairly deep and 6'4" long so it could be used as a bed for one adult or a child.
The restroom has a generous shower for a Tiny House with stainless steel walls (anyone 6' or taller may need to duck slightly to get the top of their head wet), a small wall sink, and a waterless Separett composting toilet. If you follow the simple directions we provide on how to use our toilet, it won't have any odor at all. You can also search youtube for, "Tiny Minute" Composting Toilet Review (AirBnB won't allow a direct link), for a short video on the Separett.
We provide biodegradable and fragrance free: shampoo, conditioner, face and body soap, shaving lotion, lotion with aloe, as well as hand soap which has a lemon verbena scent. We must insist that you use the toiletries provided since we are operating off-grid, with the intent to tread as lightly on this planet as possible, and will be using a greywater irrigation system as soon as our local building department adopts the Greywater Regulation 86. Also, our fragrance free products shouldn't attract any bugs while you trek through the National Forest :) We also provide organic cotton towels and a small but powerful hair dryer that won't drain our solar powered batteries like a standard hair dryer would.
VERY IMPORTANT! - this is an off-grid Tiny House on Wheels which means that we aren't hooked up to a well or public utilities – we must truck our water in and out. Inside the Tiny House is a 35 gallon water tank, which should last two people a day, or maybe two, as long as you are aware of your usage and understand that our shower utilizes approximately 1.5 gallons per minute. That means that two 12 minute showers will drain the entire tank of water within the Tiny House. Fresh water is a limited natural resource and according to the Alliance for Water Efficiency “in an average home, showers are typically the third largest water use after toilets and clothes washers. The average American shower uses 17.2 gallons (65.1 liters) and lasts for 8.2 minutes at average flow rate of 2.1 gallons per minute (gpm) (7.9 lpm)." Being aware of, and reducing, the time we spend in the shower is something we should all strive to improve upon. Here are some tips to reduce your water consumption when showering from the Alliance for Water Efficiency:
“1. Pay attention to the length of time spent in the shower. Try taking a shorter shower of around 5 minutes." **A 5 minute shower would only use 7.5 gallons of water in our Tiny House
“2. If your shower is equipped with an on-off switch use it while you are soaping and shampooing." **Our shower head has an on/off push button
“3. If you have to wait a period of time for the hot water to reach the shower, try collecting the normally discarded cold water in a bucket for watering plants." **We have a tankless propane water heater so you should have hot water in less than one minute after turning on the faucet"
We do have a large above ground water tank on the property to refill the small in-house tank. If you plan to stay for a few days, or a couple of weeks, we will obviously provide you with the water you'll need for your entire stay. Whether that means showing you how to refill the in-house tank, or coming out to do it for you, rest assured that you will have about 35 gallons each day which should be enough for three people to shower and cook if you use the tips above :) Thank you for your understanding and interest in experiencing the joys and challenges of living off-grid!
**Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions about water usage.
Another note on living off-grid; our AC power is all converted from solar panels and a wind turbine. We have LED light bulbs on dimmers, please don't use what you don't need. The outlets are all standard and will charge your laptops, phones, etc. without issue, but the system will get drained if you bring in your own hair dryer, or a toaster oven (weird for anyone to bring on a trip with them) or something like that that uses so many watts to function. For this reason, as well as our desire to function with the essentials and very few extraneous items, we don't provide a standard drip coffee maker, toaster, or blender, etc. Our water heater, refrigerator, stove and oven all run on propane since it is more efficient and preferable to electric in these instances. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how the system functions, we are here to help you understand!
Check-in time is typically 5pm and check-out is noon. If you would like to arrive earlier or later, this can sometimes be arranged.
We do require a $150 security deposit. This is in case of damage or if you walk off with all of the toiletries or kitchen supplies, etc. that we provide for your use while staying with us. AirBnB keeps your payment information in case of any need to draw from that security deposit, but they won't hold the funds in advance and they only allow hosts a 48 hour window to make a claim on those funds.
You are allowed to bring two house-trained dogs with you. Please let us know when requesting a stay if you are bringing your pup(s). Bear in mind that there are three very friendly and well behaved dogs living at the neighbor's up the driveway who will greet you and go on walks around the property with you. Our land is part of their extended backyard :) We do have some cacti naturally growing on the property. Please keep an eye out on where your pup runs as the cacti are low to the ground and easy to step on. You might want to bring rubber soled dog boots if you have them. My Labrador wears Ruffwear boots that I purchased from REI on occasion. The boots are fantastic for hiking in general, protecting his paws from sharp rocks and ice balls too.
Please be respectful of our no smoking in the Tiny House policy. The smell sticks to everything and is very offensive to some guests. If you choose to smoke outside, you MUST put out your butts responsibly and dispose of them in the outdoor ashtray provided. It is a serious fire hazard in the region, not to mention that littering on our property will force us to ban smoking altogether.
I strongly urge you to come in a 4 wheel drive vehicle. It isn't necessary most of the year, but parts of the driveway can be tough for a 4 wheel drive when it's really snowy or after a good rain. Also, you'll just find it easier to explore some of the more remote locations in this region if you have 4 wheel drive. There is free parking in our driveway right next to the Tiny House.
Don't forget to bring your camera and binoculars! We have elk, deer, coyotes, mountain goats, bald eagles, bluebirds, meadowlarks, big horn sheep, moose, on rare occasions a bear, and so much more roaming around the mountains of the National Forest and overflowing into our land. Guest AccessVerizon works inside the Tiny House and in some other spots on the property, but you're unlikely to get service from other providers. Sprint should work if you use roaming.
We do provide a GPS Emergency Locator for your use. If you have no/poor cell reception you can use it to communicate preset messages to us or in life threatening situations it can be used to contact search and rescue. Feel free to take it on hikes with you as well! Interaction with GuestsOne of us is always there to greet our guests. We will help you find our hidden corner ;) and show you around the Tiny House since it's not your typical home. The NeighborhoodOur neighborhood is fairly remote and the lights of town aren't close enough to inhibit your view of the stars and Milky Way (which is spectacular!). The High Park Fire hit this area in 2012. It burned most of the trees in the area and all of the trees on our land. This left us with open meadows for wildflowers, the dead trees still standing and the remaining trees in the distance attract all types of birds - truly a birder's paradise, and we have great views of all the wildlife; mule deer, owls, bears, elk, etc. that would have been concealed among the trees. We, and our neighbors, chose this area for its privacy, views, proximity to the National Forest, and wildlife. However, we are less than 12 miles through gorgeous rolling terrain from the local deli/restaurant/convenience store and gas station, and only 45 minutes to Old Town Square in downtown Fort Collins where you can find breweries, restaurants, shopping, art galleries, coffee shops, museums, and much more. Red Feather Lakes is about 30 minutes in the other direction and offers restaurants, a grocery/general store, an antique store, an art gallery, a golf course, and numerous other outdoor activities in and around its lakes.
Please search the internet for Fort Collins, CO for a more complete idea of what this area has to offer, but here is just a sampling: hiking, white water rafting, fishing, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, rock climbing, tubing, kayaking, paddle boarding, not to mention all of the breweries and distilleries, restaurants, and shopping that you will find in town.