The SpaceEntire apartment. Get away from the city and experience some time away from noise, traffic, & smog. We are nestled into the trees, off of a country road (see photos) and have a working "mini-farm" and ecological homestead.
Wake up to making your own breakfast. Bring your own food items to store in the fridge. If it happens that we have an abundance of our own free-range hen eggs, goat milk, or goat milk cheese, we'll happily share some if you'd like.
Imagine hearing such things as roosters crowing at dawn, guineas alerting, and coyotes howling at night. On a cloudless night the night sky is vast and full of stars.
The space you'll inhabit is underground with a walkout onto a patio and attached carport parking, a big window and door facing east. We live upstairs in a separate living space. Guest AccessYou will have access to the entire apartment space w/ a full kitchen and bath. There is WIFI, plus a desk. If you have an older laptop without WIFI you can use the ethernet cable to directly access the internet.
For those with physical challenges, we are not listed as handicap-access, but we do NOT have any stairs or steps inside the apartment or outside between the carport and the apartment. Also, we have several hand grips in the bathroom & shower.
If you are a couple, we assume you will want to stay in the queen bed. If you are a family or a group and would like specific sleeping arrangements, please let us know.
A TV with DVD and/or VCR players is available. Bring your own DVD's or watch any of our collection of DVD's & videos. There is no TV service.
We do not believe in microwaves, but we do provide pots and pans and an electrical cook stove / oven, a toaster oven, a coffee maker with fresh whole bean or fresh-ground coffee or herbal teas if you'd like either or both. Depending upon the season, we can share some free-range hen eggs, goat milk, goatmilk cheese or yogurt with you if you'd like. Just let us know your preferences in advance. Also, for breakfast you're welcome to oatmeal.
You may walk through the forest, sit near (or volunteer in) the veggie garden, or take a stroll or jog down a county road. On our property you may see goats grazing down in the bottom or hanging out in the barn or lounging platform, friendly white Great Pyrenees dogs, perhaps a cat here or there, chickens, or guineas. Occasionally you may see a deer grazing in a field or traveling across the road. (No hunting is allowed.)
While the goats are being milked, Tobie requests no visitors in the milking shed without it being pre-arranged. One goat, "Whiters," is particularly bashful and will try to run away into the forest if someone comes up during her milking time. In season (March--Nov.), Tobie milks the goats at about 8 or 9:00 a.m. and 8 or 9:00 p.m. Interaction with GuestsAt least one of us will likely be present during your stay. We live in a separate upper level flat. We will be happy to be available to interact with you occasionally if you have questions or needs or wish to have a farm tour or meet the goats, etc.
While we have a kitchen and cooktop upstairs in our private flat, we do not have a cooking oven and so very occasionally Neva might like to use the oven in your space, only if it does not conflict with your plans or preferences.
If you prefer complete privacy let us know. And, to the contrary, if you prefer occasional company or shared meals, let us know. The NeighborhoodWe love waking to the sound of wild birds cheeping, views of the forest, dirt under our feet when working in the garden or taking a walk down country roads.
Tobie loves to go foraging ("wildcrafting") in the forest for wild edibles such as mushrooms and greens when they are in season. Mushrooms typically emerge in late March or April and tender greens grow throughout March--May, and even into June. Polk Salat and Lamb's Quarters are two of our favorites (the polk must be cooked a specific way, but the Lamb's Quarters can be eaten raw in its early growing cycle while the leaves and stems are tender. It is a wild cousin of Quinoa.
For neighbors we have working farms as well as a those who work off the farm and live in the country.
On a clear night, the sky is bejeweled with stars. In the absence of city lights it's astonishing how much you can see.
We live on mostly forested land. It is scenic and secluded, with the apartment being hidden from the road down a little curved graveled and tree-lined drive. When driving from the highway to access our property, you will drive one mile, plus a fourth of a mile down tree-lined country roads. They are romantic and nice and shady in the warm season daytime. But some guests tell me they seem spooky at night. So, if you're in the latter category, you might plan your arrival before dark. Once you've arrived, it shouldn't seem spooky after that. Getting AroundDrive in and bring a mountain bike if you like. Free outdoor parking is available. We're only about 1 mile off a State Highway. You can hike in the woods on our own 120-acre property or walk on country dirt and gravel roads (but during deer-hunting season you will want to be dressed with bright orange vest and hat).
Less than five miles away is access to the Cimarron River, but we must request special permission each time because it is private land of a neighbor, so let us know if you'd like to do that.
Public transportation is non-existent, but for a fee we could pick you up (and return you) to the bus depot in Stillwater, OK, which is the home of Oklahoma State University. We would require a $25 fee for each trip to the bus depot in Stillwater which is a 40-mile round trip each time. If we are going to Stillwater anyway on one of the days you need a ride, there would be no charge. If you require us to go beyond the distance of Stillwater, we would need to discuss each individual instance. Typically we would charge an additional 75 cents USD per extra mile beyond that, including the return distance to our farm. Other Things to NoteOther details: Our place is a well lived in, country homestead, a working mini-farm with lots of on-going unfinished projects such as the big vegetable garden, a subterranean "earthship"-styled greenhouse in the works, a cob/straw-bale building brought up so far to the foundation level, an out-door rocket-stove-oven, chickens running free-range, laying eggs and singing, and guardian livestock dogs occasionally barking if the coyotes come in too close to the goats or chickens.
It can be really quiet in the lower level at night, with most outdoors noises muffled by the underground status, unless there is a dog on the patio who sounds off about the coyotes.
We LOVE children, but we do not have a child-friendly space. It has required so much vigilance on the part of the parents to be exhausting. Please speak with us before booking please, if you have young children.
We feel safe during storms and tornadic activity while in the underground.
Use your phone or laptop on the WIFI, or if you have an older laptop with no wifi, plug into the Ethernet cable, read a book, play the piano, write poetry, or watch a DVD on the TV provided. (Note: we do not have TV service.)
During the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons of the year in Oklahoma you very likely will encounter ticks in the out-of-doors. If you intend to spend time outside during these seasons, we recommend that you thoroughly check yourself after you've been outside and you can also apply repellent. In July the chiggers come out. What we have done if we are going out during tick and chigger season is take our clothes outside and spray something like "Deep Woods Off" on the clothes and allow them to dry before putting on. An organic essential oil spray would be a healthier approach if you patronize the health food stores. Additionally, if exposed to chiggers (July--Sept.), you need to come inside and bathe immediately and that can remove them from your skin if you do so within 30 minutes of exposure. To avoid chiggers and ticks, you can just stay out of the tall weeds and tall grass and wooded timber. Thankfully, they are not on the country dirt roads.