Nature is not off limits, not even now. We are a 40-acre working homestead with animals, gardens and wildlife. To stay on this property is a treat for those who appreciate nature, Americana, and quietude.
West Virginia has a “stay at home” mandate in place to help keep everyone safe from coronavirus. It is stricter than just social distancing, but outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and fishing are OK. We accept guests who answered the prebooking questions and practice social distancing.
Prospective guests should look at our photos and read our description carefully. This is a long and detailed profile because we have a unique place, but it’s not for everyone. We want you to enjoy your stay, which means you are responsible for deciding if it’s a good fit for you. Please ask any questions before booking, we are happy to answer.
Overview of things that some people have commented on:
1) It’s a steep gravel driveway and some people are not comfortable driving up it. Parking is 200’ from the house or at the bottom of the driveway. It is safe, despite the connotations of the junk cars next door
2) No air conditioning
3) No heat in the lavatory
4) Working homestead means farm animals and sounds, projects and activities, occasional volunteers and tours
5) Hot water is heated on the stove
6) Bathtub is next to the kitchen. You get privacy to bathe
7) Nighttime woodland drive can be spooky if you’re not used to it
8) The moon and stars through the big picture window can shine real bright on you as you sleep, making it seem like a light is on
If this sounds good so far, please continue reading for more details...
Guests have the opportunity to explore and experience a partially off-the-grid homestead and property under renovation. Located at the top of a hollow on a 2,600 foot elevation hillside, the house is situated within a dramatic rolling landscape with dense biodynamic forests. This homestead was built during the American movement called back-to-the-land, in which people left the cities in favor of a simpler lifestyle in a rural environment where they could grow their own food and raise their children.
We are Margaret and David, this has been our home for nearly three years, after leaving Los Angeles and a year of traveling the nation. We consider ourselves stewards of this historically significant home and way of life.
Guests are guaranteed a unique homestead experience that looks and functions different from typical homes. Depending on the time of year, we are baking bread, digging ramps (wild garlic), pressing apple cider, picking berries, cooking maple syrup, gardening, raising and occasionally butchering animals, canning food, tending bee hives, hunting for mushrooms, hosting nature programs, campfire cookouts and stargazing. Our small batch foods feed ourselves, friends and customers.
We have heard that to sleep under the stars in our guest room creates a sensation of being in a planetarium. Indeed, there are no curtains up there, but there's no one around to peek in. You have woods on one side and open space on the other. On a nice clear night, the moon will bathe you in its glow.. We have a tin roof, which you can hear when it rains. You may hear nuts falling from trees or owls hooting and maybe our ducks and sheep up the hill. It all merges into a sublime soundtrack.
Your room is the top floor of the house, an easy climb up a wooden ladder. It is all green and blue through the windows. The vaulted ceiling is lined with wood. Through a door is a small private deck, from which you can look out over our land and the mature tree canopy of the hollow (pronounced “holler” in Appalachia “Appa-LATCH-uh”).
The guest room is up a ladder outside our room. Sound carries between the two. The guest room is approximately 8 feet by 10 feet. It is simply appointed with two chairs, extra blankets, a lamp and a small cabinet to put your things in. The soft area rug feels good under foot. The floor is a nice finished hardwood. Your bedding is exceptional because we want you to have a great night’s sleep. Your queen size mattress is by Tuft & Needle. Sheets, pillow cases, duet cover, and all season down alternative comforter are by the award winning, eco-friendly and socially compliant California Design Den. There are 2 kinds of pillows to choose from. We strongly recommend that guests bring shoes or firm soled slippers to wear in the house. All the floors except the guest room may feel cold and/or dirty, and bare feet can be sensitive to the rungs of the homemade ladder.
We have a modern propane fueled cookstove and a refrigerator. Running water at the kitchen sink is cold only. Hot water is heated on the stove. During cold months we also cook on the wood stove.
The ambitious three-story home is architecturally unique in its details and craftsmanship. Built piece by piece by friends and family of the previous owners, this home is framed and sided from local red oak. It features exposed beams, a second floor overlook into the kitchen below, hand carved switch plates, stained glass windows, two covered decks, a solarium and large picture windows for passive solar heating. The open floor plan on each floor is anchored by a central 4-foot-square chimney that runs the vertical height of the house. One entire floor is surfaced with flagstone collected from the property.
The home has two wood stoves. One, a cast iron Fisher that heats home and water. The other, a vintage Tirolia wood burning cook stove, great for cooking meals on. The refrigerator and propane cook stove are new appliances.
After being largely vacant for more than a decade, forty years of work on the house and land resumed when Margaret and David moved in. This is not an active construction site. Rather, projects unfold as they do. The third floor, like the rest of the house, needs trim on the windows, repairs on walls with staining or a bit of damage, and new wiring on some of the lights. The pictures we’ve provided show the details. We’re doing some work on the house, mostly on the outside. So the front deck right now is off limits. There are other great places to sit though.
We take pride in our home, our buildings and animals, our gardens and our land. Wildlife thrives here and abundance is everywhere. Having said all that, welcome to West Virginia! Our neighbor at the bottom of the mountain does have a salvage yard. However, we like to think that we have heaven at the top.
Contact us to book a longer stay than our published maximum.
We live on a typical West Virginia rural road. It is single lane in many places and you will encounter deer in the road. Drive slow in case you come upon them. It's a narrow road, homes are modest, and the tree canopy is lush. Snow is plowed in a timely manner by the County in the winter.
Cell service is unpredictable in West Virginia and at our place. In fact, it is intermittently available as you travel all around the state. Depending on your carrier, you may lose service shortly after turning onto Poe Run Road. We do have WiFi at the house. Please don’t stream videos or download files, we have limited data.
Elkins is located on the edge of the Monongahela National Forest in the Allegheny Mountains of the multi-state region called Appalachia. We are 2.5 hrs driving distance from Pittsburgh and 4 hrs from Washington, DC.
We are within easy driving distance to many scenic outdoor recreation hot spots including Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, Blackwater Falls, and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge for fishing, mountain biking, hiking and camping.
We are just six miles from downtown Elkins, the home of Augusta Heritage Center and Davis & Elkins College. Augusta offers year round concerts, dances, a festival and other heritage arts events. One of the biggest annual events in the state, the famed Mountain State Forest Festival, takes place in Elkins, too.
If you forget something, the town of Elkins is about 8 minutes away and you can easily get it there. You'll find Walmart, Kroger grocery, liquor stores, a few restaurants, a health food store, Tractor Supply, Ace Hardware and more. Urgent care and a hospital are just minutes away if needed. The fire department services our road in the even more unlikely event they are needed.
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