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Secluded Mt. Cabin & Restored Barn

Barn hosted by Don
7 guests2 bedrooms5 beds1 bathroom
Entire home
You’ll have the barn to yourself.
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Outstanding hospitality
3 recent guests complimented Don for outstanding hospitality.
Get away from it all. Perfect romantic, writing or small group retreat. 2 unique structures, remote yet accessible, imaginatively & sustainably created, 1 hr from Asheville NC in Great Smokies. Porch overlooking creek, hot tub, one of a kind treehouse, private hiking trails+

The space
There are 2 structures that go with this listing. Together, they sleep 7; however, this is ideal for 1 or 2 couples.

From the outside, it's a restored tobacco barn. Slide open the door and there's a 400 square ft all season, carpeted, insulated, great room with grid power, fully provisioned kitchen, high ceiling, sleeping loft, lots of windows & huge porch.

In 2008, I restored this old tobacco barn, pouring foundation, replacing the roof, and building what is essentially a modern one-room tiny house inside. I've never seen anything like it and probably never will because it made zero economic sense!

The room sleeps one couple and two singles or kids in the loft. In warm weather, a giant porch overlooking a robust creek could easily accommodate another four sleepers in bags.

There's a private shower room (hot & cold)* with a space heater, an outdoor kitchen with hot & cold running water & barbecue, a play loft way in the high rafters, near where the barn owl occasionally perches.

The 240 sq. ft cabin/tiny home is simple, modern, clean and well insulated. There are 2 beds--a twin and a double in a full bed-sized loft with low clearance to the roof. It's perfect for 1 or 2 people or a couple with a small child.

* Winter Water Policy: Because we have exposed piping near and in the barn, we shut the water main off between approx. Thanksgiving and mid-March. During those months, guests fill jugs of fresh cold spring water from a winterized hydrant about 50 feet away. Pls. note, while the building is right off a substantial 2-lane road, and is easy to access with a regular vehicle, in case of snow, that road isn't plowed right away.

There's indoor and outdoor, solar-powered LED lighting, 6 car-lighter wall outlets for charging a laptop or cell phone (please bring your own car charging equipment), a simple kitchen with cold running spring water, a propane range, (there's a cooler, no fridge), two rocket stoves, an indoor wood-burning stove for heat and hot water, and a composting toilet in a separate structure.

The cabin was sited for southern exposure so the sun strikes the floor in winter but the cabin is shady & cool in summer. The stove cranks out plenty of heat using wood available to use in the nearby shed. Fresh spring water is delivered 24/7 from a gravity-fed 10,000 gallon cistern uphill of the cabin. We planted over 100 fruit and nut trees along the driveway and stream bed and you are welcome to anything that's ready to harvest.

We have plenty of basic cooking implements and utensils in good condition in each location. French press for coffee, cast iron skillet, basic pots, pans, knives, some spices depending on who's left what. If you're a chef or foodie and would like, please feel free to bring stuff you know you'd like to have w/ you.

Please note: between November and mid-March, we shut water off to the cabin & barn to prevent exposed pipes from freezing. During these times, guests draw spring water for cooking and cleaning from a nearby freeze-proof hydrant. The barn shower does not operate during winter.

Guest access
With this property comes access to all buildings and grounds -- cabin & barn, both porches, 30 acres, including 1 mile of private wooded hiking trail, wood-burning hot-tub ($50 cleaning/split firewood fee), a one of a kind treehouse, 1200 feet of creek frontage, giant meadow, 100 fruit and nut trees, whatever's up in the raised beds, a composting toilet and a hot/cold shower.

Winter Water Policy (between the first really cold snap in Nov & mid-March): Because we have exposed piping near and in the barn, we shut the water main off and guests fill jugs of fresh cold spring water from a winterized hydrant about 50 feet away.

Pls. note, while the building is right off a substantial 2-lane road, in extreme weather, that road isn't plowed right away.

Other things to note
The experience of staying at Good Egg is wonderfully rich and different from being in a modern, grid-tied house. The cabin was conceived and built to make day-to-day life wonderful without electricity and most technology.

When you go to sleep, there's no light except the moon and stars, no refrigerator or central heating or air conditioning noise -- only the sounds of nature -- the stream, crickets or frogs in the nearby pond, dogs or coyotes in the distance. Without the glow of a nearby city, the hot tub on a clear night, the skies are dazzling.

The wood-fired hot tub is made by a company called Snorkel. It's perfect for 2 and can fit 3, although tight. It's Japanese style hot tub bathing, meaning no chemicals. Also, since we're not grid tied, it relies on a firebox heating fresh spring water, which you fill it with. It takes approx. 35 minutes to fill the tub and between 3 and 3.5 hours to heat (longer when it's really cold!). There's a thermometer in it, so as it gets closer to your liking (don't let it get over 102 degrees), let the existing logs burn down, choke off the air vent sleeve and hop in. With no pump sounds and the stars above, it's incomparable. The $50 fee covers 2 nights and goes toward cleaning between guests and plenty of split wood nearby.

The barn is a little more comfortable, easier to heat (baseboard) and cook in. You will be comfortable in either or both, even in extreme weather, simply by paying attention and taking more time for simple tasks. It sounds corny, but there is a meditative quality to thinking and doing things like heating water, keeping warm, staying hydrated, eating well and choosing to do what you really want. I'm always amazed how busy I am -- and how different this kind of busy feels -- without electronics and my technological "time savers."

A binder explaining how Good Egg came to be is on the shelf for those curious about homesteading, permaculture, sustainable building and off-the-grid living.

Note: Since we opened in October, 2014, guest reviews consistently tell us us best thing about staying at Good Egg is being off the grid and the treadmill of modern life, unplugging from the dominant culture and experiencing oneself as humans did 100 years ago and more.

Whether it’s the absence of electricity (in the cabin), the quiet of the country, no city glow in the night sky, or the once common experience of the natural world dominating over human-made or human-crafted things, it’s astonishing for many of us to see and feel and experience without constant communications via text and email and the distractions of modern life. Many people write that they’ve learned an enormous amount about themselves, about homesteading or permaculture, and about alternate ways of being.

There is a two-night minimum to encourage, facilitate and deepen this experience for guests. Our prices reflect our cost to maintain and improve the buildings & the property as well as carefully and lovingly transitioning it between guests.


Please note: Over time, Airbnb has required checking boxes to characterize the property and amenities. This property is very unique, so please read the text or be in touch if you have questions or see conflicting details. I'm happy to answer any questions prior to your booking to ensure this meets your needs!

WARNING: Under North Carolina law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity.” N.C.G.S. § 99E-32(b).
Get away from it all. Perfect romantic, writing or small group retreat. 2 unique structures, remote yet accessible, imaginatively & sustainably created, 1 hr from Asheville NC in Great Smokies. Porch overlook…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed, 2 airbeds
Common spaces
1 double bed

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Kitchen
Heating
Hot tub
Free parking on premises
First aid kit
Smoke alarm
Carbon monoxide alarm
Wifi
Fire extinguisher

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Location

Hot Springs, North Carolina, United States

Good Egg is near Spring Creek in Madison County, NC, which has rolling hills, curvy roads, gorgeous vistas, dramatic weather, varied animal and bird life, and friendly, respectful neighbors. Very little real estate development has come to this mountain community.

The County was settled in the early 1800s by independent and resourceful settlers, mostly Scots-Irish. In the mid-1800s, when Union and Confederate recruiters came calling, Madison County folks were just as likely to hide in the hills as join one side or the other. To this day, there is a very strong "live and let live" ethos.

In the late sixties and seventies, back-to-the -landers came to the area and settled, attracted by that ethos, open space, and, most of all, the incredible unspoiled beauty. Many are still here alongside descendants of mountain folk (from whom I bought this parcel), retirees, artists, and visitors like yourselves.

Good Egg is actually in a tiny little township called Meadow Fork, which probably has less than a thousand people. Our neighbors are friendly, gracious people who don't get in each others' business, but look out for one another. It's de rigueur on the roads around here to raise a hand or at least your index finger and acknowledge every car you pass.
Good Egg is near Spring Creek in Madison County, NC, which has rolling hills, curvy roads, gorgeous vistas, dramatic weather, varied animal and bird life, and friendly, respectful neighbors. Very little real es…

Hosted by Don

Joined in October 2012
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Most of my life I lived in the Northeast. One summer, I realized I could just as easily work from a beautiful place in the mountains as I could in the urban duplex where I woke to the sound of buses and fell asleep to my neighbor’s radio. In 2008, I moved to Asheville, NC. Soon after, I found a 30 acre parcel in the nearby mountains that would become Good Egg. Over the years, with input from permaculture designers, I built a tiny home/cabin, refurbished the old tobacco barn, and developed a low impact, fun, sustainable infrastructure, which has become a rustic writing retreat and getaway for me and an occasional rental property. I enjoy writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry, reading, making music, word play, distance running, meeting people and feeling connected to family and friends.
Most of my life I lived in the Northeast. One summer, I realized I could just as easily work from a beautiful place in the mountains as I could in the urban duplex where I woke to…
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House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 pm
Check out: 11:00 am
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No parties or events