At the end of a quiet gravel road, down a winding dirt driveway, secreted away among the pines and along the cool waters of the Crooked River, you’ll find a house…
This *highly* secluded off-grid eco-retreat is the only development on a 480-acre peninsula of property bordered by the Crooked River, home to landlocked salmon, trout and Southern Maine's drinking water supply. A quiet getaway for solitude seekers.
*May 1--Oct 31 rate: $100 per night.
**Nov 1--April 30 rate: $90 per night.
Dogs are welcome. No cats, please.
This 200-square-foot tiny house is perfect for those who are not afraid to "rough it" without electricity and fend for themselves, desire respite, exploration and an eco-friendly simplistic retreat. A stay at the tiny house is somewhere between pitching a tent and glamping, but with lots of personal character and space maximization. There is – without a doubt – no other place like it.
– User-friendly wood stove (nice and toasty in under an hour; firewood provided)
– Clean, care-free composting toilet (located in the guesthouse, about 30 feet from main house)
– Comfortable queen-size bed in loft
– Full-size sofa bed on ground floor
– A variety of down and down-alternative comforters and blankets
– Goal Zero Yeti power bank to power electric light in living space and for charging your mobile devices
– Kitchen with cooler box, sink basin and propane cooktop
– Fully stocked with pots, pans, self-serve dry-goods (pancake mix, flour, rice, teas, cocoa, coffee, etc.) and spices
– Outdoor fire pit
– Seasonal hand-pump outdoor shower (operates on gathered river water; there is no indoor shower)
– Unheated, insulated guesthouse with full-size futon/bed, offering comfortable extra accommodation in the spring, summer and early fall
– Custom screen house crafted from vintage reclaimed screen doors, fully furnished with table, chairs and hammocks for evenings of relaxation and respite from the insects
– Access to river (about 100 yards from the house)
***Please note: Guests are expected to bring their own sheets and pillowcases. If you are traveling and cannot bring your own, we can give you access to sheets for an extra $10 service/washing fee. Just let us know when you book!***
***There is no pumped water to the house, so guests must bring their own drinking/cooking water. Water for all other needs can be collected from the river***
***In the interest in maintaining a pure and secluded experience, it is our goal to run a house that's as self-sufficient as possible. Please be prepared to leave the house clean and welcoming for subsequent guests. Please do not request a reservation if you are looking for a "full service" BnB experience!***
More about the property:
Summers are generally breezy, hot and the windows have screens to keep the bugs out. Great winter sledding and rock hunts in the gravel pits down the road, and exceptional summer river floating when the water is running high. A 20-minute walk will bring you to a stretch of the river that will have you spending just over an hour drifting on back to the house. The river itself is great for fly fishing and exploration, and is full of small swimming holes to skinny dip or bathe, pending guests' seasonal timing and their ability to withstand the sheer clean and cold refreshment that is the Crooked River.
With the closest neighbor about a half mile (as the crow flies), it is easy to rest quietly or see the night sky. While the house can accommodate four, it is perfectly cozy for two to share. If four people were looking for a place to crash after skiing all day in Bethel (for instance), this would work out nicely.
For folks traveling north or south via I-95, the house is approximately 40 minutes from the Gray, Maine exit. It's also 15 minutes from Norway, and 20 minutes from both Bethel and Bridgton--all offering most major services. Norway and Bridgton both have cute-sy food coops with a major grocer (Hannaford). The edge of the White Mountain National Forest is just five miles down the road. There is a hidden key to raise a private entrance gate accessing the gravel road for car travel; past the driveway, the road dead-ends at a series of small gravel pits. In snow and ice, we do our best to keep the road plowed, but conditions may vary. If for any reason the road is unpassable, it's a 20-minute walk, ski or snowshoe to get to the house; plowed parking spaces are always available by the gatehouse. Guests are welcome to explore the river and the 480 acres surrounding the property; however, ATV use is prohibited.
Interakcija s gostima
There are no other guests near the house, except for various wildlife cruising through the remote area.
There are games, puzzles, books and magazines tucked into every nook and cranny, plus a hard drive containing 250+ movies if you choose to bring a laptop. A few bird feeders outside the large picture window provide countless hours of Bird TV. That said, in choosing to stay here, you are responsible for yourself and your own quality of experience; if you need to be entertained, this space is not for you.
- 1. Pack it in, pack it out.
- 2. No standing on ANY of the furniture.
- 3. Leave the house equally as nice or nicer than how you found it.
- 4. Upon confirmation of reservation, I will email specific directions and instructions with a list of items you may want to bring. You are responsible for reviewing the information.
- 5. Please be respectful.
- 6. Enjoy!