Experience the world of Glamping! For stays of 2-5 nights, by one or two people, the Cordwood Cabin, nestled amongst the pines 100m from the main house, has rustic ambiance, cozy comfort and tremendous privacy. Includes breakfast, served in the main house or brought out to you!
The view from all 5 large windows is beautiful trees! In the cooler months stoke up the woodstove and cozy up in warmth as you watch snow fall by candlelight. In the warmer months, open up the windows and hear the forest sounds as you settle in to sleep–all the atmosphere of camping but way more comfortable! You also have your own outdoor fireplace, table & chairs and hammock. The cabin does not have running water but alternate conveniences are close at hand plus access to the washroom at the main house. Read on for detailed description and photo gallery.
The cabin was crafted using the cordwood masonry technique by Rob Roy, iconic proprietor of the Earthwood Building School of West Chazy, NY . It features a living roof, massive posts and beams from local Amish mills, a flagstone floor fabricated from Wiarton quarry stone, and cordwood walls built from trees felled on the property.
A hardwood futon frame and eight-layer mattress provide comfortable seating and sleeping for one or two people… this isn’t the futon you recall from your school days! Supplied bedding is high quality cotton, with a cozy down duvet, and down-surround feather pillows.
(In case you are concerned about such things, but too polite to ask, the mattress has a breathable micro-pore cover which locks out moisture, bed bugs, etc.)
An antique 6-board pine chest is useful to store bedding during the day and function as a nightstand in the evening. A Mennonite-built chest of drawers offers clean space to store your clothes and belongings. A fold-out table provides a surface for work or games. There are also hooks and pegs in various locations for hanging.
The cabin does not have running water. In the cabin you will find a Victorian washstand and large china basin along with a supply of water for drinking and washing. The privy opposite the cabin, is serviced by a flush-action portable toilet, with a window to the forest and aromatic cedar walls you may stay in there longer than you expect 🙂
You can be self-sufficient with the privy and washstand, you can use the regular washroom (incl. shower) in the main house anytime between ½-hour before breakfast and 9:30PM, in whatever combination is most comfortable and convenient.
In summer, the stone floor keeps the cabin naturally cool during all but the hottest of hot spells. When it is cold outdoors, the cast iron Norwegian woodstove is a modern and efficient way to heat the cabin. To heat water for washing or tea/coffee, there are kettles to use on the woodstove or on the supplied butane stove.
Electricity is provided by a power box, which is suitable for plugging in low-wattage items like personal electronics, small lamps, etc. In addition to electric light, beeswax candles and lanterns are provided for rustic ambiance.
Privacy & Peace
Throughout your stay, you are assured to be the only guests staying on the property and you should feel welcome to engage in whatever degree of privacy you wish. I enjoy chatting with guests, or their having their company on the porch or in the living room. But if what you want to do is seclude yourself that is totally fine too. It’s your time and space to make whatever kind of experience you prefer.