This quaint, little (8'x12') off-grid guest cabin was once a donkey shed on a farm located about 8 miles away. Tucked back into a cluster of cedar and locust trees, this simple cabin, although not far from the road, is somewhat secluded and is partly shaded in the summer. It is well insulated and has plenty of windows. The cabin offers a full-sized comfy bed with clean bed
This quaint, little (8'x12') off-grid guest cabin was once a donkey shed on a farm located about 8 miles away. Tucked back into a cluster of cedar and locust trees, this simple cabin, although not far from the road, is somewhat secluded and is partly shaded in the summer. It is well insulated and has plenty of windows. The cabin offers a full-sized comfy bed with clean bedding, a large dresser, a desk, chair, bookcase and solar electricity. A covered porch with two comfy chairs is perfect for sitting and sipping at any point in the day. Just a couple steps from the porch is a screened-in gazebo kitchen with a 3-burner propane stove and all of the essential cookware for preparing a full meal (no refrigerator). Potable tap water is provided for drinking. A simple outhouse with a composting toilet is located in the trees beyond the pond (about 75m away). Parking is available near the road and there will be a very short walk (<1minute) to the cabin.
For campfires, there is a portable fire pit at the cabin and also a communal fire ring down by the pond. The pond has a little dock and is great for swimming on hot days (bring your pool floats!).
If you book your stay during the cooler months, there is a small propane space heater (portable little buddy) you are welcome to use, upon request. However, you must bring your own 1# propane cylinders (available at most hardware and sporting goods stores) or add on, as an extra, to your reservation.
Please bring a flashlight/headlamp so that you can find your way to the bathroom after dark. The path to the bathroom can be a bit muddy in rainy conditions, so check the weather and be prepared.
***** THE BED: As stated above, the cabin has a FULL/DOUBLE bed, not a queen. The mattress dimensions are 53"W x 75"L. The bed is also on an elevated platform (above a chest of drawers) and requires the use of a step stool.
***** SOLAR ELECTRICITY: There is solar power w/ a couple of backup batteries for the cabin and the outdoor kitchen, however it is limited. It is enough to power the lights and to charge cell phones and other smaller devices. It is not set up to power larger electrical appliances, such as slow cookers, blenders, heated blankets, etc. Note that the power supply will be effected by the weather (lack of charge when cloudy or snowy).
***** COMPOSTING TOILET: The privy has a simple, primitive, dry toilet... this means there is no flushing with water, but rather using sawdust as a cover material.
*****EXTRA GUESTS: the cabin is quite small and only sleeps two people. There is the option of setting up a tent outside for an additional two people (please edit the number of people to your reservation). We will even set up a tent for you if you add-on this service in "extras" (bring your own bedding).
*****NO PETS INSIDE: Please, not pets inside the tiny cabin. However, you are welcome to bring a dog if it sleeps outside (dogs are welcome at all of the campsites).
ABOUT FRUITDALE FARM:
Fruitdale Farm, founded in 2017, consists of 15+ acres located off a quiet country backroad in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Ohio. About half of the property is wooded. As a farmstead, we are guided by regenerative practices and our goal is to become a sustainability learning and retreat center. We are steadily making small improvements to the land and we love sharing it with others who appreciate the outdoors and all that this area has to offer.
The property currently has 1 cabin rental (Little Fern Guest Cabin) and 5 designated campsites, and the host lives in a small cabin through the woods close by. Enjoy a campfire under the stars and fall asleep to the sounds of crickets, frogs and owls. There is a little nature trail (starting near campsite 3) that winds through the property that you may explore (about 3/4 mile).
FIREWOOD is available for purchase. You can pre-pay for your first bundle and have it delivered to your site. Otherwise, bundles can be purchased on site (near campsite #3) for $5/bundle (self serve, exact cash only).
The area offers great hiking, paddling (Rocky Fork Creek is the best around! Ask about shuttling service), boating, mountain biking, birding and disc golf (Paint Creek State Park is only 2 miles away and the Highlands Nature Sanctuary is 7). And a visit to the nearby Amish markets and bakery is a must!
Here are some POINTS OF INTEREST in the area:
The HIGHLANDS NATURE SANCTUARY (7 miles away), previously called "7 Caves" is highly recommended for some beautiful hiking. There is a small museum (The Appalachian Forest Museum) at the main trailhead by the parking area... the folks there can direct you to a couple of other great trails nearby if you're interested in further hiking. NOTE: Most of the trails within the sanctuary are not open to dogs, however, there are a couple of dog-friendly trails (inquire at the museum). Museum is closed for the winter (Nov-March). **Highly recommend the Barrett's Rim Trail (2.5 mile loop) and the Kamelands Trail, which are both accessible during the pandemic.
AMISH BAKERY (Country Crust Bakery) & MARKET (JRs General Store)* on 41 South in Bainbridge (15-20min away): The bakery is a great lunch stop for a fresh, soft Pretzel Bun sandwich (delicious) and to load up on fresh baked goods (the apple fritter is my fave!). The market, which is almost right across from the bakery, is also worth checking out... delicious deli sandwiches and great deals on spices, cheeses, pickles, jams, bulk foods, produce, etc. Watch out for horse & buggy traffic... and bicycles! *The Amish accept cash or check only and are closed on Sunday.
In the teeny town of BAINBRIDGE (10-15min away): There are some nice ANTIQUE/PRIMITIVE SHOPS... in particular, the Ancient Valley Mercantile... they have local gifts, gourmet coffees and local honey. The Paxton Restaurant has good home cooked meals and a variety of pies and cheesecakes for dessert...or grab an ice cream at the Dairy Queen before strolling the primitive shops.
PAINT CREEK LAKE STATE PARK: (2 miles away) There are dog-friendly hiking trails (the little pond trail is a personal favorite), mountain bike trails, a 21-hole disc golf course, boat ramp (if you have kayaks, you can paddle around on the lake), and a camp store that has ice and hand-dipped ice cream. There is also a BEACH, which is good for picnicking and swimming, located at the southern entrance, off of SR 50.
GREENFIELD: This town is closer (5 miles) and larger than Bainbridge and good for getting supplies. There are some restaurants, bars and supermarkets (Community Markets, at the further end of town, is recommended over the Save-a-Lot)... The Pot Belly Pig would be my restaurant of choice if you decide to eat out. Big City Pizza is my recommendation for pick-up.
COVERED BRIDGE: There is a sweet little covered bridge that you can still drive across in the tiny town of South Salem, just a 5 minute drive away. To get there from here, take 41 North and then take a right onto Lower Twin Rd and drive a few miles and you will come to the bridge.
SERPENT MOUND (about 30 miles away, Peebles, OH) is an internationally known National Historic Landmark built by the ancient American Indian cultures of Ohio. It is an effigy mound representing a snake with a curled tail. Nearby are three burial mounds—two created by the Adena culture (800 B.C.–A.D. 100), and one by the Fort Ancient culture (A.D. 1000–1650). A must see!
CHILLICOTHE (Ohio's first capital): (30 minutes away) The historic downtown boasts charming architecture and is perfect for exploring on foot. Several local shops, restaurants, coffee shops, breweries and bars. A lovely city park with a small lake is host to a year-round population of ducks, geese and swans. There is also a disc golf course and skate park in the city park. There is frequent live music, gourmet cocktails and a wide variety of craft beer at Steiner's Speakeasy (an Americana-style bourbon bar of America).
GREAT SEAL STATE PARK (about 35 miles away in Chillicothe): If you are into mountain biking, you will find some of the best trails in the state here (start at the Lick Run parking area). There is also a great disc golf course here along with a picnic shelter and a playground for the kids.
FORT HILL EARTHWORKS & NATURE PRESERVE: (30 minutes away) This preserve encompasses 1300 acres of mature woodlands and 11 miles of some of the best hiking trails in the state. Part of the Old Growth Forest Network, there are remnants of the temperate deciduous forests that once covered all of the eastern United States. For archaeology enthusiasts, there is a stone and earthen wall hilltop enclosure, as well as a smaller circular earthwork (both of which can be difficult to discern).
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Mountain biking trails located 2 miles away at Paint Creek State Park.
Boating is available nearby at Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.
The pond is not stocked, however there is fishing nearby at Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.
There are short footpaths through the woods here. There is also great hiking nearby at Paint Creek State Park, Highlands Natur...Read more
The pond is great for paddleboard lounging and/or yoga. It's also great for practicing rolling a kayak. Great paddling opport...Read more
Available at nearby Paint Creek Lake and Rocky Fork Lake.
The pond is a great swimming hole on hot days (bring your floaties!). Swimming is also available nearby at Paint Creek and Roc...Read more
Practice your rolls in the pond and then hit up "the chutes" on Paint Creek nearby. Kayaking the Rocky Fork Gorge is also a m...Read more
Lots of deer, birds and pond life here. Also two honeybee hives on site.
Natural features you'll find at Little Fern Guest Cabin in Ohio.
There are beaches nearby on the lakes at both Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.
There are small caves and grottos at the nearby Highlands Nature Sanctuary (7 miles away).
There are woods surrounding the site and some footpaths through them.
There are two nearby at Paint Creek And Rocky Fork State Parks
The site resembles a meadow surrounded by forest.
River, stream, or creek
There is a small creek through the woods beyond the pond.
The pond is a great swimming hole in hot days (bring your floaties or paddle board!). Lake swimming is also available at two n...Read more
There are waterfalls nearby at Highlands Nature Sanctuary.
This property is a farm (Fruitdale Farm) which is in the beginning stages.
There is a short driveway at the road entrance.
Places to see near Fruitdale Farm
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Highly recommended! wonderful host!
Aimee is a great host and the fern cabin was nice to stay in. Especially having a young child. We loved all the fresh vegetables from the garden and eggs from the chickens. Being conveniently close to highland nature sanctuary, paint creek, rocky fork, and Amish stores made this stay have many options for exploring the area. Highly recommend!
Relaxing, restful, cozy adventure!
This cabin was so charming but also set up with so much thought and care for anytbing we could have needed in our geraway weekend! The bed was comfy. The gazebo kitchen was well stocked and had such pretty views. The porch and eating areas were nice for relaxing. The trail was lovely! The bathrooms were easily accessible with good instructions for the compost toilets. We thoroughly enjoyed our semi-primitive escape on Aimee's lovely farm!
Little Fern Cabin was super awesome fantastic! The host has thought of everything! Down to the smallest details like a small fan in the cabin and a desk table with chair and even a rocker!! Love the little outdoor dining area and kitchen. The property is expansive, clean, orderly, organic and sustaining. this host should should set the standard for all camp outhouses! - super clean and even a natural hand washing station. Super impressive!!!! I also camped last year at this property and every year there are improvements. Very industrious host!! It's at the top of my hipcamp choices.
Good vibes all around
Amazing place to have a relaxing time. Beautiful grounds, and fantastic communal area with lodging hut. The Earthen pizza oven is so cool and would love to use it next time. Can see how the property will develop wonderfully into the future and look forward to returning for more great times!
We LOVED our stay. Aimee welcomed us and her recommendations for things to do and places to eat were spot on. The cabin is cozy and comfortable and the gazebo kitchen has everything you need. Buy the eggs and the firewood! We had scrumptious scrambled eggs and thanked the chickens. We sat by the fire pit watching the moon rise and listening to the last birdsongs of the day. The property is beautifully maintained with a great little nature trail. I counted 26 species of birds just sitting in front of the cabin. This is a gem and we will return.
A little slice of heaven...
Little Fern was an AMAZING get away! The accommodations were so thoughtful. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed. The trails were fun to explore. The chorus of frogs were delightful. I can’t wait to go back.
Beautiful piece of property and an adorable little cabin. The gazebo kitchen was a huge perk. We will definitely come back!
The cabin is comfortable and equipped with everything you would need for the stay. The bed was comfortable. We were there during a cold spring evening and were able to keep warm with the provided blankets and space heater. The solar electricity offered us enough power to keep the lights on and charge our phones. The little kitchen was well equipped with cookware and dishes - anything you would need to cook comfortably.
The property was gorgeous and the walking trails throughout were very nice! We also loved the pond and enjoyed sitting out on the dock area.