Hipcamp host Susan T.,
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The Nut House, while still primitive, is a cozy little cabin that you'll appreciate on a rainy day or chilly night. It's basically a two-room cabin which has a bedroom and a sitting room. The bedroom is furnished with an antique double roll-away bed and the sitting room has a double futon.

Here's a little background on the cabin and why it's called "The Nut House."


The Nut House, while still primitive, is a cozy little cabin that you'll appreciate on a rainy day or chilly night. It's basically a two-room cabin which has a bedroom and a sitting room. The bedroom is furnished with an antique double roll-away bed and the sitting room has a double futon.

Here's a little background on the cabin and why it's called "The Nut House." Since moving here in 2002, we’ve always tried to be self-sustaining, to let the land provide for us without raping it, and never waste anything. We’re big believers in Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce. The Nut House was a project that James undertook to provide campers an alternate choice of lodging yet still staying simple and primitive. It was built with sweat equity (James’s alone) and recycled and reused items were used whenever possible. The wood used to build the cabin (poplar, black walnut, cherry and butternut – hence, the name Nut House) came from trees that were downed during the epic June 29, 2012 derecho storm that hit West Virginia and were milled by James. Two of the windows came from a very old trailer that was left on the property when we bought it. The interior is chinked with wool from our sheep. We have also installed solar lights. The cabin can sleep 4. There is one full-size bed (a 1950's roll-away bed) and one full-size futon. Pillows are provided. You will need to provide your own bed linens or sleeping bags. It has a tin roof perfect for those rainy nights and a creek that runs behind it. The cabin was made with the least amount of purchased items as possible, so we could keep the rental price low. We provide park-style grills, firepit grills and camping cook stoves for your use and your first load of firewood is free! We also provide charcoal. Clean Portajohns are provided as well as a "to die for" outdoor hot water shower! All you have to do is throw a couple of sleeping bags in the car and pack a cooler full of camping grub. Oh, and don't forget your hiking shoes! Although the campground is pet friendly, we do not allow pets inside the cabin.

Also, except for Gauley whitewater season (the day after Labor Day through mid-October), you will enjoy total privacy meaning you will have EXCLUSIVE use of the campground.  

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Susan a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Bring your mountain bike and explore the Gauley River National Recreation Area.


Boating is available at Summersville Lake.


Fish the Gauley River or Summersville Lake.


Hike the trails on our farm, the Gauley River National Recreation Area or New River Gorge.


If you're not into whitewater, you're still in luck. You can paddle in one of the eddies on the Gauley or go to nearby Summersv...Read more


Great climbing spots at Summersville Lake and the New River Gorge.


River surfing is very popular on the Gauley and we're less than a mile from the Perfect Wave!


Swim in the Gauley River, Janie's Hole, or Summersville Lake.

Whitewater paddling

Are you kidding? The Gauley River is world renowned for its whitewater and is known as the Beast of the East!

Wildlife watching

Observe wildlife from your campsite or hike the trails on our farm. You'll see deer, turkey, lots of song birds, skunks, possu...Read more


Natural features you'll find at The Nut House in West Virginia.


Our farm is surrounded by forest.


Only 10 miles from the very popular Summersville Lake.


Our farm is located in the Appalachian mountains and is adjacent to the Gauley River National Recreation Area.

River, stream, or creek

Just a mile away from the Gauley River, easily within walking distance or you can drive there where you can swim, fish, kayak o...Read more

Swimming hole

There is a lovely eddy on the Gauley at Mason's Branch or you can swim at Summersville Lake.


Janie's Ho!e is a beautifujl hidden, two tier waterfall on the Gauley.


We live on a beautiful, 120 acre sheep farm in the mountains. We have a small herd of Merino and Jacob wool sheep.

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Hipcamper John

Nut house = fun house

John R.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

Susan and her husband are wonderful and so is the property at Tawney Farm! Its secluded and private with easy access to the Gauley national recreation area. Great amenities for slightly less than primitive camping, with electrical outlets for my Traeger grill and charging items in the common area and clean facilities all around. Hot outdoor shower was a nice surprise too!

On top of the location and amenities, Susan her husband, their dog Flo, the sheep - all great hosts and helped us with any and everything we had questions or difficulty with, from finding outlets to setting up propane cooktop (that they provided). They deserve all the positive reviews they can get!!

Hipcamper Susan
Response from Susan, the Host, on September 10th, 2021

Thank you so much! It was a pleasure meeting and chatting with you and your brother! Come back soon!

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Hipcamper Jonathan
Jonathan A.
recommends this listing.
June 18th, 2021

Awesome experience. Friendly hosts, relaxing environment. Loved the sheep and everything about the stay. Wish we booked another evening.

The Nut House
Hipcamper bill
Bill S.
recommends this listing.
May 24th, 2021

Susan and James are two of the nicest hosts you will ever meet! They couldn't have been more helpful or friendlier. The property and amenities were perfect and the surrounding area was absolutely beautiful. The nut house where we stayed was great. Being that James completely built it himself from onsite sourced materials made it even cooler. We especially appreciated the outdoor hot shower! Observing the animals, horse and sheep, up close and having Susan explain the wool preparation process was a real treat! Overall, our stay couldn't have been any better and we will definitely be back!

Hipcamper Susan
Response from Susan, the Host, on May 26th, 2021

Thank you so much! It was our pleasure to host your nature outing. We're so happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope you can return soon.

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Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah C.
recommends this listing.
November 12th, 2019

Had an amazing time. Susan was kind, accommodating, and friendly. Beautiful property with plenty near by to go and explore. Throughly enjoyed our stay!

Hipcamper Mark

Quiet little cabin in the woods

Mark G.
recommends this listing.
November 11th, 2019

Susan and James were amazing hosts. They stayed up late to help us get settled after 11pm. They even set us up with heat inside the cabin, since it was 26 degrees when we got there. The Nut House is a cute little getaway. The farm is beautiful as well.

Wild and woolyThe entranceThe view from on top of their mountainThe property
Hipcamper Brendan
Brendan B.
recommends this listing.
July 8th, 2019

Lovely hosts, a magical place.

Hipcamper Shannon
Shannon M.
recommends this listing.
July 31st, 2017

Susan really helped us out of a bad spot when our other Hipcamp reservation fell through at the last minute. The Nut House was a cozy spot for us to rest our weary heads. We recommend Tawney Farm wholeheartedly!

Skipping stones on the banks of the Gauley River, just up the road. More WV beauty. We saw loads of deer. They are not easy to capture on camera.
Hipcamper Scottie
Scottie T.
recommends this listing.
May 12th, 2017

Susan and James' land is tucked away at the end of a gravel road near the Gauley River National Scenic Riverway. The hosts went out of their way to show us the best fishing holes, amazing views and, of course, the wooly sheep. Though the sheep were a bit shy. The Nut House is tucked next to a gentle creek, which made for a great nights sleep. Two comfy beds, rustic decor and a Susan's wool fiberart make for a cozy abode.

The Nut HouseGazing upon the grazing sheep.The cabin easily sleeps a small family.Mountains surround the the farm
Hipcamper Jennifer B.
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July 3rd, 2019
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