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Secluded Mountain Tiny Home & Barn

· Hot Springs, Madison, North Carolina
30 acres hosted by Don S.
2 lodging sites
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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. Speaking of which, 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 (per 2 night rentals) covers thorough cleaning between guests and split firewood. You will be very comfortable in Little Good Egg, 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." Odd as it sounds to say this, it's stunning and wonderful to go "offline," even for just a day, and not get hit by little chirps and incoming messages that seem to arrive now 24/7. 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. This Spring (2016), we’ve increased the price a bit reflect more accurately our costs to maintain and improve the buildings & the property as well as carefully and lovingly transitioning it between guests. 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).
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8 ratings · 5 reviews
Ansley T.recommends
October 12, 2023
Mountain Cabin/Tiny Home
This what such a delightful spot! Very cozy, well equipped, and beautiful. The wood stove kept me plenty warm on the chillier nights. The hot tub was super luxurious. The little egg has everything you could want from a little WNC cabin retreat. Also the wifi was a great bonus!
Eifel K.recommends
March 13, 2023
Secluded Mountain Cabin and Barn
This is an incredibly unique property and a wonderful place to get away and enjoy the mountains. It feels very secluded, set on 30 acres of land deep in Madison County, and being off-grid adds to the sense of being able to really escape and relax. The barn and cabin are both really neat structures, and Don has clearly spent a lot of time and effort into making this a one-of-a-kind place. The barn has a spacious living area, with a full kitchen, heating, and other amenities, and a huge deck for cooking and entertaining. The cabin is a cozy retreat that is well supplied and has a great wood furnace for colder nights. There is lots to see on the farm with a whole trail system and various gardens and other features. And the rushing stream going across the property really completes the perfect setting. There is fast wifi available if needed, and Don is very helpful and easy to get a hold of.
Ashley P.recommends
November 25, 2022
Restored Tobacco Barn
We had a magical time at this old barn. I could sit on the porch, and listen to the babbling creek, forever. The single room, with a loft, was a perfect size for our family of 4 and had everything we could possibly need for our stay, including CDs, games, and puzzles. Such a relaxing place to escape to, but still have some amenities like refrigeration, a cook top, and our own shower. The composting toilet outhouse was a unique experience for the teens to experience a simpler way of life. If you're looking for somewhere quiet, but still want to enjoy a few modern amenities and sleep in a real bed, then this place is a gem. Would definitely recommend it to others looking for "glamping" experiences.
Jennifer B.recommends
June 22, 2018
Creekside tent in the Smokies
Best Rustic Campsite Ever. We had the best time at the Good Egg! There was an abundance of firewood, and the stream was beautifully refreshing! Don was extremely responsive when we had questions. I highly recommend this camp spot and property!
Juliana S.recommends
April 5, 2018
Creekside tent in the Smokies
Looking for a peaceful escape in the mountains? This is THE place for it. I could've stayed for days...Don's property is a beautiful, thoughtful slice of paradise tucked away beside the hills. Campers can pitch a tent beside the flowing creek and in the shadow of his renovated barn - which also serves as a separate rental unit! When that isn't occupied, campers can request access to the barn's covered porch/lounge/kitchen area - a sweet little perch with tons of extra amenities. With the campsite, you're guaranteed access to the fire pit (with plentiful chopped wood!), compost toilet and freedom to explore the trails that wind throughout the property. Don't want to drive elsewhere for activities? Hike to the top of the mountain, pay a visit to the quirky treehouse on-site, and relax in the evening with a book on the bench beside the creek. Many thanks to Don for a warm welcome to the campsite - I can't say enough good things!
Hot Springs, Madison, North Carolina, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), and Miccosukee First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Don S.Joined in October 2017
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