Hidden away in a grove of cedar trees, this 13' diameter canvas bell tent is cozy and secluded, well out of view from other campsites and with great views of the night sky. A perfect getaway for couples, the tent is furnished with a full sized bed with memory foam mattress, clean bedding, rugs, a small table and rechargeable lantern. The site offers a picnic table, fire pi
Hidden away in a grove of cedar trees, this 13' diameter canvas bell tent is cozy and secluded, well out of view from other campsites and with great views of the night sky. A perfect getaway for couples, the tent is furnished with a full sized bed with memory foam mattress, clean bedding, rugs, a small table and rechargeable lantern. The site offers a picnic table, fire pit, hammock, rustic seating, a simple camp kitchen and 5 gallons of potable water will be provided. There is no electricity but there are solar string lights both inside the tent and above the picnic table, which provide ample light. There is also a usb mini fan and a solar rechargeable power bank with two usb ports that can be used to charge phones (very limited power source). Please also note that, while the site is very secluded in the cedars, there aren't any big shade trees. An outhouse with a composting toilet is located only 10m from the site. Parking is available near the road and there will be a moderate walk (7-10 minutes) to the site (including a steep hill). Enjoy a campfire under the stars and fall asleep to the sounds of crickets, frogs and owls. *** WINTER UPDATE: a portable heater is provided during the cold months and propane canisters are available for purchase (see extras), or you can bring your own.
There is a small pond on the property with a little dock that is great for swimming on hot days (bring your pool floats!) and there is a little nature trail (3/4 mile) that is accessible right from the campsite (follow the wooden signs).
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, accepting cash/venmo/paypal).
The CAMP KITCHEN has a single burner cook stove (butane fuel canisters are available for purchase for $5 as an extra) and all of the basic cookware needed (pot, pan, plates, bowls, cups, silverware, tongs, etc). There is also a grate for cooking over the fire. A bucket, scrub brush and dish soap are also provided for cleaning up.
There is a wonderful SAUNA on the property that you may reserve by the hour ($10/hour for 2 people; payment can be made in advance by purchasing in extras or you can pay on site via cash/venmo/paypal). The sauna is located at the back of the host's residence and can be reached by a short (1/2 mile) hike down the nature trail. The sauna is available for guest use between 8am-11pm. (Towels are mandatory; bring your own)
Please bring a flashlight/headlamp so that you can find your way around after dark. The paths can be a bit muddy in rainy conditions, so check the weather and be prepared. A portable power bank may come in handy if you have one.
The area offers great hiking, paddling (Rocky Fork Creek is the best around!), 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: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2 nights
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Sauna Session (1 hour)
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Butane Fuel Canister
8oz butane fuel canister for portable camp stove. (These work with the singe...Read more
Duck Eggs (half dozen)
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propane cylinder (16oz)
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Farm Fresh Eggs (1 dozen)
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
There are mountain biking trails just 3 miles away at Paint Creek Lake State Park.
Paint Creek Lake is only 3 miles away. There is a boat ramp and a marina.
There is a nature trail on site and lots of great hiking trails in the area. Highlands Nature Sanctuary is 7 miles away and th...Read more
Great paddling on lakes and creeks in the area. Nearest lake (Paint Creek Lake) is only 3 miles away. Rocky Fork Creek is one...Read more
The Chutes (a class 3 rapid) on Paint Creek is just 6 miles away.
Lots of wildlife on the property. Great birding, lots of deer and other critters.
Natural features you'll find at Cedar Sanctuary (site 6) in Ohio.
The beach at Paint Creek Lake is about 7 miles away.
There are caves at Highlands Nature Sanctuary, just 7 miles away.
There are plenty of trees on site!
There is an open field on site.
River, stream, or creek
There is an intermittent stream running through the property and several creeks and lakes in the area.
There is a small pond on site that is great for swimming (bring your floats) and there is a beach at Paint Creek Lake nearby.
There are some nice little waterfalls along the nearby trails at Highlands Nature Sanctuary and Miller State Nature Preserve.
There is a short gravel driveway at the gate entrance and a flat grassy area for parking.
Places to see near Fruitdale Farm
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Aimee was extremely friendly and responded so quickly when we had quick questions! She also was able to turn on the sauna for us to heat it up before we got there and was super accommodating! She had the butane and propane ready for us with the stove with the power bar and fan. She even had games in her tent for us. Would definitely recommend Aimee’s place :)
It's a beautiful place! LOTS of paw paw trees and forest around, a nice trail, the tent was really private and Aimee had stocked everything I needed for camp. She was also very responsive to texts. I loved hearing the bullfrogs at night and seeing the lightening bugs! Hammock was lovely too.
We loved our stay!! Comfy bed, all of the essentials in the kitchenette, the hammock was amazing! All the fun of camping with none of the hassles. It was very relaxing. We preordered some duck eggs and firewood which were waiting for us at our campsite. We had the best time and would love to stay there again.
Such an exquisite and calming environment. Aimee had everything we needed to enjoy our weekend without packing in so many items. We will definitely be back and bring our kids next time. Lots of privacy and such a beautiful area. Lots of activities very close to camp also. Thank you again Aimee.
Everything was awesome. Aimee was super kind and responsive, the space was beautiful and thoughtfully organized with anything you could want either on-site or a short drive away. Perfect spot and excellent host.
I cannot get enough of Fruitdale Farm! This my 4th time camping on Aimee's land but my first stay at site 6, the interior of the tent was decorated so nice it almost made me forget I was sleeping outside. The full sized memory foam mattress was more comfortable then my bed at home! Finished each night stretching out in the sauna followed by a HOT shower. Truly a luxury camping experience that I'd recommend to anyone wanting to camp for their first time or to an experienced camper looking to camp glamorously!
A wonderful stay
We had a great time glamping at Aimee’s farm! It was a bit of a walk getting to the campsite (as advertised) so definitely pack light if you can. The eggs I purchased were right there for me at the front gate with my name on them, the firewood bundle was right there when we walked in, and the lights inside of the tent created an inviting glow for the whole campsite. We were a bit disappointed that the outdoor lights were not working and it was difficult to see after dark, but the campfire and camping lamp from inside the tent helped out. We had some rough weather the first night but the tent held its own with no wetness getting inside at all! The second night the sky was perfectly clear and we got to see the full moon and many different constellations which was beautiful. We would highly recommend Paxton’s restaurant for a yummy quick diner breakfast and the Highlands Nature Sanctuary for aovely hiking experience (so serene and so many pretty wildflowers). Also can’t recommend the sauna highly enough, it was an amazing experience and the shower afterwards was so nice after a day of hiking and sauna-ing! It is a good walk from the campsite but well worth it. I had some reservations about the privy situation but I was pleasantly surprised by how clean and new it was. There are also other campsites fairly nearby, but the noise was not too bothersome and it was quiet at nighttime. Overall, Aimee was a very kind and highly responsive host, and we really enjoyed our stay! :)
Staying on Aimee’s farm was an exceptional experience, aside from the rainy April weather which left us dealing in the mud, our stay was very enjoyable. Her suggestions for local sites proved to be on point and the amenities provided by our hostess were incredibly well executed. She appears to be a talented carpenter, gardener, project developer as well as a gracious host.
Looking forward to staying again, perhaps in another season. 👍🐿🪵🍳