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). A second bathroom with hot shower is available at the host residence (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 TOILETS: both toilets available to cabin guests are composting toilets. They are simple, primitive, dry toilets... 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).
*****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!
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 2PM
- 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 an hour
- Response rate: 100%
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Duck Eggs (half dozen)
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propane cylinder (16oz)
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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!
Adorable and comfy
Cute little cabin with a great view of their graden and pond. 5 steps to a fully furnished kitchen (without a refrigerator) that was adorable. Definitely a great glamping experience! The composting toilet was a bit of a walk but plenty of nature to do your biz! The cabin was very clean and cozy. It got down to 32 degrees the frst night but we were warm enough with our 2nd blanket we brought. There were campers on the property in tents as well. Overall a fantastic fall weekend for us.
Such a great place! I went for a weekend here with my partner and we stayed in the little fern guest cabin. The cabin is so cute and comfy! The outside space made for fun hangouts and the gazeebo kitchen is really cool and quite functional.
The farm is also beautiful and the hostess is really nice. Not the mention, the night sky is incredible with very little light pollution!
Great weekend escape. I spent a lot of my time in the outdoor kitchen, cooking, sipping coffee, writing. It's stocked with everything you would think you need. The 3 burner propane stove provided plenty of cooking space. There were plates, utensils (to cook & eat with), cups, mugs, cutting board, measuring cup and spoons, a can opener, grater, bowls, pots, pans, EVERYTHING! There was also a couple of clear totes to keep your food stored away. There were even some towels, dish soap and kitchen cleaner.
Take some time to explore the trails. If it's been rainy I suggest bringing some water proof boots. Even with it being muddy in some places I really enjoyed myself. So much eye catching flora and fauna. Or if you just want to relax there are two chairs by the pond to just take in the fresh air.
There's no getting around saying that the cabin is small, but not in a feeling like you're being closed in on way, more so in a comfy cozy way. There's plenty of room to sleep, dress, sit and read, or even take a seat at the desk to write. I really adored it. There's also lots of storage space under the bed to keep your stuffed stored away without taking up any floor space.
Aimee was a gracious host. I definitely recommend this HipCamp listing if you're looking to kick back for a few days.
Affordable getaway, with comfort.
The host was attentive to all my questions (which were a lot), She has everything you need and explains everything. My friend a I were the only guests there, so our fur babies were able to run free , and play. The additional bathroom at the host residence was perfect to wash up, and nice for extra privacy , if you need it. I will definitely book again.
Comfy & cozy lil country cabin
Quiet & tiny a bit more traffic during evening & closer to Rd than we expected but cabin was very cute & clean. Frogs & birds were our only companions. The gazebo kitchen was well stocked & had all the essentials & the lil porch area was nice to relax & enjoy a country evening. We enjoyed the sunset!
Cute and peaceful wooded farm
Fruitdale Farm is a charming place in a beautiful area of the state. Located between two state parks and near a nature preserve, you'll find tons to do when you stay in this area.
The cabin is quaint, with the basics that you need to get through a weekend. It was substantial enough that I felt safe during a night of thunderstorms. The screened-in gazebo kitchen was GREAT. I didn't need any of my camping gear- the gazebo had everything.
There are four other campsites on the property, but they are quite spread out. We could hear the family at night down by the pond (site 1), but noise was never an issue.
Things to know if you are considering your stay:
1. The bed in the cabin is a full size bed, not a queen. In my opinion, not big enough for two average-size adults. It's also elevated and you climb a step stool to get in and out. Very difficult if you have mobility issues like I do.
2. There is a crowing rooster 50 feet away from the bed. When does a rooster start crowing? While I was there, 5am to 9:45am.
3. The shower attached to the house was very dark and buggy. I opted to drive 20 minutes and shower at the state park campground both days. (Stealing, I know, but I have to shower because I can't get another tick bite.) The "toilet" in the shower area is a bench over a bucket.
All in all, I'd recommend this place if you are ok with primitive bathroom facilities (buckets) and roosters. If I return, I'll take a single-size air mattress for the floor.
It's cute! It's quiet! (mostly). It's a working farm! All in all, I enjoyed my stay.
Aimee’s cabin was perfect! Exactly what my boyfriend and I were looking for for our weekend getaway. Perfect location for visiting the state parks in the area. We loved how sustainable and environmentally conscious the property is! Aimee was so friendly and helpful. 100% would stay again and would recommend!
Wonderful weekend away
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful stay at the Little Fern Cabin. The cabin and kitchen gazebo were extremely charming and well taken care of. The labor and love that Aimee has poured into her entire property is palatable and I'm certain that all her guests feel it. She should be very proud of what she has built there.
All the accommodations were accurate to the listing. I do suggest adding some hooks to the walls in the guest bathroom attached to Aimee's house. When showering, it would have been immensely helpful to have somewhere to hang clothes/towels, etc.
For our weekend stay, we had the whole property to ourselves so we did not experience what it would be like to share spaces with anyone else. We visited Paint Creek Lake and Highlands Nature Sanctuary which are each beautiful and around 15 minutes away.
The Little Fern Cabin proved to be a cozy, serene haven and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a weekend away.
Great weekend getaway!
I booked this off-the-grid cabin for my fiance's birthday and we had a great time! It was the perfect place for us to read, play games, write, and relax after a busy college semester. The cabin was clean, warm, and the kitchen was all stocked. The privy was much closer than I first anticipated. When the electricity was acting up, Aimee brought over a little propane heater to keep us warm throughout the night. This is one of our new favorite Hipcamp sites! We loved learning about the history of the cabin and the kitchen, as well as talking to Aimee about her vision for the farm and her passion for permaculture and sustainable living. She is an inspiration! We would like to start our own farm similar to Fruitdale Farms one day; Aimee was a great role model and is someone we will go back to in the future. We will definitely be back to tent camp in warmer weather!