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 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 Labor Day weekend through mid-October (Gauley whitewater season), you will enjoy total privacy meaning you will have exclusive use of the campground. During Gauley whitewater season, we open up our fields to hundreds of kayakers from across the country who seek the thrills of class V rapids that come only once a year when the US Corps of Engineers releases the water from Summersville Lake, creating the world renowned rapids.
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at The Nut House
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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.
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!