We’re on Air BnB

Book a stay through Air BnB starting at $65/night. Guests climb a ladder to the third floor guest room and sleep under the stars next to a large picture window. Explore and experience our partially off grid mountainside homestead under renovation. You are guaranteed an unparalleled experience in a home that looks and functions differently from typical homes. Proper shoes and the ability to climb a ladder to the guest room are required.

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Behind-the-Scenes Homestead Tour

Book a two hour tour through Air BnB Experience, starting at $21/person. Tour includes topics and activities such as how we care for our animals, the unique architecture of the house, things we do for sustainability, and things we’d like to do better

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Save the Date

National Seed Swap Day

Join us Saturday, January 25, 2020 to discover new seeds and gardening tips, trade with friends. Be sure you’re on our mailing list to learn more as we get closer to the day of the event

Community Activities

Plan a group walk, a behind the scenes homestead tour or personal retreat. Or attend one of our low cost events and workshops designed to get us outdoors and exploring and enjoying nature. Click photos for a selection of activities we offer.


Mountainsteading at a Glance

Gallery of behind the scenes images

Mountainstead(ing)

Here you’ll find information we have learned first hand owning and restoring a back-to-the-land homestead. Although our property is not exactly the same as yours, hopefully we will be able to provide some interesting details as we renovate our home in mountains of West Virginia

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About Our Water

Potable water comes from a natural spring on our land. Because our drinking water comes straight from an underground aquifer, we do filter it using a Berkey water filter. Though there is running water in the house at the kitchen sink for washing hands and dishes, during the dryer months we do haul water from a lower springbox & cistern for bathing and watering plants & animals so it is very important that we and our guest conserve water whenever possible. Additionally rain water is harvested for watering animals and plants when possible. Hot water is derived from either our propane stove or in the winter we always have a large pot of water heating.


WOOFer Max helping winterize our colonies by adding insulation and giving our hives a “tilt”

Bees

Winter is pretty quiet at a hive. When the temps drop below 50F the bees cluster in the hive to conserve energy and stay warm. We started our colonies in 2018 so being our first winter with them you can see some of the things we did to winterize our hives.

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Ducks

Our Khaki Campbell ducks are in winter egg production which means less eggs and more food we have to provide to them as they can’t very well forage with frozen ground and snow. As soon as we are back up to speed we’ll have plenty of free-range eggs for your enjoyment. Please contact us if you are interested

 
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Maple Syrup

It’s time for the maple sap to run in West Virginia which means collecting and boiling sap. We like to think ours is something special, to learn more about the process and tasting notes from our 2019 batches follow the link below.

 
 
 
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