Abi's Arboreal Abode & Hammock Haven (relaxingly referred to as AAAHH...) is a 15' yurt nestled like a bird-nest 10' off the ground in a grove of walnut trees.
Named for our departed forest-dwelling friend, Abigail Dietz, this sweet shelter lets you spend some time with your head in the clouds and commune with her light-hearted and spunky spirit.
Want to feel a bit more grounded? Slip below-deck and rock your cares away in one of the shaded hammocks swinging underneath next to the creek.
HomeGrown HideAways is a hundred acre holler in the beautiful Red Lick Valley near Berea, Ky. We have all the good (beautiful views, babbling brook, hiking trails) and the bad (insects, noisy roosters, poison ivy) that nature has to offer so come prepared. We recommend hiking boots, bug spray, and jackets for cool nights.
The treehouse has a bunk-bed with a single mattress on the top and a full-size, fold-out futon on the bottom. There is also a trundle with a single-sized mattress that pulls out from under the bunk-bed. The beds have sheets, pillows, and cotton blankets. There is a small patio table and two chairs outside and a drop-leaf dining table with four fold-away chairs inside the treehouse.
The treehouse is equipped with electricity, heat, and air conditioning. There are solar lights around the deck and a string of lights around the yurt as well as an attic fan in the roof to enhance the ventilation from the two windows.
There is a spiral staircase to access the treehouse deck, but we have also installed an electric lift for getting your belongings up to the treehouse.
Kids 15 and under are no additional charge. Be sure to exclude them from the number of guests, but let us know via message so we can provide enough blankets.
Feel free to wander around the farm and check out the scenery. There is a 1.5 mile hiking trail that encompasses the property along with a variety of side-trails (be sure to watch out for poison ivy!). We have a small playground with swings for the kids (and kids at heart). We also have two disc golf baskets and discs plus a croquet set you are welcome to set up. If you're feeling adventurous, our canoe is available for rent ($20 for 4 hours).
For your convenience, there is an outbuilding equipped with a phone (free long-distance), cookware, dishes, and kitchen appliances that you are welcome to use as long as you clean up after yourself. We also have a small "Farm Stand" where you can purchase our HomeGrown eggs and seasonal produce. Money spent in our farm stand is added to the budget for purchases made at the local farmers market for our breakfasts and dinners, so your dollars directly impact the livelihood of our food-growing neighbors!
Speaking of food, if you don't feel like cooking or leaving the farm, Nathan is a chef by trade and will happily cook for you with advance notice. Breakfast is $10-$15 per person and dinners are $25-$30 person. Ingredients are sourced from our very own garden or from our many friends at the local farmers market. Due to off-farm work schedules, there are times we may not be home to provide meals, but we have some great local restaurants we'll happily recommend.
We also have several fire-pits on the farm and we ask that you make use of these instead of making your own, otherwise our farm looks like it has chicken pox from all the ground-fires. You are also welcome to bring your own above-ground fire container such as a grill or patio fire-pit. We have firewood for sale or wood can be gathered for free from our 80 acres of forest.
We have a shared-use bath house for all of our guests that is available from April through October (or whenever temperatures are predicted to fall below freezing). It features 4 flushing toilets and 2 solar-heated showers. We do provide toilet paper, but not towels or toiletries. For our winter guests, we built two outhouses (one near the yome and one in the RV area), but showers will not be available.
At the end of our road (about a half mile past our driveway), there is a small pond with a dock that folks have been known to swim in. In the other direction is a large reservoir that you pass on your way to our farm. The reservoir falls in the jurisdiction of Fish & Wildlife and has No Trespassing signs posted, but no one will report you as long as you aren't being disrespectful and leaving trash everywhere. Locals are often seen boating, fishing, and occasionally swimming, but be aware that there are usually cows upstream and snapping turtles enjoy the locale. We recommend closed-toe shoes or sandals when swimming in ponds.
All of our neighbors are friendly and accustomed to us having frequent guests so feel free to say hello if you see them out and about. Many of them will talk your ear right off with all the stories about our holler.
Interaction with guests
The residents of HomeGrown HideAways recognize that you're probably visiting our farm to escape the daily hustle and bustle of regular life and might be looking for some peace and quiet away from other humans. No worries! While you are likely to see residents puttering around the farm doing chores, you're under no obligation to make chit-chat with us (unless, of course, you need something). On the flip-side, we'll never turn away anyone that wants to keep us company while we weed the garden!
We are a working farm so sometimes you can expect to hear things like tractors, chainsaws, roosters, barking dogs, coyotes, etc. We can't do anything about the roosters or coyotes, but if you want a relaxing afternoon nap in the hammock, just let us know and we'll work on quieter chores.
Other things to note
Please leave your pets at home. In addition to the native wildlife, we have dogs, cats, chickens, and roosters to keep you company.
We are a farm in the mountains so be prepared to encounter INSECTS (mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers), WILDLIFE (deer, turkey, snakes, toads, and dare we mention the bear track we spotted one spring?), WEATHER (hot, cold, rain, snow), TOXIC PLANTS (poison ivy, stinging nettle, wild mushrooms), just to name a few.
Prepare to UNPLUG. There is no cell phone or internet reception at our place. Occasionally, some folks are able to catch a brief signal, but don't plan to have digital access. The closest place to get a decent signal is at the cemetery near the reservoir. There is a telephone you can use in our courtesy kitchen.
- PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING
- Kids are welcome, but due to the height of the treehouse, parents are cautioned to use proper judgement. There is an electric winch for getting your belongings into the treehouse.
- Kids 15 and under are free. Don't include them in your headcount for booking, but we do like to know how many kids to expect via message.
- We have gardens, chickens, and an on-farm chef! Let us know if you'd be interested in having us cook for you!
- The bath-house is available from April through October (or whenever temperatures are predicted to remain above freezing for an extended period of time). It features 4 flushing toilets and 2 solar-heated showers. We do provide toilet paper, but not towels or toiletries. For our winter guests, we built two outhouses (one near the Yome and one in the RV/Treehouse area), but showers will not be available during the winter months.
- For your convenience, there is a courtesy kitchen with appliances (fridge, stove, oven, microwave, coffee-maker, sink, some dishes) and a telephone that you are welcome to use. THE FARM DOES NOT HAVE CELL SERVICE OR WIFI.
- We have several fire-pits on the farm for guests to use. Please use these designated areas and do not make your own. We have firewood for sale, but you are also welcome to collect your own for free from the 80 acres of forest surrounding our farm.
- Please leave your pets at home. In addition to the native wildlife, we have dogs, cats, chickens, and a rooster to keep you company. If we're overstocked, the refrigerator in the courtesy kitchen sometimes has farm-fresh eggs and produce available!
- We have a small playground with swings for the kids (and kids at heart). We also have two disc golf baskets and discs plus cornhole and a croquet set you are welcome to set up. If you're feeling adventurous, our canoe is available for rent (please bring life jackets). We also have a 1.5 mile hiking loop on the property and several side trails.
- Pack it in, pack it out. Recycling and composting bins are available on the farm, but trash must be taken with you when you leave since we do not have regular trash service on the farm.
- Clean up after yourself. If you cook in the kitchen, do not leave dirty dishes that can attract critters (we have enough of those out here).
- We are in a DRY part of the county so if you enjoy an evening libation, we highly recommend that you BYO - the nearest liquor store is 20 minutes away in Richmond.
- Be respectful and responsible. Fireworks and guns are not permitted. Loud, belligerent drunkenness won't be tolerated. Have fun, but don't be disorderly. Remember, this is our home and we want it to be yours when you visit.