About this listing
From the outside, it's a restored tobacco barn. Slide open the giant door and there's a 400 square ft all-season, carpeted, insulated, great room with grid power, fully-provisioned kitchen, high ceiling, sleeping loft, lots of windows & huge porch overlooking/hearing a vigorous creek.
In 2008, I set about restoring this old tobacco barn, pouring foundation, replacing the roof, laying new flooring, and building what is essentially a modern one-room tiny house inside. I've never seen anything like it and probably never will because it made zero economic sense!
The room is around 14' x 17' with 20' ceilings, sleeps one couple and two singles or kids in the loft. In warmer weather, a giant porch overlooking a robust creek could easily accommodate another four sleepers in bags.
There's a private shower room (hot & cold) with a space heater, an outdoor kitchen with hot & cold running water, a Weber grill, a loft way in the high rafters, near where a barn owl occasionally perches. The kitchen has plenty of basic cooking implements and utensils in good condition. French press for coffee, cast iron skillet, basic pots, pans, knives, some spices depending on who's left what. If you are a chef or foodie and would like, please feel free to bring stuff you know you'd like to have w/ you.
Please note: between between November and mid-March, water is shut off to the barn to prevent freezing pipes. Spring water is drawn from a nearby freeze-proof hydrant.
This property is for rent nightly (2 nights min), weekly or month, either separate or together with a secluded mountain cabin (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4043458).
Guests have access to the full property -- nearly 30 acres, including 1 linear mile of private wooded hiking trail, a one of a kind treehouse "the Nest," 1200 feet of creek frontage, giant meadow, 100 fruit and nut trees, whatever's up in the raised beds, a composting toilet and a hot/cold shower (the toilet and shower are shared if there are other guests in the cabin). Also, if there are no guests in the cabin, barn guests can enjoy the frog pond, the cabin porch, and the wood-fired hot tub (for an extra $25). We keep plenty of wood on hand and to keep the tub clean).
Interaction with guests
Your host(s) will accessible anytime by email and text, but will generally not be present during your stay.
Pls note, the barn is one of 2 dwellings on this parcel; the other is a cabin/tiny home about 75 feet away (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4043458). Sometimes, there'll be no guests in the cabin, and other times, there will. If you have a larger group, or for a completely private experience, both structures can be rented pretty for not a lot more. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4191598?checkin=11%2F12%2F2014&checkout=11%2F20%2F2014&s=Tmnd
Good Egg Barn is near Spring Creek in Madison County, NC, which has rolling hills, curvy roads, gorgeous vistas, dramatic weather, varied animal and bird life, and friendly, respectful neighbors. Very little real estate development has come to this mountain community.
The County was settled in the early 1800s by independent and resourceful settlers, mostly Scots-Irish. In the mid-1800s, when Union and Confederate recruiters came calling, Madison County folks were just as likely to hide in the hills as join one side or the other. To this day, there is a very strong "live and let live" ethos.
In the late sixties and seventies, back-to-the -landers came to the area and settled, attracted by that ethos, open space, and, most of all, the incredible unspoiled beauty. Many are still here alongside descendants of mountain folk (from whom I bought this parcel), retirees, artists, and visitors like yourselves.
This property is in a tiny little township called Meadow Fork, which probably has less than a thousand people. Our neighbors are friendly, gracious people who don't get in each others' business, but look out for one another. It's de rigueur on the roads around here to raise a hand or at least your index finger and acknowledge every car you pass.
We are in a remote area. Good roads get you here, but there's no public transportation. From the Asheville airport, it's a 90 min. drive on interstate to a curvy mountain road. 4 Wheel drive is not required except in extreme weather. Our driveway is right off of Meadow Fork Road, a solid 2 lane, which can have as few as 20 or 30 cars passing per day. Winter can be tricky as the road isn't plowed very quickly and we don't plow the property, but any other time of year, it's easy in, easy out. There's a volunteer fire dept. for emergencies (Spring Creek, NC).
I find it's best to go for food and ice once, either before you arrive--there's a big Ingles in Leicester -- or, if you're up for a beautiful drive, or want to see one of these towns -- Waynesville, Marshall, or Hot Springs. About a mile or two from Good Egg, there's Miss An's convenience store and RV park for snacks and gas (directions to hers and other places are in a binder in the cabin), or 4 miles to the Trust General Store and gas station (there's a small restaurant there).
Our friends and neighbors, chefs, caterers, & Innkeepers Brenda and Mo will make a yummy dinner for you to pick up with notice.
For a (fiberglass & jets) hot tub soak and/or a restaurant meal, 30 minutes away is Hot Springs. Max Patch, a breathtaking "bald" with panaromic views is 20 minutes. Downtown Asheville, about an hour).
Other things to note
The entire property including the barn was "developed" using permaculture and sustainable homesteading principles. If we are not around to explain things, there is a full binder with all the details of how we came to build what is here.
And while the cabin is not grid-tied, the barn has full power, internet, and phone. You don't need to build a fire to cook or be warm (building a fire in a barn isn't such a great idea anyway), read by candle light or worry about your laptop battery. At the same time, you are in the country and going outside at night, you'll see tons of stars, breathe clean air and hear only animal sounds and the rushing creek below.
No matter what the season, what the weather, Good Egg Barn is comfortable and unique.
Note: Since we opened in October, 2014, guest reviews consistently tell us us best thing about staying at Good Egg is being off the grid and the treadmill of modern life, unplugging from the dominant culture and experiencing oneself as humans did 100 years ago and more.
Whether it’s the absence of electricity (in the cabin), the quiet of the country, no city glow in the night sky, or the once common experience of the natural world dominating over human-made or human-crafted things, it’s astonishing for many of us to see and feel and experience without constant communications via text and email and the distractions of modern life. Many people write that they’ve learned an enormous amount about themselves, about homesteading or permaculture, and about alternate ways of being.
This Spring (2016), we’ve increased the minimum number of nights to encourage, facilitate and deepen this experience for guests. Our prices now reflect more accurately our costs to maintain and improve the buildings & the property as well as carefully and lovingly transitioning it between guests.
WARNING: Under North Carolina law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity.” N.C.G.S. § 99E-32(b).
There is no smoking anywhere in the barn. Also, no shoes indoors (the floor is partially carpeted and insulated but a pair of thick socks or slippers is a good idea!).
Please carry food scraps to the compost bins in front of the outhouse and keep scraps of all size from going down any of the drains as we use a sensitive gray water system that needs to keep clear.
If there are no guests at the cabin, by pre-arrangement, you can pay a $25 fee to use the spring-fed wood-fired hot tub. We love pets, and they are welcome in the cabin, but not in the barn.
We ask that you not take plants or rocks from the property and that you put all trash and recycling in the appropriate marked bins with lids tight We appreciate your leaving the cabin as you found it.
Note: from time to time, guests leave things behind. We understand and try to connect lost items with their owners. Because we are a remote location, and each item must be handled several times and transported to me in town to be packaged and mailed, there is a $30 handling fee in addition to postage. So please check & double check before leaving!
Most of my life I lived in the Northeast. One summer, I realized I could just as easily work from a beautiful place in the mountains as I could in the urban duplex where I woke to the sound of buses and fell asleep to my neighbor’s radio.
In 2008, I moved to Asheville, NC. Soon after, I found a 30 acre parcel in the nearby mountains that would become Good Egg. Over the years, with input from permaculture designers, I built a tiny home/cabin, refurbished the old tobacco barn, and developed a low impact, fun, sustainable infrastructure, which has become a rustic writing retreat and getaway for me and an occasional rental property.
I enjoy writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry, reading, making music, word play, distance running, meeting people and feeling connected to family and friends.