Nestled in the private backyard of our family home, a neighborhood hub. The round, rustic, romantic MudHut hides in a secret garden overlooking the St. Johns bridge and sparkling river, near Cathedral Park, Forest Park, downtown St. Johns, canoe and hiking trails... Firepit, permaculture gardens, loaner bikes, community life, view!
Our hut was handbuilt by family, friends, and community with great love and serves as a guesthouse, homeschool hut, sauna and sanctuary. Wood-heated and candle-lit, it's a tranquil, rustic sleeping space. I recommend staying two nights for an immersive experience in the relaxing atmosphere.
You may wander the gardens, pick berries, have a fire, hang out in the outdoor living areas, the sanctuary and the stage. Bathroom facilities are a tip toe from the mudhut to the basement of our home, through the outside back door, down a set of stairs. The covered outdoor kitchen is right next to the hut with an ice box, a hot pot for breakfast beverages, and a camp stove with pots, pans & dishes provided. My husband and I are brewers, and there's usually something good to sip on the 4-tap kegerator. Outdoor dining with a view year round.
Interaction with guests
I love to make tea and breakfast from the gardens and grounds if you desire. Our family spends a lot more time outside than in, and we love an excuse to have a fire, so if you want to be one of the family you are most welcome. That said, the hut is your private zone,
Other things to note
I built the hut as a retreat from the buzz and hustle of daily life, without electricity. The outdoor kitchen and basement have outlets for charging devices, and there is the option of running an extension cord to the hut for power needs. Wifi is spotty in the hut due to the thick earth walls, but is easy to pick up elsewhere on the property. Your night is your own, but to fully experience the hut in the spirit in which it was built, I recommend turning off and tuning in :-) I accept one-night reservations, but really recommend two nights for an immersive experience. Our location on the bluff above a working river in a major city means that the air is full of sounds. You may hear trains and ship horns at night. The thick earthen walls buffer the sound quite well for most, but some have found night noises to be bothersome. I mention this for the benefit of light sleepers and just for full disclosure.
This is our family home and a community hub, so the space is built to share. Make yourselves at home in the garden and grounds. The hot tub is available 24 hours a day, quiet hours after 10. When checking out, please wash your dishes and leave everything else to us.