About This Listing
It's almost April and theres still lots of snow. Im thinking about getting down to the platform and starting to clear the snow.
Let me know if you're eager to camp. And you can help me get her started for the year for a discount.
Looking South from top of hill. In front of house. Valarian flowers foreground. Locust trees behind.
Welcome to the Skunk Barn Farm field and forests ~~~
.... At the bottom of the field, and over-hearing the Canoe Brook, (you cant see it without walking to edge of wooded cliff) there is a 12 by 20 foot platform awaiting you and your tent. Firepit and protected space for an outdoor kitchen are near. The woods are mature hardwood - birch, hickory, maple with some pines and hemlocks.
The price quoted assumes you will need some light use of the kitchen and bathroom, but if you have no need for these facilities please let me know and I will reduce your cost. I am also happy to provide a simple breakfast if you let me in advance and what your dietary needs are. I can do carnivore to vegan to raw!
Light use does not mean lots of refridgerator space; its a small refridgerator and I share it with a housemate. Please plan on using a cooler for the majority of your perishables. (its shady in the woods and in the outdoor kitchen.) Light use does mean a short shower once per 2-3 days, and using kitchen for one simple meal per day. These visits will need to be scheduled, Thanks. I want others who live here to feel comfortable. You would have access to the outhouse, of course, which is off the parking area near the house and to water.
The field used to be a hay field and the house a hay barn. The stream is year round. Now the field is a sanctuary for insects and birds. Read: it is not heavily mowed. There is great hiking, Nordic skiing, dirt road walking, ambling, stream dipping, and culvert cooling very close by. From your tent you will hear possibly, deer, birds, and the stream.
To the north through the woods, are buildings where a person lives and where occasionally spiritual retreats are run in the yurt. I am on very good terms with these neighbors and therefore have access to their trail down steep woods to the stream. Tent dwellers and they cant see each other but could hear each other so discretion is important.
Putney (5miles by road, 2 - 3 through forest) is a happening little town; as is bigger Brattleboro to South. Able cyclists can do it in 40ish minutes there and 1.5 hours back. There is a bus via Rt 5, N/S Brat/Putney/BellowsFalls. I've hitched from my driveway but most, regrettably, drive their personal automobiles.
Guests of over 3 nights can shower and use washing machine.
Interaction with Guests
If I am around and you would like I often enjoy getting to know my guests a little bit. When it happens its fun. Sometimes we just wont cross paths that much.
Friendly people and not very many. Trails, forest, streams, fields, sky. Dirt roads and pavement close-by. Birds, deer, skunks and foxes. Fortunately for my chickens, not too many predator visitors. That could change in an instant.... knock on wood.
It is quite easy to hitch from here into Putney from where there is a bus. It doesn't run that often. mornings and evenings; I think mostly weekdays. I'm about 3.5 miles by road to Putney town, 9 miles from Brattleboro. Neighbors bike commute to Brat.; Its a good climb back home.
We are a friendly bunch but you can have solitude if that's what you're after.
You need to arrive to set up before dark so we can show you the ropes.
Coming and going quietly is very appreciated. Folks live right above the parking area.
We practice a high degree of respect for the land and air and water and expect that you will also.
Otherwise you are free to enjoy the place and the area.
There is no internet. We will likely learn of your interest much faster if you telephone us! (phone number hidden). Leave a phone number!!
This camp site offers a special way to stay in touch with nature, while feeling complete solitude and peace. My husband and I spent one night and are already are talking of returning. The set up is in the back of the host's home at the foot of the woods. The site is set up with a large platform, covered kitchen area and fire pit. Down the hill a short home is a lovely stream that you can hear the whole time! I have to admit it was my first time camping and I loved it! We brought our own tent and cooler if food/drinks and didn't have to leave once. We met Greenough shortly after we arrived. She is a friendly free-spirited woman who works to keep a sustainable atmosphere. She was kind enough to provide us freshly laid eggs and water from her spicket. We felt at home on her land. We highly suggest this experience to other couples and families. Thanks Greenough!
Greenough was very welcoming and kind, and everything was exactly as described. The little forest is beautiful and quiet, and is better than a campground by far if it's peace and solitude you're after. It's also very dark so great for seeing the stars. Thank you Greenough!
Greenough is a lovely and welcoming hostess. Do listen to any of her recommendations regarding food, swimmin' holes, etc.
The platform is reached through a sunny meadow full of wild flowers and is in, like, a cave of trees, keeping it nice & cool. It was lovely to fall asleep to the sound of the brook.
Totally recommend this spot.
This is a beautiful space, a nice platform in a stand of large trees at the bottom of the field. A lovely path has been cleared going down the field into the woods. Along the way I came across a couple of strawberry patches. I would not be able to call myself a New Englander and get away with saying I did not eat a couple, after all these are real strawberries.
The woods lead to a large brook, which I didn't get down to see but the roar was spectacular to sleep by. I felt like I was up in the white mountains in spring when the melting snows are flowing. I forgot a flashlight, a must when camping in the woods, and Greenough very graciously lent me one for the evening.
This is a fantastic deal for anyone who likes to camp
Thanks so much to Greenough for making your place available! Greenough is a super nice host. The land and neighborhood are extremely beautiful. Advice for future campers is that if you like, you could probably come and go entirely on your own, find where everything is, and never even meet the host! Greenough very much enjoys that her campers are usually very independent, but also clearly enjoys chatting and being a helpful and friendly host if you need anything.
Greenough was a delight! My fiancee and I camped there for one night, it was rainy the next morning and she made sure we were comfortable without being intrusive. She even shared a fresh batch of eggs from her chickens with us. We had a great time and will visit again if we're in Vermont! Thanks so very much Greenough! :)
The tent site at Greenough's is lovely, we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful spot to wake up in! The platform is perfect - it rained the night we camped, but we stayed perfectly dry. Greenough was very sweet and left directions for us, and gave us a warm welcome in the morning. We definitely recommend staying here!
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About the Host, Greenough
My daughter and I converted a barn into a home and an apartment 15 years ago when she was on the crew as a homeschooled 7th grader and I GCed when I came home from jobs. We've always strived to live very sustainably. She learned early how to network for rides, I even sometimes left the car at home and hitched . Though we could have, we opted not to put in a septic system, so we function on the "water is precious" paradigm. We've always grown various amounts of food on site, including some meat which I'd like to do again when there's more human resource on premises.
Present demography existing we're working perennial fruits and a small summer garden... well the leeks and kale will last into the fall.
We call the place the Skunk Barn Farm. Skunks relocated from the boarding school nearby, died and we found their beautiful skeletons amongst the hay and boards that lay in the barn, unused for decades. I chose to retrofit an existing structure near a road as a way to not take away habitat from animals less adaptable than our human selves. Though not fancy it's comfortable: passive solar shortens our otherwise wood heating season. And a small solar array will keep the well water pumping in case things go south. Solar clothes dryer works year round if you know how....
As a family we've always shared our living quarters with housemates, and recently I've expanded the concept to include an apartment under the same roof (it soon maybe available via AIR BnB) and the tent location where my family lived while we constructed.
I've worked over the years on Nuclear disarmament, War Tax Resistance, Civil Rights and Global preservation. I'm an avid outdoor (non-motorized) recreationist and dancer. Our fairly extensive library is available for your perusal. I'm interested in International trends, people, music and places. Hablo espanol bastante bien. I teach Spanish, so far mostly, to children. Je parle un petit peu de Francais. So if you're from Quebec we can probably cover the basics.
I've traveled sola to Central America, Mexico and cross (this) country and to the Netherlands with my daughter. As a child I was taken to Europe: GB. Luxembourg y Espana where my mother's cousin married a Madrileno and stayed. I'd love to travel more. I know how to travel cheap, 'cept for the getting there.
But I truly love my home. Here at the Skunk Barn Farm the sun shines amply, the skies are fantastic, and the greenery is varied and lush. It's a tough place to leave. I hope you'll enjoy visiting.