This rustic cottage is perfect for the frugal traveler, and those who love the wild outdoors, but want to be warm inside. Lovingly hand crafted with natural earthen plasters and re-purposed elements; off the grid and free from electricity. Spend some time exploring the sandstone outcroppings. Follow the loop trail. Your own simple earthen cottage in the canyon. Now it has a delightful shade porch made of branches.
This rustic cottage is called the Flicker House, named after the birds that nest under the eaves. It is perfect for the frugal traveler, and for those who love the wild outdoors. The specialness of this space is that it has been lovingly hand crafted with natural earthen plasters and re-purposed elements. Hang your hat on the tree that supports the sleeping loft. Quench your thirst with delicious filtered rainwater. The passive solar cottage heats itself through harvested sunlight. Sometimes you might want to light a fire in the wood stove. The ample shade porch is made of twisted tree branches.
This place has just the essentials for an opportunity to get away from it all. Come here to enjoy the natural environment, and the warm earthen interior of this handcrafted space. A great place for folks who want to get some dirt under their fingernails.
There is a two burner propane stove, a small counter top, and the most essential kitchen ware. There's no plumbing but there is water, soap, and a basin provided to wash up with. The cottage is also stocked with filtered rainwater for drinking. Usually we just make up the double futon on the loft but let us know if you want a second sleeping space on the small futon that can be pulled out below. If you are booking 3 people we will know to put sheets on it.
This cozy cottage has just 180 square feet of indoor space. It's off-the-grid and free from electricity except for the solar light. No electricity means no refrigerator. We can provide a cooler which works great in the winter. In the summer you may want to bring ice from town. During the summer our outdoor community kitchen will also be available for you with a place to recharge your phone or computer during the day. If you want to heat up your food in a solar oven, we can show you how. Phone reception won't be good in the house, but may work if you hike uphill a little ways, depending on your service.
Check out Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center's website to find out more about us. Our special tiny home may be your next favorite spot on earth. But it's not for everyone. Please read our whole listing so you know what to expect and tell us a little about yourself. Thanks!
When you arrive, drive all the way to the end of the driveway and you will see an earthen cottage. We will meet you in this area which is the best place to turn your car around, and we will show you where to park. The mile and a half drive on our dirt road can be shocking for some folks. It's a bumpy one, but usually accessible for even an adventurous Prius. Of course you can come and go during your stay, but many people prefer to just prepare to be on the land.
Interaction with guests
The tipi is located at Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center, where we experiment with and demonstrate solar designs, wise water systems, permaculture, land restoration, natural building and other aspects of self sufficiency. Our guests may wander the site to have a look. In the summer the outdoor community kitchen is open and could be a great place to connect with others staying on site. Sometimes we host classes and events, sometimes we are working hard on a project. Sometimes we have interns. The nearby Tipi may also be booked for a retreat. We are happy to chat with you a bit about our work and the general area. Some guests arrange to stay longer as as part of our Sustainable Living Residency program. We give tours of the sustainable systems in our demonstration site that last about an hour, and we charge $20 if you stay through airbnb. If you are interested, please pre-arrange with us. You can easily find Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center's website to get a better sense of our place.
Other things to note
Check out Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center's website to find out more about us. Our special tiny home may be your next favorite spot on earth. But it's not for everyone. Please tell us a little about yourself. Thanks!
We will orient you to the space when you get here, and we ask that you arrive by 8pm. We ask that we set an approximate arrival time so that we can plan to be around to orient you to the space. Please keep in touch in case your arrival time changes. Texting works best on the day of your reservation, unless you have an international phone number . Sorry, no pets and no smoking inside.
The first thing you will notice about us is that we are pretty into sustainability. We love living the life we have created here at Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center. We love the land all around, and we love sharing the joys of this life with others by offering this experiential opportunity. We also both enjoy a lot of time on our own to get lost in creative activities.
Andy likes writing, playing guitar, making mead, and composting.
Amanda is into native and edible plants, designing appropriate technologies, and creating inspiring spaces.
We can also be fun loving and a bit silly. "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution" - Emma Goldman