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This was before we put the shade porch on.
Unplugged Strawbale Tiny House
Unplugged Strawbale Tiny House
3 guests
2 beds
3 guests
2 beds
You won’t be charged yet

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.

The space

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!

Guest access

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!

Family/kid friendly
Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Carbon monoxide detector

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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in time is 3PM - 8PM
Check out by 11AM

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.

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Cat(s) live in the house


53 Reviews

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Sara User Profile
October 2017
Amanda and Andrew have a wonderful place! I stopped here for a night on a road trip and was very happy to get to see this slice of New Mexico! The home had everything I needed and Andrew took the time to show me around, which was very kind. I was also appreciative for the constant communication as my arrival time was a bit fluid. Thanks again for everything!

Steven User Profile
October 2017
This is my second stay at this property and I love it. Amanda and Andrew are attentive, but give you privacy when wanted. They are respectful and generous hosts. The property is as advertised. You're off the grid, but if you're new to this type of living, they give you the support and tools to manage very comfortably. Wonderful property, will stay again.

Steven User Profile
September 2017
Great experience, especially for those who have never tried "off the grid." Hosts are most welcoming. Take special care on having exact how-to-find directions down BEFORE you arrive at entry road from main highway 14.

Jennifer User Profile
August 2017
We loved our stay at ampersand. We enjoyed exploring the property and drinking the sweet harvested rainwater. It's a beautiful spot. We met the host Amanda and she was very nice and helpful.

Margaret User Profile
July 2017
The drive to their place is an adventure... in a great way! It's about 15 minutes off-road so go before dark. The place is cute and as-advertised... but BRING BUGSPRAY. I got 52 bug bites in 2 hours. They have everything you'd need in an outdoor kitchen area, and the compost toilet was clean and comfortable to use, located right behind the airbnb. Amanda & Andrew were easy to get in touch with and gave great directions.

Sandra User Profile
July 2017
Amanda and Andrew's tiny home has clearly received lots of loving care--the place is homey, the location inspiring, and the people genuine. Anyone with an appreciation for or interest in the human relationship with the beautiful landscape of New Mexico would love this place.

Alane User Profile
July 2017
Incidentally, I learned a little something about sustainability (and inevitably about myself and my own lifestyle) and this was a great little get-away with all the amenities of the natural world. I really enjoyed the filtered rainwater for drinking, sleeping with the windows open at night and hours of peaceful high desert views. There was plenty of space on the property to wander around and explore and the arroyo hike to Madrid was also enjoyable.

Madrid, New Mexico, United StatesJoined in November 2014
Amanda And Andrew User Profile

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

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Response time: within a few hours

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