Our simple cozy sleeping house is 10'x8'' single room cordwood cabin w/ a smooth door county rock floor and sleeps two. We've been busy updating, added an outhouse w/ a composting toilet, an eco design outdoor shower we attached to an old cedar 12x12 deck for private sunbathing & long naps. We also added a stainless sink w/ a foot pump for dishes, decked out the outdoor kitchen w/ a couple rocket stoves to go w/ the fire pit grill, a workspace, mini fridge, kitchenware, patio table/chairs.
After two years of just letting our friends and family enjoy the serenity of the sleeping house bliss we've opened it up to guests. This season we made it totally self sufficient lodging when we added the composting toilet inside a separate tiny house and outdoor cedar shower. It is a gravity shower fed by two barrels, one barrel painted black for the sun to heat and one (maybe cooler although it sits in the sun as well) blue barrels, the idea is you will be able to get a decently comfortable shower but that is not a guarantee since we can not control how the sun will heat the water in the barrels . We supply towels, biodegradable shampoo, bar soap.
Inside the sleeping house we added a small wicker loveseat to go with the full size bed w/all cotton sheets, down pillows and comforter . A side table w lamps, a tall open shelf for your things , a fan for ventilation on the top shelf, and a small floor heater for cooler nights can be turned on to make it toasty. The walls are eight inches thick so it does get toasty.
The outdoor kitchen is supplied with kitchenware for making and serving a meal plus some extras like a french press, coffee and tea. We supply bio soap, toilet paper, bio shampoo and conditioner, paper towels, cloth napkins, coffee, tea and honey! There is also electricity for small electrics including lamps, a mini fridge phone charger, a hot pot, fan and a heater ( if needed). We also provide drinking water, a teapot, cooking mitts, flashlight, matches and other essentials. You do have wifi also in the cabin.
🤔 THINGS TO NOTE
-Our very sweet neighbors to our east host six large weddings a year usually on a Saturday night and often in the evening. There is usually music at night till 11:00 so please ask for dates if this matters to you.
-This homestead is for outdoorsy people who value being closer to the elements of natural living, want to step away from routine . of convenience, and into the little house in the prairie. If you are inspired to cook a meal outside, comfortable using a composting toilet and taking a shower under a gentle stream in the pines you will experience the value of the is offering
- The meadow is full bees, crickets, flies, spiders, and grasshoppers all around, you will hear the rain on the rooftop, loud frogs at saloon time and occasionally have to deal with mosquitos , however we live on a hill, often have a great breeze so i think we have very few mosquitos.
-Pitching a tent with extra people is allowed with an additional charge of 20.00 a night per person.
-After 10pm things need to get quite, so our neighbors and other guests are not disturbed. Your area is pretty private so sitting up late by the campfire is easy.
-We are really only comfortable with one dog because the cabin is small and has a tender screen door which we have fixed a few times, if you have two super chill dogs you can send a note about it to be considered. The neighbors who live on five acres next door have a horse farm with an electric fence so fyi if your dog wanders. Our border Blue heads over to play with the neighbors dog Scout often and has never had a problem.
- If you run out of drinking water you can fill the five gallon jug we supply at the main hose on the outside of the main house, we have very good well water.
-In the fall we have the most amazing Indian Summer Days but we also have cold, wet and rainy days so please be certain all weather works for you when booking the sleeping house because we do not do refunds.
- We are taking care of our daughters cats this summer so please drive very slowly and be alert to them wandering near as you travel back to the sleeping house with your car. Tim haas put up a sign where we would like you to park your car.
-Checking out is simple-please carry your bag of recyclables and your bag of garbage to the main large bins in the front of the pole barn as you exit. Recyclables can be mixed.
-Please strip your sheets and put them in the laundry basket we supply with you dirty towels.
More about the land and location -
Our northern door land is on a hill so the meadow is open, high and dry and happens to be on a natural migration path. You may see turkey vultures , hawks, eagles, and owls, along with flocks of pelicans, geese and sandhill cranes. Warms winds move through all day in the summer, we are 3/4 ,mile from the lake which can be easily accessed by taking HWY ZZ to Waters End Road east. There you will find an very quaint shoreline and Sand Beach County Park with a shallow soft sand walk in which is especially nice for little ones. Also you will often hear the coyotes at night, see turkeys and pileated woodpeckers, morning doves often in the morning if your windows are open. We also have blue birds in a few of our bird houses and yellow finch nesting.
Feel free to walk the meadow trail, visit our vegetable garden or enjoy the hammock in woods . There is central council area with the greatest vistas for sunsets for everyone to enjoy. You will see a wooden bench, large circle table and yellow and white striped cushioned chairs.
The Sleeping House cordwood tiny cabin is about 25 paces form the main house which has two independent dwellings. The main house is divided into to two separate dwellings We rent the "Meadow Sweet Retreat" on the west side of the house so you may run into other guests. The main house was built about 20 years ago by a local builder and arborist so we are graced with his fore thought and intentional plantings, a healthy and elegant community forest of hardwoods, pines and spruces. We also have a 30x50 pole barn where you can store your bikes etc.. and one other additional lodging cabin we call the Cottage Barn Guest House, which our daughters and friends and family stay.
HISTORY OF SLEEPING HOUSE
How the Sleeping house came to be .....Our oldest daughter Grace researched, designed and built this cordwood tiny house as a sustainable design project to fulfill her 12 college credit independent study. We, her mom and dad, were invited to join in the fun and enjoyed every minute of three months it took to build. All the lumber for framing the house was locally milled by the Henschel"s awesome Sawmill in Egg Harbor. The eight inch cord wood sections were cut from 50 local 30' cedar tree trunks, all the sand, driftwood, rock and gravel came from the land, windows from the restore, and we salvaged aluminum roofing from a tear down in Ashland. Our local hardware stores supplied us with all the hardwares except for the steel brackets (designed by Grace's engineer dad Tim) those were manufactured by Hi-Tec in Sturgeon Bay. Grace and I were inspired to naturally design in the large scale weathered driftwood collage type sculpture from meadow finds, found glass and collected soft smooth lake Michigan rock, it was a moment to moment unfolding tribute to the raw fun we had shaping it all into form ... it is a sweet elemental haven for simple people and basic living.
Sister Bay, Wisconsin, USA