What to bring
What to Bring
Straw Bale Guesthouse
Bring food and specialized drinks. There are a few things like salt, pepper and sugar in the kitchen but no food to speak of. You’re welcome to use herbs and veggies in season from the garden and greenhouse – but please speak to us first to ensure they do not already have a dedicated purpose.
Bring bottled water if you prefer. There is pressurized well water (which we as a family do not use for drinking due to its mineral taste but is otherwise safe) and we provide fine mesh filtered rain water – which we as a family use for drinking.
Bring personal toiletries. There is hand soap and dish soap. Toilet paper is provided.
Bring briquettes if you want to use the moveable bbq. There is a fire pit with wood and grill.
It’s easier to begin by saying what’s available. Imagine yourself camping with four walls and beds provided. There’s an outhouse with toilet paper. There is a wood stove and fire pit with firewood. There’s a small solar system that runs a battery for a light and modest sound system. (You need to bring the sound system.) There are a few candles. It’s a good idea to bring candles and a flashlight. There is a two burner propane stove. But please speak to us about it in advance to ensure it has propane. There are no pots or cooking utensils. There are some basic bed coverings and pillows but no laundered sheets or pillow cases. Bring bottled water if you prefer not to use either the well water or fine mesh filtered rain water available on the family yard. The Pond House is a few minutes’ walk from the family yard site. If while here you find yourself in need of something essential, please ask.
Don’t forget your boots!
We advise bringing hiking or rubber boots if you plan to walk the trails in Spring, Summer or Fall. The beaver have built up ponds in two locations so as to flood our main trail. You can get around by crossing a narrow bridge at one spot and over the beaver damn at the other but we can’t ensure you’ll get around with dry feet. It depends on how nimble you are and how much it’s rained.
We provide a sheltered site near to an outhouse (with toilet paper) and with a fire pit – with firewood. There is well water and fine mesh filtered rain water a few minutes’ walk away on the family yard.