You have the entire ground-level apartment, wifi, full kitchen, bathroom, carport, & patio. Open floor plan, apt. has 3 sleeping areas: a queen-sized bed semi-private, 1 twin bunk, +regular size sleeper sofa.
Cozy earth-sheltered space was designed for energy efficiency, w/ wood-burning stove & solar backup.
It's like Great-grandma's house.
Drive down 1 mile of country roads that are tree-lined to arrive at secluded country getaway, only 1+ mile from state highways 51 & 18.
Entire apartment. Get away from the city and experience some time away from noise, traffic, & smog. We are nestled into the trees, off of a country road (see photos) and have a working "mini-farm" and ecological homestead.
Wake up to making your own breakfast w/ our own farm-fresh eggs. Bring your own food items to store in the fridge. If it happens that we have an abundance of our own goat milk, or goat milk cheese, we'll happily share, if you'd like.
Imagine hearing such things as roosters crowing at dawn, guineas alerting, and coyotes howling at night. On a cloudless night the night sky is vast and full of stars.
The space you'll inhabit is underground with a walkout onto a patio and attached carport parking, a big window and door facing east. We live upstairs in a separate living space.
Tilgang for gjester
You will have access to the entire apartment space w/ a full kitchen and bath. There is WIFI, plus a desk. If you have an older laptop without WIFI you can use the ethernet cable to directly access the internet.
For those with physical challenges, we are not listed as handicap-access, but we do NOT have any stairs or steps inside the apartment or outside between the carport and the apartment. Also, we have several hand grips in the bathroom & shower.
If you are a couple, we assume you will want to stay in the queen bed. If you would like different sleeping arrangements, please let us know.
A TV with a DVD player is available. Bring your own DVD's or watch any of our collection of DVDs. There is antenna TV service.
We do not believe in microwaves, but we do provide pots and pans and an electrical cook stove / oven, a toaster oven, a coffee maker with fresh whole bean or fresh-ground coffee or herbal teas if you'd like either or both. Depending upon the season, we can share some free-range hen eggs, goat milk, goatmilk cheese or yogurt with you if you'd like. Just let us know your preferences in advance. Also, for breakfast you're welcome to oatmeal.
You may walk through the forest, sit near (or volunteer in) the veggie garden, or take a stroll or jog down a county road. On our property you may see goats grazing down in the bottom or hanging out in the barn or lounging platform, friendly white Great Pyrenees dogs, perhaps a cat here or there, chickens, or guineas. Occasionally you may see a deer grazing in a field or traveling across the road. (No hunting is allowed.)
While the goats are being milked, Tobie requests no visitors in the milking shed without it being pre-arranged. One goat, "Whiters," is particularly bashful and will try to run away into the forest if someone comes up during her milking time. In season (March--Nov.), Tobie milks the goats at about 8 or 9:00 a.m. and 8 or 9:00 p.m.
Interaksjon med Gjester
At least one of us will likely be present during your stay. We live in a separate upper level flat. We will be happy to be available to interact with you occasionally if you have questions or needs or wish to have a farm tour or meet the goats, etc.
While we have a kitchen and cooktop upstairs in our private flat, we do not have a cooking oven and so very occasionally Neva might like to use the oven in your space, only if it does not conflict with your plans or preferences.
If you prefer complete privacy let us know. And, to the contrary, if you prefer occasional company or shared meals, let us know.
Andre ting å merke seg
Other details: Our place is a well-lived-in, country homestead, a working mini-farm with lots of on-going unfinished projects such as the big vegetable garden, a subterranean "earthship"-styled greenhouse in the works, a cob/straw-bale building brought up so far to the foundation level, an out-door rocket-stove-oven, chickens running free-range, laying eggs and singing, and guardian livestock dogs occasionally barking if the coyotes come in too close to the goats or chickens.
It can be really quiet in the lower level at night, with most outdoors noises muffled by the underground status, unless there is a dog on the patio who sounds off about the coyotes.
We feel safe during storms and tornadic activity while in the underground.
Use your phone or laptop on the WIFI, or if you have an older laptop with no wifi, plug into the Ethernet cable, read a book, play the piano, write poetry, or watch a DVD on the TV provided. (Note: we only have antenna TV service.)
During the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons of the year in Oklahoma you very likely will encounter ticks in the out-of-doors. If you intend to spend time outside during these seasons, we recommend that you thoroughly check yourself after you've been outside and you can also liberally apply repellent. In July the chiggers come out. What some have done if going out during tick and chigger season is take their clothes outside and spray something like "Deep Woods Off" on the clothes and allow them to dry before putting on. An organic essential oil spray would be a healthier approach if you patronize the health food stores. Additionally, if exposed to chiggers (July--Aug.), you need to come inside and bathe immediately and that can remove them from your skin if you do so within 30 minutes of exposure. To avoid chiggers and ticks, you can just stay out of the tall weeds and tall grass and wooded timber. Thankfully, they are not on the country dirt roads.
Check-in / Check-out: We are flexible on the time you check out, unless there will be new guests coming in directly after your stay, in which case we will need time to clean and change linens, etc.
Breakage: Replace or compensate for anything broken and we'll be fine.
Smoking: We do not allow smoking at all, unless one walks completely off our property and out of sight down the country road. Tobie has been having a difficult time stopping smoking himself, so we don't want any event that might trigger a relapse.
Alcohol: moderate consumption is fine. But this is a quiet, non-party lifestyle here on our place.
Quiteness: we are a quiet homestead most of the time, but especially after 10:30 p.m. We're usually up until 11:00 p.m. We don't care what hours you keep. As long as you turn off the porch light and the big overhead florescent lights by 11 p.m.-ish, your staying up at all hours will be fine if that's your preference.
Fire starting is prohibited, unless specifically assisted by Neva.
Pets: All of our own animals are outdoors. We only allow pets that are free of fleas and ticks and will be kept inside (with guests). We have the protective livestock guardian dogs and the free-range chickens (which also sometimes have their own little baby chickens) running everywhere which can be quite the temptation to the average canine or feline.
Children: We would love to have children, but we do not have a child-friendly place. So we only accept children that are under 1-year old.
Upper bunk bed: only persons 16 years old, or older, will be permitted to sleep in the top bunk. (Hard concrete floor below.)
Tobie and I live on my great-grandparents' original homestead. We are at, or nearing, retirement age and love life on a small farm. We are intrigued with sustainability and self-sufficiency. We are warm, friendly people who enjoy sharing with others about our passions for rural living. But we are also happy to give anyone all the privacy possible should that be their wish.
FARM STAY: Our farm operations are small, consisting of a very large vegetable garden; three Nubian milk-goats named Ladybug, Whiters, and D'Dee; a flock of about 50 free-range chickens and a few baby chicks; 12 guineas ; several outdoor dogs (4 Great Pyrenees guardians named Greta, Happy, Hoss, and Zoie & one ancient little Australian Shepherd named Calico); and three outdoor cats, Priscilla, Stripey, and Jasmine. Just now there are 8 kittens scampering around the milk barn. And Zoie is due to have puppies any day.
We are dedicated to organic practices in raising animals and in our gardening. We use no pesticides, no herbicides, no chemical fertilizers, no antibiotics. We do not push production on our animals with lighting or hormones.
We are intrigued with Community and in the early stages of designing an eco-village /intentional community and are studying the options.
We have a small Health Food Store business that we have operated since 2000. We have down-sized and are transitioning it from its original location in town to our farm.