Have you ever wanted to create a special get away in the woods where time seemed to stand still? Where you can relax. Breathe in the fresh air. And most importantly, reconnect with family, friends, or perhaps just your own thoughts.
There is something so very special about unplugging and unwinding with nature. Whether it’s a quiet camping spot, a tiny cabin in the woods, or sitting around a fire pit in the late evening, enjoying the company and comradery of friends and family.
For years, we have dreamed of someday finding the land to create such a spot. And even more, be able to share and enjoy it with others who love being in the great outdoors as well.
Well, today, we are so excited to announce that Old World Garden will be expanding to include such a space, and we can’t wait to get started on it!
For this post, we have left the comment section on. We would love to get some feedback on the plans. And of course, any ideas you might have for it too!
On The Road – A Dream Is Born
If there is one thing we learned during our 6+ months on the road traveling the country in our nuCamp Tab400 camper, it is that so many of the folks we encountered along the way dream of having the same exact “get away” space.
As we camped around the country, we met so many wonderful people from so many different walks of life. And fell in love with all types of camping experiences. (See : The Days of the Trip)
From staying in our own camper, to spending nights on working farms, ranches, and even in tiny houses and cabins – we loved it all.
And when we came back to our little farm this past March, we returned with a vigor and zest to create a space and place that could showcase some of our favorite stays at places all around the country.
One that we could enjoy with our friends and family, and share with others looking for the same experience as well.
Introducing “The Forest” – The Latest Addition To “The Farm”!
And so we began looking and looking. And looking some more! But finally, in late fall, we found our dream space that would be the perfect addition and experience to our current little 3 acre farm.
With just shy of 20+ acres of woods, pasture and trails, it is truly a diamond in the rough. One that we hope to create into a get away for us, our families and friends, and yes, for fellow outdoor lovers to experience too.
Since we often refer to our little 3 acre homestead as The Farm, we decided to name our latest adventure The Forest. We thought it was truly the perfect homage to the 2 things we enjoy the most – gardening and the great outdoors!
The Plan For The Forest
Although we’re keeping the exact location of “The Forest” under wraps for now, we can reveal a few things. And of course, our plans for it all!
It is close enough to the farm to be a part of events here. But, which was a must, far enough away to develop its own identity. And for that, we couldn’t be more excited.
Over the course of the next year, we will add a few off-grid sleeping cabins. And to those, a few neat little campers tucked here and there, and a central lodge/ home building as well.
For the small cabins and the main lodge, we will be turning shed structures from Weaver Barns into living spaces. It is something we have done already on our little farm, and love how it all works together.
The campers will be a really neat touch as well. In fact, we are so excited that one will be the very nuCamp TAB400 solar powered camper we toured the country in!
Finally, we will also create one or two camping hook-ups around the property as well. After all, we can’t forget our friends who have campers!
Trails & A House In The Trees
In addition to the campers and cabins, we will be creating a network of trails through the woods. And a few features along the way. One of which we can’t wait to build, will be named The House In The Trees.
It will be our very own version of a tree house. Not a house built in a tree – but a cottage built with living trees incorporated into its structure. Should be a neat adventure for sure!
Along the way, we will be sharing all kinds of how-to articles from the progress. Like, how to convert a shed into a cabin. How to install solar power to a cabin or tiny house. And, how to create hook-ups for a camper at home and more.
And hopefully, if all goes to plan, by late next summer, we will also be able to begin setting aside a few select weekends to let others enjoy the experience at The Forest as well!
Here is to gardening, cooking, all things DIY – and hopes and dreams! And to creating an ultimate get away in the woods! Jim and Mary.
Jim and Mary Competti have been writing gardening, DIY and recipe articles and books for over 15 years from their 46 acre Ohio farm. The two are frequent speakers on all things gardening and love to travel in their spare time.
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