Solar-Powered New Hampshire Yurt Looks Like a Hobbit House of Natural Wonder
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One look and you can't believe your eyes. This beautiful structure off the beaten path looks like a hobbit house and natural wonder, built in the style of architect and author Bill Copperthwaite.
This solar-powered yurt was created in 1974 as housing for the faculty of The Middle School. It is now occupied by an "intentional community" known as South of the Monadnock Community.
If you are looking for a peaceful, quiet, rustic retreat, this is it. There are farm animals around and a CSA across the street.
It's about 35 feet in diameter with an upstairs bedroom boasting solar electricity, wood heat with a gas backup, a full kitchen, bathroom, and laundry.
Other amenities include wifi, a pack 'n play crib, indoor fireplace, work space, and coffee pot. On top of all that, breakfast is provided.
The cost per night on Airbnb is $86 per night. This is a charmer and affordable.
To get an idea of the sense of community here, you need to look at the philosophy of the person who made yurts famous. Maine's Bill Copperthwaite is the "father of yurts", but more importantly, encourages simple life.
According to insearchofsimplicity.net, Copperthwaite wrote in his 2004 book A Handmade Life, “The main thrust of my work is not simple living – not yurt design, not social change, although each of these is important and receives large blocks of my time. But they are not central. My central concern is encouragement – encouraging people to seek, experiment, to plan, to create, and to dream. If enough people do this we will find a better way."
Motorized vehicles are not allowed, but you can drop off your bags. It's only a quarter-mile to the road, but you feel pulled out of the frenzy when you have only the basics for your stay.