Experience Cordwood Home Living Before You Build at These Bed and Breakfasts

Reader Contribution by Richard Flatau and Cordwood Construction Resources
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Let’s say you are thinking about building a cordwood home or cottage, but are not quite sure if all the effort is worth it.  Why not take the time to not only research, but to actually spend some time in a cordwood home? There are, believe it or not, several places where you can enjoy vacation time in a Cordwood Bed and Breakfast. Find out how it “feels” for yourself. Take the time to see if this is the natural style for you.

One of my good friends spent a week at a Cordwood Bed and Breakfast (On Golden Pond) in Canada, before he and his wife made the decision to go ahead and build a two-story, 16-sided cordwood home in Minnesota.

This is also an effective method of getting a partner to see what your new green building passion is all about. The books and social media sites are all fine and dandy, but nothing beats an actual night’s sleep and breakfast in the potential home of your dreams. One of the many great advantages of cordwood is that the walls are sound deadening, so you can open a window to hear the crickets and then close it when the crows come to caw.

How does one go about finding a Cordwood B &B? Well that is not the easiest Google Search in the world, so I have come up with an extensive list of the ones of which I am familiar.

This is the Cordwood Lodge in Bracebridge, Ontario.


The Cordstead boasts four round cordwood buildings. The thought herein is to give you a “cordwood living” experience to see if a cordwood home is your cup of tea. Sandy and Angelika are fine hosts.


The Gathering Place on Golden Ponds is in Coe Hill, Ontario, and just so you are forewarned, many people who have stayed here, have gone on to build their own cordwood home.


The Flying L M B & B is located in Nebraska. It is a huge cordwood building with massive beams and lots of space. It is near Pierce, Nebraska.


The Barna’s Vacation Rental in in Houghton, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula. Nicole built this as her college dorm room and now rents it to weary travelers.


Mermaid Cottage near Del Norte, Colorado, is not necessarily a B & B (no breakfast), but it is a gorgeous vacation rental.


This beautiful cordwood rental is in the Adirondacks Mountains of upstate New York.

If your goal is to find out if cordwood living is for you, take the time to visit and check out some of these places.  With a rental you can poke around and enjoy your stay rather than imposing on someone to open their cordwood home at your convenience.

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cabin, cottage or home, visit Cordwood Constructionand read the articles, click on the pictures and consider buying an ebook or print copy of Cordwood Construction Best Practices. There are many other cordwood books and plans at the Online Bookstore.


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Richard Flatau is the Director of Cordwood Construction Resources LLC, which provides cordwood consulting, writing, workshops and building advice. Connect with Richard at www.CordwoodConstruction.organd read all of his MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.

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