image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

This rustic cabin near Bellevue, Ohio looks as though it has stood there for centuries. But it was actually constructed in recent years from recycled and reclaimed materials.

photo courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

The enterprising owner/builders are Paul and Janell Davenport who also own a nearby 1840’s farmstead which they run as a guesthouse.

image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

Our Dancing Fox cabin is in keeping with our 1842 farmstead’s ambience … Often early settlers would erect a simple cabin prior to building a more permanent home. This cabin is a reflection and our vision of one of those early and by-gone structures.

– from: http://www.dancingfoxcabin.com/

image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

Though primitive by design, Dancing Fox Cabin lacks for nothing in the way of ammenties. It is a fully furnished guest cabin available for a very unique lodging experience.

image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

With it’s rural locale, pine tree infused setting, simple shed roof style outline, barn wood exterior cladding, interior walls sheathed in white-washed boards, wide-plank pine flooring, rustic hand-made kitchen cabinetry and barn beam framing… you will be enveloped by the subtle feelings of our pioneers, a sense of soothing well-being and one of a simpler more calmer lifestyle.

– from: http://www.dancingfoxcabin.com/

image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

Have a look inside the cabin…

image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

The interior is adorned with antiques, scavenged materials and re-purposed items.

image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

(Love that red braided rug!)

image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

The kitchen is simple yet functional…

image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

Owners Paul and Janell market Dancing Fox Cabin as an alternative to the regular generic hotel experience.

image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

It’s quaint, it’s cozy and it has all the comforts of home. But none of the forgetable institutional blah-ness of a typical hotel. This cabin is a one-of-a-kind vacation destination for those who yearn for the simple things in life.

image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

Most of the building materials were salvaged from old structures. For example, hand-hewn beams, old barn siding, corn crib wood and even an antique slate chalkboard went into this cabin.

image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

Detail from a quiet corner…

image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

Guests who stay at Dancing Fox Cabin are also welcome to use the outdoor spaces…

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 Our “friendship garden” As family, friends and guests come and go they often bring us plants, seedlings, cuttings or seeds for us to plant within our our growing history of this farmsteads continuing legacy.

– from: http://www.dancingfoxcabin.com/

image courtesy of: Janell & Paul Davenport

I have to say that I’ve stayed at some pretty “primitive” hotels in my day, but they don’t hold a candle to Dancing Fox Cabin! This is as close to authentic pioneer/settler life as most of us could ever get – while still being able to enjoy indoor plumbing.

For more information and additional photos of the delightful Dancing Fox Cabin see here.

For more details on the Davenport’s original1842 farmhouse see here.