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Solar-Powered ‘Camped Inn’ Tiny Home at Sundial Farm


Jeff Hirsch owns this beautiful Airbnb tiny house on Westchester County’s oldest working farm which he calls, “Camped Inn.” Jeff and his buddy Dave bought and renovated this 8.5′ x 16′ structure, turning it into perfect little off-grid vacation cabin, with the comforts of home and the surrounding beauty of a working farm.

You walk into a breezy living room that melds into the kitchen area. There’s a small bathroom at the very end, and a ladder takes you up to the loft bedroom with a skylight. You can sit out on the front porch to sip your morning coffee and enjoy the pastoral views. Read Jeff and Dave’s story below!

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136 Sq. Ft. Off-Grid Tiny House on a Beautiful New York Farm

You walk into an airy living room space with rooster pillows.

The secondary storage loft is a good place to put your bags.

A sturdy ladder takes you up to the loft bedroom.

Folding chairs give you a breakfast spot.

There’s a mini-split for keeping things comfortable.

A number of sweet houseplants dot the home.

There are blinds on all the windows for added privacy.

The ladder moves around to either loft.

The loft has a skylight to help it feel more spacious.

A mini library for you to peruse.

A better look at the loft set-up.

Twinkle lights and rocking chairs outside.

Wood available for the campfire.

The lush views from the porch.

A little glimpse of the surrounding farm.

Camped Inn Story:

Camped Inn at Sundial Farm is located just north of New York City, less than 40 minutes driving distance and 45 minutes via express train from Grand Central Station. The tiny house is a one of a kind, off-the-grid experience. Camped Inn is surrounded by the natural beauty of Westchester County’s oldest working farm. This is a unique experience that brings us back to a simpler time, and back to nature in a meaningful way, allowing us to rest, unwind, and restore.

Dave and Jeff are friends living in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Together we bought and refabbed this tiny home. We deeply support biodiversity and sustainable living and are happy to list this home where renters can take a break in off-the-grid living and enjoy a unique experience that brings us back to a simpler time.

We bought the house from a young woman in Pittsburgh who had been living in it for two years and drove it all the way back to New York. She had it built for her in 2020. We paid 30k for the house and put about 7k into the redesign. The previous owner had a lot of storage units in there, and since we were planning to use it as a short-term rental, we took the units out and added a lot of fun and useful features, picking lots of items from estate sales, old barns, architectural salvage, etc.

The house is completely off-grid, so power is limited. The previous owner was tied into the grid, so before renting the house out, we spent a lot of time researching the best and most practical ways to get this thing powered up. Being off grid falls in line with our support for biodiversity and sustainable living. We provide a Jackey Solar Generator 2000, which integrates the portable power station and solar panels into one entity. The solar setup is awesome – and fun to use! – and allows guests to power the items in the house when specifically needed. The setup is clean, quiet, easy to use with zero emission; and is nearly silent while operating. It has one easy button to start. It will support the lights, the fans, induction cooktop, water pump for the sink and shoFuwer, hot water heater, charge your cell phone, etc., however, you will need to be extremely mindful of your usage. The four solar panels that we purchased with for the generator can charge the unit from 0 – 100% in about four hours.

Indoors, there is a single burner induction cooktop. Outside, there is a grill in the firepit. The firepit ring was built by Dave, who found the huge rocks on the farm through excavation.

To keep energy down, the house is outfitted with an RTIC 52 QT hard cooler.

Since we are off-the-grid, the house does not have a flush toilet. Instead, it is outfitted with a Sunmar waterless diverting toilet; with two chambers.

Fun Fact:

One thing that Dave and Jeff have pledged to do, is that for every booking, we will plant a tree. Planting trees can increase the resilience of ecosystems and help minimize climate change effects. When guests book with us, they are helping to support this cause – so we are always thankful for that.

Shout Out:

We could not have done this without the incredible support of Bill, Penny, and Molly Hawkey, the owners of Sundial Farm. They have supported this project from the beginning of bringing a tiny home to the farm so that people can enjoy the experience, the farm itself, and learn the incredible ways to live sustainably. The have welcomed us with open arms and most certainly we would not have this beautiful tiny home to boast about were it not for them!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • MICHAEL DAMIAN BELL
    August 1, 2022, 3:44 pm

    I would like to know more about solar power systems for tiny homes. I have 50 acres of land in upstate NY and want a solar power system that can provide enough power for lighting and a well pump. I can always have a propane-powered refrigerator and stove. Can anyone recommend someone or a company that can help me with actual recommendations, knowledge and advice vs. a salesperson just wanting to sell me something?

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