This Maine cabin is right out of medieval England

by Zara Norman for the Bangor Daily News

“An enchanting Piscataquis County home ripped from the pages of a storybook is capturing the attention of buyers from Maine to California, despite lacking some basic amenities.

Located at Lot 8 Coles Corner Road in Abbot, the monastic home is about 900 square feet and sits on 18 acres of woodland with 550 feet of waterfront access to Kingsbury Stream. It’s listed for just less than $140,000.”

“Though the property is pretty remote (about 20 minutes from Dover-Foxcroft) and needs a great deal of work to be a year-round dwelling, it is so unique that listing agent Lliam Perkins said he’s received dozens of calls about it in the two days it’s been on the market.”

The rustic, rural home is listed on Zillow. 

“The neatest thing about the property to me is its unique construction. It’s made of cordwood and mortar but it looks like it’s a stone castle. It evokes a feeling of a medieval house from, you know, 1400s England that you don’t see in typical American construction,” said Perkins, an associate broker with Realty of Maine. “It’s different. It’s not like anything else.”

A short walk from the cordwood cabin is a babbling brook! 

The arched windows make for a wonderful vibe. 

If you are going for a rustic cabin, it helps to have lots of reading material. 

There is a sauna in one end of the house.  Great place to get warm. 

Bunk beds make for some dreamy sleeping adventures. 

Kingsbury Stream is gorgeous! 

The kitchen, library, and great room all meld into one another. 

This is truly a rustic retreat.  No indoor plumbing, no hot water tank, no electricity.  A simple shelter made out of wood, rock, and shale. 

Thank you to Richard Freudenberger (former editor of Mother Earth News and Backhome Magazine and a dear friend) for sending me the link to this gem. 

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“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005, 2011, and 2015 Cordwood Conferences, and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online Cordwood bookstore.

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