Located on a 50-acre site along the Appalachian Trail in the tree-covered hills of Virginia's Hunt and Wine Country, the Lost Whiskey Cabin is an ultra-compact, off-the-grid, 160-square-foot holiday dwelling that’s all about unplugging from technology and losing yourself in nature.
Named after the property’s proximity to two Marshall landmarks—Whiskey Hollow and Lost Mountain—the Lost Whiskey Cabin is part of a larger tourism and leisure development called the Lost Whiskey Club, which features a communal farmhouse, a mobile whiskey bar, and off-the-grid holiday rental cabins (including the Lost Whiskey Airstream).
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Designed and built by the four-man team at GreenSpur, who also founded the Lost Whiskey Club, the concrete structure marries Scandinavian minimalism with Virginia countryside charm in the most wonderfully relaxing way.
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The concrete cabin's chimney and window frames are made from steel. The floor consists of a concrete deck poured on composite panels that sit on top of two LiteSteel beams. The roof is made from concrete-skinned structural insulated panels (SIPs).
The small space features a Murphy bed that doubles as a table when not in use, a concrete sink with battery storage underneath, a shower, and a composting toilet that’s connected to a Culvert cistern. The home also has a propane cooktop, a wood-burning stove, and an LED-lit outdoor deck with a Dutch hot tub, a chair, and a hammock that allows guests to unwind while gazing out towards the trees and green fields.
According to Zach Gasper, GreenSpur’s Director of Design, the biggest challenge for the team was building a concrete cabin on top of a mountain—especially since access was almost impossible during the winter.
"We had to drill our well over 700 feet deep to get water to the site, and even then the well was nowhere near the rock we wanted to build the cabin on. Hauling prefabricated concrete panels up the side of a mountain was no easy task either," he says.
The project is designed to encourage visitors to reject mindless consumption, turn off their phones, and focus on the nature around them—and more importantly, one another. Visit the Lost Whiskey to book yourself a stay.