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Unplug At Lost Whiskey Cabin Concrete Retreat

December 11th, 2018

Looking to unplug, rest, and immerse yourself in nature?

That’s exactly what the Lost Whiskey Cabin is for.

The 160-square-foot cab is situated along the Appalachian Trail in Virginia’s Hunt and Wine Country.

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It’s the perfect place for a getaway when it’s time to slow down.

The cabin got its name from the two nearby landmarks, Whiskey Hollow and Lost Mountain.

The Lost Whiskey Cabin is a part of a tourist development called the Lost Whiskey Club. The complex includes a communal farmhouse, mobile whiskey bar, and off-the-grid vacation rental cabins.

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“We need to reconnect to the humility of nature, to something bigger, to less information, to more human connections, to a simpler more meaningful experience,” The Whiskey Club’s website reads. “Pack lightly, bring some good food, friends, and drink. It’s time to get LOST. This is where the best version and stories of ourselves are revealed.”

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The walls of the Lost Whiskey Cabin and made of pre-cast concrete panels that were manufactured by GreenSprur and shipped to the site to reduce construction time and site-exposure.

The Lost Whiskey Cabin and Club was built by a four-man team from GreenSpur.

The cabin was built to mimic Scandinavian minimalism and was mixed to meld with Virginia’s countryside charm.

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The chimney and window frames are steel and the floor includes a concrete deck that was poured on composite panels that sit on two LiteSteel beams,

Concrete-skinned structural insulated panels were used for the roof.

The concrete-walled space has a reclaimed wood Murphy bed for sleeping that is also used as a table when not being used as a bed.

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The cabin also houses a wood-burning fireplace and leather rugs and throw pillows help to keep that cozy warmth in.

There’s a concrete sink hat houses battery storage underneath it.

There’s also a composting toilet and shower connected to a Culvert cistern. You can cook on the propane cooktop and wood-burning stove.

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“With a crackling fire that heats the hot tub, solar panels, cisterns, Murphy bed, shower, and compost toilet, this off-grid structure is virtually maintenance-free and should look and function the same 100 years from now,” GreenSpur founder Mark Turner told Dwell.

A pair of operable doors swing out from the home to the deck.

The outdoor deck is illuminated and also houses a Dutch hot tub and a hammock swing to enjoy the beautiful view from. The Dutch tub is heated by a wood fire.

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“Essentially a couple of copper coils get wrapped around a fire pit with a hi and low input/output connected to the tub. Once the fire heats up, the hot tub really gets cookin’. At its hottest we have measured it at 104 degrees,” Jimmy Mathew’s, GreenSpur’s Director of Development, said.

But creating such a wonderous getaway was no easy task.

“The project is on top of a mountain; execution and logistics were difficult, so to compensate we pre-fabbed as much of the structure as possible,” Nick Cioffi, GreenSpur’s Director of Construction, said.

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The hardest part was getting it on top of a mountain, especially when access was next to 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,” Zach Gasper, GreenSpur’s Director of Design, said.

You can book yourself a stay at the Lost Whiskey Club here.

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