You’ve never stayed at an Airbnb like this – WSB-TV Channel 2
WILDWOOD, Georgia – While travelers will find thousands of properties to rent in the Southeast on Airbnb, they won’t find many like the one offered by Ched Sharpless. He describes it as a Eco-friendly treedeck with cedar sleep pods that offer panoramic views. It sits on 22 acres in Northwest Georgia.
“People come to (Canopy Treesort) to escape the confines of normal everyday city life,” Sharpless said. “As they enter the aisle, they are transported to Mother Nature’s two bedrooms, one bathroom. Quiet sounds, landscapes and animals decompress the stress of office life.
Sharpless, his wife and son lived in the Virgin Islands. They had three restaurants. But when hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the area in 2017, they lost two of those restaurants to storms. His wife and son fled the islands to Wichita where she had family before the storms hit. Sharpless stayed behind. When he found them a few days later, they decided they wanted something different.
They jumped in the car and headed east. They passed through St. Louis, loved Nashville, but it was a little too big for their liking, and then they stumbled upon Chattanooga. They had found their new home.
Sharpless purchased the property that now houses the family’s Airbnb in June 2020.
“The land was totally raw,” Sharpless said. “I made a road by hand which allowed us to enter about 150 meters from the property. For the first month and a half, I camped on the raw field with my dog Daisy. We would explore the terrain and plan potential construction sites by marking different areas with tape and flags.
He had a vision to build something unique in nature that feels like living outdoors but with all the comforts of home.
“I came across a photo of a barrel sauna with a domed window at the end that gives an overall view of the outside,” he said. “I thought it was perfect for our concept and started looking for how to build it. My family and I built everything from scratch over a period of 4-5 months.
The platform is attached to an American birch and a white oak. Cedar Pods are 84 inch round with a floor-to-ceiling domed window that overlooks Sand Mountain and up to the stars. It is a low impact, low energy consumption and water sustainable glamping site.
“Our rain catchment system is top notch and the entire 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom leafy patio uses only 30 amps of electricity,” he said. “I aspire to live off the grid and this project has helped us point in the right direction.”
“The view of the sunset was amazing and we loved seeing the hang gliders soar in the sky above us,” a former visitor noted in a review. “We appreciated the minimalist and eco-friendly design of the entire cabin canopy. The sleeping pods were really comfortable and we loved the view from inside the pods. Our children did not miss the television or the screens at all!
“A very fun adventure: glamping, yes, but the cedar sleep pods make it a comfortable and magical dream,” noted another reviewer.
“The best part about staying at this property is the real connection you feel with mother nature and all of her different flavors and wildlife,” noted Sharpless. “There is an aura of peace and tranquility in the sleep capsules that relax the mind, body and soul. Disconnect from screens and reconnect with nature.
Sharpless noted that most weekends are booked, so if you’re interested in staying, try to find a time during the week to visit or plan ahead if you’re looking for a weekend getaway. It has two other properties. Quiet Studio is a rental on Lookout Mountain, while Peace on Port Lane is a rental on St. Thomas.
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