Rachel Maddow's Retreat Has An Unusual Feature (Just Don't Call It An Outhouse)

Rachel Maddow's Retreat Has An Unusual Feature (Just Don't Call It An Outhouse)

When MSNBC's Rachel Maddow needs a break from the daily grind, she heads up to her pre-Civil War vacation home in Western Massachusetts. The farmhouse offers a handsome place to unplug (there's no TV!), but the house's single bathroom posed a problem. "In order to reach it, you have to climb up a very steep staircase,” Maddow explained to New York magazine.

Just behind that home, however, is a solution -- an interesting structure designed specifically for Maddow. "I can seal myself in the bathhouse and watch football really loudly without bothering anybody," she says.

Yes, a bathhouse.

Designed by architect Nicole Migeon, primarily as a second bathroom for Maddow and her partner Susan Mikula's weekend getaway, the outhouse-like structure is what Maddow calls a "retreat within a retreat," and the one place on the property where she actually can watch TV.

According to New York magazine's Wendy Goodman, the simple pitched-roof structure features vertical wood slats (made from sustainably grown cedar) that reference the design of old tobacco-drying barns in the area and reclaimed-maple cabinets that hide Maddow's cherished entertainment center.

rachel maddow design hunting

rachel maddow design hunting

Check out more of this incredible one-room bathhouse in the April 21 issue of New York magazine. And for more great decor stories, visit NYMag.com's Design page.

All photos via New York Magazine.

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