Although many ready to buy houses can be useful for a prepper retreat such as a cabin or a camp, the perfect prepper retreat will most likely have to be hand-constructed and consist of many man hours of work and searching for the perfect location. To start, prepper retreats must be a defensible position, capable of growing crops at, secure, away from civilization, and self sustainable.
To begin, you need to find a good location for your retreat. Whether it is on some property you own away from your house, or some other property connected to your house. You want some where that is on top of some elevation, how ever you don’t won’t it extremely noticeable from miles away. You only want your location to be visible for about 500-800 meters maximum. This will ensure that your location is not a prime target that can be acquired from miles away as well as it will provide you with a good range of site, that your high powered rifles will be able to reach out too. Find a place that has a steep elevation. This will ensure that it is difficult to assault as well as very easy to defend. As ancient barbarian tribes have done long before us, they make a fort on top of a hill, the same concept must be applied here.
Secondly you want a large area. Perhaps only a portion of your retreat has a steep incline, at the top of the hill you want your defenses, such as walls,fences,and stakes etc, at the back of the compound away from the line of observation, you want a large area to sustain crops, livestock, and perhaps even a functional aquaponics system, which can sustain fish, and plants indefinitely. Basically you want all of the life giving essentials together, and if you cannot fit them with in your walls, consider extending your walls to keep the crops and livestock safe. Keep the entrance to your compound at the most defensible position of the fort. Try to maintain one entrance and a back up tunnel system to escape if need be. You should include as many rain catch systems as possible as well as irrigation systems for your crops. Another thing to consider is camouflaging as much of the compound as possible with camouflage netting and canopies. This will aid in not being spotted by air patrols such as ultralights etc.
Assuming you have at least 15 bodies for defense, this compound should be fairly large. Wall should stretch several hundred yards in total and should be about 12 feet high. How to construct walls and what to construct them out of will be covered in part two. Your agricultural area should be fairly large, remember, you’re trying to stay self-sustaining. 15 people is a lot to feed and you will need a very large area for crops as well as many animals. Your compound should have a basement or other means of storage such as a shipping container. Your compound should be built like a house if possible, and as large as possible. The more room you have, the more defensive opportunity you have, more room for people, and more room for storage as well. An entire shipping container full of supplies will be sufficient for about 15 people to last until you reach the self sustaining stage of your operation. At this point you can be completely self sustaining, not needing to scavenge for supplies.
In addition to the facilities listed above you should include several different buildings within the walls of the compound. You should include a reloading station with hundreds of pounds of gun powder, lead, shell casings and primers. This will ensure that you will never run out of ammunition and will prove a very good trade item for people coming to trade. Whether you want to advertise your existence to possible friendlies or traders is up to you. Another thing to consider is growing things like tobacco, barley, wheat, and grain. This will also be a very valuable trade item and can be used to trade for valuable medicine, food, water or what ever else you need. A well should also be placed somewhere on the compound for unlimited fresh water. With this well, you will also need a generator. This being said you will need several generators to keep the whole compound running. Unless you have a lot of gasoline this will not be possible, so it is suggested that you acquire hand crank generators that you can either use a bicycle to power or simply have people rotate and hand crank the generator continuously. Another option is to include a windmill on your compound, this will be able to crank the generator for you and supply you with electricity as long as the generator and windmill still work. Along with this include a distillery. Alcohol will be in high demand in such times and will prove extremely valuable for any prepper. This being said, the barley and wheat earlier stated a good idea to farm will be implemented here into making ethanol, which is not only almost pure alcohol (moonshine) but also a very potent disinfectant used for medical purposes.
With all of these provisions, you will have a fully self-sustaining, impenetrable fortress and can easily become a full fledged community with enough bodies to keep it running. This is the ideal route to take as a prepper and will yield the highest gains as well as comfort and safety.