I was going for a dilapidated, yet welcoming look to this place. I feel that the Hermit, at least in my game, is very much like Carl and Ellie from Up! This was their retirement plan but unfortunately only one of them made it here, but by golly they are gonna enjoy it for the both of them.
Being older, I see the house falling into disrepair being so far out in the woods. But the hermit just covers up the holes with new paintings and brings in lots of flowers to get rid of the musky smell that has developed over time. The one thing that draws you closer is the smell of cookies baking, that the Hermit sends off to their grandkids each time they go into town for supplies. The Hermit really likes guests, but doesn’t go out of their way to get them, they rather be sort-after themselves.