11 Tiny Houses You Can Stay In Right Now (Starting at Just $42)

published Dec 3, 2018
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Have you ever wondered what’s it really like to live in a tiny house—and whether or not you could really do it, even part of the time? Now’s your chance to try before you buy (or build). We’ve rounded up 11 of the cutest tiny cottages you can actually book and stay in for your next getaway.

Despite what many experts may opine in theory, in reality tiny homes remain as popular as ever—if only as a novelty or source of small-space living and storage ideas. At the Tiny House & Simple Living Jamboree in Austin this past August, I witnessed firsthand the tens of thousands of people who gathered at an exposition center miles from downtown and were cheerfully willing to stand in line outdoors for hours, sweating profusely in the 109-degree Texas sunshine, just to tour the interiors of actual tiny homes.

If you’ve also ever felt that curious as to what it might be like to live tiny, even temporarily, now’s your chance (minus the crowds and the brutal summer heat). From a sweet little secret garden of a cottage in the hometown of Shakespeare to a shipping container turned rustic cabin tucked into the side of a mountain in Slovenia, there’s a tiny home style for everyone and every budget—since all but one of these TripAdvisor rentals is under $150 per night. (And one rents for only $42!)

1. Two Deck Tiny Home in Zionsville, Indiana
This kid-friendly luxury tiny home sleeps four and sits on lush acres of prime American Heartland just outside the Indianapolis metro area. There are maximum indoor-outdoor lifestyle amenities in this minimal space, thanks to the two decks that give it its name: a sliding garage door that opens onto a front deck, and an additional rooftop deck for watching the sunset above the treeline.

2. Tiny Nest House on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
This architect-designed, solar-powered tiny home for two makes the most of a getaway to one of Canada’s most popular vacation spots and is deserving of hidden-gem status, thanks to its private sandy beach (with its own waterfall), surrounding apple orchards, and day hikes up a hill appropriately named Tiny Heaven.

3. Tiny House Slovenia in Tolmin, Slovenia
Modern on the outside, rustic on the inside, warm and locally sourced everywhere—this shipping container tiny home belies its industrial beginnings to deliver all the beaucoup nature and design that Slovenia is known for. If you book in summer, the property even has its own private and secluded swimming hole!

4. Modern Tiny Home in Idaho Springs, Colorado
If testing out the waters of tiny living as a family of three is something on your bucket list, this luxury tiny house in ski country is your dream vacation rental. There’s a queen bed on the main level and a twin bed up in the loft (accessible by ladder), plus fully outfitted kitchens inside and out for quality family meals.

5. Shorepine in Waldport, Oregon
If you’re super curious about what living in a planned tiny home community would look like, or have long pined for a Tiny Heirloom-built tiny home, then booking a stay in Shorepine at the new Tiny Tranquility development is for you. Sleeping and living quarters are in the 24-foot Vantage model tiny home, decked out in classic Pacific Northwest textiles and outfitted with the perfect happy hour patio for two out front where you can listen to the ocean in the distance over dinner (cooked on the induction cooktop you just got to test out).

6. Dimpsey Shepard’s Hut in Somerset, England
The most authentic of the tiny home designs available for rent, this Shepherd’s Hut in Southwest England is a modern and bohemian take on the traditional European gypsy wagon—or what the owner calls “hut couture”. The host caters to outdoors lovers and offers a “glamping” experience, complete with both vintage and locally-made furnishings, a fridge stocked to DIY your own full English breakfast before traipsing along the Jurassic Coast, and an outdoor wood-fired hot tub for when you return.

7. Stratford Bell Tower in Stratford-upon-Avon, England
If you love literature and history, then this downsized destination is your go-to getaway. Full of English character and charm—and its own bell tower—this teensy cottage is situated in the hometown of The Bard himself, right on the Avon River, with regular performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company just yards away and the greater Cotswolds vacation region beyond. High tea on the private terrace each afternoon, any time of year, obviously—and as a writer’s or artist’s retreat, there’s even a little (not winterized) creative studio to serve as your muse.

8. Tiny House Cabin in Whitehorse, Yukon
The most diminutive of dwellings in both finances (at $42/night) and square footage, this tiny home is hardly bigger than an outhouse but somehow offers everything you’d need to rusticate in style in the Yukon. Nestled into a forest with little cell signal and no internet, but plenty of outdoor gear available for adventure, this is the getaway for those who are looking to find out how they like both extreme minimalism and up-close moose sightings.

9. Cozy Studio Cabin in Kennebunk, Maine
Vacationland and all the Maine beach cottage charm you could possibly dream await you at this actually spacious “tiny” home in historic Kennebunk. The “Sandpiper” features a cozy but fully-equipped bedroom and bathroom, plus an outdoor patio for grilling al fresco dinners (or lobster clambakes for two), all within walking distance from Dock Square, antiques stores, and a golf course.

10. Shepherds Hut in Kent, England
You belong among the wildflowers and dark sky nights of Valley View, the secluded English countryside setting for this authentic Shepherd’s Hut tiny home. It’s a lively and freshly designed retreat for the nature lover in search of peace, tranquility, and a digital detox. One of the few dog-friendly tiny homes on the list, it’s also an easy home base for exploring the castles and white cliffs of Dover not too far away. (And an experience in using an alternative model toilet, something no future tiny home owner should skip or else caveat emptor.)

11. Homer’s Downtown Tiny House in Homer, Alaska
If you’re making the trek up to Alaska, home base is the last place you’ll want to spend most of your time—unless you’re taking in the mountain and glacier views over Kachemak Bay from the front deck of this tiny house in Homer. No matter the weather, this is a cozy getaway with a grocery store in walking distance and complimentary bicycles to explore the nearby trails.