With their incredible designs and dramatic landscapes, this collection of tiny homes are proof you can live well in a small footprint
10 tiny homes to inspire you
The tiny-house movement continues to grow, and it’s easy to see why. Smaller dwellings offer an appealing simplicity, with less space for clutter to accumulate and a smaller area to clean. A tiny house will usually cost less than a typical house build and require less land and materials, too. It’s worth staying in one before you commit to building or buying your own, so here are 10 unique tiny homes on Airbnb to inspire you.
1. Greystone Purepod, Waipara, New Zealand
There’s nothing like a glass pod for getting back to nature in comfort. With no wifi, TV or even power points, it’s easy to switch off at the Greystone Purepod (although there are USB stations for emergency device charging).
There are five other Purepods around the country, all of which offer sustainable, off-the-grid farm experiences.
2. Te Papa Eco Cottage, Waiuku, New Zealand
Fancy bathing under the stars? At the off-grid Te Papa Eco Cottage, you can soak while overlooking the Waikato River. There are also views across restored wetland to enjoy.
The owners of this cottage, which is built out of recycled materials, are committed to regenerating their local waterways.
3. The Glass House, Marlboro, United States
This tiny glass-walled house in New York’s wine country offers views over vineyards and orchards, and the opportunity to spot local wildlife including coyotes and deer.
Even better, the 16-square-metre pod is only 90 minutes from New York City.
4. Tiny House in CB, Crested Butte, United States
Combine a tiny house stay with some time up the mountain.
The exterior of this historic miner’s shack in Colorado is perfectly preserved, and the interior has been fitted out with everything you’ll need, including wifi, a full kitchen, bathtub and even a vintage Nintendo.
5. The Escape, Orderville, United States
This development has a number of tiny houses to stay in, a community garden to pick veges from, and chickens to lay eggs for your breakfast. There’s also a tree house, with optional access via a climbing wall inside the trunk.
The Escape is a handy spot to stay if you are planning to check out some of Utah’s sights, including Bryce Canyon, Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks – the hosts also have a tour company, East Zion Experiences, which you can check out on Airbnb Experiences.
6. AirShip 002, Drimnin, Scotland
Stay in an insulated pod in the Scottish Highlands, with views over the Sound of Mull. Airship 002 was designed by Roderick James Architects as an easy-to-assemble (and dismantle) prefabricated structure.
Here, it is used as an idyllic holiday home with panoramic views – there’s one in West Sussex available to rent, too.
7. Oaks Lodge, Church Stretton, United Kingdom
One of the new Airbnb Plus listings (high-quality homes personally inspected by Airbnb), Oaks Lodge is tastefully decorated in yellow, white and wood. The secluded getaway is surrounded by bush, yet only a ten-minute walk to pubs, restaurants and shops.
With a hot tub and fire pit, it’s an ideal spot for an indulgent weekend away.
8. House Loft, Annecy, France
Experience historic Annecy from a very modern loft. This three-level 15th-century home is right at the foot of Château d’Annecy, and within walking distance to shops, markets, bakeries and Lake Annecy.
The home is fitted out with designer touches such as Starck tapware and Hay furniture.
9. The Escher Tiny Home, Boulder Creek, United States
Designed by David Latimer of New Frontier Tiny Homes, this stylish mountain retreat has all the extras you’ll need, in a very small space.
There’s a kids’ loft, outdoor tent to lounge in (or sleep in, if you wish) and a large deck overlooking the mountains. It’s also handy to Santa Cruz and San Francisco.
10. Wagon & Hot Tub, Medstead, United Kingdom
Whether you want to curl up inside and listen to records, kick back in the sheltered wood-heated hot tub, or chill out by the campfire, this creative cabin is the place to be. The wagon-shaped house is fitted with a cosy bed, giant picture window, full kitchen and double shower.