A few months ago, Country Living Magazine featured a Tiny House Hotel located in Chattanooga, TN. I tore out the page for one of those “one day we will try this experiences” never thinking we would actually try it this year. My husband surprised me with an early Mother’s Day trip a few weeks ago and we actually stayed at this Tiny House Hotel.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated by the hotel to write this review or contacted by them in any way. I am writing this post to share a bit of our adventure and fun we had staying in a tiny house.
Being an Interior Designer, all things design related are an interest to me in some form or fashion. The tiny house trend is no exception. Not that I ever plan to live in less than 400 square feet of space. But would I love to build one – yes! Just to enjoy the challenge of putting all of the small puzzle pieces of a tiny home together and to make it function well.
Totally geeky thing to do I know.
My husband surprised me with this trip and we booked our stay at Live A Little Tiny Hotel outside of Chattanooga. Actually it was across the Georgia border in Rising Fawn. We chose the smallest of the cottages not because we wanted to try that one out but because it was the only one available for two nights in a row that we also had the time off.
The Wandering Gypsy cottage was a whooping 168 square feet!
And it was so charming and efficient.
This small cottage was built from as much recycled materials as they could find to save money. This is also the cottage they travel with to trade shows to showcase what you can build in a small space.
The Wandering Gypsy was full of rustic charm and quirky fixtures. Like the galvanized bucket as the sink and a wine barrel for the shower.
These quarters were tight! The ceiling of the loft was barely 2 feet above your head.
The next few pictures shows what it is like to fit a 6 foot 4 inch man such as my husband in this tiny house!
I am sharing these images with his permission of course. Even though it was a cramped space for him, my husband loved every minute of staying in this house and wants to build one like it some day. With some modifications of course!
Adjusting to sleeping in a loft was our biggest challenge.
The loft was very uncomfortable for me the first night. The loft was hot! I am a bit claustrophobic and sleeping with my head at the back of the loft made me feel like I couldn’t breath. During the night I decided to crawl out of bed and go downstairs. But once I turned around and was back at the opening to the loft and stairs I realized that the air was cooler and I didn’t feel so closed in. I decided to sleep backwards on the bed instead. The next morning my husband woke up and asked why was he looking at my feet. I told him he needed to try it the next night to experience the difference.
The next night he totally agreed that he slept better facing towards the opening where the air was circulating and open. Definitely a lesson learned about sleeping in a loft.
The Old Blue Chair cottage and the Shangri-Little cottage.
The views were spectacular! We were just a few miles from the famous Rock City and Lookout Mountain. Where our little tiny house sat you could see 3 states – Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.
While we were there we did decide to visit Rock City, Ruby Falls and rode the Duck Boats in Chattanooga. We also visited the Moon Pie store. I had no idea that Moon Pies were made in Chattanooga. We had a really good time for a couple of days doing the tourist thing.
Back the the tiny house experience though. It was certainly tiny and some things I would not include in a build of my own. That being said though we are already talking about going back to stay in one of the “bigger” tiny houses on the property. Or maybe even the hobbit style house they are building soon. Staying in a tiny house hotel was a fun and quirky adventure and I’m so glad we decided to experience a new kind of vacation.