Big Stays from Tiny Homes Holidays

Simply unique, and oh so cute, Tiny Homes Holiday homes are the brand new offering from the same team who pioneered airstream holidays in the UK, Vintage Vacations. In addition they will be offering an amazing selection of #studycations or #artisan holidays and add on activities to your stay.

With three Tiny Homes completed, and three more planned in the near future, each of these bespoke homes is a one-off and has its own character.

Eilidh

Eilidh is a Gaelic name meaning light and this tiny home has loads of it pouring in through the windows on the bedroom level in the eves and the glass doors to the front. Clad in wood, and decorated in muted shades of blue and white, with splashes of colour, there’s a double bed accessed via ladder and room for a single in the facing mezzanine level, plus a double sofa bed downstairs. With kitchen area to one side, and bathroom on the other, the main living area opens to a pretty decked area and wild flower garden.

Hygge

Hygge is a Danish word that represents wellbeing and this little black home has a wonky slanted roof that you’ll love. Bedroom areas are again above an open plan living area and this home sleeps up to four in either two king sized beds or four singles. It has Scandi-styling, snuggly textures and a hideaway vibe.

Silva

Silva is Latin for forest or woodland, and is an A framed triangular house with wooden cladding – “Almost like sleeping under a tree (well kinda!)” as it says on the website. Bathroom and kitchen areas are to the rear and a ladder leads to the upper level where there’s a huge king sized bed. Loads of wood, including panelling and flooring sourced from nearby Brighstone Forest, the vintage theming here is of warm browns, leaf green and bright orange. Even the window shutters have vintage wallpapers on them.

 

Each Tiny Home has a lovely Charnwood wood burning stove, which get them toasty really quickly. The kitchens all have a cooker, hob, fridge with icebox and plenty of kit and the bathroom has a shower and WC – composting of course! Pristine white linen and towels are supplied along with a welcome pack and each home has an outside decked seating area with your own BBQ.

Not only are these little darlings ecologically green in impact, with solar cells for power and compost toilets, but you are bang smack opposite one of the island’s largest forests where you can take long walks through the trees. Parkhurst Forest is partly a site of special scientific interest and contains both ancient woodland, relict heathland and plantation woodland and you can see red squirrels playing in the trees.

 

Whilst you are staying in your Tiny Home, making very little environmental impact, you might like to indulge in one of the activities or courses in their Studio that have been chosen especially to complement your holiday. These will either be a part of your holiday when you book, or ‘bolt ons’ to your stay.

All are held in the Studio, a multi-purpose hub that is a calm, relaxing and homely space with a larger Charnwood wood burning stove and kitchen area. Uncluttered and calm, with room for all kinds of activities, it will host everything from writer’s talks, to craft workshops to yoga with an emphasis on wellness and well-being in all its different forms. Plus Tiny Homes Holidays can be hired exclusively (off season) – Ellen McArthur, who lives locally, recently hired the whole place for a team building day. 

Spoon whittling with Paul McCathie of Goodleaf is great fun with everyone producing a wooden spoon, and in willow weaving with Amanda Raynor of Wyldwood Willow you get to make a lidded Ali Baba style basket. In the second course you could make a picnic hamper with hinged lid.

 

There’s painting with Tim Fawcett, and modern macramé and pattern cutter Sue Field is going to teach a one day workshop on the basics of pattern cutting – bring a well- loved garment that you would like to copy and make its pattern.

Pamela McIntyre, who was the wardrobe mistress at Glyndebourne, will teach a master class with vintage fabrics and you make a tote bag and Teresa Grimaldi will be teaching puppet making. Hammy Tappenden will teach bread making and Mindfullness and Wellbeing Retreats and Pilates sessions will be hosted by Sarah Moore.

myIsleofWight’s very own Mrs B is going to be teaching various activities throughout the year such as how to make lovely pure soy candles, or how to produce bath fizzers and will be hosting family craft sessions using air drying clay. Later in the year she will be showing how to make stylish Christmas decorations – these were a great success last Christmas.

Such an exciting new addition to the Isle of Wight and already making the national press, there’s a real buzz around Tiny Home Holidays and rightly so – try one out for size!

Jo Macaulay

3 April 2018

By Jo Macaulay in Articles

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