Livin’ large in a Tiny House: Flat Rock, NC

Our home away from home: a tiny house in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Our home away from home: a tiny house in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

When you wait ’til the last minute to make hotel or B&B reservations wherever there’s a huge festival, you just may be out of luck.  And we were.  No rooms in Hendersonville, North Carolina, during Apple Festival 2016.  Sold out.  Nothing much on any of the tried-and-true websites we rely on for lodging.

Another tiny home in Village of Wildflowers -- Flat Rock, NC

Another tiny home in Village of Wildflowers — Flat Rock, NC

And that’s when we got creative.  Somehow we stumbled upon the Village of Wildflowers in nearby Flat Rock.  Nice website.  Lovely photos.  Tiny houses.  That’s right — those adorable tiny houses that you see on HGTV’s  Tiny House Hunters. We signed up and stayed in a tiny house called Lake View.

Fully-equipped kitchen in a rentable tiny house in Flat Rock.

Fully-equipped kitchen in a rentable tiny house in Flat Rock.

Our 400-square-foot tiny home offered more than ample accommodations for three nights.  Immediately, we loved the open living room with natural pine walls and all the amenities you’d want in a compact space:  sofa, two chairs, bar with pull-up stools, fully-equipped kitchen, fireplace, and big flat-screen TV.

One corner of the living room with fireplace and TV -- visible from kitchen.

One corner of the living room with fireplace and TV — visible from kitchen.

The master bedroom was another study in usable space:  queen bed with storage underneath, book shelves on either side of the bed, and a wardrobe with hanging space and deep drawers.

Plenty of storage in this comfortable, compact master bedroom.

Plenty of storage in this comfortable, compact master bedroom.

No compromises on the bathroom either:  full tub with shower and lots of lighted spaces.

Bathroom with granite counter tops, good lighting, and both tub and shower

Bathroom with granite counter tops, good lighting, and both tub and shower

Pocket doors kept everything private but stayed out of the way.

Pocket doors, ample storage in tiny house in Flat Rock

Pocket doors, ample storage in tiny house in Flat Rock

Loft space (accessible by ladder in the living room) held another queen bed in a spacious carpeted area.  We didn’t venture up there except to peek in, but we knew at first glance that kids would love this space!

A screened-in porch with four chairs offered a view of the lake and a quiet place to read.  But we also discovered something else hidden away behind closed doors on the porch: a compact washer and dryer.  Handy, to say the least.

Screened-in porch holds 4 chairs. Hidden away behind doors is the washer and dryer.

Screened-in porch holds 4 chairs. Hidden away behind doors is the washer and dryer.

The Village of Wildflowers has both permanent residents and rental homes in this tiny house subdivision where variety in design and building materials ensure that no two are alike.

Open for inspection was an even tinier house, suitable for toting behind a vehicle if the owners wanted to be on the move.

For us, staying in a tiny house has its advantages: We were in one place for three days of exploring western North Carolina, we “cooked in” a couple of nights, and we gave up nothing in terms of accommodations.

Living room and kitchen view of Lake View, a tiny house in Flat Rock

Living room and kitchen view of Lake View, a tiny house in Flat Rock

We’re convinced that there may be more of these tiny house communities on the way in America, and, as an alternative to our usual hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, our tiny house stay felt like an adventure, one worth trying.

What about you?  Think you’d enjoy a tiny house vacation?

For more information:

Village of Wildflowers, 24 Empire Lane, Flat Rock, NC 28731; 828-707-0969.  info@thevillageofwildflowers.com; http://thevillageofwildflowers.com/

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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58 Responses to Livin’ large in a Tiny House: Flat Rock, NC

  1. Pingback: Tiny House Living in North Carolina | Tiny Home Products

  2. Thank you for sharing this! We have visited Flat Rock but only heard of the tiny homes there recently. I was so happy to stumble across your post with such a wonderful photo tour! Thank you. My family is currently planning to build our own tiny home/cottage here in SC in the very near future. This is an inspiration. Best of everything in life to you! 🙂
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  3. nuurdesigns says:

    That’s look good. But is it easy for two people to live in there? I love the idea of less maintenance, Cleaning and bills but is it comfortable for two adults?

    • You ask great questions, and here’s what we know: It was easy for us to rent this tiny house and live there for three days. Not sure how it would be to live in one year-round, but many people are doing so. It all depends on what you can and can’t live with, I guess. Minimalist may be good for some people, but not all. Thanks for taking a look.

      • nuurdesigns says:

        Hmmmm that’s a good idea. I am telling my partner that i would love to live in a tiny home. And lol he gives me a look saying i am crazy. But i like the idea of renting for few days. Just to give yourself an experience of how it would actually feel like. thanks and please do keep up interesting post like this.

  4. Ms. Me/Chanita says:

    As a North Carolinian I have to put this on my bucket list of places to check out! Thanks for sharing this!

  5. mukhamani says:

    It would definitely be a wonderful experience 🙂 thank you for sharing.

  6. Emily says:

    What a great solution. I neve thought about renting a tiny house, but that would certainly give you an idea if it’s something that would work for you. Thanks for the idea.

  7. Jo Smith says:

    Love these tiny houses! The 400 sq. ft one is the perfect size for me! Tiny houses that have only around 100 or 200 sq. ft would be too small for me. Great post!

    • We did see a couple of tiny houses that were too tiny for me, too. Of course, we could spend a night every now and then in one, but it would be close quarters for sure. I have to have at least enough room for a comfy chair facing the TV!!!

  8. I have been fascinated with tiny houses since I saw them on TV. Wanna try this!

  9. I think I’d love this. We have a caravan so are used to holidaying in small spaces. This is very cute and looks very well equipped. I hope you enjoyed the festival too. Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes. Hope to see you again next time!

    • Since you’re used to small space living, you’d love to stay in a tiny house. We loved seeing all the tucked-in storage places — and found that we need less room overall. Festivals are always great — friendly people, bountiful food! Gotta love it.

  10. Forget a vacation, I want to LIVE in that!!! This house is a bit larger than most of the tiny houses I’ve seen on the TV show, and much more up my alley with that downstairs bedroom/bathroom combo! What a neat little community to stumble upon, and fun to find you on #MondayEscapes!

    • Thanks for finding me on #MondayEscapes! And yes, it’s bigger than we expected. The porch made it seem even roomier. Loved the space for watching TV as well as that kitchen that had everything in it. This model is definitely more livable for us than the one I showed at the end that was done in a beachy theme. I might not have enjoyed that one as much. Appreciate the comment and your taking time to take a look!

  11. Sam says:

    My kids would love to stay in one of these tiny houses! It looks like it had everything you needed for a comfy stay. I wish we could get HGTV in the UK – we watch loads of that channel every time we visit America!

  12. bellamonte says:

    I’m in love with tiny houses! We stayed in one in Alaska and it was spectacular! Thanks for sharing this. I have to look for a place like that here in California.

  13. Small but perfectly formed, huh? What a great place to stay – just shows how little we really need! #mondayescapes

  14. That house is definitely tiny! But unique. I wouldn’t mind it for vacation but I wouldn’t be able to live there. We lived in a 600 square foot apartment with a baby for a year before upgrading and I felt so claustrophobic. I like my space. #MondayEscapes

  15. Kevin Brent says:

    That would make a perfect bachelor pad. 😉

  16. tappjeanne says:

    Love your creativity finding places to stay! This little house looks like it was perfect for your trip!

  17. fifi + hop says:

    So cute! I would definitely stay in one one knowing it’s temporary:).

  18. Touring NH says:

    Definitely a case of less is more!

  19. ralietravels says:

    We have a number of friends in that area [will be visiting one couple in October] and will have to try it some time.

  20. I’d love to stay in one of those!

  21. lulu says:

    Tiny houses show how little space we actually need.

  22. I think it would be great fun – for a vacation!

  23. cwaugh212 says:

    Great post with useful information and beautiful pictures. We may have to try this place in the near future.

    • Thanks so much. You might like to try it — for a short stay. But get one that is tastefully decorated and has more than one sitting place — like a screened-in porch. It gives you some separation, if you need it.

  24. Martha Gill says:

    Fascinating! Want to go in with the Gills to co-own a tiny vacation house at Flat Rock?

  25. JudyinFrance says:

    Oh my. That is a small house. It looks like you found a gem though. When I’ve watched the tiny house TV show, I wondered if living in such a small house would comfortable. I guess it means that the rest of us have too much stuff.
    judy

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