A unique concept in luxury glamping, set on a working arable farm in Warwickshire
Ever fancied spending a night on the set of Little House on the Prairie? Me neither. But visiting Tiny Wooden House you can’t help but think it would make the ideal setting for an English version of the classic US show. The image of a working arable farm, picturesque countryside views, and a wee wooden home spurred Aidan, the site's welcoming owner, to recreate the same rural atmosphere on this stunning Warwickshire spot. So, if you’re looking for a luxury camping trip that’s a little unusual, eccentric even, you've come to the right place.
Inspired by a desire to create miniature architecture, each... erm... tiny wooden house was constructed around a 20-foot shipping container. Each abode offers all the comforts and proportions of a normal two-bedroom house, but with a truly tiny footprint. Step inside and you’ll find comfortable bedrooms, a kitchen finished with granite worktops, separate bathroom (with plumbed WC & shower) – plus central heating on-demand, which ensures a snug stay whatever the time of year. The unique experience doesn’t end on the inside – a South African-style veranda features an all-weather wood-fired barbecue (or braai) which doubles up as a toasty open wood burner that's perfect for honing your fire-starter skills.
Location-wise, this spot is a real winner. Despite being only a matter of miles from the unmistakably Tudor town of Stratford-upon-Avon and fashionable Royal Leamington Spa, Tiny Wooden House is burrowed deep enough into Warwickshire’s bosom to hear the county’s agricultural heartbeat. Yet because it’s within easy reach of the M40 and A423, escaping here from most major cities is a breeze.
The site itself is well thought out and a delight to visit. Each home is set on the edge of a 100-acre arable field, facing unhindered views of the Warwickshire countryside, so weather permitting, you’re ideally placed to witness some beautiful sunsets. And as the evening temperature starts to dip, the day can be extended with a dip in your wood-fired hot tub – the warm, steaming water and crackling log fire is a glorious way to see out the day. It’s true there’s a touch Toytown about this place, and while that won’t be to everyone’s taste, on the ‘unique sleep’ stakes it easily scores a 10 out of 10.
Long Itchington, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Aidan ?.Joined in June 2015
From the host
Tiny Wooden House is arrival on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only and is min 2 nights. Prices starting from £175 per night.
The nearby village of Long Itchington lies on the banks of the river Itchen and is criss-crossed with numerous footpaths, canal towpaths and two disused railway lines. The railway lines come together to form a junction in a deep cutting that is spanned by an impressive iron bridge that time seems to have forgotten. Long Itchington boasts the largest village pond in Warwickshire and also features a fine 16th century Tudor House, where Queen Elizabeth I stayed in 1572 and again in 1575. The Old Manor House in the square dates back to the 15th century. Further afield and towering above the River Avon, Warwick Castle (01926 495421) is often proclaimed the 'greatest medieval castle in Britain'. Built in 1068 by William the Conqueror, the castle hosts jousting tournaments and daily trebuchet firings. Also in Warwick, Hill Close Gardens (01926 493339), are an interesting group of hedged gardens designed to be enjoyed by those who do not have gardens of their own. Other notable day trips include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth place of Shakespeare; Royal Leamington Spa with its award-winning parks; and Coventry, home to the city's Transport Museum (02476 234270) and the ruins of Coventry Cathedral (02476 521200).
Food and drink
Long Itchington has a fine selection of pubs that offer something for everyone, including good food and attractive scenery. The Green Man (01926 812208) is a cosy, real ale pub. They don’t serve food but a chip van visits on a Friday, which proves popular as they can be eaten in the pub with your drink.
The Harvester (01926 812698) serves amazing pizza eat in or take away, The Two Boats (01926 812640) is a quaint canalised traditional pub offering great bar food. The Duck on the Pond (01926 815444) offers a fine dinning experience with beautiful restaurant and beer garden.
The Buck and Bell (01926 811177) has a good selection of beers. The White Hart (01926 612976) is worth a visit for the hilltop views alone. The Hilltop Shop and Café (01926 632978) is a fantastic butchers, selling top quality locally sourced fresh produce. Breakfast and lunch come highly recommended in the café. The Water Margin (01926 633233) is a nice Chinese take away, and The Long Itchington Diner (01926 819096) is great value if a fried breakfast takes your fancy.