Cottage on the Hill

Cottage on the Hill

cottage on a hill

by Zinta Aistars

I’ve long enjoyed Tiny House Blog, admiring the philosophy and the tiny houses. In March 2012, I moved to a 100+ year old farmhouse in southwest Michigan on 10 acres, my dream come true, sweeter still because it had a tiny cottage on a wooded hill.

This fall, I weatherized the cottage, added a small deck, an outhouse, painted it inside, furnished it, creating a writer’s retreat. With its quirky angles and mismatched windows, it’s been likened to a place from a Tim Burton movie, or from Dr. Seuss. No two windows match, each are at a different height. It’s approximately 120 sq. feet on the main floor, 80 on the upper floor.

Cottage on the Hill, or COTH as I have come to call it, reminds me a little of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, that tiny cabin in which the writer lived for several years. Actually, it is more expansive than Thoreau’s, as it has approximately 120 square feet on the main floor, and a stepladder up to a second floor of about 80 square feet. And, in cooler weather, a space heater adds warmth.

Being a writer, I found it irresistible, conducive to meditations in solitude, connecting to one’s Muse while being completely “unplugged” from the busy world seemingly so far, far away … although, admittedly, the Cottage does have electricity!

The Cottage needed a few furnishings, but I wanted to keep it rustic and spare. A full-size bed went into the main floor corner, a small wooden table and chair, a cabinet with shelves. Upstairs, a desk and chair. I brought favorite books to put on the shelves, and hung up artwork by my father, artist Viestarts Aistars, and various other knick knacks to make the Cottage feel like home. A carpet remnant on the main floor adds just a touch of luxury.

Read more about it at my website

main floor

kitchen and bed

writing desk




cottage on the hill

entry door to cottage

cottage at night


  1. Beautiful little place. Adline, it says there is an outhouse and there is no kitchen in the pics, I’m assuming that if he wanted to cook he could use an electric pot or something. This is an awesome little place.

  2. love, Love, LOVE this place. Wish there were more pictures. And wish the night picture included lights in the second floor. It looks like it is just a summer place with so many windows even as small as it is it would be really hard to keep heated in the colder months. I too would like to have a place to go when the need arose, and have a place to cook a can of beans or whatever. But in that it seems to be that summer place, one could cook that on a camp fire outside. And if it came to it a man could do his job outside as well. But an out-house with sides would be nice for that too.

  3. i LOVE this place! the ONLY thing i would do is make the upstairs a bedroom and make a tiny kitchen/bathroom/living room downstairs:)

  4. […] es einen Schreibtisch, ein Bücherregal, einen Heizer. Von Toilette und Küche steht in dem Bericht auf dem Tiny House Blog, wo ich diesen Juwel auch gefunden habe, nichts. Auf der Seite des Besitzers jedoch. Natürlich ist es ein Toilettenhäuschen nicht weit […]

  5. Now this is a place which has no equal: a cobbled-together little cabin with its own, distinct personality! It really couldn’t be duplicated, being the product of many hands, and graced with Nature’s patina. (I am inspired, though, to craft a somewhat similar cabin for my own writer’s retreat.) Here’s proof that, somewhere in the woods, true enchantment does exist!