The name of this vacation rental company in the United Kingdom might have picked the best name to describe the simplicity of staying in or living in a tiny house. Canopy & Stars have taken it a step further and offer handpicked quirky and eco-friendly small places to stay within Europe. They include tree houses, cabins, vardos, caravans, barges, yurts and more. Several of their properties caught my eye and stilled my heart: two shepherd huts on wheels in Hampshire, two shepherd’s huts located at a farm in Norfolk, and a train carriage in Wales.
Alex Evan’s Wiggly Tin shepherd huts (one pictured above) are located in Hampshire in the South Downs National Park. The huts (named Beacon and Butser) are completely off-grid and contain raised beds with storage underneath and wood-burning stoves. Showers and a bathroom are accessed in a nearby converted shepherd’s hut.
The Victorian Gamekeeper’s Hut and the Shepherd’s Rest hut are both located in a sheep meadow on the Westfield Farm in Norfolk. They both contain double beds, wood burning stoves and storage for food and clothing. The blue Shepherd’s Rest even contains the original lambing bed which can now be used as a children’s bed. Visitors to the huts can shower and use the bathroom in a washing cabin located about 30 feet away.
The Train Carriage is located on the Yurt Farm in Wales and was actually obtained by the owners through a swap for some organic vegetables. It has been refitted with new panelling, metalwork, a large bed, a propane stove, and a wood burning stove. The carriage has a view of a meadow and its own fire pit.
Photos by Canopy & Stars