World’s Tiniest Hotel

by Elaine Walker

Calling all tiny house fans!

Would you like the opportunity to stay overnight in a tiny house before plunging into building your own?

My Story

Indulgent Restraint was born of my fascination with tiny houses and a desire to live in one. A few years ago while living in New England, I fell in love with the Lusby design by Jay Shafer of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. I wanted to nestle the tiny house in a Thoreau-like setting, among tall pines near a pond. My kids were grown and I was ready to downsize. So I put our big house on the market, bought land, purchased the tiny house plans and hired a professional home builder to start work on the Lusby. But it was 2008 and the start of the housing crisis. The big house wasn’t selling, so I couldn’t hang on to the lake front land; my plans would have to change.

After some twists and turns, I sold the lot, rented out my big house, and moved myself, two dogs, three cats and tiny house to California. I lived in the tiny house on rented farm land in the delta along the Sacramento River. It was a wonderful adventure!

But I really wanted to be closer to San Francisco and have enough room to host guests. So when my big house in New Hampshire finally found a buyer, I was able to make another move. I bought a 96 year old, two bedroom house in Vallejo and brought the tiny house to its backyard. I’d love to open it up for other tiny house fans!

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LindaLK - September 15, 2011 Reply

This house is so cute. The link that you shared doesn’t work. Just thought you might like to know. Have a good day.

Hugs & Love,
Linda 🙂

    Kent Griswold - September 15, 2011 Reply

    Hi Linda the link is working fine for me. What browser are you using?

      Adam - September 15, 2011 Reply

      Link didn’t work for me on newest Firefox for the Mac.

        Kent Griswold - September 15, 2011 Reply

        It is working on Safari, Chrome and I just downloaded and tested it on the newest Firefox for Mac and it worked for me. Not sure why you are having trouble.

Sharon Danley - September 15, 2011 Reply

I love these houses, but there isn’t nearly enough pics of the interior layout. Please provide these too. Many thanks,

    Kent Griswold - September 15, 2011 Reply

    For interior photos and more information go to this link, it is at the bottom of the other link on the post.

Les Delorimier - September 15, 2011 Reply

We have rented the Tiny House that you see in the picture at the corner of all my posts, since 2009 at our Great Camp 310, here in New York.
Most like it,but not all.

Irene - September 15, 2011 Reply

The stained-glass windows in the loft are beautiful, but do they open and are they large enough for a person to exit should they need to?

    Irene - September 15, 2011 Reply

    Wait, just followed up and read they do not open. They are beautiful, but this would be a concern to me.

Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural - September 15, 2011 Reply

Oh no, I wish you’d stayed in NH. I’d love to do this in New England. Unfortunately, I’m just not a West Coast person anymore.

Melanie - September 20, 2011 Reply

Great idea! I don’t have plans to be out that way soon, but I’ve often thought it would be nice to give a tiny house a test run before I design my own. You can also list it somewhere like .

Manuel - September 20, 2011 Reply

Hello there! I agree with Linda, your house is so cute and simply beautiful. I am a strong believer of downsizing and living a simple life, my kids are all grown up and gone basically. Unlike you, I do not own a house nor a property where to “park” my tiny house – I am working on it though – any way I promise to share my pictures of my tiny house to all your readers. Blessings! Manuel

Deek - September 22, 2011 Reply

Very cozy, clever, and it’d make for a very fun stay- I’ve seen a few smaller “hotels”, etc though- even stayed in them. I love the way this trend is heading- good post kent!


Brooke Lambie - April 22, 2012 Reply

Tiny house trailers, thjough new-ish ones are soul-less, are cheap, easy to fine, and efficient in 16 to 25 feet (or smaller) ….I think these are good buys for tiny-house living……anyone agree?

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