If a 4-star hotel is your idea of roughing it, then this place is probably not for you. However, if you want some much needed peace and quiet and aren’t afraid to step out of your comfort zone a little, then this is a pretty cool bucket list item. Tiny Texas Houses is located in Luling, TX off HWY 10 just east of Sequin and 30 minutes south of Lockhart. Lockhart is BBQ heaven by the way. I had a late lunch at Kreuz Market and BBQ on my way down and the brisket was incredible. Don’t miss this sign on your way in though because I can promise, you will be embarrassed if you do. Just trust me on this one. LolTiny Texas Houses is an Airbnb that rents out 5 houses ranging from $50-$70 per night. (click here for a $40 coupon from Airbnb). The 42 acre property is the brainchild of owner, Brad “Darby” Kittel who is a salvage expert. All of the homes are made from 100% salvaged materials and offer some of the coolest, most eclectic lodging you will experience. I am writing (not typing, as there is no wi-fi) this post while sitting on the balcony of the 150 sq. ft. “Gingered Swan” overlooking a pond while watching the sunset. This particular house is two stories high but the stairs are pretty steep, so if you have balance issues or aren’t very agile, you should probably rent one of the larger houses. Ok, so here is where you have to step out of your comfort zone. There isn’t any plumbing in my house, but there is in a couple of the others. There is however, a community bathhouse and I stress the word community. There is a door for the bathroom and curtains (only) for the showers and the sinks are available to everyone (as in co-ed). I was there on a Tuesday and a couple down the way were my only neighbors so I had the bathhouse to myself. However, you may have flashbacks of summer camp if you are here on a weekend. Totally worth it though in my adventurous, minimalism opinion. On the bright side, there is electricity with a/c and heat in all the houses.
I just spotted a cat looking around for his dinner down by the pond. Oh, and here comes Brad, the owner, a def. blast from the past. He is a very interesting man who is trying to talk me into going down to the Mud Pool. It’s an underground, red-clay pool of mud with the beauty and healing properties of a resort style mud bath that you would pay mega bucks to wade in. If I wasn’t by myself I would definitely do it. It’s just kinda dark and scary looking; being that it’s underground.. in a cave… a dark cave. I did however venture up “Miracle Mountain.” A mountain it is not, however the view from the top is pretty miraculous, especially if you catch the sunset.The rentals are a way of making money to finance the salvage movement that Brad and his crew are passionate about. They hold weekend workshops throughout the year teaching people how to build from salvaged materials and work around the loopholes of building a tiny house within city limits. Visit their events page here where you will find the schedule for these weekend retreats as well as concerts and salvage markets.
If you have ever wanted to relive summer camp, experience a tiny house and are looking to unplug, I encourage you to check this place out. With prices as low as $50 a night, you can’t beat the deal. You can read their story and check out pictures of the grounds and each tiny house on their website or go directly to their link on Airbnb for prices, pics, details and reviews of each tiny house.
Don’t forget to claim your $40 coupon to Airbnb HERE!