Tiny Stays – Yarra Valley
Time Out says
Spend your next long weekend in this comfortable pint-sized getaway
Tiny Stays comes as advertised: tiny. The single-room cabin (plus ensuite) in the Yarra Valley is an off-grid escape that comes in at just 12 square metres in size. But clever use of the space and decor makes it feel cosy rather than claustrophobic. The petite home was built by brother and sister team Ben and Aimee, who prudently leant on a white-heavy colour scheme to expand the space.
You’ll find Tiny Stays Yarra Valley location at the top of a straw-coloured hill about ten minutes' drive from Healesville. Even on chilly days we advise spending your downtime outside the cabin, soaking up postcard perfect views of grazing roos and dense gum forest. There’s even a firepit to keep toasty warm and a stack of board games to keep entertained (yes, you can get phone reception if you’re desperate).
Inside the cabin fits a pillow top queen bed, a two-burner gas stove, a bar fridge, kitchen sink, all cooking utensils and basic kitchen ingredients (like oil, condiments and even muesli for breakfast). The bed is surrounded by windows on three sides, giving you a very special 270-degree view to wake up to in the morning.
Despite the compact space and tank water scenario, the shower is remarkably effective. Having a strong, hot shower is a luxury you rarely get in a motel, let alone a teensy weensy house on a hill. Plus the water pump has a rad beat to it, which makes every shower feel like a Skrillex gig.
Choose your companions carefully when booking your stay. While the pastoral landscape makes Tiny Stays an ideal romantic retreat, the tight living quarters demands that you’re on the same wavelength as your partner or friend. You'll either work together like peanut butter and jam or you'll fight like a sack of hungry cats, so bring a good bud and your best team-player attitude.