The Tiny Wood Container
- A wood-fired hot tub provides solace whatever the weather
- Lovely kitchen finished with granite worktops, plus a fold-away dinning table seating five
- Master bedroom with comfy king-sized double bed, and three full-sized single beds
Set on the edge of a 100-acre arable field and facing views of the Warwickshire countryside, this unusual, slightly eccentric house was constructed around a 20-foot shipping container. Inside, you’ll find comfy bedrooms, a kitchen finished with granite worktops, separate bathroom (with plumbed WC & shower) – plus central heating on-demand, which ensures a snug stay whatever the weather. The unique stay doesn’t end on the inside; a South African-style veranda features an all-weather wood-fired BBQ (or braai) which doubles up as a toasty open wood burner that's perfect for honing your fire-starter skills.
Location-wise, it's a winner. Despite being only a matter of miles from Tudor Stratford-upon-Avon and fashionable Royal Leamington Spa, Tiny Wooden House is burrowed deep into Warwickshire’s agricultural heartbeat. Yet because it’s within easy reach of the M40 and A423, escaping here from most major cities is simple. As the evening temperature falls, the day can be extended with a dip in your wood-fired hot tub – the warm, steaming water and crackling log fire is a glorious way to see out the day.
The Owner Says
Our original property, TinyWood 1 is a 20-foot property made of steel and wood. It has two floors cleverly constructed to maximise space. Guests will be amazed to find a well appointed kitchen finished with granite worktops, a fold away dinning table that seats five, a living room with wood burner and stow away sofa, separate shower and toilet and a master bedroom with King Size double bed! The first floor features three full sized single beds arranged around a landing with fold down staircase.
A wood fired hot tub provides solace whatever the weather.
Central Heating as well as Log burner ensures a comfortable stay whatever the time of year.
The unique experience doesn’t end inside the house. A South African styled Stoep or veranda features an indoor wood fired BBQ or Braii which doubles up as an open wood burner.
Features & Facilities
Tinywood One features: double bedroom, a kitchen, a separate bathroom (with plumbed WC & shower), a central heating boiler with radiators and on-demand hot water, full 240v electrics and a wood-burning stove. The lounge and upper floor have 3 single beds, bedding is provided. The kitchen features a full-size fridge, gas cooker with hob, and dining table, seating 5. The property has a log-fired hot-tub, with logs provided at no extra charge. There is also a covered, all weather wood burner and gas barbecue/dining area.
The nearby village of Long Itchington lies on the banks of the river Itchen and is criss-crossed with numerous footpaths, canal towpaths and two disused railway lines. The railway lines come together to form a junction in a deep cutting that is spanned by an impressive iron bridge that time seems to have forgotten. Long Itchington boasts the largest village pond in Warwickshire and also features a fine 16th century Tudor House, where Queen Elizabeth I stayed in 1572 and again in 1575. The Old Manor House in the square dates back to the 15th century. Further afield and towering above the River Avon, Warwick Castle (01926 495421) is often proclaimed the 'greatest medieval castle in Britain'. Built in 1068 by William the Conqueror, the castle hosts jousting tournaments and daily trebuchet firings. Also in Warwick, Hill Close Gardens (01926 493339), are an interesting group of hedged gardens designed to be enjoyed by those who do not have gardens of their own. Other notable day trips include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth place of Shakespeare; Royal Leamington Spa with its award-winning parks; and Coventry, home to the city's Transport Museum (02476 234270) and the ruins of Coventry Cathedral (02476 521200).
Food & Drink
Long Itchington has a fine selection of pubs that offer something for everyone, including good food and attractive scenery. The Green Man (01926 812208) is a cosy, real ale pub. They don’t serve food but a chip van visits on a Friday, which proves popular as they can be eaten in the pub with your drink. The Buck and Bell (01926 811177) has a good selection of beers and a lovely restaurant, whilst The White Hart (01926 612976) is worth a visit for the hilltop views alone. The Hilltop Shop and Café (01926 632978) is a fantastic butchers, selling top quality locally sourced fresh produce. Breakfast and lunch come highly recommended in the café. The Water Margin (01926 633233) is a nice Chinese take away, and The Long Itchington Diner (01926 819096) is great value if a fried breakfast takes your fancy.
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Due to the sites rural location sat-navs will bring you to Snowford Hill, but not to the door. Once on Snowford Hill find the sign ‘Grange Cottages’ at the foot of the hill on the Long Itchington side. Pull into this driveway and follow it in and to the left. Once you have passed through the barn conversions you will see the Tiny Wooden House ahead of you. Aidan lives onsite (at 4 Grange Cottages) and someone will meet you upon arrival.
Chiltern Railways services run at frequent intervals (mostly half-hourly) between London and Birmingham Snow Hill, with further trains to Stratford-upon-Avon. Four long-distance trains an hour (operated by CrossCountry) also serve Leamington throughout most of the day, two northbound and two southbound. Typically, these alternate between services from Manchester to Reading and Bournemouth by way of Southampton Central.