The SpaceThis beautiful Tiny House is the result of a collaboration between Tom Dennis and myself (Joep Pennartz) that we call 'Shacky'. We met about half a year ago when I contacted Tom if he wanted to rent out a tiny house on his farm. A few months later I did a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the tiny house, and Tom became the host on his amazing sheep farm.
The Tiny House is an original design by Rob Scott. His challenge in designing this house was making the smallest, yet fully functional house. The result is a beautiful, cosy House that fits on a 3-meter long trailer.
The corrugated iron exterior makes it blend in perfectly on the Australian countryside and forms a nice contrast with the warm pinewood interior.
As you enter the house you’ll find a small potbelly heater to keep you warm and a 2-person mezzanine bed at the back of the house with a comfortable couch underneath. 2 Large windows ensure you can see the sheep as you wake up and all lights are powered by the solar panels on the roof. The space can comfortably fit 2 adults with the option for 1 child. Although this means that one of you will probably end up sleeping on the couch.
Around the house we've built a veranda with a simple bench, sink and gas stove. On the back of the house there is a shower and a few meters further we’ve built your private mini Tiny House with an eco-toilet.
Tom has a "Breakfast Bar With Stuff From Not Far" available to start your day with a collection of the best breakfast supplies from the area. Prepare it in your Tiny House and eat it with the sheep - it will set you up for the day (with plenty to take with you) and includes bread, jam, eggs, bacon, butter, milk, muesli, yoghurt, fruit, tomatoes, mushrooms, juice, coffee, tea ($55).
There is also a special winter hamper available to make your stay even more comfortable with local delicacies such as walnuts, wine (or beer if you prefer), bread, jam, chai, and of course our own Yarn with needles to knit away ($99). Please let us know upfront if you're interested in the autumn hamper or breakfast bar so we can prepare! Please bring cash so you can pay Tom for the hamper or breakfast when you arrive.
We tried to create a space that is ideal for your relaxing getaway from a busy city. On the farm and in your Tiny House you can slow down time and fully relax. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as we do!
Joep (and Tom) Guest AccessYou are able to explore the 500 acre farm by foot or your own bike. Walk around the farm, through the different paddocks with Tom's sheep. For the enthusiastic knitters Tom has an on site woolshop where you can explore their woolen yarns and products. A kiosk serving (proper) coffee and scones is open on the weekends. Interaction with GuestsWhen you arrive Tom will guide you to the Tiny House and show you all the facilities. You are also welcome to join him and his parents (5th and 6th generation owners of the property) for Morning Tea at the Homestead where they discuss great places to visit, the farm or anything that comes up. If you prefer to enjoy the farm by yourself, this is definitely possible. The Tiny House is far enough from the farm house to guarantee you have precious alone time, so it's up to you! The NeighborhoodThis Tiny House is located near Birregurra on the North side of the Otways, overlooking the flat Western Plains.
The Otway Hinterland is a rich, fertile area. The rainforests are to the south, with mountain bike trails, waterfall walks, quirky bush villages and amazing food. To the north are the volcanic landscapes around Red Rock and the moon-like back roads around Lake Corangamite.
The famous Otway Harvest Trail is a local initiative from many ethical, artisan producers. There are several great wineries, PYO (pick your own) berry farms and other producers in the area which Tom can tell you about when you arrive! Getting AroundSelf-drive is the key to getting around. The tiny house is just off the Princes Highway, so very quick and easy to get to. We can assist with transfers to Birregurra Station if you wish to come by train and we can also arrange transfers to Brae Restaurant. Other Things to NoteAs you are on a working sheep farm, we hope you are mindful of gates, machinery, dogs, dams and daily operations whilst you enjoy your time here!