This post has been a long time coming! I first stayed at Tiny Texas Houses in Luling for my birthday in May… last year. I took hundreds of pictures because it was so amazing and it took forever to narrow them down to the best ones, which still left me with over a hundred photos to edit. Definitely worth it though. I ended up going back again this past fall (another post because I can’t even think about editing more photos right now!) and after reading this post, you’ll probably want to visit, too.
What exactly is Tiny Texas Houses? It’s a company founded by Brad Kittel in Luling, Texas (which is a little over an hour southeast of Austin) that uses salvaged housing materials to build custom, hand-crafted tiny houses. These materials are 100% American, toxin free, and more environmentally friendly. Plus, Brad makes adorable and unique houses that are almost unreal!
Best part is, if you aren’t in the market to buy a tiny house, you can still rent one through Air BnB and enjoy not only the house itself, but the beautiful natural surroundings of Luling. What follows are some photos to whet your appetite… for delicious tiny houses! ?
Tiny Texas Houses is located right off Interstate 10, but once you enter the property you completely forget because it feels like a different world. During my visit, I stayed in Vicki Too, the cute green house at the top of this post. It’s the second to last house on the little gravel road and it faces a huge open field. Yes, it’s tiny and wouldn’t comfortably accommodate more than 2 people in my opinion, but it’s full of character and charm. Oh, and it has a toilet, which not all of the houses there have. Vicki Too doesn’t have a shower, and there’s no kitchen (just a mini fridge) or tv/internet. But for a one or two night stay it’s perfect.
Here’s some photos of the interior…
And of course, there’s an amazing porch to hang out on and enjoy the view ?
I arrived late afternoon, starving, so I decided to see what the main town had to offer. Luling is a small town and it was a Sunday, so lots of places were closed, but I did find a place downtown called Blake’s. Lo and behold, they even had a veggie burger! Everyone there was super nice and they even gave me a free drink while I waited for my food. I took my burger to go so I would have plenty of time to explore Tiny Texas Houses before it got dark. I was only staying one night and wanted to make the most of it!
Not bad for a small town in Texas! After eating, I explored nearly every square inch of the property, which the owner encourages. I started by checking out some of the other houses. The cutest one in my opinion is the Gingered Swan. It looks like something from a fairy-tale. Here it is, plus a few other houses and structures.
Aren’t they awesome? There’s also a huge chicken coop, but the chickens get to free roam as well and they came up to my house a couple of time to say hello.
Walking past the Gingered Swan and around corner I came upon lots of red dirt, some water, and Miracle Mountain.
Okay, so maybe it’s not an actual real mountain, but Brad built it himself and it has quite a view from the top. Let’s go!
Be careful climbing back down! At the bottom of Miracle Mountain is the pond and an…er…interesting walkway made from recycled headstones.
If you continue in the opposite direction, there’s lots of trees and wildflowers. Because I went at the end of May, the flowers were in full bloom and it was gorgeous. There’s also an old tractor and another mini Miracle Mountain. This one doesn’t have a trail leading up it, but it’s pretty easy to climb and the views are spectacular.
A few other fun things I discovered: cool animal tracks, the wood pile for the fire pit, and an old pickup truck.
As I completed the circle around the 43 acres of Tiny Texas Houses property, my last stop was the bathhouse. Because not all of the houses come equipped with a toilet or shower, the bathhouse is very necessary. Even though I didn’t need to use it during my one night stay, it was really cute on the inside and I wish I had needed to! It’s divided into two sides, men and women, and it’s got showers and toilets and a vanity area and it’s a rustic dream.
Early the next morning, it stormed so hard ⛈ which was actually quite nice although I wondered at first exactly how sturdy these tiny houses were, but Vicki Too held up with no problem. I got to do a little more exploring and then I set off for Austin. I always like to travel somewhere new for my birthday, and this was a fun experience. I would recommend this place for anyone that doesn’t mind roughing it a bit or wants to get off the grid, anyone that loves nature, and anyone that appreciates charming houses ⭐️