5 Charming Tiny House Rentals in the South

Posted by Kristen Boye on September 23, 2016

We review some of the best tiny house vacation rentals where you can "try before you buy" tiny home living in the Southern United States.This article was originally published in September, 2016 and updated in April, 2024.

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Tiny homes are all the rage, and why not?

They’re cute, practical, zen, affordable and oh-so-sustainably-chic.

But…can you really see yourself living in one or adding one to your rural land as a granny pod, income property or Airbnb-type retreat?

Luckily you can now try out Tiny Home living before you buy, thanks to an array of international Tiny Home retreats and rentals.

Here are our top picks for Tiny Home Vacation Rentals in the Southern United States:

1. Relax New Orleans Style at the Tiny “Shotgun Cottage”

Ideally situated in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance of Magazine Street and a short drive from the French Quarter, this 400 square foot "Charming Shotgun Cottage Uptown" boasts a full kitchen (with full stove and oven), Jacuzzi tub, twin beds and a private backyard.

Guests describe it as "charming," "like a doll house," "spotless and safe" and it has a 5-star rating on Airbnb.

Shotgun Cottage
The Tiny Shotgun Cottage may be small, but it's big on charm.
Shotgun Cottage Beds
Who knew you could fit so much into 400 square feet?
Shotgun Cottage Kitchen
The Tiny Shotgun Cottage's full kitchen.

2. Experience a “Tiny” Piece of History in Savannah, GA

Just a half mile from the riverfront in Savannah’s sought-after historic district you will find “Cottage 537”.

Originally part of a historic railroad worker’s cottage triplex (but not near any active trains), this adorable 300-square-foot tiny home studio has a shared yard space and access to a path and gate leading to walkable Jones Street.

The totally private interior boasts a “homey vintage theme” and includes a first-level comfy queen-size bed, a 4-burner stove with oven, fridge, microwave, washer and dryer, television, heating and air conditioning, and even a record player.

Described as “tiny perfection” and “within walking distance of everything,” this is a perfect choice for a couple—or couple of friends—to relax and soak up Savannah’s history and hospitality.

There is a 2-night minimum stay, no more than 2 people (exceptions made for couples with infants but call ahead to ask) and no pets.

Savannah Tiny Home
        Cottage 537 was once part of a historic railroad workers' housing triplex.
Savannah Tiny Home
Cottage 537 features this inviting queen bed on the first level.

3. “A True Definition of Southern Charm” in Charleston, South Carolina

The Cedar House Rules is an adorable tiny house rental built next to a towering cedar tree in beautiful Charleston, SC.

Rated 5-stars by 38 guests, this newly built tiny home was designed to feel both spacious and functional. It has a loft bed and futon, a full-size range, a rain-down shower and a slew of outdoor amenities including cruiser bicycles, a hammock, beach chairs, rocking chairs and a fenced yard.

10 minutes to downtown Charleston, 15 minutes to Folley Beach, and families are welcome.

Cedar House Tiny House
The Cedar House Rules is named for the cedar tree that grows alongside it.
Cedar House Tiny House Inside
The chic interior of The Cedar House Rules.

4. A Tiny Off-Grid Tree House in Helen, GA

This little gem of a grown-up tree house is located about an hour north of Atlanta, 20 feet off the ground, in the Alpine-style town of Helen, GA.

Owned and operated by Nacochee Adventures, it is completely and totally off-grid. Meaning, this tiny treehouse is more of an upscale camping experience than an ultra-modern vacation home.

The house has no electricity or running water, and you have to hike in or use a golf cart to access it. It has 1 bedroom, 3 beds and a big deck to enjoy the trees. They are also building two additional tree houses that will be available to rent in October 2016.

PLUS, you have the option to enjoy zipline tours, ATV tours and rentals, and a whole lot more outdoor adventure.

It’s a great choice for those wishing to get away from ALL life’s modern distractions…without resorting to a tent (and it’s 5-star rated).

Off Grid Treehouse Rental
You have to hike or use a golf cart to reach this secluded off grid treehouse rental.
Off Grid Treehouse Rental Inside
The front entrance of the off grid treehouse, left. The back porch, right, is in the trees 20 feet above ground.

5. Music City’s Tiny House: Nashville, Tennessee

Just a quick bike or Uber ride from downtown Nashville, you’ll find “Music City’s Tiny House.”

Featured on FYI, Discovery Channel, and ABC Nashville News, this 5-star-rated house measures just over 200 square feet and has 2 queen-size loft beds, a full-size fridge, a full oven/stove, a high-tech composting toilet, and a nice outdoor space with a patio, fire pit, and fenced yard.

They’re pet-friendly (but not kid-friendly) and if you make arrangements, the owners are happy to talk with you and share their experiences about Tiny House living/hosting.

Music City Tennessee Tiny Home
Music City's Tiny House is charming in every season.
Music City Tennessee Tiny Home Inside
Music City's Tiny House is equally beautiful on the inside.

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All photos courtesy of the respective Tiny Home Vacation Rentals' owners.

Kristen Boye

Kristen Boye is the editor of Rethink:Rural and the owner of Holistic Writing Concepts---a copy and content writing company specializing in the natural health and green living markets. Kristen lives with her husband and two children on their medicinal herb farm in beautiful rural Western North Carolina. Visit her online at: www.holisticwritingconcepts.com

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