Get Away: Treehouses, Teepees and Tiny Homes in Virginia
Need an escape? Try one of these charming little hideaways.
The growing popularity of tiny homes is anything but. At under 800 square feet, these microstructures might seem like a serious sacrifice of space, but their owners have come up with thoughtful, innovative designs that are full of substance—and they’re right here in Virginia. Tiny home rentals offer a refreshing taste of simplicity, so pack light and treat yourself to a weekend in the woods or a beachside bungalow.
Run away to a 200-square-foot wooden oasis where no one will be able to find you—because Getaway House’s exact address is kept a secret until you book. Settled about two hours from the D.C. metro area in Stanardsville, Virginia is a community of tiny houses spread across 80 acres of forest; they’re far enough apart that you’ll get the privacy you need to wind down, but just close enough to temper any apprehensions about isolation. Inside you’ll find one or two queen-sized beds (depending on the cabin you choose), a kitchenette with a gas stove and a small table. Book this handcrafted hideaway for up to four people, and watch your head!
If pitching a tent isn’t your forte, then perhaps a luxury teepee (or tipi) is more your style. Nestled on an adventure park in Rice, Virginia, this chic retreat will satisfy all of your glamping dreams. Each 650-square-foot teepee is equipped with a full bathroom, kitchenette, air conditioning, TV with Netflix capabilities and an outdoor fire pit. Rise with the sun as natural light floods through the waterproof canvas walls, then head off to one of Sandy River’s zip lining courses.
Situated in Accomac, Virginia on the Eastern Shore, the Little Red House is a 225-square-foot rural cottage among peaceful farm fields, woods and a salt marsh. Inside you’ll find a queen bed, lofted twin bed, full bath, TV with DVD player, a private outdoor shower and an outdoor fire pit. Watch the sunset from an Adirondack chair overlooking the marsh or cruise to a local beach just minutes away and off the beaten path.
In the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach, the Coakley House sits diagonally on a sandy lot to offer views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. The stilted home is secluded from the hustle and bustle of the Virginia Beach oceanfront and features three open decks, from which guests can sip their coffee in the morning while they count the waves rolling in. Inside, enjoy three separate bedrooms, a full kitchen, wifi and cable TV.
Want an elevated experience? Linden, Virginia offers a secluded adventure à la Swiss Family Robinson. This wooded retreat sits just 10 miles east of Shenandoah National Park on a 200-acre lot. The Trillium Treehouse comes equipped with a running outdoor shower, battery operated lights and a gas stove, and the home’s double bed and two twin beds can comfortably sleep up to four people. With no internet or television, you can forget about screen-induced headaches, traffic and light pollution and instead enjoy a connective experience with nature.