Host Spotlight: Anna and Grant

By Fred Jéquier

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we interviewed Anna and Grant about their tiny house in Akaroa, South Island.

A photo of Anna and Grant with their children and the family dog!
Keep on reading to hear more about their property below!

1. What is the story behind starting your glamping site?

We live on a farm in Little Akaloa that had been Grant’s family farm for five generations, and when the English settled in New Zealand in the 19th Century, the Waghorn family picked Little Akaloa as their place to farm. There is a real family connection to the farm. We took over from Grant’s parents about 12 years ago and have since had our three children over here. We also own a construction company which Grant commutes to in Christchurch most days.

We followed George Clark quite extensively, and the tiny house phenomenon was taking off in New Zealand. So we designed a tiny house that our builders could construct as another string to our bow. We have sold several tiny houses, all with their own twist but with the high pitch roof. People have bought them for glamping sites, and of course to live in. We really wanted to focus on design as a lot of tiny houses are very similar and lack in the design aspect, so we wanted to upscale our tiny house and make it more high end. What a perfect place to trial the tiny house! On our farm with views over the bay, looking out to the Pacific Ocean, native bush, and it's tucked away in the middle of our sheep farm. It is in total isolation with the sounds of the ocean, native New Zealand birds like tui and bellbirds, and the odd sheep.

2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host?

I host as Grant runs his business but, I always get him to help clean out the hot tub and BBQ! I am a high school teacher and teach physical education so we are a very outdoor family, and make the utter most of where we live. There are some great little surf spots around the Peninsula and often you’re the only ones there.

3. What drew you to glamping?

I wanted to share our place with others as we feel so lucky to live here. I also think it's so important for people to reconnect with nature, their surroundings, and each other, as well as having some time away from the technological world. It really makes you appreciate the simple things and the beauty of our environment. I also love styling and really enjoy creating a little space/home for others to share.

4. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

I think of glamping as still having home comforts but in total isolation! I think it’s really important to have an amazing bed with gorgeous linen. Everytime I make the bed, I just want to dive in as it looks so super comfy. We have a cedar hot tub which you just have to keep stoked up with firewood, so it’s like heaven sitting in there on either a rainy day or a warm summer’s evening with a wine or beer. We have a bespoke hot shower that we designed to be quite large but still fitting into a small space. It’s living in luxury but living in remoteness. The tiny house is run on solar power so I also believe it's about making a small footprint on the environment as this is important to us, particularly with the climate changing.

5. What is the most special thing about your property?

For me it's definitely the ocean. I love watching the sea, it changes all the time. Others have said they love the isolation, being in nature, the waterfall (we have a small waterfall which is a short walk behind the tiny house), the history of the bay, exploring the Peninsula, all the hidden Bays, and of course Akaroa is pretty cool as it was a French settlement.

6. What do you love the most about running a glamping site?

I feel so satisfied when I know couples have had an amazing time! I really hope I provide a romantic, luxurious, peaceful getaway! I also want people to go away feeling refreshed yet grateful for the environment in which they have been in, away from the cities! Hopefully it creates or reinforces a love for nature.

7. What are some of the challenges you face?

In summer it is non stop, so it can be busy with cleaning super quick before the next guest arrives! I finally understand the importance of a check-in/check-out time. Also in summer, being coastal and high up, the farm is incredibly dry so we really worry about fires and with the hot tub we hook up to gas hot water instead.

8. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

We have only been going since January but we have had two engagements, which is incredible to me as the tiny house and our farm will always remain a special place for those couples. We also have had several honeymoons and wedding anniversaries celebrated at the tiny house.

9. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

Peaceful, relaxing, and beautiful!

10.Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

When guests arrive they park their car in a small car park at the entrance way to the farm. They then walk up through our native bush, which is only about five minutes but it is uphill! I think this walk adds to the excitement and intrigues people as they have no idea what to expect. There you see our beautiful tiny house which is clad in timber and is starting to silver off so it blends in around the Manuka bush.

I always make sure I have the hot tub lit, so it is warm on arrival, and you can see the smoke from the hot tub which looks super inviting. There is a lock box where the key is kept. We have a strict policy to keep well away from guests as I don't want to disturb them or interrupt them in anyway, but we are always reachable should they need us.

There is a super comfy queen-size bed—it's funny because my husband is so big on king-size beds but I think queen-size beds are so much more cosy! I use the best possible linen and always wash it in camomile and lavender which leaves it smelling devine. There is a little fire in the corner of the room and plenty firewood!

There is a small modern kitchen with a fridge and gas hob. The walls are lined in white wash ply and this gives the tiny house it's lovely smell. I am big on candles so there are candles everywhere. There is also a modern bathroom with a timber shower. Outside there is native bush and rolling hills, with the odd sheep grazing. On the deck we have a Cocoon outdoor fire which burns on biofuel, and there is a wee two-seater bench that looks out to the vast ocean.

11. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?

Wow, tough question! I’m always happy with whoever stays! We both love Dave Grohl, we think he’s so cool. Also Jack Johnson is a musician, a surfer, and he's big on saving the planet. Plus, he loves New Zealand so we would love for him and his wife to come and stay!

12. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glampsite you would like to share with us?

We may put another tiny house up on a different site on the farm. I think I will do this one black. I just need to lock in my husband to build me another one!

To book an unforgettable stay at Anna and Grant's incredible tiny house in Akaroa, click here!

Win a Tiny House Stay: Fireside Resort at Jackson Hole

By Chloe Stein

This contest has ended—good luck to all who participated! Stay tuned for the winner's announcement, which will go live on December 11th.

The tiny house from the exterior.

Ever wondered what it would be like to "sleep tiny?"

We've teamed up with the incredible Fireside Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to give you and your glamper of choice a spectacular getaway in one of our most prized tiny houses.

Enter to win this giveaway, and you'll receive a two-night stay at the Kamp Cabin tiny house!

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The bedroom in the tiny house.
Located in Wilson, Wyoming, and just a short drive away from Yellowstone National Park, the owners of the Kamp Cabin tiny house have turned their resort into one of our top destinations in Jackson Hole—not to mention, the ultimate honeymoon destination.

Inside the tiny house.
The Kamp Cabin tiny house is certainly a romantic getaway. It's close proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, however, make it the perfect weekend vacation for any adventurous duo—just take a look at it's surroundings!

Inside the tiny house.
Its top features include a sturdy wood-paneled floor, large windows which let in the morning light, and a charming fire pit for evenings under the stars.

Inside the tiny house.
But that's not it, their accommodations on site are also sustainably-built and LEED-certified cabins, all of which redefine luxury lodging as a whole.

The tiny house from the outside at nighttime.
More than all that, the Fireside Resort provides guests with an unforgettable stay—enveloped by nature and coupled with a five-star, boutique-hotel experience. Enter to win a stay at this tiny house today!

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What is the Tiny House Movement?

By Emily Nehme

Simply put, the tiny house movement is the recent trend to downsize one's physical living space. People are making the decision to give up their full-size homes for petite households that range anywhere from 100 to 400 square feet. The result? An eco-friendly, cost-saving, and sustainable lifestyle. These creatively-designed properties have all the necessities of a cozy, comfortable life while offering the motivation to keep up with a more active routine.

Gone are the days of hiding from the sun to lounge on the couch and binge on reality TV shows. Gone are the days of stressing about cleaning every corner of a three-bedroom home. Gone are the days of struggling to scrape up the funds to pay the mortgage. When living the tiny life, these worries diminish—giving you the opportunity to truly live life to the fullest.

A tiny house in the woods.

Upgrade by downsizing. Tiny homes like this are sustainable, stylish, and affordable!

What are tiny houses?

Tiny houses come in a variety of creative shapes and sizes and can accommodate an entire family. They can be built suite-style to resemble a hotel room or tall and narrow for a modern twist on a loft. They can be stand-still timber huts or miniature portable homes on wheels ready to take you all over the globe. The endless, innovative designs inspire a unique combination of simplicity and comfort—a lifestyle that will make you wonder why you ever dreamed of owning a many-storied mansion.

A tiny house in Hawaii.

Tiny living is the new coast-to-coast trend—and even beyond the coasts, like this tiny home in Hawaii!

What are the benefits of tiny living?

The benefits of tiny living are plentiful. This life is suitable for anyone looking to go green, as these small structures use minimal resources and can easily be powered using renewable energy. Additionally, the smaller physical capacity calls for less material posessions, reducing the amount of clutter that seems endless in today’s materialistic world. Fewer things and less space also means diminished costs!

Lastly, tiny living adds the feeling of freedom to the mix. The accommodation provides all the necessities needed for a comfortable lifestyle but now, the temptation to waste away indoors is lacking. The tiny-house movement is suitable for anyone looking to benefit from these perks—and let’s face the truth, everyone is.

A tiny house in Texas.

From chic to rustic, tiny houses provide a unique combination of elegance and comfort, and this tiny home in Texas is no exception!

Why glamp in a tiny house?

The tiny house movement is a spectacular phenomenon, but it does require drive and commitment to start. For those who are still on the fence, why not give tiny house glamping a try? Adventurers, explorers, and nature lovers are bound to enjoy a change of scenery every now and then. One of the best kind of luxury glamping retreats are those that allow you to relax at no additional expense. Cue tiny house glamping! Think about the possibility of eliminating the stress of high costs, both monetary and environmental, while reaping the benefits of an exclusive getaway.

Tiny house movement in Florida.

You can even take your tiny home on a tiny adventure if it has wheels!

You might be living small, but don’t be afraid to act big! As inviting and cozy as tiny houses can be, the adventure begins from when you first step out of the front door. Whether you’re hidden away in a national park or facing a beautiful lake, glampers have access to an endless number of activities including hiking, biking, canoeing, bird watching, and more. Take your pick of chic, modern tiny houses—from wheeled huts nestled in the wilderness to mini beach houses overlooking a stunning ocean view, we’ll find the best tiny glamping spot for you.

Tiny house movement in New Jersey.

Glamp in style at this tiny home in New Jersey.

Take the first step in the tiny house movement, and glamp at any one of Glamping Hub’s tiny houses across the U.S. and beyond!

Hungry for more? Click here to see Glamping Hub's thousands of luxury accommodations worldwide. For more information on types of glamping, keep exploring our blog!