Home Tour: You can rent this tiny house in Rock Hill for $199 a night

Home Tour: You can rent this tiny house in Rock Hill for $199 a night
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Looking for a cozy and quiet retreat? That’s what The Drake, a rentable tiny house 40 minutes from Charlotte, is for.

“It’s meant to be a retreat,” owner Mike Whitehead said. “It’s a mental health escape. We want to nourish people.”

I’m telling y’all, the few hours I spent touring were the most relaxed I’ve felt in 2020.

Property: The 50-acre property, which used to be a farm, is completely private (other than the Whitehead’s personal home). It’s got around 3 miles of mowed trail, plus another 2.5 miles around a creek. The Drake is toward the front of the property and sits on a giant field. The field has a table for two in the middle so you can picnic under the stars, or sip your coffee and watch the sun come up.

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A little R&R: There isn’t WiFi at the house, because the idea is to “reflect, relax, and unplug,” Whitehead said.

The space: The 357-square-foot tiny house sleeps up to 5, though is most comfortable for two. It has a full kitchen with an oven, stove/range, fridge, toaster oven, and coffee maker. There are two lofted beds (with king mattresses) and a futon just off of the main area that can be a living room or private bedroom. There’s also a full bathroom with a tub/shower and small washer/dryer.

Design: The Drake was designed by an architect in Colorado, Land Ark, who lived in it off the grid for a while with his wife and baby. It has a modern esthetic with a black exterior and light wood interior. He designed it so you could live comfortably yet minimally for long periods of time, or shorter trips. (You can buy one $149,900.)

Amenities: Rent mountain bikes or a gator to ride around the property. The house has a deck, fire pit (and ingredients for s’mores), and a grill. Whitehead has chickens on site so he offers fresh eggs every morning, too.

If there’s something you’d like to have on hand when you arrive, you can make requests after you book. For example, a person planned to propose the day I toured, and Whitehead and his team stocked the house with champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, etc.

To rent: The house is $199 a night. You can book it through Intentional Home Charlotte, Whitehead’s short-term rental company.

Here’s a look around.

tiny house home tour views

This is the view from the tiny house porch. A path has been mowed to a little table in the middle. Fun fact: A couple got engaged here right after I toured.

tiny house home tour entrance

There’s a gated entrance to the property and The Drake sits on the front half. Whitehead’s private home is toward the back of the 50-acre property.

tiny house home tour exterior

tiny house home tour interior

There’s room to lounge inside and a bar area that overlooks the farm.

tiny house home tour kitchen

I was most impressed by the kitchen. You can cook just about any meal in here with a stove, oven, fridge, toaster oven, and coffee machine.

tiny house home tour loft 2

tiny house home tour loft

Each of the lofts has a king sized bed so two people can sleep comfortably.

tiny house home tour bathroom

tiny house home tour futon

The futon can sleep a 5th person, or you can use it as a living room. Either way, there’s a lot of storage for your luggage and a cabinet of extra cozy blankets.

tiny house home tour dog

Warning: Ranger, an adorable 3-year-old 3-legged pup, might follow you around.

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