Destination tiny house - Hunter region NSW.
For a while now, I’ve been nagging my husband about downsizing and moving all of us; two kids, our two dogs plus the two of us to a tiny home. He kept saying we will have no room to stow everything we own, (which by the way clearly he has a point), and I keep saying we will make it work, (because obviously I have no idea what I’m in for). So for the last year, I’ve been researching tiny homes and fantasising about living in one, so much so that every time a new tiny home YouTube video pops up, I make sure I watch it.
Then one day scrolling through Instagram I find @in2thewild and my dream instantly turns into reality. My chance to prove and practice the tiny home theory and have a vacation at the same time, perfect timing to plant the seed. But how do I break it to my husband that we were leaving our boys and dogs home and going completely off the grid to have this experience together....and more so, over Valentine’s Day weekend.
No he wasn’t mad; he laughed and can you blame him?
While planning our stay, we decided on flying into Sydney, hiring a car at the airport, staying the night in Sydney and driving over to the Hunter region first thing in the morning to make the experience more enjoyable and less tiring.
My suggestion for those wanting to venture to the Hunter to stay in a tiny house, is to do a little more planning especially around were to go for vegan meals. I unfortunately got caught up in the excitement of the tiny home experience, that I didn’t even look at options for eating, and I found it hard to try and communicate to people who had no knowledge of what vegan was. At one restaurant the waitress tried to tell me that chicken wings were vegan... which obviously is wrong! But I should have done more research and this experience would have been avoidable. So the next morning, we woke early and made our way to the Hunter region. On our way, there we decided to stop and park at the Bouddi National Park which is located on the Central Coast. This National Park has a must do walking track which is about 6kms long. Comfortable shoes, hat and water is a must. The walking trail is not only by the ocean but also surrounded by beautiful sand stone and trees. Be sure to take your camera to capture beautiful shots.
At 3pm we leave the national park satisfied and thankful to have experienced such beauty. We make our way to our tiny home location which is kept a secret and only given to you 2 days prior to your booking arrival.
Can I say: read the email carefully. I didn’t and realised that I should have paid more attention for when we arrived at our destination and this is why:
Both hubby and I are technology dependant and we were at a loss when we realised that we both had no internet connection or mobile reception and couldn’t open my email link to find out what the pin code to open the tiny home was. So rather than enjoying our arrival, we had to go out for a drive until we got reception which was approximately a 15min drive towards the nearest town.
When we finally accessed the email and got the code, we returned once again to our tiny home. There were a few final steps we needed to complete first before we could get settled; turn on the gas, water and the fridge. Apart from that, we realised we had all the essentials we needed; toilet, shower, kitchenette and bed, which was more than what we were anticipating. We had stopped at a local farmers market on our way, so we had everything we needed for our stay.
It was now time to unwind and relax but we seemed to instead laugh out loud at each other because we now had no phone or television to watch and were forced to make conversation. Thankfully, the tiny home is equipped with board games, so I got my vegan wine out, he drank his whiskey and we played cards. By the end of the night we were really enjoying each other’s company and really embracing the experience and planning our next stay. Living in the suburbs we are both used to loud noises from cars passing by and sleeping through the night despite any noises we may hear. But in our tiny home we found ourselves surrounded by different kinds of noises, the kind that nature makes which are quite calming and soothing. We even had to share the land with cows that stroll by every afternoon for friendly visits.
After a well deserved sleep in, we planned to venture out and visit the Hunter Valleys best vegan wineries. My top picks and must visits are definitely Harkham Wines and of course Oakvale. Both wineries make delicious preservative free vegan wines and stock a variety of both reds and whites.
Last but not least, you must stop and have lunch at Amanda’s On The Edge, they have a vegetarian menu with vegan options available. My favourite there was the linguini pasta tossed with asparagus, garlic, baby Romas, coriander, chilli, spinach and lemon.
After our memorable Hunter Valley cellar door experience we were both feeling a little exhausted and so we decided to return to our tiny home for our final night. Once there we decided to unwind, relax and savor the freedom to do nothing as our busy lives remain waiting for us.
Looking forward to our next tiny house experience.
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