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Garden Caravan: Tiny House On Wheels. 2 Miles To Town & Lake, Fun Place To Stay

Bedrooms 1
Space 200 sq. ft.
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 bed, 1 bath, sleeps 2. Garden Caravan - Tiny House on Wheels

Enjoy your stay in this unique handmade gypsy-style caravan in a beautiful garden setting. You have all the comforts and amenities of a well appointed studio apartment, yet the feeling of experiencing something new and interesting. This Tiny House on wheels is parked in a lush corner of our 5 acres, with a view of the pond and your own private grassy sitting area. Watch the ducks and herons splash in the water while you enjoy the morning sun, then drive or bike 2 short miles into Sandpoint for great shopping, restaurants, music, entertainment, or a day at the lake.

The 10' X 20' Garden Caravan has been a labor of love. Built with many recycled materials, and adorned with touches of arts and crafts, it is also built sturdy and strong (with a hint of the maritime theme) by an experienced boat builder. The queen sized bed sits in a little nook, but the rest of the open floor plan is full of windows and skylights to make it feel big and bright.

Complete with RV type appliances (gas stove, toaster oven, medium size refrigerator, water saver marine toilet, shower, and electric heat/hot water) it is very comfortable, just on a small scale. Try out the concept of 'compact living' in this cozy space with everything you need, and an abundance of nature just outside your door to give you the feel of space and freedom.

Your hosts live in a house on the same property and may be seen tending to the nearby berry bushes, flower gardens, and vegetable patch. We are available to help in any way you may need, and provide information on the area and all the great recreational opportunities surrounding our town, mountains, or lake. If privacy is what you want, the Garden Caravan is tucked away in it's own peaceful world, but if you need anything, your hosts are right there to assist. If you are here during the growing season you may be offered a bowl of fresh berries for your breakfast, or some bounty from the garden for your evening meal. Laundry is available on request, and limited (slow) wifi internet is provided.

We have plenty of secure off street parking in front of our house, but you will need to walk 150 feet or so across the grass to get to the Garden Caravan. We live an a rural, friendly neighborhood that is very safe and accommodating. And while the gypsy-type wagon has all the comforts of home, it is a self contained RV and so water use is limited (10 gallon hot water tank for a nice hot short shower).

Treat yourself to something different this vacation!

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Amy Hanson
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 October, 2017

About Amy Hanson

My husband Glenn and I have lived in the small resort town of Sandpoint in North Idaho for the last 23 years. We recently sold our business of 15 years where we manufactured solar panel mounting systems for the renewable energy industry. Now we have a bit more time to travel and enjoy staying in other VRBOs while exploring new places. In the summer we stay close to home as we tend our vegetable garden and host exchange students, or members of World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms (WWOOF). We love the concept of people sharing who they are and what they have with others, and incorporating more of the 'personal touch' in an increasingly impersonal world.

What makes this guest house unique

The unique benefits of the Garden Caravan are many. The beauty and serenity of the pond can captivate a person for hours. You can observe waterfowl, frequent moose, and other riparian critters while enjoying the peace and quiet.

The Garden Caravan itself is also a unique and fun experience. It is very comfortable and relaxing, with ample room for two people to enjoy their respective solitude, or enjoy being together.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We really enjoyed our stay in the tiny house. Though small, it was thoughtfully and efficiently laid out and had everything we needed. The bed and sleeping area were very comfortable, even for my husband who is 6 foot 3". It was well ventilated and the cool nights made for great sleep. We were able to cook simple meals easily. The location is great - both peaceful and quiet yet close to downtown Sandpoint. The pond is just steps away and a perfect place for quiet reflection and wildlife viewing. We even saw moose on the property during our stay! Our hosts were friendly and made us feel welcome. We would definitely stay there again."
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday guest house on Sandpoint on Bonner County

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • In the spirit of living on a yacht, this compact bathroom has the toilet and the shower sharing the same small space. There is no window, but the large skylight gives you the an open feeling like you are showering under the stars. The 10 gallon hot water tank is plenty for a comfortable shower, but you won't be able to lavish under the strong stream of hot water for longer than is necessary.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • The comfy queen size mattress is in it's own private sleeping nook. It is well lit with a window and 2 reading lamps, but also has a shade for privacy on the window looking out across the yard to our house. There are ample pillows for lounging on the bed, and lots of books to read while you are here.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
There is no television or phone in the Garden Caravan, but there is cell phone reception. We hope that you can enjoy your quiet hours with books or games, or even just snuggled up on the bay window seat gazing out the window.


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Garden Caravan: Tiny House On Wheels. 2 Miles To Town & Lake, Fun Place To Stay
average rating of 4.96 based on 26 reviews

We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome time staying at the Garden Caravan. It was very quaint and Glen and Amy have done an awesome job setting everything up. We spent all day hiking and biking and by the lake and it was nice coming back to a prepped refreshing cabin. The area stays cool at night even with the summer heat and we just opened up all the windows before heading out to dinner and would come back to a perfect temp. We would stay here again it's stocked with Clear instructions for a happpy customer and owner relationship. Thanks glen and Amy!!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much you guys! You were a pleasure to have around. You left the place spotless, I really appreciated your efforts. Come back any time!
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The stay was fantastic! Very close to the town, yet secluded enough to enjoy nature!

  • 4 of 5

Our experience was wonderful! We greatly enjoyed the location. The pond that was right outside of the caravan was beautiful and we enjoyed spending time in sandpoint!!

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Surprising things come in little packages!

  • 5 of 5

To be honest, I hesitated with this rental because where in the world would I put my suitcase? Well, let me tell you, Amy and Glenn thought of it all when creating this little gem. They were also consummate hosts when it came hospitality and addressing our few needs. Everything has its place in this tiny house and we easily managed to keep it tidy and comfortable during our week stay. My mambo suitcase easily fit in the clever drawers below the bed and I loved having them out of the way and out of sight so that we could just enjoy the charm of this place. Another fabulous point to appreciate is that we had front row seats to the pond where we watched the geese, turtles, duck and even a young moose just budding his horns who all came to enjoy the pond on their own terms. The large picture windows and comfortable bench seat was a perfect observation spot and our favorite place to hang out, drink our wine and read (it was still a bit chilly to enjoy the outdoor deck and pond-side picnic table...darn!) It was hard to believe we were so close to town (5 min to Sandpoint restaurants and shopping) because it was incredibly country-quiet and private. As for the caravan, it was very well laid out and beautifully decorated. The quality craftsmanship of its constructions was impressive to me being a woodworker myself. Lots of natural light given all the windows and skylights. Easy for 2 people to co-habitate in and we loved cooking some of our meals there. The toilet shower combo was a new experience for us but easy to manage. If you've lived on a boat this would be the norm, but we had not and these nuances added to our sensense of adventure. All in all we were pleasantly surprised by all the comfort this tiny house offers. We travel to Sandpoint often and I hope this glowing review doesn't mean I will have trouble getting the caravan when we want it! Forget the hotel room...treat yourselves to a true Idaho experience.

  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback Carolyn. You two were a joy to host! Your Enthusiasm was so refreshing. I wish you had come a bit later in the season so you could help yourself to the berries in the berry patch and the veggies from the garden. We look forward to the possibility of seeing you again in the future.
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect for a mini getaway. Very close to downtown Sandpoint in a beautiful setting. Everything inside the tiny house is clean and modern, and it is very comfortable and well laid-out. We enjoyed a very relaxing stay. Thank you, Amy!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely acccomodation in a peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our three night stay in this well thought out space. This tiny house is unique, clean and comfortable and hosted by a friendly helpful couple.

We hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, beautiful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Caravan Gardens! It is a super cute house that is very comfortable and well-appointed! The owners were very polite and responsive to our needs! We hope to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Spokane International airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Idaho Club
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hiway 95
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Many to choose from
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Schweitzer Mountain
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
City Beach
Car: recommended

Sandpoint, Lake Pend Oreille, Schweitzer ski area, and the Selkirk Mountains have it all. We are located only a few minutes drive (or bike ride) from the small, bustling and charming town of Sandpoint which sits on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille in the scenic mountains of Northern Idaho.

Sandpoint is a small resort town with lots of character. If you like diverse restaurants and shopping venues, there is plenty to keep you busy in our little town, or you can drive 45 minutes to Coeur d' Alene for even more excitement. Or if you are after music and culture, Sandpoint has so many live performers who are playing inside and out all through the summer.

If you enjoy biking, hiking, or lake sports, you can't do better then North Idaho. There are beaches right on the edge of town, or you can travel in any direction to find a remote, gorgeous spot for swimming, picnics, or a wilderness experience. We would be happy to give you recommendations based on 20+ years of living in and enjoying this area.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £24.93
Damage Deposit £71.24

The $100 damage deposit is fully refundable. Make sure you read the Vacation Rental Contract so you know what the expectations are for you to get your entire deposit back. the Cleaning fee is non-refundable (unless you cancel your reservation), see cancellation policy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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