If you’ve been looking to beautify your lawn or garden this year, chances are good you’ve stumbled across one of this year’s biggest landscaping trends: tiny fairy houses. These imaginative little structures include all kinds of whimsical details, and can bring magic into any garden. But do you ever look at the fairy house in your garden and think, “Why can’t I live in a magical fairy house like that?”
Well, maybe you can! Right now, a lot of tiny house architects are pushing the boundaries of design and exploring all kinds of fanciful possibilities. There are quite a few petite homes out there which were constructed with a fantasy theme in mind. These houses are tiny—but they’re big enough for you to live in—and they are filled with imagination and fun.
Let’s check out 36 real-life fairy houses!
1. Lucky Penny
Let’s start out with the lovely Lucky Penny trailer. Lina Menard had always imagined living in a tiny house, and created the perfect little fairytale home for herself by converting a basic trailer into the quirky “Lucky Penny.” Warm coppery wood tones form a beautiful complement to cool minty greens. It’s the little details that really make this house—the patchwork blanket, the red frame around the window, the cute shingles on the exterior.
It’s a perfect little fairy caravan, parked in the magical Simply Home Community for tiny houses. Read all about it here!
2. Cob Cottage
Wow, it is amazing how much the Cob Cottage looks like a fairy mushroom house (rather like this one). Located in the hills of British Columbia, it takes cues from its environment, with a design and materials that reflect its surroundings. The interior is just as gorgeous and unusual as the exterior, and there is a lovely deck offering a view of the woods. What is super awesome about it is that you can stay here on your next trip to British Columbia—the Cob Cottage is an accommodation through AirBnB. See more pictures here!
3. The Rustic Way Cottages
What wonderful whimsy! The Rustic Way Cottages were developed by Dan Pauly. Some of them are guest cottages and tiny houses, while others function as playhouses, sheds and saunas. Notice the asymmetrical design and the crooked chimney. Along with the delightful built-in flower box, these features give these cottages an appearance which is both rustic and fanciful. Each cottage is built out of reclaimed wood!
4. Beautiful Cordwood Shed with Thatched Roof
Sadly the original link for this image leads to a dead page, but if I didn’t know better, I would think that this tiny house was a fairy house! It seems amazing that it is full-sized. It’s a garden shed, but you could just as easily use it as a guest house. That thatched roof is incredible!
5. The Stackwall Queen’s Cordwood House
If you enjoyed the shed with the thatched roof above, you will also love this amazing house, constructed using the same cordwood technique. It was built out of materials found right at the location where it stands—cordwood, driftwood, bottles, bones, and mortar. It was built by a woman who had almost nothing in the way of financial resources, and needed a home for her family. Read the full inspirational story here.
6. The Jack Sparrow House
This adorable little house with its distinctive door is located in Cornwall. It has a delightful little garden outside, and the view of the sea from the bedroom window is out-of-this-world. Just imagine waking up to that view … are you imagining it? Good. Because if you are going to plan a trip to Cornwall at any point, you can stay there! Right now, bookings through AirBnB are just $131 per night.
7. Phoenix Commotion Tree House
The Tree House was designed by architect Dan Phillips as an artist compound. It has a main house, a working studio, an apartment, and a patio. Thirty-five feet below the house is the Huntsville Town Creek. If you have a portfolio, you can rent the house to use as your temporary studio. It is outfitted with features which are specifically useful to artists working in different fields—dancers have extra mirrors, sculptors have extra power for their tools, and so on.
8. Phoenix Commotion Story Book House
Here is another house by Phoenix Commotion which could easily be a home fit for a fairy. It is described on the official site as “a composite of every house Dan [Phillips] had ever seen in story books,” and is constructed in a Normandy-inspired style.
9. Steve Blanchard’s Wood Sculptures
Steve Blanchard is a sculptor who uses wood as a medium. There isn’t a whole lot of information about his works, so I am not sure if you could live in them or not (perhaps they are ornamental), but they are absolutely gorgeous, and look exactly like something off the set of a fantasy film.
10. Javier Senosiain’s Nautilus House
Okay, so this one looks more like a house a mermaid would live in than a fairy, but it’s close enough, right? This is one of the most famous tiny houses in the world, built in 2006 by Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Orgánica. The style of its construction is referred to by the architect as “bio-architecture.” It is well worth taking a tour of the interior, so be sure to check out all of the lovely shots we have compiled here.
11. “Rundown Cottage”
This one was discovered on Pinterest; sadly the original blog post appears to be no more. The Pinterest post does indicate that the house is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia. The “rundown” look is eccentric but quite pleasing to the eye, with a strong play of geometric lines running through the form. The ivy and the moss on the roof add even more fairytale charm.
12. Monte Verde Tree House
Visiting Brazil and looking for somewhere unforgettable to stay? A long staircase leads up to this little tree house on high stilts. This fairytale tree house is as beautiful inside as it is outside. Visit the AirBnB link to find out more—or to book your stay (currently only $134 per night).
13. Storybook Stone Cottage
You will find this delightful little stone cottage at Stewart Mountain Lodging near Sundance resort village in Colorado. The cottage measures just 900 square feet and is available for $425 per night. It looks like something out of a children’s fairytale book!
14. Serene Peaceful Tower Retreat
You will discover this amazing tiny accommodation in Carmel Valley in California. If you’ve been to the area, you know that it is a bustling urban environment. Nonetheless, this serene tower retreat will make you feel like you’ve gotten away from it all. In fact, you can stay for $175 per night through AirBnB. Notice how the kitchenette and everything you need is located in just one room, and also check out the beautiful deck with the amazing view.
15. Hobbit House Community in Washington
If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, then you will fall in love with this community of tiny houses located in Chelan, Washington. Inside and out, each has been designed to look just like an adorable little hobbit hole. You can book a stay here for $200 per night. Check out the AirBnB link as well as this post for more information.
16. Treehouse Tiny House Farm Retreat in the Country
If you’re looking for another delightful place to stay, this retreat in Grubville, MO is available for just $150 per night. Immersed in the beauty of nature, the little house has enough room to sleep seven comfortably, complete with hammocks made of colorful cloth. It looks like a fairy house from the outside … and on the inside too! Read more here, or book your stay here.
17. The Steamer Trunk “Cinematic” Tiny House
This unusual tiny house was inspired by the look of a classic steamer trunk, and in fact has a very steampunk look to it. This is probably because old set props from movies were integrated into the design. As you can see, the interior looks particularly fairytale-inspired with colorful, whimsical décor.
18. Mind, Body, and Spirit
Behind his home in Atlanta, Peter Bahouth decided to construct something wonderful: a series of three tree houses interlinked by rope bridges. Named “Mind, Body, and Spirit,” the three homes and the pathways between them are strung with hanging lights that provide a magical ambiance. You can almost imagine that they are the glow of little fairies!
19. Safe Arbor
Suspended between two-hundred-year-old Western Red cedars, this home looks like something out of European folklore. And perhaps that is not a coincidence, considering that you will find many such tomes on the bookshelf inside. The entire structure simply oozes light, warmth, comfort, and safety. What a magical place to call home.
20. Hobbit House in Norway
Previously I shared the community of hobbit houses in Washington with you. It turns out this is a very popular design, as demonstrated by this real-life hobbit hole in Norway. Also known as the “Hobbit Hut” or the “Hobbit Cabin,” this house has a picturesque location, and is available for rent on AirBnB. Check out that breathtaking interior!
21. $300 Hobbit Hole
Okay, one more hobbit hole, because I just can’t resist! This one is particularly amazing, since it was constructed for just $300! My DMV fees cost more than that! Seriously, what an amazing home to build on a literal shoestring budget! Owen Geiger’s home looks like a fairytale hideaway. Check the link below to find out how he did it!
22. Blue Ridge Fairytale House
Here is a delightful tiny house that really does look impressively like a fairy house. The design is evocative of a lighthouse, and measures just 850 square feet. The gray shingles and stonework really offset the bright red beams. It is the contrast in these elements which is really magical. Inside is a surprisingly spacious kitchen and living room along with a master bedroom complete with a balcony. The kids’ room is in the tower. Since this house is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it must have quite a view!
23. Russian Castle Tower
Located along a river, this tower is accessible by boat. You park in the boat slip underneath, and then you can enter and climb to the second floor, where there is a bedroom and a lovely fairytale balcony. What really makes this tower magical is the artwork adorning the structure above the balcony, and the lovely design accents on the eaves.
24. Owl House
To be fair, I have never seen a single fairy house before in the shape of an owl … but then, this idea is so original that I’ve never seen a full-size house like it before either! But one thing I can say, and that is that this Bordeaux house in France is full of whimsy and magic—which certainly means it has a fae quality to it!
25. Quaint Stucco Cottage
I’ve noticed that a lot of fairy houses have designs which feature a stucco look and a gently curving walls and corners. The lines are almost straight, but not quite. Those design elements along with the ferns growing on the roof certainly make this charming little Oregon abode a candidate for real-life fairy house. You’ve got to love the tree stump porch too!
26. Tiny Tudor House
This charming little Tudor house has so many beautiful design embellishments! Check out the gabled roof and the mullioned windows—and that wonderful door. Stepping through that door, you would be walking right into a fantasy world!
27. Moon Dragon
Moon Dragon is one of many beautiful fantastical designs by tiny house architect Zyl Vardos. The shingled siding has a subtle range of hues, all very warm and inviting, and offering a lovely complement to the red roofs. The curved lines of the structure lend it an otherworldly appeal. It certainly feels like something out of a fantasy universe.
28. Catskills Gingerbread House
It’s hard to believe, but this lovely little “gingerbread house” in the Catskills started out as a simple hunting cabin. But Sandra Foster had always wanted to live in a Victorian cottage, and with her creativity and resourcefulness, she made it happen. Visit the source link to read her inspirational story at the New York Times.
29. The Old Timey Caravan Tiny House
I know most fairies don’t live in caravans, so it’s a bit of a stretch to include Gypsy-style caravan homes in this list, but any home which evokes the fantasy spirit certainly is worthy of a fairy inhabitant—just like this one! Click below to take a tour of this amazing little abode!
30. Tiny Caravan with Gorgeous Dutch Door
I can’t resist sharing another caravan-style tiny home. But looking at the picture, I think you can see why this one is so evocative of fairytale splendor! Those dark woodsy colors are breathtaking, and just take a gander at that custom Dutch door. Those artistic embellishments aren’t painted on—look closely. They’re made of iron!
31. Tiny House with Moat
I also located no information on this tiny cottage, but I can’t say sing its praises sufficiently! For one thing, the architecture itself is stunning, with incredibly ornate stonework. But add to that the private moat, and you have a little fairy castle fit for any prince or princess!
32. Silo Studio Cottage
This house is probably pushing the definitions of “tiny” a bit (from certain angles, it actually looks quite spacious). The bedroom has a lovely canopied bed with incredible views through the mill windows. The home is surrounded by gardens and a tranquil little stream. If you are visiting the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, you can stay there for $225 per night. Check the link below for the AirBnB listing!
33. Mountain Cottage by TKP Architects
Walk up a stone pathway and through an ornate iron gate, and you will find yourself at this lovely stone cottage. What really gives this cottage a fairy look is the way that stones of different sizes were incorporated into its construction. This lends it a very natural appearance, allowing the design of the home to meld seamlessly into its environment.
This unusual home in Sweden looks almost like it grew from the forest floor. While the design is beautiful, it is also functional. The steep angle of the roof keeps snow from piling up, and the home includes a movable extension which helped the builders get around some local codes—all while providing additional insulation for the home during the cold Swedish winters.
35. The Transforming Castle Truck
While this tiny house is on the road, it looks like a pretty standard truck—save for the fact that there are two turrets folded into the back. When it is parked, the slide-outs transform it into an amazing miniature castle. This is by far one of the most clever RV tiny home designs in existence!
Conclusion: You Too Can Build Your Very Own Fairy Home!
Still dreaming of living in a real-life fairy home? A fairy house doesn’t have to be something you just put in your garden! Many full-size fairy homes do exist, and having one of your own could be within your grasp! Embark on a tiny house adventure, and you could be on your way to a life immersed in fairytale beauty and magic!