Forget marble bathtubs and super-fast Wi-Fi. More and more urbanites are eschewing the trappings of luxury hotels to reconnect with nature when they go on holiday, opting to stay in very small off-grid cabins. “Tiny house” living started in the US in the 1980s as a way for pioneer types to live a simpler and more environmentally friendly life. Now the movement has turned into a travel trend. According to Hideouts, chic German publisher Gestalten’s new coffee-table tome on the topic, some of the best tiny house stays can be found in the UK, Germany and in Italy, where you can stay at the Suite Bleu in Arlena di Castro, just north of Rome, a treehouse in a century-old oak surrounded by 12 hectares of lavender hills.
Hideouts: Grand Vacations in Tiny Getaways is published this month by Gestalten