Fred's TIny Houses prototype. An off-grid tiny house built for an Australian climateVictorian Goldfields Railway steam engine passes our tiny house.

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

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About this listing

This tiny house on wheels is tucked in at the base of a sloping garden overlooking an historic railway line. A beautiful private setting with a country feel allows visitors to relax and experience an alternative way of living. It's a pleasant 30 minute walk along Campbell's Creek to Castlemaine where you'll find the shops and friendly folk.

The space

What's special about our tiny house is that it was designed and built by Fred Schultz of Fred's Tiny Houses as the prototype off-the grid tiny house built for an Australian climate. If you have an interest in tiny houses and a spirit of adventure about living off-the grid, you’ll love this tiny house's unique features. A modern composting toilet. A methylated spirits stove/oven. Gravity-fed hot water in a Japanese style bathtub. A handmade wood heater with wetback & passive solar hot water designed right in. Enjoy a cuppa tea under the veranda awning and wave to the passengers on the historic steam train as it passes by.

Guest access

You will have full access to the tiny house and garden space.

Interaction with guests

We're available for all your questions.

Other things to note

Staying in a tiny house on wheels is it's own adventure and staying in an off-grid version is even more out of the ordinary. So expect to experience using unconventional appliances (fridge, stove, toilet, bath & heater), a ladder to get into the sleeping loft and all the clever transformable space you might expect in a tiny house on wheels.

Regarding children: our tiny house is not safe for children. Airbnb's standard wording: "may not be suitable for children" is not strong enough and misleading. We have no way of changing that statement. Please do not book if you intend to bring your children. We are unwilling to take the risk that your child will be injured while climbing a ladder or being in close proximity to an unfamiliar wood heater, no matter how well supervised or mature they may be. Thank you for your understanding.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 12PM (noon) - 5PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 20%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 12PM (noon) - 5PM

Please be aware that this is an off-grid tiny house, so there are aspects of living here that require your careful attention for your safety, ease and comfort. We will give instruction on each of the following key features, so please come with a spirit of openness and learning. This is an adults only stay, so please no children, it's an issue of their safety and my piece of mind. Before booking please review the following aspects of living in this tiny house to determine for yourself if this is the right place for you.

1.) There is ladder to the main loft. You need to possess a level of physical fitness and agility to climb and descend a ladder safely. Knowledge of the safe use of ladders is needed.

2.) There is quite a deep Japanese style bathtub, which means you will need to step in and out of it and possessing a fair degree of physical agility and upper body strength.

3.) Hot water in the bath is gravity-fed by design, which means that there is low water pressure. Expect it to trickle out with a low flow rate. We recommend using the bath tap as a "shower" by sitting down and letting the warm water run over you.

4.) The hot water system is a passive solar design, which means that it is heated by the sun in summer and the wood heater in winter. Temperatures can vary from hot to tepid depending on a number of factors including sunlight and length of time running the wood burning fire.

5.) Heating is with a wood heater. Knowledge & safe use of a fireplace is essential. We ask that you let us make and maintain the fire for you. Just give us a call when you'd like a fire made.

6.) A modern composting toilet (Airhead) takes a little getting used to, but we'll give you instruction. Blokes, no standing to use this toilet, only sitting.

7.) Cooking is done on an alcohol stove/oven that uses "methylated spirits" (alcohol). The flame is blue and completely silent so care and visual confirmation is need when turning the flame off.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

30 Reviews

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Joanne User Profile
June 2017
We had a wonderful stay at Fred's off the grid tiny home, a perfect retreat if you want to get away from the concrete jungle for a few days without compromising on the creature comforts.

Anja User Profile
June 2017
A beautiful tiny house. Clean, cosy and off-grid. Thanks!

Akemi User Profile
May 2017
Fred was very friendly and great host. He gave me a good suggestion where to go for dinner. The place was neat and very clean. He gave a clear inastruction of how to uae things in the house. It was a fun tinyhouse experience. Highly recommended.

Mick User Profile
May 2017
A truely unquie experience to stay that was perfect for me. The tiny house has all the amenities required for a quiet and peacful stay. Very welcoming and friendly hosts. If you are after something a little bit different even quirky or want to experience time in a THOW before building your own, I would highly recommend a (EMAIL HIDDEN)e with an open mind or a sense of adventure and you won't go wrong. Quiet neighbourhood and close shops by bike or car. I truly enjoyed my weekend in Castlemaine. Mick

Silvana User Profile
May 2017
Fred was very welcoming and gave clear instructions on how to use amenities to ensure that we had a comfortable and relaxed experience in his tiny home.We were also treated to a lovely breakfast of croissants,yoghurt and cereals.

Rebecca User Profile
May 2017
My partner and I loved our stay in Fred's tiny house. Fred was incredibly welcoming and friendly. The house has everything we needed for a relaxing weekend away and we were very comfy! I would absolutely recommend a stay in the house and hope to be back again soon!

Jess & Scott User Profile
May 2017
We loved this tiny house's ingenious nooks and quirky character! It was great being so close to Castlemaine... we stoked the fire, enjoyed wood-fired pizza and a Pinot Noir :) Thanks for the tips and house tour, Fred.

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