By Naomi Witherick
Lounging by the lake, swimming in the shallows and relaxing in the hot springs. Invermere is definitely a place to get away from it all.
But now you can get a little further. Think secluded accommodation on the outskirts of town with a private patio, mountain views and total peace and quiet.
That’s exactly what the Nelson model by Newhouse Micro Homes offers. Designed for full-time living but available as vacation rental, it’s the ideal place for an alternative getaway. Here are five reasons to stay at this adorable tiny home.
Just a few minutes south of Invermere, this quirky accommodation is close to the action in town but far enough away to enjoy some down time. Set on its own acreage in mountain-surrounded countryside, the micro home is perfect for romantic weekends or cozy hangouts with friends. Plus, its unique character guarantees a getaway like no other.
Everything You Need
Inside this cleverly designed homestead you’ll find a small living room, kitchen, bathroom and loft bedroom with queen-sized bed. The built-in couch has a pullout bed, making room for a few more.
“The micro home has everything a larger home has but condensed into a smaller package,” says designer and builder Chuck Newhouse. “But good use of space and lots of natural light mean it doesn’t feel small.”
The semi-retired contractor is now in the process of building a second tiny house that is due to be completed by the end of the year.
Features include all the necessities: a large fridge, freezer, washer, dryer, gas cooker, microwave and WiFi. But Newhouse hasn’t forgotten the luxuries too, like granite worktops, a deep soak tub and a 32” HD TV. Outside there’s a BBQ and patio overlooking a mountain creek, and in winter the heated tile flooring and gas fire keep the house toasty.
Place to Unwind
One of the best things about the micro home is its tranquil location.
“It’s very peaceful here, with the mountain views and babbling,” says Newhouse. “It’s just like camping but with all the modern conveniences of home.”
Stroll to nearby Provincial Park that runs to Lake Windermere, where you relax by the shoreline or follow the new Legacy Trail to the Fairmont Hot Springs for a dip in the thermal mineral pool waters. In Invermere town, plunder through museums, galleries and shops, or take a few rounds of golf at Eagle Ranch, Copper Point and the Ridge courses.
Never Far From Adventure
As relaxing as the location is, you’re still in the Kootenay Rockies so adventure is never far away. Hire kayaks, canoes and jet skis at Lake Windermere in summer or try your feet at water skiing and wakeboarding.
Change the footgear over and enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding at Panorama Mountain Resort in winter. You can also snowshoe from the micro home’s front door to the frozen lake waters where you’ll find The Whiteway; the longest ice skating lane in the world.
Nothing is more honest than the scrutiny of other travellers. But a quick glance at micro home’s feedback on Airbnb shows an impressive reputation so far. Visitors love its uniqueness, clever design and quality interior, and rave about the fun getaways they had this quirky tiny space.
Built for all seasons, the micro home is available to rent all year round. Visit Newhouse Micro Home’s Airbnb page to book your stay.
Interested in having a long-term micro home? Newhouse designs custom built houses for those who want a tiny home of their own. Get in touch to find out more.
Images: Chuck Newhouse
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