While it might be considered tiny by today’s standards, the so-called “tiny” home featured by A Tennessee Tiny House for use as an Airbnb and VRBO property is far from what one might envision in the wake of the tiny house movement sweeping the nation in recent years. Rather, as a home whose 900 square feet of interior spaces are accommodating and airy enough to hold a full-sized bedroom and bath, living room, kitchen, and dining space as well as a loft area with two double beds, the charm this fully renovated 1923 farmhouse holds is huge, and renters are falling in love with it in a major way.
Stewarded by Clarksville resident Richard Dixon and his wife, Shannon, the diminutive home located in a peaceful, quiet area of Clarksville where the sounds of chirping birds and nature are the soundtrack is easily a natural attraction to anyone looking to get away from it all without having to sacrifice space, headroom, or modern convenience. Artfully blending the best details of the original farmhouse with contemporary elements to achieve a home that feels old and enchanting yet still up-to-date, the interior is indeed a cozy space with warm woods and tons of windows that spill in the light as well as décor selected by local designer Joni Haston. In deference to the beauty of its locale, the home also features two deck spaces and a fire pit perfect for hosting campfires or watching sunrises and sunsets paint their way across the skyline, and it is the very uniqueness of it all that has made A Tennessee Tiny House a frequent host to travelers as well as those who just want a charming little place to break away from everyday life for one memorable night.
“We’ve found through Airbnb that serving people gives us life,” says Richard, who first stumbled across the property while looking for real estate investment opportunities for his father. Having fallen in love with the old farmhouse and its picturesque setting near an old farm and tobacco barn, Richard and Shannon knew they had a treasure and set about renovating the house with the help of contractor Doug Nail, though they hadn’t quite determined what its ultimate purpose would be. “When we finished it, we thought about renting it, but where’s the fun in that?” he says with a laugh. “Simply renting it out doesn’t really require any interaction with people, but we love hosting and being hospitable, so we love to find out what the occasion for our guests’ stay might be. We try to go the extra mile and personalize their experience by finding out about things like their favorite snacks and their interests,” he said.
With such a focus on creating a guest experience, it only stands to reason that the Dixons’ adorable little home has received such wide acclaim since it was officially opened in 2017, garnering five stars with Airbnb and earning the rank of Superhost, the highest rating achievable. Little wonder, then, that the house is often booked three months in advance and that its reputation has captured attention nationwide.
With such success in their hands, the Dixons knew that there was more opportunity to be had, and they have since taken on a collaboration with a local caterer who approached them to design a tiny home for his own use as well as beginning work on the renovation of a home at 3612 Rossview Road. Originally built in 1952 and surrounded by 100 acres of beautiful Montgomery County farmland, the 1700-square-foot prairie house will eventually become another quiet escape for those searching for a way to reconnect with peace, quiet, and the endlessly vast charm of days gone by.