Fire Truck Guest House

April 25, 2012

On the flight home from Rome, I read about Inshriach House in the inflight magazine. A mother and son restored an old estate in northern Scotland. It has enough space to sleep 17 people and you can rent the whole place out for weddings and events. But what really caught my eye was this truck that lives on the property.

It’s a firetruck from 1956 that they’ve restored and turned into a guest space — with a tiny kitchen and a wood-burning stove! You can rent it out instead of a hotel room.

Doesn’t it look cozy? I think it would be fun to stay there, but even better, it would be a total dream to create something like this for guests at my own house.

I swear, I can’t get enough of little spaces like this! You too? Here’s a tiny victorian cottage, candy-colored beach huts and mini houses from Texas.

P.S. — I love when airlines produce a great magazine. It feels like such a perk! I always enjoy United’s Hemispheres. And I was impressed with EasyJet’s Traveller, too. Do you have a favorite?

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1 Amanda | Little Door On The Sound April 25, 2012 at 6:23 am

Pretty amazing!! I wish we had the space for one of these in our driveway. Love interesting spaces converted into little houses or rooms… tres cool.


2 Cathy April 25, 2012 at 6:25 am

Even if I hate Air Canada (it’s a long story), they do have a nice mag called En Route.
I love this post! That truck/guest room is too cute!


3 Allison E. April 25, 2012 at 6:31 am

My favorite in-flight magazine is Enroute on Air Canada flights.


4 Krystle @ ColorTransformedFamily April 25, 2012 at 6:55 am

That would be such a cool place to stay. I love tiny functional spaces!


5 Sharon @ Discovering blog April 25, 2012 at 7:08 am

Ok, that truck is just completely adorable.


6 shaleah April 25, 2012 at 7:18 am

so fantastic!


7 susan April 25, 2012 at 8:16 am

Does it have a tiny little bathroom and shower?


8 Anna April 25, 2012 at 8:53 am

i so want to do this with one of those old horse trailers. i tried to get my husband on board, but he informed me that they are still pricey. i keep scanning craigslist, though….


9 sarah jane April 25, 2012 at 9:31 am

How fun! Yep, I’d definitely like to stay there. I’d love to see the rest of the place too if the truck is that amazing!


10 Brooke April 25, 2012 at 9:47 am

Oooooh I love that old truck. That’s one of the coolest guest houses I’ve ever seen.


11 Ren Lady Of The Arts April 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

That is so original and unique.


12 This Confetti Life April 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

Fabulous! How clever.


13 Janis Meredith April 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

Adorable and creative use of an old truck. I always loved the rustic feel of country living. We had a woodstove in our master bedroom in no. CA. and loved how cozy it felt. Alas, we are now back in FL, no fireplace, but we got a pool and a gorgeous river view!


14 Leigh April 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm

There is a place called the Anters Inn in Kingsland, Texas–in the beautiful Texas Hill Country–that has an old train depot, three old cabooses, and a coach car on the property that have each been made over into guest houses. When our son was four and deep in the midst of a train obsession, we took him to stay. It was his dream come true!


15 Lindsay Moore April 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Last summer I took my husband “glamping” — camping in a furnished tent with amenities that resemble these — on San Juan Island. It wasn’t quite as comfortable or romantic as the perfectly styled magazine spreads made it appear, but still a fun little adventure to share together.


16 Ann April 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Love ‘em too! Great idea for a pin-board!

I used to travel from Boston to Cincinnati almost weekly and used to love reading Delta’s Sky magazine!


17 mandi@herbanhomestead April 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm

This is amazing! Last fall we were at the park in our small Texas town when a giant truck, very similar to this one, rambled into the parking lot. We ran over to talk to the owners and discovered that it was an old German army truck! The couple (from Germany) had converted it into a RV, shipped it to Central America, and have been traveling around in it ever since. They went all through Central America, spent quite a bit of time in Mexico, and had seen some of the southern states in the US. It was pretty fantastic!


18 Shara April 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm

My father in law lives in a housetruck, and has done for the last 10 or so years! It is so charming. He has no toilet or shower, but is parked in a sheep paddock on a friends farm. He uses their facilities, burns candles and lamps for light and cooks on a woodstove!


19 Micah April 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Gorgeous!!! That would be an amazing workspace as well… It is now my goal to have a drawing table next to a wood stove. The giant truck would be a total bonus.


20 Joan April 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm



21 Brian April 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm

That is really cool. It brings a whole new idea to mobile homes!


22 Suzy Studer April 25, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I love, love, love small spaces….You should see my 310 sq ft cabin in Casper, Wy!


23 Lola G. April 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I love magazines, and I always enjoy it when I travel outbound toward the end of the month and return at the beginning of the next month, thereby managing to get two issues! It’s one of those little things in life that makes me happy.


24 Dani April 25, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Love the way the side just rolls up to open to the outdoors! Can you drive that thing too?


25 Mallory April 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

What a great idea! I’m definitely in love with tiny spaces and this one is particularly creative. I interned once for an in-flight magazine company. It was great fun to research stories and talk with so many interesting folks.


26 carlottalittlekitchen April 26, 2012 at 12:58 am

What a lovely blog! Lot’s of pictures and info, xxx!


27 Tessa@Professional Web Design Portland April 26, 2012 at 1:08 am

Very creative work. It looks very cute. Particularly i love the kitchen


28 christine @ Scentsy candles April 26, 2012 at 2:14 am

I WOULD TOTALLY love to stay here! x


29 Alison in Ottawa April 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

I love Enroute on Air Canada (articles are published in French and English so I can practice my french on long flights) and on Porter Airlines (small Canadian airline that flies in Eastern Canada and a few US destinations like NYC!) they have an amazing in flight magazine called re:porter.


30 John L April 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm

What a great idea. I did not realize that is was going to be big enough but it sure seems like it would be roomy.


31 susie contreras April 30, 2012 at 12:31 am

I really enjoy Hana Hou, Hawaiian Airlines inflight magazine. I always end up taking it with me.


32 Lucia April 30, 2012 at 4:41 am

I LOVE this fire truck. Just like you, I am such a sucker for interesting little spaces…treehouses, boats, caravans. The glamping site has several places that I have bookmarked and dream about visiting one day. My current daydreaming is about fixing up our family airstream….we rented a VW van camping and traveled around England a couple of summers ago. One of the best parts of that trip was checking out all of the interesting renovated campers/caravans. Thanks for sharing this very cool one!


33 Alicja May 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

wonderful! I want vacation!!;)


34 walter May 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

aw thanks guys


35 Lindsey May 16, 2012 at 8:33 am

Oh my dang, I just love love love this firetruck home! Thanks for posting!
Have you heard of Lloyd Kahn? He writes books about Tiny Homes, and he has a blog, too.
I’m building a tiny home on a school bus (see here:

I’m enjoying your blog!


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