From hotels to a tiny house, travelers have a haven in Shelby – News – Gaston Gazette

While hotels are making big investments in Shelby, a local couple decided to offer a small-scale option for out-of-towners.

Casey Metcalfe and Stephanie Davis got into the tiny house game last year.

Using a slice of the Metcalfe family’s 45-acre plot, the couple had a small cabin custom built, a necessity for Metcalfe who stands about 6-feet 4-inches tall.

The 400-square-foot home has been their home for seven months, and now they want to let other people check it out.

The house was listed on airbnb more than a month ago and has since seen two sets of renters.

Night sky from a tiny house

Metcalfe and Davis are fans of airbnb, a website that allows individuals to rent rooms or an entire home to travelers, offering an alternative to hotel stays.

Airbnb users often praise the experience saying it gives them a home away from home, or at least a less generic stay than hotel rooms.

The Shelby couple decided to embrace that concept.

Those who stay in the tiny house drive down a gravel road, passing by longhorn steer as they approach. The front porch faces the horizon and mountains can be seen in the distance.

“At night there’s not a light around,” Metcalfe said. “You can see stars as far as you can see. It doesn’t seem like Shelby out here.”

Metcalfe has started a vegetable garden, and guests are free to pick from it while they’re there.

Twist on family tradition

Metcalfe learned about keeping up a garden from his father, Harold. He’s also taken after his dad by signing up with airbnb.

Harold Metcalfe, and his wife Debi, renovated their family home and opened Nell’s Farm House three years ago. The bed and breakfast once belonged to Harold’s mother, Nell, and the adornments inside still reflect her presence.

The senior Metcalfe’s airbnb is different than his son’s. He shares the country home with strangers who book a room. Davis and Casey Metcalfe stay elsewhere if someone rents the one-bedroom tiny house.

Both Metcalfes agree…

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