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His Fantasy, Fairytale Cottage on Vancouver Island

Bruce Winckler saw a lovely whimsical treehouse crafted by Daniel Huscroft and Timothy Lindberg, and thought that kind of dwelling would fit perfectly on Vancouver Island where he lived. He asked the builders if they’d create a cottage in the same vein, and they agreed.

And so this Hansel and Gretel cottage came off the pages of a storybook and into real life! It’s about 450 square feet, not including the loft bedroom, and while the exterior has fairy tale charm, the interior has a clean and contemporary feel with all the creature comforts.

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Bruce’s Storybook Cottage with Contemporary Interior

As you can see, the interior is clean and contemporary

The grand stone fireplace keeps the place warm during the winter.

The 3/4 bath has a glass standing shower and flush toilet.

Up the stars is the cottage loft bedroom.

And yes, there’s a hot tub!

What do you think of this magical spot?

VIDEO: Storybook Cottage By The Sea


  • Built on Vancouver Island in British Columbia
  • Total cost came to $175,000
  • Stick-built construction
  • Cedar shingles hand-bent to fit on roof
  • One loft bedroom
  • 450 square feet
  • 3/4 Bath with shower stall and flush toilet
  • Kitchen and living area
  • Large stone fireplace

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Linda Baker
    August 12, 2020, 9:29 am

    Perhaps I missed it but I’m wondering what his source of power is – propane? Where his water comes from and is the fireplace his only source of heat? Where does he dispose of garbage and how far from a community is he?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 12, 2020, 1:49 pm

      I think he’s hooked up to the grid for electricity and water. I do think he said just the fireplace for heat. I’m not familiar with the area, but according to Google, the capital of British Columbia is on the island, so I imagine there’s enough civilization for trash disposal of some kind.

      • e.a.f.
        January 18, 2021, 2:45 am

        The capital of B.C. is Victoria, on the southern end of Vancouver Island. To build a home at that end of the Island you would have to meet all the building codes so there would be electricity and water. Garbage pick up would be there also, from either the city or regional district. Although many areas look quite rural, they aren’t more than a short drive to suburban and urban areas.

        • Natalie C. McKee
          January 18, 2021, 1:04 pm

          Thanks! That’s great to know.

  • Jade Williamson
    August 12, 2020, 10:20 am

    This is so whimsical

  • Alison
    August 12, 2020, 4:53 pm

    What fun! I’m so glad people build little fantasies like this.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 14, 2020, 9:36 am

      Me too! We can live vicariously through them!

  • Theresa Perdue
    August 12, 2020, 6:12 pm

    One man’s tiny house is another woman’s (me😉) castle. I am sure that if I die and go to heaven, I will end up here!

  • Maria Kentala
    August 15, 2020, 6:41 am


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