The Cottage Fairy: Paola’s Secrets You’re Curious To Know (2024)

If you’re a fan of Paola’s YouTube channel and want to know:

➜ Where her current cabin is located

➜ How much she makes on YouTube

➜ How she saved up for their cabin

➜ If she is single or has a boyfriend

➜ Where you can source more details

➜ Discover any of her cabin secrets

Then you’re in the right place!

Let’s journey into her #cabinlife story.

Channel Name

The Cottage Fairy

She joined YouTube on the 21st of March, 2020, just as the world was going into lockdown.

Real Name(s)

Paola Merrill (age 27) who was born on December 1, 1996.

She also has a beautiful nickname: ‘Paolita’.

Paola is from Washington State and attended a Rudolf Steiner School as a child which explains her calming outlook in life.

Aegir is her black English Labrador that you’ll often see in her YouTube videos and she has a bunny called Mr. Darcy.

Paola has a brother called Rohan who often films her videos, and a boyfriend called Luke.

She was married in mid-2022, but her husband Luke is relatively absent from her channel.

The Cabin

Paola has lived in a rented cabin in the woods which she recently left. She just purchased her own ‘apartment’ which is a treehouse in the woods:

It previously was a stable for horses, and surprisingly, she has a working stove, running water…and even a dishwasher!

It was a gift from Luke’s father who lives nearby.


She is planning a bunch of upgrades to her new home, including:

➜ Replacing her curtains

➜ Adding a fridge and freezer

➜ Repairing her ceilings

Luckily, much of her cabin is already liveable.


The Cottage Fairy’s cabin is in rural Washington State, although the exact address is currently unknown. It’s in NE Washington.

Paola’s response to her location is: “for obvious safety reasons I keep much of where I live private.”


Paola’s cabin lifestyle came about due to her addiction to being a workaholic, a poor diet and was drinking a ton of caffeine.

She struggled to function properly and was constantly nervous.

Fortunately, she escaped to the woods.

Today she offers her love and is willing to listen to those who are struggling with the demands of the modern world.


Paola was previously a teacher and a bookseller.

Today in 2024, things have changed:

The Cottage Fairy makes $7,200/month on YouTube.

Paola makes this full-time income through:

➜ YouTube advertising revenue

➜ PayPal donations (receive a postcard in return!)

➜ Amazon affiliate links under videos

➜ Sales on her Etsy store

Based on this monthly income, it’s safe to assume that The Cottage Fairy’s net worth is $770,000 as of 2024. This is based on the value of her home, land, car and online business.

Paola has publicly stated that she has struggled with money in the past with intense anxiety, but given the growth of her channel, and learning finance tips from YouTube, she has enough income to support herself today


Paola has collaborated with her brother, Rohan.

He also has a YouTube channel which is growing.

Big Moments

There have been challenges in her journey.

These include:

➜ Getting lonely in her cabin

➜ Struggling without a bathroom

➜ Getting engaged

We’re looking forward to seeing Luke in more of her videos.

Future Plans

After her wedding, we’re looking forward to seeing her cabin transform into a true home in the woods.


Are there secrets you wish you knew?

➜ She has had several relationships

➜ Has traveled around the world (Navy family)

➜ Lives a predominantly vegan lifestyle

➜ Has had several guys try to find her cabin

➜ And she does not miss the city at all!


What can we learn from her cabin story?

➜ Cabin life is remarkably cheaper

➜ You can work remotely quite easily

➜ Etsy stores are still profitable in 2023

My Thoughts

Paola reminds us to see the smaller details.

To slow down when life is completely hectic.

And that women can live safely in the woods.

I certainly can’t wait to see more on YouTube!

Your Cabin

Inspired by Paola’s cabin life story?

Ready to build your cabin in the woods?

Then Cabinpreneur is here to help you.

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