The Cabin - Nov 2014
Cabin in its original form...
View from the window to the hot tub
The Cabin was originally built by a team from William Hardie Designs after an idea by architect and innovative design aficionado George Clarke. The build was filmed throughout and shown on the third series of the Channel 4 programme George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, using local resources and timber harvested from our ancient coppice woodland.
We have made substantial changes to the cabin since then tripling it in size as although the small space with hidden furniture worked well for TV, on a practical level it just didn’t! We have created a separate bedroom and doubled the size of the living room creating an open plan kitchen/diner/sitting room. The sitting room end has a comfy double leather sofa bed with red velvet curtains you can pull across making another cosy bedroom. The bedroom has a triple sleeper (double bed at the bottom, single on top) so this means that if you’re travelling as a family you can put the kids to bed and have a bit of adult time at the end of the evening, and if you’re a couple it means you have a separate room and won’t have to use the sofa bed. One of the walls can still be lowered as seen in the original programme. For cooking there is a gas oven with a hob plus you can get a pan on top of the woodburner.
Please note the film on this page only shows the cabin in its original form, it is now 3 times the size! I have left it up to give you a look and feel of the space and outside area. Check our facebook page for updated photos
The wood burner inside makes the whole space really warm and cosy all year. The Cabin is fully equipped for four people; pots, pans, enamel plates etc, cutlery and proper wine glasses! There is also a large cool box which I will give you ice packs for on your arrival.
The outside space is why you’re really here; within the clearing is a fire pit surrounded by oak seats and table with a grill and tripod and dutch oven. Nestled into the hazel coppice is the Victorian cast iron water bowser converted into a gorgeous wood fired hot tub and there is a separate cold shower. Together with the composting loo made out of George’s favourite ‘wiggly tin’ you are self-sufficient in your den in the woods. However if all that ‘lighting fires for hot water’ is too much for you it’s only a short walk back up to the shower block and a bit of modernity!
The Cabin sleeps five people, as a couple you would use the double bed of the triple sleeper in the bedroom, if you’re travelling as a family the children can have the bedroom and as parents you can use the sofa bed in the main space. The bunk beds you see in the video are no longer used. It comes with plenty of logs and kindling to start you off and more are available to buy at reception. Lighting is Victorian oil lamps, and solar lights; as the space is light and airy and not vast, it is easily lit, however you will need a torch for night time loo trips and trips to the car park. You park your car in the car park and then ferry your gear using our fleet of trolleys and wheel barrows the short (200m) walk to the clearing. Bedding and linen is provided you will just need to bring bath towels.
The Cabin is booked out for 3 night weekend breaks and 4 night mid week, however we can be flexible and offer shorter midweek breaks outside the school holidays. Please email me with your requirements – firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be updating our Fb page (linked above) with recent photos of the work to the Cabin.