The Cabin - Nov 2014
Cabin in its original form...
Firepit & seating
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. It provides complete privacy in our ancient woodland, with a wood fired hot tub!
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.
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 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. The 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 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 large wood fired larch hot tub which can easily fit 5 people, 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 is booked out for weekend breaks from Friday 2.30pm right up to late Sunday evening or even into Monday first thing if you’re able to stay. We charge for Friday and Saturday nights and offer Sunday night at no charge to enable you to make the most of your weekend. Then it is booked for 4 night mid week breaks from Monday to Thursday. Outside our busy periods of school holidays we can be flexible and offer shorter breaks during the week, so please do email me your requirements: Amanda@dernwoodfarm.co.uk.