Canopy & Stars | Top 10 Cosy Cabins
Posted by Emma Lavelle on 17/11/15
To coincide with our current competition, we asked Canopy & Stars if they’d share their Top Ten Cosy Cabins with our readers!
With autumn well and truly here, our thoughts have turned to slowly cooked casseroles on the campfire, kicking our way through heaps of crimson leaves and curling up with a good book by the wood burner. Glamping might not be the first thing on your agenda once the dark nights set in but actually, a king-size bed in a cosy cabin is made even cosier after a long, brisk hike – as long as you’ve got the wood burner going that is! So here are 10 of our favourites – Canopy & Stars’ perfect places to celebrate everything we love about autumn.
Caban Cader – Powys
Whether you’re exploring the great outdoors on the saddle of a mountain bike or on the back of a surfboard, Caban Cader is a cosy and comfy base to come back to. With floorboards reclaimed from the old BBC studios and a collection of treasures adorning the walls, you’ll never want to leave.
The Hatch – Worcestershire
A cosy and homely space filled with art, quirky trinkets, fabrics, rugs and giant comfy bean bags perfect for an afternoon snooze, The Hatch makes for a great autumn hideout for families or groups of friends alike. Surrounded by 35 acres of rolling hills, gardens and lake, there’s plenty of scope for a chilly autumn stroll.
Out of the Valley – Devon
Owed to an ancient Japanese technique called shou sugi ban, the cedar cladding on this cosy offering has been charred to make it as hardwearing as possible. Brace yourself for a dip in the river (if you’re feeling brave!) then snuggle up by the woodburner with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.
Holly at Hesleyside – Northumberland
Lose yourself on the woodland trails before having a soak in the huge copper bathtub in this comfy tabernacle. Then before you turn in for the night in your snuggly mezzanine pit, try your hand at stargazing and get to grips with the telescope. Can you spot the Milky Way in Northumberland’s notoriously clear skies?
The Bird Box – Devon
This self-contained, compact and bijou wooden ‘Bird Box’ is nestled in the bank at the bottom of 129 Honeyside Down’s wild wooded garden. Featuring chunky log stairs, solid wood benches, rustic table and even a cedarwood hot tub, the thoughtful features will delight the most stylish glamper.
Cwt Gwyrdd –Pembrokeshire
Hidden in the trees and filled with warm Welsh blankets, retreat to your king-size bed after a day exploring the Preseli Mountains. With upcycled benches to perch on around the campfire, you can eat Owner Tim’s catch of the day for dinner (he’s a lobster fisherman!) and can have your pick of the vegetable garden too.
Bodger the Shepherd’s Hut – Dorset
Whether you fancy trying your hand at green woodworking, unwinding in the sauna yurt or just want to relax with pizza from the wood-fired oven and local cider from the honesty bar, Crafty Camping is the place to be. And with animal skin rugs and a big double bed to sink into afterwards, you’ll get all the rest you need.
Jake’s Place – Devon
A cabin filled with handmade or upcycled treasures, Jake’s Place is a wonderful base to partake in lots of autumnal exploration. Walk along blustery coastal paths, take the steam train to Agatha Christie’s house or give a helping hand with the animals on the farm before cooking supper on the campfire at the bottom of the garden and having a long, hot soak in the bath tub big enough for two.
Dimpsey – Somerset
Sweetly named after a West Country word for the dreamy half-light that comes at twilight or dusk, Dimpsey was designed by local artisans and host Emma festooned it with cosy yesteryear treasures and vintage pieces. Light the woodburner then lounge on the daybed and listen to the owls, or retreat to the comfy double bed with a pot of tea, a book and a plate stacked high with buttered toast.
The Oak House – Bath & NE Somerset
The Oak House is the ultimate in recycling – featuring a roof made from reclaimed Cornish slate and a floor laid with refurbished scaffold planks! With breathtaking views to the Severn Bridge and 17 acres of woodland to explore, come back and enjoy a glass of wine on the octagonal deck before retreating to your king-size bed crafted from a fallen tree by Owner Jane.