Out of the Valley - Cabin in Devon
Not suitable for children
Not suitable for pets
Out of the Valley owes its distinctive dark exterior to an ancient Japanese technique called shou sugi ban: the cedar cladding has been charred to make it as hardwearing as possible. Having first trained as a classical wooden boat builder, owner Rupert is now a furniture designer with his own studio nearby, so naturally the cabin is both his own design and fitted out to the tiniest detail with his own incredible craftsmanship, all made from English ash and oak. It’s an open-plan, minimalist space with a snuggly king-size bed and shower room with compost loo at one end, and a living area with wood burner at the other; the whole structure is designed with efficiency in mind and electricity is provided by solar panels on the roof. Big glass doors lead onto a covered veranda, overlooking the pasture and river below, where you might see herons and kingfishers gliding over the water, or even an otter bobbing on the surface if you're lucky. Find binoculars and wildlife books tucked neatly into a drawer in the cabin.
You’ve got masses of space to yourself – the cabin is nestled at the bottom of a peaceful valley surrounded by hundreds of acres of National Trust woodland. You’ll also find handmade tree and river houses dotted around, waiting to be discovered. There’s fishing in the river, wild swimming for the warmer months and both Exeter and the North and South Devon coasts are easily accessible.