Out of the Valley | Cabin in Devon | Canopy & Stars

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Out of the Valley - Cabin in Devon

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Weir Mill

Not suitable for children

Not suitable for pets

A secluded cabin tucked into a peaceful valley. Spot wildlife from the veranda, find the handmade tree house, even swim in the river...

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.

Our guests say...

A beautiful relaxing off grid stay in an incredible location! We loved how private it was, it was literally just the two of us, no internet, no mobile signal (not even a car parked outside the cabin!) which was a wonderful way to reconnect with each other. The river is wonderful and we went wild swimming which was incredible and the cabin's craftsmanship was second to none. And the fishing pontoon and treehouse in 'our' field was so serene and relaxing. We wish we never had to leave!!! Please send us back!



Beautiful cabin, very well appointed. An antidote to modern life. Nothing but the river and the birdsong to disturb the peace. Lovely walking and plenty of wildlife to spot. Didn't want to leave.



The quality of the cabin and its setting is exceptional. There is everything you need for a very comfortable stay in very peaceful surroundings. There are lovely walks in the area and Dartmoor right on the doorstep.



The cabin is beautifully made and furnished and very comfortable and I can think of no nicer place to spend a week in June- we had a fantastic time



Our stay was really lovely. Ru and Lilly were sdo welcoming, and i was really touched how they remembered we had left our little son at home and offered the use of their landline if needed, due to poor reception. The cabin and location were amazing, and the craftmanship of the cabin exeeded our expectations. Everything was easy to use and the quaility of the linen and towels was amazing. all in all we couldn't have asked for anything better.



A tranquil location and a very well equipped cabin.



This was the first few nights of our honeymoon and it was everything we wanted, beautiful location, amazing cabin with exceptional detail and Rupert was an excellent host.



Amazing. Absolutely fantastic property and beautiful location. Property has everything you need.



Met with a warm welcome and were given time to familiarise ourselves with the cabin which was all self explanatory and easy to access. A gift basket of homemade food was left for us which fitted the atmosphere and setting of the stay perfectly and tasted delicious. The cabin was quiet and private, obscured by trees from the house and workshop. The owners were helpful and provided us with useful local knowledge and information. We spent some time exploring the surroundings, taking walks and visiting some of the small villages nearby but also relaxed in the cabin enjoying the wood burner and serene views.



It was wonderful. The owner and his mother were very welcoming, friendly and helpful. The cabin was beautifully built and very snug and cosy. We could hear the river and the stars at night were brilliant. The breakfast hamper was lovely and the drawer of games and books good fun. It was tranquil and beautiful, simply awesome.



An amazing stay - beautifully crafted cabin, with amazing features. A lovely hamper on arrival and everything we needed for a cozy stay. Peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings - would definitely go back and recommend.



Our stay was incredible, it completely exceeded our expectations. It was our Valentines day weekend away and with the help of Rupert's attention to detail enabled the whole weekend was perfect, he really has thought of everything. We were able to cook fresh scrambled eggs in the morning, accompanied by homemade bread (yum) and keep warm by the fire. Just outside of our cabin we were able to walk around acres of land - it was beautiful!



A really special, magical weekend away. The cabin was amazingly well-designed and built, with wonderful attention to detail. The location was perfect, it felt like it was i the middle of nowhere – lots of birds, rabbits and deer to be seen while peeking from the cabin windows . Very close to footpaths along the river, we would love to come back in the summer as it looked perfect for wild swimming.



The cabin made our hearts melt as soon as we entered! Instant relaxation. Everything in the cabin was beautifully done, well thought out and finely executed. Each time we opened a drawer we were left thinking 'that's a great idea'. If you manage to pull yourself out of the exceptionally comfortable bed, the walks surrounding the cabin are amazing, even in the middle of winter. Thank you Rupert for sharing your creation with us, and your fantastic suggestion for a meal out.


Michael and Liv

"It was a joy to stay in your cabin and absorb such true craftsmanship. Rupert, you should be very proud of creating such a  classy, comfortable and cosy little haven - you have thought of everything! The bed itself was luxurious and we had a welcome basket of food on arrival, which included Lilly's wonderful homemade bread. The surroundings were breathtaking, really taking you away from modern life and feeling like a holiday. Amazing to experience the pitch black nights studded with stars and a near full moon. I have not stopped telling everyone about it!"



We had a fantastic time. Beautiful cabin, great walking and brilliant tree houses!



"Simply wonderful! Rupert and his lovely mother Lilly looked after us like proper guests and couldn't do enough to make us feel welcome. She even gave us a lift! The cabin in stunning, and every detail is well thought out and beautifully finished. The bed is delightfully comfortable too- which is so important. The views are amazing and the seclusion make you feel so free. It exceeded all my expectations"



"Rupert, we salute you. You are a champion cabin creator. You have made a wonderful space. So peaceful and cosy. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is unswerving. It’s all so beautiful. But the beautiful design is in no way indulgent, it’s always with the guest’s comfort in mind and it was such a lovely space to hang out in. Alas only for one night as part of an inspection trip..."


Tom, Canopy & Stars

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