Off Grid Cabin in the Woods

We built this off-grid cabin in the woods for people who want to stay here. The inspiration to build it was the need for accommodation on our courses, but it is also available to rent for people who want to get away from it all in a secluded woodland setting.

The cabin has no mains electricity so there are no 240v sockets, however there is an electric coolbox large enough for bottles of champagne. There are two USB sockets so that you can charge your phone and other devices.  The cabin has wifi, but this can be switched off for those who would prefer a wifi free environment. Warmth and hot water are provided by a woodburner and the electricity is provided by solar panels. There is a generously sized en suite and a kitchenette with a 2 ring hob.  For when you’d prefer to cook outside, we provide a barbecue for your use.  There’s a small wardrobe with coat hangers. There’s even a selection of books including wildlife identification guides, some board games and a local ordinance survey map.
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It has some beautiful wooden features, some of which are the result of our own woodland management work. The post and beam framework at the front of the cabin is made from naturally fallen heartwood oak. The window ledges are cherry that we felled as part of a coppice restoration project before we moved into our own woods. The bed head is made of holly from the same woods. The flooring is reclaimed parquet. Not only is it beautiful and very sustainable due to being reclaimed, it adds a feeling of warmth to the cabin.

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When building the cabin we tried to use locally sourced and reclaimed materials wherever possible. Some of the slates on the roof were left over from building our house. The rest are reclaimed Cornish slate. It is clad in local timber giving it a look which fits with it’s woodland surroundings. The look is finished off by a carving by Daniel Cordell who is a world renowned chainsaw carver.
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During your stay in the cabin, you are welcome to explore the woodland that Bulworthy Project is set in. This woodland has been described by Devon Wildlife Trust as “a mosaic of habitats”. It contains areas of species rich grassland, a pond and a stream as well as many varied areas of woodland each with it’s own character. It is managed with habitat enhancement as the main priority. As well as a multitude of different species of birds including tawny owls and buzzards, you may well see deer and if you’re quiet, you may see badgers, stoats and foxes.
Don’t forget to check out what events and courses are going on at Bulworthy Project during your stay.

Due to the nature of the cabin it is not suitable for children. We do not allow dogs or other pets at Bulworthy Project due to ground nesting birds and other environmental considerations. The cabin is fully wheelchair accessible. If you have specific accessibility requirements, please do contact us in advance so that we can cater for your needs. When you arrive you will find some essential items in the kitchen, these include: crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, cafetière and barbecue tools, tea, coffee, sugar, a pint of milk, cooking oil, salt, pepper and a selection of spices. Washing up liquid, sponge, tea towel, kitchen towel, toilet rolls and bin liners. We also provide bed linen, towels, bath mat and hand soap in the shower room.
We’ll provide enough firewood for your stay and a bag of charcoal.

(Higher rates for Valentines day, Christmas and new year’s eve)
If you would like to pay by cheque or bank transfer please click here.
If you have any questions or queries, please email us@bulworthyproject.org.uk
or phone 07594569441


Our cabin won the 2017 Woodlands award for the best woodland shelter/building

Reviews

My partner and I spent a delightful few nights in this cosy cabin. The location was tranquil, it was lovely being in the woods and waking up to bird song.The cabin itself is charming and comfortable with everything you need. The log burner was easy to light and kept it lovely and warm. We would highly recommend this cabin to anyone especially for a romantic getaway. We will definitely be staying there again.
Grace Biddulph (Penzance, Cornwall)
Spending a few days in a cabin in the woods was better than I expected. It was really great just to drop everything and spend a few days in the middle of nowhere surrounded by trees. There were forest walks around; I was glad I brought my wellies as there were a few tracks that were a bit muddy but it is to be expected at this time of the year. The cabin isn’t far from the village of Rackenford, which is a nice walk, with about half an hour to get there.
Coming back home to reality was a bit of a shock. When you get used to looking out of a window and seeing trees less than 5 metres away from the window, it is hard to leave it behind. It’s peaceful and you really feel as though you are alone.
Inside, the cabin’s space has been well utilised. The kitchen facilities are what you would need for a few days camping out in the wild; there is enough to make some tasty meals. There is an electric cool box so you can plan a few meals ahead, but in Rackenford there is a village shop that does sell all sorts of things.
My partner and I stayed during winter and even though it was rather cold outside, he had fun stoking the fire. The log burner is the only source of heat and it worked well keeping the cabin and the water warm. There were easy to follow instructions about how to use the log burner in a leaflet that was in the cabin.
Even though it rained a bit when we stayed, it wasn’t a burden to be stuck inside the cabin because it was cosy yet spacious enough and we brought a few board games. With the porch it meant we could sit outside and be under shelter.

Definitely somewhere to go again for a forest getaway.
Alice Ruff (Cullompton, Devon)
(Since receiving this review, we have put some board games in the cabin for our guests.)
I found this cabin on a glamping website.  I love glamping and have stayed on many glamping sites.  This cabin however represents luxury way beyond glamping.  It proved to be the perfect venue for our romantic weekend.
David Sherbourne (Oxford)