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Julie Hambleton
Julie Hambleton
December 16, 2023 ·  3 min read

Cabins We Wouldn’t Mind Being Stuck in Right Now

The coronavirus pandemic is certainly taking its toll. Many of us are beginning to resent the walls of our homes and apartments and are dreaming of getting away somewhere else. Of course, the ideal getaway spots during a pandemic are nature cabins – ones in remote areas where we can disconnect to reconnect and find some peace again.

Cabins We Would Love To Live In

These cabins are all designed in a minimalistic style to help you really connect with the nature that they are surrounded by.

1. Brillhut

Melissa and Jake Brillhart built Brillhut in their backyard, then packed it down and sent it to the Bahamas. They then reassembled it on Eleuthera Island in the archipelago. The walls of the cabin are made from fiberglass and insulated foam panels which can be lifted using a pulley system to create an ideal outdoor-indoor space.

Photo: Courtesy Melissa Brillhart

2. Casa Tiny

Casa Tiny is a cement and wood cabin inspired by the book Walden. Artist Claudio Sodi commissioned the cabin located in Oaxaca, Mexico, and architect Aranzazu de Ariño designed it. A true lovers’ cabin, the pair fell in love during the building process and now use it as their private getaway from Mexico City. 

Casa tiny
Photo: Courtesy Camila Cossio

If you want to experience life at Casa Tiny, you can rent it on Airbnb.

3. The Cornish Cabin

On the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, England, The Cornish Cabin almost blends entirely into its surroundings. Designed by Hakan Stroz of Sweden, it is built entirely using traditional woodworking techniques. Each log has talismans in their notches to give the home a spiritual blessing. (1)

cornish cabin
Photo: Courtesy Richard Stewart; Alistair Sopp

4. Beavers Lodge

What began as a run-down shack in the Santa Monica Mountains has been reimagined into a gorgeous little wilderness oasis. Mike and Charlotte Beaver completely overhauled the place, making it bright, airy, and full of windows for optimal nature views. (1)

beavers lodge
Photo: Courtesy Mike Beavers

5. The McGovern Residence

The McGovern Residence in Tucannon, Washington was originally built in the 1970s. It is currently in the process of being restored by the McGovern’s grandson Sven Holt to be used as an event and overnight space for guests.

Mcgovern lodge
Photo: Courtesy Sven Holt

6. Oz Farm

Oz Farm in Northern California has a number of cabins that sleep anywhere from one to 10 people, depending on which cabin you choose. The Domes are particularly popular and can accommodate eight to 10 people.

Oz farm
Photo: Courtesy Brian Vogelgesang

7. Sky Den

Nestled away in Northeastern England, Sky Den was given its name for the way the roof opens up so you can gaze at the night’s sky. British TV show George Clark’s Amazing Spaces featured the cabin due to its unique design. Book the space here.

Sky den
Photo: Courtesy Jack Boothby

8. Undercroft

This is the ultimate off-the-grid eco-house in Wales. Undercroft is designed using Earthship sustainability principles (2):

  • Electricity from the sun and wind
  • Water from rain and snowmelt, used four times
  • Sewage treated on-site in botanical planters
  • Heating and cooling from the sun and the earth
  • Food is grown both in and outside

If you want to get away while leaving a minimal carbon footprint, this is the cabin for you.

Photo: Courtesy Simon Dale

9. Viking Seaside Summer House

Located in Fermanville, France, The Viking Seaside Summer House is the definition of tiny house living. At just 10 by 15 feet and sitting just above a little beach, this was the largest the builders were allowed to make it due to France’s coastal building laws. 

Viking Seaside House
Photo: Courtesy Karel Balas

They made the most of the space with folding furniture and big windows to keep it bright and airy.

If a nature-filled getaway is what you need, then perhaps one of these cabins is close enough to your hometown for you to make use of it. If not, you’ll have to add them to your post-coronavirus travel bucket list.

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