This new-build cabin combines practical open-plan living with cozy corners

A stylish cabin home is the perfect Cornish weekend retreat and mixes modern luxuries with rustic upcycled details

Exterior of wooden built Cornish cabin set in green fields with green parasols
(Image credit: Colin Poole)

Nestled in the midst of the rolling North Cornish moors in England, this larch-clad cabin looks as though it's always been there. Yet this is a new construction, built on the site of a demolished summerhouse, that had become unsafe, on land belonging to a 200-year-old farmhouse. The new cabin is framed to perfection by its own small garden, which includes a wildflower patch and hefty Cornish granite stones unearthed during the build.

Inside, a practical open-plan layout provides everything you might need for a relaxing holiday or weekend break, and more. The kitchen-dining-living space is spacious enough to host a crowd, and there's a smart double bedroom and bathroom. 

Just as important as its breathtaking setting and cozy interiors are the cabin's impressive eco credentials. The new-build is well insulated, and water is supplied from a borehole rather than the mains supply. A wood burner provides the heating. All of these factors – setting, interiors and sustainability – combine to make this one of the world's best homes, albeit on a small, cabin-size scale. 


kitchen with white units with black granite worktops and wooden ceiling and floor and green pendant light and star fairy lights

(Image credit: Colin Poole)

Kitchen ideas have to work hard for their living in a multifunctional, open-plan space like this one. Plus, the area dedicated to the working corner of the room is fairly compact. With that in mind, understated, handleless units help to give a sleek, uncluttered look in the limited space. 

Fittings and materials have also been recycled where they could. Roof beams from the original summer house have been turned into open shelves for the kitchen, and the industrial-style metal pendant lights were salvaged from an old barn on the property, just cleaned up and rewired. Salvaged pieces like these add character, which makes a difference in a new building. 

kitchen with white units black granite worktops and green window frame with wooden floor and ceiling

(Image credit: Colin Poole)

Window and door frames are picked out in an uplifting springlike shade of green that blurs the boundaries between the inside and outside of the cabin, bringing it ever closer to nature. With the natural wood shades of the ceiling and flooring, the impression is of a cabin firmly rooted in its moorland environment. 

Dining space

dining space with rustic wooden table and seating space with gray sofa

(Image credit: Colin Poole)

Continuing the theme of keeping things compact in an open-plan space, dining room ideas here are subtle and flexible. The farmhouse-style table easily seats four, and the mix of bench and chairs makes good use of the space.

Cozy cabin living room

woodburner and picture windows with wooden sideboard and wooden floor

(Image credit: Colin Poole)

Quiet colors, inspired by the moorland outside, and tactile finishes combine to create a tranquil, comfortable space. Opting for a natural palette works well in an open-plan space like this one, where living room ideas bridge the kitchen, dining space and the garden views. 

living room with picture windows and woodburner gray sofa and standard lamp

(Image credit: Colin Poole)

A contemporary, eco-friendly wood burner by Contura sits on a locally-sourced Cornish slate plinth, and is sufficient to heat the cabin.


bedhead with pink and green bedlinen and painting above bedhead

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The bed is positioned to face the window and the moor. When the view is as good as this it makes sense never to let it out of your sight! Bedroom ideas focus on continuing the natural color palette, with mossy greens and floral pinks set against the natural wood tones of the flooring and furniture. 


bathroom with large stone effect tiles and roll-top bath and quadrant shower

(Image credit: Colin Poole)

The cabin is compact, but clever design and planning at the bathroom ideas stage allow for a statement bath looking out at the beautiful views and a separate, walk-in shower.

Beautiful views

Moorland landscape with wooden cabin and green framed windows rolling hills and sheep

(Image credit: Colin Poole)

The cabin, known as 'Smugglers' is available to rent from Boutique Retreats, 

Original feature Annabelle Grundy

Karen Darlow

Karen is the houses editor for and homes editor for the brand’s sister titles, Period Living and Country Homes & Interiors, and an experienced writer on interiors and gardens. She loves visiting historic houses for Period Living and writing about rural properties for Country Homes & Interiors, and working with photographers to capture all shapes and sizes of properties. Karen began her career as a sub editor at Hi-Fi News and Record Review magazine. Her move to women’s magazines came soon after, in the shape of Living magazine, which covered cookery, fashion, beauty, homes and gardening. From Living Karen moved to Ideal Home magazine, where as deputy chief sub, then chief sub, she started to really take an interest in properties, architecture, interior design and gardening.