off-grid bespoke cedar cabin with covered veranda, outdoor copper and bench overlooking nature landscape

Holly Water

Holly Water






Cedar, Larch, Oak, Marble, Brass, Woodfibre

A track meandering gently through a swaying cornfield leads to Holly Water, a holiday cabin built for two, designed to invite its inhabitants into close connection with the surrounding landscape.

Nestled by a wooded bank on a patch of Devon farmland, the form of the self-contained dwelling responds to its bucolic context. Cedar cladding allows it to blend unobtrusively with its environs; generous eaves lend graceful proportions and shelter from the elements. A sloping mono-pitched roof references the vernacular of nearby farm buildings.

Expansive picture windows draw sweeping natural vistas into the open-plan interior. From the cosy sleeping nook tucked beneath the roof gable, guests can admire views of Holly Water – the stream from which the property takes its name – and bathe in morning light.

A crafted oak kitchen; bespoke furniture hewn from local timber. The natural warmth of wood adds its own character and ornament to the interior, which opens out to a larch veranda with copper bathtub, in which guests can bathe beneath the stars.

Since its completion, Holly Water is now occupied by holidaymakers for most of the year. The revenue it generates is supporting our clients’ efforts to re-wild the four-and-a-half acre field around the cabin, in order to bring increased diversity to the land and welcome new wildlife.



Project Team

Project Director – Rupert McKelvie

Design – Luke Carnaby

Structural Engineer – Barry Honeysett

Construction – Yan Hilton, Will Holland & Chris Gee