Koto’s Prefab Cabins Bring Japandi Charm to England’s Wild East
Amid lush forests and rolling fields, Koto has delivered the first of a new batch of prefab cabins to Fritton Lake, a private holiday club in the heart of a 1,000-acre rewilding project along England’s Suffolk-Norfolk border.
"We build with the principle that beautiful buildings can correspond with our natural environment," says Johnathon Little, one of Koto’s founding partners. "Fritton Lake is ideal not only for its two-mile lake in a woodland setting, but its pioneering, 1,000-acre eco-restoration project. By allowing its land to self-manage, it’s working toward a positive life-changing impact on our environment."
The Somerleytons, who own Fritton Lake, set aside a fifth of their estate for the rewilding initiative: Native flora and fauna are being reintroduced, and the original ecosystem, which had been compromised as farmland, is being restored. The private holiday club contributes directly to the family’s conservation work and was developed to help members reconnect with nature.
To complement Fritton Lake’s rich landscapes and sensitive ecosystems, Koto developed two different cabin types: the woodland Ki cabins, which provide lake views, and the Miru cabins, which turn to face wildflower-filled meadows.
Those interested in adding their own cabin to Fritton Lake can choose between either a two- or three-bedroom design, and each is delivered with a bespoke interior package curated by the team at Koto.
"Our approach remains holistic—we understand the delivery of a beautiful space extends beyond its four walls," says Little, who collaborates with partners such as Bolia, Miele, and Tala to flesh out the interiors.
"Koto believes each and every element of the building—from its architectural expression, down to the texture and light of the interiors—creates an embodiment of what we like to call ‘quiet luxury.’"
All Koto cabins at Fritton Lake are developed for private ownership, however, select Ki cabins will be available to rent starting in July. Interested buyers can expect relatively quick delivery from Koto: A fully furnished cabin can be delivered in about four to six months after choosing a plot.
"[The cabins] are a perfect complement to our vision of connecting people with nature through the ultimate escape," says Lord Somerleyton, "including exhilarating recreation, great locally sourced food, and beautiful design."
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Lighting Design / Interior Design: Koto Living
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