In 2017, CABN launched three off-grid, tiny house retreats located in secret spots in South Australia. "One of our goals from the start was to allow our guests to truly escape back into nature, focus on what’s important, and turn their technology off," says spokesperson Shane Laidlaw.
It’s a concept that’s struck a chord with eager guests, who have used the mindfully designed cabins to stage everything from marriage proposals to family reunions.
CABN’s outposts have been so well-received—with bookings dated six months out filling up within a single week—that the company is now offering accommodations in Victoria. Their first tiny home there, called Sadie, is in Daylesford, less than a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Melbourne.
Sadie maintains the brand’s signature aesthetic, combining an inky-colored exterior with a light-colored, plywood-clad interior and large windows, the latter fostering a more immersive experience for guests. "The large windows really emphasize the beauty of nature," says Laidlaw.
This unit is outfitted with bunks and a queen bed to sleep up to four people. It includes a full bathroom and kitchen despite its petite footprint. "We wanted to design something simple, beautiful, and unique, and there’s a lot you can do with a small space," says Laidlaw. An eat-in bar counter allows for meals inside, while an outdoor gas barbecue lets guests take meal prep outdoors.
The company has plans to expand around Australia in 2020 with the new locations still under wraps for now. "We’re building something that is far more important than somewhere to stay," says Michael Lamprell, founder of CABN. "If we can contribute to getting people to really think about their relationship with nature, with themselves, and with each other, I’m happy. CABN is about reconnecting."