Hergest Lee cabin was designed to mirror the curves of Hanter Hill opposite, sitting harmoniously within the rural Welsh landscape. The cabin was designed and built by the owner Paul Gent, he also hand crafted all the fitted elements in the cabin himself, from the kitchen units and cupboards to the staircase, all joinery, floating bed and bathroom unit to create a continuity of style and tone.
A feeling of space has been created in a relatively small footprint by the use of high ceilings and the blurring of wall and ceiling through the curved timber form. The use of vertical lines in the floating staircase extend the space and draw the eye upward. The Cabin was finished in March 2020.
The sharpness of the apertures is a contrast against the soft curves of the cabin adding an air of modernity to the structure. The use of modular boxes features throughout the cabin, from the bespoke kitchen units to the shelving and cupboards in the bedroom, the fold away table in the kitchen allows flexibility within the space with pull out box stools that slot neatly under the table.
"I was inspired by Frank Gehry, I'm interested in natural forms within a modern aesthetic" - Says Paul.
There is a predominantly Mid Century feel to the interior design with the simple lines of Ercol 203 chairs and the soft leather of the Stouby sofa, with some eccentric additions sourced from local artists and antique fairs.The colour palette is a muted shade of greys, browns and blues taking inspiration from Edwardian drawing rooms.
All cabins are designed with environmental considerations in mind, they have a continuous insulation layer to avoid thermal bridging are wrapped in a breathable membrane to virtually eliminate draughts and to allow for the structure to breathe. Made using cedar from a local Welsh sawmill and using polystyrene instead of polyisocyanurate board (Kingspan, Celotex) due to its considerably lower environmental impact. All paints, wood stains and varnishes are natural and breathable. It’s heated using infrared panels which are 40% more efficient than other forms of electrical heating.
If you're interested in having a cabin of your own for your office, studio or a space to use in your garden you can purchase one directly from the Hergest Lee owners. Get in touch through their website for a quote.
Redwood and Birch Ply bespoke kitchen with fold out table.
Redwood and Birch Ply kitchen
Redwood and Birch ply kitchen with fold away table
Exterior of Hergest Lee Cabin, cedar cladding and woven cedar fence. The sharpness of the windows gives contrast to the soft curves of the cabin roof.
Interior with Stouby leather sofa, floating staircase and walnut wood coffee table, the wall lights were reclaimed from a 1960's swimming pool in Coventry, made by a Swedish company called Ifö. The ply wood walls have been painted with Osmo Oil in a hand mixed colour that we felt complimented the space, we liked the textural element of leaving the ply on show.
Bedroom with free standing, antique roll top bath overlooking Hanter Hill and Hergest Ridge Opposite. Artwork hung on the wall is by local artist Nick Holmes. The walls are Birch Ply. We wanted the colour palette to be reminiscent of Edwardian drawing rooms.
The cabin at night. The stark contrast of the dark windows against the glow of the interior lighting highlights the geometry of the structure.
Bedroom at night, modular boxes hang on the wall above the bed, these make clever use of the space and are used for storage and displaying decorative items.
Exterior of the cabin with fire pit.
Side view of the cabin
Floating staircase up to the mezzanine sleeping area.
Living space with bespoke kitchen units and modular table with pull out stools that can be stacked away to make use of the space. The table can also be folded away completely or in half or extended fully to seat x5 people. There is a bench behind the table for extra seating which also stores boots/shoes.
Interior of Cabin Living Space with Ercol 302 Chair, bespoke kitchen units hand crafted by the designer Paul Gent.
Cabin exterior with fire pit, antique solid oak decking reclaimed from a factory in Liverpool
Cabin side view showing decking and garden space
Cabin with large double door open
Cabin bedroom Interior with antique leather chair found at a local market.
Antique Brass Taps on freestanding bath in bedroom
Floating staircase up to Mezzanine sleeping Area
Living space with Ercol 203 chair and reclaimed Morris of Glasgow mid century unit and walnut coffee table, the kitchen units are bespoke and hand crafted by the owner.
- Paul Gent
- Rachael Fisher & Paul Gent
- Paul Gent
- Paul Gent
- Paul Gent