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.

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Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Backsplashe, Wood Counter, Wood Cabinet, Cooktops, Light Hardwood Floor, Refrigerator, White Cabinet, Drop In Sink, and Wall Lighting. Redwood and Birch Ply bespoke kitchen with fold out table. Photo  of Hergest Lee

Redwood and Birch Ply bespoke kitchen with fold out table.

Modern home with Kitchen, Cooktops, White Cabinet, Refrigerator, Medium Hardwood Floor, Wood Counter, Wood Backsplashe, Wood Cabinet, Drop In Sink, and Wall Lighting. Redwood and Birch Ply kitchen  Photo 2 of Hergest Lee

Redwood and Birch Ply kitchen

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Drop In Sink, Wood Counter, and Wall Lighting. Redwood and Birch ply kitchen with fold away table Photo 3 of Hergest Lee

Redwood and Birch ply kitchen with fold away table

Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, Curved RoofLine, Shingles Roof Material, and Wood Siding Material. 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. Photo 4 of Hergest Lee

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.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Wall Lighting. 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. Photo 5 of Hergest Lee

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.

Modern home with Bedroom, Wall Lighting, Bed, Night Stands, Shelves, Painted Wood Floor, Carpet Floor, Ceiling Lighting, Chair, Storage, and Pendant Lighting. 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. Photo 6 of Hergest Lee

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.

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Cabin Building Type, Curved RoofLine, and Shingles Roof Material. The cabin at night. The stark contrast of the dark windows against the glow of the interior lighting highlights the geometry of the structure. Photo 7 of Hergest Lee

The cabin at night. The stark contrast of the dark windows against the glow of the interior lighting highlights the geometry of the structure.

Modern home with Bedroom, Shelves, Chair, Plywood Floor, Carpet Floor, Night Stands, Storage, Bed, Wall Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, and Pendant Lighting. 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. Photo 8 of Hergest Lee

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.

Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Shingles Roof Material, and Curved RoofLine. Exterior of the cabin with fire pit. Photo 9 of Hergest Lee

Exterior of the cabin with fire pit.

Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, Curved RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, and Shingles Roof Material. Side view of the cabin Photo 10 of Hergest Lee

Side view of the cabin

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Wall Lighting, and Chair. Floating staircase up to the mezzanine sleeping area. Photo 11 of Hergest Lee

Floating staircase up to the mezzanine sleeping area.

Modern home with Living Room, Wall Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Sofa, and Chair. 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. Photo 12 of Hergest Lee

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.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Medium Hardwood Floor, Wall Lighting, and Chair. Interior of Cabin Living Space with Ercol 302 Chair, bespoke kitchen units hand crafted by the designer Paul Gent. Photo 13 of Hergest Lee

Interior of Cabin Living Space with Ercol 302 Chair, bespoke kitchen units hand crafted by the designer Paul Gent.

Modern home with Exterior, Curved RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, Cabin Building Type, and Shingles Roof Material. Cabin exterior with fire pit, antique solid oak decking reclaimed from a factory in Liverpool Photo 14 of Hergest Lee

Cabin exterior with fire pit, antique solid oak decking reclaimed from a factory in Liverpool

Modern home with Exterior, Curved RoofLine, Cabin Building Type, Shingles Roof Material, and Wood Siding Material. Cabin side view showing decking and garden space Photo 15 of Hergest Lee

Cabin side view showing decking and garden space

Modern home with Exterior, Shingles Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Curved RoofLine, and Cabin Building Type. Cabin with large double door open Photo 16 of Hergest Lee

Cabin with large double door open

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Ceiling Lighting, Chair, Carpet Floor, Plywood Floor, Wall Lighting, and Shelves. Cabin bedroom Interior with antique leather chair found at a local market. Photo 17 of Hergest Lee

Cabin bedroom Interior with antique leather chair found at a local market.

Modern home with Wood Counter, Wall Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Plywood Floor, and Carpet Floor. Antique Brass Taps on freestanding bath in bedroom Photo 18 of Hergest Lee

Antique Brass Taps on freestanding bath in bedroom

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Wall Lighting, Carpet Floor, and Plywood Floor. Floating staircase up to Mezzanine sleeping Area Photo 19 of Hergest Lee

Floating staircase up to Mezzanine sleeping Area

Modern home with Living Room, Shelves, Chair, Sofa, Wall Lighting, Storage, and Medium Hardwood Floor. 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. Photo 20 of Hergest Lee

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.

Credits

Posted By
Architect
  • Paul Gent
Interior Design
  • Rachael Fisher & Paul Gent
Landscape Design
  • Paul Gent
Builder
  • Paul Gent
Photographer
  • Paul Gent
Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Apartment
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2020
  • Square Feet
  • 320
  • Lot Size
  • 0.3 Acre
  • Press