FOR SWITCHING OFF
Jo and John Morfoot were already kitting out reclaimed railway carriages to rent on Settle’s peaceful patch of woodland, planted by John’s family in the 1970s, when they decided they also wanted to create a secluded hideaway for their wedding night. The Lakeside Cabin is the result: a Scandinavian-style forest escape for two. The building blocks – a mix of mid-century-modern neatness with the rustic details of a snug country hut – came from John’s nearby salvage yard and the inspiration from Jo’s design background. Dedication to sustainability is evident throughout: none of the elements were new, bar the enormous sliding doors that frame the open-plan living space which looks out across a lake full of squabbling ducks. Inside, an overstuffed leather armchair sits among a bounty of happy house plants. Earthy colours match the natural materials: there’s hardly a shred of plastic, ceramics are sourced from local potters and the welcome loaf of sourdough comes wrapped in a linen tea towel.
In the wholesome little kitchen there’s enamel cookware and wooden plates that were used for the wedding. Muttering Victorian radiators, indoor and outdoor woodburners, and a freestanding bath keep colder nights cosy; for warmer days, there are wicker chairs on the lakeside veranda and a rope swing over the water. You’re unlikely to bump into any other residents, except perhaps the site’s own bees. They’re the busiest creatures here: this place is precision-tooled for slowing down and bedding in, with little phone signal, no Wi-fi or TV, and not much to do within a short driving distance. Walk, cook, read, stare into the fire – it’s private, tucked away, next-level relaxing. By Sonya Barber
Address: Settle, Larling Road, Shropham, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 1EA
Price: from £250 per night (sleeps two)
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