I’m on the hunt, often, for the ultimate in cabin experiences. Which might help to explain my fascination with the blog, cabinporn. Recently posted is this image of a sunlit interior at Rackwick Bothy (also known as Burnmouth Cottage) on the Isle of Hoy in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. Wood and stone never looked so authentic and right.
There are a couple pre-requisites for an enduring cabin: authentic materiality and an indoor-outdoor room to inspire the writing of a great novel, season after season, year after year.
Ideally, a great bar to help inspire the great novel. (This one at the 350-year-old Hermitage Plantation set up high on the island of Nevis in the rainforest.)
And morning wake-up tea to sip and contemplate one’s amazing escape from the city.
I can highly recommend Stanley Mitchell Hut, a wood-frame jewel of a cabin built in 1940 and set in a meadow about 6,825 feet in the Little Yoho Valley in Yoho National Park, BritishColumbia. We signed up to be custodians of Stanley Mitchell Hut one summer and played host to climbers from around the world. Contact the Alpine Club of Canada if you’d like to do the same. (Photo by Paul Zizka.)
Where there is a cabin there are almost always piles of sweet-smelling wood. In Sweden, wood piles are exquisitely designed. So, let’s remember that for our ideal cabin.
The Bergman-Werntoft House by Johan Sundberg, near Malmo, Sweden. The wood piles are in the back.
Or perhaps you were thinking of the ultimate indoor-outdoor, more outdoor than indoor, cabin. So long as there are books and a place to write, I wouldn’t mind.