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The Out of the Valley model cabin is clad in a charred timber, created with the Japanese shou sugi ban technique, and topped with a black corrugated roof. The dark exterior helps the cabin blend in with the hundreds of acres of National Trust woodland. An outdoor oak deck with a canvas shade overlooks views of the River Teign and offers fantastic wildlife-watching and star-gazing opportunities.

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Trained in traditional wood boat building and furniture design, McKelvie handcrafted the open-plan minimalist interior and furnishings from English ash and oak. A king-sized bed is tucked into one corner and located opposite from the L-shaped kitchen counter with a cooker and gas hob. The home also includes a compact bathroom with monsoon shower and composting toilet. A small dining/living area is organized around a wood-burning stove. The Out of the Valley cabin rents for £130 ($204) to £160 ($251) per night, depending on the season.

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