Two ever-so-sweet birdhouse cabins with a spectacular perch above a beach in South Hams (each sleeps 2)

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Close to a beach

Eco conscious


Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop


Space & setting.

*Brand new*

High in the trees above beautiful Start Bay, these 2 cabins feel like a secret passed among close friends. You wouldn’t even know they were there — tucked away in the woodland of a private estate — so it’s easy to feel blissfully disconnected when you stay, but a secret door at the end of the Victorian planter’s garden leads you straight onto stunning Blackpool Sands, with its cool beach cafe and nearby pubs.

It was the blue-flag beaches, quaint villages and glorious coastal walks of South Hams that drew the owners to this idyllic corner of South Devon; an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Determined to build something with no permanent footprint on the land, their labour has produced 2 of the most sustainable cabins we’ve ever seen — but with off-grid luxury down to the very last detail. Each has a sleeping pod and adjacent bathroom pod and there are no composting loos or cold showers here — a Cinderella incinerator toilet and spring-fed filtered water use the latest technology for maximum comfort and minimal impact. Add in a biofuel fireplace, recycled Atlantic blankets and Devon merino duvets and you’ll be cosy as can be, and whilst digital detoxes are encouraged there’s 4G if you really have to stay connected. You’re right on the coastal path, so heading off in either direction will bring you to the very best of the southwest, with beautiful coves all around for an impromptu dip. Return in time for sunset to toast the day’s end, when this scene is made all the more magical with a moonrise and sea of stars.

Getting here: best to drive


“We were living in London and working at a company that took us travelling around the world when the idea to create an off-grid space began to germinate in our minds. Tim is a surfer, and I grew up near the sea in New Zealand, so we wanted to be near the beach; and the natural beauty of the South Hams instantly drew us in. We wanted the project to be as low-impact as possible; the cabins are totally off-grid, made from locally-sourced and sustainable materials. Since Tim and I renovated a 109-year-old Dutch Tjalk back in 2019, we knew a thing or two about making something comfortable with all the latest off-grid technology. We hope you fall in love with the place, the same way we have.” Owners, Louise and Tim

My Kip favourites

She loves
“Sitting on the deck watching buzzards float above the tree line and butterflies flutter when the buddleja comes out.”

We love
Feeling as if you’re in on a special secret; being on a privately owned estate, it’s blissfully quiet with no-one around, yet in this incredible wider area.

You may not love
Closed Nov-March. No WiFi or electricity (but solar power). Though they are fairly close together, each is on its own deck (with a sleeping pod and adjacent bathroom pod apiece) and the decks are staggered for privacy. A shared kitchen cabin. A short uphill dirt track from the car park, which can get slippy in the wet months. Sorry, no pets or young kids.

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  • "Just spent 4 nights at the cabins and didn’t want to leave. Amazing views, super comfortable and totally peaceful. A great place to spend quality time with friends. Thank you to Lou and Tim who were great hosts. They have created a truly special place. Again soon I hope!"

    Natasha, Sept 2023
  • "The cabins are hidden away in the trees in what feels like a secret garden high above Blackpool Sands. They are really comfortable and look out over the sea. Although you feel like you are in the only people on Earth the village is nearby and there is a very cool restaurant on the beach 5 minutes walk away through the garden. It was an amazing break away from city life and we felt completely recharged. Louise the host was very relaxed and helpful too."

    M Hall, April 2023


All the structures are made from sustainable wood including locally-sourced larch. We have no foundations; we use ground screws so if we took all structures away there would be no footprint of us having been there. We use eco-friendly products, solar power, off-grid loo (no 7 litres of water being flushed). Our bedding is sustainable linen and the duvets and pillows are made from Devon merino plus recycled Atlantic blankets. The fire places inside the birdhouse cabins are bio fuel. We have an electric motorbike to go to and from the site.


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  • Start the day with a swim and sauna at Blackpool Sands. Conde Nast Traveller’s no 1 UK beach, it has clear waters and a soft shingle shore, plus a sauna cabin and great beach café for a post-swim breakfast. The bay is also perfect for paddle boarding or kayaking – all can be hired here.
  • Walk to The Green Dragon village pub for Sunday roasts, fireside drinks and live music nights (15 mins).
  • Head along the coastal path all the way to Dartmouth Castle. Have a peek around then jump on the little taxi boat which drops you right in Dartmouth harbour, for a waterside pint in the Dartmouth Arms. If you’re too tired for the walk back, there’s a bus home which drops you right by the secret garden door!
  • Or if you’re up for a more challenging hike (that ends in a hearty meal), walk 2 hours in the opposite direction to Slapton, a small village with a dog-friendly beach and lots of country pubs. Bus or taxi home.
  • Further afield, we love Dittisham, a pretty riverside village where you can sit with a drink on the banks of the River Dart and watch the boats go by.
  • Spend an evening at The Pigs Nose, one of the quirkiest pubs in South Hams. The traditional 16thC pub hosts fantastic music nights featuring local up-and-coming bands and well-known artists. You’re sure to meet some characters there – it’s the kind of place you’ll come out with a story or two (30 mins’ drive).
  • Go surfing at Bantham Beach (newbies can take lessons with Bantham Surfing Academy) or simply float up the river on a SUP and let the tide take you on a gentler ride (40 mins’ drive).


  • 2 standalone cabins on a private estate
  • Each has
    • Double bed
    • Adjacent private bathroom with shower and Cinderella incinerator toilet; eco-friendly toiletries provided
    • Gas hob for tea and coffee making (milk, tea & coffee provided) and Yeti cooler
    • Biofuel fireplace
    • Private deck with sea views and bistro dining set
    • USB charging
    • Bose speaker, books and binoculars
    • Hi-viz sash, beach bag and RED dry robes to borrow
  • Shared kitchen cabin with gas hobs, Gozney gas pizza oven, kettle, coffee maker and wood stove; basics provided
  • No WiFi (4G only)
  • Children 8+ welcome (in the same cabin as 1 parent)
  • Free parking onsite
  • The owners are available by WhatsApp should you need anything
  • Direct access to the beach
  • Walk to local shop, beach cafe and pubs (5-10 mins)
  • Hire electric bikes locally
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Booking conditions: closed Nov-March. A 2-night minimum stay
  • Remember to pack: beach towels and slippers

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Yes, you’re a 15-minute stroll from Stoke Fleming, which has The Green Dragon pub and a village shop.

It’s a dirt track, a little uneven but fine for cars. The cabins are set in a woodland on a hill with grass and dirt pathways so there’s a short walk from the carpark.

No, very fine shingle. It’s a beauty though!

In real life, they are staggered so feel much more private. Each is on its own deck, with a sleeping pod and private bathroom pod.

Each cabin sleeps a max of 2 guests, whatever the age. There isn’t really space for a travel cot.

Regrettably not.

It’s very easy to use but very important to read the simple instructions that are in the bathrooms. The main point being, ALWAYS add a paper liner first.

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