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Angular Kudhva tiny cabins offer simple glamping in the treetops

 The tiny cabins are built with a geometric timber shell, large triangular glass window and small steel balcony
 The tiny cabins are built with a geometric timber shell, large triangular glass window and small steel balcony
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Each cabin accommodates up to two guests and features a cozy lounge with log fire and large triangular window overlooking the serene landscape
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Each cabin accommodates up to two guests and features a cozy lounge with log fire and large triangular window overlooking the serene landscape
An abandoned 19th century quarry on the north coast of Cornwall, England has been transformed into a curated off-grid glamping retreat
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An abandoned 19th century quarry on the north coast of Cornwall, England has been transformed into a curated off-grid glamping retreat
View into the Kudhva cabin from the balcony
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View into the Kudhva cabin from the balcony
The timber canopy of the Kudhva filters the sunlight
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The timber canopy of the Kudhva filters the sunlight
Kudhva offer simple glamping in the treetops
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Kudhva offer simple glamping in the treetops
The retreat boasts a series of off-grid Kudhva wilderness cabins designed by leading architect Ben Huggins from New British Design
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The retreat boasts a series of off-grid Kudhva wilderness cabins designed by leading architect Ben Huggins from New British Design
Kudhva cabin was shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2018
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Kudhva cabin was shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2018
The tiny prefabricated cabins  are elevated off the ground by a series of pine stilts
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The tiny prefabricated cabins  are elevated off the ground by a series of pine stilts
The lightweight and compact design of the cabins allowed them to be transported on site via truck
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The lightweight and compact design of the cabins allowed them to be transported on site via truck
 The tiny cabins are built with a geometric timber shell, large triangular glass window and small steel balcony
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 The tiny cabins are built with a geometric timber shell, large triangular glass window and small steel balcony
Private Kudhva cabins nestled close to a dam
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Private Kudhva cabins nestled close to a dam
The Kudhva cabins are constructed offsite predominantly from local wood
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The Kudhva cabins are constructed offsite predominantly from local wood
The Kudhva cabins have been designed to compliment the natural landscape, without impacting the existing flora
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The Kudhva cabins have been designed to compliment the natural landscape, without impacting the existing flora
Kudhva cabin hides amid the treescape
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Kudhva cabin hides amid the treescape
 Guests can gain access to the cabin via the external steel ladder and small balcony
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 Guests can gain access to the cabin via the external steel ladder and small balcony
In true glamping style, the cabin does not include a bathroom, however, guests have easy access to the shared toilet a shower facilities nearby
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In true glamping style, the cabin does not include a bathroom, however, guests have easy access to the shared toilet a shower facilities nearby
The elevated loft bed accessible via a fixed ladder made from wooden steps and a steel frame
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The elevated loft bed accessible via a fixed ladder made from wooden steps and a steel frame
Guests can enjoy view from the elevated loft bed
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Guests can enjoy view from the elevated loft bed
Kudhva boasts a large triangular window overlooking the serene landscape
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Kudhva boasts a large triangular window overlooking the serene landscape
Kudhva front door
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Kudhva front door
Guests can gain access to the cabin via the external steel ladder and small balcony
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Guests can gain access to the cabin via the external steel ladder and small balcony
This Kudhva is set at the bottom of the golden grassland, surrounded by trees and ferns
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This Kudhva is set at the bottom of the golden grassland, surrounded by trees and ferns
The interior has been kept minimal with raw wooden cladding and elevated loft bed
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The interior has been kept minimal with raw wooden cladding and elevated loft bed
Kudhva comes with built in storage, fresh linen and towels ready for guests
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Kudhva comes with built in storage, fresh linen and towels ready for guests
Views across the landscape
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Views across the landscape
Kudhva cabins feature a built-in sofa and  a stunning floor to ceiling window
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Kudhva cabins feature a built-in sofa and  a stunning floor to ceiling window
Kudhva cabins stand above the ground on wooden legs, with a small terrace area outside
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Kudhva cabins stand above the ground on wooden legs, with a small terrace area outside
Kudhva retreat offers guests the opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature
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Kudhva retreat offers guests the opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature
Each Kudhva cabin offers a private retreat in the treetops
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Each Kudhva cabin offers a private retreat in the treetops
Crawl into your cozy Kudhva loft bed
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Crawl into your cozy Kudhva loft bed
Travelers also have the option in staying in one of the six hanging tree tents located on the Kudhva property
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Travelers also have the option in staying in one of the six hanging tree tents located on the Kudhva property
The Tentsile tree tents are rigged up in the trees and located in private settings
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The Tentsile tree tents are rigged up in the trees and located in private settings
Constructing the first Kudhva cabin
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Constructing the first Kudhva cabin
 Conceived as temporary structures, the cabins can also be moved to different locations
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 Conceived as temporary structures, the cabins can also be moved to different locations
Kudhva cabins get transported by truck, three at a time
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Kudhva cabins get transported by truck, three at a time
The lightweight and compact design of the cabins allowed them to be placed into position with a crane, ready for use
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The lightweight and compact design of the cabins allowed them to be placed into position with a crane, ready for use
The Kudhva cabin is installed within hours
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The Kudhva cabin is installed within hours
Each architectural hideout is totally off-grid and has been designed to offer temporary shelter
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Each architectural hideout is totally off-grid and has been designed to offer temporary shelter
The Kudhva (Cornish for hideout) retreat is located on 45 acres of a disused slate quarry that opened in 1871
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The Kudhva (Cornish for hideout) retreat is located on 45 acres of a disused slate quarry that opened in 1871
The hanging tents offer a unique camping experience
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The hanging tents offer a unique camping experience
The Kudhva retreat is located on 45 acres of a disused slate quarry that opened in 1871, before closing in the 1890's
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The Kudhva retreat is located on 45 acres of a disused slate quarry that opened in 1871, before closing in the 1890's
The tree tents are positioned in six different locations at Kudhva
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The tree tents are positioned in six different locations at Kudhva
These tents allow you to experience the site above the ground
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These tents allow you to experience the site above the ground
The Tentsile tents will be pitched ahead of guests' arrival
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The Tentsile tents will be pitched ahead of guests' arrival
Kudhva design sketches by New British Design
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Kudhva design sketches by New British Design
Kudhva transportation plans
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Kudhva transportation plans
Kudhva cross-section by New British Design
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Kudhva cross-section by New British Design
Kudhva exterior design by New British Design
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Kudhva exterior design by New British Design
Kudhva cross-section plans by New British Design
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Kudhva cross-section plans by New British Design
Kudhva design plan by New British Design
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Kudhva design plan by New British Design
Kudhva exterior  plans by New British Design
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Kudhva exterior  plans by New British Design
Kudhva exterior plans by New British Design
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Kudhva exterior plans by New British Design

An abandoned 19th century quarry on the north coast of Cornwall, England has been transformed into a curated off-grid glamping retreat, offering guests the opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. The Kudhva (Cornish for hideout) retreat is located on 45 acres (18 ha) of a disused slate quarry that opened in 1871, before closing in the 1890's. The site is now home to several tiny cabins and tree tents, which overlook the natural British landscape of sea, slate, grasslands and forest.

The retreat boasts a series off-grid Kudhva wilderness cabins designed by leading architect Ben Huggins from New British Design, which were shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2018. The tiny prefabricated cabins were constructed offsite predominantly from local wood and have been designed to compliment the natural landscape, without impacting the existing flora. The tiny cabins are built with a geometric timber shell, large triangular glass windows, small steel balcony and are elevated off the ground by a series of triangular pine log stilts.

Kudhva comes with built in storage, fresh linen and towels ready for guests
Kudhva comes with built in storage, fresh linen and towels ready for guests

"These unique architectural cabins have been specifically designed for the quarry-rich environment they inhabit," says Kudhva. "Off-grid hideouts, raised high above the ground, standing on wooden legs with a suspended bed and captivating views down the coast."

The lightweight and compact design of the cabins allowed them to be transported on site via truck and placed into position with a crane, ready for use. Conceived as temporary structures, the cabins can also be moved to different locations around the quarry throughout the year or easily removed and transported to a new location in the future.

Each cabin accommodates up to two guests and features a cozy lounge with log fire and large triangular window overlooking the serene landscape
Each cabin accommodates up to two guests and features a cozy lounge with log fire and large triangular window overlooking the serene landscape

Each cabin accommodates up to two guests and features a cozy lounge with log fire and large triangular window overlooking the serene landscape. The interior has been kept minimal with raw wooden cladding, inbuilt corner sofa, storage and an elevated loft bed accessible via a fixed ladder made from wooden steps and a steel frame. Guests can gain access to the cabin via the external steel ladder and small balcony. In true glamping style, the cabin doesn't include a bathroom, however, guests have easy access to the shared toilet and shower facilities nearby.

Travelers also have the option of staying in one of the six hanging tree tents located on the Kudhva property. The Tentsile tree tents are rigged up in the trees and offer a unique camping experience, with everything already set up so that guests only need to bring along their sleeping gear and adventurous spirit.

The tree tents are positioned in six different locations at Kudhva
The tree tents are positioned in six different locations at Kudhva

"The Tree Tents provide you with just the necessary shelter to still feel as though you're sleeping in the wild," says Kudhva. "These tents still allow you to experience our site above the ground; swinging between trees, in the waterfall or near the golden grassland."

Guests staying at Kudhva can enjoy several local activities, such as hiking, swimming, surfing, cycling, rock climbing and day trips to the local waterfalls, vineyards and castles.

A night in the Kudhva hideout will set you back £114 (US$147) or £57.60 (US$75) for the Tentsile tree tents.

Sources: Kudhva, New British Design via Archdaily

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