The Arc Cabin

The Cabin

The Arc is magical, homespun yet contemporary, with original artwork on the walls bring the beautiful weathered furniture, well-thumbed library inspirational books and crocheted rugs. Through the reclaimed front door, the space is roomy and welcoming, with wood-burning stove and large oak dining table for creating and writing. Doors open onto the veranda, a great spot for taking in the river views, relaxing in the hammock or practicing yoga.

In the country-style kitchen, shelves heave with cookbooks, antique saucepans, and spices whole and ground; hob and cooker, Belfast sink and long zinc worktop give you plenty of room, not just to cook, but to create.

The king-sized antique French bed, covered in fabulous linen and bright cushions, is curtained off for privacy and the bathroom has both claw-foot bath and separate power shower.

Up a ladder (over 8s only), twin beds are just as comfy. A tip: find sketch pads and knitting things in the mezzanine drawers. You will enjoy exploring!

The Arc overlooks fields, with poplar on your right, and the house on your left and feels private thanks to clever screening. Kenneth Grahame is said to have stayed at the Island House, drawing inspiration for ‘The Wind in The Willows’ here. The countryside’s certainly pretty enough – strike out on the footpath to loop around the river, take binoculars to spot rare red kites.