- Sleeps: 2
- Bedroom: 1
- Bathroom: 1
- Minimum stay: 2-3 nights
A stellar break is all but guaranteed at Ursabear Cabin, a lovingly hand-crafted retreat named after the Ursa Major constellation in the northern sky, symbolising the Great Bear.
Featured on the popular Channel Four TV show, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, you’ll feel at one both with nature and the vast skies above, as you arrive with your loved one to this soothing sanctuary.
Secluded on the edge of Exmoor National Park, you’ll be completely surrounded by fairytale views of lush plants and woodland, with a joyous soundtrack of birdsong to help you escape the endless activity of life back home.
Better still, the interiors have been crafted with exceptional care and imagination, modelled on a traditional log cabin and featuring bespoke, eye-catching elements collected from the owner’s travels.
These include soft-glowing wall lamps from Finnish Lapland, trolls from Iceland… and even two hairy bears! There’s also a gorgeous wood-burning stove to snuggle around with a glass of wine.
Yet with surroundings as incredible as these, the Great Outdoors rightly take centre-stage. You’ll discover a glorious outdoor kitchen (accessed by a ‘secret’ slide!), a covered dining area, and a sunken steel bath with a waterfall tap, surrounded by tropical plants. Since the bath is also under cover, you can sink into a warm, bubbly soak even if it’s raining.
(In fact, you may even wish for a spell of ‘bad’ weather – is there a sound more comforting and romantic than the soft pitter-patter of raindrops on the roof?)Keep reading
At a glance
- A lovingly hand-built cabin, featured on the Channel Four TV show, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, beautifully nestled on the edge of Exmoor National Park.
- Filled with bespoke elements from the owner’s travels, sumptuous facilities include an outdoor kitchen and a covered sunken steel bath, surrounded by tropical plants – bliss!
- Sit around the woodland firepit on oak barrel chairs, or stargaze through the huge telescope on the decking. Exmoor National Park is a designated Dark Sky Reserve, so there will be lots so see.
- Continue stargazing through the window above the downy kingsize bed, then enjoy breakfast from locally-sourced ingredients provided (you can also pre-order feasting boxes and local wines to be delivered straight to the cabin.)
- The nearest shops and pubs are in the village of Brampton, just 2 miles away. There are plenty of villages, historic sites, and activities to be enjoyed in the local area.
- Adults Only
Stargazing log cabin, sleeps 2 adults. Seating, wood-burning stove, selection of books, cards and games. Radio and Bluetooth speaker. Two-ring induction hob, microwave, gas barbecue, fridge and ice box, locally-sourced breakfast pack, stairs or slide to outdoor kitchen area with gas pizza oven, electric heating and lighting, ladder to mezzanine bedroom with kingsize bed and stargazing window. Wet room with copper rain shower, toiletries and flushing WC. Decking with large telescope, covered dining area, covered sunken steel bath with waterfall tap, steps to firepit with oak barrel seating.
Walking, cycling, nature-watching, stargazing, cream teas, village shops, cafés, local pubs, restaurants, distillery, sailing, kayaking, picnic spots
Wander down to the woodland firepit area, with its oak barrel chairs, to see in the sunset… and then, why not use the giant telescope to help you get to know the stars a little better? Exmoor National Park is Europe’s first designated Dark Sky Reserve, so there’ll be plenty to see.
When it’s finally time to turn in, you’ll find a downy kingsize bed ready and waiting on the mezzanine. Even here, you can continue to keep an eye on the stars from the window above, as soft owls’ hoots lull you into a sound night’s sleep.
Locally-sourced bacon, eggs, and fresh bread will be provided for breakfast on your first morning (you can also pre-order mouth-watering feasting boxes and local wines for an extra holiday treat.) After freshening up in the copper rain shower, it’s on to planning the rest of your day.
There are plenty of beautiful walks right from the doorstep… why not start by wandering into the historic village of Bampton, just two miles away and strewn with independent shops, cafés, and restaurants?
What else? You could enjoy a delicious cream tea at Tarr Farm Inn (after taking the circular walk from Tarr Steps to build up your appetite!), kayak on the shimmering Wimbleball Lake, or head to the Exmoor distillery for local gin.
However you decide to spend your time here, one thing is for certain. That’s your return to Ursabear Cabin before nightfall, so you can get dreamily lost in the sunset and stars all over again.
Things to note
The cabin is not suitable for children or pets. Check in at 4pm, check out by 10:30am. Check-in days are Monday, Wednesdays or Fridays. Please bring torches and wellies or walking boots for exploring the local area. Please note that the mezzanine bedroom is accessed by a steep ladder. There is no Wi-Fi, but a good mobile signal is available.
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What the guests of Ursabear Cabin say
“Opening the front door of the cabin was a greater treat than Christmas Day – it was a sensory feast that filled us with delight, excitement, inspiration, and peace. It was everything we had hoped for and more. The craftsmanship, design, quirkiness, and attention to detail led to wonder and a sense of joy – a feeling of knowing you are in for a very special experience. We can’t thank you enough for creating such a magical place.”
“What a magical space! Thank you for the most romantic outdoorsy honeymoon. The birds in the morning were delightful to hear! The stars were excellent! The whole cabin was cute, quirky and so cosy! From champagne and strawberries on the lawn to chess by the fire, our stay was wonderful.”
“Wow! That’s all we could say as we opened the door and walked in! This cabin is truly amazing, quirky, comfortable and relaxing. We had such an awesome time just relaxing in front of the fire or in the tub. The cabin has clearly been built with great imagination and lots of humour, which gives it more life than any other place we have visited. Thank you for an amazing stay! Ursa and George were such good company.”