Cornwall Living

Sustainable style and substance

The Cabin Company have been creating extraordinary cabins and huts for living, holidays and workspaces since 2011.

Founder and Head Carpenter, Ben Ranson specialises in designing and making bespoke structures for everything from practical potting sheds to contemporary granny annexes, unique glamping accommodation and even substantial family homes. The small team based in west Devon work with timber grown in the south west, specifically Douglas fir and larch, and Ben loves using a sustainable resource available locally to create an end product which is both beautiful and solid.

Formerly known as Barrel Top Wagons, the new name reflects the change in their work and the market. Jo Henderson, Ben’s partner who deals with sales and admin, explains: “We began in 2011 making mostly wagons for both holiday and residential use. Then our designs developed and the market changed. While we still make wagons today, at the time we came to realise that the subject of cabins was filling our inbox! We thought long and hard about our next steps, but we had funding for a new website and it felt right at that point for a refresh.

“We’ve learnt a lot in the twelve years since we began,” Jo continues, “about what is and isn’t possible, about the planning system and about people’s expectations.” Most of the cabins come under the classification of a caravan and Jo is on hand to advise on, or even carry out, any necessary planning applications. With a 100% success rate in this, it’s an aspect of their business which has become invaluable for them and their clients.

As an extension of The Cabin Company, the couple created Devon Dens, an award-winning, off-grid woodland where guests can stay in one of two stunning cabins. However, it also works as the perfect show case for them. “Cabin Company clients can view the standard of what we do up close and in a natural setting to really get a feel for the space” Jo says. “Potential clients have stayed the night, only to place their order the next day. This, along with the fact that many of our clients go on to commission more work from us, is the best endorsement we could have.”

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