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Retreat for Two: A Lakeside Rental Cabin at Settle in Norfolk, England

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Retreat for Two: A Lakeside Rental Cabin at Settle in Norfolk, England

July 2, 2021

Guests at Settle, a vacation enclave in Norfolk, on the east coast of England, are invited to make themselves at home in a range of accommodations, including canvas safari tents, converted railway carriage (see our recent feature Getaway Cars), and a lake cabin. All are the result of the combined talents of owners Jo and John Morfoot: he owns nearby architectural salvage yard Morways Reclamation and Salvage, she’s a celebrated floral designer and stylist, and Settle, on 30 acres of parkland, is their shared passion project.

Today, we’re spotlighting the one-bedroom cabin that John built using materials from Morways. It’s a dream hideaway that the two keep making even dreamier: in addition to a spa bath, there’s now a lakeside folly with a wood-fired hot tub.

Photography by India Hobson of Haarkon, courtesy of Settle (@settlenorfolk).

the cabin overlooks a lake with swans. 9
Above: The cabin overlooks a lake with swans.
sliding glass doors and a newly addedn built in bench link indoors to out. 10
Above: Sliding glass doors and a newly addedn built-in bench link indoors to out.
the interior is paneled in reclaimed wood. the benches front the kitchen counte 11
Above: The interior is paneled in reclaimed wood. The benches front the kitchen counter.
the kitchen cabinets are from ikea upgraded with custom birch plywood doors and 12
Above: The kitchen cabinets are from Ikea upgraded with custom birch plywood doors and drawers. The range is a Bertazzoni.
a table for two. the living area, bedroom, and bath are separated by pocket doo 13
Above: A table for two. The living area, bedroom, and bath are separated by pocket doors.
the wall hung shelves are by remodelista favorite woodchuck: see tinta and rutg 14
Above: The wall-hung shelves are by Remodelista favorite Woodchuck: see Tinta and Rutger Luhrman’s own kitchen here. Woodchuck’s Yori Shelf holds utensils over the sink. The matte black faucet is by Meir. Jo stocks the quarters at Settle with wares by small makers, many of them local. A selection are for sale in the Settle boutique.
the cabin is heated with vintage cast iron radiators as well as a new wood burn 15
Above: The cabin is heated with vintage cast-iron radiators as well as a new wood-burning stove.
the paneling continues in the bedroom—horizontal on the gable end, vertical e 16
Above: The paneling continues in the bedroom—horizontal on the gable end, vertical everywhere else. The linens on the king-size mattress are from Piglet in Bed.
jo succeeded in her campaign for a large spa bath with a lake view. in addition 17
Above: Jo succeeded in her campaign for a large spa bath with a lake view. In addition to the egg-shaped bath, there’s a tiled shower.
guests at settle receive a breakfast basket filled with local produce, sourdoug 18
Above: Guests at Settle receive a breakfast basket filled with local produce, sourdough bread, raw butter from Fen Farm Dairy, coffee and tea, and eggs from Jo and John’s own hens.
the latest addition: the cabin&#8\2\17;s private soaking pavilion. 19
Above: The latest addition: the cabin’s private soaking pavilion.
for nature watching while steeping: made by hikki of sweden, bohemen is a combi 20
Above: For nature-watching while steeping: made by Hikki of Sweden, Bohemen is a combination bathtub/hot tub with room for two adults and two kids. It’s made of oak and aluminum, and Jo says is easy to heat: “fill with water and light the fire in the wood chamber until it reaches your desired temperature.”
a view of the safari tents. guests can rent the whole property, which accommoda 21
Above: A view of the safari tents. Guests can rent the whole property, which accommodates 13 people. For more details and reservations, go to Settle.

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