Cabn’s existing fleet of tiny, stylish houses in rustic off-grid locations is a welcome reprieve from (gestures wildly) the year that’s been. But if you want to get away from it all and stretch out with a little extra leg room, there’s a supercharged version: Cabn X.
Last winter, two premium cabins – William and Giles – were unveiled in McLaren Vale (a 40-minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD) on the property of organic and biodynamic winery Gemtree. A little more luxe than the original Cabn homes, William and Giles, which sit side by side, stand 11-feet high with floor-to-ceiling glass walls looking over towering gums and vast rows of grapevines towards Port Willunga.
It’s a slice of stillness – deliberately wi-fi free – and an appealing escape from the noise of 2021, with nothing but the cacophony of birdsong from the resident boobook owls, magpies and honeyeaters that call the neighbouring gum trees home.
“It’s our first foray into the luxury travel market, and we know our new cabins, coupled with their incredible nature settings, will offer guests one of the best wellbeing experiences in Australia,” says Cabn founder Michael Lamprell.
Giles is fitted with light timber while William has darker textures, but both cabins have the same amenities: a king-sized bed, a bathroom with bath and sauna, a lounge with a log fire and a kitchen. Outside, there’s a sunken bath on the deck, a firepit and barbeque. A bottle of Gemtree wine is provided, as is local produce including Paris Creek milk and butter, and bacon from the McLaren Flat butcher.
“Giles and William have been designed to provide the ultimate nature retreat for high-end travellers,” continues Lamprell. “Our guests can take in the quiet natural surroundings while they lie in bed or sit by the log fire, or they can enjoy the outdoor sunken bath and marvel at large historic gum trees overhead. It’s all about premium comforts while they unplug and connect with nature.”
As with Cabn’s tinier houses, these cabins are entirely self-sufficient, running on solar power and with a water tank shared between the two. When you book, a portion of the fee goes towards Cabn’s conservation fund, and the company will plant a native tree on your behalf.
“We’ve set up a conservation trust that dedicates a percentage of income to support land use and local communities,” says Lamprell. “Through this trust we’ve become a sponsor of Trees for Life, and with each Cabn X stay we’ll be contributing to the creation of native bushland for plants and wildlife with the Trees for Habitat program.
“We’re really pleased with the whole new Cabn experience we have created. We want to promote the incredible physical and mental-health benefits nature brings, share our history and culture, and give back to this great land.”
Cultural and ecological tours are provided in collaboration with Gemtree Wines and are available by appointment. Giles and William are available from $595 per night. You can book now at cabn.life.