Cabine du Cap

Klein Ka­roo, South Africa

Elle Decoration (South Africa) - - DISCOVER -

What was once a di­lap­i­dated shack in the mid­dle of the Western Cape’s Klein Ka­roo is now an en­chant­ing off-the-grid cabin with a thought­ful de­sign that was in­flu­enced by its semi-desert sur­rounds. Mon­tagu builder Stephen But­ler over­saw the ren­o­va­tion un­der the own­ers’ di­rec­tion, cre­at­ing a wel­com­ing and in­trigu­ing space that truly com­ple­ments the en­vi­ron­ment. Un­ob­tru­sive rhino wood was cho­sen for the walls, floors, ceil­ings and deck­ing, while the in­te­ri­ors fea­ture a neu­tral, earthy colour palette that re­flects the shades present outdoors. In the liv­ing area, a mas­sive stone fire­place acts as an ar­rest­ing fo­cal point and pro­vides easy-to-gen­er­ate warmth, re­mind­ing one of the abode’s com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able liv­ing. Adorned with vin­tage ac­ces­sories and bird prints that add lay­ers of in­ter­est and charm rem­i­nis­cent of pro­vin­cial French decor, the cabin has one bed­room and an in­door shower and toi­let, with a large ve­randa that can be reached via glass slid­ing doors in the lounge. This link to the ex­te­rior is all the more ap­par­ent in Cabine du Cap’s pièce de ré­sis­tance: a cus­tom-made out­door gal­vanised steel bath, where guests can lux­u­ri­ate guilt-free, thanks to the cabin’s re­liance on rain­wa­ter and so­lar power. And as if that weren’t enough, the 175ha prop­erty also in­cludes a swim­ming pool and a deluxe sa­fari tent to rent. cab­ine­d­u­

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