Cedar Valley Cabin Getaway: Another Break From The City
I recently returned from a relaxed stay in another tiny house and felt like sharing an old fashioned photo-loaded travel diary type of post. You know, the ones that used to be all over blogs before Instagram and SEO came into our lives? So, without further ado, here is how I spent two days in a cabin outside London.
I don’t get to explore a lot of places in England so these getaways are the perfect opportunity – on this trip it was the charming market town of Petersfield. The first stop in Petersfield was the Physics Garden, located right on the High Street and free to visit. It’s compact, but perfect for a quick, free walk around the area.
Back on the High Street I noticed how many charity shops there were! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many charity shops per square meter. After a quick peak in a few shops, a coffee and last minute food shopping, it was time for the taxi to the cabin.
The Woodland Cabin is at Cedar Valley, a small-scale camping / glamping site, but the cabin itself is a little removed from the main public camping area. You reach it via a private path and a short woodland walk where it’s hidden between a meadow and the woods. I can’t believe how lucky we were with the location and the weather. When I booked it back in June it was kind of a gamble as one never knows what weather does in September, but turns out it was a good pick.
When booking a tiny house or cabin I’ve learned that it’s best if you don’t have any expectations of the bathroom, but damn this was a great bathroom: The flushing toilet, the green tiles and pressurised rainshower – the place also comes with a fully stocked kitchenette, a super comfy bed and an outdoor bathtub.
The weather was still great when we arrived, so we went out and did one of the set out walking routes that take you around the estate that the cabin is on.
Picked a few blackberries on the way. Can we take a moment and appreciate how perfect these look (and taste!) They are the first good batch I’ve come across this season.
All that traveling and walking made me hungry so it was time to put something together for dinner: Quesadillas are my go-to dish when staying in self-service accommodation as they are quick and easy to make and you just need to top it off with fresh salsa and chunky guacamole.
Later in the evening I gave the outdoor bath a go and enjoyed a few chapters of a book plus the sunset.
The next day it was time to put on my most comfortable shoes and explore walking routes in and around the South Downs. When you don’t have a car it can be hard to get around to the nicer walking routes, but this one offered quite a few easily walkable ones and the one we put together had a nice variety of views.
We walked in the woods, through country paths and over hilltops. Apart from the usual hikers and a few dogs it was just us and sheep… lots of sheep.
Sadly not all of the public walking paths are signposted as farmers/landowners are a bit cheeky, but luckily there are apps that show all of the public footpaths: for Android I recommend Maps.me and for Apple, Go Map!! (at least in the UK).
I also came across so many hazelnut bushes, they weren’t ready to pick but I picked up a few that were on the ground. About half of them actually had something inside, so not too bad.
Ended up in East Meon, a cute village that has a small convenience store, two pubs and a lot of cute cottages from different eras.
After a classic pub lunch we set off again for the last bit of the walk. With more hilltop views.
That evening it was time for our last outdoor dinner of the season, followed by a bit of packing. And a bath of course … because why not enjoy this sunset?!