The Log Cabin Dungeness, created by the artist, occupies an intriguing location near a disused nuclear power station in a nature reserve along the Kent coast. Rose Dykins Reporting
The Log Cabin was launched as an idyllic UK holiday retreat in Kent – with a nuclear power station within it.
Formed from two white painted turn-of-the-century railway carriages, the charming single-storey accommodation is set amidst the remote beauty of Dungeness Nature Reserve along the Kent coast, offering stunning views on the beach, despite its proximity to Dungeness B power station, which is less than a mile away. The nearest station, Rye, is 10 miles away and can be reached from central London in just over an hour.
Fifteen years ago, artist Sara Newman and her family began restoring the two derelict railroad cars that make up the Log Cabin, wanting to pay homage to a piece of local everyday history.
From the 1880s the mainline railway which served the area around Dungeness allowed workmen to buy its old stock. As a result, many cars were dragged onto the pebble beach and converted into houses, which created a unique community living in the middle of the nature reserve and a special way of life.
Covering nearly 1,000 hectares, Dungeness Nature Reserve is home to a third of Britain’s plant species, rare wildflowers and waterfowl, and Europe’s largest shingle beach. Regular walks and workshops take place here, and in the spring the reserve blooms with rare wildflowers, while the seasonal migration of birds brings cuckoos and warblers.
Now vacationers can experience this way of life for themselves by staying at the Log Cabin. The property has three bedrooms and can sleep up to six people, so it is suitable for families or small groups.
Visitors can enjoy the unspoilt and unique landscape of this part of the Kent coast, taking part in activities such as bird watching, cycling, walking and fishing.
The interiors of the log cabin are truly special, with a cleverly revamped railway infrastructure. For example, the kitchen is formed by a converted cattle car – with its original vents.
The other Log Cabin train car goes from the bathroom to a king bedroom and a twin bedroom which has an original train car door.
The windows on the outer side of the house follow the carriage windows – creating a light and airy feeling – and the living room with its glazed reading room leads to another king bedroom, which has views of the sea and the the sea.
Sara Newman’s practice as a glass artist with a background in interior design permeates the cabin decor. Furnishings include restored Ercol chairs, bocce balls repurposed as bedroom lamps, white walls decorated with works by local artists, and color palettes inspired by seaweed, gorse, and sea kale.
Eclectic and homey touches throughout the cabin include her custom drapes, hand-embroidered patches, lounger-stripe racks, and 1950s furnishings.
Meanwhile, features such as Hypnos mattresses on the beds, Woolroom duvets and Tiele bedding offer sophistication, comfort and practicality, as do hotel-quality white towels, REN hand and body soap, a well-equipped kitchen. equipped and a cozy wood-burning stove. There is also wifi (although there is no television and very little telephone signal) and private closed parking for two cars.With its reading room, folding doors and sweeping views over the nature reserve to Dungeness Lighthouse and the canal, the log cabin epitomizes seaside living.
Guests can stroll to the nearby shack selling lobster rolls, scallop wraps and fresh seafood dishes, or the sand dunes at Camber Sands are ten minutes away. Other attractions include Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway – the world’s smallest passenger railway – and the Romney Marsh Sound Mirrors.
A three-night stay at the Log Cabin starts from £885 for three nights in low season (£1,180 for seven nights), rising to £1,410 for three nights in high season (£1,880 for seven nights) and from £1,560. for three nights over Christmas and New Year (£2,080 for seven nights).