Studio BAD have completed a feasibility study on the development opportunities for the ‘Old Mill’ site in South Devon. The owners are interested to create additional revenue streams on the grounds of their existing family home, our designs have looked into the options for the creation of holiday accommodation through a series of retreat cabins across the grounds of their family home.

The extensive grounds are rurally located, with a naturally sloping site that offers long views down and across the valley. The sites topography offers an opportunity to create independent cabins dotted across the site that engage with the landscape and views, but which can be carefully positioned to respect the privacy for the family home and each holiday cabin.

Studio BAD have imagined two cabin types, those which have reimagined and reused existing structures already on the site, alongside some new units. Each cabin design offers a contemporary, energy efficient design with a sense of space and light internally, whilst also seeking to engage with the existing conditionals of the setting.

There are several dilapidated, historic agricultural buildings across the site which can be sympathetically renovated to deliver unique retreat accommodation. The design embraces local materials to transform the units, delivering a contemporary design that embraces the rich history of these structures, with large, private and secluded wooden terraces and striking pitched roofs. The materials would be carefully selected, such as sweet chestnut cladding, local stone and slate, to tie the home to the unique local context.

To sit alongside the renovated structures are bespoke, ‘pod’ structures introduced, specifically crafted modest structures that echo the contemporary architectural lines and materials of the restored agricultural structures, bringing unity across the site.

The retreat cabins have been carefully placed across the site to maximise the opportunity of the site, whilst still offer a tranquil setting for all visiting and without negatively impacting the local residence.

Practice : Studio: B.A.D Architects

Time Scale: July 2021 – Ongoing

Budget: Undisclosed

Location: South Devon

Client: Private