September 9, 2020
Way out west
This project is something a little bit out of the ordinary, but we’d like to show you as it's very much an insight into how we love creating adventurous, wild and sustainable places.
It's the story of the development of a secret sauna and wild swimming spot we've recently created in a tucked-away place way out west.
It started with a silted up and overgrown pond
After a hard morning of groundwork, clearance and discovery, we unearthed the original pond area.
To avoid the pond silting up again, and to ensure it was going to be sustained as a haven for wildlife, we installed a simple silt trap.
After some serious digger digging, it was time to allow the pond to refill.
Below the pond is a conveniently level bit of ground that's hidden from view. It needed some clearing and that's a team job.
With early starts to get the project finished there is simply nothing finer than a wood-fired fry up, eaten outdoors with eggs from local hens.
To get up to the pool from the sauna we needed to build a stepped boardwalk
This leads you up to the newly built deck that hangs over the pond.
Which, as you can see, is coming along nicely : )
The deck looks perfect from the other side of the pond too.
As does the finished sauna - it's 100% off-grid and we can confirm it works perfectly!
And after a steaming hot sauna in the middle of nowhere, there's little that beats a dip in the wildest of wild swimming pools
It’s always a real privilege to be able to work in such stunning locations, and as a team, there’s nothing we love more than this type of creative challenge - even more so when it's off-grid and hidden away.
Maybe next up for this place is a secret treehouse lodge............