UK: Re, a new concept in sustainable cabin retreats that aims to reinvent the city-to-country mini getaway, has launched in the UK with its first off-grid luxury cabin in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
With a mission to foster reconnection with nature and cherish time with friends and family, the Re concept was created by interior designers Monica Innes and Luke Jones, founders of Ellipse Design Studio, which specialises in commercial and residential sustainable interior design.
Designed to sleep two, Re’s first cabin in St Albans has been created using high-grade sustainable materials including British-made Foresso worktops, cork flooring and sustainably and locally sourced timber. The startup has partnered with U-Build, a not-for-profit sustainable modular build system, which allows for the structure to be totally dismantled without creating any waste, with the ability to be re-used and reconfigured without compromise.
Almost all cabin electricity will be supplied by solar panel system Select Solar, while the land around the cabin has been rewilded to enhance biodiversity and to allow guests to leave it better than when they found it. Amenities include a log burning stove, pizza oven, mindfulness journal, yoga mat, tea and coffee making facilities, and toiletries by natural plant-powered brand Kankan London.
Re is partnering with farmers and other private landowners to give public access to nature that has traditionally been off-limits, while helping to keep farm businesses thriving in a time of crop shortages and subsidy withdrawals.
Re co-founders, Monica Innes and Luke Jones, said: “In a world that seems to move faster each day, we wanted to create a space where people can slow down, breathe, and reconnect with what truly matters. Our first cabin in St Albans is a testament to our commitment to providing a haven that nurtures the soul and fosters meaningful connections.
“This cabin marks the start of a series of Re-experiences across the UK,” they added.
The first Re location was carefully selected for its proximity to nature and local pubs, restaurants, bakeries, walking trails and off-the-beaten-track natural sights. The first cabin is now available to book and the cost of a two- to three-night stay starts from £380.00.