Lonely Planet Writer

Stay inside this cosy beehive getaway under the stars

From kicking back in a disused plane to mobile glamping in Finland, we’ve seen a lot of unusual places, but this is the first time we’ve been buzzing with excitement over a getaway inspired by bees!

The design blends in with the environment. Image by Humble Bee

The Humble Bee cabin in Devon, so-called because of its beehive appearance is a quirky retreat with a focus on the environment. Made for two occupants, the cabin was designed by busy bee Yvette Martin who studied environmental art at the Royal College of Art in the UK.

This bee-utiful retreat awaits. Image by Humble Bee

“As it’s in the garden, I wanted it to relate to the environment so really, the garden sparked the inspiration. It also had to be a tall structure to span across the top and the bottom gardens,” Yvette tells Lonely Planet. “All my work grows out of the experience of specific spaces, allowing the locations to dictate size, design, and theme.”

Time to relax and unwind. You won’t find any wi-fi here. Image by Humble Bee

According to its creator, this delightful masterpiece is made from shiplap which is a type of wood that’s often featured in barns, sheds and outbuildings. The human-sized hive also features beehive-inspired design cues that fit in with the theme.

The cabin is on various floors but doesn’t feel claustrophobic. Image by Humble Bee

“Tanalised timber, usually reserved exteriors has been used a lot through the interior, along with corrugated iron and tin to create a rural chic feel, reminiscent of the barns and agricultural buildings found in the area,” Yvette tells us.

Relax outdoors and take a plunge. Image by Humble Bee

Her imagination is seen throughout this luxury cabin where packing crates have been used as the bedframe and there’s even an outdoor soaking bath which she says was inspired by local cliffs. A honeycomb feature above the fireplace created from gravel grid allows light to pour into the room.

Cosy up in this quirky cabin. Image by Humble Bee

Guests at the cabin receive a welcome hamper stocked with – you guessed it – honey, as well as beeswax candles. And if that wasn’t enough, thick furs are available in the cabin too and you can wrap up and lounge in your own private haven. There is no TV or Wi-Fi, just pure bliss.

Prepare to simply relax. Image by Humble Bee

You can find out more on how to book this retreat on Canopy & Stars here.