The Homewood Cabin


The Homewood cabin became something of a celebrity at the field days we attended around New Zealand.


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Made up from recycled timber and corrugated iron that we transported on a trailer, the cabin was roughly 6m by 4m once erected, and took two days for us to build. It looked very much like the tiny houses lived in by early settlers in New Zealand, and the materials were certainly similar. We were constantly asked if we made cabins to sell, and we were always sorry to disappoint our visitors by saying that we didn’t!

The Taupo Eco Show, which we attended in October 2007, was the last outing for the cabin. We have now put the cabin out to pasture at the back of Homewood Farm, and visitors to future field days will be welcomed into the Homewood tent. Perhaps a tent has less character, but it’s certainly much easier to put up and take down!


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The Homewood cabin is now nestled up the hill on our farm! It was not a two-day job like it was when we used to put it up at the field days! It now has an earth-cement floor, proper board and batten walls, a stone fireplace, a state-of -the art chimney designed by David, and walls lined with lovely timber provided free of charge, courtesy of unwanted packing cases and pallets from around town!


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The cabin is now a getaway that is truly “far from the madding crowd”. No modern inventions are allowed – no plastic, no telephone, no TV, no internet, no ride-on-lawnmowers…
Just peace, tranquiltiy, and stunning views.


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