This Scottish lake cabin brings sensitive architecture to Loch Venachar

This Scottish lake cabin brings sensitive architecture to Loch Venachar

Idyllic Scottish escape Coorie offers stays on the banks of Loch Venachar at Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, with a design by Glasgow studio Cameron Webster

An architectural lake cabin has appeared on the banks of Loch Venachar at Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. Coorie, a holiday home designed by Glasgow studio Cameron Webster, is a project led by owners Dene and Debbie Happell, who decided to create the perfect nature retreat on their idyllic waterside plot. 

The structure, clad in dark timber in a low, gently angular form, blends happily with its forested surrounds, and indeed the word ‘coorie‘ can mean ‘nestle’. At the same time, the strong lines and geometric volumes bring the composition into the 21st century. The house has been arranged in an upside-down way – featuring bedrooms on the ground level and living spaces upstairs, making sure the long, green views are visible from key social parts of the house. An open-plan luxury living, dining and kitchen area with a covered balcony and built-in window seat nook sit at the heart of this space. A warm yet dramatic, dark staircase takes guests down to the bedrooms, setting the mood for a cosier, more private atmosphere.

stove at the heart of Coorie cabin, a lake cabin in Scotland

‘Whether cooried up in the window seat with a good book after an invigorating walk, relaxing on the balcony with a cocktail after a swim, or snuggled up in front of the wood-burning stove watching a movie, the house provides the best refuge to experience the great outdoors,’ say the Happells. ‘You can watch Scotland’s weather whilst being protected from it.’

The interior decor mixes midcentury modern designs and utilitarian touches, such as the industrial lighting, that make for a practical stay. Meanwhile, classic designs include Hans Wegner’s ‘Wishbone’ chairs, an Ercol dining table and Timorous Beasties fabrics. 

Careful insulation plans ensured that this lake cabin needs little heating for the biggest part of the year. The home’s timber structure, an air source heat pump, underfloor heating, eco toiletries and wood-fired hot tub (with timber provided by local fallen trees), complete the project’s strong eco credentials – which mean that this holiday house is as friendly as can be to its precious natural environment. §

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