We’ve designed and raised an array of timber framed structures that are either new build or remodelling projects designed to provide rental accommodation and bring people together under one roof.
The huge rise in UK-based holidays – particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic – and the opportunity created by Airbnb has seen demand for these type of projects surge which, in turn, has galvanised home owners and new self builders to look at how they can create a structure or adapt their existing home to give them a rental revenue stream. As well as showcasing unique craftsmanship and a timeless aesthetic, timber framed structures lend themselves particularly well to those sought-after entertaining rooms, allowing expansive open plan, high ceiling living areas for entertaining, dining and relaxing.
The projects across the UK that we’ve been part of that are now rental properties also present the perfect opportunity to see our work up close and showcase what’s possible with a timber framed space.
Here are just some of our favourite properties you can stay in and get inspired for your own project…
Taigh Na Coille, Roshven, The Highlands
Located on the eastern shoreline of Loch Ailort in the Scottish Highlands, this spectacular property is available to rent via Holiday Cottages. Designed by Helen Lucas Architects this four bedroomed house was cleverly built to sit on a tricky bit of coastline and boasts a stunning open plan vaulted living area with a Douglas fir frame. Read more about this amazing property in our case study.
Broad Down Farm, Marlborough, South Devon
This characterful farmhouse sleeps 12 and is situated in the South Hams, and is a short drive from many fantastic beaches. It’s beautiful vaulted green oak extensions have created the perfect living areas for families to get together and enjoy a wonderful stay here. This property is available to rent via Toad Hall Cottages.
The Blewbury Studio, Oxfordshire
Originally designed as a music room, the Blewbury Studio now doubles up as rental accommodation. Designed by architect Cameron Scott, the Douglas fir structure was raised in 2014 and offers a simple, light filled living space with a cosy bedroom up in the eaves. The Studio is available to rent through Sawday’s and you can find out more about the project in our case study.
Gitcombe Retreat, Devon
Just a couple of minutes from our Devon yard, this Roderick James designed, oak framed luxury property is nestled in a valley with commanding views across unspoilt countryside. Gitcombe Retreat has three bedrooms and bathrooms downstairs and one of each upstairs, the three-bay open plan floor is an ideal space for a large number of guests to enjoy. You can book your stay at Gitcombe House Country Cottages and Spa.
Arden, Loch Lomond
Arden is the largest domestic build we’ve raised in Scotland, providing a home for the owners and a wing dedicated to B&B visitors to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs area.
Three of the largest panels of the glass, at 8m2, were the largest spans we have ever worked with. Arden also features a vaulted living room with mezzanine, 10-metre cross frame span as well as a 10-metre wide balcony. Find out more in our case study or book your stay at lochlomondguesthouse.com.
Nancarrow Farm, Cornwall
A hidden Cornish gem, Nancarrow Farm is the perfect venue to which explore Cornwall from, situated in a quiet valley between the north and south coasts of the county. We raised a large wedding barn in 2015 and the venue hosts regular feasts and events that celebrate their own incredible produce. There are a small number of rooms available and a stay at Nancarrow is another great place to see our work and get a sense of a large scale structure made possible by a timber frame. Visit Nancarrow Farm to book or find out more in our case study.
Beach End, Devon
With an oak framed barn room reaching out over the River Dart, Beach End has been extensively refurbished and remodelled to provide the perfect location to enjoy and explore the South Hams. Designed in partnership with Harrison Sutton Architects, the oak frame had to be brought to site along the beach when low-tide allowed access and the resulting structure enjoys one of the best views in the area. Sleeping up to 12, you can rent this property at holidaycottages.co.uk.
Tigh Na Mara, Scotland
Located on the shores of the Sound of Mull, Tigh Na Mara is a Roderick James designed home with the open plan layout and glazing making the most of the views. The ‘Evolution Frame’ is a great example of an oak frame that be easily adapted, with elements of the build structure allowing future extensions and partitions, providing flexibility and usability for years to come. You can book a stay in Tigh Na Mara through unique-cottages.
Lamper Head, Devon
Quite simply, Lamper Head is most definitely one of the jewels in the Carpenter Oak crown. Completed in 1991, just a short walk from our Devon yard, it is the ultimate place to stay, with spectacular views up and down the Dart estuary and over towards Dartmoor. The sprawling property features a colossal barn room, indoor pool and sleeps up to fourteen people. You can book your stay via Kate & Toms.
Eco-friendly Cornish Cabin
This 2017 cabin combines eco-friendly materials build methods with an oak frame to provide additional accommodation to the existing, separate Cornish cottage. It has one double bedroom and ensuite shower room and is ideal for additional visitors wanting their own space. Find out more in our case study or rent the property through Cornish Traditional Cottages.
Tigh Darach, Scotland
Another ‘Evolution Frame,’ similar to Tigh Na Mara, Tigh Darach was raised in Drimnin in 2011 and is the perfect blend of traditional oak frame with a contemporary aesthetic. Available to rent through Airbnb, this property has a number of finishes that complement each other, from whitewashed floors to the ‘straight from the workshop’ oak frame that still has pencil marks from our carpenters, having not been sandblasted. Find out more in our case study.
An oak frame near you
So whether you’re in the highlands of Scotland or the coast in Cornwall, there’s a Carpenter Oak project you can stay in. We also run open house events, attend self-build shows all over the UK and can even arrange to visit a Carpenter Oak property if there is one near where you live. Keep an eye on our events calendar to find out where and when you can meet us.
As well as all of the rental properties dotted around the UK, you can also visit a number of public buildings that feature one of our timber frames.