Pumped with personality, these dog-friendly log cabins in Hertfordshire have taken the self-catering rulebook – and torn it up. To give you countryside rest and relaxation, loaded with boredom-quashing extras. Just the tonic for those who want more than a hot tub and stars.
Bethnal & Bec are two studio cabins that look like they’ve just sashayed out of a trendy Soho club together. Named after Tooting Bec and Bethnal Green (where the owners used to live), the cabins’ city-slick vibe is as edgy as any cool urban hotel. Think retro throwbacks, kitsch artwork, and polished industrial-chic units.
Despite the Capital vibe, Bethnal & Bec are not in London. They’re rooted in rural Hertfordshire on the edge of the village of Cottered. Here, the air swims with birdsong and you can reach the big smoke in a mere 25 minutes on the train.
The team behind Bethnal & Bec are husband and wife, Vicky and Chris – two ex-Londoners who relocated to this patch of Hertfordshire in 2015. On doing so, they renovated the two dilapidated stables behind their family home. But instead of following the country code for interiors, they mixed the vibrancy of London into the cement, timbers and new paintwork.
Then, for added ‘wow’, they pimped the experience with dine-in hampers, bolt-on local extras, and creative classes and workshops – meaning, when you come and stay, you can have whatever type of weekend you crave. Hot tub, stars and cocktail masterclass? No problem. Pasta-making, seafood supper and sun-soaking? Consider it done.
Both cabins are laid out like studios with open-plan sleeping, living and kitchen areas. You reach them via a quirky chipboard hallway, that glows with a neon sign letting you know that you are ‘home’.
Behind their respective front doors, Bethnal & Bec are a rhumba of colourful textiles, statement prints and unique artwork. They both boast modern-style log burners, sun-trap private patios, traditional fire pits, and large hot tubs (carefully placed so you can look out over the Hertfordshire paddocks and fields without interruption).
Each cabin also comes with a deep sink-and-stay double bed (freshly-dressed in crisp white linen) and a sleek stainless-steel kitchen, which lights up like a spaceship. The bathrooms are equally impressive: Bec boasts its own large bath (complete with a post-box window) and walk-in shower.
Whilst Bethnal goes one step further with a double walk-in rainforest shower and – wait for it – a roll top bath at the end of the bed. Splashdown.
Beyond the living spaces, both Bethnal & Bec are filled with extras that prove the owners think ‘outside the box’. There’s an Honesty Larder offering artisan treats, such as locally-made gin and self-care goodies. A vintage record player that connects to speakers both inside and outside the cabins. And a drinks’ cabinet.
If you want to give cooking a miss, just order one of the Dine In Boxes. We love the ‘Popcorn Partaaaaaay’ box that guests can enjoy whilst watching movies on the projector screen (at the end of the bed in Bec).
Breakfast is provided too: both cabins come with a whooper breakfast hamper – with fresh bread, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans and local bacon (vegetarian and vegan options are also available).
Then there are the curated experiences on offer at Bethnal & Bec to pre-book, such as floristry, cooking classes, and foraging. Along with the pre-order treats, such as cakes, cheeseboards, beer and grazing platters.
It all adds up to an utterly joyful place to stay in Hertfordshire – and one that, quiet simply, blows the lid off most other self-catering options.
- 15% discount for anyone working for the NHS (includes social workers), care homes and hospices, cancer charity volunteers, and anyone directly affected by cancer within the last 3 years, or with a stage 4 diagnosis (please use code: NHSLOVE)
- Weekends are 2 nights minimum and are priced at a flat £495 for any stay until 11am on Monday
- Beauty treatments and yoga classes can also be arranged for your stay
- Lazy Sunday checkout policy for weekend stays (ie: there is no Sunday checkout time)
- Free SuperFast Broadband; 43″ Smart TVs, Netflix preloaded
- Surrounded by walks and cycle tracks; near independent pubs and restaurants
- Cambridge is a 30 minute drive away and London is just 25 minutes by train
- Dog-friendly and family-run