Nora the Nordic Cabin - A retreat in the heart of the city

We've not done masses of travel this year for a number of reasons. Firstly I guess school limitations, crazy holiday price travel and all that comes with that. Secondly my anxiety of flying has stepped up a notch, team that with Mabli not being the easiest of travel ages has limited how far we'd be able to travel at the moment, and thirdly because we have been saving for the big house move has meant we are limiting big non-essentials spends.

However with the half term upon us the first couple of days of rain meaning the kids were were going a bit mad and we had ran out of local things to do we hadn't done a million times before. We decided to book a last minute break with our only criteria being that it would be less than an hour away and less then £100 a night. We came across Nora the Nordic cabin which ticked both those boxes!

The cabin is £85 a night with a cleaning fee of £10 per trip. Making the time we were there a total of £400 for the entire stay. What we loved about the location was that it is a ten minute taxi ride from the train station and a fifteen minute walk to some lovely local cafes but still feels like it's in the middle of nowhere.

The owner Andy actually built the cabin himself and all the little touches to make it feel authentically Nordic were just perfect. He also built his own house which is just up the track from the cabin and is amazing, a real dream home with massive windows and dark wood exterior. Very impressive!

Wilf reading Mabli her bedtime story

From the front porch you can follow a little path down to the university gardens, large areas of grass for the kids to play as well as amazingly well kept bushes of flora, steams with stepping stones, duck ponds and rabbits hoping along the path. It was perfect to have all this on our door step as we actually only passed one person the whole time we were out there. It felt like it was all part of the cabin which was really special and something I hadn't even factored in upon booking.

Unfortunately for us it did rain THE WHOLE TIME we were there but we mainly spent out time feeling cosy in the cabin. There is a log burner but we never felt cold enough to want to light it, as well as a fire on the porch. When it's not raining you can also pop up the hammocks which come with the property too.

We mainly spent our time playing scrabble and dominos, eating take out (a bonus of not actually being the woods means you can get Deliveroo haha) and just hanging out. We did pop into Exeter on one day and had lunch at The Exploding Bakery which I'd recommend.

Although the cabin is built and is part of the owners land it actually has its own entrance and gate meaning that we always felt super safe to let the kids run all around it knowing they wouldn't be able to head up the path anywhere near the road.

Staying in this cosy little place reminded us we don't need to go far or spend much to feel like we've had a real break. We'll definitely be booking again (when it hopefully wont rain!) in the future. It also would be a brilliant base for some day trips to Totnes or Exmouth I think.

We booked Nora though Airbnb here but this post isn't in collaboration with them, (although we do use them all the time). If you've never used the site you can sign up here and we'd both get £25 off a trip. Or if you're all signed up you can just view the property here.

Do let me know if you end up booking!

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