As a young man, Stuart Hickox saw a peaceful retreat in a devastated P.E.I. plot. Twenty years later, he shares his rustic-chic getaway and his love of nature with his family. Photos by Stephen Harris. Read the full story here.
This rustic cabin is nestled on a four-hectare lot in Hartsville, Prince Edward Island. Homeowner Stuart Hickox wanted to create an oasis in the woods that would reconnect him with nature.
Hickox's late father, Frank, helped him start construction on the 14-by-20-foot main cabin.
The drop leaf-table opens up to seat six comfortably and folds down to offer more space for after-dinner conversations. The bay window seat is a twin-sized custom foam mattress that doubles as a bed. A storage space underneath offers a place to stash extra blankets, pillows, and board games.
What started as a plan for little more than an outhouse became much larger when the architect sat down to sketch the bathhouse. The final designs contained a full three-piece bathroom. “It feels like a sunny spa in there,” Hickox says. “The morning sun and summer moon shine in through a cathedral window onto a claw-foot tub.”
The back door off the kitchen takes visitors across a country-style back porch. Adirondack chairs make the perfect reading spot with an outdoor light positioned above to keep the story going long after dark, and an overhang offers shelter on drizzly days.
Summerside, P.E.I.-based Malpeque Fine Iron welded a unique stool for Hickox out of an old tractor seat that his wife, Suzie, gave him for his birthday. The seat is welded onto a flower stem-like base. In addition to being a personalized present, it adds another eye-catching feature to the room.
The cabin sits at the end of a winding gravel driveway, through mature maple, birch, oak, and beech trees. Hickox says it is only a hike up to the top of a hill to see a panoramic view of the surrounding P.E.I. farmlands.
Hickox added the open, outdoor shower in 2004. Guests often say that it takes a few days to feel completely comfortable showering out in the great outdoors, but once they do the shower is hard to resist.