Skip to main content

Australia’s House 28 is the Perfect Vacation House for a Recluse

Within every man is a hint of the wild recluse. From beloved American author J.D. Salinger to comic genius Dave Chappelle, sometimes a man just needs to get away from it all (hence the advent of man caves and weekend fishing trips).

It’s harder now, with smartphones and email, pings and boops, but research suggests we’ve come to underestimate the value of solitary experiences.

Which is why you need to etch out a weekend and to go full-on hermit in something like this container house on the Surf Coast in Wye River, Victoria, Australia. (You plan vacations with friends and family, why not alone?)

Designed specifically to be a weekend retreat for the lucky owner, Studio Edwards’ House 28 is made from three 20-foot industrial shipping containers that connect to form the recluse den. Two containers connect for the living space, including toilet, laundry, and entryway, while the third is a private sleeping wing connected to the others by an external deck on steel stilts.

Anchored in the hillside, you might have to squint to make out House 28, as its dark ashy exterior blends in with the deep emerald of the woods. A galvanized steel sheeting keeps the containers insulated, while a northern facing wire fixture welcomes native plants to grow up and over the house, providing even more camouflage. An aerial view won’t help you spot House 28 either, as the roof is planted with local dichondra (however this serves larger thermal insulation and rainwater filtration purposes — still, totally Rambo).

From the inside, the spaces are lined with light marine plywood and decorated sparsely with only the essentials. Hazy natural light enters through the southern-facing side, glazed with a series of windows and doors that open onto the deck with views all the way to the ocean.

One study showed that even the solitude of your own office at work versus an open layout can increase performance outcomes. Alone time can also give you a better work-life balance, act as recharge time, and even make you more creative.

“When considering whether to engage in a hedonic and public activity such as going to a movie alone, individuals anticipate negative inferences from others about their social connectedness that reduce their interest in engaging in the activity,” says a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research. However, once the number of people observing your solo adventures lessens, you enjoy the solitary experience more.

Unfortunately House 28 is someone one else’s special hideaway, but you can find similar hermit vibes at this Yosemite A-frame, this minimalist rental in Scotland, these stunning off-grid cabins, or via this awesome booking site.

Editors' Recommendations

Jahla Seppanen
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Born and raised off-the-grid in New Mexico, Jahla Seppanen is currently a sports, fitness, spirits, and culture writer in…
Ranking the 10 best Dustin Hoffman movies of all time
Dustin Hoffman's best movies are varied and incredible!
Dustin Hoffman

If you are a movie buff, or you had a family member who grew up in the 1970s, it's surely impossible for you to not have heard of the legendary Dustin Hoffman. Ranking right up alongside the iconic Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman's style was much more everyman and antihero than these other big names. Hoffman was able to provide a strange sense of comfort when he starred in a film, even if his characters made questionable choices along the way. Even though he's not as active in his 80s, Hoffman is still acting and will appear in the fourth Kung Fu Panda movie alongside Jack Black. We're here to rank the best Dustin Hoffman movies so you can catch up on all of his greatest hits!

10. Straw Dogs (1971)

Read more
5 types of cigars you need to know about

If you've never really enjoyed a cigar, maybe it's not you; it's the smokes themselves -- perhaps you just haven't found the right cigar for your pleasure. It's a given that the aroma and flavor of a cigar are primarily derived from the tobacco used to make it, both the filling and the wrapper. But cigar type, meaning shape and size, also significantly impacts how a stogie tastes and smells, not to mention how its profile changes during the smoking process.

Those huge cigars passed out at bachelor parties may start smooth but can end up heavy and harsh as they burn down. Likewise, a slender cigarillo may burn hot and intense from the start: Size and shape don't play a direct role in how the cigar will taste or how mellow or potent it will be, but they do dictate the smoke time and, depending on the tobacco used, how the cigar will change while burning down.

Read more
10 LGBTQ+ shows you need to binge for Pride Month
These gay shows will help you understand more about yourself this June!
Rainbow flag on house

Pride month is a time to celebrate who you are and what makes you special as an LGBTQ+ person. Not everyone gets the privilege of growing up in a supportive environment, and it often takes years for queer people to appreciate themselves even after coming out and sharing their sexuality with the world. Fortunately, media representation is really starting to pick up in the way of gay characters and storylines on TV. These LGBTQ shows are sure to warm your heart and help build confidence and community among queer folks all around the world. From coming-of-age shows to family sitcoms, the variety is sure to help anyone find a show they will be inspired by!

Heartstopper (2022)

Read more