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Baths are an indoor thing, ideal for warming up and relaxing as the nights draw in.  And, outdoor wallowing is best enjoyed at the height of summer – isn’t it? Not in Jolene Marshall’s back garden, where she’s created an idyllic rustic bath cabin that can be enjoyed all year round.


You’ll find the bath cabin at the bottom of the garden, behind Jolene’s lovingly restored property – The Workers Cottage – in rural Norfolk. “It looks down the lawn and offers a truly unique spot to lose oneself in,” explained Jolene.  As an added bonus, you can also book a stay in the cottage.


Indigenous’ tin bath tub takes pride of place in the timber cabin.   Natural materials like tin and copper retain heat really well and, being light-weight, these baths are easy to move around, so they’re ideal for outdoors.  The traditional Bateau-style design also has a sloping edge at each end, so there’s room for two, and taps can be positioned in the middle or on the wall above, as they are in the cabin.


Jolene’s bath is plumbed in, with hot and cold water.  The wooden floor and cladding add to the rustic look and are a beautiful contrast to the matt tin.  The curtain adds a touch of glamour – and privacy – whilst the chair and shelves create essential surface space for creature comforts and very important fluffy towels.

More about bath tub designs

As well as tin and copper, Indigenous’ bateau-style baths also come in more unusual metals too, like super shiny nickel and bronze.  There’s also Oxidised Copper which has a turquoise patina layered over highly polished tin; salt is rubbed into the metal and the surface is then heated to create this stunning Verdigris finish.


More practical tips

If you want to create a bath cabin, but don’t have plumbing outdoors, you can link to a supply via a hose. To empty the bath, you could either direct the water straight to a drain or let it soak into the garden as you would a paddling pool, provided there’s sufficient surface area for the water to soak away.  Baths can be tucked behind walls, a screen or trellis, in the absence of a cabin.  Just remember accessories; a well-appointed stool for drinks and snacks, and a hook for a towel or bathrobe.

To book a stay at The Workers Cottage, visit


Featuring the outside bathroom cabin at The Workers Cottage

Photography: The September Chronicles

Photography: Mark Anthony Fox





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