Mum and Dad left the UK and sold the house to raise a young boy in a DIY cabin in the wilderness of Chile

One father says he and his wife ditched the nine-to-five job and flogged their family home — to raise their young child miles from civilization in an “off-the-grid” cabin in the Chilean wilderness. Stunning aerial photos show the remote cabin surrounded by endless forest that Scott Rawlings built after quitting a 50-hour week as an assistant manager for a quarry company.

The 34-year-old decided to quit his office job in the UK while his wife Scarlett Rawlings, also 33, gave up her role as a supervisor at the restoration shop and the couple moved ‘off the grid’ with son Lucas. The Rawlings have sold their family home in Skipton, North Yorkshire, along with all their furniture and set off on a 7,000-mile journey to remote South American Chile in September 2021.




Once there, Scott bought a £32,000 five-acre piece of woodland 20 minutes from Paredones in O’Higgins and began building their new residence from scratch in May 2022. During the construction process, Scott spent five months living in a tent. While building their £30,000 home, Scarlett and Lucas, who were single at the time, lived with their relatives.

The young family then moved into their 860 square foot cabin in September 2022 to start their new life in the middle of the woods with the nearest town a 20 minute drive away.

Scott Rawlings, 33, has quit his office job in the UK while his wife Scarlett Rawlings, also 33, has given up her role as a supervisor at the restoration shop and the couple have moved “off the grid” with their son Lucas.(Photo: Kennedy News/@offgridlivingchile)

Scott, who has one child, says he was inspired to live off the grid after traveling around the world for six years in his early 20s and finding it difficult to return to a working lifestyle in the UK. He used the £50,000 profit from the sale of their house to buy the land and build their new home in Chile, but hopes to start making and selling furniture to earn money to support his family – it still costs £400 a month.

The Rawlings have now been living in their two-bedroom woodland cabin for nearly a year, and Scott says living apart is the best decision he’s ever made. However, since little Lucas may lack “social interaction” for being so distant, Scott says they may choose to take him to daycare if they can afford the fuel.

Scott, from Kippax in Leeds, West Yorkshire, said: “I was contracted to work 38 hours but I worked 50 hours a week and those days were long and hard. In my industry people seemed very depressed and unhappy to be on the job.” He was grinding on me.

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