I'm writing a book in which the main character has a "hideout" in a small cave. Except, it's not for hiding. It's a place to dump tools and equipment that you'd need for a cave expedition. It has some decorative plants that can survive in there -- it's not entirely dark; there's a hole in the ceiling. There's an old table and a chair, so you can sit down and eat. The main character also uses it as a research base for the cave he is exploring, so it has some scientific tools inside. You could probably sleep in it, but it'd be very uncomfortable.
The closest thing I can think of, is this scene from Princess of Nausicaä:
My place has less plants, more tools, is smaller, and is in a cave instead. Nausicaä simply calls this place "my secret room" (秘密の部屋), but unfortunately my place is neither secret nor a room.
What's a possible word for this?
Terms that don't quite fit:
- A base is the closest thing I can think of, but the place lies in walking distance from the character's house. Bit weird to call this a base imo, unless the main character is 12 (he's 20). "A base" also sounds like it should be kinda sophisticated.
- A room implies something more... room-y. It's a cave, not a room. The term "his room" also runs in danger of confusing it with his room in his house.
- A shelter or hideout is more for hiding or, well, sheltering. He's doing neither.
- Den, nest etc. fit the general feel I'm going for pretty well, funnily enough, but my character is not an animal.
- Lair: My character is not an elder lich
Here are two solutions that would work but are not ideal:
- <adj.> room: I'm sure I can find something here, if I fine-tune the adjective
- giving it an obviously idiomatic, or proper name: "his hole", "The Place"
"Damn, I forgot my notebook in <the place>. Gonna head back."