Grand Designs Eco House St Dogmaels Pembrokeshire


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  1. 8 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 6 beds
  4. 1.5 bathrooms
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Quiet Earth Eco House; A really magical place; Grand Designs Eco home award winner 2008 is a two storey loadbearing straw bale house (first in the UK).
A luxurious off grid home, offering a truly sustainable experience in a very beautiful and quiet haven. Situated in St Dogmaels on a hilltop overlooking breathtaking views of Cardigan estuary, close to local beaches and the Pembrokeshire coastal footpath.
We look forward to supporting your retreat here and sharing the many gifts of this place.

The space
This straw bale eco retreat home was self built between 2003-05 and generated much attention due to it's unique nature.
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It is a beautiful peaceful retreat centre, offering special time to relax in an untouched woodland upon a hill overlooking spectacular views of the Teifi estuary.
There are various idyllic beaches within a couple of miles of here and many inspiring walks. We are two miles from the start of the Pembrokeshire coastal path.
It is also an off grid home, powered by the sun and the wind and this is one of it's important features, giving one the opportunity to experience living with the elements and being powered by them. Low energy appliances may be used with awareness such as occasional laptops etc. (no hairdryers/ straighteners or heating appliances). The Nature of this place does also invite the visitor to just enjoy being switched off for a while and to experience the gifts of the environment.
Downstairs you will find a large open plan kitchen and living room with a wood stove which heats the whole house. There is a downstairs bathroom in a rounded stone turret with sunken bath and rain water harvested toilet. Water is solar heated and back boiler heated in the winter.
The house offers a long conservatory to enjoy the stunning estuary views.
We have 2 delightful and gentle cats here called Elma and Arthur who live in the conservatory. If you have serious cat allergies however this may not be for you.
Upstairs offers a beautiful and spacious open plan room which offers itself as a luxury bedroom and studio for a couple or a space for family or occasionally a retreat space for a group of up to 8 with low futon style beds. We have also now opened up the large beautiful attic bedroom as an extra room with a double mattress and space for more. This is accessible by ladder.
In the warmer months there occasionally is a self contained eco lodge too.
The wood fired hot tub will Only be available from early summer at certain discretionary times for week long staying guests who can enjoy the ritual of gathering wood, heating the stove and then bathing under the stars. Please note; this takes a good few hours to prepare and so is Not available for short stays due to the sustainable aspect of this centre.
The woodland is terraced, with paths for visitors to explore and we are currently developing a forest garden.
We also encourage artists and writers in residence to spend time here working in a natural and supportive environment on a project. We can offer subsidy for this also at times.
Please note; this is a natural straw bale/ clay built home and we hire a wonderful cleaner to scrub the place...we use no chemicals in the process.. it is perfectly clean in the best eco natural way possible. Yes, there can be spiders and insects around in the summer.. please bear this in mind as a natural part of living close to Nature.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 3 single beds
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed, 1 single bed

What this place offers

Garden view
Valley view
Beach access – Beachfront
Free on-street parking
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced
Indoor fireplace

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Where you’ll be

Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom

The beauty of this place is all that Nature has to offer along with the gifts of many of the creative people living in the nearby village and surrounding area.
There are many circular walks for which we can give directions.
We are situated at the beginning of the pembrokeshire coastal path and close to an array of stunning beaches. Our local beaches Poppit and Mwnt have regular sitings of bottle nosed dolphins and seals.
Cardigan town is a few miles away along the estuary and offers shops, restaurants, theatre, cinema, spa and a heritage centre.
In the heart of the village is a ruined Abbey, a visitors centre and cafe. The village offers a good few pubs along the river, a wonderful deli with homemade produce and cafe.
We encourage guests to visit our local produce markets and organic market gardens.
Most foods can be bought locally.
The gift of this home is that it is secluded in a woodland and yet a walking distance to the village estuary and beaches.

Hosted by Rachel

  1. Joined in March 2013
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Having lived here in this woodland haven and eco self build for over twenty five years, there is much gratitude for a life so close to Nature. Whatever brings me close to this is my passion ; a yogic way of living, sharing this humble abode and creating sand art on the local beaches.
Having lived here in this woodland haven and eco self build for over twenty five years, there is much gratitude for a life so close to Nature. Whatever brings me close to this is m…

During your stay

We welcome our guests and are around if required.
Some may prefer a quiet retreat, whereas others may like to join a more daily sustainable life. There's always kindling to collect!
We can on occasion as an extra, offer yoga sessions and and sand art designs on the beach for groups.
We can also occasionally negotiate a discount for couples or groups at quieter times.
We welcome our guests and are around if required.
Some may prefer a quiet retreat, whereas others may like to join a more daily sustainable life. There's always kindling to co…

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House rules

No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's social distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Heights without rails or protection
Climbing or play structure
Carbon monoxide alarm

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