The Forest Ark: off-grid eco lodge in 70 acre wood

Entire cabin hosted by Lauren

  1. 6 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 2 bathrooms
Great location
93% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Great check-in experience
93% of recent guests gave the check-in process a 5-star rating.
Park for free
This is one of the few places in the area with free parking.


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The Forest Ark is a quirky off-grid eco building in the heart of Hazel Hill Wood, a private woodland and nature sanctuary looked after by the charity, Hazel Hill Trust. This beautifully-crafted, rustic building made from natural materials provides a basic but comfortable style of accommodation, which is ideal for a quiet forest retreat. Switch off from the modern world and experience the off-grid lifestyle. The woodland is a wonderful space to wander around and for kids to play and explore.

The space
The Forest Ark sleeps 6, across two double bedrooms and sofa beds in the living room.

Our building is off-grid. This means that understanding how you use water, heat, electricity and generate waste is part of having a good stay. The building has a limited amount of electricity, provided by solar panels.

The water that comes through the taps is from rainwater. This water looks discoloured - it's suitable for washing but not drinking and cooking! We provide separate drinking water in containers. Hot water and heat comes from a wood-burning stove that you need to light and stoke. Logs are provided. There is a two-ring gas stove that you can cook on and a fridge. You can also use the oven in the wood-burning stove if you have it lit. The building has two indoor composting toilets. There are also two outdoor composting toilets. Waste-water drains into a reed bed so we ask you to bring eco-friendly shampoo, shower gel etc.

There is no publically available wi-fi.

We brief you on how how to use these systems when you arrive in a 30-45 minute briefing at check-in. We need to make sure we agree a check-in time with you in advance to make sure one of our team is on-site to do this briefing for you. Check-in is between 3-5pm ONLY.

We do not provide bedding, duvets, blankets, pillows, nor towels.

Where you'll sleep

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What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Private patio or balcony
Long-term stays allowed

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Where you’ll be

Farley, England, United Kingdom

What is special about the Forest Ark is being situated in the middle of a private woodland with a range of different habitats that you can explore, from glades and a meadow, to the tall and majestic heartwood to the cool and refreshing darkwood. The Forest Ark and our other building, the Oak House are the only two buildings open to the public so you will have the woodland almost to yourself.

Hosted by Lauren

  1. Joined in July 2020


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    During your stay

    You can call someone from the Hazel Hill team at any time during your stay for assistance.
      To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

      Things to know

      House rules

      Check-in: 14:00 - 16:00
      Check out: 11:00
      No smoking
      No pets
      No parties or events

      Health & safety

      Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
      Nearby lake, river, other body of water
      Heights without rails or protection
      May encounter potentially dangerous animals
      Carbon monoxide alarm

      Cancellation policy