Approaching the Old Coach House - yep! it's over the edge, down the hill ... (good going for any car, though) ...
Come and stay in a large and comfortable longhouse in a very private, very quiet and unbelievably beautiful place. And what's so very special about it? It's offgrid! Enjoy life to the full while making good use of our local resources – you'll probably be surprised and delighted to find out how easy it is to use our super-sustainable systems.
One kingsize bedroom downstairs
One shower room/wc, one wc downstairs
One family room upstairs; two double beds on a platform under the eaves
One woodburner kitchen range, one woodburner stove
Optional extra, studio flat with double bed, wc and kitchenette
Large private garden.
Download the detailed floor plan (PDF)
So, what does off-grid mean? There’s no mains electricity, or gas. Yet the house has lighting and heating and loads of hot water. The kitchen has a fridge/freezer, a large range cooker with hob and oven, and a gas hob. It’s amazingly easy to live really comfortably!
Why? This is one of the rare places in the UK that's free of electrosmog. Many visitors have commented on the wonderful feeling of calm and peace in the house.
How? The electricity is 12V DC, and the lighting comes from solar pv panels and a big battery bank; the lights work just like normal ones.) The hot water for sink, washbasins and shower comes from solar tubes and the woodburner range (and firewood's included in the price, of course).).
To heat most of the house, it’s the woodburner again; its warmth diffuses gently through the fabric of the building. There's another woodburner in the sitting room, so it’s extra cosy in winter. There are no thermostats, though, so the temperature indoors will probably fluctuate more than you're used to.
To cook food it’s the woodburner again, and (for summer) an LPG gas hob; there's also a Kelly Kettle for experimentation with twigs and moss. The fridge/freezer's powered by the sun. For food prep it’s people-power … ever heard of Spong? We provide pots, pans and utensils, plates, mugs and cutlery. We also provide loo roll, and washing-up liquid, brushes etc and drying-up cloths.
And when you’ve been here a few days, you’ll find how many of our 21st-century energy-guzzling 'essentials’ we don’t really need after all … microwave, central heating, dishwasher, hoover, food processor, toaster, electric kettle, washing machine, tumble drier, iron, TV, DVD player, sound system, landline phone/ broadband, hairdryer, shaver …
For sleeping, we have a really comfortable king-size bed in a room downstairs, plus two double mattresses on a platform upstairs, for up to 4 adults (or more not-too-wriggly kids). There's a shower room downstairs, and conventional flushing loos. We provide bedding and towels for everyone.
And as an optional extra, there's a separate studio flat with a double bed, wc and kitchenette, with its own entrance. So your party can include one or two people who'd prefer their own private space. NB To shower, they will need to use either the one in the lean-to at the end of the house or yours in the main part.
For your entertainment, edification and delight indoors, we provide some books, packs of cards, board games etc, and a few simple musical instruments. We also have a mobile recharging point, and most networks seem to be in range.
You'll want to bring ... children? Dogs or other pets? Horses/ponies? People who are aged and/or a bit dodgy on their pins? See the relevant sections under the Accommodation tab above.
Staying here, you’ll have the chance to learn hands on how good it can feel to live without the pervasive support of the big energy companies. You could even see this as a time-travel experience – back to the future???