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Circle of Life
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Bunkhouse & Garden
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  Property  
 

Woodhouse Farm

 
 
  Location  
 

Kington, Herefordshire,

England

 
 
  One-off feature  
  Set on an organic farm in glorious Herefordshire countryside, our holiday cabin features truly sustainable facilities that harness the earth’s resources responsibly. It has a garden kitchen with a chimenea and BBQ for use on warmer days, and at the heart of everything is the circular garden grown on permaculture principles where you can harvest your own lunch!  
 
  Property Info  
  Accommodation Type: Cabin  
  Property Setting: Village / Rural  
  Holiday Type: Relaxing / Family / Sports & activity / Culture  
  Bedrooms: 2  
  Guests: 6  
  Catering: self-catering  
 
  General Info  
  The CountrySOLE experience is intended to be more than just a holiday in a cabin - we are inviting you to come and share our vision and enter into the spirit of sustainable living. It may be necessary to use water or electricity sparingly depending on the prevailing weather, and cooking will require more forward planning than most people will be accustomed to due to the idiosyncrasies of wood burning stoves. But you will be able to enjoy the many delights of Herefordshire and the Welsh Marches, safe in the knowledge that your cabin holiday won’t cost the earth. CountrySOLE aims to raise awareness of the unnecessary use of the world's finite resources and to encourage the use of sustainable materials in everyday life, recycling where possible and striving to close the gap between environmental demands and modern living conditions.  
 
  Details on the area surrounding the property/accommodation  
  A pleasant walk through the adjoining Holywell Dingle nature reserve leads to Eardisley, offering 2 pubs, a shop and post office. In the other direction, a network of footpaths and lanes takes you to the quiet village of Almeley and another delightful pub. Opportunities to get away from it all in these glorious Welsh and English Marches include walks, biking, canoeing, pony-trekking, beautiful houses and gardens and wild hillsides. There are market towns and villages steeped in history, books in Hay-on-Wye, music and theatrical events galore. This is a lovely setting in which to stay in a cabin.  
 
  Getting there & away/local amenities  
  Getting There: The property can be accessed around halfway along the A4111 between Eardisley and Kington. It is around 20-30 mins drive west of Hereford and around 15 mins east of Hay on Wye. If approaching from Eardisley turn right at the sign marked "Lemore Manor". Visitors are encouraged to make use of public transport wherever possible. We can offer transport from local bus stops. Bike hire can be arranged on site.  
  Nearest airports: Birmingham / Bristol 80 miles / 55 miles  
  Nearest train station: Hereford / Leominster 17 miles / 17 miles  
  Car Hire: Optional  
  Nearest restaurant: Pubs within a few minutes' walk  
  Nearest shop: The farm shop on site  
 
  More info Enquiry info
 
  Name Carey Glyn-Jones
  Contact Phone No. 01544327849
 
 
  Accommodation details
 
  Activities Nearby Birdwatching / Canoeing / Cycling / Horse Riding / Walking  
 
  Interior Facilities Linen provided / Log Fire  
 
  Interior Details The cabin is built from Finnish Pine interlocking logs and sleeps 6. It has a large open plan living/family area providing sitting and dining space, and a bathroom with a composting toilet. All electricity is solar powered and the ‘grey’ water is used for the gardens. The wooden framed windows are double glazed and the wall and floor insulation is provided by sheeps wool, some of which were grazing on our farm. The roof tiles are recycled plastic, reformed to copy Welsh slates. Electricity is obtained from the sun using photovoltaic cells and a small wind turbine. Heating and cooking comes from solid fuel (in this case wood) Rayburns, recovered from the rush for oil and gas. Hot water in the summer comes from solar heater panels on the south facing roof. The house has grey water recycling and composting toilets which return, eventually, all waste to the soil.  
 
  Exterior Facilities BBQ / Garden  
 
  Exterior Details We have planted 350 trees within the plot to replace the trees used in the buildings and eventually to provide a source of firewood and timber. More trees will be planted over the coming years to maintain the balance. We have created an amazing circular garden. There is a central octagonal pool (the water of life) to raise fish for eating, and raised beds radiate from the centre to the 8 main points of the compass, growing fruit, vegetables and flowers on a permaculture principle, with the small triangular beds between for other crops. We have a garden kitchen for use during warm days when lighting a fire indoors would not appeal, based on a chimenea and barbecue using wood again as fuel.  
 
  Further Details The challenge we set for ourselves was to build a sustainable house using, as much as possible, renewable, reusable, reused and biodegradable materials, and to build a living system which would have the least impact on the environment. Run to the Organic standards of The Soil Association, the farm grows crops of carrots, potatoes and cereals and has Hereford cattle, a small flock of chickens and the local Ryeland sheep. The farm, hens and livestock provide eggs, meat and local organic veg for the farm shop, which also features September Organic Dairy Ice-cream. This award-winning ice-cream originated on the farm when we were dairying and is always available in the farm shop, which is a short distance up the farm track.  
 
  Conditions of
Rental
Guests may arrive at the holiday cabin from 4pm onwards. Guests should vacate the house by 10.30 am. If you require different timings, please just ask. Pets are welcome. Guests are asked to keep them off the furniture and to take responsible measures in wet weather. Because this is a livestock farm, we expect them to be kept under strict control at all times.  
 
  Other Information Child Friendly / Other rental properties on site / Pet Friendly / Short breaks available  
 
 
   
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