Grand Designs Eco home award winner 2008, Quiet Earth Retreat is a two storey loadbearing straw bale house (first in the UK).
Offering a sustainable experience in a beautiful, quiet haven. Stunning views over the welsh landscapes and beaches.
This straw bale eco retreat home was self built between 2003-05 and generated much attention due to it's unique nature.
It is a beautiful retreat centre, offering special time to relax in an untouched woodland upon a hill overlooking spectacular views of the Teifi estury.
There are various idyllic beaches within a couple of miles of here and many inspiring walks.
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 laptops etc. (no hairdryers!) The Nature of this place does invite the visitor to just enjoy being switched off for a while and to enjoy 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 views.
We have 3 delightful cats and daphne the dog who will be with us in the eco lodge nearby, or you can enjoy their company in the home.
Upstairs is a large open plan room which offers itself as a luxury bedroom and studio for a couple or a space for family or a retreat space for a group of up to 8- 10. We have also now opened up the large beautiful attic bedroom as an extra with a double mattress and space for more. This is accessible by ladder.
In the warmer months there is extra camping space in the woodland, a UniDome and a self contained eco lodge too.
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.
Guests will have access to the house and land.
Space sharing is negotiable. We would have daily access to the conservatory to feed the cats and also to check the power meter once a day.
In the colder months we can offer a large basket of wood a day and then extra if required for £5 a basket.
Interaction with Guests
We welcome our guests and are nearby if required.
Some may prefer a quiet retreat, whereas others may like to join us in our daily sustainable life.
We can on occasion as an extra, offer yoga, local walks, meditation sessions, massage, flower essence therapies, wild food foraging, raw food and chocolate preparations, natural building and sand art designs on the beach for groups.
We can also prepare a delicious healthy meal or cake for special occasions.
We can also negotiate a discount for couples at quieter times.
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.
Access to the house is by foot for 5-8 minutes up a woodland pathway and parking is in the village close by.
Buses run to the village from the nearby towns and trains run to the nearby towns.
Other Things to Note
This home supports sustainable living and invites visitors to also come and experience the fruits of living this way.
We also run occasional retreats and courses here in sustainable/ conscious living and building.
We are also happy to offer a tailor made retreat for a group including yoga,meditation, wild food forages, raw and wild food cooking, earth oven baking, sacred geometry sand circle creating, silent walks and retreats too and more...
Please express interest.
We ask guests to refrain from smoking here; it is a straw bale home!
We also ask to keep alcohol to a healthy minimum to support the nature of this place.
We recommend bringing indoor shoes.
Wonderful experience and beautiful area. Also super friendly cats made it even more pleasant. We will def visit again at some point. Thank you for having us Rachel.
What a beautiful house, perfect for a relaxing weekend enjoying the views over the estuary and getting away from it all!
Rachels house was just as welcoming and cozy as our first visit. The cats were super friendly and the house leaves you feeling calm and rested. Really can't recommend this retreat any more. I was unfortunately unable to meet Rachael (Due to late arrival from us) but she has always been more than helpful and there is a lot of great walks left for us to discover! You won't regret visiting!
Loved every minute here. Rachel and Mark were amazing and very welcoming and told us everything we needed to know. We had their lovely cats staying with us which was great and the area surrounding is lovely for walks and pub lunches. Very nice and relaxing, highly recommended.
Very pleasant experience, very relaxed. I will definitely recommend to others.
We had an amazing weekend at the Eco retreat! Although well enough to greet us herself, Rachel made us feel extremely welcome and at home! Enough contact was made to make sure we were comfortable but we were left to our own devices and explored around the lovely coast and ate at the lovely pubs in the village. Local residents were lovely, and the house itself is impossible to explain. Beautiful, serene, calming and a pleasure to be in! And the cats were lovely too. We will definitely be coming back! Thank you Rachel x
Having lived here in this woodland haven for almost twenty years, there is much gratitude for a life so close to Nature.
I love walking along the coastal and mountain paths, yoga, meditation and creating essences, oils and jewellery, preparing foraged wild and raw foods.
I also love to share all of this with those who come to stay here.