About this listing
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.
Please read the full description before booking!
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 and gentle cats here in the house and then daphne the dog who will be with us in the eco lodge close by. We can arrange at times for the cats to be out of the house and use the conservatory for short periods. If you have serious cat allergies however this may not be for you.
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 with low futon style beds. 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. We can offer subsidy for this also at times.
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 on arrival and then extra if required for £5 a basket.
Interaction with Guests
We welcome our guests and are around 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.
Wow, what a place!! We had an amazing and relaxing time, we felt at home straight away and Rachel was very welcoming and interesting to talk too. Some great walks with stunning views near by made better when coming back in the evening and being greeted by 3 affectionate cats. The house itself is one of a kind and it was refreshing to get back to basics and not be controlled by electronics. We will definitely be back. Great place to spend time with a group of friends
We had a fantastic few days in this Eco retreat. Rachel so lovely and friendly and we loved the roaring log fires and cosy atmosphere. You feel so tucked away, so perfect for getting some peace and quiet. Loved seeing cardigan and the beach which was near by and hope to be back again soon!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Rachel in her delightful Eco-lodge. She is a kind, welcoming host, who made us feel very at home. And her house is a beautiful, unique property with majestic views in an oasis of woodland calm.
We would also highly recommend spending time with Mark, her partner. He is a lovely man, who expertly guided us in creating a sand circle on Mwnt beach.
I would commend Rachel and her Eco-lodge to anyone. And we hope to stay again.
Beautiful house (though house seems too ordinary a word!) in a magical setting. Lovely space to read, chat and think, and spend time together. We loved the cats, who were very friendly and chilled. The walk up from the road is not nearly as long as we feared, but the place felt very secluded and safe.
Our teenagers enjoyed the big open plan bedroom, and took charge of the woodburner and monitoring the solar power.
We had a great time visiting beaches and walks nearby, and there were convenient pubs and shops, and amazing sweetshop in Cardigan.
We felt very welcomed, and it was a truly memorable stay!
Rachel is a great host. The property is quirky and memorable. It offered all we required for a weeks stay. There is no television and this is great as the children found many other things to keep them occupied - board games, music and lots more. The local area is fabulous. Lots to do. Great eating out. Great beaches.
We felt very welcome by Rachel, she allowed a lot of time to show us around. A beautiful place, very unique and in wild contrast to the places we stayed before that. The kids absolutely loved it. Unforgettable experience. Thanks Rachel.
We had the most wonderful stay at Rachel's 'eco palace' as we were calling it. The setting, surroundings and views are absolutely amazing and we wish we could of stayed longer than just the two nights (we were in the area for a friends wedding). Rachel made us feel so welcome and was always around for a chat and to help us out! Top host and a really special place to be!
About the Host, Rachel
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.