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.
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.
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 on arrival 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.
From Jul 20 - Aug 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
The eco house was just as lovely as described and was quite an experience for us city dwellers. It was certainly a welcome opportunity to go 'off grid' and to switch off iPhones and laptops. We really enjoyed listening to the quietness of the wooded surrounds and seeing the beauty of the wild spring flowers. The house itself is something special and has a life of its own that draws you in and makes you feel calm and content.
We had a warm welcome with a suitable explanation of how to interact with the house, everything was very easy and we especially loved the log burner.
The cats were very well behaved and kept to their area within the porch, we are not used to cats but were happy to feed them.
The walk from the car to the house is quite steep in places but it adds to the calming experience to be away from the road.
Would definitely recommend it for adults and grown children, but not under fives or anyone with difficulty walking.
Rachel communicated very clearly to us from the moment we made our first enquiry, and everything was exactly as great as the description. We really really enjoyed staying here, it was so different. Our favourite place to sit was in the conservatory looking out over the incredible view, with a glass of wine. The sunny day meant there was hot enough water to wash up and fill the bath, and charge our mobiles, even though we made a private rule to not use our mobiles while there. The cats must be the most relaxed and happy cats we've ever met. Just looking at them makes you feel relaxed as they were living and breathing the atmosphere. Also, even though there was an indoor toilet, there was also an outdoor one which was much more fun to use. We hope to be back some time, maybe with friends or for some educational courses. Thanks Rachel :-)
A very tranquil, restful weekend getaway staying at this very
special straw bale house.
Located at the top of the hill with spectacular view during both
day and night.
Fully appreciate living in harmony with nature and wake up
surrounded by whistling birds.
Rachael has been helpful and friendly from the beginning,
giving clear direction how to reach the house, she has great
knowledge of the surrounding areas and able to recommand
wonderful places for lunch and coastal walks.
Wow. What a beautiful time we have had. Rachel's fantastic straw bale build house was incredible and we loved having some very friendly companions in Arthur, meadowsweet, and elmer.
Thank you so much for making us feel so welcome on our "mini moon"! Hopefully we will be back in a few years for an anniversary or something! x
Thank you for a wonderful stay at Quiet Earth; we had a perfect stay and it was the ideal place to get engaged/celebrate our engagement.
The cats were welcome company and Arthur's quacking was a particular highlight. The middle floor room is an ideal space for yoga and the views are spectacular.
There are so many interesting and beautiful places to visit in the area but the house is so lovely, we did not want to leave!
Thank you again and we will definitely be back.
Sam and Lucy
We had an amazing stay in Rachel's beautiful home. We had never stayed anywhere like it before and we would thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience nature in all it's raw beauty and also wanting a proper off grid experience. The house is very comfortable and spacious and the super friendly cats add to the sense of welcome. Rachel is an excellent hostess. Discrete but thoughtful and full of wisdom and insight. To stay in the house that she visioned and created is a once in a lifetime experience that I would recommend to all those wanting to get back to the heart of what's important.
We had a great time staying at Rachel's place. She was very welcoming and the house was a real treat. It was comfortable for 8 of us and we had a great walk along the coast nearby, recommended by Rachel. Special mention goes to the three happiest cats in Wales, who completed our cosy weekend! We'd love to visit again.
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.