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.
From Jul 20 - Aug 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
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!
We had another lovely stay at the Eco house. The perfect retreat, Rachel was helpful and kind throughout which made for an even more enjoyable experience.
What a magic place! No previous experience is similar. Just great and our kids 5 & 9 years loved it. Something we will remember for the rest of our life. Almost to good to tell you about it, the more people that find it the harder for me to book.
We had a lovely time in Rachel's off-grid eco home. It's in a fantastic part of Wales - a perfect base for spectacular coastal walks and trips to the beach. Rachel popped in to meet us - she's very friendly and helpful and made us feel very welcome.
We missed the bit on AirBnB about it not being kid-friendly - so it was me, my wife and kids (2 and 5). Rachel is very happy to have kids stay, and ours loved the house and the cats. We had to sleep together in one room though, because the top room is only accessible via a ladder and we didn't want the children to try and use that in the night.
The house is very unusual, interesting and personal. It's comfortable, with a garden and amazing views. It's not practical for everyone though: off-grid (no TV etc); you need to light a wood burning stove if you're cold; beds are futon height; no curtains so take an eye-mask if you want to sleep in etc. Also, it's up a 1/4 mile path from the road (there's a wheel barrow for your bags).
Overall I think it's a very interesting place to stay - a great base for getting out into beautiful countryside - and is good value for money.
Thanks for coming Harry and family and lovely to meet you all. There have been no comments from families yet about it not being child friendly .. just to be aware of an 8 minute walk uphill to our home! The curtains have been washed and re fixed now. hope to see you again.
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 :-)
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.