Our facilities include the Hall Barn, which is a large group space; Ash Barn, Alder Barn and Rowan Cabin that provide self-contained accommodation and small group spaces. We will complete the new Studio by spring 2017 which will add four small single rooms and another group space and/or group dining room. In addition we have a natural swimming pond, utility and car parking area, all set in ten acres of cultivated and wild gardens and fields.
The Hall Barn
The Hall Barn has a main hall room of 4.8 metres x 9.6 metres, with three large double doors – opening onto a hard-standing forecourt and decking to the rear. There is a smaller upstairs group room. Downstairs it also has a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering and refreshments, a shower wet room (suitable for wheelchair access) with hand basin and toilet. There are two additional heated wet-rooms with showers, toilets and washbasins accessed from outside. The building is wood and solar fuelled for heating and hot water
Ash Barn is a timber frame construction with high insulation values, photovoltaic panels to generate electricity and solar thermal panels to produce hot water. There is also a wood burner that contributes to the water heating as well as heating the accommodation. The downstairs bedrooms also have electric heaters. Ash is connected to Alder Barn.
It is accessed from the parking area, via decking, into Ash sitting room which also can be used as a breakout space for small groups. This is an open plan space that includes a fully fitted kitchen and dining area where residents of Ash can have their breakfast. The two lower twin/double bedrooms can be accessed internally from the sitting room or via external doors leading from a garden. The crog loft is situated above the sitting room. It is accessed via a wooden ladder with handrails. The shower room also has toilet and wash basin, with heated towel rail.
Alder Barn is connected to Ash Barn. It is accessed from the parking area via decking into the open plan sitting room which can be used as a small breakout space for larger groups. This is an open plan space that includes a fully fitted kitchen and dining area where residents of Alder can have their breakfast.
The lower bedroom can be accessed from the sitting room internally or via an external door leading from the main walkway. It has twin beds and electric heating. Like Ash the crog loft is situated above the sitting room. It is accessed via a wooden ladder with handrails.
Sheets, towels, environmentally friendly shampoo and cleaning materials are provided. In managing our waste well, we aim to minimise harm to the local environment and safeguard the land.
Rowan Cabin is a smaller neighbour of Alder and Ash Barns. The entrance is from the decking walkway and stone path into an open plan dining and sitting room with fitted kitchen and wood burning stove. Participants can have breakfast in the cabin.
This compact space sleeps two/three participants in two bedrooms. Bedroom one has a small 4ft double bed and bedroom two has twin 2ft 6in divan beds which can link into a king size bed. The bathroom has a low level shower enclosure, toilet and small basin.
The Studio provides a group space for dining which can also be used for craft and art workshops; it has a wet room, toilet and basin, as well as a refreshment preparation area on the ground floor. Upstairs, there are four single bedrooms with opening roof lights.
The Natural Swimming Pond
In 2014 we decided to transform the old drainage pond into an area for contemplation, inspiration and enjoyment, with the construction of a natural swimming pond. The pond is filled from groundwater and is kept clean without the use of chemicals, using a series of pumps and gravel filters. It has a swimming zone 10 metres by 4 metres and is about 1.75 metres deep. It is fenced and gated for safety.
We have been planting up a regeneration zone in the stone shallows to help maintain the quality of the water. This has successfully attracted a diverse range of wildlife from damsel flies to water boatmen and of course a great variety of newts and frogs. There are a number of quiet areas for individuals or groups to use, next to the water.
Car Parking and Utility Area
The car parking area can accommodate up to seven cars. All buildings are accessed by decking walkways and paths from the parking area. Additional parking can be arranged for larger parties in a nearby field. Situated in this space is a utility cabin which has a domestic style laundry and kitchen sink. It has an additional toilet and basin with an open sided outbuilding for undercover clothes drying and storage of bicycles. This space also houses bins and recycling containers.