Every now and then it can seem like the perfect idea to get away from it all and get back to basic living. For those that want to take this to the extreme, the perfect property has just gone on the market.
‘Ty Cwrrd Bach’, which translates into ‘Little meeting house’, is a completely off-the-grid property overlooking the Gwaun Valley in Pembrookshire. Built on the site of an old chapel in Fishguard, the house has everything you would need for taking a break from modern life, and is currently available for £160,000.
With its turf roof and aged stone exterior, the 3-4 bedroom house looks like something you might expect to find in the pre-industrial ages. Staying there, you may well feel as though you have stepped back in time, with no access to central heating, electricity or even an internet connection.
“The character and location means it is a one-off,” current owner Tim Brittain said to the Mail Online. “It is an ideal holiday home for people who want to turn their phones off and enjoy being near the beach.”
Although ‘The Hobbit House’, as local estate agents call it, is off-the-grid, it is also self sustaining. A Rayburn stove and an open fireplace provide warmth, while a private spring gives the property plenty of water.
Those who want a full Lord of the Rings experience may be disappointed to hear that a private septic tank provides drainage, while two solar panels provide just enough power for a few LED lights.
Inside, the property is decorated with whitewashed walls that work well the exposed beams. Bespoke windows and doors add to the rural decor of the house, while also providing it with plenty of natural light
The house was built by eco-architect Christopher Day, whose specialty is creating environmentally friendly homes that blend in with their surroundings. He built the house in 1972 and originally lived there himself, but since then it has had several owners.
Ty Cwrrd Bach will be sold via private auction at Parc Y Scarlets on July 5. There will be a guiding price of £160,000, though it is also available to be bought beforehand.
Philip knows the most frustrating aspect of a home improvement job is not knowing anything about it! In the news, Phil is always on the look out for properties that inspire. He’s a fan of modern properties, with a particular soft spot for skyscrapers.