What's it all about?
Well, a few years ago we came up with the (crazy) idea of building an underground shelter for walkers/campers to get out of the rain and wind. But how were we going to make that happen? Read on....
How’s it made?
We started out by digging a BIG hole. Then we made a sealed 5m x 5m shelter using 2 huge recycled fibre glass tanks and built a huge internal wooden frame to keep the roof up. We cut a hole in the front and added old conservatory windows and doors. Then decided to add a hole in the roof to let in more light during the day and to see the stars at night.
Next, we dug a slightly smaller BIG hole and lowered a 3m high x 4m long recycled water tank deep underground. Inside this barrel we built a floor and curved walls. We added light turrets above and cut a curvy entrance and a sliding door.
But why bother going underground?
Why not? Apart from the obvious novelty factor of being hidden away underground, it's great because it minimises outside noise - it is so peaceful. Being underground means it also keeps the shelter at a more constant temperature (the earth insulates the shelter to help keep it warmer at night and cooler during the day) and there's less maintenance - no roof tiles to fix, no walls to paint. Plus it's just an amazing feeling being below the surface of the earth! Think JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings..... without the hairy feet!
How many underground spaces are there?
FOUR - two sleeping shelters - The Round House and The Barrel House (see HOME page for details) - an undercover kitchen and a below the surface shower and toilet. There is also an above ground compost toilet. We have nicknamed the area all these spaces are in The Hobbit Village. We have tried to hide these amazing spaces within the natural surroundings so you feel you are staying somewhere secretive.