A turf-roofed, handcrafted hideaway, offering a unique retreat in the Herefordshire countryside as seen on Kevin McCloud's Grand Designs
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 2 nights
If you are looking for a design-conscious, eco-friendly, unique proposition for your next break, The DugOut could be everything you are dreaming of, and more. This turf-roofed, handcrafted earth house set in a secluded spot in Herefordshire, offers unusual features, unique stylish design, and cosy, comfortable accommodation.
Offering you the opportunity to reconnect with the earth around you, The DugOut is nestled into a hill in an enviable location, with views reaching out across three counties. Hosts, Ed and Rowena welcome guests to come and experience the slow life on their farmstead in this unique home that was even featured on Kevin McCloud’s innovative home series, Grand Designs.
Kevin's review of the place encapsulates what the owners have tried to create. He said “We consume experiences these days as fast and as greedily as we consume goods. So it is a marvellous thing to discover and share the slow life that Ed and Rowena have fashioned for themselves over decades. A life of contemplation and pleasure in the everyday timeless activities of the farmstead; of satisfaction in the well-made thing crafted from what is available; of connection to the quiet and forgotten rhythms that the land, natural beauty, the seasons and the weather engender. Thanks to Ed and Rowena’s generosity we can all learn to meditate through doing something, to slow right down and savour some of the essential, often elusive, qualities of life. What Ed and Rowena offer is rare and authentic.”
A complete one-off, The DugOut has been fashioned over a decade and offers cut stone floors, woven wood lattice, shaved hedgerow timbers and organic curves everywhere you look.
Eco-friendly and designed with minimum disruption to the environment around it, this unusual house still has plenty of fun and funky touches to amuse and impress. The space offers pulley light switches, a bath encased in books, and a king size bed that's made entirely of chestnut and shaped to fit the curves of the room, meaning The DugOut is sustainable without being dull.
When you approach, what looks like a small curricular hut from a distance will soon reveal its full splendour. With floor to ceiling windows affording superb views out across the rolling countryside, stepping through the traditional wooden door will delight your senses and immediately make you smile.
This hilltop hideaway offers an open plan kitchen, dining and living area, all crafted out of local materials with sustainability in mind. The Everhot stove provides continual warmth and the handmade, curved wooden cabinets and work surfaces blend seamlessly with the round house aesthetic.
A table for two, soft snug sofas, and an open fire transform this area into a homely space, perfect for taking in the amazing views and the utter tranquility that awaits outside your windows.
The bedroom with its handcrafted bed is the perfect place to lay your head. A labour of love, the rustic bed flows with the curves of the room and the natural lean of the wood, creating a truly unique sleeping space for you and your better half. Wake up to the sound of the birds, and without a car or motorway for miles and miles.
The bathroom is a real beauty and has a hand designed tub that's built with a bookcase below, offering you the perfect spot to grab a glass of wine and soak with your favourite novel after a busy day exploring the local area. It also comes complete with soft fluffy towels and handmade soaps for your convenience.
On-site workshops in craft woodwork and smallholding are also available to guests. On top of this, you can also make use of an honesty shop, and are offered access to a variety of lovely products from fresh milk, bread, eggs and cheese, to bacon, fruit, lovely teas and coffees and much more.
The DugOut has been created with love, and personal touches can be found throughout. With local artwork on the walls, hand picked pottery and soft woven linens on the bed, the owners have turned a home hidden in the grass into the most perfect country retreat. If you still want to enjoy some of the luxuries of modern day life, The DugOut provides mod cons like a Sonos sound system and Wi-Fi, making it perfect for even the most urban of explorers.
Outside there is a private garden and terrace with garden furniture, a barbeque and a fire-pit - perfect for quiet nights spent outdoors and al fresco dining.
Ed and Rowena are more than happy to show you more about their idyllic lifestyle. Meet the animals, including two delightful Kune Kune pigs, and Looby the Welsh Mountain Pony, or try your hand at woodworking or cheesemaking by taking part in any of their tailor made courses.
Tucked away in a beautiful corner of Herefordshire, you can enjoy long walks or bike rides, or visit the historic market towns of Hereford, Ross or Monmouth. Catch your breathe in the this truly unique country hideaway, and experience the slow life for yourselves.
There is also some local cider tasting available
Bristol Airport - 90 minutes
From Previous Guests
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Staying in this BnB is like staying inside a work of art. What looks so small and quaint from the inside is extraordinarily spacious on the inside. No from how far it has been dug into the hill but in its wonderful and sensible use of space. Almost every corner is individually custom made, there are books galore for your reading leisure but one cannot help but be surprised time and again by the beauty of new realisations of Dugout's unique construction. And the view whether inside or out the landscape just piles on the beauty of the environment surrounded by animals, plants and Midnight the cat who when I showed affection to, stayed by my side watching the hills for hours. To stay in this accommodation feels not just an investment in leisure but an investment in your mental well being.
Stayed May 2018
The Dugout is simply wonderful - utterly charming; inviting and very comfortable. Its uniqueness is evident everywhere from the idiosyncratic light switches; beautiful wood and the flooring detail around the wooden columns - there isn't a straight line anywhere. We also appreciated the attention to details, such as with the lovely pottery dishes and thoughtful welcome including chocolate brownies; fresh bread and apple juice. It is probably one of the cleanest places we have ever stayed too. To be truthful, we have really struggled with whether to submit a review or not, as there is a part of us that would prefer keep it to ourselves rather than alert others to its existence. However, Ed and Rowena made us so welcome, and the Dugout is SO lovely, that we concluded it would be churlish not to endorse the place. The cottage is set into the hillside in a very tranquil location with wonderful views (in our case only for one evening when the rain stopped / the cloud rose). The surrounding countryside is very pretty and we found plenty to do even though the weather was not great, though we could just as happily have hunkered down to savour the atmosphere and our books. This cottage would be perfect for anyone wanting to unwind and relax and we will most definately be returning.
Stayed May 2018
Amazing views, so peaceful and quiet! Just amazed by the beautiful blend of nature with human. Very clean, with an unique taste in style, The Dug Out House is such a poetic place, full of surprises, ready for anyone to come and discover them. From the light switches, that are just a pleasure to touch, to the all the good books you can read or exchange, to the amazing view from the comfortable bathtub! Absolutely loved it, including the companionship of all the pets around the fairy tale house!
Stayed April 2018
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