Hobbit Houses We Have Known: A Tour of Underground and Earth Sheltered Houses

Brithdir Mawr

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Brithdir Mawr

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That Roundhouse was part of Brithdir Mawr, an intentional community in Wales. It is described as " an ecohome of wood frame, cobwood and recycled window walls, straw-insulated turf roof; with solar power and wind turbine for electricity, compost toilet and reed beds for grey water."

The owners were almost evicted a few years ago, but we wrote in 2008 that they were saved from demolition. Founder Emma Orbach wrote:

It's a milestone in a free society that a minority of people who wish to live simply on the Earth are now being given this opportunity. The villagers are pioneering a new lifestyle.

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