Earthships have been around for some time. While some comments on our first post suggested there is something a little cult-like about the movement, they still seem to be cropping up everywhere, having now crossed the Atlantic to Brighton, UK. But the spread doesn't end there — reading the latest newsletter of the Permaculture Association UK we learned that there is now an Earth Ship Normandy project, taking the concept to the northern shores of mainland Europe too. The Earthship, which by the sounds of things is nearing completion, will be available soon for vacation rentals (the site says September, but no rates or availability info is posted just yet):
"The French earthship will be a fully furnished, 3 bedroomed gite with a kitchen and bathroom. It will have the fixtures and fittings of any other more conventionally designed house, but with an eco-twist. For those interested in Permaculture, the planters inside the earthship will have this design system in mind to encompass the design of the physical structure. This rental offers the opportunity of experiencing earthship living first-hand and the viability of making this a blue print for large-scale sustainable developments in the future. Ger is a charming rural village in the heart of Normandy only 1 Â½ hours drive from the Ports. There are extensive forests in the area and endless walking and cycling routes nearby through the beautiful Normandy countryside. This is an extremely unspoilt corner of Europe and one which guarantees a peaceful holiday break."
Remember, if you are making the journey from the other side of the English channel, why not let the train take the strain — it'll save you some considerable emissions. And if you are just passing through London, then you could break up the journey with a stay at the eco-B&B; St Athans Hotel while you are there. ::Earthship Normandy::via The Permaculture Association UK newsletter::