We have recently built a timber-framed, straw-bale house on Big Sky Meadow, built almost entirely from natural materials. We provide guided tours of our house, which are available for groups or individually in either English or French (or occasionally, both together!).

The timber-framed house is designed to be as ecologically and economically sustainable as possible. Building materials have been chosen to be as low-impact as possible within the constraints of a limited budget, and the house requires very little energy to maintain a healthy ambience. The walls are constructed of locally-produced Douglas Fir, in-filled with straw bales cut from the field directly across the road. All aggregates come from the quarry just across the valley & cement has been almost entirely avoided. Renders and plasters are lime or earth-based, and all insulation materials are natural and biodegradable such as sheep’s wool and cork, as well as the straw. Recycled materials also feature in the build, including recycled newspaper in the roof & recycled car tyres in the foundation.

Most tours take place in the summer months, and open dates (when anyone can join in) for next summer will be posted in advance here…