The Oakhouse is the main indoor gathering place, graceful and comfortable: fully insulated and heated! It includes an internal dining area, a 21′ x 21′ group room, lean-to veranda dining area, open sleeping loft for 12 people, a group leaders’ bedroom, three other double bedrooms, showers and an indoor composting loo. Heating by wood-burning stove, lighting by low-voltage solar electricity. Foam mattresses are provided: just bring a sleeping bag!
There is also a spacious kitchen, which was fitted in 2013 with a 6-burner range size propane gas cooker, a small gas fridge, storage cupboards, twin sinks and crockery and utensils for at least 24 people. Outside this is a new decked area with walkway to the group room.
Just outside but located in its own glade is a magnificent round oak table with enough room to seat 30 people.
It has a comfortable sleeping loft for up to 7 people, sleeping in two rooms, showers and a drying room/sauna. Heated by wood-burning stove, low-voltage lighting.
This is a large, covered circular space, diameter 27′ (8.2m), which was completely rebuilt in 2012 with a vaulted roof and no central support pillar. The new entrance takes the spirit of the building deeper into the Wood. With an earth floor, it has a stone fireplace/altar, and is well suited to dancing, rituals and other group sessions. Can also be used for undercover sleeping.
This wonderful new building is available to groups to use. It’s also ideal for individual or group retreats. For full details of the Ark, see the Ark’s page. For hiring costs, please go to the Bookings page.
At the heart of the wood is a seven acre area of mature beech and scots pine, which provides a beautiful, sheltered and well-drained setting for the main camping area and camp circle. This area is only a few minutes’ walk from the covered facilities. There are several other areas suitable for camp circles: normally bookings are limited to 25 people, but occasional larger camping groups can be accommodated.
The tub is a favourite with users. Capacity 9 seated or more if you dare! Set in a glade just away from the Oak house, its magical location is perfect for winding down in the evening, staring at the stars above you.
Special places: Around the wood you will find that there are many special places with a variety of qualities, suitable for meditation, celebration, retreat time or ceremonies.
Installed in 2006, the flow-form set in a small garden between the Oak and Long Houses. The solar-powered water flow-form is a perfect spot for relaxing and meditating.
Our two user-friendly composting loos have received high praise for comfort and pleasant views!