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The DugOut

the hobbit like round house
Hand-made hobbit-like earth house as seen on Grand Designs with unique features like the library bath. Sleeps 2 people, near Hereford
Herefordshire, England

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A tranquil self-catering turf roofed earth house that nestles into a hill with views over three counties. Sleeping 2 people this property is the ultimate "back to nature" retreat and was made with love and featured on the TV programme Grand Designs.

Located close to the England/Wales border, this property is in a great location close to many picturesque market towns including Ross-on-Wye, Hereford and a little further away Hay-on-Wye, where there is a famous annual book festival. You can choose to explore the many areas of natural beauty on foot, or step back in time in Hereford Cathedral with a viewing of the Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world dating from the 13th century! The owners Ed and Rowena are always happy to advise you on local places to visit and as such will send you a what's on guide for Herefordshire two weeks before your arrival so you can plan your stay. Equally they can tell you about great local walks that can end at a pub, enabling you to quench your thirst!

At The DugOut, take time to appreciate the hours of labour that have gone into making this property so unique. The quirky cut stone floor, pulley light switches, hand carved light fittings, the natural wooden beams, book encased bath and the roundwood, chestnut king size bed all add to the individuality of this house. Even the curtains have been custom printed and the property houses local arts and crafts, some of which are for sale. The house is eco-friendly and as such all the plant based cleaning products and toiletries are supplied for your use. There is a landline in the property so you can switch off your mobile safe in the knowledge that if anyone needs to get hold of you they can and meantime you can enjoy the freedom of being away from technology.

Add a woodwork or smallholding workshop to your stay for £50 and learn the skills of using different tools for different techniques or how to care for farm animals. Daily and seasonal tasks are ongoing; hedge laying, logging firewood, lambing, kidding, scything, feeding and cleaning out animals, milking and cheese making, collecting eggs, gardening, growing and harvesting veg and fruit and you are welcome to work alongside the owners or simply observe.

There is also a small shop on site where you can purchase homemade and seasonal produce. Provisions include, milk and milk alternatives, tinned beans and tomatoes, local cheeses, local bacon, pasta, rice, oat cakes, a selection of teas and ground coffee, fresh eggs from the smallholding, fresh home made bread, home made cake/biscuits, local apple juice, home made jams and marmalade, seasonal vegetables and fruit.

If you are celebrating a special occasion, please don't hesitate to let Ed and Rowena know in advance as they pride themselves on a tailored provision for their guests’ special celebratory occasions. They are accustomed to providing bouquets of locally grown flowers, artisan handmade chocolates, homemade cakes and candles and an ice-bucket for your chosen beverage.

Optional Wifi. No children or pets.

Prices start from £175 per night with a minimum 2 night stay midweek (Monday or Wednesday arrivals) and a minimum 3 night stay at weekends (Friday arrival). A 2 night weekend stay may be possible, so please enquire.

Please click the Check Availability link above to get in touch or the Website link for more information.

Room Types:

  • Double


  • Medium £85-£220

Nearest Airport: Cardiff / Bristol


  • Car parking
turf roofed entrance
interior shot
Gorgeous bath with mini library
Handmade bed
The Dugout on a sunny day
Views of 3 counties
Living area with views of the countryside
Cosy wood burner
Seasonal produce from the shop
The Dugout Exterior
Beautiful garden
Al fresco dining

Sublime - visit end May 2018
by Sally
on May 28, 2018
The Dugout is simply wonderful - utterly charming; inviting and very comfortable. 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 bunkered 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.