The DugOut

Hand-made earth house as seen on Grand Designs with unique features like the library bath, near Hereford.

Key Points

  • Wonderfully quirky turf roofed earth house for 2 close to the English / Welsh boarder - Ross-on-Wye and Hereford.
  • Many of the features have been individually created - hand carved light fittings, pulley-light switches, copper and zinc piping, book encased bath, custom printed curtains and local arts and crafts.
  • Enquire about adding a woodwork, smallholding or animal care workshop during your stay.
  • There is a small shop on site with homemade and seasonal produce.

Special Offer

A turf roofed earth-house dug into the hill with far reaching views. Sleeps 2. As seen on Grand Designs. Everything handmade.

LATE DEAL: 50% discount on a 3 night stay from 27th-30th June. Price shown already discounted! 

20% off 4 night midweek breaks and 15% off 3 night weekend breaks from 16th June - 21st July 2023. Prices shown already include discount. How about donating part of your saving to ClientEarth. 

For stays of 10 + nights from December 1st 2023 - March 1st 2024 there is a low price per night of just £150. This means you could stay for nearly a fortnight for the price of a week's stay the rest of the year. (Excluding Christmas and New Year) 




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.

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 caring for the 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.

Optional Wifi. No children or pets.

2 night minimum stay.


Room Types





 Shower room




 Dining area


Paid Extras

 Extra logs / firewood



 Fire pit



Nearby (within 5 miles)

 Country walks


 Lake / River

 Local shop

 Pub within walking distance





 DVD player


 Sound system



On Arrival

 Included - Linen

 Included - Towels

 Welcome pack

Safety & Security

 Carbon monoxide detector

 Fire blanket

 Fire extinguisher

 First aid kit

 Smoke alarm


 Condiments & Oil



 Hot plate


 Kitchenware / Utensils


Shared Facilities

 On-site shop


 Guaranteed parking space


 Only one rental here

Nearest Airport/s

Cardiff / Bristol

Content updated on 15th June 2023 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Edward Waghorn from The DugOut