I am not sure if you all know of our plans but to fill in the gaps we have decided to construct 5 x eco treehouses on our surrounding land for short term holiday let, jumping on the 'Glamping' band wagon.
We have always wanted to own our own business and we feel this combines our love of getting back to nature and Steve's years of hotel experience into one.
We feel privileged to live here and would like to share our part of West Wales with people by providing them with an oasis to come and stay in as a base camp for a holiday offering a unique experience.
The treehouses will be self-supporting wooden structures close to trees but will not use the trees in a structural way. We will build them in stages 1 to begin with followed by the other 4 as and when budget allows.
Our initial thoughts are that each treehouse will be ecologically designed to blend into the surrounding area using natural, ethical and locally sourced materials and labour. They will all consist of a main living room to include a bed, wood burning stove and lounge area all lit by solar powered lamps. They will have their own kitchen facilities just outside the main living area under a canvas canopy with a basic Calor gas hob and sink. Their bathrooms will consist of a compost toilet and solar powered shower to provide minimal impact to the environment and landscape. And of course there will be fire pits and hammocks a plenty!
It is a really exciting time, as we are starting to get everything ready to submit our planning application in. Finally we have got the ball rolling and our plans are starting to take shape ;0)
We have got a great team on board to help us with our planning application. Wayne Evans from www.land-survey.co.uk is surveying the land for us, here he is at work today:
Byron Jenkins, our architect will be designing the treehouses and helping to get the paperwork together for us.
We also need to get a biodiversity survey booked and we have a planning consultant who is going to help with the design & access statement, as you can imagine we have to submit a war and peace to planning, but we are confident following a positive pre planning application that we will succeed.
This is the true start to our journey and we will keep you updated as things progress.