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Vegan Half Board: Twin Room
Vegan Half Board: Twin Room
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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We live a self sufficient lifestyle in a beautiful corner of Herefordshire. We grow our own vegan food & make our own bread, preserves, wines & ciders. We run a carbon neutral home, burning logs & generating solar electricity. We know how hard it is to find vegan food when travelling. Sleep in a comfy bed and eat 2 home-made vegan meals a day for a daily rate, and you can gain practical experience of how to grow and cook your own proteins and all nutrients to live a healthy vegan life.

The space

Yolande and Andrew invite you to come and stay in their clean and comfortable home (Caenwood). You'll also be able to enjoy dining and cooking in our large well-equipped kitchen as well as relaxing in our spacious lounge that opens up to a large west-facing patio area, or you can sit out in our extensive gardens and enjoy watching wildlife whilst sipping a complementary glass (or two) of home made cider, wine or cordial.

You'll have tasty vegan meals and a unique 'taste of vegan gardening' and here are a few aspects of our lifestyle which you can experience and explore:

Growing Proteins
We grow many of our own proteins including quinoa, amaranth, chia, butter beans and borlotti beans. We believe our garden should provide us with a balanced diet of all the nutrients we need to be healthy, and of course fit!

Unusual Foods
We grow a complete meal with proteins from plants, starches throughout the year and of course vegetables of all kinds. You could call us a vegan small holding. We grow between 35 and 40 different types of vegetables. We experiment with a wide range of unusual plants including growing quinoa, amaranth, chickpeas, lentils, oca, tree spinach and goji berries as well as a whole variety of “normal” vegetables and fruits.

No Dig
We don't dig our soil. We are trying to allow the soil to evolve into a natural plant habitat by not digging. This allows the mychorizal threads in the soil to flourish and they in turn help the plants access the nutrients in the soil. We put compost on the surface and let the worms and bacteria take this into the soil. We don't even pull out old plant roots!

Compost Making
We make our own compost in 4 to 6 weeks. We use a method developed during the war to construct a thriving hot decomposition process that produces rich compost in a very short time.

Hot Beds
We use hot beds to raise our seedlings and tender plants. Compost heaps are topped off with soil and the seeds and plants placed in this layer. They get warmth and shelter to grow quickly and strongly.

Hay Making
We make our own hay by anything our meadow in the summer, turning the grasses in the dry sunny periods and making a hay rick. This helps the wild flowers to thrive and increases the bio-diversity of the meadow We use the hay to make compost, line the strawberry beds and protect young tender plants from birds and frosts.

Wild Flower Meadow
We have developed a wild flower meadow and have logged over 60 different wild flowers in our acre and a half.

Permaculture and Bio-dynamics
We practice permaculture and are currently studying the subject,not through a course but from the land itself. We also practice and study growing produce bio-dynamically in the same way, using not just the moon calendar but also the various formulae available, including a homeopathic remedy for our compost heaps and septic tank!

Carbon Neutral
We are a carbon neutral household using solar panels for electricity, foraged wood as our only heating source, rain water collection and solar drying. We recycle and reuse most of what we use.

We forage throughout the year. Wild garlic and nettles in early spring, elderflowers and berries in summer, fruits in autumn. We make our foods from basic ingredients and love nothing more than creating and using recipes for whatever we come across. We bake our own bread using organic flours, make our own jams, ciders and and wines and sell our surpluses through the local food hub, so there is no waste.

We connect with the land to find a harmony between our needs and its needs, whether this be on our field or in the woodlands all around. We are passionate conservationists having worked in forest conservation with Trees for Life and The Woodland Trust and establishing the Hedgehog Festival in Ross on Wye to celebrate the town's links to this humble animal and encourage hedgehog friendly habitats.

Making your own cleaning products
We make our own cleaning products (including shampoo and conditioner) from everyday items found in a kitchen cupboard (and only sourced in the UK) We are continually looking at new recipes where we can avoid buying products such as soap and soap powders. We love to experiment and researching medieval texts so we do grow and forage different sorts of natural cleaning agents.

Living in Community
We are linked to and are part of a wider community whereby we use our skills and services instead of money. We also sell our surplus produce through a local food hub, which was set up by squatters and this year was a finalist in this year's BBC Food & Farming Awards (Markets). Guests are welcome to come along with us when we are processing an order such as picking produce and dropping off an order to our local drop-off point.

Live on less than £5,000 a year
Many people can't believe how we can live a healthy and happy life on less than £5,000! We are abundant .. we eat well, live well, and enjoy sharing our learning with others.

Guest access

You can use any of our shared spaces such as our spacious kitchen, roomy lounge, large outdoor patio and plentiful gardens. We don't have a TV but we do have unlimited wifi, and a good range of books to read or board games to play ... make yourselves feel at home!
Interaction with Guests
We will spend time with you, work alongside you, answer your questions and treat you like our friends. We also take time to share any aspects of our lifestyle that may be of interest. We will cook, eat and laugh with you. And, we also respect your personal needs and space, if you want to be left alone.

Interaction with guests

We will spend time with you, work alongside you, answer your questions and treat you like our friends. We also take time to share any aspects of our lifestyle that may be of interest. We will cook, eat and laugh with you. And, we also respect your personal needs and space, if you want to be left alone.

Other things to note

Please bring with you some working clothes for the day and some comfy clothes to wear in the evenings, wet weather gear and comfortable walking shoes to explore the paths and ancient woodlands on our doorstep.. We have a 'no outdoor indoor shoe' policy so please bring slippers or indoor shoes too.

In the morning, we offer a self-service continental breakfast of yummy home-baked bread (spelt/rye), scrumptious home-made organic preserves, flavoursome museli or granola, a range of English Breakfast and herbal teas or fresh coffee. You are also welcome to pick fresh herbs from our kitchen garden to make a tisane.

In the evening we cook a wholesome vegan meal using ingredients from our garden and from the local woods and hedgerows. It's fresh, seasonal and local! You can join in with the cooking if you wish.

We have a septic tank .. no only toilet paper and humans waste is to go down the pan. And please .. don't bring or use wet wipes!

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 9PM
Check out by 11AM


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As featured in the UK Permaculture magazine (2017) and Vegan Life (October, 2017), Yolande and Andrew live a self sufficient lifestyle in a carbon-neutral home. We grow our own food (including plant-based proteins such as quinoa and amaranth) on an open source smallholding, and m…
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