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The DugOut

The DugOut is a turf-roofed, handcrafted earthhouse in a secluded spot next to our woodland. Like the Big House, the DugOut has sensational views. It is very special to us as it was our home for ten years whilst Ed was building and crafting the Big House and it is a pleasure to share this unique retreat with our guests. The DugOut is nestled snugly into the hill looking south over its own private garden and lawn to a fabulous far-reaching view taking in three counties. Whether you are soaking in the bath whilst taking in the view, curled up by the fire reading a book or eating alfresco on the terrace, we are confident you will enjoy the privacy and tranquility of the Dugout.

Prices & Availability

Many of the ideas and techniques used in the Big House were trialed first in the DugOut: the cut stone floor, the woven wood lattice, shaved hedgerow timbers and wandering organic curves wherever you look.

The DugOut also has many of its own fun and unique parts: the pulley light switches, copper and zinc piping, a bath encased in books and a roundwood, chestnut king size bed, shaped to fit the contours of the round bedroom.
Ed has put literally thousands of hours into working and fashioning almost every single aspect of the DugOut. It is a complete one-off!

 

Please know that we are always out and about working on our smallholding, so it is easy to cross paths during your stay. If you would like to join us for a cup of tea or coffee in the Big House at some point, you would be most welcome and we can arrange this for a time that suits us all.

 

Prices

The DugOut is available all year round.
Spring & summer & bank holidays £275/night (April 18th -September 30th ).
Autumn & winter excluding bank holidays £195/night (October 1st-April 18th 2019).
It is self-catering accommodation for two people with a two-night minimum stay midweek and a three-night minimum stay at weekends.

A two-night weekend stay may be possible to arrange by contacting us at ask@lifeonthehill.co.uk.
Changeover days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, so your stay would start and end on one of these days.

Arrival time is after 3pm and departure time is by 11am

 

Check availability

If you would like to book the DugOut, please select your dates and fill in the form below. Payment is by credit or debit card. Please ensure you have left us the correct contact details so we can get in touch before your stay.
If you have any questions regarding a stay, you can contact us at ask@lifeonthehill.co.uk and we will do our best to respond within 24 hours

Essential bits to know

The DugOut is self-catering accommodation for two people.

Kitchen: Everhot stove, microwave and kitchen equipment. Condiments and treats from us as a gift on your arrival.

Boot room: Fridge/freezer, washing machine/dryer.

Sitting room: Wood burner and a large basket of logs. (Extra logs are always available). Optional WiFi, sound system, flat screen/DVD discretely placed.

Bedroom: King size bed with all linen provided.

Bathroom: Loo, basin and shower. Bath sheets, bath towels, hand towels and handmade soaps provided.

Library/Bathroom: Double ended roll top bath and books!

Outside: There is a private garden. On the terrace there is garden furniture, barbeque and fire-pit.

Parking: There is secure parking next to the garden path that leads to the DugOut.

We are sorry that we can not accommodate dogs or children at the moment.