North Pembrokeshire Ecotour

28 Sep 2015

From hand-made hobbit house to factory made solar homes, a journey of contrasts

4 homes

Energy-saving improvements key

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • 'Big' insulation works
    'Big' insulation works
  • Glazing
  • Lighting systems and electrical appliances
    Lighting systems and electrical appliances
  • High spec heating
    High spec heating
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Water management
    Water management
  • Sustainable building materials
    Sustainable building materials
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change
  • Recommended

Please note that this event has now finished.


 A tour visiting Western Solar prefabricated homes made of local wood with a roof of solar pv. These are designed to be affordable, net energy producers, modern light convenient homes. The materials and craftsmanship are local. The first houses are built, we will visit the converted barn where they are pre-fabricated. Our guide is the ceo and pioneer of the Ty Solar. He and his wife own the culture centre, Rhos y Gilwen. 

We go on to visit a community hall where we have lunch. The story of how it came to be built is fascinating. The man behind the heroic tale is our host. The hall is modern, super insulated, with heat pump and solar PV and electric car charging. 

From here we visit a home that has been the subject of a huge and successful campaign, the 'hobbit house' hand built by Charlie and Megan Williams. The materials are local, the energy mostly renewable, the craftsmanship breath-taking.

The tour ends with a visit to Lammas Ecovillage nearby which is powered off grid with hydro and other renewables. All the homes are hand made and designed to be ultra eco. The 9 families live off the land under a relatively new Welsh planning policy, One Planet Development




Get in touch / find out more

 Vicky Moller, 01239 820 971 or 07791 809810

Part of the Green Open Homes network