Go off-grid with this eco hobbit house

Comes with no mod cons

Ty Cwrdd Bach

An extraordinary eco-home in Pembrokeshire that looks straight out of The Hobbit is up for sale.

It has curved walls, a sedum roof and its own spring-fed water supply - but would-be Bilbo Bagginses will have to move fast, as it goes under the hammer today.

Despite its ancient appearance, Ty Cwrdd Bach was built in 1972 by famous eco-architect Christopher Day MBE, on the site of a ruined chapel. The name means 'little meeting house'.

Mr Day wrote about the site: "Would it be possible to build a home out of this ruin and yet retain its essential qualities - quietness, unobtrusiveness, the feeling of being rooted in the earth, above all this quality of timeless belonging to its surroundings?"

A bedroom

It was one of the first British houses built with a turf roof in modern times; that's now been replaced with a new sedum roof.

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The three-to-four-bedroom cottage is pretty much self-sufficient, thanks to the private water supply and two solar panels. That's just about enough to power LED lighting, but you can forget about having a TV or the internet, and there's no phone line.

The kitchen

There's no conventional central heating either, though there's an LPG gas-fired Rayburn in the cosy kitchen and two working fires.

There's a quarter of an acre of garden - enough for a pretty fair vegetable patch - and there are lovely views across the Gwaun Valley towards nearby hills.

Ty Cwrdd Bach

Inside, it's just as quirky, with rough whitewashed walls and unusually shaped windows, wooden and quarry-tiled floors and plenty of beams. It has two reception rooms, and three of the bedrooms are downstairs.

Ty Cwrdd was last up for sale two and a half years ago for £140,000; this time, the guide price is £160,000. Contact agent John Francis for more information about the auction, which takes place at Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli.

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