Comments from the guest book





"Very refreshing and comfortable stay full of new experiences and adventures!" December 2015


"Lovely peaceful stay. Great walk to Howden – even in the rain!" November 2015


"Had a lovely and peaceful time. Excellent beer in the Barneswallis pub and awesome service from Parkin butcher in Howden!" October 2015


"Loved the cabin – the birds and the abundance of blackberries! Lovely spot to work in peace and quiet." September 2015


"Had a fantastic time. Can’t imagine how this could be improved. Beautiful surroundings, fabulous walks. Brind and Howden are idyllic – I want to live here! Thank you………….you’ve got all the details just right." September 2015


"Very inspiring building. Great feel – fun and tranquil and eco all at the same time!" August 2015


"A little gem and so quiet and relaxing. Loved the animals, fish and wildlife. A lovely warm welcome." August 2015


"Sad to leave – have had a lovely, calm & relaxing 5 days." August 2015


"Have had such a relaxing time here in this beautiful cabin and its lovely rural setting. Very calming to the soul………." July 2015


"Just what a busy head needs – had a great few days exploring and relaxing in a fabulous setting. Cat, birds and fish were welcome extras!"
June 2015


"Lovely cabin, very nice few days…………nearly died from a chip overdose in the Barneswallis!" May 2015


"We had a great time! Very peaceful and relaxed. Loved feeding the birds and the fish……perfect romantic hide away!" May 2015


"Lovely 3 day stay. Comfortable bed………highlight was the barn owl flying over the field." April 2015


"We have had a lovely time and will definitely come back. Love the cabin, it is perfect in every way". February 2015


"Another wonderful stay and an amazing setting for a Christmas time proposal….hope to be back soon!" December 2014


"Another great stay in the cosy cabin, some more good cycling and walking. Will be sure to return once again!" November 2014


"Great bolt hole – we will be back. Thanks x" October 2014


"Fantastic cosy little cabin! We really enjoyed the stay and the local area is beautiful." September 2014


"Restful and quiet. Good walks, lovely cabin. Able to unwind. Smashing area." September 2014


"Thank you for such a tranquil place to unwind. We loved everything from the warm welcome to the cosy nights reading a book. Can’t wait to come back soon." August 2014


"Loved the thoughtful extras………….the wonderful veranda……….the beautiful bedroom door and the comfy bed. We slept well!" August 2014


"It was all that I hoped it would be and more. I have been inspired again." August 2014


"Very peaceful. Enjoyed watching the birds, especially the moorhen chicks." July 2014


"Felt so clean and pure being surrounded by organic and natural materials. Loved the straw bale books and the fresh vegetables." June 2014


"A very enjoyable stay. We enjoyed the tranquillity of the site. We were made very welcome." June 2014


"Such a lovely little cabin tucked away for nice privacy. Went on a huge bike ride thanks to maps. Already recommended to friends." May 2014


"Thank you for a really relaxing and peaceful get away. Will definitely be back." May 2014


"A home away from home that has inspired us greatly! A wonderful welcome." February 2014


"Impressive………..great place to write." December 2013


"A cosy setting in an idyllic setting. Carol’s thoughtfulness for her guests shows from the honesty shop to the home grown veg……We enjoyed our stay and discovered some great walking and cycling from the doorstep. The people of Howden were friendly and welcoming. Special thanks to “Mr Howden” for pointing us in the direction of good food and quality beer!" October 2013


"A beautiful cabin. Cosy, comfortable and a great place to bring a baby." October 2013


"We’ve had such a lovely stay. Would love to come back for longer next time. We’ve had a “bale” of a time!" September 2013


"Lovely warm welcome. Comfy, quiet cottage. Straw bale acoustics impressive!" September 2013


"We couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming and relaxing experience. Enjoyed watching the swifts, feeding the carp and the fresh veg." August 2013


"We’ve had such a lovely time exploring and enjoying the scenery. What a lovely place to come!" July 2013


"We had a lovely couple of days. Nice and peaceful. Lovely cabin. Will come again." June 2013


"A wonderful place just to “be”. Enjoyed feeding the birds (over 70 starlings!) and watching the heron and the kestrel." June 2013


"Really restful week at the cabin. We enjoyed finding out what it’s like to be in a straw bale building and discovering a different part of the country." May 2013


"Wonderful restful week doing almost nothing. Loved the silence at night. Inspired to follow our straw bale dreams. Thank you Carol for this haven and for interesting chats." May 2013


"We had a lovely couple of days. Bikes were an excellent added bonus and we enjoyed watching the birds from the porch." April 2013


"A great place to stay and enjoy – coming by train made it even better! Thanks for your warm welcome." April 2013


"Coldest Easter in 50 years – but we were warm as toast!" March 2013


"Lovely stay – even with car dramas (thanks Daz in Eastrington for repairs!). Recommend 7 mile Market Weighton and Zolsha (Indian Restaurant) in Howden – we walked there and back!" December 2012

"Beautiful and tranquil – recharged. Thank you!" November 2012


"We had lovely trips to York and happy days exploring the local countryside!" October 2012


"Lovely place, lovely weekend. Very inspirational – we’re fired up and raring to go on our own cabin now!" October 2012


"Wonderful, peaceful place to relax. Enjoyed the local area & footpaths.............everyone so friendly.........!" September 2012


"So relaxing.........has spurred is on to building our own eco home." September 2012


"We had a perfect week in all aspects." September 2012


"What a wonderful place! A perfect balance of being blissfully tranquil and having all home comforts." August 2012


"Thank you for a wonderful break in your peaceful little retreat. Great fishing and very relaxing!" July 2012


"Your straw bale cabin is wonderful. Thank you for all your kindness and thoughtfulness. Loved the beautiful peace of the place and the environmental side. Loved the swallows skimming over the pond........even saw a few deer!" June 2012


"Cabin nice and comfortable. Location peaceful with lots of birdlife to see." May 2012


"Quiet, relaxing, everything we need. Weather grim but we were snug. Saw a heron amble across the porch – magic! House Martin here today." April 2012


"Thank you for a fantastic second visit – we love it here! :-) " April 2012


"Had a wonderful time in your lovely home. It has become one of my 'happy places'!" March 2012


"Loved reading all your books and looking at the photos of the build. A very relaxing time – peaceful sleep, beautiful space!" February 2012


"We’ve had such a lovely time! The cabin is great – so quiet and relaxing here!" February 2012


''Extremely relaxing, quiet stay and surprisingly warm with just one radiator!'' January 2012


''Thank you Carol for being so friendly and helpful. The cabin has been so lovely – got to hear the New Year celebrations from the comfort of the veranda. The most magical part though was hearing a beautiful owl calling!'' January 2012


''A snap shot of what life could, should and might be. We hope to come again before heading off to Latin America having stolen some of your great ideas!'' December 2011


''We have had a lovely stay. Thank you for all the lovely reading material – we have learned a lot!'' October 2011


''Brilliant idea – great to see the concept working. Very cosy, well equipped and we had a lovely, relaxing time.'' September 2011


''Had a lovely stay in the cosy cabin - saw a barn owl two nights and enjoyed feeding fish.'' August 2011


''Cabin fantastic, fishing fantastic, loads to see and do – beautiful countryside.'' August 2011


''The Cabin looked beautiful online and the reality was even more perfect.'' July 2011


''Already planning our return! We’ve loved every minute.'' July 2011


''Glad our original holiday was cancelled so we could find and enjoy this “alternative”...........recommend the food in the Wellington Hotel and a visit to the Waterways museum.'' July 2011


''Inspirational place. Enjoyed the resources, learned a lot! Congratulations on creating an amazing place!'' June 2011


''Thanks Carol for creating a living embodiment of many of the things we hold dear, showing how it is possible to live in a sustainable way!'' June 2011


''What a brilliant find, so relaxing and won’t be able to keep us away!'' June 2011


''Thanks for a relaxing time. It was nice to sit on the decking and see deer, hedgehog and heron!'' June 2011


''Amit tervezek, almodok 6 eve, azt itt Carol megcsinalta. Koszohjuk a munkajat!'' May 2011


''Gorgeous time in gorgeous weather, couldn’t have asked for anything better!'' April 2011


''Had a fantastic time, can’t wait to come back!'' April 2011


''Time out from the fast lane was perfect here! An amazing array of eco books that one week didn’t do justice to. Bikes fabulous for us without a car. Barnes Wallis pub and tearooms at Bubwith highly recommended – and RSPB reserve at Blacktoft Sands'' February 2011


''The Cabin was beautifully cosy. Loved looking at the photos of it as work in progress. The honesty shop is fab!'' February 2011


"Very unusual place to stay, hot water bottles made for a cosy nights sleep!" January 2011


"Warm as toast during this very cold snap. A thoroughly inspiring stay - the resource centre/library consumed much time when not walking around this lovely area." December 2010


"Loved feeding the fish and it was great to be greeted by the heron." November 2010


"This has been a lovely place for our honeymoon." October 2010


"Yet again, had a lovely few relaxing days…….have never slept so well or for so long." October 2010


"What an amazing place – so relaxing! Very interesting to see how it was built – everything so well thought out. Loved the peace and quiet." September 2010


"Had an excellent time. Loved the peace and quiet and evenings fishing in the pond. Great walking the area." August 2010


"What a lovely cabin – we have had a great time visiting all the surrounding towns and chilling out for long periods in between. The big skies at night have been a big hit and we loved the inclusion of games and jigsaws and pots of jam in the honesty shop!" August 2010


"Very much enjoyed my stay in the comfortable and pleasant cabin. I compliment you on the positive environmental approach you have taken." July 2010


"Had a fantastic couple of days. Really chilled out. Nice and quiet. Would recommend. Brill time." June 2010


"Fabulous – perfect in every way." May 2010


"Lovely location, cosy cabin, everything you could need provided. Caring for the environment doesn’t mean deprivation!" May 2010


"Lovely cottage, quiet and relaxing. Wildlife is amazing." April 2010


"Just lovely. Right up our street!" March 2010


"What a fabulous place. Such a wonderful mix of traditional wisdom and modern technology in a beautiful setting. We love it!" February 2010


"Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and became more environmentally aware as a result!" December 2009


"A wonderful stay – such a contrast from our lives in London!" November 2009


"Lovely inspiring visit! Fantastic place – we want one!" September 09


"Had a wonderful few days – very relaxing! No noise. No distractions. We’ll be back." September 09


"A wonderful week. Thank you for providing a perfect retreat. We have been so happy this week." August 09


"We want one!….Had a great time in this really well thought out Cabin." August 09


"Loved the Cabin – what an amazing achievement. Local lanes perfect for cycling." July 09


"We’ll be back – and so will friends who will hear so much about this great place." July 09


"We found the Cabin a very tranquil place in a lovely setting. We particularly thought the area of Howden and its surrounds was a lovely area of the country." June 09


"Beautiful, relaxing, just the best place to be. Thank you for the great hospitality." June 09


"Another great weekend, thank you. Saw lots of wildlife and enjoyed dawn chorus." May 09


"If you’re stressed and need to unwind, come here. Absolutely beautiful, lovely people, definitely come back." May 09


"Loved it! Beautiful building, super location, quiet. Masses of wildlife. Easy cycling in the area and friendly, family run affair." April 09


"Delighted by all I saw and relaxed in. Really impressed by family building team. I will be back…" April 09


"A really enjoyable break, we are so impressed with the Cabin…" February 09


"Lovely cosy place, very welcoming…" March 09


"…Really appreciated the little touches – bikes, honesty shop (with beer!), and larder goods…" January 09


“Perfect retreat for a cosy Christmas.” Dec 08


“Inspiring. Absolutely lovely.” Nov 08


“Thank you for such a beautiful stay. An amazing cottage and very inspiring to feel the straw warmth.” Nov 08


“Loved it! Sore bum from all the cycling though! The cabin is so cosy – loved the reflection of the water on the walls in the sunlight. Really relaxed here.” Oct 08


“We had a brilliant time. Quiet and relaxing. Good cycling – liked Howden shops too!” Oct 08


“What a lovely holiday. WE had fun walking and cycling locally & did day trips to York & Leeds by train. Hull aquarium is great. Lots of great pubs too!” Sept 08


“The barn owl on the wind turbine at sunrise was special!” Sept 08


“A very inspiring eco retreat, brings you closer to nature. Very enjoyable.” Aug 08


“This Cabin is a real gem! So peaceful and quiet, and very interesting. I want one!” Aug 08


“We have really enjoyed our stay in your amazing straw cabin.” July 08


“Brill to stay in the straw cabin. I think it is just fab and the workmanship superb.” Jul 08


“The cabin lived up to our expectations and we appreciated all the thoughtful provisions." June 08


"We loved this place. So relaxing and peaceful. Really enjoyed the beautiful surroundings for walking and observing the wildlife." June 08


"Enjoyed the peace and quiet. Great idea to have the bikes. Loved it." June 08


"Life as it should be. Simple, uncomplicated yet magical. More wildlife than a Kenyan safari. Leave your mobiles, TV’s and microwaves behind and look out for barn owls, red deer and other natural wildlife." May 08


"Tranquil & perfect. Lots of good reading material too!" May 08


"Nice chips in town and nice beer at Hope & Anchor (Blacktoft). Owl flying around pond and swallows. Very relaxing." May 08


"Brilliant. Nice atmosphere, very relaxed. Great location. April 08 Great place, very quiet. Lovely to be away from city life for a few days." Mar 08


"Very peaceful. Enjoyed the wildlife and the fishing! An escape from noisy town life." January 08


"A lovely start to the new year. A great place to relax…………." January 08


"Had a really quiet and cosy Christmas – just as we wanted. It’s a great little building." December 07


"A tranquil holiday haven! Beautiful frosty mornings, great cycle rides. A lovely spot." December 07


"Fantastic house. Inspired us to go home and build one!" November 07


"Tranquil sanctuary – leaving refreshed." November 07


"Very cosy. An excellent place for a retreat. We have greatly enjoyed our stay in this very comfortable cabin." November 07


"Very tranquil. Cabin was lovely and warm – no extra heating needed. a great place to stay." October 07


"This is definitely one of our favourite stays in the UK! Beautiful cabin – a labour of love." October 07


"You provide a 5 star service. Thank you for a great break." October 07


"……we all loved staying here and have booked for next year." October 07


"Very quiet & peaceful – nice to have the use of the bikes." September 07


"Lovely & peaceful. Some good walking in the lanes and fields nearby." September 07


"This is such a great place to be. So lucky to have found it. Thank you." September 07


"We had a very nice time. Very educational. Very inspirational. Thank you very much for your hospitality" August 07


"Fantastic!" August 07


"Thank you for a lovely stay……a beautiful location, a peaceful get-a-way." August 07


"The Cabin is bright and comfortable and very peaceful. Many interesting places to visit too. An excellent place to stay." August 07


"Such a beautifully crafted cottage; welcoming and peaceful. Much enjoyed my time here." July 07


"Excellent decision to come and stay!" July 07


 "An excellent retreat………….I’ll come again!" June 07


"Had a lovely time. Wonderful place." April 07


"Lovely calm cabin, comfy bed, nice view – what more could you want!" April 07


"It was cold and very windy outside but thanks to the cosy straw walls we didn't need any heating. It was so peaceful on the farm…no road traffic."

March 07


"Very quiet and picturesque. Very friendly and welcoming." March 07