West Dorset Open EcoHomes

16 - 24 Sep 2017

Comforts Orchard, Corscombe

Energy-saving improvements

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • Lighting systems and electrical appliances
    Lighting systems and electrical appliances
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change
  • Recommended
    Recommended

Location

Comforts Orchard, Corscombe, High Street
Corscombe
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 0NX

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Opening times

16 - 24 Sep 2017
Sunday 24 September 10.30-12.30, 2.00-4.30 only.

Just turn up Go round the side of the house and meet at the back

 
Henry and Rosemary run a small-holding farm dedicated to sustainability and self-sufficiency. The house, built in 1992, is well insulated, with a South facing conservatory which provides some heat for the house. In winter the house is heated with a wood-burning range which powers three radiators, and two other wood burning stoves, occasionally backed up by oil. A solar thermal panel provides heat for hot water.  

One of the barns in the garden has 6.8kW solar photoelectric panels, and some of the electricity is stored in a 6kWh battery, making the home largely self-sufficient for electricity, and providing a backup during power cuts.   

In the grounds is a large allotment providing vegetables all the year round;  and orchard; a willow stand to grow firewood; a Christmas tree plantation; a copse of mixed trees which they planted 36 years ago and is now mature;  hedges have been replanted with an Ashridge conservation mix of indigenous trees;  and Rosemary and Henry keep chickens, lambs and pigs along organic lines, in fields attached to the garden and nearby (the meat is sometimes available for sale).

Location

Comforts Orchard, Corscombe, High Street
Corscombe
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 0NX

View on map

Opening times

16 - 24 Sep 2017
Sunday 24 September 10.30-12.30, 2.00-4.30 only.

Just turn up Go round the side of the house and meet at the back

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