Gallery: UK’s First Straw Bale Holiday Home by Carol Atkinson


Hay may be for horses, but straw bales also make an excellent sustainable building material. Constructed by former accountant Carol Atkinson, The Straw Bale Cabin in East Yorkshire is the UK’s first straw-bale holiday home! The cabin has been built with locally grown straw and other renewable materials, and it generates its own energy with a micro wind turbine, solar panels and a whole host of other eco-friendly features.

Straw bale buildings have a lot going for them, as Carol explains: “Straw bales provide a high level of insulation and have very low embodied energy, locking away carbon for the life of the building. When plastered on both sides, straw bale walls are fireproof, verminproof and airtight.” The straw bale cabin combines these features with an array of renewable energy generators, helping to significantly cut down on the cabin’s energy use. Situated in placid East Yorkshire, the eco-retreat is currently available for rent.

Carol is currently studying sustainable building with the University of East London at The Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, and is now also leading three-day courses on how to build with the sustainable material.

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  1. Christie Walk is an Eco... September 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    […] walls are made of a porous fly ash concrete to regulate temperatures. Four cottages are built from straw bales and natural and reclaimed materials are detailed throughout the project adding an eclectic and […]

  2. angie717 February 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I can’t really see how this is fireproof. It’s quite charming, but it’s obvious that you can build houses out of pretty much any natural material, especially when plaster or mud is involved; otherwise our ancestors would have been homeless.

  3. evo190 February 25, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Great idea… until someone drops a lit bday cake.

  4. sio2 February 25, 2009 at 4:49 am

    It looks realy good, but the insulation in the floor is not enough.

  5. sio2 February 25, 2009 at 4:48 am

    It looks realy good, but the insulation in the floor part is to little.

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