Glamping in a off-grid retreat with the LE-300

"Our LE-300 wind turbine is essential in ensuring the Roundhouse is fully powered for our visitors, especially during the winter when the two solar panels canít keep up with demand."

Angus Bell, owner of Druidstone Hotel

When Druidstone Hotel in Pembrokeshire, Wales, converted a former croquet hut into a bijoux off-grid holiday cottage, far from the madding crowd, they decided to use renewable technologies to provide much needed power.  The LE-300 wind turbine was chosen because of its ability to cope with the exposed coastal location.

Situated right at the top of a cliff on a stretch of the coastline near Broad Haven, the Roundhouse can be buffeted by winds of 60mph or more.  When the winter storms rattle through, the LE-300 is put through its paces.

“Our LE-300 wind turbine is essential in ensuring the Roundhouse is fully powered for our visitors, especially during the winter when the two solar panels can’t keep up with demand,” said Angus Bell, owner of Druidstone Hotel.

The Croquet Pavilion was converted in 2000. The materials used were to be environmentally sustainable, energy to come from natural sources and rainwater to be collected from the roof. The eco-cottage was, in many ways, years ahead of its time.  The renewable energy technologies used include wind turbine, solar panels and roof mounted solar water heater. The building was lime rendered and plenty of wool insulation was used to ensure it stays warm even when the Atlantic winds blow. 

The Roundhouse eco-cottage is a cosy space for 2 people. Located 500m along the cliff top from the hotel, staying there feels like a retreat away from it all and a chance to enjoy sunsets out to sea with nothing between you and the sea.  “The Roundhouse provides a fun, glamping experience with the benefit of our restaurant just a short walk away”, commented Angus.

Heating is provided by a Dutch ceramic stove; it only needs to be lit for 2 hours and after that the thermal mass of the stove radiates heat for many hours, keeping the place warm in the winter.  From the oak “barrel” hot tub there are fantastic views across St Brides Bay.

“We have families who have been coming to this hotel for 40 years, some are 4th generation. The Roundhouse is so popular that it’s booked months ahead.  It’s important we have a wind turbine we can rely upon and ensure our visitors are not left in the dark!” concluded Angus.