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Restore a rare piece of Tudor history

Restore a rare piece of Tudor history

Duration:4 hours total
Includes:Food, drinks, and equipment
Languages:Offered in English

About your host

I’m the co-founder of the Orchard Barn project. Over the last decade, I’ve been working to restore the barn and keep traditional building skills alive. I’m passionate about sourcing natural building materials and sharing this knowledge with others. I designed the low-tech, off-the-grid facilities at Orchard Barn to demonstrate the ease of positive environmental action.
Sarah
Sarah
Sarah
Sarah

What we’ll do

We will travel into the country and back in time in this off-the-grid, hands-on experience at Orchard Barn. We’ll examine the rural village life of centuries past through architecture, seeing a 17th-century barn’s original components and learning about materials and construction methods of the era. We’ll then get our hands dirty, making and using wattle and daub—freshly dug earth mixed using…

What else you should know

This is rural English farming countryside, with the nearest store two miles away. As such, facilities will be rustic. Please bring snacks, water, a raincoat, and warm outdoor clothing.

What I’ll provide

Snacks
Locally made sandwiches These will be vegetarian. If you have any dietary requirements please give me 24 hours notice.
Drinks
Tea and coffee You can also pick your own herb tea. I'll show you how to use a storm kettle to boil water using wood shavings.
Equipment
Gloves and wellingtons The wellingtons (rain boots) are pre-used, so feel free to bring your own if you’d prefer.

What to bring

Warm outdoor clothes, stout boots, a camera, drinking water, snacks

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Where you'll be

This experience takes place at Orchard Barn in rural Suffolk, an environmental education centre featuring a 17th-century barn, old orchard, 16th-century longhouse, and flourishing wildlife. You can travel by train to Stowmarket. From there, I will coordinate taxis to take you to the site.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Guests need to be fit, agile, and prepared to be outside in a natural environment.

More tips

This is rural English farming countryside, with the nearest store two miles away. As such, facilities will be rustic. Please bring snacks, water, a raincoat, and warm outdoor clothing.

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Sarah
Restore a rare piece of Tudor history
6 reviews
€48/person
6 reviews
€48/person