Postlip Community

Naomi Sorrel

Postal Address
Postlip Hall
GL54 5AQ

Year started
Number of over 18s
Number of under 18s
Ideological focus
Legal structure
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Postlip Hall is a beautiful, large, Grade 1 listed Jacobean manor house with 15 acres of land, nestling in a quiet valley, surrounded by woods, just below the highest point in the Cotswolds. It’s divided into eight family living units. Members’ ages range from 0yrs to 78yrs. Most adults work outside Postlip and, although we all eat together fairly frequently, we live independent family lives. Postlip works as a Housing Association, meeting formally every month to discuss, plan, inform and make decisions.

Each family or individual holds a long lease from the Association and can sell it back at an agreed valuation if they want to leave. The Association then recruits a new family to buy in by advertising in “Members Needed” on this site and elsewhere.

Our legal structure means that you can only live here if you’re a member and a leaseholder. We’re sad that this stops us offering living space to other people, but we haven’t been able to find a way around it. And we’re also sad that it’s hard to find room for long-term visitors or volunteers. We’re set up to look after visitors on our monthly WWOOF weekends though, and very much enjoy having visitors then – we’ve been a WWOOF farm from the start.

We all pay a monthly ground rent, supplemented by income from the many events we organise, both in our magnificent 14th century tithe barn, from the annual Cotswold Beer Festival, to barn dances, folk music weekends and wedding celebrations to more intimate musical and dramatic performances in the main hall.

We work communally in our organic vegetable garden, look after our sheep and chickens and maintain and improve the woods, grounds and walls of the estate.

Children are an important part of being here and thrive in the space and the opportunities that life at Postlip offers them. We all try to live lightly on the earth and aim to leave Postlip a better place for those who follow. If you’d like to get to know Postlip better then the best way is to work alongside us on our monthly WWOOF weekends. Email us to find out more.

community shares income to some extent
community requires capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community does not use solar energy
community buildings not insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community does not have an organised system for car sharing
community is accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community has tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community has some kind of ecosewage system
community is involved in land management
community grows a lot of vegetables
animals kept communally
regular communal meals
community does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings at least partly wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Postlip Community is currently looking for new members

We are currently looking for new members to join our community and have a two bedroom unit for sale. We are currently organising virtual tours and conversations, followed by a social-distanced tour where possible.
We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of ages. For more information about Postlip and the unit for sale, have a look at our website:
We are a small community of eight families and individuals living in separate homes within a large Cotswold manor house. Our bit of the Postlip Valley holds a mainly Jacobean house, a medieval Tithe Barn, and the 12C Chapel of St James, in Gloucestershire.
We do lots of things together, from growing organically and maintaining the house and grounds to running public events but we also have private lives.

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Postlip Community is currently looking for volunteers

We take in WWOOF volunteers to help with the vegetable garden, woodlands, animals, cooking and specific building projects. Volunteers receive board and lodging in our houses.
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