Tan-y-Fron Housing Co-operative

SY22 6BP

Year started
Number of over 18s
Number of under 18s
Ideological focus
Permaculture-based Housing and Land Management
Legal structure
industrial and provident society
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Tan-y-fron Housing Co-operative Ltd became a legal entity (a fully mutual, non profit-making organisation with the main aim of providing affordable residential accommodation) at the time that the Tan-y-fron property was purchased in Autumn 2010.

About Tan-y-fron, the house:

Tan-y-fron (literal translation from Welsh ‘the dwelling place of the heart’) is a large, detached Grade II listed nineteenth century house and was originally a ‘gentleman’s country residence’. It has a total of 18 rooms over three floors, including several pantries. It is set in about an acre of grounds, with a further five or six acres of mixed deciduous woodland providing fuel for our wood-burning heating system, and a 60ft waterfall that feeds a meandering stream down through the woods and past the kitchen at the rear of the house.

As well as good-sized vegetable growing areas and a traditional orchard, there is a barn range (coach house, stable, barn, byre, hayloft, etc.) that we will be renovating in the next year or so. We have had plans drawn up by our architect (currently awaiting local council planning consent) and intend to use these buildings to provide additional, affordable accommodation and workshops for current and future housing co-op members.

We purchased Tan-y-fron in a largely unmodernised and rather neglected condition but with many original and interesting historical features intact, such as the kitchen range and bread oven, still in full working order.

It is a work in progress!

community does not share income
community does not require 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 has 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 has policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

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Tan-y-Fron Housing Co-operative is currently looking for new members

We have room/s to rent for new resident members (accommodation most suitable for singles or couples) in our thriving community based in a lovely part of rural mid-Wales (SY22 6BP). No £investment required except your interest in permaculture and enthusiasm for learning new skills to help improve our outdoor and indoor environment. See our website for more details http://tanyfronhousingco-op.weebly.com/ and contact us via the website for more information, or to arrange a visit.

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Tan-y-Fron Housing Co-operative is currently looking for volunteers

Tanyfron Housing Co-operative is a small rural community in mid Wales that basis its lifestyle on permaculture principles. We are happy to welcome volunteers for a short or longer period (any time of the year) and can offer all food and accommodation (in the main house or a caravan on the edge of our woodland in summer months) in exchange for 20 – 25 hours help a week with a diverse range of outdoor and indoor projects – training offered where appropriate. See our website for more detailed information and contact details. http://tanyfronhousingco-op.weebly.com/

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