South West England

Cherry Orchards

Cherry Orchards is a small therapeutic community in north Bristol set on a 20 acre estate. We are a Camphill Community, an intentional community based on the philosophy and principles of Rudolf Steiner and as further developed by Dr. Karl König which recognises the unique identity of the individual and the importance of social relationships in maintaining good health.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

CoFlats Sladbrook

The Cohousing Company received planning permission in June 2005 for the first Co-Flats community. CoFlats is similar to Cohousing but it's just flats.

The related Cohousing Company built the first new-build cohousing community in the UK in Stroud (see Springhill Cohousing entry).

The principles of Cohousing are that decisions are made by consensus, the site is pedestrianised, the common house is used for shared meals and is a communal extension to residents' private living rooms.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Hilfield Friary

Franciscan brothers first arrived here in 1921 to establish a home of refuge and rehabilitation for the large number of displaced men who were then tramping the roads of rural England. At the Friary they found a welcome as brothers, the restoration of their dignity through shared work, and the opportunity of rehabilitation and training. From this small beginning has grown the Society of St Francis, an Anglican order of men and women inspired by the example of Francis of Assisi; SSF now has communities of brothers and sisters, and many lay or ‘tertiary’ members, throughout the world.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Othona West Dorset

Othona West Dorset is run by a small residential team who provide an experience of living in community for visitors staying in our 14-room community house, as they attend programmed events throughout the year. We see Othona as “A place to be real together”. While our roots are in the Christian heritage, we are open to all based on mutual respect and a sense of the everyday sacred. In approaching spirituality we are light-hearted, down to earth and unafraid to face change.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Pendragon House

Pendragon House is located close to the heart of Glastonbury, 5 minutes from both the High Street and the bottom of the Tor, yet right on the edge of the countryside. The house has rooms and suites for residents and guests. We live together communally as family, sharing in one another's lives; living here involves being prepared to work on the things that arise when living closely with others. We aim for low impact living and zero fossil fuel use, although we are not fanatical about it.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Cohousing Bristol

CoHousing Bristol  is a small cohousing project in South Bristol within easy reach of the city centre. In 2010 we bought a property consisting of a stone-built farmhouse and just under an acre of land. It was in need of extensive renovation, and we moved in in 2011 after working on it for a year.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Monkton Wyld Court

Monkton Wyld Court is a Centre for Sustainability run by a resident community with the help of short- and longer-term volunteers. Community members have full-time jobs in the community in exchange for lodgings, food and a small stipend. Please see our website for details of the specific community member jobs which are currently vacant.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Threshold Centre

The Threshold Centre at Cole Street Farm is a unique, pioneering cohousing community and sustainable education centre. We aim to 'walk our talk' with a lifestyle that is more green, more affordable, and more neighbourly.

The Threshold Centre consists of fourteen dwellings, seven of which are affordable rent and shared ownership with a local housing association - a first in the short history of cohousing in this country. There is also a common farmhouse with shared facilities and guest rooms, green energy systems and a community vegetable garden.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Beech Hill Community

We live in a large country house in the rolling Devon hills. Accommodation is both rented and leasehold, in converted outbuildings and in the main house. On our seven acres of land we grow organic fruit and vegetables. We have a paddock,chickens, an orchard, a vineyard, a walled garden, a swimming pool, compost toilets and a reed-bed sewage system as well as a wind turbine, solar panels and a log boiler. Together we run a low-key course centre and any excess income is used on community projects.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Postlip Community

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.

community shares income to some extent community does not require capital from members community does not have 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

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