Of all the fabulous things in the woods the thing we’re love is the ‘Round House’. All the timber to make it came from these woods, for the nerds among you it is technically a ‘Reciprocal Frame Building’ and it was built using a new – old technique. The reciprocal frame, also known as a Mandala roof, has been used since the twelfth century in Chinese and Japanese architecture although little or no trace of these ancient methods remain.
Our design was based on the building created by the founders of the hippy colony at Findhorn, Scotland in the 1970s. Constructions there could be erected by two people. Our scaled up version at Bradmoor Woods took three people and telehandler!
The Round House is basically a big open space that you can lounge about in, play cards and boardgames, shelter from the rain, dance, play charades, or if you’re feeling properly energetic, re-enact the whole Normandy Landings strategy using chairs, children and some leftover cans of anchovies and bottles of balsamic vinegar.
It is also where you can find the camp kitchen and as such is where people tend to congregate during the day when they’re not outside exploring. It very much forms the hub of our site and makes for a fantastic place to sit and watch the world go by and your fellow guests get on with their day to day activities.
By night you can light the kitchen and round house with LED solar powered lighting.