Brittanny Green Groundhouse Up For Sale

For sale or rent: one designer earthship house, located in central Brittany, France, surrounded by the ancient village of Kernombre, covering six acres, which includes an historic neolithic site, a woodland cottage, barns for renovation, woodlands and a stream.

Apparently, the Brittanny Groundhouse–which ranked as one of the top five ecological building designs over the last ten years of the UK’s Grand Designs television series, and featured on France 5 during 2010 as part of the Echo-Logis program–is now going to the highest bidder. Daren Howarth and Adi Nortje spent the last two and a half years building and living in the Groundhouse, which, according to a release “provides a unique blend of style, comfort and ecological design.” Now, they’re moving on, and selling this unique home to the highest bidder (or, renting it to whoever can pony up the cash).

The house features “three or four bedrooms,” solar power, solar hot water, rainwater for washing, and a “steady comfortable interior temperature,” thanks to its highly insulated earthship design, utilizing recycled tires and the earth itself in thick retaining walls. Passive solar design and high-efficiency wood-burning stoves provide extra warmth in the winter, if needed, and ambiance when desired. The house is built around an open plan lounge and kitchen, from which the “roundroom,” as well as the 3 bedrooms can be directly accessed.


image via Brittany Groundhouse

Additional perks include salvaged oak work surfaces, a stainless steel cooker, double butler sinks and designer eco lighting  in the kitchen as well as “Swedish dry toilet technology,” rounded walls and polished, fossil-rich limestone floors in the bathroom. Natural lighting shines in every room, due to a combination of windows and colorful salvaged bottles built into a number of walls.

The Groundhouse is situated in a larger site, containing the ancient village of Kernombre. “Due to changing circumstances,” this whole property is also available for sale–it comes with a woodland cottage, an “ancient longhouse” with planning permission for renovation, and a total of around six wooded acres, bordering a stream. (The whole site apparently has historic significance, containing neolithic workings and the remains of a medieval chateau.) Think you might be in the market?  Check out Rental information is available at

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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