There is something serenely beautiful about cob houses. These natural homes, usually built with local clay-rich soil mixed with straw, often look like something straight out of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel. They are sustainable, economical, energy efficient alternatives to traditional houses.
This gorgeous cob home is located in BC, Canada and is listed as a rental on Airbnb. The owners say the home was hand-sculpted out of materials on their acreage, where they have sheep, gardens, and orchards. It sits surrounded by trees in proximity to the owners’ house and serves as a tranquil getaway for guests.
On the main level of the home is a kitchen, a bench from which to enjoy the outdoor views, sliding glass doors to access the back yard area, a cob fireplace, and – my favorite part – a breakfast nook with a dining table surrounded by windows. Beautiful!
Up the curved wooden staircase sits the bedroom, a desk, and a cute little bathroom. The details in the construction of this home are stunning: timber beams, wood ceilings and floors, wood pole railing, and arched windows. The upper level also has a large skylight window that illuminates the room with light. The little door at the top of the staircase opens to a small balcony outside.
The back of the house has a seating area with a cob cooking stove for outdoor entertaining. The home accommodates two, perfect for a picturesque, fairytale escape for a couple.
Visit the Airbnb page to see more about this amazing cob home. Or if you plan on visiting the area, you can book reservations and enjoy it in person.
Featured in numerous books on natural building, our cottage is a welcoming and cozy retreat hand sculpted of local, sustainable natural materials located on a lovely acreage with sheep, gardens and orchards.