Serenity by the Sea

Serenity by the Sea




Oct 2018

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
3 Bathrooms

About our home

Bamboo House. Right by the Beach. You can almost feel the sea spray. Listen to the water as the sound of the waves washes the worries of the outside world from your mind. Separate structures made in bamboo, using zero waste, traditional techniques. Every detail of in the house is handmade and handwoven, sourced from villages and charity projects and artisans in Thailand, either from Isaan province or Surat Thani. The construction material is almost entirely natural materials where we could convince the local land authority and the builders to use it: bamboo, wood, grass ropes, rock and most of the landscape features are trees and plants which were growing wild, just needed a little bit of nurturing. This is a house that is leaky to the light and air, with giant custom-made mosquito nets the size of the actual rooms, so there is space to move around. The kitchen is designed to double as a bar and looks out on the water and the garden. A pool allows you to relax if the sea gets rough during the rain storms (November, early December), and there is wifi, office space, all of it with spectacular views. We have a house on top of the cliff which is even more isolated and private with views on the water, that house is also wheelchair accessible. The rest of the structures are all below by the beach (Beach house, kitchen, guest bamboo tree house). We got really lucky, and we managed to buy land from a local family that owns the land that embraces the neighbouring bay - we are on what is called the dragon's tail between two bays (Haad Gruad and Haad Tien) - it is entirely surrounded by trees and vegetation and is a private peninsula - it is a public beach but tough to access unless you know, so we never get visitors, except for the school students whom we donate our space to so that they can run their environment syllabus. We also run workshops on zero waste, bamboo interiors, recycled art and Indigo leaf natural dye, so our home is a plastic free zone, and all our furniture and fabrics are entirely zero kilometre unless they are gift from visiting friends :) and students. The space is designed as an artist and human rights activists retreat to give them a space to reflect and ideate and put new plans into action: We run residencies twice a year.


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