Centre for Alternative Technology Accommodation
Hostels,Self Catering in Powys
We have a range accommodation options available for groups. Make the most of your stay by combining it with one of our inspiring short courses, which range from willow weaving to straw bale building. Tours of CAT and various workshops are available from our Education team, and talks about our pioneering research project Zero Carbon Britain 2030 are also available.
The Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE) is an award-winning venue with impressive eco credentials. WISE caters for conferences, students studying on CAT’s masters programmes and short courses, weddings and corporate events – and its 4 star group accommodation is also available for groups looking for somewhere unique for their residential stay at CAT, we can also accommodate bed & breakfast bookings.
The Self Build offers the chance for groups to stay in an original Walter Segal method timber frame house. CAT has long taught Segal’s method, which empowers those with little building experience to erect a simple frame; the Self Build was partially built by participants on one course. The Self Build is a comfortable and affordable option for staying onsite at CAT.
The Eco Cabins are two green roofed cabins overlooking Roger’s Field. They are not on mains water or mains sewage, instead we store water from the surrounding hillsides in a large reservoir on site and safely use this for a variety of purposes. Used water passes through the reed bed sewage system where it supports a variety of plant and animal life, before returning safely to the environment. Hot water for the cabins is generated by solar thermal panels on the grass roof as well as via the woodstove for heat and hot water. A gas stove with hob and two ovens can be used for cooking.