Thursday, 24 May 2012

Indoors at The Exmoor Centre

Most of the posts on the blog are unsurprisingly about the great outdoors but at the end of the day when its too chilly outside even with the campfire going this is what we have indoors at The Exmoor Centre.

Firstly the kitchen, we have a gas stove with a four ring hob and a sink with hot and cold running water. Our water is spring fed, at present it is filtered but not treated so it should be boiled before drinking. We will be installing a new treatment system in the near future as soon as our solar power system is upgraded. There are  saucepans, kettles, tea-pots, cutlery and crockery provided. The wood burning stove also has a built in oven that is great for jacket potatoes and baking sausages.

The two bunkrooms have eight and six bunks (14 total maths fans). The bunks have mattress topper sheets but you'll need to bring sleeping bags and pillows as required.

The wood lined living area has benches and collapsible tables making it very flexible for eating and relaxing around the wood-burner. The woodburner itself is a 10.5kW version so is more than capable of heating the whole bunkhouse. There are two additional camp beds in the living area that group leaders often use.

 The centre has 240v electricity but this is provided by a noisy diesel generator, we prefer to use the free 12v solar generated electricity. The solar system provides lights throughout and sockets for 12v power (car chargers for phones, laptops etc).

 There is a communal washroom with two basins (H&C water) and two WC cubicles, one of which has a shower. We have solar shower water bags that can be used in the shower or outside. The solar shower bags have proven to be extremely popular, they are very cheap to buy (under £5ea if bought in bulk) and we recommend large groups acquire them for extended stays here.

At the back of the bunkhouse there is a large covered drying area, very useful given Exmoor unpredictable climate.

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