Centre for Alternative Technology

CAT Education - schools and groups


About the Eco Cabins

CAT’s Eco-Cabins are situated just off our main site in the stunningly beautiful Dulas valley, part of the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere. We have two 18-bed Eco-Cabins, providing hostel-style accommodation for up to 36 people.

Approaching the Eco Cabin from the covered link area you enter a welcoming, carpeted open-plan living space with kitchen facilities to meet the needs of self catering groups. The room is furnished with lounge chairs and tables to offer maximum flexibility. Beyond is the bedroom area with six bedrooms, including two singles, plus shower rooms and toilets. 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.

A classroom with T.V. and video facilities is available next to the cabins. Groups receive the support of the Duty Education Officer and all are given a free introductory talk on arrival.


Innovative Water Recycling!

CAT and the Eco-Cabins 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.








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"Highly recommended to encourage your students to think of different methods of reducing the human impact on the planet"

Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Dolgellau

"Many thanks for your help in organising the visit - which was most definitely worthwhile.The group enjoyed the guided tour, seeing all the different technologies in action … the practical tasks in the afternoon. Useful and pertinent to their unit of work for the  WJEC GCSE Climate Change unit"

Iona Thomas Ysgol Bodeden, Anglesey July 2016