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Last updated: March 4, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Laurieston Hall

(Castle Douglas, Scotland, United Kingdom)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1972  Established: 1972
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Contact Name: LHHC
  • Phone: +44-(0)1644-450-277
  • Address:
    Laurieston Hall
    Castle Douglas, Scotland, DG7-2NB
    United Kingdom
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Write a bit about yourself. Write to us giving your preferred dates, and preferred length of stay – usually one week to three months. Be prepared to contribute labour, and money. You are likely to be kitchen-sharing. Please give us a couple of months notice.

  • Membership Process

Mission Statement:


Community Description:

This co-operative of around 24 people of all ages is now embarking on its fifth decade. We live in and around a huge Edwardian main house, with its walled garden, stables and cottages, surrounded by 135 acres of beautiful woods, pastures and marshland which stretch to a loch in the north. Trees we planted are now being coppiced. Living spaces use wood for heating and cooking. A hydro supplies much of our electricity.

From Easter to October we run a programme of events (music, self-help, creative, gay, etc.), called The People Centre, which brings up to 70 extra people a week. We grow as much fruit and vegetables as we can, keep cows, pigs, hens and bees, and do most of our own maintenance. All of us pay a large portion of our rent in unwaged labour for the co-op. This means ideally spending about two and a half days a week doing what we call “workshare”.

Issues that affect everybody come to a weekly co-op meeting in which decisions are made by consensus. Co-operation is our common ideology; under that umbrella we lean this way and that, are generally better at dealing with tomorrow than next year, are supportive of each other as individuals as well as co-op members… and we try to have a good time!

There are several ways of visiting us. You can book on a People Centre event; you can come on a Maintenance Week, (there are only three per year, so book early to avoid disappointment!).

Information and booking on either is via the newsletter – see below if you would like an e-copy.

You can also come as a working visitor. For a maximum of two weeks the first time, but longer once we know you. If you’re interested, email us at visitlh@gmail.com.

For any other enquiries, or for an e-copy of our newsletter (which comes out in early January), please email enquirylh@gmail.com

We are not actively seeking new members, but are not closed to them either. Joining this community can be a long process.


  • Adult Members: 25
  • Child Members: 9
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 150 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community

Labor and Money

  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: monthly rent


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.