Chiang Dao Roundhouses is for sale. For the past nine years I have been happily living here and running the roundhouses, and now the time has come to move on to my next project. I will only be moving a few miles away, so still around and available to give support to new owners should they want it.
Facing southwest and with a spectacular view of Mt Chiang Dao (Doi Luang) the property is 3200 sqm. (2 Rai). The land is on a gentle slope above the village of Bahn Tham, and just a few minutes walk from the famous Chiang Dao Cave. Although close to village amenities the property is peaceful and quiet with good neighbours.
The land has been chemical free for 16 years, when I bought it. Then, it was very overgrown having not been used for several years since it had been used for growing root herbs, a speciality of this area. It has been developed using permaculture principles, organically, with swales, compost and all the buildings are of natural and local materials. Just about every fruit tree available in Thailand has been planted and most are already fruiting.
All the electrics are underground, and there is a large semi-underground water tank. At the centre of the property is a pond with a Sala (pavilion). A thatched car port is by the gate. Wifi is already installed. The property is landscaped and designed so that each roundhouse is a private space. Interesting plants and trees provide shade, all kinds of fruit and beauty, and attract a wide variety of birds and butterflies.
The 10 buildings are round, and made of natural and local materials, covered in earth. Some have thatched roofs, some have domes, and all give a feeling of spaciousness, and the natural finishes of the lime and mud plaster walls are warm and cosy. Currently three buildings are for guests for B&B, each with patios and semi open-air bathrooms. A further three encompass the owner's home in a private area, with one living room plus kitchen area and patio, one workroom and one bedroom. The bedroom has a large open-air bathroom including a mosaic bathtub for looking at the moon while having your bath.
Three more buildings are a kitchen with attached bathroom and storeroom which could be used as staff accommodation, and a dome that is currently used for breakfast buffet and library.
The last building is a meditation dome.
The plan of the property shows details of the positioning.
The property is priced at 6.9 million Baht. There are endless possibilities for future use. As it is, Chiang Dao Roundhouses B&B has an excellent reputation. It could continued, or even expanded by more buildings. The focus could change into a Spa, or a venue for retreats and workshops. As a site for a restaurant the view cannot be matched. An organic garden can be easily added. If a business is not your intention, the area makes a wonderful living space. It could also house a small community.