Charlotte Church has been busy renovating Laura Ashley’s former mansion and one of the amazing new features is a waterfall shower in the garden.
The Welsh singer-songwriter bought Rhydoldog House and his estate in Powys for £1.5million with the dream of creating a nature-based health and wellness centre.
Charlotte is investing her savings in renovating the property and grounds, with the aim of having the business open, at least partially, by June 2022.
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The television series Charlotte Church’s Dream Build followed Charlotte’s renovation and she was keen to transform the land as well as the mansion, not by changing it drastically but by letting nature and its ideas come together in harmony.
So she built a wooded outdoor deck with her father James, so that clients of the health and wellness center could sleep under the stars and be immersed in nature.
And after a night’s rest, they can be invigorated with a natural waterfall shower.
The estate has a number of waterfalls where mountain water cascades over the rocks and creates a glorious natural feature.
And Charlotte saw the waterfall as an opportunity for her future guests to experience the joy of a natural waterfall shower, bathing in a pure mountain stream.
The carpentry team got to work creating a platform to and below the waterfall, as well as a drying area for guests, with the aim of making it as natural as possible.
Building a platform under a waterfall is a first for the team and there’s talk about its popularity, but the bottom line is that people who enjoy wild swimming will definitely want to use this most natural shower.
Charlotte tells viewers, “I know the idea sounds crazy in the winter but trust me, it’s so refreshing!”
Using wood from the forest, the trio of intrepid, and probably slightly wet, carpenters completed the shower. The main wooden structure creates a pebble platform that protrudes out and under the waterfall, as well as log handrails.
Charlotte said: “With the platform built in, the stones not only feel natural and look great, but they will help with underfoot grip.”
But the guys weren’t too keen on trying the freezing cold natural shower after construction was complete – they’ve been working under it, so say they know how cold it is.
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Charlotte and her husband Johnny visit the waterfall shower after construction is complete and they both think it’s awesome.
Charlotte said, “Wow! It’s like an advertisement for Timotei shampoo! It’s beautifully done.”
She knows that the wooden structure will rot over time and require constant maintenance and replacement, but it’s all built into the woods and grounds maintenance plan.
Johnny told his wife: “That stunt – it looks like it’s from a commercial – it’s really beautiful, stunning work.
“I think if everything (here) can look a bit like that, then you’ve really created something amazing.”
The full series of Charlotte Church’s Dream Build can currently be streamed on Discovery+.
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