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Threshold Centre, Dorset

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The Threshold Centre at Cole Street Farm is a unique, pioneering cohousing community and sustainable education centre, which aims to demonstrate a way of life which is more green, more affordable, and more neighbourly.

Having operated on a pilot basis since late 2004, the Threshold Centre won planning permission and grant funding in 2008 to create a cohousing scheme at Cole Street Farm. It consists of fourteen dwellings, seven of which are affordable rent and shared ownership with a local housing association - a first in the short history of cohousing in this country. There is also a common house with shared facilities and guest rooms, green energy systems and a community market garden.

The Threshold Centre shows how to achieve major cuts in the three main aspects of domestic carbon emissions: home energy, food and travel.

The Threshold Centre runs regular workshops on cohousing.

2016 Dates
Easter Retreat 25th-28th March TBC
Gardening/Work Weekend 23rd-24th April

For more information, see:

Co-Housing Courses For details and bookings for courses, events and study visits, or if you would like to visit on one of our open afternoons, please contact us on 01747 821929 (please be aware that our phones are manned by volunteers so if there is no answer please leave a message and we will get back to you) Or "email us": The Threshold Centre, Cole Street Farm, Cole Street Lane, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 5JQ


We want positive can-do people to join us.

Room to rent in our Farmhouse

Medium-sized en suite double room £416 pcm including bills.

One bedroomed Housing Association house will soon be available to rent

One of our popular Timber Barn properties will soon become vacant. If you feel you would like to experience being part of a Cohousing Community, that you have something to offer us and you are eligible for a Housing association property then please get in touch!

Property for sale:  Duckpond Cottage: £175,000

Duckponds Cottage

Situated at the  end of the Heritage Block, this is a three bedroom cottage, with a private patio overlooking the stream. The downstairs bedroom is currently used as an office. The cottage has a new roof with excellent insulation materials and a wood-burning stove, so is cosy and warm. The kitchen and downstairs bathroom have both been modernised  within the last five years. Please see our website for details

We have a one bedroomed cottage for sale £112,000 or rent at £90 a week, please see our website for details

Sun Cottage

Unique opportunity for a Housing Association swap

One bed eco home - Please see our website for details





Synergy / Aster Housing Association
Regular Events: 
Co-housing courses, afternoon tea once a month - first Saturday of the month (not Jan or August) Please contact us first.