There is nothing down to earth about Hengoed. Far from it. This glorious treehouse is the stuff of fairytales and vivid imagination. First glimpses of its charming wooden bridge, lofty spiral staircase and quirky timber abode will transport you back to childhood. Hengoed nestles in the canopy of an ancient oak woodland with a birdseye view of Snowdonia’s ‘chair of the giant’, Cader Idris, through the broadleaf boughs.
As a youngster you may well have yearned to live in a treehouse. Now you can. Treehouse holidays in Hengoed are available for short breaks or longer. It sleeps two adults and two children in bespoke wooden double bed and bunks. An optional third bed can be provided for an extra child. Comfy seating, dining area and kitchen facilities are all warmed by a cosy log burning stove at the heart of the home. A dreamy deck provides space for al fresco dining and bird spotting. A distinctive shower is located beneath and compost toilet on its own adjoining platform.
A holiday in Hengoed is a true out of this world experience. The young and young at heart are sure to love the rope bridges, tree hammocks, woodland walks, gurgling streams and star gazing opportunities.
Hengoed is one of six magical treehouses each set in its own private enclave within the woodland on the edge of Machynlleth, a bustling market town known locally as Mach. See Gwdy Hw, Lofty, Ty Mawr, Bryn Meurig Bach and Pen y Bryn.
Mach with its distinguished Victorian clock tower, shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants sits comfortably in the Dyfi Valley between mid and north Wales with lots of attractions and activities within easy reach. Art lovers should head for MOMA the museum of modern art in The Tabernacle, where an impressive selection of Welsh paintings, photographs, prints and sculpture is on display.
The Centre for Alternative Technology, CAT for short, exhibits a wealth of eco friendly projects as well as running inspirational day courses on practical exploits such as composting toilets, earth ovens, harnessing renwable energy, raw food, traditional crafts and upcycling.
Naturalists and bird watchers should head for the rich woodland and wetlands of RSPB Ynys Hir Nature Reserve where BBC Springwatch was filmed. Experienced falconers in the Dyfi Valley UNESCO Biosphere Reserve facilitate close contact with magnificent birds of prey such as eagles, falcons, hawks, owls and red kites and for the icing on the cake do visit the Dyfi Osprey Project to watch live action via the nest cam from April to September.
The whole family will be entertained at Corris Mine where there are underground tours of a Welsh slate mine, a subterranean boat trip and an opportunity to let your creative juices flow during crafting, pottery, candle making, chocolate making or building furniture.
No trip to Wales is complete without a trip on a heritage steam train. The narrow gauge Corris Railway will take you on a wonderous 50 minute tour between Corris and Maesporth with an opportunity to see the engine sheds and workshops on route.
Adrenaline junkies can get their thrills mountain biking through three waymarked exhilerating trails through the beautiful undulating Dyfi Valley. They follow roads, lanes and bridleways through forest, rocky outcrops and nail biting descents.
Make your childhood fantasies come true, book magical treehouse holidays in Wales.