Rated 5 out of 5
**** Any day arrival **** Min 2-night stay ****
Sometimes, you just need to escape from the world and find your secret place. A place where time flows at its own pace, trickling by to the harmonious rhythm of mother nature. Caban y Bryn (which means Cabin on the Hill in native Welsh) is just such a place. It's wild beauty and calming tranquillity are a million miles from the mania of modern-day living, providing the perfect tonic from life's stresses and strains.
This isn't luxury living, but a comfortable, simple subsistence. The well-appointed accommodation has just the right amount of creature comforts; a warming woodburning stove, hot shower, comfy bed and all the spellbinding beauty you could ever wish to find. This really is a deliciously wild retreat perfectly equipped for a carefree and relaxing escape.
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This stunning location is wonderfully concealed in the Welsh hills, but still within easy reach of the lovely market towns of Hay-on-Wye, Builth Wells and Brecon - all within 20 minutes' or so by car.
There are various countryside walks from the hut itself, while the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park are within 15 minutes' drive, offering various walks and beauty spots to explore.
The charming village of Crickadarn is around half a mile from the hut - made famous by the pub scene from the cult classic film 'An American Werewolf in London'. Unfortunately, 'The Slaughtered Lamb' is not a real pub, but the charming house still creates an aura of mystic on your way past.
The nearest real pub - The Wheelwright Arms - is just over 1 mile away offering real ales and good pub food.
Hay-on-Wye (13 miles away) is a wonderful town full of eclectic shops, cafes and restaurants - not to mention the Hay-on-Wye Festival. Recommended favourites include The Old Electric Shop - which offers a maker's co-operative, vintage stuff and a veggie café - Booths Bookshop and a number of lovely butchers and greengrocers. Visit on Thursdays for the farmers market or Fridays for the Flea Market. For activities in Hay, the Cinema with its unusual selection of films is a great option or hire a canoe from The River Café at Glasbury, which also does good food.
The nearest big supermarket is in Brecon (10 miles away on country roads, or 16 miles on the main road) where there is a Morrisons, Aldi and a Co-op. There are a few lovely cafes too, with The Hours coming highly recommended, which is a bookshop/cafe with a deli next door. Cafe Brecon does comedy nights, which are great fun and offer themed suppers beforehand.
Builth Wells (9 miles away) has the Royal Welsh Showground with various events throughout the year. There is a local horse-riding centre that takes you on guided hikes with lunch in a pub.
The Shepherds Hut is perched majestically at the helm of a 2-acre terraced garden, with gorgeous views over the surrounding valleys and hills.
It sleeps three, with a comfy double bed and a sofa which can be converted into an extra single.
The hut is beautifully appointed with a small kitchen including a natural spring water tap (which services the whole site), a 2-hob gas stove with all cooking utensils and crockery provided. A warming wood burning stove keeps the space lovely and toasty, even in the colder months.
A solar panel powers the eco hut, including a few lights and a USB port for charging small electricals.
There is no Wi-Fi in the property, but guests are free to use the Wi-Fi in the owner's external office and charge larger electricals if required. However, the hut generally offers a good mobile phone connection.
Linen, gowns and towels are provided, along with heavenly samples from Kiss the Moon - perfect for a restful night's sleep.
The hut has an outdoor, hot shower and a compost eco toilet located next to the property.
The decking outside offers a perfect setting for al fresco dining and the magical spot for watching the sun go down with a glass of bubbly.
The wild garden transforms into a grassy meadow during summer, with mown paths to wander through. Here you will find a barbecue and fire pit for toasting marshmallows beneath the pristine night sky.
Amongst the trees, there is a table and chairs for intimate dining, plus a hammock for lazing away the afternoons.
There is an outdoor wood-fired bathtub, to relax and indulge in the open air.
Parking is available next to the house with a short 3-minute walk up to the hut.
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