Pembrokeshire is known as being one of Britain's most scenic counties, and now you can sleep amidst its natural wonder thanks to charming cabin, Hutty. Part shepherd's hut, part railway carriage, this beautiful wooden structure was hand built by owners Mark and Kate, who lived in Hutty whilst they put down more permanent roots on the Welsh coastline.
Surrounded by the county's famed bright green foliage, Hutty overlooks a beautiful wooded valley, with no hint of human impact as you look out of the large glazed French windows at the wild habitat. In fact, Hutty sits in a private nature reserve, close to a river, but far from everyone else, allowing for a romantic, undisturbed break in the West Wales countryside.
Kate and Mark run an organic smallholding, which means their clean, green and flourishing site, nestled between the Preseli Hills and the St Davids peninsula coastline, has the potential for walks, cycle rides, nature watching and even a soaking of your feet in the river on a warm day.
As it was custom built, this cabin is totally unique - from a super-sized platform bed to its innovative off-grid facilities, and giving back what it takes from the environment, Hutty is simplistic bliss within Pembrokeshire National Park.
Hutty is located just outside the village of Letterston in North Pembrokeshire, and resides beside the beautiful Priskilly forest. A few fields from this site is the hamlet of North Hook which is home to some beautiful ruined mills. The historic beach of Abermawr is merely 6 miles away, and was the site in which Brunel intended to build his South Wales Railway, providing accessible routes to Ireland. Some of the track test route can be seen through the forest leading to the beach, but plans were abandoned in 1862, and the site was moved to Neyland. This shingle beach is popular with dog walkers, and is the site from which cables were laid under the sea to Wexford. Messages were relayed from here to London from a small corrugated iron hut which is still on this site. Abermawr is one of the many small coves and beaches dotted along the St Davids Peninsula, which makes up this area of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Trek the coastal path, and take wildlife boat trips from the smallest city in Europe, nearby St Davids. Or head north to the Preseli Mountains via Castell Henllys iron age re-enactment village.
Hutty is spacious and well laid out, making for a light, airy and restful space for your intimate country break. When you step into this space, you immediately face the ingenuity of this hut's off-grid facilities. A boat switchboard is recycled and used to operate the solar-powered electrics, including lights, the 240V power socket, a USB charger, and the pumped water in the built-in sink that comes from the 40-litre re-fillable roll-along water container. Although all cooking is to be done on the gas stove at the outside covered cooking area, the kitchen is well stocked with utensils aplenty.
An efficient wood-burning stove heats Hutty on cool evenings and sits beside the kitchen area. But it's the bed that's the star of this hut's show - one side of the hut is a platform bed with windows all around, meaning you can lie back at the end of the day and look out at the sunset, spy owls, and gaze at the stars with your sweetheart. Wake in the morning in this extra king-sized, super comfy nest, and watch the morning sun skip over dew-covered leaves as the dawn chorus announces the new day.
Sticking with the eco theme, the toilet sits in a little copse close to the hut, and an open-air shower block is designated to the hut near the communal buildings on site.
There's a converted barn which offers somewhere to chill and hang out if the Irish sea pushes over some rainclouds, and includes a dart board, a guitar, a bar area, sofas, fridges and an honesty shop full of goodies.
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