The Black Mountain Trail Wagons

Beachside cottage in Saundersfoot

IN BRIEF

  • Two individually crafted wagons on a big private site: one for sleeping; one for living (sitting and eating)
  • Each wagon has a wood burner and an electric radiator
  • Electricity in wagons and cabin
  • Separate cabin has kitchen, shower and loo
  • Great for a couple, but up to 2 extra children or adults can come too (discount for a couple using just one bed)
  • Walking distance to local pub and excellent village shop a short drive away
  • Beautiful views and walks

The atmosphere at this lovely place is one of peace and tranquillity: you can't get much more rural than this exceptionally beautiful part of the Welsh Marches, where cows and sheep graze happily in wild flower meadows and Red Kites soar overhead. The Trail Wagons, Ducksbill and Foxwhelp, enjoy their own spacious grassy site, a great facility cabin, and woods behind. There is no roughing it here, either, as there is electricity, heating and endless hot water, wood burners, logs, and an extremely comfortable bed with beautiful quality bedlinen. A local blacksmith made these beautiful wagons especially for the owner and created hand-crafted iron-work door furniture, railings and light fittings with a wonderfully individual sense of fun. You will find metal leaves sprouting here and there, twiggy shapes, and a metal snail or two making its way along a sinuous branch. Named Ducksbill and Foxwhelp after rare old varieties of Herefordshire cider apple, these two wagons are the perfect combination of character and comfort for a relaxing stay in deeply rural countryside.

Great for a couple to stay, but up to 2 extra children or up to 2 extra adults can come, too, as beds can be made up in the living wagon. There is a 20% discount for a couple using just one bed (select option when booking).

Twin shepherds huts Beautiful bedroom cabins
Steps into shepherds hut Snug bedroom with wonderful detail and patchwork quilt

The Trail Wagons are close enough to each other that you can nip easily from sleeping wagon to living (sitting and eating) wagon, and back again. Or, they can be set up so that a small family or two lots of friends can enjoy the conviviality of a fun holiday together. They are far enough away from each other to allow privacy. There is a discount for a couple using just one bed. Please note: if any more than one extra person sleeps in the living wagon, there isn't room for the dining-table and two dining-chairs. So this option is best in the summer months.

Ducksbill, the sleeping wagon, has a very comfortable bed with down-filled duvet and fine French bedlinen, and electric lighting makes for easy bedtime reading. There is also has an electric radiator for those times when the wood burner hasn't yet been lit, or when it is particularly chilly. There are tea and coffee-making facilities in the wagons, so that you don't need to venture outside until you've had a morning brew, plus an armchair to enjoy it in and for toasting your toes by the wood burner.

Foxwhelp, the cosy living wagon, has an armchair, a wood burner, a table and chairs for eating or playing games at, and a single bed-sized day-bed for reclining with a book. If you would like to bring one or two children with you, or an extra couple of adults, there are flexible sleeping options for this. The day-bed/single bed on its own can sleep an extra adult or child; or an additional single bed can be added so as to sleep 2 children or 2 adults; or a double bed can be set up for an extra couple of adults. Of course, single adults can each sleep in their own double bed in their own wagon, but the discount for a couple won't apply.

Cabin interior with stable door
Raised stove with logs Stove and chicken
Tea making facilities, radio and games View through cabin door window Snail
Stove and steps Steps into wagon bedroom
Outside seating with view Cozy wagon
2 lovely matching cabin sleeping a couple each

The cabin is equidistant to each wagon for a good hot shower, a hand basin, a perfectly reasonable-to-use composting loo, and a ship-shape well-designed kitchen space.

Outside seating with view Beautiful, cosy bedroom with beautiful metalwork detail
2 lovely matching cabin sleeping a couple each
Bedroom Facilities
Cabin for kitchen and bathroom near the shepherds huts Stove
Bedroom Facilities
2 lovely matching cabin sleeping a couple each

The site is great - really big, and all yours to enjoy. There is a very large area of grassy space, brilliant for games on a fine day. There is a handmade table and benches for sitting out al fresco and enjoying the view, the birdsong, the peace and quiet, and the warmth of the sun on your back.

Bedroom Facilities
Facilities cabin

7 GOOD THINGS TO DO NEAR THESE BLACK MOUNTAIN TRAIL WAGONS

1. Take part in a yoga class in the barns. Or the owner is a reflexologist if you would like a treatment

2. Stride out for a walk along Offa's Dyke: you will be rewarded with a view in a million

3. Kayak on the nearby Monnow River (details from owner)

4. Arrange a fun outdoor exploit at Mountain Mayhem

5. Visit Abergavenny: this border market town has a lot to boast about, what with its annual Food Festival, interesting independent shops and galleries, weekly farmers' market, and proliferation of cafes

6. Wander down to the Cornewall Arms, just 5 minutes away, where it is lovely to buy a pint and a packet of crisps (they don't serve food) and ponder on life in its garden with a view across the churchyard

7. Eat out: this area is rich in good places to have a good tuck-in, from Michelin-starred dining at The Walnut Tree Inn, to lovely cooked-before-your-eyes French food at Toi et Moi, or superb gastro-pub fare with a Spanish twist at The Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch

Kitchen, loo and electric shower Loo and sink
Kitchen cabin, well-equipped

The nitty gritty

  • Mobile reception isn't great in these parts, so this is the place to come for a healthy and relaxing Digital Detox (you are welcome to use the owners' phone if you need to)
  • Plenty of off-lane parking
  • The Trail Wagons are available to book all year, as they have electric heating and wood burners
  • Garden furniture (picnic table with benches and fold-out chairs) and plenty of level grassed space
  • First basket of logs included in the price, with more available to buy
  • Short walk to local pub (drinks and crisps, but no food), or a slightly longer walk into the local village for a pub serving food and an excellent prize-winning village shop
  • 10-minute drive to a very popular and highly recommended pub serving excellent food
  • Lots of walks from the door, including through the bluebell woods behind the wagons
  • Owner offers private yoga tuition, and there are yoga classes being held in one of her barns throughout the week
  • Owner offers bespoke hampers for a holiday treat, or an anniversary or birthday present (to arrange directly with the owner once you are sent her details)
  • Although dogs are not allowed in the wagons themselves, you are very welcome to bring up to 2 good dogs at no extra charge if you are happy for them to sleep either on the wagon verandah or in your car
Each wagon has:
  • Electric kettle with the wherewithal for making tea and coffee
  • A wood burner, kindling and logs
  • Electric radiator
  • Electric lighting
  • A verandah with benches and a view

Ducksbill (the sleeping wagon) also has:

  • A very comfortable double bed with fine French bedlinen
  • Towels

Foxwhelp (the living wagon) also has:

  • Armchairs
  • Table and 2 chairs
  • Day-bed with cushions and rugs
  • Books and games

Extra sleeping options in Foxwhelp (living wagon):

Day-bed made up as a single bed for an extra person

Two single beds made up for two extra people

Double bed made up for one extra person or two extra people

20% discount for a couple using just one bed

PLEASE NOTE: if any more than one extra person sleeps in the living wagon, there isn't room for the table and chairs, as the extra bed is in the way. So this option is perhaps best for the summer months when meals can be enjoyed outside.

The cabin has:

  • Electric shower
  • Hand basin
  • Composting loo
  • Kitchen with:
    • Sink
    • Two-burner gas hob
    • Fridge with ice-box
    • Enough kitchen utensils and pans to prepare a simple meal
    • Crockery and cutlery
    • Nespresso machine

Trail wagon Matching, private trail wagon for another couple

Live online booking

Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.

1Select length of stay 2Hover over dates for prices 3Click to book

Location map



Sun rays through the woods surrounding two shepherds huts for 2 couples

From the visitors book at The Black Mountain Trail Wagons

'A wonderful location and beautifully appointed wagon with a very generous welcome from Sophia' Sarah and David, Bristol

'What a truly special place! We found it hard to drag ourselves away from the tranquillity and views. We had everything we could have wished for a few days away from the hustle and bustle, including a Nespresso machine and a bucket BarBQ! We planned to eat out every night but ended up staying in and ccoking food from Hopes - the shop in Longtown - amazing sausages and bacon!' Belinda, Tim (11), Bryony (10) and Bol (dog) Hampshire

'Thank you so much - the wagons are beautiful with everything we could have wished for - so cosy and peaceful. We ate all our meals in the “living” wagon which was so cosy with the fire and lights. I wish everyone in the city had the chance of a weekend here - it would make the world a happier place. Love the natural simplicity of it all. The small thoughtful touches and tasteful decor!' Sonya and Pete, Birmingham