Caban Bryn Arw
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- Very comfortable hut with wood burner and electric supply - great for year-round stays
- 'Ty Bach' hut next door with shower, hand basin and loo
- Fully enclosed spacious garden with hammock
- Sitting-out area with fire pit and BBQ
- Lovely view along the valley
- Fantastic walking from the door
What a place to escape to! A delightfully pretty shepherd's hut, beautifully presented and decked out by the owners (one of whom is a designer), sits in its own spacious enclosed garden with a picturesque view up the valley. Situated on the edge of a hamlet, this shepherd's hut is private, peaceful, and surrounded by the beauty of the Black Mountains of south-east Wales. Walking from the door is unbeatable (the Sugar Loaf Mountain is close); comforts are abundant; good things to see and do are in easy reach; and pubs and restaurants are plentiful. Sleeps a couple, plus a babe-in-arms and a well-behaved dog.
A gateway takes you into the parking area and garden, where the shepherd's hut and its companion hut are privately located. The shepherd's hut has a full-size and very comfortable double bed, a two-burner gas hob, a fridge with little ice-making box, a kettle, crockery, cutlery and enough equipment to make a simple meal. A little wood burner in the corner heats the space a treat.
A stride away, Ty Bach, a charming hand-made hut, houses the gas-fired shower, the hand basin and a flush loo. Behind the hut is the sink for washing up after a meal. Next to Ty Bach is a shed with a log store.
There is a pretty decked sitting-out area on the other side of the shepherd's hut, with table and chairs, a BBQ and a fire pit. You can sit here after a day's hike and watch the sun slip down behind the hills, perhaps reward yourself with a bottle of something delicious, have a meal, and then sleep like a baby in the comfort of the hut. The Black Mountains air is fresh, sweet, and oxygen-rich, and will quickly make you feel very relaxed indeed.
The spacious enclosed garden has a parking area, grassy space, raised vegetable beds for picking fresh veg in season, some apple trees and a hammock. The hammock, tied between two apple trees, is a great place to unwind, read a book, ponder the meaning of life, or simply to soak up the sights and sounds of nature.
Things to do in and around Caban Bryn Arw
Walking and trail biking are natural pursuits in this beautiful landscape, but there are so many other things to add to the list: there are superb Norman castles to visit, quirky churches, market towns (including the fascinating 'book town' of Hay-on-Wye), the majestic river Wye and the ancient Forest of Dean. These landscapes generate their own types of adventure – from canoeing in the rivers, train rides through the forest, to mountain biking or pony trekking in the hills. Abergavenny and Crickhowell are lovely market towns, with cafes, pubs, galleries, bookshops, boutiques and specialist shops. For a special meal, there's the Michelin-starred Walnut Tree Inn about a 20-minute drive away; or for excellent gastro pub fare, the Crown at Pantygelli is only 10 minutes away.
The nitty gritty
The shepherds hut has:
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.
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From the visitors book at Caban Bryn Arw
'We are honoured and delighted to be the first guests in this beautiful shepherd’s hut, very tranquil and perfect escapism, everything we wanted, much thanks for delicious homemade bread and biscuits. Secure and private with beautiful views, we had some wonderful local walks - much enjoyed by Pepper the dog! Lunch at the Crown and then a wander round Crickhowell. Used the eggs for omelettes for dinner and warmed by the fire pit. Fabulous clear skies for stargazing overnight…' Zoe, Charles & Pepper, Brighton
'We arrived on Friday evening to a very warm welcome from George - he made us feel very comfortable at our home for the weekend. The hut was an absolute delight to stay in - cosy, clean, convenient, charming, and a perfect location to explore the surrounding countryside. After an 18 mile walk on Saturday it was wonderful to curl up with a book, a glass of wine and the fire on. George is going to have a very difficult time getting rid of us this morning and we very much hope to be back in the future. Thank you for letting us share your little piece of paradise :)' Laura and Mike
'You have thought of everything someone might need and the bathroom is fabulous. We spent Saturday evening having a BBQ and a bottle of wine - we would ighly recommend your hut to friends.' Laura & Alex
'Thank you for being attentive hosts. The homemade bread, eggs and biscuits were a welcome surprise and were delicious. The fire pit made for a cosy star-gazing evening and the hammock lovely for an afternoon read or nap.' Ethan & Ruth
'This place is exactly what we were after: a private getaway!' Georgia & Tom
'Will make sure we tell our friends so they can come and stay too!' Francesca & Andrew
'Perfect for an Autumn getaway - will be recommending to our friends as it would be a great spot for summer too!' Fran & Tom
'The hut was spotless and looked exactly like the pictures - it was PERFECT! We really had the best break and will be recommending the place to family and friends. Thank you again - fabulous hosts!' Francesca & Chris, Wiltshire
'Thank you for all the kind and thoughtful touches, you have thought of everything.' Tony & Nic, Hampton
'The huts are gorgeous and perfectly kitted out - thank you (and the hens) for the eggs etc. We hope to visit again.' Jess & Dan
'We have loved everything about our stay - the hut is perfect and has everything you could need for a lovely weekend away in the Black Mountains!' Siobhan & Lawrie
'Cosy and fun, we really enjoyed a few days of peace here. Great location, walkable from Abergavenny train station and many local walks to explore.' Kathy & Paul, Bristol
'We arrived just as it started snowing and it just got better! We were in need of peace and got exactly that. Beautiful area, shepherd’s hut is absolutely perfect with everything we need. The temperature outside was freezing but we stayed warm and cozy. We hope to come back.' Avril & Martin
'Such a lovely hut in a stunning area. You can walk here from the main station and the nearby Crown Inn does such amazing food! Would definitely recommend this cozy spot!' Emma & Gabriel