Cwt Hyfryd

Shepherd's Hut in beautiful rural valley in Wales
IN BRIEF
  • Lovely spacious shepherds hut in wild flower meadow
  • Very comfy full-sized double bed inside hut
  • Beautiful views
  • Private location
  • Guests have own kitchen garden for picking veg and herbs in season
  • Great 'country' things to do with children - pond-dipping, following badger trails, fire pit cooking, and more
  • Within walking distance of the handsome town of Presteigne, with its pub, wine bar, cafes and good food-shopping
  • Sleeps a couple, plus 2 children and a dog

Picturesquely situated in the corner of a wild flower meadow and orchard, this beautiful shepherd’s hut is roomy, comfortable and cosy, with its wood burner and surprisingly big bed. There is a heavenly view of hilly border country from the doorway of the hut – wonderful to sit and watch as the sun slips down behind the hill on a summer’s evening, leaving a sky full of the brightest stars. Offa’s Dyke footpath is very close and the lovely town of Presteigne, with great shops, pubs and cafes, is a very short drive (or walk) away.

Glamping in Wales
Meadow setting for self-catering Shepherd's Hut Self-catering cabin

The interior of the shepherd’s hut itself has a good-sized double bed, a really effective wood burner, and a table and chairs for enjoying indoor meals.

Bedroom in cosy shepherd's hut

Close by, there is a really well-equipped camping kitchen: undercover, open-sided, ship-shape, and cheerfully furnished. This has everything you need for good easy simple cooking, as well as a table and chairs in case of rain. Presteigne has shops with great local supplies, such as wonderful bakery products, fresh local fruit and veg, and locally-caught river fish – great for barbecuing at any time of the year. And, somehow, food cooked outside is much more appetising.

Facilities for self-catering - rustic Welsh escape

Next-door to the kitchen is the shower – a simple 20-litre solar-heated shower with wash basin. Finally, a state-of-the-art compost loo sits in a little hut at the end of the field – smell-free and perfectly civilised to use.

The meadow is great for children and dogs to run around on (and there are swings), or for taking little strolls. The owner is very happy for you to pick fruit from the trees for your own use while at the shepherd’s hut, as well as whatever vegetable or herb is in season in the guests' kitchen garden at the bottom of the hill.

Cabin and seating for romantic holiday in Wales

Things to do around this Welsh Shepherd's Hut

A walk into Presteigne is truly picturesque and only ten minutes away, where there are good cafes, a pub and a restaurant for you to choose from. It is so nice to stroll back and not have to worry about driving. However, a short ride in the car will take you to many really interesting places in the area – beauty spots, ancient monuments, great shopping, superb hill walks, and all kinds of outdoor activities. Hay-on-Wye is a half-hour drive away and is well-known for its second-hand bookshops, boutiques, antique emporia and its annual literary festival in June. Ludlow, the same distance in the other direction, is a really handsome town, great for interesting shopping and good eating - and it has a fine castle to boot.

Swing, meadows and views

The nitty gritty

The shepherds hut:
  • Spectacular views across the valley
  • Wood-lined, fully insulated, with oak floor
  • A full-size double bed, deluxe mattress piled with cushions and wool blankets
  • 2 mattresses for 2 children can be supplied (please bring sleeping bags and pillows with you for them)
  • Cotton sheets, all bedding and towels supplied
  • Chairs, table and tea making area
  • 12-volt cigarette-lighter socket-charger for mobiles
  •  Wood burning stove (fuel supplied)
  • Ample storage area under the bed
  • There is good coverage for EE and Virgin at Cwt Hyfryd, and you can get Vodafone on parts of the site. The owners have a pay-as-you-go EE phone available for guests to use if needed

The kitchen and washroom:

  • Close to the hut is a fully equipped kitchen with double sink, fridge, cooker
  • Comfortable dining table and chairs
  • Fire-pit, kotlich (campfire cooking-pot), griddle, Dutch oven (covered cooking pot for casseroles etc) and wood provided for outdoor cooking
  • Books, binoculars, games, maps
  • Ingredients for first morning’s cooked breakfast supplied
  • Simple washing facilities - washroom with basin, basic 20 litre solar shower 
Outside:
  • The hut is at the top of the slope, 2 minutes’ walk from the off-road parking-area, withgreat views
  • Large outdoor dining furniture and fire pit
  • Logs supplied
  • 3.5 acres to explore – willow hides, meadows, badger trails, orchard, pond
  • Complimentary produce available to be gathered from the guests’ kitchen garden
  • Bike hire available – fantastic on and off road cycling, maps supplied
  • Wonderful walking – footpaths radiate from the front door; Offa’s Dyke trail is 7 minutes’ walk away
  • Buckets and nets for pond dipping
  • Explorer rucksacks provided with outdoor activities for children
  • 10 min stroll across the field to Presteigne (farmers markets, fresh fish, butcher, baker and deli, wine bar etc)

Abundant wild flowers Stunning glamping for couples

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From the visitors book at Cwt Hyfryd

'What a fantastic three-day break we have just experienced! It was so nice to see flowers in the kitchen and hut on our arrival, not to mention the complementary breakfast ingredients. The Shepherd's Hut and the village of Presteigne were just perfect for us to get away from it all and completely relax. Many thanks. PS what a great comfy bed!!!' Lee, Kate and Jessica from Emsworth

'Thank you for our lovely little escape to the hut! Sunshine, birdsong, amazing clear night sky and cosy inside - what more could we want! Apart from the big swing - that just topped it off! Many thanks.' Ali and Cal, Bethesda

'What a wonderful experience. We loved it and hope to visit again for longer to experience the outside cooking. So peaceful and beautiful.
Lovely villages nearby and loads of charity shops and antique markets to browse around. Lovely and warm with log burner. Loved, loved the swing. Thank you.'
Thank you Jason and Adele, West Glamorgan

'Thank you so much. We had a wonderful few days and wish we could have stayed longer. Even in the mid-winter the caravan stayed really toasty and warm. We loved the welcoming touches, and thank you so much for accommodating my vegan diet and providing a delicious breakfast and mulled wine. We hope to stay again!' Clare, Elli and Xochi from London

'Dear Andrea and Jonathan, you nearly had two permanent residents! We have really enjoyed our weekend here and will most definitely be back again. Thanks ever so much.' Jim and Nicky, Hereford

By email to the office:

To Andrea & Jonathan,

Thank you for a wonderful break. The Shepherds Hut was fantastic – every little detail was taken care of and you have really gone above and beyond with what you are offering. On our arrival we were greeted with fresh flowers & croissants in the cabin and the log burner already on the go. Add to this the beautiful views from the surroundings & your hospitality, this holiday was everything we wanted.

We will definitely be back and I have recommended to all my family, friend & colleagues already!

Jo & Oli (from Chorlton)

P.S. Was very impressed with the kitchen - it had every utensil you could think of