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- Wonderfully themed cabin for a proper get-away
- Lots of great walks
- Wood burner for cosy evenings – this cabin is for year-round stays
- Dog-friendly (enclosed space outside cabin)
- Great food pub a short drive away, or a half-hour walk
- Sleeps a couple, plus 2 well-behaved dogs
Wranglerís Rest is tucked into a copse on a working farm, making it the perfect cosy hideaway for a couple, plus up to 2 well-behaved dogs. Situated in the beautiful Black Mountains, you are well away from it all (but only a short drive or half-an-hourís walk from a fantastic pub) for amazing walks straight from the door, or simply a peaceful and unusual get-away. On a warm day, kick off your cowboy boots and rock yourself to sleep on the porch; or when itís chilly, stoke up the wood burner and settle into one of the generous armchairs, safe from the wolves and bears outsideÖ
Selected by The Guardian as one of its Cool Cottages in the UK
The owners, John and Sue, work with horses, and the name of the cabin comes from the description of someone who handles horses for a living. Known as the ‘Horselistener’, John is a practitioner of gentle and intuitive horsemanship. A kind and welcoming couple, John and Sue will show you around the farm if you’d like to know more.
The cabin is decorated in a wonderfully quirky way, full of allusions to the American frontier way of life: a western saddle, a cowboy hat or two, a rifle, and a ‘dream catcher’ over the bed. Owner Sue even leaves you a welcome basket with the wherewithal for a cowboy’s breakfast – sausages, fresh eggs from hens on the farm, baked beans, bread, butter and jam.
Wood-panelled and comfortably furnished, Wrangler’s Rest has all the atmosphere of a frontier cabin without any of the privations. In fact, there is even a TV and wifi as alternatives to unwinding in front of the wood burner. But stoke this up and crack open a bottle, and you’ll soon be imagining that it’s the Black Hills of Dakota outside instead of the Black Mountains of the Welsh borders.
THINGS TO DO AROUND WRANGLER'S REST
The peace and quiet in this part of the world can become quite addictive. You may feel like hanging out on the porch, chewing the fat, and lying low for a few days. Otherwise, grab your walking boots and make for the hill paths, where you will be rewarded by some amazing views of the mountainscape around you. Hay-on-Wye is in striking distance for a rewarding potter through the second-hand bookshops, vintage shops, boutiques and galleries. There are good cafes – and one which sells particularly good coffee (and the utterly delicious local sheep’s milk ice-cream) is Shepherd’s Ice-cream Parlour in High Town. You can even catch a film in Hay – make for Richard Booth’s Bookshop and Cinema in Brook Street.
The nitty gritty
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From the visitors book at Wrangler's Rest
'This was the second time we'd been to stay in the cabin and we had an amazing time! The location is perfect - endless walks from the house, up beautiful mountains with stunning views. The cabin is set in the trees out of sight of the owners' house so feels very private. Owners were lovely and welcoming. We knew were they were if we needed anything but they respected our privacy. The cabin is cosy and warm with the log burner, even on icy nights! It is well-equipped considering its size - we were able to cook almost as well as at home. We love this place.' Kate, from Bristol
'Perfect six days of peace and quiet, Harvey was the first dog to stay and he was really well catered for, water bowl, towel for muddy feet. Fantastic walking straight out the front door and a secure area for him to sniff around. Cabin is just enough for two, cosy once the wood fire is burning, kitchen plenty for breakfast and occasional supper supplemented by the local pub and thursday night fish and chips from local farm restaurant. Chosen for being dog friendly the true surprise was just how magical this area of west Hereford is, as long as the aforementioned peace and quiet is what you are after.'
'Wonderful cabin all you need is provided in a fantastic area.'