Beekeeper’s Hut, Hawarden


Flintshire, N Wales

A quirky little hut in the Walled Garden of a creative Welsh estate, with an alfresco tub and outdoor kitchen (sleeps 2)

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Alfresco tub

Dog friendly

Eco conscious



Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop


Space & setting.

*Brand new*

Tucked in a corner of a Victorian Walled Garden on a private 3500 estate, with a canopied outdoor kitchen and private hot tub under the stars, the yellow-windowed Beekeeper’s Hut is a magical little bolthole. It’s secluded but far from isolated; from the front steps, the surrounding Harwarden Estate rambles away, with acres of countryside ripe for exploration, plus a fabulous farm shop and café, excellent pub and swimming lake. By staying here, you get the best of all worlds.

Boil the kettle on the stove for a piping hot cup of tea in bed, peep through the curtains (bee-motifed, naturally) as dawn rises across the gardens, lounge decadently browsing the careful selection of books and knickknacks, or pour a glass of red by the fire and listen for the hoots and crackles of the woods after dark: this is an atmospheric spot marooned in nature, perfect for just escaping the everyday.

Getting here: train to Chester, then taxi or bus (20 mins/45 mins)

Tara Gladstone Richards

“The Hawarden Estate has been in our family since it was habitable in the 1700s. The castle is still a family home, while the estate now houses lots of small and creative businesses. Our roots remain age-old but our outlook is completely contemporary. This Gardener’s House has been home to generations of Head Gardeners over the years and we love that guests can now be part of its history, too.” Owner, Tara

My Kip favourites

They love
“Opening up the doors in the morning and staying in bed with a cup of coffee, listening to the birdsong.”

We loved
Spending all our time outside – having breakfast in the garden, cooking dinner over the fire and relaxing in the wood-fired hot tub.

You may not love
The kitchen and bathroom are separate to the hut. Some nature classes are held in the Walled Garden, but are not disruptive. Sorry, no children.

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  • "We loved everything it about it and it surpassed our expectations entirely! Having the HUGE walled garden as our playground, was such a treat! It felt like being in Alice in Wonderland to enjoy having run of the place to ourselves! We felt super safe and secluded in the Sheperds Hut, the birdsong was wonderful, we saw a rabbit and one night it rained and it felt super cosy inside. The quality of the hamper, crockery, sauna, showers and loos, bedding and linens was superb, we had two nights of excellent sleep. The kitchen had absolutely everything we needed. We did the walks and had one lunch in the pub and one breakfast in the farm shop too. Everything has such achingly gorgeous design!

    Fiona, April 2024


Eco-friendly products used. Recycling and composting as much waste as possible.


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  • Explore the estate with a foraging and wilderness walk. Don your wellies and accompany local expert Dave on a walk to discover edible fungi, learn the best foraged botanicals for G&Ts, and tune into all the bird song.
  • Sweat it out in the wood-fired sauna. Is there a better way to warm up after a dip in the lake? Gaze out into the peaceful Walled Garden as you sizzle next to the stones – an all-round treat for body and mind.
  • Unwind further with a massage or holistic facial at the Sakura Wellness Hub, a spa and complementary therapy centre on-site.
  • The Glynne Arms has been at the heart of the estate for 200 years. Come for biodynamic and Welsh wines, craft ales, and delicious seasonal food. They can arrange fabulous private dining, too.
  • Abseil down the side of the castle!
  • Kayak the calm or white waters (your choice) of the River Dee.
  • Further afield, visit the photogenic Point of Ayr Lighthouse at Talacre Beach. Now abandoned, the lighthouse used to guide ships into the Mersey Estuary and is said to be home to the ghost of a former keeper.
  • Make a trip into nearby Chester and fill up on traditional Polish dumplings at Pierogi, an authentic but tiny restaurant where diners are invited to gather round sturdy wooden tables and watch the dumplings being hand-prepared as they wait.
  • Enjoy hearty pub fare or a roast dinner with the trimmings at The Red Lion, Penyffordd.


  • Custom-made hut in the 2-acre Walled Garden of an estate
  • Double bed
  • Separate shower bathroom (50m away from hut); body wash, soap and bathrobes provided
  • Well-equipped outdoor kitchen including gas BBQ and hob, Aeropress coffee machine, fridge, pizza oven and Big Green Egg; basics provided
  • Local food hampers and private dining available on request
  • Record player, records, books and board games
  • WiFi and phone reception
  • Firepit (unlimited firewood provided)
  • Parking
  • Sorry, no children
  • Dog-friendly! (Not on the bed or furniture please)
  • The owners are available by WhatsApp
  • Walk to on-site farm shop, village shops and pub (10-15 mins)
  • Wellness classes and foraging sessions can be arranged
  • Booking conditions: 2-night minimum stay
  • Remember to pack: wellies/walking shoes, extra firelighters, charcoal for outdoor cooking, sliders for night time trips to the loo

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