Gorgeous romantic hideaway, complete with a stargazing balcony for this Dark Skies Area.
Sleeps 2 + baby
This is an impressively peaceful hideout to escape to, set in 70 private acres of mighty valleys, deep ravines and forest-flanked countryside. Part of a non-working farm, this cool little loft for 2 is superbly romantic, wrapped in a 19thC rambling stone barn and packed full of character. Exposed wooden beams and stained-glass windows juxtaposed with a hot-pink Chesterfield and an original 1920s gramophone that Don Draper would be proud of.
Spend your days exploring and forest bathing – strolls to hidden waterfalls and breathtaking panoramas lead right from your door or it’s an easy drive to spectacular mountain walking in the little-known Cambrian Mountains and famous Brecon Beacons. Bring bikes if you can, for some stellar adventures. But as dusk falls you’ll be hankering to return to this cosy little hideaway. There’s an outstanding starscape in this Dark Sky area, and watching shooting stars from the balcony, cwtched up in front of the outdoor log burner, is as good as it gets.
Getting here: best to drive but the owners can collect you from Llandovery, if you come by train.
The owners are hugely conscious about their impact on the planet. They have a Green electricity tariff, which means that all energy comes from renewable sources, and a full recycling programme. The log burner is fuelled by their own woodland, and during 2019 they planted 130 trees, which will each sequester 15 tonnes of carbon over their lifetime as part of their aim to achieve net zero as a business. Water is pure, filtered Welsh spring water, from deep within the mountains, and the farm’s traditional hay meadows are a rich habitat for wildlife.
- Hike up the farm’s hill for panoramic views and a hidden valley of waterfalls, which you’ll have all to yourself. The crystal-clear mountain stream, The Gwenlais, runs right through the farm.
- We were blown away by our drives through the next-door Cambrian Mountains. The wild scenery around Llyn Brianne and Abergwesyn is breathtaking — deep rivers and heather-strewn hillsides.
- And for the famous sights, you’re 3 miles from Brecon Beacons National Park. While there are quite a few visitors, the closest Fans are quieter than Pen Y Fan.
- Bring bikes and whiz down the red route at Cwm Rhaeadr,or try two of the most-famous bike trails in Wales – the Brecon Beacons Gap and the Doethie Valley.
- Take a dip in the River Towy; there’s a glorious wild swimming spot.
- We loved the cool little town of Llandeilo 30 mins away, full of great independents — have lunch or a drink at ginhaus Deli. Closer by, Landovery has some excellent antique shops.
- Wander or drive the Cambrian Mountains Dark Skies trail – or just sit on your balcony! On clear nights you’ll see the Milky Way.