Stunning eco build for a couple or family, wrapped in beautiful Welsh countryside
2 + 3 kids
Swifts swoop, red kites hover and shire horses gallop slowly around a field: these are everyday views at this unique cedar cabin in mid Wales. Designed and handcrafted by its owners, the eco build both blends into the natural landscape and startles the eye, its curved structure mirroring Hanter Hill opposite.
A contemporary modular kitchen is offset by a vintage-style bookcase stuffed with great reads; sheepskins warm the floor and a leather sofa is perfectly distressed. The main bedroom feels cosy and romantic, with tall potted plants and an antique rolltop bath gazing out of an enormous window. Kids will love the scaling the floating staircase to their mezzanine bedroom up top; stunning night skies will enchant everyone. And like all the best holidays, days here just flow, a mix of walks along Offa’s Dyke path, wild swimming in rivers, and strolling to an award-winning pub for drinks and dinner.
Getting here: best to drive
Built entirely from local timber, with eco paints and varnishes. Eco heating panels, too.
- Countryside walks lead straight from the door. Climb Hengest Ridge for views all the way to the Malvern Hills and beyond. Stanner Rocks is a 1.5-2hrs round trip with stunning panoramas and wild horses at the top. Or amble through Wurzel Wood, an atmospheric woodland just behind the cabin.
- The area’s full of great eateries. You can walk to The Harp (15 mins), which was voted Pub of The Year in 2020. Or drive to The Stagg at Titley for upmarket dining (halibut with fennel and squid, that sort of delicious thing).
- Kids will love the Red Kite feeding centre at Gigrin, where you see the red kites descend in their thousands — really spectacular.
- Bryan’s Ground gardens is enchanting, a Monty Don favourite, with a sunken lily pond and Andalucia-inspired greenhouse.
- The owners love wild swimming and can point you to the best spots, including Wolf’s Leap, which has deep pools you can dive into from rocks.
- Day trip to Hay-on-Wye for a wealth of bookshops and some brilliant little independents.