The Skep at The Hiveaway


Penrhiwllan, Wales

Off-grid luxe: a romantic countryside cabin with huge views from its hot tub

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Alfresco tub

Close to a beach

Eco conscious


Private garden

Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop


Space & setting.

With an utterly unique facade that mirrors a honeycomb, this kooky little cabin has got us all abuzz. It sits, utterly private, in a meadow of its own, with views of the glorious Teifi Valley through little hexagonal windows. Handcrafted from reclaimed materials and local timber, it’s a masterclass in sustainable design, totally off grid with solar-powered electricity and water from a well. But that doesn’t mean roughing it; quite the opposite. There’s a strong tile game in the bathroom and dressing gowns for padding out to the hot tub. En vogue colours and a velvet sofa feel more boutique than glampy, and we love the characterful rustic tree-trunk beams and glass roof so you can stargaze from bed.

The surroundings will get you buzzing too. The 22-acre smallholding is a sweep of wildflower meadows and ponds, home to badgers, frogs, even herons. Walks wind out from the front door, or it’s an easy zip over to the coast for breathtaking and relatively empty beaches. This area is a real insider secret.

Getting here: best to drive

“We moved from Surrey to Wales in 2018, newlywed with our first child on the way. We’d been coming to this area for years on holiday, camping up and down the Welsh coast. Since moving here, we’ve rescued 3 hens (Eddie, Patsy & Polly), planted a small orchard and given growing veg a good go… Nick’s parents (who own this smallholding) have also started keeping alpacas; you may see them out on their morning walk!” Owners Lauren and Nick

My Kip favourites

They love
“Coming in from a long walk, lighting the log burner and playing a board game.”

We love
Morning tea in the hot tub and stargazing around the firepit; you feel immersed in nature when you’re here.

You may not love
A 2-night minimum stay. No dogs allowed. No WiFi – that’s half the point.

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  • "An incredible, secluded, romantic getaway. Would recommend to anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle. The cabin and surrounding grounds are stunning. It's a little pod of luxury and I can't wait to return."

    Hayley, 2020


The cabin is totally off grid, with independent solar power and a chlorine-free well for water. It is made primarily of reclaimed wood, using local timber where possible.


  • Penbryn beach © National Trust
    Penbryn beach © National Trust
  • Nearby, walk along the river to the Henllan Falls or ride a steam train on the Teifi Valley Railway.
  • Over on the coast, New Quay is a pretty seaside town, with dolphin-spotting boat trips from its harbour.
  • Walk through a fern-clad valley to Penbryn beach, a mile-long sweep of golden sand.
  • Have fish and chips for lunch in Georgian Aberaeron.
  • Try river kayaking or coasteering with the Llandysul Paddlers.
  • Watch salmon leaping up the rapids at Cenarth Falls.
  • We love Cardigan, filled with foodie cafes and antiques shops.
  • Stroll to The Daffodil Inn at Penrhiwllan for supper, or drive to Nick and Lauren’s choice: The Nag’s Head on the river in Boncath.


  • Off-grid cabin in its own field
  • Open-plan layout warmed by a woodburner
  • Kingsize bed
  • One baby welcome: high chair and travel cot to borrow
  • Ensuite bathroom with tub and shower; Welsh Myddfai toiletries and bathrobes
  • Sofa area with books, games and DAB radio
  • Well-equipped kitchen area with fridge, oven and 2 gas hobs; basic ingredients supplied
  • Dining table
  • No WiFi but 4G is good
  • USB charging points and low-wattage power socket (no hairdryers please)
  • Alfresco wood-fired hot tub
  • Firepit with grill, surrounded by alfresco seating
  • The owners are available by phone if you need them
  • Walk to the village shop and a pub (15 mins); drive to other pubs and restaurants
  • Sorry, no dogs
  • Booking conditions: a 2-night minimum stay
  • Remember to pack: BBQ charcoal, wellies/boots and waterproofs, bug spray and hayfever tablets in summer, torch

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30% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations permitted 8+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 8 weeks of stay.


The wood fired hot tub requires you to fill the tub up with water, then light the fire to heat the water up. This process takes between 1.5-3hrs. The fire is prepared for use you just need to light & maintain it. Once filled the tub has a 5 hour window of use. We can fill and light the hot tub ready for you to use on arrival at an additional cost.

Yes this is sometimes possible at an additional cost.

No sorry. Strictly no dogs allowed.

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