Woodcock Cabin, Wales

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Fairytale off-grid cabin with a wood-fired hot tub and incredible walks all around (sleeps 2)

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Alfresco tub

Beauty/wellness treatments

Eco conscious

Parking

Woodburner

Space & setting.

This place could be top contender for our most off-the-beaten track hideaway. It has no postcode — the owners send you a ‘what 3 words’ to pinpoint its exact location — but you’ll roughly find it nestled under the branches of an old oak tree, at the edge of a grassy glen by a stream, in the middle of nowhere! Be prepared to roll your stuff down to the front door in a wheelbarrow, then check out of real life for a while. There are tumbling waterfalls idyllic gorges, caverns, follies and secret gardens to explore amongst the 38 acres of land, and you can expect to see an abundance of wildlife, including birds of prey, roe deer and masses of butterflies.

The cabin is a real stunner, handbuilt and fully off grid, a nature lover’s haven. The shower is hot but it’s outdoors, and there’s no WiFi, just actual time to relax for a change. Stoke the log fire, stargaze from the steaming hot tub (the Milky Way arches right overhead, displaying a galaxy that feels almost within reach) and breathe in the peace and quiet. For those who dream of running away for a few days, this is it.

Getting here: you’ll need to drive.

“We discovered this area by chance for a holiday, and were instantly captivated by its beauty. It’s the kind of place that seeps into your soul and you can’t stop thinking about it. We came back year after year from then on, sometimes 2 or 3 times. Long story short, we became guardians of a stunning estate and moved here. It has always been a pipe dream of ours to build a cabin, and the location we chose for Waterfall Cabin is just idyllic. That said, it was certainly a challenge building there. Everything had to be carried down on foot, and built by hand. At times we questioned our sanity but neither of us are afraid of hard graft, which was lucky!” Owner Philippa

My Kip favourites

She loves
“Where to start? Sinking into the steaming wood-fired hot tub after a long day walking the incredible routes through the estate.
Another favourite is to pop some bubbles, throw open the huge, double bi-fold doors onto the veranda, stoke the log burner and rustle up a simple but delectable feast! It’s also fabulous here on a warm summer evening, cooking on the streamside campfire, toasting marshmallows until the stars come out.”

We love
The dreamy setting, and the cabin’s eclectic mix of antiques, recycled furniture and local artisan ceramics.

You may not love
A 3-night min stay. It’s remote and off grid: no WiFi, phone signal or TV. The toilet is in an adjacent cabin and the shower is outdoors, though hot! You’ll need to drive to shops, pubs and restaurants. Sorry, no kids or pets allowed.

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  • "This is really the most unbelievably magical place in the most amazing setting. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect weekend, cooking over the fire, exploring up the stream and across the estate, and relaxing in the hot tub. We are already desparate to come back!"

    Jack & Emily, May 2022
  • "A unique, relaxing, and magical stay. It has been wonderful to be completely off grid, to switch off and just enjoy the peaceful and tranquil countryside around the cabin. We've appreciated all of the little touches made which have made our stay so homely and inviting. We've certainly got used to a life spent playing board games by a log fire, drinking wine by candlelight, long soaks in the hot tub, and the stargazing from the net was phenomenal - we're not quite ready to go back to London life after this! We will be recommending your woodland haven to everyone we know. Thank you for wonderful memories.”

Sustainability.

The cabin was built as sustainably as possible and by hand, using sympathetic traditional methods (even digging the 3ft deep, 16 holes for the base posts). It is completely off grid, and lit by solar lighting, with a compost loo. All toiletries and supplies are sourced from local, Welsh or British suppliers who are environmentally conscious; cleaning products are natural and eco friendly/not tested on animals. Full recycling is in place and the owners planted 5700 trees to create a new woodland around the cabin, which will connect important areas of existing broadleaf woodland habitat and help sequester carbon for the future. Guests can purchase a tree from the owners to be planted on their behalf.

Surrounds.

  • Waterfall Cabin, Cambrian Mountains
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  • Waterfall Cabin, Cambrian Mountains
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  • The scenery here is incredible. Whether you’re up for challenging hikes, or leisurely rambles, you’ll find waterfalls, caves, hidden gardens and breathtaking views, whichever direction you take from the cabin. It’s truly magical, whatever the weather.
  • The estate was chosen for a pine marten reintroduction project 5 years ago, so if you’re super lucky you may see one. You’ll likely to spot owls, dippers, peregrine falcon, red kite and wild hares.
  • Y Farmers is a lovely little place, located in the sleepy village of Llanfinhangel-y-Creuddyn, 25 mins from the cabin. It has a great selection of real ale, ciders and craft gins, and a truly delicious, locally sourced seasonal menu.
  • While each waterfall is beautiful in its own right, Devil’s Bridge Falls is one to really write home about. In the heart of the surrounding Cambrian Mountains, it’s been attracting visitors since the 18thC. Look out for the fairy doors along the Punchbowl trail, and finish off with lunch at the Hafod Hotel.
  • The great pottery throwdown is happening, and it’s happening in mid-Wales. Book a lesson with David and Anouska at Penrhiw Pottery, about 25 minutes from the cabin and take home a momento.
  • Visit Grigin Farm, where feeding of wild red kites happens every afternoon around 2-3pm. With hundreds of birds circling overhead, it’s a pretty awesome sight to behold, and a great frame for any budding wildlife photographers.
  • The coastline of West Wales is stunning, and made for surfing or sea kayaking, especially on a good summer’s day. Hire boards and book lessons with Aber Adventures, get your wetsuits on, and brave it.

Specifics.

  • Remote, off-grid cabin on a 38-acre estate
  • Open-plan interior
  • Double bed
  • Kitchenette with sink, 2 gas hobs, ice box and utensils; basic supplies
  • Dining table
  • Gourmet food hampers on request
  • Books, art materials, board games, guitar, Anker sound bar, binoculars and walking maps
  • Portable USB power bank
  • Decking with hammock and suspended firegazing net
  • Luxury outdoor hot shower (bathrobes to hire, plus Bramley toiletries)
  • Compost toilet in separate cabin
  • Wood-fired hot tub
  • BBQ and firepit to cook over
  • Sorry, no kids or pets allowed
  • Please note, parking is 70m away and there’s a wheelbarrow to carry your belongings down the track
  • Local caretaker, available by phone
  • Drive to shops, pubs and restaurants
  • Booking conditions: stays must be Fri-Mon (3 nights) or Mon-Fri (4 nights). Closed mid Dec-end March
  • Remember to pack: an extra torch, suitable clothing and footwear for outdoors, slippers for indoors, additional BBQ coals if you plan to BBQ more than once

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