Shepherd's huts near Porthcawl with horseback riding

Beach resort Porthcawl uses sands and dunes to bait campers, but the hills behind are beautiful too.

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12 top shepherd's huts sites near Porthcawl with horseback riding

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Tunnel Glamping

1 unit · Glamping15 acres · Rhondda, Cynon, Taff, South Wales
Blaennantygroes Farm is fifteen acres of peaceful uplands which includes a four acres broadlleaf wood and a field which is part of a large Site of Special Scientific Interest. Our elevated position gives a spectacular view across the valley, and behind is forestry and open countryside leading to the top station of Bike Park Wales. We are 100 metres from the mouth of the closed Merthyr Tunnel, hence we are known locally as 'Tunnel Farm'. The line of the disused track now proves a level walk through woodland which starts at the bottom of our drive and continues past the Rhoswenallt Inn, 1 mile, and on to Llwydcoed, a further 2 miles.
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Strawfields

8 units · Glamping, Tents4 acres · Titching Park Lane, England
Camping and rustic glamping with campfires on an idyllic smallholding close to North Devon’s best-loved beaches
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£35
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Nefoedd Shepherd's Hut

1 unit · Glamping1 acre · Reynoldston, Wales
A shepherd’s hut with countryside views and a hot tub on the beach-fringed Gower Peninsula
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£135
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Dulais Valley Meadow

1 unit · Glamping14 acres · Carmarthenshire, South Wales
'Highland Hut' is a traditional sized Shepherds Hut which was lovingly built in 2021 by a Lincolnshire Huts to the highest standard. Appropriately named after of our own fold of Highland Cattle, the hut is set in its own wild flower meadow completely private and with a beautiful view over the Dulais Valley. It is an ideal hideaway for couples with its cosy insulated interior, double size bed with luxury wood fired hot tub and private fire pit with a supply of logs and even a few outdoor duvets for those late nights outside under the stars. A converted vintage horse trailer acts as the washroom with a walk in shower, compost toilet and washbasin. For families who wish to bring their own tent and pitch up in the meadow alongside the hut as additional accommodation there is an additional charge.
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Longview and Combe Cottage

3 units · Glamping6 acres · Minehead, England
This secret holiday retreat is found over half a mile up a private farm track in the middle of nowhere with only wildlife and farm animals as neighbours. There are two B and B rooms in the main house and a self catering shepherds hut. The self catering Shepherd's hut, Longview, is situated away from the house in its own paddock and from the top of the Brendon Hills has extensive views across Exmoor to Dartmoor. The hut is more than the normal shepherds hut it is luxurious !; comfortable and cosy with a wood burning stove and underfloor heating, its own shower room with flushable loo. In addition there is a kitchen facility with fridge/freezer, a sink and coffee making facilities. This hut has the benefit of an additional room in an adjacent stable and although basic is cosy and comfortable and provides day accommodation with additional cooking facilities including a 2 ring hob and small combination microwave oven. The space also has an additional table and chairs and a dog bed providing accommodation for them too. The stable provides storage space for bicycles, wet weather gear, muddy boots and a heated clothes rack for drying wet clothes so practical throughout the year,. Outside there is a firepit and a gas barbecue The dark skies of Exmoor National Park at night allow visitors to look at the stars and there is a telescope available for hire with stargazing handbook. There is an annual stargazing festival on Exmoor every September . There are adventures on your doorstep and directly from the house and hut there are wonderful walks on footpaths across farmland with more rugged walks on the High Moor where herds of Exmoor ponies and red deer can be regularly seen. The rivers and streams with otters, dippers and kingfishers are plentiful with friendly pubs in many of the Exmoor villages. The north Somerset and Devon coast line is beautiful. Wimbleball Lake is within walking distance where there is a sailing club and other watersports. In the main house at least 500m away there are two double B and B's with ensuite shower rooms where the hosts Nick and Jane live. These have been recently decorated to a high standard. Coffee making facilities are in each room and breakfast is included in the price. There is a garden room where the guests can comfortably rest in the evenings after their active day with access onto a terrace. There are games, jigsaws, books and a small television available. The hut can be rented individually or with the B and B rooms. Either way the privacy of the hut is not compromised by the B and B accommodation in the main house as they are very distinct areas.
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Under the Milky Way

4 units · Glamping5 acres · Combe Martin, Devon, South West England
A charming glamping getaway on the North Devon Heritage Coast near some of the finest beaches in the south-west.
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Exmoor Wellbeing Centre

1 unit · Glamping3 acres · Minehead, England
The shepherd's hut is tucked away in a corner of the grounds of Exmoor Wellbeing Centre at Periton House - a beautiful Arts and Crafts residence, being restored by the resident family. The house itself offers light and airy treatment rooms and a well-proportioned ex-billiard room which now hosts regular yoga classes, sound baths and meditation classes, as well as seasonal events. The site itself borders Exmoor National Park and although hidden away, it is conveniently situated just a few minutes outside of Minehead town centre. The local area offers stunning walks, coastal exploration and unspoilt scenery. Days out to Lynton and Lynmouth, Dulverton, Porlock Weir, Dunster and Watchet Harbour are all within easy reach. Minehead offers something for everyone: For keen walkers, the South West Coast Path begins from Minehead Harbour and for golfers, the Minehead and West Somerset Golf club links course offers an opportunity to play on one of the oldest courses in England. For steam enthusiasts, the West Somerset Heritage Steam Railway runs a regular service from Minehead through to Bishop's Lydeard. Mountain biking is popular locally, with tracks within easy reach of the Wellbeing Centre. Watersports are easily found in Minehead and surrounding areas from Porlock Bay to Wimbleball Lake, with equipment hire or courses available from Channel Adventures.
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Shepherds Retreat Wales

3 units · Glamping1 acre · Talgarth, Wales
Situated on a traditional working farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park, we offer three beautiful and cosy Shepherds huts. Each hut has a double bed, storage, table and chairs. There is a separate shared well-equipped kitchen with dining table, cooker and large fridge freezer. The shower and toilet room is situated to the rear of the kitchen room. Outside chairs and tables are provided along with towels and bedding. Lighting is off grid, battery powered lights are provided in the huts and shared spaces. Each hut has a wood burner and the farm sells additional firewood along with apple juice and fresh eggs, from their honesty box. The huts have amazing views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains, a perfect rural retreat to get away from it all.
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Greenwood Huts

1 unit · Glamping3 acres · Taunton, England
Greenwood huts are nestled on a beautiful working sheep farm in the Brendon Hills, on the edge of glorious Exmoor. A natural habitat for wildlife in a spectacular landscape with dark starry skies provide a truly unique escape. Private, exclusive use of 2 huts and the whole site for up to 10 people. (There will be no other guests on site)
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The Shepherdess Hut

1 unit · Glamping15 acres · Ilfracombe, Devon, South West England
Set in a hilltop near Ilfracombe in North Devon, Fullabrook Farm Retreat is home to The Shepherdess shepherd’s hut. Based on a family-run working farm, this romantic hut is ideal for a couples’ holiday amid spectacular woodland views – plus the chance to have the place to yourselves – apart from the grazing sheep in nearby fields of course. Built from scratch by the site owners, the hut is decked out with a kingsize bed, dining and living space, plus an en-suite bathroom with a powerful, hot shower. Thoughtful extras here include robes and toiletries, plus a TV for chilling. There’s a gas oven and hob in the modern kitchenette, alongside a fridge with freezer and a stylish Belfast sink. There’s no danger of you feeling the cold on chillier evenings, as the hut has its own central heating. For those sunny evenings, the private patio has a barbecue, tables and a firepit, so you can dine outside and cosy up around the fire as the night sets in – look out for some spectacular sunsets and starry displays on clear evenings. If you can manage to drag yourselves from this lovely little spot, the local village is West Down (five minutes’ drive), which has a community-run shop for stocking up on barbecue essentials, as well as a foodie pub if you fancy a change of scenery.
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Romantic Country Glamping

2 units · Glamping2 acres · Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, South West England
A pair of self-contained glamping getaways in Wiltshire
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The Three Spaniels' Shepherd Hut

1 unit · Glamping26 acres · Ceredigion, Mid Wales
A dog-friendly shepherd’s hut with a hot tub, set on a 26-acre Welsh farm 20 miles from Cardigan Bay
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Shepherd's huts near Porthcawl with horseback riding guide

Overview

Part of a long, wide 20-mile band of stunning sandy beach and dunes, Porthcawl is a seaside resort coming with the usual trappings of funfair, promenade, sprawling static caravan parks and plentiful possibilities for sea swimming and watersports. Its sandy expanses really are superb with the UK’s highest dunes. But even still, this is Wales, where hill country is never far: forest-clad uplands like Mynydd Margam and Afan Forest Park with more superb walking and mountain biking are nearby. Campsites on Porthcawl’s coast tend to be large, while additional options can be found in the Vale of Glamorgan next door and out by those uplands.

Where to go

Merthyr-Mawr Warren NNR

East of Porthcawl, the coastline bends into this extensive, protected tract of vegetated dunes, which includes Wales’ highest and Europe’s second-highest sand dune and valuable habitats for wildlife. It’s a substantial section of a dune system stretching from the Vale of Glamorgan, a few miles southeast of Porthcawl, to Swansea, 18 miles northwest. The nearest pitching to this sandy wonderland can be found in Porthcawl itself.

Mynydd Margam

Mynydd Margam is a gem of a destination seven miles north of Porthcawl. Its most notable feature is Margam Country Park, a serene enclave of landscaped grounds, woods, and deer park containing a 12th-century Cistercian ruined abbey and a country house. Above the country park the land rises into forested hills, accessed by trails like the Ogwr Ridgeway Walk. You can camp alongside the country park at campsites offering designated pitches.

Vale of Glamorgan

A few miles east of Porthcawl, on the other side of Merthyr-Mawr NNR, the lovely Vale of Glamorgan occupies the coastline along to Cardiff with well-to-do villages and towns, excellent restaurants, gentle inland countryside scattered with prehistoric sites and dramatic coast replete with swooping cliffs and serendipitous sandy bays. Pitch near Dunraven Bay or historic Llantwit Major for camping close to the area’s stunning heritage coast.

When to go

The Bristol Channel onto which Porthcawl faces can take a battering from the weather at any time of year, but generally, this coast has more sun and higher summer temperatures than the majority of Wales. July is the warmest month, while late August sees seawater temperatures reach their warmest (15°C and higher). The Between the Trees Festival, held in August in the woods behind Merthyr-Mawr Warren NNR, is the liveliest of the area’s annual events.

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