Beautifully crafted, eco-friendly cabins in a wildflower meadow, 10 minutes from the Brecon Beacons
The best architecture seems effortless and there's no better example than the two bespoke cabins at Under Starry Skies, five miles from the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. Despite a footprint that's probably no larger than the average bedroom, these cleverly designed abodes feature all the essentials for living, with ample room to spare. It's ergonomic, economic and environmentally friendly design at its best, with a curved 'living roof' that offers insulation at the same time as harbouring wildflowers, and carefully though-out details, like the collapsable dining table and the wall hook for hanging the guitar. Yet, despite all these fine details, at their core, the cabins are still simple, rustic and wild. And that's before you've stepped outside and enjoyed the scenery of the meadow beyond.
Under Starry Skies takes its name from the deep, unpolluted skies this part of rural Wales affords. But, if they liked the say-what-you-see approach, Adam and Louise Bourns could equally have chosen to call the place 'blissful wildflower meadow' or 'beautiful orchids and wood anemones', given the abundance of eye-catching delights their 60-acre smallholding affords. Small streams cross the meadow, alive with butterflies and moths during the late spring and summer months, while, regardless of the season, you're sure to spot the couple's small herd of Exmoor ponies, too, who play a vital role in the land management here, helping build the site's biodiversity.
Each cabin has been hand built with sustainability in mind, crafted from locally sourced larch and each with a private compost loo nearby (though, if you prefer, you can also head up to the farmhouse to use the bathroom and hot shower there). Inside, there's a comfy mezzanine double bed above a sofa area, which can also double as another bed for two children. A wood burner offers heating and there's a compact kitchen space with a gas hob and everything you need to prepare your meals. Alternatively, you can try cooking on the BBQ or campfire outside. After all, in a location famed for its stars, spending some time toasting marshmallows and soaking up the night sky should certainly be on your To-Do list.
Down a long track in the beautiful Tywi Valley, Under Starry Skies is located between the small towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery. From your cabin you can walk around the wildflower meadows over a stream and out on the footpath to the tiny village of Llansadwrn, where you'll find The Sextons Arms pub, or hop in your car for the 10-minute drive to the boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park, where popular walks abound, not least taking on the main peaks of the Black Mountain.
Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire, Wales, United KingdomTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Adam B.Joined in March 2021
2 Ratings · 2 reviews
April 10, 2023
We stayed in Derwen cottage and it was absolutely amazing. Off the grid, isolated feel, had all the little extras thought of and was the most splendid break. Definitely recommend for a couples get away.
October 12, 2021
My partner and I stayed for the weekend and couldn’t have asked for a better stay! The cabin was lovely and had everything you could need. The area is so beautiful and not far from Pen y fan if you fancy a climb. We didn’t want to leave and can’t wait to go back again!!
From the host
Under Starry Skies offers peace and tranquility in large amounts. Hafan and Derwen cabins are each set in their own wildflower meadow with plenty of space to relax and no immediate neighbours to disturb you. It's the perfect hideaway. Set on a 60 acre smallholding, down a long track off a small lane, in the beautiful Tywi Valley. We are between the small towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery.
Under Starry Skies is looked after for nature. Small streams cross over meadow land alive with wildflowers, butterflies and moths during the late spring and summer months. According to the season, you may see wild orchids, bluebells or wood anenomes. We have a small herd of Exmoor ponies who help us with our land management. Wake up to birdsong, cook on a campfire and be amazed by the nightstars. Snuggle by the woodstove or enjoy dinner and a drink on the deck.
Enjoy great walks or bring your mountain bikes for a spin at nearby Brechfa Forest, around 20 minutes north west, full of marked trails and graded routes to try. Or, of course, just south of the campsite, it takes around 15 minutes until your into the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Black Mountain, with the most popular car parks for local hikes along the A4069. The town of Llandeilo is just over ten minutes away, well known for its colourful streets, independent shops and cafés. National Trust Dinefwr Park and Castle (01443 336000) on a ridge overlooking the River Tywi, as well as Newton House, are both just over 15 minutes away in the car, while, a little further Carreg Cennen Castle (01558 822291) has a particularly spectacular location above a limestone precipice with a natural cave visitors can explore.
Food and drink
The local butcher in Llangadog (01550 777242) is around five minutes away and The Hangout (01558 823535), serving delicious deli food, perfect for lunch times or light bites, is around 15 minutes. Llandeilo is also home to the friendly local favourite, The Ginaus (01558 823030) with its cosy candle-lit interior giving it a really romantic atmosphere. Also in Llandeilo is The Cawdor (01558 823500) serving great lunches and small plates as well as an afternoon tea that makes a lovely treat. Make sure to save room for dessert, though, as no trip to Llandeilo is complete without an ice cream or chocolate selection from Heavenly Exquisite Desserts (01558 822800).