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Brondel Luxury Shepherd's Hut
19 reviews
· Ceredigion, Wales
1 acre
1 unit
1 Glamping
A single shepherd’s hut on a 23-acre smallholding between the Cambrian Mountains and the West Wales coast
You can leave the alarm clock at home if you’re heading for a stay at Brondel Luxury Shepherd's Hut. That’s not just because the king-sized bed in the lone  hut is so comfy that you won’t want to get out of it. And it’s not because super-friendly host Elen would find you one if you asked. It’s because the birdsong at dawn can be, as Elen’s husband Rhys describes it: “a bit full on”. If that sounds like bliss, book a stay. If not, get some ear plugs and go anyway. The birdsong and visiting bats, red kites and hares make it ideal for nature lovers but it’s got wider appeal too. Tucked away on a smallholding in mid-Wales, it’s the perfect place for a romantic retreat or a quiet family holiday. Readers, writers and romantics will be content to gaze at the valley views or sit by the on-site pond. Walkers can stroll a mile-and-a-half in either direction to find a pub and children can explore the 23-acre site to meet chickens, ducks and sheep. But it’s not all sleepy pursuits. This is Wales after all – the adventure capital of the UK with the Cambrian mountains to climb, bike trails to conquer and that stunning coastal path within reach at Aberystwyth. No matter how you choose to spend your days, nights at Brondel Shepherd's Hut will be comfortable and cosy. It’s been kitted out with everything you need and nothing you don’t. There’s a toilet, a shower, a kettle, a fridge – even a hairdryer. But there’s no television WiFi. You’ll have to make do with the view; fortunately, it’s a good one and the sky at night makes for particularly excellent viewing. Funnily enough, Rhys works in television and travels all over to make programmes, including Wales’ answer to Countryfile. But there’s one rural location he likes above all others. For Rhys, there’s no place like home. Luckily for us, he and Elen are happy to share it with the rest of us.
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Ceredigion, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Aberystwyth H.Joined in May 2019
17 Ratings · 19 reviews
Juliet B.recommends
August 5, 2022
Brondel Shepherd's Hut
We had a great stay, lovely hut. Great part of the world too. And we got sunshine!
Russell C.recommends
May 2, 2022
Brondel Shepherd's Hut
Breath taking location with amazing view. Totally tranquil and relaxing get away. Shepherds Hut perfect in every way. Couldn't recommend highly enough. Friendly host. Would definitely go back
Alison S.recommends
November 20, 2021
Brondel Shepherd's Hut
The Shepherds hut is in a perfect, quiet location well off the beaten track. Beautifully kitted out and perfect for us as a family of four. With plenty of garden space for our little dog to run around, and space to sit outside and enjoy the view. The host was so friendly and welcoming. We had a very relaxing and peaceful few days. We went in November and the hut was really cosy and warm with en electric fire and a wood burner. Lovely hot shower. All perfect. Thank you
Sara N.recommends
October 17, 2021
Brondel Shepherd's Hut
What an absolutely perfect few days ! Couldn't of wished for better!. We have relaxed and totally recharged the batteries. My mental health had been at a very low point with being a carer ,the pandemic etc. So thankyou so much I'm so glad we found you. The shepherd's hut is so cosy! Warm and has everything we needed. Loved watching them get the sheep with the dogs .took me to a memory from childhood . Everything is perfect!!! We are going to book again ! Paul was reluctant when I booked and didn't think he'd like it .....but he said its the best few days he's every had ! See you again and thankyou . Paul Sara and Gracie xx
Amy G.recommends
August 31, 2021
Brondel Shepherd's Hut
This was our first (and won't be our last visit!) A tranquil haven that allows you to fully recharge. Views that are soooo good for the soul! See you soon 😊
Gavin D.recommends
August 28, 2021
Brondel Shepherd's Hut
The hut was fantastic, the kids loved it and there was everything we needed. A great base for exploring the area and a perfect host.
From the host
We are very close to the Cambrian Mountain, the Rheidol Steam Train Railway, Bwlch Nant yr arian where you can watch Red Kites feeding and hosts one of the best mountain bike routes in the country. Being close to Cardigan Bay gives you access to the wonderful coastal path of ceredigion and why not take a dolphin boat trip to visit our wonderful dolphins. The Hut sits in 23 acres of the most georgous countryside, where the soul can rest, unwind and rechrage!
Nearby attractions
Guests are free to roam the 23-acre smallholding. A footpath through the fields offers a route north to a highly-recommended pub in Pisgah or south to the picturesque village of Llanfihangel Y Creuddyn – where there’s a pub and a 13th century church. For a more challenging walk, head to the summit of 741-metre Plynlimon (or Pumlumon Fawr) about 15 miles from site. The Wales Coast Path also offers fantastically scenic walking and you can join it at Abersytwyth. The Rheidol Riding Centre (01970 880863) is 3½ miles from site and Devil’s Bridge Falls (01970 890233) are 7 miles away. From there you can step aboard the Vale of Rheidol Railway (01970 625819) for a scenic journey to the seaside town of Aberstwyth. From site, Aberystwyth is a 15-minute drive (just over 7 miles). It has shops, eateries, a castle and is home to the National Library of Wales. For a wilder beach with dunes and plenty of space head just north of town to Ynyslas Beach. Mountain bikers will find fantastic riding at Bwlch Nant yr Arian (01970 890453) 9 miles away and the Hafod Estate (01974 282887) is about 10 miles from site.
Food and drink
You can help yourself to freshly-laid eggs on site but, for everything else, head to Abersytwyth where you’ll find a wide range of shops including supermarkets. There is a farmers’ market in the town on the first and third Saturdays in the month. There are 2 pubs within walking distance of site (1½ miles) which serve food: the highly-recommended Halfway Inn (01970 880631) in Pisgah and The Farmer’s Arms (01974 261275) in Llanfihangel Y Creuddyn. For a special dinner, you might like to try the restaurant at Nanteos (01970 600522) – Rhys and Elen recommend the tasting menu. They also recommend Pysgoty (01970 624611), a small fish restaurant in Aberystwyth, where you’ll find plenty of other eateries too.
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