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Hillcroft Escapes

· Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
1 acre hosted by Ian H.
4 glamping pitches
Off-lead friendly
Pets can be off-lead at some pitches.
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home in nature at some pitches — including real toilets, showers, and kitchen.
A romantic shepherd's hut getaway for two on the Pembrokeshire coast within walking distance of Newgale Beach

The waves dotted with wet-suit clad surfers, the expansive sands of Newgale Beach, the coastal footpath threaded out across the headland… it’s easy to see why Ian and Liz Haughey fell in love with this part of St Brides Bay years ago. It was only a matter of time before they’d hop across the border from England and move here for good. Now, just two miles back from the beach, their pretty Pembrokeshire home is not only a seaside shelter for them but also a handy home-from-home for others, with a brand new cosy shepherd’s hut open for business in the meadow beyond, perfect for a couple’s retreat.

Handcrafted in Oswestry, Y Cwt Cwtch follows a classic shepherd’s hut designed with a curved, corrugated rooftop and insulated wooden walls. Inside, there’s a compact kitchen area, an en-suite shower room and a double bed that folds out neatly from the wall, cheating space and allowing for a larger living area during the daytime. An eggshell blue interior mirrors the paintwork outside the hut, while attention to detail – from the Puffin patterned pillows to the Welsh cakes on arrival – show that Liz and Ian really have thought of everything. At night you can light the wood burner and perch on the doorstep cupping a mug of coco, gazing up at the starry Pembrokeshire sky. It might be no surprise that the Welsh, Y Cwt Cwtch, translates as ‘the Cuddle Hut’ in English.

Beyond the stable-style front door the best of Pembrokeshire awaits. Most immediately, there’s a stream and slender stretch of woodland you can explore but, for most, it’s about heading back out onto the lane and following footpaths southwards to the beach. It takes a little over half an hour on foot to reach Newgale, where the sandy beach itself is almost two miles long, or you can drive there in under five minutes. A pub, café and surf shop back the beach, with lessons available for first timers, and bodies with boards bob in the water almost all year round. It’s a great place to join the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, too, for a dramatic cliff-top walk to Solva, a pretty harbour village further west. Finish with a pint in the Harbour Inn before catching a convenient bus back home or drive instead onto nearby St Davids for gallery exploring, postcard shopping and an array of eating options.

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Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, 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 Ian H.Joined in August 2018
18 Ratings · 16 reviews
Sally O.recommends
August 14, 2023
Y Cwt Cwtch, the 'cuddle' hut
We loved staying in Y Cwt Cwtch. The shepherd's hut was clean and had everything we needed. Somewhere to hang a few clothes would have been a bonus but we managed and it wouldn't stop us returning. It was the perfect base for exploring the stunning Pembrokeshire coast.
Deborah G.
June 16, 2023
Spiggy Holes Summerhouse
Not private but comfortable stay
Overall we had a lovely 2 days and the summerhouse was very comfortable. The only thing I had a slight issue with was the fact the summerhouse was at the bottom of the garden in close distance to the house. It didn’t feel very private. Perhaps if a fence or trellis was put up to divide the area it would help.
Tom P.recommends
April 12, 2023
Y Cwt Cwtch, the 'cuddle' hut
Ian was really friendly and helpful and his caravan was in a great location. It provided a wonderful base to explore one of the most unspoilt and beautiful places in the country.
David B.recommends
October 27, 2022
Y Cwt Cwtch, the 'cuddle' hut
What a cute Cuddle Hut!
Perfect setting with a beautiful view The Cuddle Hut was very cosy and comfortable. It was equipped with everything you could have needed and the lay out was so well thought out. Very clean throughout and well decorated with thoughtful touches. Shower was lovely and hot and the pull out bed/collapsible table were very easy to assemble. We slept very well. We absolutely loved staying here and would definitely return. Thank you!!
Lucy P.recommends
August 26, 2022
Y Cwt Cwtch, the 'cuddle' hut
Cosy place to stay for a quick getaway. Lovely views to wake up to and an easy drive to the nearby towns and beach. Homemade Welsh cakes and local milk was a really nice touch. Would recommend
Nicole V.recommends
August 7, 2022
Y Cwt Cwtch, the 'cuddle' hut
Excellent stay
Great stay - we loved the hut it really does have everything you could need. Firepit/bbq was perfect. Quiet, lovely views. Clean and well-kept. Comfortable. Would love to go back :)
From the host
When we initially opened Y Cwt Cwtch, the Shepherds Hut, it was a key intention to share this piece of Pembrokeshire with family and friends. Locating the hut took considerable time and discussion and we feel it was worth the time and effort to get this right.  It was important that this would be a place where you could feel a million miles away from anywhere, a place that reflected tranquillity but where you could interact if you so wished. Initially we were apprehensive, from the first guests in June 2018 to today, so many people have loved staying at Y Cwt Cwtch taking advantage of the location as a base to visit Pembrokeshire, enjoy the coast and the places to visit.  Some literally arrived, parked the car and spent everyday in and around the Shepherds Hut, enjoying the cosy hut during the storms, bathed out in the sun or sat around the fire pit under starlit skies, it has become a special place for many different reasons and more than we will ever know. In July this year 2020, we added our Summerhouse, Spiggy Holes to Hillcroft and initial guests have enjoyed this quirky new space.  Currently we find ourselves in changing times, difficult times for many and for ourselves.  We have listened to the advice from Government and Cool Camping and looked at what we can do to help during these times, and to see how we can manage too.  We have a number of bookings for both Y Cwt Cwtch and Spiggy Holes, by all accounts our Guests want to come here, they see it as a place where they can relax, where they can enjoy the outdoors and in relative isolation.  We were reminded that one of our regular guests has actually never met us! We aim to remain open, however we are going to manage the bookings in line with the advice being provided as previously mentioned; We will leave at least 24 hrs between guests going forward, this will leave the hut for a good 12hrs before going in to do the change over.  If you do need anything during your stay you know you only have to ask. A number of local suppliers, cafe’s, restaurants and pubs are offering take away & delivery services and to that point we are happy to facilitate. We will also provide regular updates for you when you arrive.
Nearby attractions
It's a 30–40 minute walk to Newgale beach, which takes just over 5 minutes in the car. It's no more than a 10-minute drive to the pretty harbour village of Solva and less than 20 minutes to the diminutive 'city' of St Davids. All three are a must during your stay, with St Davids a great choice for an afternoons exploring, finishing at one of the many excellent eateries for dinner. From Newgale it's easy to hop onto the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and walk along the back of the bay to Nolton Haven, where there is another small nook of a beach, with expansive sands at low tide. In the opposite direction, the path brings you round dramatic headlands and bluffs to the harbour of Solva. Using the Puffin bus service makes one-way walks easy, with regular buses running throughout the main summer season (less frequent, but still running, our of peak season). There are heaps of other great beaches all the way around St Bride's Bay and beyond – Broad Haven, Little Haven and Marloes to name a few – making surfing and water sports and obviously popular activity. Newgale has surf shops with equipment for hire,  with tuition for surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUPing), sea kayaking and wind-surfing.Need more inspiration? See the Visit Pembrokeshire website.
Food and drink

If you're down at Newgale beach there are a couple of decent cafés overlooking the sands, along with a pub and a hardware store. The local villages of Roch and Solva have convenience stores and places to eat – try MamGu (01437 454369), The Old Pharmact and Cafe on the Quay by day and The Cambrian Inn, Harbour Inn and the Ship in Solva by night. The Victoria Inn (01437 710426) in Roch for a pint from their own micro brewery, while St Davids is worth the extra couple of minutes in the car if you want more choice. Travel to the Druidstone Hotel (01437 781221), past Newgale, for the best of the views while you dine.

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