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Hillcroft Escapes
11 reviews
· Haverfordwest, Wales
1 acre
2 units
2 Glamping
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, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Ian H.Joined in August 2018
13 Ratings · 11 reviews
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 :)
Ashleigh O.recommends
October 10, 2021
Spiggy Holes
My boyfriend and I enjoyed a beautiful 2 nights at Spiggy Holes. It is very cute and cosy and provided a lovely base for 2 days in beautiful West Wales. It is a short drive away from so many beautiful spots; New Gale Beach, Solva Harbour, St Davids. The summer house itself is beautifully decorated with lots of gorgeous details which really made it a relaxing experience. The eco toilet was a bit of an experience! Some compost or sawdust would have helped ease us in!
Jade C.
July 16, 2021
Spiggy Holes
My Friend and I had a lovely a few days staying here, the area is beautiful and the hut is in an excellent location very near to beautiful beaches/blue lagoon. however it would have been nice to have some saw dust for the compost toilet as this helps to reduce odours, especially as the toilet is right next to the bed. I appreciate the environmentally conscious thinking behind it. Secondly it would have been lovely to have a warm welcome but overall we enjoyed our stay.
Sarah H.recommends
July 8, 2021
Spiggy Holes
Just returned from a short and happy holiday staying at Spiggy Holes. Great place and would recommend to anyone looking for a laid back and comfortable place to stay in this area. Lots of lovely beaches and amazing walks not too far away. Saw some seals bobbing around whilst on a walk along the costal path. Made our day :)
Suzanne K.recommends
June 1, 2021
Spiggy Holes
I booked 2 nights at Spiggy's Hole. The location and setting is fantastic. The owners were also brilliant and the communication before our arrival was fab. Everything within the cabin was great, well heated, shower was great with very warm water. The kitchen was well equipped and the combination microwave and cooker worked really well. These are the reasons I didn't give 5* and this is just personal: the loo system is eco, which is fine, but we weren't very keen on how the toileting system works without going into too much detail!! We frequently use a campervan and my husband has to do the 'walk of shame' and he prefers this to the system at this accommodation. The mattress was also a bit too soft and the bed quiet noisy. Otherwise a brilliant place to stay. I would highly recommend this place.
Wendy T.recommends
May 5, 2021
Y Cwt Cwtch 'the Cuddle Hut'
We have just returned from a fabulous weekend break in Y Cwt Cwtch. We were really impressed by the high quality of the furnishings and fittings of the hut and the thought that had gone into equipping it. The Welshcakes and beer were a lovely touch. The hut was warm and cozy with effective heating and the shower was great with enough hot water. We loved the log burner and the fire pit. The coastline here is absolutely beautiful, the beaches are amazing and there are plenty of places to eat out. We look forward to returning.
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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