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Penylan Cider Farm

· Pontrilas, Wales
2 acres hosted by Laura C.
1 glamping pitch · 1 motorhome pitch
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Pitches and tiny home glamping on a cider farm in Herefordshire

The Cider Shack at Penylan Farm is a tiny home that’s romantic, rustic, cool and—as seen on TV. This bolthole for two in Herefordshire featured on the BBC’s My Unique B&B so it may well seem familiar. But whether you watched the programme or not, it doesn’t take long to work out that this cabin sits in a truly lovely spot on the English-Welsh border. The shack, along with a handful of pitches for caravans and motorhomes, is located on a cider farm between the Wye Valley and The Black Mountains, which are part of the Brecon Beacons. They are also part of the view you’ll be drinking in while you’re here—along with a made-on-site cider.

On arrival, The Cider Shack looks as rustic as its name suggests. It’s clad in a patchwork of corrugated tin, and positioned under an old oak tree in a corner of the farm. But follow the stepping stones into its sheltered courtyard garden and you’ll find that things are not quite as they seem. This is a “shack” with outdoor space which includes a bath, an under-the-stars cinema, and a fire pit in the middle. It’s all thoughtfully done with plenty of reclaimed materials so it doesn’t feel out of place. It’s lovely, low key luxury and the theme carries on indoors. There’s the Cider Shack itself; a bedroom and living space that’s warmed by a log burner, and a curved-roof facilities cabin. There you’ll find a private compost loo, hot shower, and an equipped kitchen.

Over at the campsite, pitches are reserved for members of the Caravan and Motorhome Club. Join up, book in and you can enjoy the same lovely location in your own accommodation-on-wheels, with access to separate facilities in an outbuilding; a flushing loo and a hot-water shower.

The views, the loos, and the cider mean you could stay on the farm for the duration of your holiday but there’s plenty to drag you away. Those peaks in the distance, for example, or the River Wye and all its adventures. But much closer than that, just a stumble away in fact, is your hosts’ Ty Gwyn cider shop and bar. This on-the-farm enterprise is typical of the area; Herefordshire’s Golden Valley where good food and great walks make the most of the countryside. What more do you need for a weekend away?

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8 Ratings · 8 reviews
Lauren F.recommends
May 5, 2024
Cider Site
Peaceful and unique hidden gem
Such an amazing spot, peaceful and secluded with great walks nearby. The pitches are well thought out and maintained with nice facilities. Laura couldn’t have been more accommodating and welcoming, super responsive and helpful to ensure everything for our stay was perfect. The views from our pitch were just beautiful and it was so peaceful on the farm. The cider shop was also a great bonus! We are looking forward to returning again in future to do some more exploring of the nearby Brecon Beacons.
Daisy E.recommends
April 9, 2024
Cider Site
Laura was the kindest of campsite owners and made sure our comfort was a priority! Fantastic little site!
Annette D.recommends
March 29, 2024
Cider Site
The pitch was nice a level, hard standing. We went on Monday and Tuesday so sadly the cider shop was closed. Amazing walks leaving from the farm.
Richard A.recommends
March 24, 2024
Cider Site
Great cider
Lovely location with welcoming hosts. Very relaxing and amazing cider to drink as well. I would 100% go back again.
Jamie L.recommends
December 10, 2023
Cider Shack
Glamping in style!
We loved glamping in the cider shack. Laura was a great host, fast to respond to messages and queries, polite and knowledgeable about the local area. Laura left us cider made in their orchard. It was delicious, with fresh milk, tea, coffee, and a few biscuits. There was also wood left for the log burner. We had just enough for 2 small fires. This was all that we needed for the whole weekend. The outside bath was amazing! So much hot water and so nice even on the coldest of days. The kitchen was well-equipped and had everything we needed. We didn't use the cinema, but would have liked to in warmer weather, we thought it was such a nice extra touch. The location is exceptional, giving beautiful views across nearby valleys. We were also only a short 15-20 minute drive from Abergavenny and Sugar Loaf Mountain. The shack itself was warm and cosy. The fire kept us incredibly warm, to the point that we opened two windows. It was clean, tidy and well-kept. The bed was comfy and fitted all 6ft 2" of me without my feet touching the wall. I would say if you're looking for a warm and cosy, short stay in a beautiful location with a little bit of added quirk. Then the cider shack is perfect! We would recommend it!
J.J.C.T P.recommends
September 21, 2023
Cider Site
Simple rustic and small
Loved the rustic style of the Cider farm It would be too busy for me in the summer but as we were the only ones there it was great Rather small as a site but lovely clean facilities and a very pleasant host Phil
Pontrilas, Wales, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Laura C.Joined in May 2022
From the host
Nestled between the black mountains and the Wye Valley, we have magnificent views in every direction. We are a small, friendly, family run business and live on site. Alex runs the award winning cidery, with licenced bar and Laura runs the two holiday lets. Many great places to dine and explore nearby.
Nearby attractions

Penylan Farm is almost on the border between England and Wales, close to the village of Ewyas Harold. It’s an area known as Herefordshire’s Golden Valley – lovely countryside that’s great for walking and Laura and Alex have OS Maps, walking boots and lots of suggestions. Ewyas Valley Common is a local favourite spot. You can even take a llama for a walk up there, courtesy of Golden Valley Llamas. For a wander into the Black Mountains, you don’t have to drive far either. The 596-metre peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain provides a three-hour hike that’s not too challenging and offers great views and there are plenty more to choose from within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Abergavenny, 12 miles from site, is a good place to start out on numerous adventures. As well as walking, there’s cycling and boat rides along the Abergavenny-Brecon Canal. You can also get on the water, on the River Wye, at Symonds Yat for kayaking and canoeing (about 20 miles from site). The book town of Hay-on-Wye is 20 miles in the other direction up the river. Oldfield Forge, six miles away, makes for a creative and fun day out too; you can book in to make your own axehead, dagger or even wedding rings.

Food and drink

You don’t need to go far for a good local tipple as your hosts at Penylan Farm also make Ty Gwyn cider right here on the farm. You can order it in advance (along with breakfast hampers, Prosecco or Champagne) or head to the tap room and shop while you're here. And cider is not the only fresh-from-the-farm produce available nearby. About a mile up the road is Rowlestone Farm Ice Cream – where the little ice cream parlour and shop has a huge variety of flavours on sale as well as coffees, paninis and cakes. For lunch or dinner at the pub, head for Ewyas Harold (just over a mile away) where you can choose from The Temple Bar and The Dog Inn, both recommended and within walking distance. There’s also a fish and chip shop in the village as well as a village store and butcher, if you want to cook for yourself. The Bridge Inn at Kentchurch (just over two miles away) is a good spot for riverside dining with a pizza oven and deck overlooking the water and The Kilpeck Inn is a traditional Herefordshire country Inn that’s not too far from site (five miles).

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