The Shepherd’s hut was built to our specification. We wanted to ensure that it could accommodate a full-length bed for maximum comfort (who wants to sleep crunched up unless you’re a dormouse?) as well as a wet room to incorporate a shower, basin and an upmarket self-composting loo.
A drop-leaf oak table was fitted under the triple windows to maximize working space (although it is difficult to remain focused on tasks when the view is of the beckoning Brecon Beacons, but it’s great for somewhere to spread out the weekend papers). The attention to detail is wonderful with oak floorboards, underfloor central heating (bliss in the wet room especially), sheep’s wool insulation in the walls and a wood burning stove for good measure.
Even the ironmongery was sourced and made locally. Once built, it was finally winched into place (quite a feat of engineering in itself) so that the largest window looks out towards the aforementioned Brecon Beacons, the window over the bed looks up across the field towards a majestic oak whilst the view from the stable door is of Hay Bluff and the Black Mountains. Amanda set to with her sewing machine to make the soft furnishings as well as upholstering the chairs. She then rummaged around in the barn and in local shops to find the remaining pieces to give the hut its finishing touches.
Everything has been thought of; from wine glasses to corkscrews, hairdryers to bathrobes, toiletries to tea-making facilities, books and maps to picnic rugs and firebowl… The only item we ask you to bring is a torch or two. The Brecon Beacons is only the fifth destination in the world to be granted international dark sky reserve status. Although magical and romantic to have solely moonlight and starlight to guide you, it can make it tricky to see where you are going.
Depending on the vagaries of the weather, a full Breakfast is served in the main house (across the lawn) or outside on the patio.
Min 3 nights
Tea & Coffee