WOW! What an amazing Easter weekend we had in Shepard’s Hut in Wales! Am so excited to tell you all about it that I started writing this post in the car on my way home ( don’t panic! Am not the driver )
We decided to do something different this year for Easter break. We didn’t want to waste our 4 days off work by sitting at home in front of the telly, so we thought it would be fun to stay at some cool, and unusual place that will also accept our 4 legged baby- Rusko. And there I was again, on my favorite site booking.com . I found a luxury Shepard’s huts in Darowen, and both my husband, and I fall in love with it immediately. The fact that they had 10 out of 10 reviews only convinced us that this was the right choice for us!
We are here!
After nearly 5 hours of driving we finally got there, and OMG! The Hut was incredible. The minute we stepped inside we knew we going to have a great weekend. There were 3 huts all together. All situated fairly close to each other, but with enough distance to give you privacy. Everything was done to such a high standard. It looked like we were the first people ever staying in there. Standing on the decking and look at the surrounding valley was breath taking.
Our little neighbors
Inside the hut
Inside there was a living area with fully equipped kitchen, breakfast bar, wood burner, and large sofa bed. On the left side of the hut there was an en suite bathroom with proper shower, and Eco toilet ( if you are like me and wondering what Eco toilet is, it’s a toilet that doesn’t use any water which helps the environment). On the right side of the hut It was our bedroom. It had super comfy double bed, and cupboard space, so you can put away your belongings. Each section of the hut had a window with an amazing view of green hills and sheep’s. Outside there is a gas BBQ and picnic bench. The only thing it was missing for me was two sun loungers, so you can just sit back and relax with a glass of Vino.
The whole hut was powered by solar powered battery to be Eco friendly. There are USB charging point doted around the hut, but you need to remember that longer you charge your phone, the shorter hot shower you will have. Especially if is cloudy outside. There is no phone signal, WI-FI or TV which at first is a bit weird, but after couple of days you realize how much you don’t miss those things. We spent our evenings playing board games, and talking to each other haha
The huts are located on a working farm owned by Sioned and her family, who are one of the sweetest people ever. Despite the fact Sioned wasn’t there to great us on our arrival, she did let us know where we can find her if we need anything. Plus, we could always see her driving her quad bike around the farm. We often bumped into her on our walks, and she always stopped for a quick chat, and to ensure we have everything we need.
One evening we had to pop in to their house to ask if we can charge our speaker, so we can have some music in the evening. We were a bit apprehensive, and I guess a bit shy as we didn’t want to bother them at their house. There were more than happy to do this little favor for us without any issue. Sinoed’s dad took us on a tour around the farm showing us what they do on a daily basis. He was telling us all about the lambs and cows they have. During the time we were there we saw little lamb was born which was incredible. I was so excited to see it happening. For them it was just a standard procedure as they can have 25 of them being born in one hour! The whole experience, and talking to the family about their lives really made our whole adventure even more special. We realized how different our life is in the city, and how much we take things for granted sometimes. It was also very refreshing to see kids spending time outside helping, instead of seating in from of the telly.
The local area
There is plenty of country walks trails you can explore during the day. The closes town you can get to if you need anything from the shop, or just want to pop up to a pub is Machynalleth. The town itself is not very big, but you will get there everything you might need.
If you fancy a proper yummy, home made roast dinner I will definitely recommend driving 9 miles to Pennal. Right alongside the main road there is a Riverside Restaurant which is superb both for service, and for food. Another advantage, they are dog friendly.
There is lots of beautiful cost line villages within short drive from Darowen. One of the most popular sea site destination is historic market town Aberystwyth. You will find plenty to do up there from visiting Aberystwyth Castle, exploring Devil’s Bridge, or going on a steam train around the Vale of Rheidol. On a sunny day you can just chill on a beautiful sandy beach.
If you don’t mind spending a bit longer in the car you can drive around 100 km to Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. You can get to the top via mountain rail, or on foot. We decided to climb as we couldn’t go on the rail with the dog. Unfortunately we only managed to get half way before we give up, and decided to walk back. The surrounding area is just stunning, and was definitely worth the effort.
The list of places and activities you could do in Wales is endless. I truthfully believe this is the sort of place where anyone will find something they will enjoy even, if is just lounging around and enjoying the peace and quiet.
If you fancy to check out the huts here is the link to their website http://www.midwalesluxuryhuts.co.uk/