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Fall headlong in love with the Welsh countryside, in a peaceful, detail-oriented hut that's been lovingly crafted for you to unwind.

When friendly owners Dinah and John were designing their beloved Charcoal Hut, they had the word "cwtch" at the forefront of their minds.

The Welsh version of hygge, "cwtch" roughly translates to "hug" in English. And you could say that Dinah and John have succeeded in their aim, as you'll feel immediately enveloped in a warm, soothing embrace just as soon as you arrive.

The setting helps, of course. Achingly close to the Brecon Beacons, you'll be perfectly secluded amongst enchanting woodland, surrounded by diverse wildlife, birdsong, and whispering trees. In fact, such is their commitment to their land and the environment, Dinah and John have pledged to plant a new tree for every booking they take.

You'll discover the two hand-built, off-grid huts - one housing your bedroom, and the other your kitchen and bathroom - at the end of a peaceful track. Illuminated by twinkling fairy lights, you'll find plenty to keep you occupied during cosy evenings in, including board games, books, artist's materials, and a record player with a good selection of records.

The downy king-sized bed all but guarantees a sound night's sleep, and there's plenty of seating for you to watch the world go by during the day. When the weather's good, you can open up the doors and sit out on the deck instead, or of course banish the cold thanks to the inviting hot tub, where you can relax and unwind and feel your cares float away as you surround yourself by the sounds of nature.

Simply meander along the track to reach your kitchen and bathroom, ably equipped with a small fridge freezer, gas hobs, a barbecue (with John's homemade charcoal for fuel), and a gas-powered shower with compost loo.

A great deal of thought, care and attention has gone into every last detail at The Charcoal Hut, and it shows. You'll find plenty of blankets to snuggle under, along with plump, soft cushions, and well-chosen accessories throughout.  

Not forgetting, of course, the evening flask of hot chocolate that Dinah and John will deliver personally to your kitchen deck...or the delicious breakfast hamper you'll receive, packed with home-made muffins.

If you can tear yourselves away from your handcrafted haven, you'll find plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. There are the resident cats and dog to make firm friends with, and plenty of wildlife to spot, including otters, buzzards and bats to name a few. 

It would almost be rude not to take at least one hike in the Brecon Beacons, since they start mere yards from your door, while nearby Llandovery is your stop for delicious home-cooked food, and boutique shops.

As if all this wasn't quite enough, your position in a designated Dark Sky area makes stargazing a particularly wondrous pastime.  Gazing up at the Milky Way (with hot water bottles and sleeping bags ably provided) simply has to count as one of the loveliest ways to end an already perfect day.

Things to note

Check in from 3-8pm, check out by 11am. The Charcoal Hut is not suitable for children or pets. There is limited mobile signal, and no WiFi. Fluffy robes are provided for bookings of 3 nights or more.  Owner John teaches charcoal making courses on site.

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Region: Llandovery, Carmarthenshire
Cost (from): £100 per night (Mon-Thu)
Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 1268

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Facilities

Two charcoal huts, sleeping two adults.  Bedroom hut: kingsize bed with bedding, seating, gas heater, battery-powered lighting, fairy lights, blankets, board games, record player with records, selection of books, various artist's materials.  Kitchen and bathroom hut: two-ring gas hob, small fridge and freezer, barbecue with home-made charcoal provided, gas-powered shower with toiletries, compost toilet.  Exterior: deck area with plug sockets, Lay-z spa Milan hot tub.  Provided: evening flask of hot chocolate, breakfast hamper.

Local Activities

Walking, hiking, cycling, birdwatching, nature, historic sites, national park, stargazing, villages, shopping, dining.

At a glance

  • Two lovingly handcrafted, off-grid huts - one housing a bedroom, and the other a kitchen and bathroom - with a hot tub, set amongst woodland close to the Brecon Beacons.
  • Ideal for a couple looking to switch off from everyday life, and recharge amongst nature. Please bring torches and a strong pair of wellies for navigating the track in the dark.
  • Entertainment is provided, in the form of books, records, artist's materials, and board games. Friendly owners Dinah and John will also deliver a flask of hot chocolate to you by evening, and a delicious breakfast hamper.
  • Dinah the host also offers renewal of vows ceremonies.
  • There are endless hiking and wildlife-watching opportunities close by, while nearby Llandovery is ideal for browsing boutique shops and indulging in home-cooked food.
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