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Sleep under nature's star-studded canvas at the Starhouse, a lovingly handbuilt, glass-roofed dome house set in the Black Mountains of Wales.

The Starhouse is perfectly located in the heart of the Black Mountains, close to the Brecon Beacons National Park. Beautifully handmade and blissfully secluded, you'll find this unique dwelling all ready and waiting to offer you a star-filled experience under a clear, dark night sky.

The Starhouse represents a true labour of love by its friendly, rural-loving owners, who designed the 4m diameter home themselves and painstakingly constructed it from local stone and glass panels, to contain everything you'll need for a cosy off-grid country stay.

Sleeping two people in comfort (with room for two small ‘extras' if needed!) you'll find the Starhouse equipped with a small woodburning stove, a sink and an outdoor kitchen, together with a terrace that's ideal for that first morning coffee, and a barbecue for sizzling suppers by sunset.  A warm gas shower and a flushing toilet are separately housed close by.

Together with a soft glow from the woodburning stove, battery-powered lighting provides plenty of evening illumination, creating the perfect setting to catch up with your loved one in calming comfort. Forget distracting WiFi and telly, this is your chance to log off from the digital world and focus on nothing but the here and now.

When it's time to turn in, head for the bed raised on stilts to maximise those exceptional panoramic views and help you feel completely relaxed amongst the beauty of nature. A sound night's sleep under the stars is almost guaranteed.

If you're looking to truly immerse yourselves in the natural world, you'll be in heaven at the Starhouse, beginning with the opportunity to greet a few woodland visitors during your stay.  Think curious squirrels and the occasional owl!

Then, it's time to get out and explore this beautifully untamed part of the world - so make sure you've packed plenty of warm clothes, sturdy boots and that all-important camera.

Take a long ramble through the mountains, lakes and woodland this enchanting area of Wales is famous for, not forgetting to plan a pit stop at a local pub. Well...you'll need to refuel if you're expending all that energy in the fresh country air!

The nearest town is Abergavenny, with the station located around twenty minutes away if you'd like to travel slightly further afield. But once you've arrived at the Starhouse, and experienced the immense beauty of the surrounding area - not to mention that of life lived blissfully in the slow lane - we're pretty confident that you won't want to!

Things to note


Check in is from 5pm and check out is 11am. One well behaved dog welcome. This is an off-grid experience so no Wi-Fi is provided and mobile reception is patchy although the owners can lend their phone if necessary, and can make table reservations etc for you. No smoking. No parties or events permitted.  Not suitable for infants under 2 years old. Prices from £280 for 3 nights weekend/4 nights midweek.

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The basics

Region: Near Abergavenny, Brecon Beacons
Cost (from): £280 (3/4 nights)
Sleeps: 2 (+2 children)
Bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1 (external)
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 730

Facilities

Sleeps up to 2 adults and 2 children, double stilted bed (1.52 x approx 2m), pull out sofa bed (sleeping bags supplied), bedding & towels provided, running water (can be heated in kettle), cool box with ice packs (plus separate fridge in garage for food storage), separate private bathroom with flushing toilet, bathroom amenities, warm gas shower, kitchen, single gas hob, sink, utensils, crockery and cutlery, seating for 2, battery-powered lighting, wood burning stove, outdoor terrace, further gas hob and BBQ in the outdoor kitchen, off-lane parking.

Local activities

Pony trekking, zip lines, assault courses, cycling, walking/hiking, swimming, bowling, tennis, squash, badminton, canoeing, cinema, climbing, castles.


At a glance

  • Uniquely hand-crafted, small but snug off-grid 4m diameter dome house for two (with additional room for two small children over 2 years of age) complete with a glass roof for stargazing and viewing the beauty of its private location in the heart of the Black Mountains, Wales.
  • Ideal for those looking to immerse themselves in nature.
  • One well behaved dog welcome but please be aware of sheep in surrounding fields.
  • Dedicated parking is available 500m from the house. You will be greeted by your hosts on arrival, and a wheelbarrow is provided to transport your luggage.
  • Access to urban facilities is limited, and there is no electricity or WiFi at the Starhouse. Bathing/toilet facilities are separately housed nearby.
  • All bedding and towels provided.
  • The surrounding areas are exceptional for walking and wildlife-watching, with local pubs found within a fifteen minute walk. Please ensure you pack plenty of warm clothing and a sturdy pair of boots!
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