If you happen to’ve been following the BBC collection ‘Inside Design Masters’, hosted by comic Alan Carr, you could already inadvertantly know concerning the web site of our newest quick keep overview. Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts consists of 5 shepherd’s huts (properly, technically, one shepherd’s hut, two gypsy huts and two poachers huts), every with their very own distinctive design and character, located alongside a brief stretch of water on the Llŷn Peninsula.
This newly-opened three-acre glamping retreat has been fairly a courageous life-style change for co-owners Mark Barrow and Jonathan Gooders who had been beforehand concerned in a effective artwork framing enterprise in London. Regardless of not having a background in tourism, they’ve efficiently pulled off an idyllic rural retreat of the best high quality.
I confess to figuring out little or no Welsh moreover what I’ve seen on varied highway indicators – “croeso” (welcome), “araf” (gradual) and “ysgol” (college) are the few phrases that spring to thoughts. The previous greeted us as we drove up the lane that runs parallel to the huts and the wildflower meadow and personal lake they overlook.
Our arrival time had been communicated by way of textual content and co-owner Mark was there to greet us and present us the fundamentals of how issues labored. A reserved parking bay exterior every hut, however separated by some fenced screening, makes loading and unloading your baggage straightforward.
Every hut is known as after celebrated girls from the time of Llywelyn the Nice, King of Gwynedd and, following the signing of the Magna Carta by King John in 1215, the eventual ruler of Wales. Our hut, Joan, was named after Llywelyn’s spouse (and John’s daughter). This shepherd’s hut is the biggest of the huts at Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts and sufficiently big to very comfortably accommodate two folks and with house for a canine if try to be travelling with a four-legged good friend. (Canine are inspired, and the homeowners even ask that you simply ship them photos of your pooch, however that is the one hut that may accommodate one.)
Inside, the hut has been very tastefully adorned with earthy tones – delicate, brown-based tones and pure greens, complimented by lovely wood items, wealthy floorboards and crimped hessian blinds. A compact, cosy double mattress and seating areas each inside and outside, offer you the whole lot you could possibly want in an space the place using house clearly been given quite a lot of thought.
And don’t fear… should you did watch BBC’s ‘Inside Design Masters’ and had been involved about among the designers’ extra uncommon contributions (such because the taxidermy magpie named Malcolm), such additions have been discretely eliminated. In truth, one hut design that basically didn’t work in any respect within the present, was given an entire re-design.
Joan additionally has an en suite bathe room, full with bathe, flushing rest room, hand basin and heated towel rail. Towels are offered and an Ariston 30L fast warmth water heater ensured we had been by no means quick on sizzling water.
There are even some complimentary handmade natural goats milk soaps, from The Clear Goat Cleaning soap Firm based mostly a bit of nearer to Caernarfon, offered.
The huts all have absolutely working kitchens with cooker and fridge/freezer. The oven is complimented by a two-ring hob hid beneath the work floor, in addition to a child Belfast sink.
An Anker SoundCore mini bluetooth speaker and radio means you possibly can take pleasure in some music as you cook dinner.
The kitchen can also be geared up with a kettle, toaster and cafetiere, Fairtrade tea and occasional, and naturally saucepans, frying pans, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glasses, chopping boards, knives, and so on.
A wood-burning range contained in the hut ensured that we had been heat and cosy all through our keep, regardless of the evenings nonetheless being fairly chilly exterior. There isn’t any WiFi on the huts however, cloud cowl allowing, a great 4G sign. This meant I may simply tether by laptop computer to my telephone’s hotspot and do a spot of labor in entrance of the hearth. However I’d advocate you don’t do what I did, have a digital detox and simply benefit from the peace and solitude of the location.
Do you have to want to be exterior, why not take pleasure in a glass of wine and cosy as much as the chiminea? There’s one exterior every hut.
Positioned on the fantastic Llŷn Peninsula, only a few miles from Pwllheli and near the border of the Snowdonia Nationwide Park, the huts are situated in an Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence with uninterrupted far-reaching views to the Yr Eifl mountains. The favored seaside resort of Abersoch is only a 20-minute drive away. This AONB can also be a darkish sky space, thanks partially to the world’s clear air high quality, and near the Snowdonia Worldwide Darkish Sky Reserve.
Different good touches
Along with the aforementioned tea and occasional, we had been additionally equipped with sizzling chocolate, Welsh desserts, lacto free milk and half a dozen free vary eggs. A beneficiant provide of logs, kindling, firelighters and matches which is meant to cowl your first evening or two, was the truth is sufficient for the 4 nights that we stayed.
Stays on the huts begin from £115 per evening, with a minimal keep of two nights
Joan, which is the biggest of the huts, is priced at £145 per evening
One of the best bit
For me, one of the best bit about Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts is the standard of the end and the eye to element. No corners have been minimize and no expense spared within the pursuit of excellence. It’d sound trite but it surely’s the little issues that may be actually noticeable typically, whether or not or not it’s the standard of the home equipment, the slicing knives (that are actually sharp) or just receiving a non-intrusive textual content to verify we had been completely happy and nonetheless had sufficient logs for the wooden burner. The homeowners are on-hand do you have to want them, however providing all of the privateness you want do you have to want to be left be.
The ultimate verdict
Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts is a gem of a discover in part of the Llyn Peninsula the place lodging of this high quality just isn’t straightforward to come back by. Lately featured in The Occasions listing of ’25 Greatest Glamping Stays within the UK‘, I’ve each confidence that will probably be a deserved success.
Disclosure: Our keep was sponsored by Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts.