Brondel Glamping

UK Wales Mid Wales Ceredigion Aberystwyth

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A single shepherd’s hut on a 23-acre smallholding between the Cambrian Mountains and the West Wales coast

You can leave the alarm clock at home if you’re heading for a stay at Brondel Glamping. That’s not just because the king-sized bed in the lone shepherd’s hut is so comfy that you won’t want to get out of it. And it’s not because super-friendly host Elen would find you one if you asked. It’s because the birdsong at dawn can be, as Elen’s husband Rhys describes it: “a bit full on”. If that sounds like bliss, book a stay. If not, get some ear plugs and go anyway.

The birdsong and visiting bats, red kites and hares make it ideal for nature lovers but it’s got wider appeal too. Tucked away on a smallholding in mid-Wales, it’s the perfect place for a romantic retreat or a quiet family holiday. Readers, writers and romantics will be content to gaze at the valley views or sit by the on-site pond. Walkers can stroll a mile-and-a-half in either direction to find a pub and children can explore the 23-acre site to meet chickens, ducks and sheep. But it’s not all sleepy pursuits. This is Wales after all – the adventure capital of the UK with the Cambrian mountains to climb, bike trails to conquer and that stunning coastal path within reach at Aberystwyth.

No matter how you choose to spend your days, nights at Brondel Glamping’s shepherd hut will be comfortable and cosy. It’s been kitted out with everything you need and nothing you don’t. There’s a toilet, a shower, a kettle, a fridge – even a hairdryer. But there’s no television WiFi. You’ll have to make do with the view; fortunately, it’s a good one and the sky at night makes for particularly excellent viewing. Funnily enough, Rhys works in television and travels all over to make programmes, including Wales’ answer to Countryfile. But there’s one rural location he likes above all others. For Rhys, there’s no place like home. Luckily for us, he and Elen are happy to share it with the rest of us.

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Facilities

The shepherd’s hut is self-contained with its own shower and WC. It has a king-sized bed and bunk beds so can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children. Bedding and towels are also provided. The hut has an electricity and water supply and its little kitchenette has a kettle, toaster, an induction hob, a fridge and microwave. There’s also a radio, hairdryer and a log burning stove. Outside there is a bench and a hammock, a charcoal barbecue and a firepit. Logs and charcoal are provided.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Couples, families and dogs all welcome.

Nearby

Guests are free to roam the 23-acre smallholding. A footpath through the fields offers a route north to a highly-recommended pub in Pisgah or south to the picturesque village of Llanfihangel Y Creuddyn – where there’s a pub and a 13th century church. For a more challenging walk, head to the summit of 741-metre Plynlimon (or Pumlumon Fawr) about 15 miles from site. The Wales Coast Path also offers fantastically scenic walking and you can join it at Abersytwyth. The Rheidol Riding Centre (01970 880863) is 3½ miles from site and Devil’s Bridge Falls (01970 890233) are 7 miles away. From there you can step aboard the Vale of Rheidol Railway (01970 625819) for a scenic journey to the seaside town of Aberstwyth. From site, Aberystwyth is a 15-minute drive (just over 7 miles). It has shops, eateries, a castle and is home to the National Library of Wales. For a wilder beach with dunes and plenty of space head just north of town to Ynyslas Beach. Mountain bikers will find fantastic riding at Bwlch Nant yr Arian (01970 890453) 9 miles away and the Hafod Estate (01974 282887) is about 10 miles from site.

Food & Drink

You can help yourself to freshly-laid eggs on site but, for everything else, head to Abersytwyth where you’ll find a wide range of shops including supermarkets. There is a farmers’ market in the town on the first and third Saturdays in the month. There are 2 pubs within walking distance of site (1½ miles) which serve food: the highly-recommended Halfway Inn (01970 880631) in Pisgah and The Farmer’s Arms (01974 261275) in Llanfihangel Y Creuddyn. For a special dinner, you might like to try the restaurant at Nanteos (01970 600522) – Rhys and Elen recommend the tasting menu. They also recommend Pysgoty (01970 624611), a small fish restaurant in Aberystwyth, where you’ll find plenty of other eateries too.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

 We are very close to the Cambrian Mountain, the Rheidol Steam Train Railway, Bwlch Nant yr arian where you can watch Red Kites feeding and hosts one of the best mountain bike routes in the country. Being close to Cardigan Bay gives you access to the wonderful coastal path of ceredigion and why not take a dolphin boat trip to visit our wonderful dolphins.

Accommodation

A single shepherd’s hut sleeping up to 4 people.

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Location

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Getting There

From the small village of Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, take the narrow road to the right of The Farmer’s Arms pub. Follow this road over a little bridge and you will start to climb the hill. Once you start to climb, take the second left down a narrow lane signposted Tynfrondel/alltfedw. Follow this road until the road forks. Take a left and this will lead you to the shepherd’s hut.

The nearest mainline railway station is at Aberystwyth. There are infrequent buses to Llanfihangel y Creuddyn which is 1½ miles from Brondel Glamping but Elen and Rhys are able to offer a pick-up service from the village. Contact them directly to arrange this.

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Fabulous haven away from day to day stress beautiful surroundings with just the best hostess

Ellen and family are just lovely. The shepherd hut is absolutely beautifully done and we felt so relaxed. Even with two kids, two dogs and two adults there was plenty of space, a real home from home with superb facilities, great bathroom with delicious shower, and super outside area with room to explore the land around. We enjoyed fresh eggs for breakfast. Local pubs, y farmers and halfway inn both served yummy food....and gin!! Would recommend to anyone after a unique stay in a beautiful location. Thank you Ellen x
Aug 20, 2019 by Jo and Steve

Response from Brondel Glamping

Lovely to have you here , Glad you enjoyed your break, Take care Jo and Steve and co , until we meet againxxx

Why book with Glampingly?

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