The Orient Express Shepherd's Hut
- Sleeps 4 (max 3 adults, 2 children)
- Cooking facilities
- Beds Provided
- Bed Linen Provided
- Towels Provided
- Private Bathroom
- In room Wifi
The Owner Says
Crai Valley Glamping is set on a 330-acre organic valley in the Brecon Beacons scenic countryside allowing guests to unwind and relax and simply enjoy the natural beauty and views of the surrounding landscape. The River Crai runs at the bottom of the meadow where the Shepherd huts are located bringing all kinds of wildlife. Try out some trout fishing or step across the stepping stones in the river and explore a secret island where you would be able to have a picnic or simply escape from it all with a blanket and a good novel.
Each hut has a comfortable fitted king sized bed and double bed, ensuite bathroom with a powerful shower, wash basin, heated towel rack and a proper flushing toilet. There is also a small fitted kitchen with Belfast sink, hob, oven, fridge, toaster and traditional style dresser units for extra storage. There is a dining table with seating for 2 guests (additional stools available for extra guests). You have your own wood burning stove and underfloor heating just to take the chill off in the evenings. Each hut has plenty of storage compartments for luggage that can be tucked away and also an outside porch area to put you outdoor clothing and boots. A tap is also available to wash down bikes and muddy footwear.
Spend your evenings taking in the surrounding countryside on your private large decking area at the front of the Shepherd's hut with a bespoke outdoor dining table and rocking chair.
For the younger members of the group there is a tree house with a swing attached and a small table and chairs where you can sit and read, colour or just play. Explore the heart of the Geopark and benefit from the display of stars in our very own Milky Way 'Dark Sky Reserve' destination site.
Nearby are several eating and drinking houses which have been very highly recommended by other guests, the Tanners Arms and Usk & Railway are within walking distance from the huts.
Features & FacilitiesEach hut has a double bed; en suite bathroom with shower, wash basin and toilet; a small fitted kitchen with Belfast sink, hob and oven, fridge, toaster and a dresser unit for storage; dining table with seating for 2 and stools for extra guests. There is a wood burning stove and underfloor heating. Each hut has an outside porch area for outdoor clothing and boots. An outside tap is also available to wash equipment or bikes. Large decking area at the front of the shepherds huts with outdoor dining table and rocking chair. Running at the bottom of the meadow is the River Crai, tributary to the Usk, where you can fish for trout or hop across the stepping stones and explore a secret island (good for picnics). For the younger glampers, there is a tree house with a swing attached – there is small table and chairs provided in the tree house where again you can read, colour or just play. Mountain bikes available for hire (£25 per day; £15 per ½-day)
ActivitiesCrai Valley Glamping is within the Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve, so one thing you must spend time doing while you’re here is simply admiring the starry night sky. There’s also a magnificent underworld to explore, though. Trek beneath the earth at the Day y Ogof Show Caves (01639 730284) 6 miles away. Here the River Llynfell has carved a magnificent cave network – alongside a few more hammed-up visitor attractions, such as a dinosaur park with over 200 ‘life-sized’ dinosaurs and a kids play area. The museum provides some fascinating background on the discovery of the caves and there is a decent café. It’s only a tad further to Craig yr Nos Country Park, with vast riverside grounds to explore and an 1840s gothic castle, plus Pentre Riding Stables (01639 730639) just next door. Henrhyd and Pont Neath Fechan Waterfalls (12 miles; 01874 625515) are a particular Brecon Beacons highlight, while a stop in Brecon itself is a must – visit the Brecon Cathedral (01874 623857), the War Memorial Museum (01874 613310), Brecon Canal or enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Brecon promenade.
Food & DrinkFollow the 3-mile footpath over the hill to the Tanners Arms (01874638032) in Defynnog or the Usk & Railway Inn (01874 636101), a jot further in Sennybridge. By car, meanwhile, you can drive to The Tair Bull (01874 622600) – an excellent country inn that is owned by the very same folk that run the glamping site! It is a lovely traditional bar and restaurant in the village of Libanus, around 10 miles away. Include a meal here into a day of walking up to the famous Penyfan mountain. It’s got a great little garden too.
From Brecon follow the A40 towards Llandovery/Carmarthen. Drive for 8 miles, and then turn left onto the A4067 at Sennybridge. Drive for 3 miles, then turn right off the main road into the village, signposted "CRAI". Drive 50 yards into the village entrance and bear right, continue on this road and it will be on your third left and then take the first left into Onnenfawr Farm. The majority of sat nav systems will take you very close to Onnen Fawr, however once you have driven over the river bridge (less than 1/4 a mile away from the destination, please take the first left turning at that stage (as opposed to the right turning as shown on your navigation system). Onnen Fawr is signposted and can be found on the left hand side. Once you arrive at Onnenfawr Farm, please bear left past the children's play area down a hard standing track to the field below and the Shepherd Huts will be located in the field and names of the Shepherd Huts will be signposted above the side door as you arrive