Megan the dog is often the first to greet you when you arrive at this Brecon Beacons glamping site. She’s not exactly the vision of a traditional sheepdog – a friendly and fluffy little Bichon Frise, she’d more likely get lost among white sheep then be found herding them – but she’s a key member of the Davis clan and roams the 330-acre organic valley with them just as family dogs have done for centuries. Today the farm approaches its fourth generation and, along with the old constants – a beef herd and the flock of Welsh sheep – there are some modern twists here, too. Not least the latest addition to the land; a trio of beautiful shepherd’s huts perfect for glamping in the hills.
Set in a meadow just beyond a couple of beautiful stone farm lodges and barns, the huts offer a beautiful and tasteful place to stay among the Brecon Beacons landscape. From outside they are a picture of tradition; great iron wheels sit beneath wonderful wooden walls and the curvature of the corrugated wood. Yet, within, the three abodes are each a thoroughly modern affair. There is under-floor heating, a plush en suite bathroom with a powerful shower and a fully equipped kitchen area with its own fridge and oven. There’s room for three adults (or two adults and two kids) in the fitted double beds, while, from the deck outside, the views are dazzling: Before you, the meadow drops gently away towards the River Crai, flowing quietly through the trees, while beyond the valley side climbs away into a long, green ridge, divided up by hedges and mature trees.
If you’re a keen walker then the national park location offers ample hiking opportunities, while mountain bikers will find the farm pleasingly equipped with a hose for washing down your gear at the end of the day. Those seeking a more casual pace, meanwhile, can explore the national show caves at Day y Ogof, six miles away. Learn your stalactites from your stalagmites and marvel at the spectacular shapes and formations that the River Llynfell has hollowed here beneath the ground. When darkness falls, though, you can enjoy one of the areas best attractions of the farm. Onnenfawr Glamping sits in the heart of the Brecon Beacons International Dark Sky Reserve, with some of the most dazzling stars to be seen anywhere in the UK. Light the log-burner, cosy up in your hut and enjoy the spectacle. It’s like an extra glamping gift from nature.
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 a private hot tub, 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). . Mountain bikes available for hire (£25 per day; £15 per ½-day)
Suitable ForGlamping only. 1 dog permitted per booking (£30 charge). Groups welcome to book the entire site.
NearbyCrai 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.
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