Cwmberach Uchaf

UK Wales South Wales Carmarthenshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A trio of shepherd's huts on a charming family farm, set amid Wales' dramatic Black Mountains

It would be rude to say that Cwmberach Uchaf was ever abandoned. This 80-acre farm on the western edge of the Black Mountains had been in the family for generations and today retains a character and charm that all comes from being extremely well looked after. But all the same, the 15-year period between the previous and the current generation was certainly a time in which it ‘returned to nature’ – a passing of time that allowed the pastures to grow into thick, shaggy carpets of waist high grass and dry-stone walls to hide beneath the moss.

Thankfully, current owners Mark and Sarah have decided not to fight the changes but embrace them, an attitude that has resulted in one of the finest glamping spots in all of Wales. The farm has become a natural haven and, though very much a thriving business with sheep, ponies, goats and beehives, it is also a wonderfully diverse and uncultivated space where habitats of woodland, moor and mountain thrive. For a proper glamping holiday in the great outdoors you need look no further.

Cwmberach Uchaf offers three traditional shepherd's huts in total, each sleeping up to four people – making them great for families as well as couples here to explore the Brecon Beacons. Each hut has a bunk at one end and sofa beds at the other (bedding and linen provided) with a wood-burning stove in between and vintage-style oil lamps for added ambience. When the sun sinks over the mountainous horizon, there's a real sense of tranquility as the light cast by the flames flickers against the wood-panel walls.

Outside the Shepherd Hut there is a canopy kitchen area, storage units and all the pots, pans and utensils you need. You will also find a large decked area covered by a dining shelter with a BBQ and some chairs where you can kick back and dine al fresco, perhaps with some of the farm's own food bought from their honest shop. Sitting there, looking out and enjoying views over the Amman Valley and the Black Mountain there's no doubt you'll be keen to start exploring. The rest of the Brecon Beacons National Park spreads for some 50 miles more to your west, while its a 35-minute drive to the coast. Closer to home, meanwhile, Mark and Sarah are also happy to provide tours of the farm, introducing you to the animals and demonstrating how they collect the honey from their bees. Visit in spring and you may even get the chance to bottle feed some lambs!

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Facilities

Shepherd's huts sleeps 4, with bunk beds at one end and a large fitted sofa bed at the other (quilts, pillows and sheets included). In the middle there is a log burner (and oil lamps for added ambiance). Outside two of the huts, there is a large, sheltered decked area. This has a BBQ, table, chairs and storage. All hut's have cooking facilities and you are also supplied with crockery, cutlery, pots, pans and utensils. It's a short walk from the huts to a converted barn, with 3 toilets, 2 showers (rain showers!) and a reclaimed cast iron bath (underfloor heating throughout). The barn is also home to a small honesty shop – bread, milk, honey, sausages, seasonal veg and more – and you can order fresh croissants or pain au chocolat. There are farm tours most Saturday mornings and several very friendly animals to pet including 2 ponies and 2 goats. The chicken coop is also at the top of the field, children (or adults) are welcome to collect their own eggs.

Suitable For

Glamping only, though if a group books out all three shepherd's huts they are happy to accommodate a couple of small tents as well to increase the numbers. Well-behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.

Nearby

Just metres from the shepherd's huts you can access a bridleway that leads up into the mountains – a climb to the top reveals excellent views west. The Brecon Beacons have plenty of fantastic walking and mountain biking routes – chat to Sarah and Mark when you arrive if you don't already have any specific ideas. For culture and history visit Carreg Cennen Castle (01558 822291), reached by a beautiful 5-mile walking route or a pop into the Llandeilo, a wonderful marketing town on the River Towy. Here you'll find National Trust owned Dinefwr and Dinefwr Castle – a National Nature Reserve, historic house and 18th-century landscape park, enclosing a medieval deer park. For something a little different try riding lessons at Dinefwr Riding Centre (01269 850042), 3 miles from The Black Mountain Company.

Food & Drink

There is an honesty shop in the bathroom barn selling local goods and the farm's own meat and vegetables (when in stock). Don't pass up the opportunity to try some of their own honey! BBQ packs are also available to pre order and can be collected from the honesty shop along with croissants and pain au chocolat. If you're after a pub, though, the nearest are in Garnant, 1¾ mile away, including The Raven Inn (01269 825500). It's only a smidge further to Llandyfan (2 miles), though, where The Square & Compass (01269 850402) is worth a try. It's an incredible spot, believed to have been built 300 years ago as the village blacksmith’s cottage. It has served as a licensed premises since 1840 and does look, from outside, more like someone's house than a well-loved boozer.

A little further again (but well worth the journey) is the beautiful market town of Llandeilo which boasts many cafe, deli's, pubs and restaurants, including the lovely Ginhaus (01558 823030) and Cawdor Hotel (01558 823500) . Nearby is the amazing Wrights Food Emporium (01558 668929) which is an essential visit for any serious foodie!

Opening Times

April–October.

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The Owner Says

Cwmberach Uchaf Farm covers 80 acres on the beautifully wild Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Our farm is at the heart of everything we do, it has been in our family for generations but for the last twenty years it had not been farmed and had fallen into disrepair.  We are now on our journey to grow a business where traditional welsh farming goes hand in hand with sustainable tourism and conservation.....and create a beautiful home for our family!
We look forward to welcoming you and sharing our adventures!

Accommodation

3 secluded shepherd's huts, each sleeping up to 4 people.

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Getting There

Form Bristol, from the south and from the east: Continue west right to the end of the M4 and exit at Junction 49. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A483 to Ammanford. Drive into Ammanford centre and, at the main traffic lights (vets on the left), turn right onto the A474, which takes you over 3 mini-roundabouts (straight over, left, straight over) past Tesco and onto Foundry Road. After about ¼ mile and before the garage on the left, turn onto Pontamman Road – you will feel like you are doubling back on yourself – this is the old A474. After about 100m, take the next right on Wern-ddu Road and this takes you up the hill out of Ammanford. Continue until you see Heol Ddu on the right; take this road and the long climb up the mountain. Continue over the crossroads at the top and over the cattle grid where you get your first experience of the Black mountain. Continue until you get to the next crossroads and turn right onto Llandeilo Road. This road will take you down the mountain, over another cattle grid and into the Berach valley. Go over the bridge at the bottom and climb about 100m to find the turn for Cwmberach Uchaf Farm (The Black Mountain Company) on the left by a large beech tree. Drive up the track and turn right into the car park.

From Carmarthen (from the west) or from Llandovery (from the north): Turn off the A40 into Llandeilo on the A483 going south. Go through Llandeilo centre, over the bridge (River Towy) and into Ffairfach. Turn left at the mini-roundabout onto Bethlehem Road and follow the signs to Trapp and Carreg Cennen Castle. Go through Trapp, over the small bridge and up the other side of the valley, past Brecon Carreg Mineral Waters on the left and down the other side of the valley to take the next left over a small bridge (River Loughor). Drive up the mountain, over the cattle grid and straight over the next crossroads onto Llandeilo Road. This road will take you down the mountain, over another cattle grid and into the Berach valley. Go over the bridge at the bottom and climb about 100m to find the turn for Cwmberach Uchaf Farm (The Black Mountain Company) on the left by a large beech tree. Drive up the track and turn right into the car park.

The nearest train station in Ammanford (5 miles) and in Ffaifach (6 miles). Unfortunately there are no busses that travel near to The Black Mountain Company.

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They’ve thought of everything!

We stayed here at the beginning of September and had such a lovely weekend. We had a lovely welcome from Sarah and Mark who were on hand for anything we needed. As campers, it was a luxury to turn up with just a bag of clothes - they’ve truly thought of everything you could possibly need. The beds were so comfortable and the hut was really cosy so we had really good nights’ sleep. On Saturday we had a tour of the farm and our boys really enjoyed feeding the goats, horses and chickens - they especially enjoyed checking the chicken coup for eggs every half an hour!! The bathrooms are complete luxury and it was lovely to get all the outdoor benefits of camping but still get modern comforts. We’ll definitely be coming back!
Sep 10, 2019 by Ana Elisabeth Lee

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