Shepherds hut set amid Wales' dramatic Black Mountains
- Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
- Cooking facilities
- Beds Provided
- Bed Linen Provided
- Private Bathroom
- Just a short walk to the two, high-quality wet rooms with rain showers and a freestanding bath
- Kitchen/dining area with a two-ring gas hob and sink
- Lovely log burner for those cosy nights in, and your first basket of wood included
The Owner Says
Features & 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.
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!
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.