Hillcroft Escapes

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Newgale

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
A romantic shepherd's hut getaway for two on the Pembrokeshire coast within walking distance of Newgale Beach

The waves dotted with wet-suit clad surfers, the expansive sands of Newgale Beach, the coastal footpath threaded out across the headland… it’s easy to see why Ian and Liz Haughey fell in love with this part of St Brides Bay years ago. It was only a matter of time before they’d hop across the border from England and move here for good. Now, just two miles back from the beach, their pretty Pembrokeshire home is not only a seaside shelter for them but also a handy home-from-home for others, with a brand new cosy shepherd’s hut open for business in the meadow beyond, perfect for a couple’s retreat.

Handcrafted in Oswestry, Y Cwt Cwtch follows a classic shepherd’s hut designed with a curved, corrugated rooftop and insulated wooden walls. Inside, there’s a compact kitchen area, an en-suite shower room and a double bed that folds out neatly from the wall, cheating space and allowing for a larger living area during the daytime. An eggshell blue interior mirrors the paintwork outside the hut, while attention to detail – from the Puffin patterned pillows to the Welsh cakes on arrival – show that Liz and Ian really have thought of everything. At night you can light the wood burner and perch on the doorstep cupping a mug of coco, gazing up at the starry Pembrokeshire sky. It might be no surprise that the Welsh, Y Cwt Cwtch, translates as ‘the Cuddle Hut’ in English.

Beyond the stable-style front door the best of Pembrokeshire awaits. Most immediately, there’s a stream and slender stretch of woodland you can explore but, for most, it’s about heading back out onto the lane and following footpaths southwards to the beach. It takes a little over half an hour on foot to reach Newgale, where the sandy beach itself is almost two miles long, or you can drive there in under five minutes. A pub, café and surf shop back the beach, with lessons available for first timers, and bodies with boards bob in the water almost all year round. It’s a great place to join the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, too, for a dramatic cliff-top walk to Solva, a pretty harbour village further west. Finish with a pint in the Harbour Inn before catching a convenient bus back home or drive instead onto nearby St Davids for gallery exploring, postcard shopping and an array of eating options.

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Both the shepherds hut, Y Cwt Cwtch and the Summerhouse, Spiggy Holes are a single, self-contained space with hot water, electricity, either a log fire (wood provided) and an electric heater or FAR Infrared heating . Seating for two and table, double bed (all bedding and linen provided). The compact kitchen spaces feature an oven with grill and 2 hobs, kettle, sink, a fridge (with milk and other essentials) and bins. The en-suite bathroom has a lit mirror, toilet, shower, hair dryer and essential toiletries.
You will find candles and a firepit for those cosy evenings outside with wood provided. Limited access to free WiFi, always good for being not quite fully accessible whilst you are away.
There are 2 campervan hard-standing pitches which have electricity and water but no waste disposal point.

Suitable For

Glampers and campervanners only. Sorry, no tents or caravans can be accommodated here.


It's a 30–40 minute walk to Newgale beach, which takes just over 5 minutes in the car. It's no more than a 10-minute drive to the pretty harbour village of Solva and less than 20 minutes to the diminutive 'city' of St Davids. All three are a must during your stay, with St Davids a great choice for an afternoons exploring, finishing at one of the many excellent eateries for dinner. From Newgale it's easy to hop onto the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and walk along the back of the bay to Nolton Haven, where there is another small nook of a beach, with expansive sands at low tide. In the opposite direction, the path brings you round dramatic headlands and bluffs to the harbour of Solva. Using the Puffin bus service makes one-way walks easy, with regular buses running throughout the main summer season (less frequent, but still running, our of peak season). There are heaps of other great beaches all the way around St Bride's Bay and beyond – Broad Haven, Little Haven and Marloes to name a few – making surfing and water sports and obviously popular activity. Newgale has surf shops with equipment for hire,  with tuition for surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUPing), sea kayaking and wind-surfing.
Need more inspiration? See the Visit Pembrokeshire website.

Food & Drink

If you're down at Newgale beach there are a couple of decent cafés overlooking the sands, along with a pub and a hardware store. The local villages of Roch and Solva have convenience stores and places to eat – try MamGu (01437 454369), The Old Pharmact and Cafe on the Quay by day and The Cambrian Inn, Harbour Inn and the Ship in Solva by night. The Victoria Inn (01437 710426) in Roch for a pint from their own micro brewery, while St Davids is worth the extra couple of minutes in the car if you want more choice. Travel to the Druidstone Hotel (01437 781221), past Newgale, for the best of the views while you dine.


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The Owner Says

When we initially opened Y Cwt Cwtch, the Shepherds Hut, it was a key intention to share this piece of Pembrokeshire with family and friends. Locating the hut took considerable time and discussion and we feel it was worth the time and effort to get this right.  It was important that this would be a place where you could feel a million miles away from anywhere, a place that reflected tranquillity but where you could interact if you so wished.

Initially we were apprehensive, from the first guests in June 2018 to today, so many people have loved staying at Y Cwt Cwtch taking advantage of the location as a base to visit Pembrokeshire, enjoy the coast and the places to visit.  Some literally arrived, parked the car and spent everyday in and around the Shepherds Hut, enjoying the cosy hut during the storms, bathed out in the sun or sat around the fire pit under starlit skies, it has become a special place for many different reasons and more than we will ever know.

In July this year 2020, we added our Summerhouse, Spiggy Holes to Hillcroft and initial guests have enjoyed this quirky new space.  Currently we find ourselves in changing times, difficult times for many and for ourselves.  We have listened to the advice from Government and Cool Camping and looked at what we can do to help during these times, and to see how we can manage too.  We have a number of bookings for both Y Cwt Cwtch and Spiggy Holes, by all accounts our Guests want to come here, they see it as a place where they can relax, where they can enjoy the outdoors and in relative isolation.  We were reminded that one of our regular guests has actually never met us!

We aim to remain open, however we are going to manage the bookings in line with the advice being provided as previously mentioned; We will leave at least 24 hrs between guests going forward, this will leave the hut for a good 12hrs before going in to do the change over.  If you do need anything during your stay you know you only have to ask.

A number of local suppliers, cafe’s, restaurants and pubs are offering take away & delivery services and to that point we are happy to facilitate. We will also provide regular updates for you when you arrive.

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Social Distancing Measures

Y Cwt Cwtch Shepherds Hut and the Spiggy Holes Summerhouse are situated in their own space and are fully self contained.  Booking in is contactless with its own key safe.  We allow a day either side of your booking to ensure that we can deep clean between guest bookings. Further up to date information will be provided prior to your visit. Hillcroft is located in a rural location, apart from a farm across the road its away from other residential properties and close to the coast.

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1 shepherd's hut (sleeps 2) and 2 hardstandings for campervans (with electric and water, but no waste disposal).

Y Cwt Cwtch, Shepherds Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Y Cwt Cwtch (the cuddle hut) is a self contained, well appointed Shepherds Hut located near St Brides bay a mile from the Pembrokeshire coastal path at Penycwm. The harbour village of Solva is a couple of miles away and St David’s is approximately 15 minute drive. Y Cwt Cwtch has all you need for a cosy stay, with a log fire, kitchen and bathroom.

Spiggy Holes Summerhouse

Cabin Sleeps 2
The Summerhouse, Spiggy Holes, will be available from late summer 2020. The Summerhouse itself is a self-contained log cabin, with a Sleeping/living area, ensuite and separate kitchen area. Provided with hot water, electricity, and underfloor heating. Essential toiletries and a hair dryer is provided, there is also a fire pit for your use..

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Getting There

SatNavs should use the postcode SA62 6LA to get them into the village of Penycwm (generally taking you via the A487). From Penycwm look for brown tourist signs for Newgale Lodge or Newgale YMCA and follow them out of the village and down the country lanes. 1 mile out of Penycwm you'll reach a crossroads where the brown tourist sign for Newgale YMCA takes you left. Turn here and ¼-mile later, at another cross roads, you will be sent left again. Take the left but then, immediately on your right you will see Hillcroft (a bungalow). Y Cwt Cwtch is around 20 metres after Hillcroft on your right. There are regular bus services a short 10-minute walk away in Penycwm to Haverfordwest and St Davids. Taxis are also available from nearby Solva and Haverfordwest.


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