The cabin is located in stunning scenery, nestled midway between Carningli Mountain, Ty-Canol ancient oak woodland & the foothills of the Preselis & only 3 miles from the sea. With an outdoor hot tub, it's easy to kick back and relax.
Our fully insulated wooden cabin is just a couple of miles from Newport, Pembrokeshire. The cabin perches on the top of one of a series of 3 nearby mounds (the origin of which is still unclear, but you can see the other two from the garden) and over looks stunning scenery. The building is sunny, warm, light and airy, with a woodburning stove for when the weather is cooler. The water is heated by solar panels and a log boiler down in the main house. The newly installed hotub and garden has views stretching for miles and you can sit back and enjoy incredible sunsets behind carningli mountain.
Guests and friends often tell us that they have not slept and relaxed so well for a long time. Maybe it's because there are very few places left in Britain where you cannot hear the hum of a busy road or the sound of vehicles every few minutes. Here at the cosy Cabin, the small lanes are extremely quiet and you are completely surrounded by nature. All around you are hills, mountains, wooded valleys, streams and great mature oaks, ash and sycamore. Execpt for the neighbouring farm buildings, you could easily believe that you are tens if not hundreds of miles from civilisation, yet just over the side of Carningli (the rocky mountain you can see from the garden) and only 3 miles away is the small bustling town of Newport. Newport is a tiny town that has an incredible variety of attractions including farmers market (on Mondays), award winning cafes, pubs and restaurants, local shops and art gallery and of course the sea with a beautiful sandy beach, cliff walks and sanddunes.
Before going into more detail I need to be clear on the location and type of property this is. The cabin has a compost loo which is a dry system that works without a flush, where the waste is converted into fertile soil for the apple trees. The loo does not smell bad in case you were wondering, but is not the same as a flush toilet. Access to the cabin involves some steep steps and an uneven path with some leaves and loose small stones. It is not a modern set-up with a tarmac driveway with all the latest mod-cons (unless you're talking super comfortable beds, cooking, showering and hotub!) The best thing to do before booking is read through a number of reviews as well as much of the description as possible to get a feel for the place to make sure it's right for you.
The cabin is open plan with a large curtain to separate the downstairs bedroom. There is a double bed downstairs and a double mattress upstairs, and a travel cot if needed. We only make up the downstairs bed when there is one person or a couple staying, but if you'd prefer to sleep upstairs, just let us know before your stay. There is a fantastic shower and a compost toilet. The garden has chairs and there is a veranda for undercover outside dining.
The outdoor electric hot tub is partly powered by the solar panels in the garden (as is the whole cabin), and it is hot and ready to use all the time. While we do provide a set of towels (one bath towel and one hand towel per guest), it might be an idea to bring an extra towel for the hot tub, and maybe a dressing gown. Some slip on shoes would also be useful for going between the cabin and the hot tub.
As we are out in the sticks, mobile service is intermittent, but most networks can get signal somewhere, even if it means a short walk into the field or up the road. There is no landline or internet in the cabin. If you really do need to go online (for work for example) then you could use the wifi in the house, but please check before booking. We have been toying with the idea of getting the cabin connected, however, every single guest (even those that were expecting wifi) have told us at the end of their stay they were so happy not be distracted by their mobile phones, email etc. And that their experience was so much richer for it that we should definitely not introduce it... being cut off from social media addiction for even just a few days is incredibly relaxing and refreshing and is so rare these days. It is easy to forget how good for the mind and getting rid of stress the experience of spending quality time together, reading, playing games, talking and being able to completely relax is. So if you are worried about off screen for a few days, don't be as it really does make for a fantastic experience. Many of pubs etc in newport do have free wifi if you do need to get online.
The cabin is self catering, and the kitchen is fully equipped, with a fridge, kettle, toaster and a new induction cooker and Samsung oven which are super efficient and a pleasure to use (when its not rented we go up and use the oven as it is far better then ours!). Some basics are provided, like salt, pepper, some herbs and spices and cooking oil. There will be complimentary tea and coffee (ground, for the caffetiere). There is no washing machine, but I would be happy to do a wash for you at a cost of £2.50 a load. There is no dryer, but there is a drying line outside the cabin, and a launderette in Newport.
Bedding and bathroom towels are provided.
An organic veg and fruit box can be pre-ordered for delivery if you are here on a Monday. There are local yoga sessions (1 mile away), as well as a host of other types of other activities close at hand. Please ask for details.ì
Accès des voyageurs
Access to the cabin is through our garden (our house is an old converted church, so there are a some gravestones in the garden, but not in the cabin's private bit), up some steps and along uneven ground, so not great for people with limited mobility.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
While we do live next door to the cabin, it is up on top of a hill behind the house and the tree lined slopes and wooden fence between the house and cabin means that it's not overlooked. It has it's own private garden which is completely secluded and perches on the edge on one of the most beautiful fields in Pembrokeshire, and on the other side of the cabin is rolling countryside. We respect that people need their privacy. We do however have two small boys (aged 12 and 9 years), and they enjoy playing in our garden and field and at times can be noisy, but we make sure they are quiet in the mornings if they're not at school, so you can get a good lie in. They also spend a lot of time with nearby family and friends and are not always about. We are more than happy to chat about where's good to visit, who does good food, where to buy local veg/meat, and Robin always has an interesting story to tell. We have a large trampoline in the garden and there is a swing from the tree in the field, and while you are welcome to use both, please be aware that you do so at your own risk!.
We have said we accept 2 night stays, however, in holidays we ask for a minimum of 3 nights, and preferably more, and if you will require both beds making up (i.e. there are more than 2 of you) then we would also require bookings of 3 or more nights.
We expect our guests to respect the countryside and our property and belongings. The cabin is no smoking, and while it's perfectly fine to smoke outside, please dispose of cigarette butts responsibly.
We don't take dogs, as the field often has sheep or cows in it, and our chickens are usually free range.
While we do clean the cabin between guests, we also expect people to leave it much as they found it.
We understand that sometimes things get broken, like glasses etc. Small breakages will not be claimed back on the deposit, but it's really handy to know if we need to replace or fix anything, so if you could let us know, that would be great, thanks.