May 30, 2024


General Evolution

Short stay: Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts, near Pwllheli, Llyn Peninsula, North Wales


If you have been next the BBC sequence ‘Interior Style and design Masters’, hosted by comedian Alan Carr, you may currently inadvertantly know about the website of our most recent shorter keep assessment. Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts is composed of 5 shepherd’s huts (perfectly, technically, a person shepherd’s hut, two gypsy huts and two poachers huts), every with their have special design and style and character, located alongside a quick extend of water on the Llŷn Peninsula.

This recently-opened a few-acre glamping retreat has been pretty a brave way of living modify for co-house owners Mark Barrow and Jonathan Gooders who ended up earlier involved in a great artwork framing enterprise in London. Even with not getting a track record in tourism, they have productively pulled off an idyllic rural retreat of the maximum top quality.

The welcome

I confess to recognizing quite very little Welsh in addition to what I’ve noticed on a variety of street signals – “croeso” (welcome), “araf” (slow) and “ysgol” (college) are the several text that spring to brain. The previous greeted us as we drove up the lane that operates parallel to the huts and the wildflower meadow and private lake they forget.

Our arrival time had been communicated through textual content and co-operator Mark was there to greet us and display us the basic principles of how issues worked. A reserved parking bay outside every hut, but divided by some fenced screening, will make loading and unloading your baggage straightforward.

The hut

Each hut is named just after celebrated women of all ages from the time of Llywelyn the Wonderful, King of Gwynedd and, pursuing the signing of the Magna Carta by King John in 1215, the eventual ruler of Wales. Our hut, Joan, was named following Llywelyn’s spouse (and John’s daughter). This shepherd’s hut is the most significant of the huts at Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts and huge more than enough to quite comfortably accommodate two people and with house for a pet if you should be travelling with a 4-legged buddy. (Canines are inspired, and the owners even request that you ship them photos of your pooch, but this is the only hut that can accommodate a person.)

The site is a great position to unwind with every single hut featuring a genuinely five star encounter, but in a relaxed, rural location exactly where you can swap off and connect with nature.

Within, the hut has been extremely tastefully decorated with earthy tones – delicate, brown-primarily based tones and natural greens, complimented by stunning picket models, wealthy floorboards and crimped hessian blinds. A compact, cosy double mattress and seating regions both of those inside of and out, provide you with every little thing you could want in an region exactly where the use of house plainly been specified a terrific offer of assumed.

And don’t worry… if you did check out BBC’s ‘Interior Style and design Masters’ and have been worried about some of the designers’ much more unconventional contributions (these types of as the taxidermy magpie named Malcolm), this sort of additions have been discretely eliminated. In simple fact, a person hut layout that definitely didn’t work at all in the demonstrate, was given a finish re-style and design.

The lavatory

Joan also has an en suite shower room, comprehensive with shower, flushing bathroom, hand basin and heated towel rail. Towels are provided and an Ariston 30L speedy heat h2o heater ensured we had been hardly ever quick on very hot water.

There are even some complimentary handmade natural and organic goats milk soaps, from The Cleanse Goat Soap Enterprise centered a little nearer to Caernarfon, provided.

The facilities

The huts all have thoroughly working kitchens with cooker and fridge/freezer. The oven is complimented by a two-ring hob hid beneath the do the job floor, as well as a child Belfast sink.

An Anker SoundCore mini bluetooth speaker and radio usually means you can enjoy some music as you cook dinner.

The kitchen is also equipped with a kettle, toaster and cafetiere, Fairtrade tea and coffee, and of training course saucepans, frying pans, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glasses, chopping boards, knives, and so forth.

A wooden-burning stove within the hut ensured that we were being heat and cosy all over our continue to be, inspite of the evenings still remaining fairly chilly exterior. There is no WiFi at the huts but, cloud go over permitting, a excellent 4G sign. This meant I could effortlessly tether by notebook to my phone’s hotspot and do a place of work in front of the fireplace. But I’d advise you never do what I did, have a digital detox and just love the peace and solitude of the web page.

Need to you prefer to be outside, why not appreciate a glass of wine and cosy up to the chiminea? There is a person outside the house just about every hut.


Positioned on the superb Llŷn Peninsula, just a few miles from Pwllheli and near to the border of the Snowdonia Countrywide Park, the huts are positioned in an Region of Fantastic Natural Attractiveness with uninterrupted much-reaching sights to the Yr Eifl mountains. The well-known seaside vacation resort of Abersoch is just a 20-moment drive absent. This AONB is also a dim sky region, many thanks in element to the area’s clear air high quality, and shut to the Snowdonia International Dark Sky Reserve.

Other wonderful touches

In addition to the aforementioned tea and coffee, we have been also equipped with hot chocolate, Welsh cakes, lacto cost-free milk and fifty percent a dozen absolutely free array eggs. A generous offer of logs, kindling, firelighters and matches which is supposed to address your to start with night or two, was in truth sufficient for the 4 nights that we stayed.


Stays at the huts begin from £115 for every evening, with a minimum amount stay of two evenings
Joan, which is the biggest of the huts, is priced at £145 per night time

The best bit

For me, the finest little bit about Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts is the quality of the end and the focus to element. No corners have been cut and no price spared in the pursuit of excellence. It may possibly sound trite but it is the tiny factors that can be definitely visible sometimes, whether it be the excellent of the appliances, the cutting knives (which are definitely sharp) or only getting a non-intrusive text to make positive we have been satisfied and however had sufficient logs for the wood burner. The proprietors are on-hand really should you have to have them, but supplying all the privacy you require must you favor to be still left be.

The remaining verdict

Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts is a gem of a uncover in a section of the Llyn Peninsula where by accommodation of this excellent is not uncomplicated to arrive by. Recently highlighted in The Instances record of ’25 Best Glamping Stays in the UK‘, I have each and every self esteem that it will be a deserved achievement.

Disclosure: Our stay was sponsored by Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts.


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