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

If you’ve been pursuing the BBC collection ‘Interior Layout Masters’, hosted by comedian Alan Carr, you may perhaps presently inadvertantly know about the site of our latest shorter stay assessment. Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts is composed of 5 shepherd’s huts (well, technically, 1 shepherd’s hut, two gypsy huts and two poachers huts), each and every with their have distinctive design and character, situated together a brief extend of drinking water on the Llŷn Peninsula.

This newly-opened 3-acre glamping retreat has been rather a courageous life style improve for co-proprietors Mark Barrow and Jonathan Gooders who ended up previously involved in a wonderful art framing organization in London. Even with not getting a background in tourism, they have effectively pulled off an idyllic rural retreat of the optimum high-quality.

The welcome

I confess to figuring out really minor Welsh aside from what I have found on several road signs – “croeso” (welcome), “araf” (sluggish) and “ysgol” (university) are the handful of words that spring to mind. The previous greeted us as we drove up the lane that operates parallel to the huts and the wildflower meadow and non-public lake they neglect.

Our arrival time had been communicated via textual content and co-proprietor Mark was there to greet us and clearly show us the basic principles of how things worked. A reserved parking bay outdoors each individual hut, but divided by some fenced screening, makes loading and unloading your luggage straightforward.

The hut

Each individual hut is named just after celebrated females 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 immediately after Llywelyn’s spouse (and John’s daughter). This shepherd’s hut is the largest of the huts at Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts and huge ample to pretty easily accommodate two persons and with house for a puppy if you should really be travelling with a four-legged friend. (Dogs are inspired, and the homeowners even question that you send out them shots of your pooch, but this is the only hut that can accommodate a person.)

The web site is a terrific spot to unwind with every hut presenting a certainly 5 star expertise, but in a comfortable, rural environment exactly where you can change off and connect with character.

Inside of, the hut has been very tastefully decorated with earthy tones – subtle, brown-based mostly tones and pure greens, complimented by attractive wood units, wealthy floorboards and crimped hessian blinds. A compact, cosy double bed and seating locations both equally within and out, present you with all the things you could will need in an space where by the use of place obviously been offered a fantastic deal of believed.

And don’t worry… if you did enjoy BBC’s ‘Interior Layout Masters’ and had been anxious about some of the designers’ a lot more unconventional contributions (this sort of as the taxidermy magpie named Malcolm), these types of additions have been discretely taken off. In simple fact, one hut design that definitely didn’t perform at all in the present, was presented a full re-style.

The lavatory

Joan also has an en suite shower place, full with shower, flushing rest room, hand basin and heated towel rail. Towels are offered and an Ariston 30L quick heat water heater ensured we ended up in no way small on sizzling water.

There are even some complimentary handmade natural goats milk soaps, from The Clean Goat Cleaning soap Corporation primarily based a small nearer to Caernarfon, delivered.

The services

The huts all have entirely performing kitchens with cooker and fridge/freezer. The oven is complimented by a two-ring hob concealed beneath the function surface, as perfectly as a child Belfast sink.

An Anker SoundCore mini bluetooth speaker and radio signifies you can take pleasure in some new music as you cook dinner.

The kitchen area is also geared up with a kettle, toaster and cafetiere, Fairtrade tea and coffee, and of course saucepans, frying pans, utensils, crockery, cutlery, eyeglasses, chopping boards, knives, etc.

A wooden-burning stove inside of the hut ensured that we were heat and cosy in the course of our continue to be, inspite of the evenings nevertheless currently being pretty chilly outside the house. There is no WiFi at the huts but, cloud go over permitting, a excellent 4G signal. This meant I could easily tether by laptop to my phone’s hotspot and do a spot of do the job in front of the fireplace. But I’d endorse you don’t do what I did, have a electronic detox and just enjoy the peace and solitude of the web page.

Need to you like to be outdoors, why not love a glass of wine and cosy up to the chiminea? There is one particular exterior just about every hut.


Found on the superb Llŷn Peninsula, just a few miles from Pwllheli and near to the border of the Snowdonia Nationwide Park, the huts are located in an Spot of Superb Organic Splendor with uninterrupted considerably-achieving views to the Yr Eifl mountains. The well known seaside vacation resort of Abersoch is just a 20-moment push away. This AONB is also a darkish sky region, thanks in section to the area’s thoroughly clean air high quality, and close to the Snowdonia Intercontinental Dim Sky Reserve.

Other great touches

In addition to the aforementioned tea and espresso, we have been also provided with warm chocolate, Welsh cakes, lacto free milk and half a dozen no cost variety eggs. A generous offer of logs, kindling, firelighters and matches which is intended to include your initially night time or two, was in actuality more than enough for the 4 nights that we stayed.


Stays at the huts start out from £115 for every night time, with a least continue to be of two evenings
Joan, which is the major of the huts, is priced at £145 per night

The very best bit

For me, the most effective little bit about Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts is the excellent of the end and the attention to element. No corners have been slice and no price spared in the pursuit of excellence. It may audio trite but it’s the minor items that can be seriously recognizable at times, regardless of whether it be the high quality of the appliances, the slicing knives (which are certainly sharp) or just obtaining a non-intrusive textual content to make sure we had been happy and nevertheless had plenty of logs for the wood burner. The owners are on-hand need to you will need them, but featuring all the privateness you need ought to you choose to be remaining be.

The final verdict

Brook Cottage Shepherd Huts is a gem of a uncover in a section of the Llyn Peninsula where by lodging of this good quality is not quick to arrive by. Lately highlighted in The Periods checklist of ’25 Finest Glamping Stays in the UK‘, I have each and every self esteem that it will be a deserved achievement.

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