Derwen (2 at Under Starry Skies)
The Owner Says
Derwen (Welsh for 'Oak') is a compact and cosy cabin which sits under an old oak tree in a wildflower meadow. Fall asleep under the stars to the sound of owls. Wake up to birdsong and a woodland view. Both Hafan and Derwen cabins were lovingly built by us, with the help of a good friend.
The snug mezzanine double bed is above a comfy sofa area. There is a guitar, Bluetooth speaker, books, board games and playing cards. A solar panel powers simple lighting for the cabin and USB charging sockets are provided to top up your phone.
The wood burner keeps the cabin warm, perfect for catching up with a good book! Cook on the wood burning stove or use the twin gas hob in the fully equipped mini kitchen. There is room to eat inside or outside on the deck. Derwen has its own BBQ and fire pit, perfect for cooking sausages or toasting marshmallows while you gaze at the incredible starry skies. The Brecon Beacons National Park was designated the first International Dark-Sky reserve in Wales in 2013.
Derwen has its own private composting toilet in a tiny wood clad hut. Stroll up to the farmhouse to find a modern wet room shower and flushing loo. There is also a communal fridge freezer, pot washing area, electricity sockets and a wide range of info to help you discover the area and plan your trips, including OS maps, recommendations for places to visit and lots of leaflets.
If you fancy a stroll, head out from the cabin and walk down the public footpath to the small river or explore the woodlands at Llwynbwch. Depending on when you visit, you may see bluebells, wood anemones, orchids, marsh marigolds, roe deer and butterflies and you're sure to see red kites and buzzards.
Don't forget to bring your wellies/ walking boots and a torch!
About Under Starry Skies
Glamping, kids – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – no.
Enjoy great walks or bring your mountain bikes for a spin at nearby Brechfa Forest, around 20 minutes north west, full of marked trails and graded routes to try. Or, of course, just south of the campsite, it takes around 15 minutes until your into the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Black Mountain, with the most popular car parks for local hikes along the A4069. The town of Llandeilo is just over ten minutes away, well known for its colourful streets, independent shops and cafés. National Trust Dinefwr Park and Castle (01443 336000) on a ridge overlooking the River Tywi, as well as Newton House, are both just over 15 minutes away in the car, while, a little further Carreg Cennen Castle (01558 822291) has a particularly spectacular location above a limestone precipice with a natural cave visitors can explore.
Food & Drink
The local butcher in Llangadog (01550 777242) is around five minutes away and The Hangout (01558 823535), serving delicious deli food, perfect for lunch times or light bites, is around 15 minutes. Llandeilo is also home to the friendly local favourite, The Ginaus (01558 823030) with its cosy candle-lit interior giving it a really romantic atmosphere. Also in Llandeilo is The Cawdor (01558 823500) serving great lunches and small plates as well as an afternoon tea that makes a lovely treat. Make sure to save room for dessert, though, as no trip to Llandeilo is complete without an ice cream or chocolate selection from Heavenly Exquisite Desserts (01558 822800).
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Under Starry Skies is located at Under Starry Skies, Llwynbwch, Llansadwrn SA198LP
If you're coming from the M4, follow it to the final junction (Junction 49). Join the A48 towards Carmarthen. At the Cross Hands roundabout, take the fourth exit onto A476 towards Llandeilo. In Ffairfach, turn left, taking the A483 through Llandeilo. At the roundabout take the second exit, joining the A40 towards Llandovery. Follow this road through Manordeilo. At the roundabout go straight ahead then take the turning to Llansadwrn on your left, about a mile after the Abermarlais campsite. This road then descends, crosses a small river and then climbs. At the top of this hill on a bend you'll see a signpost for Under Starry Skies on your right. Take this unmade track, past the two neighbouring houses 'Penrhiw' and 'Rhandir'. Drive all the way down to the bottom and the parking area for the cabins is on your left.
Take the train to Carmarthen and change onto the Heart of Wales line to Llangadog station. Please arrange with us in advance for pickup from Llangadog station, about a five minute drive.