Hafan (1 at Under Starry Skies)
The Owner Says
Hafan (Welsh for 'haven') is an off-grid cabin set in its own wildflower meadow with a large deck and lush living roof. Both Hafan and Derwen cabins were lovingly built by us, with the help of a good friend. Hafan nestles snugly in the corner of the meadow surrounded on three sides by woods and traditionally laid hedgerows. The birdsong and wind in the trees will provide the soundtrack to your stay. From the deck you can watch the sun dip below the hills or catch a glimpse of shooting stars whilst sitting round the campfire. On wilder days cosy up by the wood burner in your holiday haven.
Inside, the mezzanine double bed is above a cosy sofa area. This sofa can be split into 2 half sized beds for young kids (beds 120cm long). The wood burner keeps the cabin snug, perfect for catching up with a good book! You can experiment with one-pot cooking on the wood burning stove or use the twin gas hob in the kitchen area which is fully equipped with everything you’ll need, including running water. Eat inside or al fresco, at the patio table on the deck. Solar panels provide lighting for the cabin and USB charging sockets for topping up your phone. You’ll also find a guitar, Bluetooth speaker, books, board games and playing cards.
Hafan has its own BBQ and fire pit, perfect for cooking sausages or toasting marshmallows while watching the clouds drift by, or gazing at the incredibly starry skies. The Brecon Beacons National Park was designated the first International Dark-Sky reserve in Wales in 2013.
Hafan has its own private composting toilet in a tiny wood-clad hut, an eco friendly alternative which is completely sanitary and odour-free.
Up at the farmhouse there is a modern wet room shower and toilet for your use. There is also a communal space with a fridge freezer, washing-up area, electrical sockets and Wi-Fi. To help you discover the area and plan your trips, there is a wide range of tourist information to borrow, including OS maps, recommendations 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.