Hillcroft – Y Cwt Cwtch

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire Newgale

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
A romantic shepherd's hut getaway for two on the Pembrokeshire coast within walking distance of Newgale Beach

The waves dotted with wet-suit clad surfers, the expansive sands of Newgale Beach, the coastal footpath threaded out across the headland… it’s easy to see why Ian and Liz Haughey fell in love with this part of St Brides Bay years ago. It was only a matter of time before they’d hop across the border from England and move here for good. Now, just two miles back from the beach, their pretty Pembrokeshire home is not only a seaside shelter for them but also a handy home-from-home for others, with a brand new cosy shepherd’s hut open for business in the meadow beyond, perfect for a couple’s retreat.

Handcrafted in Oswestry, Y Cwt Cwtch follows a classic shepherd’s hut designed with a curved, corrugated rooftop and insulated wooden walls. Inside, there’s a compact kitchen area, an en-suite shower room and a double bed that folds out neatly from the wall, cheating space and allowing for a larger living area during the daytime. An eggshell blue interior mirrors the paintwork outside the hut, while attention to detail – from the Puffin patterned pillows to the Welsh cakes on arrival – show that Liz and Ian really have thought of everything. At night you can light the wood burner and perch on the doorstep cupping a mug of coco, gazing up at the starry Pembrokeshire sky. It might be no surprise that the Welsh, Y Cwt Cwtch, translates as ‘the Cuddle Hut’ in English.

Beyond the stable-style front door the best of Pembrokeshire awaits. Most immediately, there’s a stream and slender stretch of woodland you can explore but, for most, it’s about heading back out onto the lane and following footpaths southwards to the beach. It takes a little over half an hour on foot to reach Newgale, where the sandy beach itself is almost two miles long, or you can drive there in under five minutes. A pub, café and surf shop back the beach, with lessons available for first timers, and bodies with boards bob in the water almost all year round. It’s a great place to join the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, too, for a dramatic cliff-top walk to Solva, a pretty harbour village further west. Finish with a pint in the Harbour Inn before catching a convenient bus back home or drive instead onto nearby St Davids for gallery exploring, postcard shopping and an array of eating options.

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The shepherds hut is a single, self-contained space with hot water, electricity, a log fire (wood provided) and an electric heater. A dining table and seating on to which the bed folds out from the wall, transforming it into the sleeping space with a built-in double bed (all bedding and linen provided). A compact kitchen space features and oven with grill and 2 hobs, kettle, Belfast sink, a fridge (with milk and other essentials) and bins. An en-suite bathroom has a lit mirror, toilet, shower, hair dryer and essential toiletries. Candles and a firepit for outside provided. Free WiFi.
There are 2 campervan hard-standing pitches which have electricity and water but no waste disposal point.

Suitable For

Glampers and campervanners only. No tents, caravans or dogs permitted.


It's a 30–40 minute walk to Newgale beach, which takes just over 5 minutes in the car. It's no more than a 10-minute drive to the pretty harbour village of Solva and less than 20 minutes to the diminutive 'city' of St Davids. All three are a must during your stay, with St Davids a great choice for an afternoons exploring, finishing at one of the many excellent eateries for dinner. From Newgale it's easy to hop onto the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and walk along the back of the bay to Nolton Haven, where there is another small nook of a beach, with expansive sands at low tide. In the opposite direction, the path brings you round dramatic headlands and bluffs to the harbour of Solva. Using the Puffin bus service makes one-way walks easy, with regular buses running throughout the main summer season (less frequent, but still running, our of peak season). There are heaps of other great beaches all the way around St Bride's Bay and beyond – Broad Haven, Little Haven and Marloes to name a few – making surfing and water sports and obviously popular activity. Newgale has surf shops with equipment for hire,  with tuition for surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUPing), sea kayaking and wind-surfing.
Need more inspiration? See the Visit Pembrokeshire website.

Food & Drink

If you're down at Newgale beach there are a couple of decent cafés overlooking the sands, along with a pub and a hardware store. The local villages of Roch and Solva have convenience stores and one or two places to eat – try MamGu (01437 454369) in Solva by day or The Victoria Inn (01437 710426) in Roch for an evening pint, while St Davids is worth the extra couple of minutes in the car if you want more choice. Travel to the Druidstone Hotel (01437 781221), past Newgale, for the best of the views while you dine.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

We escaped to Pembrokeshire, West Wales, for a well deserved break away from the World and stayed. Here at Hillcroft we had a Shepherds Hut built for us, Y Cwt Cwtch (the cuddle hut) is a self contained and well appointed, located near St Brides bay, just a mile and a half from the Pembrokeshire coastal path, Penycwm beach and a short walk further on to Newgale beach. The harbour village of Solva is a couple of miles away and St David’s is approximately 15 minute drive. Y Cwt Cwtch has all you need for a cosy stay, with a log fire, kitchen and bathroom.

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1 shepherd's hut (sleeps 2) and 2 hardstandings for campervans (with electric and water, but no waste disposal). Check Availability


Contact Hillcroft – Y Cwt Cwtch, Hillcroft, Brawdy, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 6LA

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Getting There

SatNavs should use the postcode SA62 6LA to get them into the village of Penycwm (generally taking you via the A487). From Penycwm look for brown tourist signs for Newgale Lodge or Newgale YMCA and follow them out of the village and down the country lanes. 1 mile out of Penycwm you'll reach a crossroads where the brown tourist sign for Newgale YMCA takes you left. Turn here and ¼-mile later, at another cross roads, you will be sent left again. Take the left but then, immediately on your right you will see Hillcroft (a bungalow). Y Cwt Cwtch is around 20 metres after Hillcroft on your right. There are regular bus services a short 10-minute walk away in Penycwm to Haverfordwest and St Davids. Taxis are also available from nearby Solva and Haverfordwest.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews


Amazing stay

Booked Y Cwt Cwtch for a single night as a nice break from sleeping in a tent. Our stay was perfect in every way and we can't honestly think of anything wrong with the place. We were greeted by Ian who made us feel at home, answering any questions we had and let us know of things to do in the surrounding area. The hut itself is cosy and has everything that you could need; a log burner, shower, fully kitted out kitchenette and a small dining area that folds down into a comfy and spacious bed. For those that want to sit out under the stars, there's also a fire pit and all the stuff required to start a fire. The area is out of the way from main roads so is peaceful, but really easy to find. Thanks again for having us, we'll definitely be back Connor & Faith
Aug 14, 2019 by Connor Markham

Fantastic Place - perfect in every way

Booked Y Cwt Cwtch as a birthday present for my wife , to say she was pleased was an understatement She loved everything about it, everything was just fantastic , from a warm welcome by the owners to the twinkling lights on the outside . The hut is comfortable and has everything you need , is out of the way so nice and quiet apart from the birds , close to great places to visit and plenty of pubs and shops in the surrounding area The little cooker is perfect for a snack or to cook small meals and breakfast Bed is lovely and comfy and the hosts have thought of everything with plenty of storage and power sockets Brilliant , we will definitely be back Ant and Kathy
Jun 10, 2019 by ant.emery

Response from Hillcroft – Y Cwt Cwtch

Pleasure to meet you both Ant, and also for fetching along Rodney Elvis Trotter Crewe, he's loving his space!  So lovely the Y Cwt Cwtch pebble, brought a smile to our faces.  look forward to seeing you again, take care.
Ian & Liz

Excellent stay, just as advertised

Indoor wood burner, good shower, toilet, kitchenette, comfy bed. All you need for two. Room to park and have a fire outside. Quiet area, pretty easy to find if you follow the host instructions. Walkable to Newgale beach and a short drive to Solva, St David's and fairly close to Blue lagoon (old flooded quarry and walk) and restaurants / pubs driving distance.
May 16, 2019 by Jamie Kenworthy

Response from Hillcroft – Y Cwt Cwtch

Hi Jamie, thank you for booking your stay with us and so please you enjoyed your time here in Pembrokeshire.

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