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Hillcroft Escapes

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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Facilities

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.

Nearby

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

When opened up Y Cwt Cwtch it was a key intention to share this piece of Pembrokeshire with family and friends. Locating the hut took considerable time and discussion and we feel it was worth the time and effort to get this right.  It was important that this would be a place where you could feel a million miles away from anywhere, a place that reflected tranquillity but where you could interact if you so wished.

Initially apprehensive, we were perhaps a little to defensive, from the first guests in June 2018 to today in March 2020, so many people have loved staying at Y Cwt Cwtch taking advantage of the location as a base to visit Pembrokeshire, enjoy the coast and the places to visit.  Some literally arrived, parked the car and spent everyday in and around the Shepherds Hut, enjoying the cosy hut during the storms, bathed out in the sun or sat around the fire pit under starlit skies, it has become a special place for many different reasons and more than we will ever know.

Today, we see changing times, difficult times for many and for ourselves.  We have listened to the advice from Government and Cool Camping and looked at what we can do to help during these times, and to see how we can manage too.  We have a number of bookings for Y Cwt Cwtch and by all accounts our Guests want to come here, they see it as a place where they can relax, where they can enjoy the outdoors and in relative isolation.  We were reminded that one of our regular guests has actually never met us!

We will remain open however we are going to manage the bookings with our own take on self isolating; We will leave at least 48 hrs between guests going forward, this will leave the hut for a good 24hrs before going in to do the change over.  We keep Y Cwt Cwtch to a high standard and that will not change. We will still provide the basics, fresh laundered bedding and towels, though we will remove any toiletries and would ask that you take back what you bring with you please. If you do need anything during your stay you know you only have to ask.

A number of local suppliers, cafe’s, restaurants and pubs are offering take away & delivery services and to that point we are happy to facilitate. We will provide regular updates for you when you arrive.

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Accommodation

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

Camper van Pitch with electric hook up

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 2
This pitch is only suitable for Camper vans that are self contained, we currently have no separate toilet/shower block or waste disposal available. The area is hardstanding and probably ideal for those touring or who need a stopover for a couple of nights.

Y Cwt Cwtch

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Y Cwt Cwtch (the cuddle hut) is a self contained, well appointed Shepherds Hut located near St Brides bay a mile from the Pembrokeshire coastal path at Penycwm. 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.

Spiggy Holes

Cabin Sleeps 2
The Summerhouse, Spiggy Holes, will be available from Easter 2020. The Summerhouse itself is a self-contained log cabin, with a Sleeping/living area, ensuite and separate kitchen area. Provided with hot water, electricity, and underfloor heating. Comprising of a dining table and seating area and a double bed. A compact kitchen space features an oven with grill and 2 hobs, kettle, Belfast sink, a fridge (with milk and other essentials) and bins. An en-suite bathroom has a magically lit mirror, toilet, shower, essential toiletries and a hair dryer is provided . Candles and a firepit are also there for your use.

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Location

Contact Hillcroft Escapes, 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.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Get away from it all !!

We booked Y Cwt Cwtch as an escape on our own for a couple of days. We do not live far away and know the area reasonably well but wanted to check out a few of the bays with a bit more time on our hands. What a great stay we had and the weather was really windy and wet most of the time but no problem when back in the hut as it was really cosy. The fire worked a treat and I have been a log burner user for many years but this little chap was a treat. Everything you needed was there including a very nice welcome pack "thank you". It would have been nice to sit outside during the evening but alas the rain decided that was not going to happen. We would really recommend this retreat. ps the shower and hot water were no problem at all, in fact very efficient .
★★★★★

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
★★★★★

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 Verified Review

Response from Hillcroft Escapes

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.

Response from Hillcroft Escapes

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

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