Do you miss your dog when you're on holiday? - then bring him along !
You'll have - a run and kennel to leave him in and a pet sitting service - accommodation for you in a quirky Shepherds Hut - a wood to walk through off lead - peace and quiet - all in a little bit of paradise in Mid Wales.
Great too; for that romantic break you've been promising yourself! And, although not officially designated, we do have wonderful DARK SKIES.
Sue and Roger came across as splendid people. Extremely friendly and laid-back, they'll make you feel at home as soon as you pick up the keys. After an introductory chit-chat and meeting of the famous dog Raven, we were taken down to the hut (about 150-200m down the road) and given a quick whistle stop tour.
During our stay we were left completely alone to enjoy the hut but provided contact details in case we needed to get in touch. As we ordered a breakfast hamper, this was brought down and left outside as discussed. Before we arrived, email communications were very speedy with Sue helping to clear up a few queries and giving a few requested recommendations. Overall, our trip to Raven's Retreat couldn't have been more welcomed and we'd encourage anyone to do the same.
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Sue and Roger have created such a beautiful little retreat for their guests, their hard work on it has truly paid off; it was delightful and just as is advertised if not better. They greeted us kindly and warmly and also respected our privacy. Coming from busy jobs in London it was a recipe for calm and happiness. The outside toilet is of no bother; it actually makes you feel more at one with nature. The compost toilet; you wouldn't even notice were any different. Everything was clean and refreshments were even provided! We were so chuffed with our stay that as well as 100% recommending it to others, we will also make many efforts to return if anywhere at all near them. Thumbs up :)
Raven's Retreat is probably the best place you can stay at in mid Wales. The hut is very warm, clean and incredibly cosy. Sue and Roger (who are very friendly and accommodating) have done an amazing job at creating this little getwaway spot in the middle of the woods. Whether you want to go for walks, explore mid Wales or stay in bed with a book (the stream provides an excellent soundtrack) this is the place to stay. And Raven the dog is the friendliest little guy. Again, thank you for a great weekend and we will definitely come back. Adam and Talita. PS: Sue also immediately mailed us an iPad we forgotin the hut:-) Thank you.
This place has left memories that will last a lifetime. Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived to the moment we leftn(which we didn't want to do). The small personal touches from the amazing hosts werea bove and beyond. If you are looking for an escape into nature with the warm comfort of a log fire and cosy bed - you have tostay here. PS. Make sure you look through the amazing artwork. we spent a night looking and discussing them - took our breath away. We will be back!!
Raven's Retreat was just what two teachers and their ten month old puppy needed after a very busy term! Sue and Roger were the best host and have created the most stunning little homely escape away from the hustle and bustle - but with Wi Fi if you miss it:). The location is perfect: extremely quiet, full of nature and right on the ewdge of a babbling stream. Our dog, whose recall is somewhat lacking, could literally roam free and enjoy the surroundings. Sue's breakfast hampers were such a lovely thought and made our break even more luxurious! We can't wait to come back!"
By far the best place we've ever stayed at through Airbnb! Sue and Roger are the perfect hosts and they couldn't do enough for us during our visit, but without being invasive of our space. The hut is in an amazing location- 10 minutes' drive from the nearest town, with plenty of things to do on the doorstep. The hut itself was perfect for us, and was so cosy inside with everything we needed. The BBQ outside and log burner inside were added bonuses. We're already planning our next trip! Thanks again Sue and Roger, you gave us the perfect weekend away!
Access to the Shepherd's Hut Raven's Retreat from the road and a view of our stream
INCREDIBLE! We travelled from Hampshire which was a five hour drive with traffic, for just one night for Michael's birthday. We wanted somewhere beautiful and remote to enjoy a child free romantic weekend with our little pooch Rosa in tow. From my initial enquiry I knew I had found the perfect place. The owner was so accommodating and offered to provide balloons and a cake to make it special. The drive was wonderful with stunning views that became even more outstanding the closer we got to our destination.
On arrival we had the warmest and most friendly welcome of anywhere I have ever stayed and were taken to the little shepherds hut which was to be our home for the next 24 hours. It was beautiful!! The location in the woods was so tranquil and the hut built by the owners blew us away. It was gorgeous and the photographs do not do it justice at all. Alongside the hut ran a river that just added to the experience, listening to the water at night. Inside everything had been thought of. All the little extras were an absolute delight and we spent the whole time finding little things to be amazed by. The log fire was so cosy. The things provided for dogs such as dog bed, towel and lovely little kennel outside were great.
We literally couldn't find a single fault. The breakfast hamper was delightful and the hosts were more than happy to cater for vegetarians. The decking outside provided a great spot to sit next to the water and enjoy a glass of wine. I could gush about this place all day. It was perfection! We will definitely be returning.
An absolutely fantastic place to stay! Very happy. Firstly, the hosts Roger and Sue are extremely warm and kind people, who couldn't do enough to help you enjoy your stay. The Shepherds hut itself is a good size, very tidy and self contained. There is a lovely wood burner to warm your cockles and a complimentary bottle of wine to warm your cheeks. Running along the side of the hut is a bubbling stream, something which we found to be very relaxing. The hut is also surrounded by grand trees and even has its own fenced in area where you may have a barbecue, weather permitting of course. Furthermore, there is a secure driveway area where you may park your car. Because of the huts location, it is rare to hear traffic and night times are lovely and quiet.
In terms of things to do locally, there are some lovely waterfalls nearby, loads of walks, the Clywedog reservoir and Llanidloes. I'ts also an option to go visit places like Aberystwyth which is an hours drive. Moreover, there were lots of other options provided in the welcome pack. From my research of places to stay in the area, I personally couldn't find anywhere better when considering price, location, facilities and quality. From my experience, I wouldn't recommend anywhere else. We will be returning and may even buy a dog to take advantage of all the amenities.
If you are coming from Newtown turn right at the level crossing to Caersws. Turn left to Trefeglwys in Caersws, past the station and continue to Trefeglwys where you need to turn right to Llawryglyn on an awkward bend. Continue through Llawryglyn for about a mile and you'll come to a steep downward hill with a sharp left bend (you'll know it!). The house is in the V following where you need to pick up the keys. Ignore the satnav if it tries to take you up the road past the Raven's Retreat sign to the centre of SY17 5RP.
If coming from Rhayader direction head for Llanidloes and turn left at the roundabout into Llanidloes and then take the third exit off the next roundabout over the bridge and turn immediately left to the Clywedog B4518. Follow this road for four miles to the viewing point over the lake and take the right turn signposted Fan 3 miles just after. Follow this road for a mile and take the left hand road just past a small converted chapel. This takes you down through the wood to Raven's Retreat. Continue up the road to the right to pick up the keys from the house (aerial view under Prices).
You will be sent more detailed directions by email when you book with us.