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Balwen Shepherd's Hut

(Ref. 1086592)

Berriew near Montgomery, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "The hut was really lovely."

    It was so clean, tidy and comfortable. Hosts were really friendly and accommodating and made sure we had everything we needed. The grounds that the accommodation is on are gorgeous, sheep right on your doorstep! The general area is lovely, with nice villages, walks and gardens to visit. We had a really enjoyable time!

    Reviewed by Rob5.0May 2024

  • "Great stay!"

    The shepherd’s hut was cute and had everything we need! Was very clean and had all the mod cons. Hot tub was an added bonus. Debbie was a great host, checking in every so often, making sure we were ok.

    Reviewed by Karlyn5.0May 2024

  • "Best ever quiet place you have everything what you need."

    Fantastic place for chill out with your partner perfect for runaway from city definitely we back there

    Thank you for your lovely review. It was wonderful hosting you both. We’re glad you found some peace and quiet and enjoyed our hut. We look forward to your return Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rafal5.0May 2024

  • "We had a lovely stay at Balwen hut for our anniversary weekend."

    It was very well equipped, including lots of kitchenware, as well as complimentary tea and coffee and it even had a hairdryer! The hut was warm despite the chilly weather outside, the shower was great, and the bed was very comfortable. Debbie was very thoughtful, and when we told her struggled heating the hot tub she came and helped us out, and we were able to enjoy some stargazing! The surrounding area is perfect for hiking or exploring historical places and there are plenty of restaurants as well. Would highly recommend!

    Thank you for taking time to write such a glowing review. It is most appreciated. We enjoyed hosting you and are super chuffed you had a special anniversary weekend with us. We hope you will return one day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sofia5.0Apr 2024

  • "A lovely Shepherds Hut located in a lovely setting close to the River and the Severn Way Canal, with Red Kites, Buzzards and Pheasants to name but a few birds continuously in the area."

    The facilities were great, the Hot Tub did get warm on the only opportunity we had to use it, but not too hot, probably down to user error on our part... Debbie is a wonderful host who messaged every now and again to make sure things were all OK. The bed was very comfortable and it was lovely to wake up with Natures Alarm, the birds singing and a slight breeze coming through the window at the end of the bed. The shower was great, powerful and hot, the towels were of great quality too. Although the weather wasn't the best for our stay, it was still a great place to stay and one that we will surely return to in the future and if you are into Astrophotography, the clear skies are amazing.

    Thanks so much for your generous review. We appreciate the time you took to compose it. I am so pleased that you found great joy staying in our shepherd’s hut and fully appreciated the nature around it. We very much look forward to seeing you whenever you plan a visit to us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Mar 2024

  • "High standard throughout Shepherds Hut with top quality furnishings,equipment and accessories."

    Very informative booklet about the hut,local area and places to visit.Very private. Only thing I felt needed was a couple of chairs ( camping type) that you could relax in by the fire pit. Hosts excellent. They both introduced themselves but left us alone alrhough we knew they were available at any time if we needed them or wanted to ask anything. We would definitely go back and recommend it as a place to stay.

    Thank you for your kind and informative review. We’re glad you had a special time with us. There are 2 wooden chairs hanging on the wall of the shepherd hut by the wood burner for use by either inside or outside fires. However following your advice we have decided to add a couple of deck chairs which we will put in the storage chest outside, for easier access. Thank you for your suggestion. We hope you will return one day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Sep 2023

  • "This property is a hidden gem."

    Is fully equipped with everything you could think off for your stay. We wanted peace and quiet and thats what we got and more. Perfect with the hot tub, then using the bbq and sitting by the fire of an evening. Was spotless and great communication with the owner. Would highly recommend.

    Thanks for your lovely review Gemma. I was pleased to be able to meet you. I’m so happy you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for leaving the hut so beautiful when you left. I hope you return one day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful place to stay!"

    Myself and my husband stayed 4 nights here for our UK honeymoon and it was so relaxing! The hut was spotless on arrival and Debbie was so helpful providing extra wood when needed and recommending lovely little walks within the area. We spent most of our time relaxing in the hot tub, reading by the fire and getting to know our woolly neighbours! A lovely week I’m the Welsh countryside it was hard to believe we were just a few hours from home!

    Thanks for your delightful review and choosing us for your special holiday . If I’d known I would’ve send over a bottle of Prosecco. You were wonderful leaving the hut looking so lovely. I hope you return for your 1st anniversary. Best wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Aug 2023

  • "Owners are lovely people, nothing at all was too much trouble."

    Communication was excellent, also advised us of some nice places to eat & what was in the area. The hut was clean & tidy. A lot of thought has gone into the hut, inside & outside! Ground around the hut is so private you would know anyone was around. Thanks again for a nice stay, we’ll be returning soon

    Thank you for your superb review. I enjoyed chatting to you and hope to visit your pub when we’re in the area. I was most touched by your thoughtful gift and felt very appreciated. Thanks for leaving the hut so spotless when you left. You are always welcome back Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "Very homely hut packed with all you could need for the stay."

    Enjoyed the peace and quiet sitting in the hot tub, while lighting the fire pit for a tranquil evening - plenty of wood for the BBQ too. The host is lovely and even helped us with a couple extra things while we were there to accommodate for the unfortunate weather. I would recommend bringing a citronella candle for the flies though, can't be helped due to the location. Very enjoyable little holiday nonetheless and would definitely recommend.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was super to meet you. Citronella sounds a good idea. Our insurance company doesn’t allow candles in the Shepherds hut but maybe I can find a spray repellent . Will be glad when the flies go! Thank you :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jul 2023

  • "The Balwen hut is lovely , nice and clean in a nice quiet location."

    Really enjoyed our stay. The only thing we had a problem with was flies going inside the hut buzzing around us at night this cannot be helped due to the time of year and been in countryside. The area is lovely , the owner was lovely and helpful. definitely recommend :)

    Thanks for your lovely review. Sorry about the flies.. we will put our thinking caps on and see if there is a way to limit them in the hut. Tricky in the hot weather with the doors and windows open but we will try. :) We hope you will return again one day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda4.7Jun 2023

  • "Amazing property !"

    ! This property is in a secluded plot in a large field, there is everything you need at this location i.e BBQ, Fire pit, wood fired hot tub and a table and chairs with a parasol. The Shepherds Hut is absolutely beautifully done out and has everything you need for your stay. There is a pub a 5 minute walk away which also does lovely food. We met the owner who was very nice and only lived a few yards away in the B&B and was on hand to help if needed. The only negative was the wi-fi it was a bit hit and miss but it was'nt a problem for us because we wanted peace and quiet anyway. Also, the access to the hut could be an issue for people with mobility problems due to the access through the field to get to the hut.

    Thank you very much for your wonderful review it is most appreciated. We will work on options to improve the wifi and the path between the field and the hut. We hope you will return again one day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0May 2023

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  • Single-storey property surrounded by sheep fields, adjacent to the River Severn
  • Studio-style layout with pull-down double bed, kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin, and WC
  • Electric underfloor heating
  • Gas two-ring hob, combi microwave/oven, kettle, toaster
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power, and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent (Wood is available to purchase for other times)
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed front garden with furniture, fire pit and wood-fired hot tub
  • There is also a barbecue available if guests bring charcoal
  • The property is also on the Lon Cambria cycling route and is also near Offa's Dyke and the Severn Way along the canal,so there are plenty of beautiful cycling and walking routes
  • The property also has fishing rights for the River Severn for course fish, Grayling and fly fishing for Trout when in season, guests just need to bring their EA licence which can be purchased online
  • Lots of local pubs such as The Nag's Head and The Greenhouse cafe and plant nursery are also nearby.
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 0.5 miles, river on-site
  • Welshpool railway station is approximately a 10 minute drive
  • Note: There is a campsite nearby and Bron Hafren B & B is also nearby
  • Note: There are steps up into the hut
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking

The property

Berriew 2.1 miles.

Tucked away in the rolling hills of Garthmyl, Powys is Balwen Shepherd's Hut, a peaceful and secluded countryside retreat, perfect for a romantic break.

Just outside of Montgomery, with sheep grazing in the surrounding fields and the River Severn nearby, this idyllic space offers you a chance to wander along the owner's grounds and soak in the tranquil atmosphere of the Welsh countryside.

Here, you can find peace and serenity in the perfect getaway destination for a couple or solo traveller.

Step inside the delightful Balwen Shepherd's Hut and find yourself surrounded by a wildflower, nature theme, perfectly encapsulating the beauty of the Welsh countryside.

Unpack your belongings and make yourself a home for the duration of your stay, where you can find a studio-style layout with a foldaway bed and dining table, making fantastic use of the space.

The compact cooking equipment gives you the opportunity to whip up delicious meals with the freshest of local ingredients, while the sleek shower room ensures you remain refreshed throughout your stay.

Enjoy the toasty of underfloor heating and woodburning stove, perfect for those chilly evenings in the countryside.

Outside, enjoy a barbecue dinner, followed by a dip in the hot tub to soak your muscles and admire the countryside, finishing off by relaxing by the fire pit, whilst gazing at a miriad of stars in the dark sky, on a clear night.

Enjoy the best of both worlds when staying at Balwen Shepherd's Hut, with a variety of eateries both local and further afield.

When you don’t feel like cooking, the nearby Nags Head Inn, a traditional pub offers classic British dishes and beers, or you can head into Newtown for more options, including La Terrazza Bistro, a family run Italian restaurant or Montgomery for a Michelin star restaurant.

For a unique experience, why not visit the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture for an insight into his work, or head to Dolforwyn Castle to appreciate the 13th-century structure?

For those wanting to explore the National Trust's offerings, the Powis Castle and Garden, a beautiful medieval castle, fortress and grand country house that is said to embody the beauty of Welsh architecture is within reach by car.

For a different kind of adventure, one for any railway enthusiasts, take a trip on the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, and journey across the countryside.

Experience your own rural retreat at Balwen Shepherd's Hut.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Montgomery 6 miles; Welshpool 8 miles; Newtown 8 miles; Shrewsbury 25 miles; Ludlow 33 miles.

The picturesque village of Berriew is one of the jewels in the Mid-Wales crown, just 5 miles from the English border, with black-and-white cottages, a majestic church, two country pubs, a restaurant, an award-winning butcher’s and a deli/cafe and the River Rhiw flowing through and the Montgomeryshire Canal nearby. This delightful village has won "Wales Best Kept Village Award" several times and is situated at the heart of the beautiful Montgomeryshire countryside, surrounded by rolling farmland and wooded hills. Ideally positioned southwest of Welshpool, west of Montgomery and northeast of Newtown, this is a lovely region of Mid-Wales and is also just over the Shropshire border. The market town of Welshpool offers an array of interesting shops, a museum and there is a path to the famous Powys castle NT and renowned gardens. Visitors can experience scenic rides on the Welshpool and Llanfair light railway. The county town of Montgomery has a fascinating history with shops and Michelin Star French restaurant. Visitors can explore the ruined castle and walk to the prominent hill fort to get a panoramic view of the River Severn valley. The whole area provides a variety of scenic walking and cycling as well as fishing, clay pigeon shooting, canoeing and quad biking opportunities. Visitors can explore the ruins of the ancient Motte and Bailey castles situated close by in the beautiful old county town of Montgomery, and in the hills above the village of Abermule, or experience scenic rides on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway. The nearby Glansevern and Gregynog Halls and Gardens are well worth a visit, or take excellent scenic walks along national walking routes, including Offa’s Dyke and the Severn Way. Day trips to the delightful Aberdovey on the stunning Cardigan Bay coastline provide wonderful holiday memories and the area is a paradise for watersport enthusiasts, not to mention hikers, with Snowdonia National Park also within easy reach. The beautiful areas of Ludlow and Shrewsbury in nearby Shropshire are also worth a trip and make the village of Berriew a wonderful location in this beautiful part of the country.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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