Wales, beautiful, rugged and wild. A perfect place to holiday in my mind. We were recently invited to stay in a Hobbit House, near the small town of Lampeter. A Hobbit House! YES! A beautiful little self-catering property, set high on a hill surrounded by new born lambs and stunning scenery.
For Dan, it really was like returning back to the Shire (I’ll stop the Hobbit references now). Dan went to the University of Lampeter many moons ago, where in between, drinking, chasing girls and mountain biking, he studied a degree in Environmental Management. Now 20 years later, we spent the weekend exploring the area he knew so well.
The Hobbit House, was beautiful, incredibly comfortable and warm. From the outside the it looked very ‘Hobbitish’ with it’s wooden clad exterior, octagonal windows, and a living roof, giving it that ‘house in the ground’ look.
Inside, well inside, was anything but Hobbitish! The one room was ample and spacious, with a large king sized bed in the middle covered with gorgeous cushions and welsh blankets. To the side of the bed was a pull out bunk bed made of ply and looked super stylish. My boys loved hanging out there reading or watching the stars through the sky light above.
Going round the room, there are two comfy chairs which sat either side of the all important log burner and TV to the side. On the opposite side of the room sits a large dining table with views across the valley. Adjacent to this is the open plan kitchen which we found was fully equipped for cooking up a lavish meal. We ate well, dining on spag bol and chicken casserole. Finally, behind the main room is the en suite shower room.
The shower room, has the same industrial touches. Copper piping used as the taps, with plumbing handles. The sink sat on copper pipes and the room was lit with bulk head lighting. The shower was warm, state of the art, with a rain shower head.
The industrial touches ran throughout the house, with a main chandelier made of edison light bulbs fixed to a bike wheel. The curtain poles were made of scaffold poles and above the dining table was a hanging lighting arrangement of kilner jars.
We stayed for two nights, never long enough, and were comfortable and happy during our time. Out the window we could see new born lambs frolicking in the field, and the clouds drifting across the valley below.
Saturday evening, whilst we waiting for our supper to cook, we took the boys on the ‘welly walk’ around the farm. The farm itself is beautifully maintained, with an easy walk down the valley to the stream and back up through the fields.
The Hobbit House (there are two side by side to rent) is a perfect way to explore this part of Wales. If you are looking for something a little different to stay in but still with luxury and comfort, then the Hobbit House is for you. More details can be found on their website.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
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