The Three Spaniels Shepherd’s Hut in West Wales is a gem. The hut is perched in a large paddock, next to owners Miranda and Dave’s farmhouse, surrounded by adjoining farms and a ten minute stroll to the sleepy village of Cwrtnewydd. As the village no longer has a tavern, the industrious couple are now transforming one of their stone outbuildings into a micro pub which they plan to open two nights a week at the end of the summer. The property is relatively remote: to make a mobile call, I walked 300 metres to the road. So for someone who wants to slow down and unwind for a short spell, The Three Spaniels is ideal. I stayed for three nights and loved it. The hosts are very friendly, eager to help and made me feel welcome throughout my stay. Inside, the newly built hut is clean and comfortable, boasts underfloor heating, double glazed windows, and a fantastic ensuite bathroom. The hut’s interior has been carefully designed to maximise space, it’s tastefully decorated and despite its modest size has an airy feel. The kitchenette includes an electric twin hob, sink, kettle, fridge and toaster. The double bed comprises two dining benches and a fold down table. It’s surprisingly comfortable. The hut is best suited for one person or a couple. I went alone, on a self imposed retreat in order to write. By the end of my three night stay I found myself frizzing with new ideas, rejuvenated and keen to return and wander the local paths some more. Across the yard, a short ramble through the property’s woods leads to two meadows lined with holly, willow, elder, birch and beech. A stream ambles along the valley and unless there’s a tractor running nearby, the place is wonderfully quiet. If you want to use the hut as a base to see more of West Wales, Cwmtydu Beach is nearby, as is New Quay. Walking on local roads is enjoyable and there are also plenty of pathways. Food shopping can be found at Llandysul and Newcastle Emlyn, If you fancy a relaxing escape, The Three Spaniels Shepherd’s Hut has everything you need.
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