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The Shearers' Retreat

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General

  • Peaceful site on a working sheep farm surrounded by woods
  • Wildlife haven with resident red kites soaring overhead
  • Campfires and barbecues allowed; supplies in Llandeilo 10 mins' drive

Escape with ease to a valley and river-baed Carmarthenshire break at Shearer’s Retreat, a serene farm site to the west of the Brecon Beacons National Park in a setting hailed as ‘stunning’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘peaceful’ by former guests.

On a working sheep farm surrounded by woodland, the retreat is a quiet but conveniently set spot for lazy holidays and Carmarthenshire sightseeing, as well as wanders through the fields to the tree-lined river of Afon Dulas flowing along the valley. Look around and up occasionally when you’re idling around on site, to see wildlife of all sorts in the surrounding fields, and buzzards and the resident red kites Kath and Kenny flitting around overhead.

Bring your own tent/trailer tent or settle down in one of the glamping options on site, such as the water-view shepherd's hut with comfy double bed already made up, and with an ensuite shower, marine flush toilet, table and chairs, hot and cold running water, LED lights and a phone charger.

Off site, there's no need for lengthy journeys whether you’re going for sightseeing or sustenance: the local pub (recommended for its food) is a couple of miles away and the independent shops, boutiques, delis, supermarket, Friday morning farmers’ market and award-winning local food suppliers of Llandeilo are a couple of miles after that.

Welsh highlights of all sorts are within a short drive too, like the National Botanic Garden of Wales (the dome of which is viewable from the farm), National Trust properties, gold mines and two castles. Carmarthen is 25 minutes’ drive away.

Please note

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.


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9.6

Overall rating based on 26 reviews

 

96% would recommend this site to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

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Good location. Friendly owners. Unlucky on our visit.08/01/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLaura C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Shepherd's hut
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    The owners were incredibly friendly and the location was good was local sight seeing.

    Disliked: 

    Unfortunately, the lodge had a big problem with flies that got worse and worse over the evening. The more we removed, the more there were coming in from cracks in the wood ceiling and walls. It was so bad we decided to go home rather than stay.

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Hi Laura, we are so sorry this happened. Since you were here we have called in the professionals, and the issue has now been resolved.

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The owners made us feel super welcome once we arrived. …23/10/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHollie C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Shepherd's hut
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    The owners made us feel super welcome once we arrived. The site was very clean and the bed was very comfy. Lush little log cabin to get going when it gets chilly. The hosts are so nice we got up at 7.30am on the Sunday to go over to the brecon beacons and she brought us a flask of hot water so we could make some coffee. Will defo return a lovely little get away for the night.

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Rural location, whole field to ourselves, beautiful Shepherds Hut with …30/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJohn B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Rural location, whole field to ourselves, beautiful Shepherds Hut with log burner and all the essentials, nice hot shower.

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    Everything was good 😊

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Great site! Nice & cosy, lovely and clean, and a friendly welcome!04/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRob D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Very cosy! Amazing views, really comfy bed.
    Excellent facilities and a lovely welcome from the owner!

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Me and my partner had a very cosy and peaceful stay here.08/09/2019

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Great site, great shower, great host02/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDominic G.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • 1 bedroom rental tent
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    Whole big field just to ourselves (the dog especially enjoyed that), tent setup was really nice, owners were super friendly but not intrusive. Loved the outdoor shower in the woods!

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What an absolute find!! A great back to basics site. Loved it02/09/2019

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Really enjoyed02/09/2019

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It was fantastic camping ⛺️02/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEnayat B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    It was fantastic camping ⛺️

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Completely unspoilt site in stunning location. Friendly hosts.02/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSue j.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Awesome views, fabulous stream for paddling in, stunning starry sky and the warmest of welcomes. The shower in the woods was truly amazing - so refreshing. Campfires welcomed to end perfect days at this treasure of a site.

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Features

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Touring and motorhomes

Seasonal pitches

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Themes

Peaceful

Remote location

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Location

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  • Pen Hill, Broad Oak, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales, SA32 8QS
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.9070°N 4.0745°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Cross Hands: Post Office Bus Stop — 7.8 miles
Pencader (Carmarthenshire): Square Bus Stop — 10.4 miles
Carmarthen: Blue Street o/s Bus Station — 10.6 miles
Train stations
Llandeilo Rail Station — 4.0 miles
Ffairfach Rail Station — 4.2 miles
Llandybie Rail Station — 6.7 miles
Ferry ports
Swansea Queens Dock Ferry Terminal — 21.3 miles
Airports
Swansea Airport — 21.0 miles

Directions


On the A40 between Carmarthen and Llandeilo, take the turning north towards Capel Issac. Travel on up to the T-junction and turn right, always following signs to Chapel Issac. Turn left at the old chapel and after about a mile, turn down the farm track marked by a New Zealand flag and drive up to the white house on the right.

If approaching from Llandeilo, turn right off the A40 (just after the Cottage Inn). Follow the road on the left over the stone bridge. Take the first left and soon after, beside the old chapel take the right turn. After about a mile, turn down the farm track marked by a New Zealand flag and drive up to the white house on the right.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The farm’s river and woodland setting is within 20 minutes’ drive of several day trips to suit most tastes – perhaps to Aberglasney Gardens or the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, to the National Trust-managed traditional Carmarthenshire farmhouse at Aberdeunant, to country parks, or to two castles – Dinefwr and Carreg Cennen.

Carreg Cennen Castle is just inside the Brecon Beacons National Park and has spectacular views over its western landscape: take in your fill of these then descend to investigate what’s on offer in the Beacons; trails lead from the castle further into the park. For more sedate sightseeing, the Gwili Steam Railway (30 minutes’ drive away at Bronwydd Arms Station) chuffs along a four and a half-mile section of the former Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line.

Heading towards the seaside, the scenic beaches of Gower and Pembrokeshire are 45 minutes’ drive away, as is the Boathouse, or Dylan Thomas Writing Shed, at Laugharne, where the writer spent the last four years of his life. It’s a cinch to get to Cardiff from here too, in about an hour and 20 minutes’ drive via the M40.

Many events including musical nights, antiques fairs and family days take place throughout the year: ask the friendly and knowledgeable site team for info.

Must see

  • Aberglasney Gardens (2.0 miles)
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales (5.5 miles)
  • Carreg Cennen Castle (6.4 miles)

National Trust

  • Aberdeunant (3.7 miles)
  • Dolaucothi Gold Mines (10.8 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  3:30 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  4 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.

When you arrive, please call in at the white house on the right.

The Shearers' Retreat cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. The Shearers' Retreat will debit the balance from your card 15 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 15 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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  • Does The Shearers' Retreat have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is The Shearers' Retreat dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near The Shearers' Retreat? The farm’s river and woodland setting is within 20 minutes’ drive of several day trips to suit most tastes – perhaps to Aberglasney Gardens or the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, to … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of The Shearers' Retreat?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  3:30 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  4 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.

    When you arrive, please call in at the white house on the right.

    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at The Shearers' Retreat? From £15 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Dogs
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Please remember this is a working farm: respect the land, the animals and take due care.

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