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Visitors to Wales are spoilt for choice when it comes to organising that perfect romantic getaway. From traditional to contemporary, woodburners to wild mountains, and shepherd’s huts to converted sties – here are Culture Trip’s favourites.
Located a short drive from the Monmouthshire town of Usk and only a 20-minute drive from the Severn Bridge, the Cwtch Hut is aptly named. Cwtch is the Welsh word for cuddle and you’ll certainly want to cuddle up in this beautiful shepherd’s hut. With a hand-built kitchen, woodburner and a bed that spans the width of the hut, this is the perfect couple’s retreat – and the surrounding countryside’s not bad, either!
Hidden away, with a real feeling of seclusion, this spectacular shack is actually really easy to get to. Originally a writer’s hut, it has been lovingly restored, filled with bright colours, and now provides a welcoming into-the-woods experience. Meals can be enjoyed on the oak deck while native birds serenade you with their song. With such beautifully artistic touches, Wood Shack is a true pleasure to stay in.
Located close to the historic town of Crickhowell in the heart of the Black Mountains, Bluebell Shepherd Huts have been handcrafted from local hillside timber. Be prepared for sweeping views reaching to the Brecon Beacons, pastel shades and luxurious touches. A popular honeymooning location, you can choose to explore the fabulous surroundings or just cosy up, light the woodburner and chill.
Time to go back to school with this eccentric little pad on the Welsh borders. Attached to an arts centre, this one-time village school is now perfect for a night or two away. Cross the village green to find a traditional pub, wander through the incredible Radnor Forest or just enjoy the spectacular views.
Located just 6.5km (4mi) from St Asaph, one of Britain’s smallest cities, this homely shack is perfect for two. With views over the nearby mountains, a well-equipped kitchen for cooking and a cast-iron bed, you will be warm, well fed and comfortable as you enjoy your romantic getaway. The neighbours, comprising pigmy goats, rare-breed sheep, ducks and chickens, all help guests to immerse themselves in the real country lifestyle.
This lovely little annexe adjoins the neighbouring farmhouse. Enjoy a 4o-minute leisurely walk to the beach, and when it all gets too much, there’s a hot tub for two waiting just for you. Civilisation is quite a way away with this one, so seclusion is definitely on the menu in this solid, stone-built cottage.
You will feel as if you’ve stepped into a film set when first glimpsing this idyllic cottage. In the heart of the West Wales countryside, Ty Twt was once a gatehouse and now offers an authentic Welsh cottage experience. Surrounded by woodland and with a curved cottage staircase and sloping ceilings, it is the epitome of romance.
In the heart of North Wales, this traditional Welsh long cottage is the perfect base for a long weekend enjoying sandy beaches, majestic mountains and each other’s company. In an area abundant with wildlife, Quarry Cottage offers all the modern comforts wrapped in traditionally Welsh architecture.
For a true taste of the wilderness, Isallt Bach farmhouse ticks all the boxes. Located in North Wales, it’s advertised as a perfect base for writers and artists. Renovated to retain all its original features such as flag-stoned floors, fireplaces and beams, Isallt Bach is a step into the past. Enjoy country rambles, visits to woollen mills and take a drive into the nearby harbour town of Porthmadog with its unique shops and historical buildings.
Once a dairy barn, this lovely little bolthole, that’s made for two, sits in the shadow of an Iron Age hill fort in Southwest Wales. The stylish interior has everything you need for getting away from it all. With character beams, a woodburner and a claw-foot bath, the Old Tether Barn is the perfect place to make memories.
Tenby is one of the prettiest little harbours in South Wales. White Cottage Annexe is small and contemporary, full of bright colours with Scandi touches. Relax on the enclosed private patio while enjoying delicious home-cooked food that you can prepare in the well-equipped kitchen. A day trip by boat to nearby Caldy Island, to discover all about the monks who once lived there, is highly recommended.
Could there be a better name for a romantic bolthole? The Hayloft is accessed via external stone steps and provides cosy accommodation for two. In addition to the usual facilities, guests also have use of a swimming pool and sauna in the small Ivy Tower Holiday Village. All the fun of self-catering with the facilities of a hotel, this is certainly one to visit, with the added bonus of being situated in one of the most incredible villages in Pembrokeshire.
Only minutes from one of Wales’s most historic castles at Raglan, Cromwell’s Hideaway is an idyllic bolthole, with luxurious underfloor heating and a fabulous welcome tea tray, not to mention breakfast on the first morning of your stay. With so many home comforts, this delightful hut makes for a wonderful romantic treat.
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