A weekend to remember in South Wales

Published August 02 2022
4 minute read
After two years of interrupted plans, travel and tourism are firmly back on the agenda. While some will be jetting off to sunnier climates, many of us have been inspired to explore the cities and countryside closer to home.
If you’re looking for ideas, we’ve highlighted three superb South Wales holiday rentals where you can kick back and relax

hide away and relax 

Nestled in the sleepy town of St Donats on the Welsh Jurassic coast, hide provides a tranquil and luxurious getaway in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan. hide’s small yet beautifully-crafted collection of lodges, cabins and huts are dotted among the trees and wildflowers of Tresilian Wood with uninterrupted views of the coastline. 

Run by Paula Warren and Tom Parker, the pair have drawn inspiration from the rich history of the area and their experiences in architecture and the arts to make sure that guests feel at home. With a focus on comfort and luxury, all accommodation features cosy log burners, beautiful spaces for cooking and eating, and individual bathrooms with all the mod cons. 

In their own words, every aspect of hide has a story to tell — from the Welsh wool blankets and striking works from local artisans and poets to the tulip tree in the woods.

As well as accommodation, hide caters for gatherings at their Pavilion which features a bar, dining and treatment area — ideal for intimate celebrations, retreats, dinners, workshops or meetings. 

Just a 25 minute drive from the bustle of the capital city, hide is the perfect base for exploring the hidden beauty of South Wales too. With mediaeval castles, churches, historic buildings and plenty of beaches and cliff top walks on the doorstep, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Find out more: hide.wales

Glamp in style 

An unforgettable glamping experience set in eight acres of developing woodland in the Vale of Glamorgan, Ty Cerrig offers luxury rural accommodation all year round. Cosyness is key and the accommodation has clearly been designed with the Welsh weather in mind. Consisting of a beautiful wooden-framed log cabin insulated with sheep wool, and a luxurious shepherd’s hut with all the mod cons, guests at Ty Cerrig get a taste of the Welsh woodland at its finest. 

The cabin features an open plan kitchen, living and dining area with French doors that lead out onto a deck. The living room has a wood burning stove and leather sofas that are perfect for sinking into with a good book. And the beds are dressed in goose feather and down duvets to keep you snug all year around. Over at the shepherd’s hut, things are cosier yet. Climbing the oak steps, you’re transported back to simpler times: cosy snugs to sit and read, drop-down beds hidden in the walls, and even a stash of board and card games for those rainy nights. While there’s power to charge your phone or tablet, the ethos of Ty Cerrig is to switch off, relax and connect with nature. 

Halfway between the Welsh capital and the charming town of Cowbridge, there’s plenty to discover in the area too. Just a stone’s throw from the Heritage coastline, you can explore beaches and cliff tops, ancient burial chambers and woodland, and the thatched-roofed pubs in the quiet villages of the Vale.

Find out more: tycerrigwoodlandretreats.co.uk

A room with a view 

For something off the beaten track that brings together modern architecture, minimalist interior design and peaceful surroundings, the Chickenshed in Monmouthshire is just the ticket. Merging comfort and luxury, guests will be mesmerised by the open plan spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and simple, uncluttered features and furnishings. There’s no denying that the natural light, bleached wood and polished concrete gives the place a Scandi feel, yet it’s the creation of local architects. 

Situated between Monmouth and Chepstow, you have spectacular views of the Black Mountains across the Wye Valley. Stepping outside onto the stone paved terrace, you can explore the two-acres of grass and woodland surrounding the building. 

In the local area, there’s plenty to keep you entertained — from crumbling castle ruins and ancient woodland to Michelin-starred restaurants and local vineyards and breweries. And canine friends are most welcome!

Find out more: thechickenshedatparkhouse.com