5 ridiculously romantic retreats in Wales

Millbrook, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons
Millbrook, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons. One of the many lovely stays available through Sugar & Loaf, www.sugarandloaf.com
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Want to snuggle up in style with your beloved? Here is our pick of five of the most romantic retreats you can escape to in some of Wales’ most secluded locations

The Hot Tub Hideaway

Set in an ancient hay meadow, deep in the Herefordshire hills, this is an exceptionally romantic hideaway. Cosy as toast inside and laying testament to the very best of artisan craftmanship, this adorable shepherd’s hut is bursting with heart, soul and imagination. It’ll take your breath away the moment you step inside, with a super snug, blanket-laden bed, a wood-burning stove and the most innovative hot tub we’ve ever seen – having been cleverly designed from two up-cycled digger buckets, it is most definitely the focal point of this unique property. The charm carries on through to the outside space with an enormous fire pit, which doubles as a barbecue, and large benches for long lazy afternoon soaking up the stunning countryside views surrounding you.

The Hot Tub Hideaway, Hay on Wye, Brecon Beacons
The Hot Tub Hideaway, Hay on Wye, Brecon Beacons
The Laundry

Set within a fabulous location in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, this beautiful cottage radiates luxury from every corner. The meticulous attention to detail is utterly striking; exposed beams, a 14th-century castellated archway and flagstone floors complement the chic, contemporary finish and exquisite design vibe perfectly. A true home from home which feels just that extra bit special, with a lovely county pub just a pootle away, where you can dine out in style and leave the cooking to someone else. The enchanting market town of Hay-on-Wye is also just a short distance from the cottage; take a wander through the bookshop lined streets before refuelling in one of the many delightful tea rooms.

The Laundry, Brecon, Brecon Beacons
The Laundry, Brecon, Brecon Beacons
The Boutique B&B

With the odd hen clucking and the gentle bleating of sheep in the background, you’ll be utterly charmed by the warm farmyard welcome on arrival. Set within the rolling Monmouthshire countryside, this adorable cottage is perfect for a romantic weekend away – cook up a feast with the DIY breakfast included in your stay, boasting fresh eggs and bacon straight from the farm, or simply sit back and have a soak in the luxurious wooden hot tub. Lovingly converted from a traditional bull pen to a chic bolthole in the hills, you’ll find yourself perfectly positioned to head out and explore the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley, the dramatic landscapes of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the fantastic array of fine country pubs and restaurants speckled in between.

The Boutique B & B, Abergavenny, Brecon Beacons.
The Boutique B & B, Abergavenny, Brecon Beacons.
Wood Shack

A stay where it feels totally off the beaten track and hidden away from the rest of the world, this truly unique wooden shack has its own story to tell and offers an unforgettable holiday in Wales. Originally a writer’s cabin, this shack is full of rustic hand-made furniture, added luxuries and stylish touches. Nestle next to the wood-burning stove with a good book and a glass of something chilled while the sounds of the native birds and woodland creatures bustle about outside. If you fancy making the most of the fresh countryside air, you can laze in the hammock by the stream or take a wander under the shaded woodland – a good opportunity to collect some firewood. The most intimately romantic escape you could probably come across in Wales.

Wood Shack, Abergavenny, Brecon Beacons.
Wood Shack, Abergavenny, Brecon Beacons.
The Cwtch Hut

The ultimate hidden escape from the city, with rolling countryside and castles galore you could be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back in time. Beautifully designed and perfect for the most indulgent of cwtching weekends with your other half (that’s Welsh for a jolly good cuddle!), you can relax, recuperate and enjoy all the little comforts. Surrounded by pretty farmland, why not sit by the fire-pit toasting marshmallows or relax in the hammock? You may even catch a glimpse of ducks crash-landing on the pond, a pony roaming through the fields, or even an owl out on the hunt for its nightly prey. The hut has been often knowingly referred to as a tardis, due to the cute compact image from the outside, yet when you open the front door you’re welcomed by all you could need for your stay, including a hand-made kitchen, log burner and cosy bed.

The Cwtch Hut, Usk, Brecon Beacons
The Cwtch Hut, Usk, Brecon Beacons

For more romantic stays and other holiday rentals, visit: www.sugarandloaf.com

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