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Tourism business strikes gold with their five star shepherd’s hut

Tourism business strikes gold with their five star shepherd’s hut



A boutique tourism business established in beautiful Mid Wales countryside three years ago is celebrating after achieving the first glamping five star gold award from Visit Wales for shepherd’s hut accommodation.


Due to the growing popularity of glamping, Visit Wales has added the new category to its awards to reflect the quality of the accommodation and visitor experience.


The assessors gave The Shepherd’s Hut at Upper Gelli, Golfa, Welshpool a score of 98 per cent to the delight of owners Gary and Ros Thomas.


They told the couple it was the best example of shepherd’s hut accommodation they had seen.


After scouring Wales for their dream property for two years, the couple fell in love with Upper Gelli in 2013 and opened for business the following year. The place they were looking for had to be somewhere special with beautiful views.


“We wanted to create something different for the adult market, something that we ourselves would have liked,” said Ros. “Our target was five stars, so that’s what we wanted for our guests.


“When we arrived at Upper Gelli we fell in love with it immediately. This part of Wales is simply stunning and we have been made to feel so welcome by our farming neighbours.”


The couple has a two-bedroomed luxury holiday lodge and a traditional shepherd’s hut that provide an ideal base from which to explore Mid Wales and the Marches.


The Shepherd’s Hut sits in a secluded garden area and is designed to be the perfect place to relax, explore and spend romantic time together. The accommodation actually comprises two characterful huts, which were made across the valley by Martin and Charlotte Eldridge at Black Mountain Shepherd’s Huts, Castle Caereinion. Local tradesmen and artisan makers of food, toiletries and decorative items were used for the home wherever possible.


The larger of the two huts has an en-suite shower room, double bed and log burning stove. It has exclusive use of a mini-hut which was made especially for the couple to their interior design and has a compact kitchen/ dining area and an extra toilet. Guests also have complimentary use of a separate barbecue hut.


The huts enjoy uninterrupted and far-reaching views towards the Berwyn Mountains and guests can watch red kites and other local wildlife as well as enjoy three short walks.


Families and friends seeking a country escape together can book the Shepherd’s Hut and the Lodge, which can accommodate up to six people comfortably.


To make a booking, visit their website.


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 Published 19 September 2017

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