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A real treat from Cynefin Retreats!

I booked a mini-break for Alex’s birthday and I just HAD to share this gem of a place with you. I stumbled across it when browsing Canopy & Stars one day and loved the look of the ‘luxe-pods’. We were not disappointed when we arrived on Friday night.

The pods are located in a stunning countryside setting on the Welsh borders and is just three miles away from Hay-on-Wye. We visited for the day and went into Richard Booth’s Bookshop. It’s the biggest and best with both new and second-hand books which dogs are allowed into – it’s safe to say I spent a small fortune in there!

There are 4 pods which are all super private from one another (we didn’t actually bump into anyone the whole time we were there).

The pods are super stylish and have one wall which curved, this makes them look like they just came off Grand Designs. Along the opposite curved wall are wall-to-ceiling sliding glass doors which meant we had a great view of the countryside in the day, could watch the sunset and then look for stars all without having to move from the sofa!

It was equipped with underfloor heating which ensured we were toasty warm all weekend, but for extra cosiness, there was a log burner there too. As well as all of this, each pod has its own hot tub and a bespoke fire-pit with BBQ grill perfect for sizzling sausages and toasting marshmallows.

What is great about these pods is that there is an adjoining cloakroom which you can keep any bulky items out of the way and house any muddy boots throughout your stay. There was also extra wood in there for use if needed, all you needed to do was add some money into the honesty box.

Of the pods, two are dog-friendly – Rowan and Hazel. We stopped in Hazel, which faces east towards the sunrise.

Our weekend was one of pure relaxation and was just what we needed. Thanks, Cynefin Retreats, we’ll be back!


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