Chestnut at Cynefin Retreats

Clifford, Herefordshire
0117 204 7830
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£295 - £400
per night
£1715 - £2786
per week

A beautifully-designed wooden lodge with hot tub on the deck, glass-front wood-burner, plenty of space and complete immersion in nature


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£295 - £400 per night

£1715 - £2786 per week

The Experience

The feel inside is uncluttered and well thought out – the smooth Scandi vibe encourages you to slow down. Seven acres of meadows and orchards surrounded by Corsican pines are criss-crossed with foot paths, children can safely romp and make dens, birds twitter overhead and on clear nights you’ll see a panoply of stars. You’ll also find a secret willow garden, perfect for a picnic or a quiet read. A public footpath takes you to the river Wye and gentle riverside walks.

Eat indoors or by the fire pit – you’ll find organic apple juice, marshmallows and chocolate waiting for you and a well-equipped kitchen if you’re inspired to cook. Hay-on-Wye with its many book shops also has good pubs and independent shops for stocking up. If the weather is playing up it’ll be fine indoors by the wood-burner while you gaze through floor to ceiling windows at the drama.

Comfortable beds have Welsh woollen blankets and there’s space for an extra child. Drift off in countryside peace.

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We think you'll love

  • Soaking in the hot tub when it's dark and watching the stars come out
  • Toasting marshmallows by the fire pit
  • Exploring the magnificent Brecon Beacons National Park
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You should know

  • There are other holiday lodges on site
  • Up to two dogs are welcome but not allowed upstairs


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from £295
Weekly price
from £1715
£10 per night for an extra child or an adult (which includes provision of a folding metal bed frame with foam mattress, bedding and towels)
1 House for 4
From £2953 beds2 bedrooms


Booking information

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Min stay: 2 nights. 10% off for 7+ nights. 2-person 15% off for use of 1 bedroom (mid-week, excl. holidays). Sleeps 4 (+1) in a super king double, twin/super king double.

Throw, treats, bowls & towel provided. Please bring a blanket to sit on. Dog-washing station outside.

Please no dogs upstairs & keep on a lead in farmland. The garden isn't fully enclosed.

Up to 2 dogs welcome (please request about 2nd on booking). £30 for 1, £45 for 2.


The stay in the Luxe Lodge was simply flawless. From bending over backwards to furnish requests before arriving ie having no feathers in the bedding, to the friendly staff we met around the site. The accommodation was finishing to the highest standard, perfectly clean and everything that was needed could be found. The log burner and fire pit had been left stacked ready to light and the hot tub was actually hot! (And clean!!) Could not recommend this place enough and will certainly return for another peaceful weekend.

Richard, Bristol

We had such a lovely stay. Two of us for a few days mid week in late November/December. Such a relaxing get away - with the hot tub, the walks, the wood fire, the peacefulness- just what we needed. Would really recommend this to anyone. Would recommend bringing a good book (or browsing hay for one - even better), some good walking shoes, jacuzzi clothing, and also going to ‘off grid gourmet’. Thank you and can't wait to come again.

Rhys, Bath

Our lodge at Cynefin Retreats was the perfect combination of luxury, comfort and cosiness for a girls' weekend away. The space was so well thought out and well-equipped with everything we needed to make it feel like a 'home away from home'. On a chilly November weekend, my friends and I made the most of the lodge's beautiful outlook from inside the hot tub, before retreating to the warmth of the log burner - heavenly! It was lovely to get outside and explore nature right on the doorstep of the lodge, as well as Hay Bluff just a short drive away for a longer hike. A perfect relaxing weekend!

Bryony, Bournemouth

The lodges are dreamy. The bed was one of the comfiest I've slept in. The open plan space downstairs is great for cooking, eating, relaxing as a group but without being on top of each other. We played several games they provided and cooked up a feast on the firepit one eve, using one of their impressive cookbooks for recipes and using the amazing cast iron cookware! All really well thought through with special touches. We got lucky with the weather and there wasn't a cloud in the sky one eve, making the star gazing truly world class - we enjoyed from our bubbling hot tub. Amazing place.

Adam, Bristol

We had a wonderful family visit & thought the lodges at Cynefin Retreats were absolutely terrific - spacious, stylish & with lots of clever & considered little touches that really elevated the entire experience. The kids loved being able to roam free in the woodlands, the hot tub was a massive hit & we really made the most of the outdoor fire pit for BBQ's and marshmallows. Star gazing was another real highlight. Highly recommend for those looking for some quality time out in beautiful, natural surroundings. Was great having Hay so close too!

Peter, London

Such a peaceful stay! We took our time in the rainfall shower in the morning overlooking the beautiful countryside, hopped into Hay-on-Wye for the bookshops, stargazed from the hot tub, and roasted marshmallows on the firepit...all the lush mod cons you can need, and perfectly situated in a lovely part of the world.

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The neighbourhood

Walk, cycle, wild swim and climb hills for wonderful views in the National Park. You can walk down to a picnic spot by the river and launch your canoe or paddle board. Hay-on-Wye is three miles for an independent cinema, pubs, a book browse and restaurants: Tomatitos Tapas Bar serves excellent locally-sourced food along with artisan bread. The Old Electric Shop is worth a visit too: a small café and vintage shop.

Local points of interest from Lorna Felgate

  • If getting out and about is more your bag, there are a wealth of options nearby to explore. Just three miles up the road is Hay-on-Wye, the ‘Town of Books’, famous for its Hay Festival, just three miles up the road.
  • Though small, Hay is a honeypot of culture with its winding streets lined with unique, independent shops asking to be explored.
  • In the centre of Hay is the fabulous, newly renovated Hay Castle, one of the great medieval defence structures still standing on the Welsh-English borders.
  • The local landscapes around Cynefin offer fabulous opportunities for taking in the great outdoors, be that on foot, bike, horseback, or canoe. There is something for everyone, ranging from gentle ambles to more intrepid adventures.


Lorna Felgate

Lorna and Ryan live nearby and are often down at Cynefin, taking a stroll or picnicking in the woodland with their young family and fun-loving Sproodle, Juno. They're passionate about sustainable tourism, supporting the bio-diversity and wildlife of the site and working with local suppliers. They love exploring the outdoors and are happy to offer recommendations for their favourite local spots.