The Shepherd’s Shack

Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire
+44 (0)1497 831215

Snuggle in with Welsh blankets, slate floors, a roaring wood-burner and a hamper full of goodness in the Black Mountains


2 places


Each sleep 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

A thoughtfully converted building by a fine 16th-century farmhouse with views of the Black Mountains, just a short hop from Hay. Inside is sweet with apple crate shelving, underheated flag floors, colourful Welsh blankets, power showers and a soft sofa which goes round a corner – plenty of room for all to sit by the wood-burner. Drop off in neat-as-pin bedrooms with soft feather and down pillows and duvets, smooth white cotton and nought but birdsong to disturb. Even the fussiest of cooks will be pleased with the open plan kitchen, gleaming with a butler’s sink and smart black work tops – although if you’re feeling idle you can have a hot breakfast delivered (in a wooden potato tray!), or join in with a pizza, BBQ or curry night at the communal barn (where you’ll also find a little shop). Games, books, maps and walking books are yours, the bird feeder is stocked and there are oodles of farm activities for grown ups and newly-free-range children (zero traffic). You can join in with life on the farm (helpful owners Kesri and Paul are parents too), or you can ignore it and have a peaceful retreat. An easy-going, relaxing place.


  • 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
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

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No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Farm holiday breakfasts available by arrangement. Restaurants ... miles away.


Nightly price
from £56
Weekly price
from £395
Damage deposit
£500 for groups
Extra bed/sofabed available £30-£50 per person per week.
1 House for 4
From £562 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 4
From £603 beds2 bedrooms



My partner and I were looking to spend Christmas somewhere that was comfy, cosy, magical and secluded.... and it was everything we dreamt of and more. It’s a perfect location for walks - whether walking straight from the cottage or jumping in the car and exploring. Paul has great knowledge and suggestions. The close proximity to Hay on Wye is amazing also…. Kesri and Paul are perfect hosts they are always on hand if needed - they even kindly gave us a bottle of port and some amazing homemade pate and chutney!! Thank you for a dreamy film like Christmas, we will definitely be back.

Shelly, Manchester

Absolutely Love the cottage. Has everything you could possibly want. The setting in amazing. True South African hospitality. An awesome weekend had by all. Cant wait to come back. Thank you !!

Heather and tony, Swindon

heavenly location, perfect for children and grown ups, a place to wind down and forget about work, cars, the city, dull stuff

Nicola, Bristol

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Kesri Smolas

  • LOCATION Stunning rural location. Off the beaten track yet only 3 miles to famous Hay on wye. Surrounded by 200 acres of land. Feel at one with history yet enjoying the best of modern day luxuries. Feeling lonely - you can stroll to the chill-out barn
  • ACTIVITIES On the Farm - Farm walks, feeding the animals, forest school, campfires, foraging etc. Adult Well-being breaks inc meditation, Pilates & Walking. Equine for dates. Canoeing, Horse-riding, Climbing, Zip wires, Golf available locally
  • VIEWS & WILD LIFE Breathtaking views of the Black Mountains & Brecon Beacons direct from every window including the bathroom!! Amazing Birdlife with wild life corridors to attract them. Spot the wise old owl, Hedgehogs, crafty Mr Fox, Bunnies & Badgers
  • FOOD Home-bred organic meat & local seasonal produce baskets available in the farm shop. Breakfast Hampers delivered to your door. Food nights 3 x a week (curry night, pizza night & BBQ night all served in our gorgeous chill-out barn
  • GROUP BOOKINGS We have another cottage and 7 glamorous Safari tents with a huge very cool chill-out barn. Perfect for Group Bookings, Special Celebrations like anniversaries, hen dos, workshops, reunions etc Can take 40 altogether
  • LOCAL VILLAGE Hay on wye is a gorgeous quaint little village known for its book & quirky antique stores. There are plenty of boutique stores, cafes & pubs. Don't forget a % of our income (your money!!) goes to help underpriviledged kids and older people