The word ‘luxury’ is overused, as are the words ‘tranquility’ and ‘unique’. Yet, as I discovered in the retreats of Plas Robin in the heart of rural Wales, sometimes justifiable.
The breathtaking views from these two bespoke holiday homes perched atop the rolling Welsh hillside are doing most of the talking.
However, it was only after staying in one of them, the Repos du Berger refuge, for three nights that we were able to truly appreciate the real magic and sweetness of life it offers.
This exquisitely designed holiday home is equipped with all modern conveniences. But it’s the design and attention to detail that elevates it to the next level of luxury. Owners David and Carol have made the most of every inch of its greatest asset – the spectacular view – full-length folding glass doors perfectly framing the view from your armchair.
Families, couples, groups of friends – and, quite simply, anyone who loves nature or needs an essential RnR.
Shepherd’s Rest sleeps four in two bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room which, like the bathroom, is superbly presented and scrupulously clean. There was even a fluffy bathrobe and slippers for each of us. (It’s very easy to bask in an environment that quickly took the stress out of our lives.)
The king bed in the master bedroom is so plush I didn’t want to get out of it. I felt so rested after my stay that I could barely muster the energy to drive home – or maybe it was more like not going home at all.
The contemporary open kitchen and living room are equipped with all the kitchen gadgets and utensils even the most enthusiastic chef could need.
The SMART TVs in the living room (and both bedrooms) allowed us to really relax and unwind.
Thoughtful touches can be found in every corner, from the tub of bath salts in the bathroom to the ice bucket and hot tub side table for that all-important resting place for wine. We really appreciated the welcome basket of other local products including cakes, eggs and chocolate which got our stay off to a great start.
All sundries are laid out including cling film, foil, tea and coffee, fresh milk and sugar. Also, there is locally sourced milk in the fridge.
The weather was fine and so we took advantage of the many comfortable outdoor seating areas and watched country life unfold; kites and buzzards, sheep, chickens and Welsh ponies. We can even help ourselves to fresh eggs from the chicken coop in the morning. And as for that sunset. . .
The only visitor during our long weekend was the owners friendly dog who invented a new game for us of fishing the hot tub stick. Hours of entertainment.
And, without lamenting the beautiful weather, we missed the opportunity to get cozy in front of the inviting wood-burning stove – literally the only thing that could have made this stay even more relaxing. Perfect for the colder months. Certainly not necessary though with underfloor heating which kept us warm throughout.
We found that the optimal vantage point to soak up the scenery was from the hot tub which overlooks acres of fields and valleys below. There is also a free barbecue.
There is a good wifi connection considering the remote locations and Netflix has experienced some buffering!
Between £1,400 and £2,100 per week. – Not just premium hosting, but premium views. If you can afford it – and want the best, it’s worth the price for the full month!
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Within a short four mile drive from Plas Robin is the pretty little town of Montgomery. It was a pleasure to spend a few hours in the beautiful timber-framed shops and tearooms while shopping for local produce.
Kerry Vale Vineyard is also a short drive away where you can have afternoon tea and enjoy wine tasting.
VerdictFor a rejuvenating short break in lush countryside, Shepherd’s Rest lodge might just do the trick.