A simple secluded shepherd’s hut for two, nestling in the corner of a meadow facing woodland. A cosy interior has a woodburning stove. There is a generously-sized verandah with a fully-equiped summer kitchen and sitting area. Close-by there is a compost loo, standpipe for water, and a simple hot shower cabin.

A stile leads into a willow-fringed childrens’ playground which also has a clay oven – you can make pizzas with the kids. There is a total of four acres which includes an extensive garden, as well as access to neighbouring woodland and an extensive local network of public footpaths.

Montpelier Cottage is the home of Jo Eliot and Noel Kingsbury, a peaceful rural retreat on the Welsh borders 5 miles from the ‘book town’ Hay-on-Wye. On the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, it is situated close to a number of long-distance footpaths including Offa’s Dyke and The Hereford Way. Lots of good restaurants, pubs, art galleries, antique shops and great clothes shops in Hay as well as the books.

A special feature here is the garden. Noel is a well-known writer and researcher, and the garden functions as  test plot, full of flowers and buzzing with insect life and birds. You can see the garden here – there are pictures through the year (as MC Garden) and a lovely photoset by the leading Russian Photographer, Sergey.

Well behaved dogs welcome though we do have 2 cats.

Rate: £70 per night, 20% discount for 3 or more nights. Included: wood for stove, linen and bedding, but please bring your own towels.

Additional camping (max. two tents) at £6 per night per tent.