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Review and Video of River Cabin at Trericket Mill, Brecon Beacons

Posted by Paul Miles at 07:21 on Thursday 30 May 2013

Paul Miles stays at a quirky stone cabin by a rushing stream with a wild swimming (or perhaps ‘dipping’) hole and a fire pit on the lawn.

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Trericket Mill

Small but perfectly formed: the mini River Cabin. Photo: Paul MilesSmall but perfectly formed: the mini River Cabin. Photo: Paul Miles

The Setting
This former bunkhouse on grassy banks above a cascading stream flowing into the Wye, greets the morning sun while evening rays are shaded by hills and beech trees. Just next to the A470, this self-catering option is easy to find.

Watch our video of the River Cabin at Trericket:

The sunlight-filled porch room. Photo: Paul MilesThe sunlight-filled porch room. Photo: Paul MilesThe Rooms
Rustic furniture, handmade by local artisans using reclaimed wood, with little details like hooks and plate stands from hazel sticks, characterise this former bunk-house, now a more bijou, bunting-strewn self-catering ‘cabin’ perfect for two (but still able to squeeze a party of four into the one bedroom if required). The beds – single bunks and a double futon – are comfortable and wooden shutters on the windows mean it’s nice and dark. In the kitchen/living area, there’s a two-ring convection hob, oven, small fridge, wooden worktops and table plus a sofa, gas-fired stove, books, games, radio and (patchy) wi-fi. Outside, there’s a barbecue and a spot for a campfire. After bed, the place you’ll spend most time is the dining porch with foldaway glass doors facing your private lawn and woods beyond. There’s a simple shower-room with toilet and basin.

The Food
This self-catering cabin is a stride away from the owners’ three-bedroom B&B in Trericket Mill where you can dine next to the listed mill machinery. Nicky and Alistair are vegetarians and Alistair is a keen cook. An evening meal might be puy lentil cottage pie followed by apple cake and homemade ice-cream (£15.50). Breakfasts feature bright yellow eggs from their free-range ducks and hens and homemade veggie sausage. Nicky grows some of her own vegetables in a plot she shares with their elderly neighbour. Nicky and Alistair can sell you eggs, freshly baked bread and pizzas (£5 for a roasted vegetable 10 inch). They don’t mind if you cook meat for yourselves and there is a good butcher in Talgarth, six miles away.

The menu at the B&B, a minute's walk from the River Cabin. Photo: Paul MilesThe menu at the B&B, a minute's walk from the River Cabin. Photo: Paul Miles

The Green
The cabin has a bank of solar PV panels, providing most of its power. Water is from a borehole. Furniture is from reclaimed or local wood. Sales of second-hand books raise funds for wildlife charities. Guests are encouraged to bring their own toiletries. All waste is recycled.

The cascading stream next to the cabin. Photo: Paul MilesThe cascading stream next to the cabin. Photo: Paul MilesThe Activities
River Cabin is on the Wye Valley Walk, a 136-mile long-distance footpath. Nicky and Alistair have devised many circular walks that combine stretches of this footpath along the tree-lined Wye with other paths into the hills. Come back for a bracing dip in the Sgithwen, (which once powered the mill), a barbecue and a fireside singsong. You could while away hours sitting next to the cascading waters - an SSSI - spying rare crayfish or, in November, watching salmon leap to spawning grounds. Otters sometimes make an appearance, too. The village of Erwood, a mile away, has a restored train station with bird hide, riverside walk and craft centre-cafe. Bike hire can be arranged and there’s canoeing in the Wye.

How to get here by public transport
River Cabin is two-hours by bus from Cardiff. The five-a-day T4, with wi-fi on board, stops right outside. Nearest train stations are Abergavenny and Hereford. It would be a pleasant but challenging cycle ride of over 30-miles from Abergavenny along the towpath of the Mon & Brec canal, then National Cycle Route 8.

Top Tip
Head off on the eight-mile circular walk detailed in the folder in the cabin to make the most of summer evening sunshine on the other side of the valley.

A perfect little snug of a place for a couple or small family that doesn’t mind sleeping in one room.

A chicken struts around the grounds. Photo: Paul MilesA chicken struts around the grounds. Photo: Paul Miles

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Trericket Mill


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