There’s an old saying at Mandinam: ‘If you’re not bothered, then I don’t give a damn.’ You could be forgiven for thinking that Marcus, the owner, is somewhat apathetic, however, his Mandinam motto simply means as long as his guests don’t have a worry, then neither does he. And so the fun begins, as you’re given free reign to do whatever you want within these 450 acres of indefectibly idyllic Welsh farmland, in the middle of nowhere.
Marcus went to Chelsea Arts College in the 1960s and trained under David Hockney and
Bridget Riley, but the art world wasn’t his only calling. He ditched this
swinging city scene and shifted his focus to raising a family and running a
farm in Llanadog with the unfailing support of his wife Daniella. With an artist's attention to aesthetics,you’ll soon notice that he has put just as much care and attention into his shepherd’s hut and gypsy caravan as he has the entire farm.
If it’s privacy you’re after, then either of these wooden huts offers it in droves, as well as a view destined to hurt your eyes if you stare at it too much: gaping-wide, echoingly open rolling hills – hills for days on end. It really is the place to lose one’s inhibitions and get stuck into some unadulterated chilling.
Once you snap out of your scenic trance, step inside your chosen abode and prepare to coo at how dainty and cosy it is. Beautifully furnished, every inch of both huts exudes the love that has been put into them, from the mini kitchenette with butler sink to the traditional wood-burning stove. Equipped with everything that the camper’s heart could desire, they even come complete with fresh lavender to aid a peaceful night’s slumber.
The only things you’ll need to concern yourself with is when to light the BBQ and what time to climb into the hot tub, which sits adjacent to the gypsy caravan. Yes, a hot tub – on a hill – with an impressive sea of stunning farmland for a view, and the jealous stars as an audience.
Welsh legend has it that ‘Mandinam’ means ‘a place without blemish’ or ‘untouched holy place’, and after one night’s stay here, you’ll see how fitting these descriptions are for this glamping destination. As certain as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, you will be booking your next stay at this isolated rural retreat before you even start packing up to go home.
We stayed here last year and all i can say is WOW!!! Not only is Marcus one of the most interesting people i've ever met, but the site is simply breathtaking. If you're looking for middle-of-nowhere luxury then look no further. You'll also get a good education on the farming industry whilst you're at it! When my partner and I turned up, we couldn't believe how isolated we were. The hut is so adorable and cosy, you almost pray for bad weather so you can light a fire and cuddle up in it. The perfect romantic couples retreat. There's so much to do as well, including exploring Marcus' extensive land. But lets face it, the hot tub really is the icing on the cake. YOU MUST GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!
We wanted a relaxing, completely secluded break before our wedding in a few weeks and this seemed like the perfect place; it was.
Marcus and Danielle are the most wonderful hosts, kind, interesting, helpful and very happy to leave you alone or talk to you, depending on your needs. The caravan itself is just amazing, it is nestled behind a hill (which, if you walk up has the most beautiful 360 degree views) and you are not disturbed by anyone or anything. It is cute and very practical and has everything you need including cutlery, pans, cloths, washing up liquid etc so no need to overpack like we did! The bed is super comfortable and lovely and warm. The hot tub is wonderful after a day walking in the Brecon countryside.
As the main review says you can 'get lost' on the huge farm, which has hills, woodland, water and lots of animals.
When you go, don't miss going to see the waterfalls, the biggest one you can even walk behind. Just pop down to the next village - Llandavery and ask in the tourist office, they will give you a map for 30p and show you how to get there. Whilst in Llandavery eat at the castle hotel, beautiful or just have one of their home made scotch eggs!
We can't recommend the hut enough (we stayed in the gypsy caravan and didn't even know where the other hut was until we asked on the last day). Just magnificent!
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You’re actively encouraged to get lost in the 450 acres of Mandinam with plenty of walking, birdwatching, fishing, owl and bat-spotting opportunities. However, if you venture 12 miles further you’ll find the National Botanic Garden of Wales (01558 668768) and a selection of Welsh castles, including Carreg Cennen.
For decent pub grub, the Red Lion (01550 777357) ticks all the right boxes and is only a short walk into Llangadog village. For some real Carmarthenshire finesse, book a table at Y Polyn (01267 290000) in Capel Dewi, one of Wales’ leading restaurants. You can also buy estate-raised burgers and sausages at Mandinam, but you’ll need to ask in advance.