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The Hide Retreat St Donats, Glamorgan Heritage Coast

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 0 Dogs
  • Reference 1508
Why we recommend The Hide Retreat...

Set in a tranquil, rural location this unique and peaceful retreat is very special indeed - simply stunning and utterly gorgeous in everyway! Available for all year round short breaks .

About The Hide Retreat

Switch off from the pressures of daily life and enjoying the most idyllic location at this luxurious peaceful retreat.

  • Providing a perfect setting for a romantic getaway or a peaceful retreat as a base for exploring this beautiful part of Wales - this outstanding, hand-crafted lodge nestles within a 7.5 acre arboretum, overlooking the wild Glamorgan Heritage Coast of South Wales.

  • From the moment you arrive here you know that you are somewhere rather special.

  • The clever design makes its a real home from home and the thoughtful and stylish owners have thought of everything to make your stay a memorable and luxurious one.

  • The open plan living area is light and spacious, complete with well-equipped kitchen, perfect for cooking up scrumptious suppers, and a comfy sofa for snuggling up on of an evening in front of the log burner. A small dining table and chairs is available within this space.

  • The are two bedrooms to choose from, one off the main living area and one on the first floor. Both are gorgeous with luxury linens and carefully chosen Melin Tregwynt blankets.

  • Step outside your retreat and relax on the covered veranda - your own piece of paradise to sit back and soak up nature's most amazing sounds, smells and views (whatever the weather). Outdoor furniture and a fire-pit are provided for you - bliss!

  • Take a stroll to the Hide Pavillion within the grounds and used by other guests at The Hide. Here you can enjoy a luxury breakfast or plan you’re next day’s adventure using the wifi (please note there is no wifi within the Lodge).

  • If you’re looking for something different and off the beaten track, then The Hide Retreat is a perfect escape - enjoy!


About The Area

St Donats Village, Castle and Bay

  • St Donats is a tiny village in the Vale of Glamorgan, just 25 minutes from the Welsh Capital. This is an area steeped in history, castles, churches and myths. The pretty village itself is nice to wander around (there are many walks on the surrounding footpaths too).

  • St Donats 12th century castle nearby, restored in the 1920's with an eclectic mix of medieval features salvaged from England and France is currently home to the internationally renowned Atlantic College, part of the United World Colleges. The school houses 350 pupils from all over the world and has its own active RNLI Station, crewed by school staff and pupils.

Eating out

  • For a special holiday treat, you can purchase breakfast each morning at The Hide Pavillion. Enjoy a wonderful platter of fresh croissants, granola and yogurt with locally sourced bread, milk, welsh butter and free range eggs along with tea or coffee, all for £10 per person (breakfast must be ordered 24 hours in advance).

  • Hare and Hounds is a gastro pub just over 7 miles away and is featured in the Good Food Guide and Michelin Eating out Guide. Serving good quality food and drinks in a relaxed, informal setting - it’s a great spot for lunch after a Coastal Walk or an evening out. The menu changes daily and reflects local foods that are in season.

  • Bar 44 in Cowbridge is a lively, Tapas Bar, featuring drink and hospitality from modern Spain to the heart of South Wales. It is a firm fixture on the local seen for those seeking superb tapas and a great selection of drinks.

  • Arboreal (also in Cowbridge) is an all-day bar and café, where the chef uses local produce in dishes with a Mediterranean, Asian and North African edge. Bespoke, wood-fired pizzas feature highly and folk music accompanies.

Heritage Coast and Coast Path Walks

  • There are many beautiful beaches nearby - Llantwit Major, Ogmore by Sea and the Fabulous Dunraven Bay (Blue Flag) on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast - a fabulous jewel.

  • Glorious beaches, backed by limestone cliffs, great for fossil hunting, surfing, canoeing, rock pooling, horse riding and huge sand dunes (including The Big Dipper, one of the largest single dunes in Europe) make this area a must see.

  • There are plenty of lovely walks along the Wales Coastal Path, close by Hide.

  • On offer are wonderful natural views such as the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, the sedimentary formations of Dunraven Bay, and man-made contributions at Ogmore Castle and St. Bridget’s Church as well as the walled gardens and ruins of Dunraven Castle.


Cowbridge

  • The historic and beautiful market town of Cowbridge is 7 miles away. Discover the many boutique shops or take enjoy a lunch in one of the many restaurants - a foodie heaven. The High Street is lined with boutiques, gift shops, wine bars , restaurants and pubs.


Dyffryn Gardens

  • Visit the National Trust’s botanical gardens at The Grade I listed Dyffryn Gardens are nearby. They are an exceptional example of Edwardian garden design and cover more than 55 acres.

  • Within the gardens is Dyffryn House, a grand Victorian mansion overlooking key aspects of the gardens. Stop for refreshments at the tea room and take home a plant available to purchase from the shop.

Cardiff

  • The vibrant capital city of Wales is only a 25 minute drive from The Hide and offers a fantastic day out.

  • Unique attractions, top class entertainment and quality shopping with a difference - all within walking distance. Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings and Cardiff Bay offers entertainment for everyone.  

St Fagans National History Museum (Free)

  • The nearby museum at St Fagans gathers together a fascinating range and variety of historic buildings from throughout Wales. Free, entertaining and educational.

Penarth

  • A beautiful seaside spot, full of charm and character, with a restored pier and a fantastic reputation for good food.  

Brecon Beacons
  • The awe-inspiring mountains and waterfalls of the Brecon Beacons are within easy reach. A fantastic spot for an active day out with superb walking and mountain biking. There are plenty of characterful towns, pubs and farmers markets to choose from as well as Michelen-starred restaurants if you’ve worked up an appetite exploring this stunning area.

Charming retreat in a peaceful location on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast for year round holidays

Property Layout

Please note: The Lodge is suitable for adults or parents with teenagers (min. age of 12 years).

2 Bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 4. 2 Doubles one on ground floor and one on 1st floor with single bunk above. Hairdryers available.

Shower Room large, spacious shower room on ground floor with walk in shower, toilet and washbasin.

Open Plan Living Area
Dining/Sitting Area on ground floor with Dining table seating 4, log burning stove, 2 seater sofa, 2 tub chairs, beanbag.

Kitchenette fully equipped with fridge/freezer, fan oven and induction hob, dishwasher (lovely rural views).

Grounds Covered terrace with outside seating and table and far reaching countryside views. Firepit. Use of 7.5 acres arboretum to explore.

 

Additional Information

Short breaks - Yes all year

WiFi - Yes 

Changeover - Fridays and Mondays

Towels - Yes

Parking - Yes ample at the Visitors Reception where you leave your car. Walk your luggage to the Lodge.

Fuel - Inclusive

Dogs - Sorry No pets

Travel cot - No

Highchair - No


Access Information

Is there parking for at least one car within the cottage grounds? No

Is there a gate to open? No

If no parking within the grounds is there parking within 100m? Yes

Does this parking have reserved disabled spaces (min width 3.6m)? No

Are there paths? No

Are paths level and firm? Yes

Type of suface Gravel

Are there dropped kerbs or changes in level? No

Are paths at least 1.2m wide? Yes

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Why you love The Hide Retreat
Paula was a fantastic host and her recommendations on sights and restaurants in the local area were perfect. Her knowledge on the area and the history behind the properties available is incredible and we were lucky to have found such a place to stay. I would highly recommend the Lodge as a destination due to the atmosphere Paula has created; the feeling of being completely isolated but in a luxurious and cosy setting is a hard one to provide in the UK. Thanks and we will be back again!
Mr Will Luangrath
We had a wonderful time staying in our charming cabin in Tresilian Woods. Would highly recommend for a restful and replenishing time. We spent our time breakfasting on the porch, watching the sea from the coastline and reading by the fire. The use of local arts to decorate and really bring to life the spaces were a pleasure to be surrounded by. Thoroughly appreciate your hospitality
Dr Catherine Hart
My friends and I stayed in the Lodge, which absolutely exceeded our expectations and was spectacular. Fantastic attention to detail with every piece of artwork and fabric lovingly thought out. Kitchen and bathroom were immaculate. Bedrooms were comfortable, cosy, and there's nothing like a log fire in a lodge to make your summer memorable. Tom & Paula were excellent, attentive with great knowledge of the surrounding area and helped us make out stay perfect. We're already looking forward to next year's visit.
Mr Scott Sullivan
Property Layout

Please note: The Lodge is suitable for adults or parents with teenagers (min. age of 12 years).

2 Bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 4. 2 Doubles one on ground floor and one on 1st floor with single bunk above. Hairdryers available.

Shower Room large, spacious shower room on ground floor with walk in shower, toilet and washbasin.

Open Plan Living Area
Dining/Sitting Area on ground floor with Dining table seating 4, log burning stove, 2 seater sofa, 2 tub chairs, beanbag.

Kitchenette fully equipped with fridge/freezer, fan oven and induction hob, dishwasher (lovely rural views).

Grounds Covered terrace with outside seating and table and far reaching countryside views. Firepit. Use of 7.5 acres arboretum to explore.

 

Additional Information

Short breaks - Yes all year

WiFi - Yes 

Changeover - Fridays and Mondays

Towels - Yes

Parking - Yes ample at the Visitors Reception where you leave your car. Walk your luggage to the Lodge.

Fuel - Inclusive

Dogs - Sorry No pets

Travel cot - No

Highchair - No


Access Information

Is there parking for at least one car within the cottage grounds? No

Is there a gate to open? No

If no parking within the grounds is there parking within 100m? Yes

Does this parking have reserved disabled spaces (min width 3.6m)? No

Are there paths? No

Are paths level and firm? Yes

Type of suface Gravel

Are there dropped kerbs or changes in level? No

Are paths at least 1.2m wide? Yes

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