A DAY AT
BLACK ORCHARD BOTHY
Wake up to the view over the Gwendraeth Valley, open the sliding doors and step out onto your decking to listen to the birds before freshening up in your private shower and cooking breakfast with eggs fresh from the farm.
Eat breakfast outside on the decking, then enjoy a walk round the farm to see the sheep, pigs and chickens, not forgetting the magnificent shire horse. Gather wild food from the foraging area then walk through the woods to the babbling waters of the Aber Lledle.
On the way back, spend some time in the wildlife hide. Especially designed for photographers, it is still fun, even without a camera, to see how many species of bird you can spot.
Have lunch in the local farm shop and tea rooms only five minute's drive away (their cream teas are amazing!), then spend the afternoon in the wonderful Pembrey Country Park with its seven miles of sandy beach, exploring historic Kidwelly Castle or marvelling at the world's largest single-span glasshouse at the nearby National Botanic Garden.
After an afternoon's busy sightseeing, come back to Black Orchard, and cook dinner in the open on the cooking equipment provided for the fire pit, or perhaps use the barbecue/pizza oven/smoker if you prefer. Watch the bats flit through the growing dusk, then sing a few songs round the fire, but don't forget to pause to listen to the hooting of the owls.
Eventually retire to the bothy and light the woodburner (it won't need to be lit for long as the natural sheep's wool insulation is superb), and perhaps indulge in a nightcap of Penderyn Welsh whisky, made less than an hour away, before settling into your comfortable bed.