ACCOMMODATION AT BLACK ORCHARD BOTHY
When you arrive you will find your welcome pack of local produce waiting for you. Inside is a small log burner (the sheep's wool insulation is so good that we can guarantee you won't be cold after lighting the burner for a short time), a kitchen area with a double gas burner, sink etc, a dining table and sofas that convert into a double bed, and a further seating area. Water can be collected from a tap adjacent to the Bothy using the water container provided.
Outside the Bothy is your decking area, with table and chairs so you can eat outside whilst enjoying the view.
Right next to the Bothy is a composting toilet / shower unit. These facilities are yours alone, and the toilet will have been emptied and cleaned ready for your arrival. If you have never used a composting toilet before you might be surprised. Yes they smell, but only of pine from the sawdust that needs to be added after each “No.2”. Liquid runs away into a soak-away, which also takes the water from the gas-powered shower and the sink inside the Bothy. After using one ourselves for a couple of days we found flushing toilets to seem very wasteful, and would be quite happy to use a composting toilet on a permanent basis, but if you prefer to occasionally use flushing facilities, you are very welcome to use the toilet in the porch of the farmhouse, where you will also find a selection of local information, plus books and board games to borrow.
The Thinking Behind the Bothy
When we planned the Bothy, we wanted to get away from the standard boat-shaped glamping pod. We feel that glamping is all about embracing nature and becoming part of the natural world, so we wanted to build accommodation which embraced the outdoors instead of cutting one off from it. We also strongly felt that, being in Wales, we needed to provide somewhere with a hard roof, rather than a canvas safari tent or yurt, as Wales is green for a reason. On rainy days we wanted guests to still be able to enjoy the view and the feeling of being in nature, whilst keeping warm and dry. We also wanted the accommodation to be as eco-friendly as possible.
With all these points in mind we started to research alternative options, and eventually settled on the Poplys from Modulog Modulog is based in Wales near Builth Wells, and all their pods are hand-built by local craftsmen using sustainably sourced wood, and are insulated with sheep's wool. The large windows and sliding doors onto the decking seem to draw the great outdoors into the Bothy so you are a part of, not apart from nature, and guests are able to enjoy the beautiful view in even less than perfect weather.