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The important stuff

Check in is at 5pm

Check out is at 1pm

If it's snowy or icy, access can be problematic and will involve walking as the parking will have to be further away

It's just you and the landscape - there is no mobile reception and your nearest landline is a 35min walk

Respect for the farmer and his animals is paramount. Close gates behind you and don't roam the farm!

There are two 2'6" bunk beds, and one 5' double bed, made up of 2 mattresses in a frame

Bring walking boots, waterproofs and bath towels

  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 1 double, 2 single bunks


  • Full set of kitchen pans and utensils
  • Kitchen basics - salt and pepper, oil, spices  
  • 2 gas burners inside the wagon
  • Kettle for use on woodburner
  • Woodburner in the wagon, mainly for heating but also for porridge and toast
  • Serbian 'kotlich' cookpot hanging over the firepit
  • Morroccan tagine dish 
  • Propane burner and cast iron griddle in red canvas bag under wagon for outside BBQs etc


  • Kelly kettle to heat large volume of water
  • Tin bath (outside)
  • Outside sink for washing up
  • Bring a towel!

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • All bedlinen and tea towels are provided - please bring a bath towel


  • Vintage suitcase with playing cards, board games, simple art materials
  • Selection of books relating to local landscape, and maps of the local area


At Gwennol

Living life in the slow lane! Cutting wood, walking, painting, drawing, writing, slow cooking, relaxing, birdwatching...

Further afield

Hay on Wye is world famous for its secondhand and antiquarian bookshops. At present there are thirty major bookshops in the town some specialising whilst others carry general stock

The market town of Abergavenny

Outdoors and active

Canoeing on the River Wye, 8 miles away - the Wye, which forms the National Park's boundary at Hay-on-Wye, is superb for canoeists, both beginners and experts. There are lots of different options for canoing, all of which need to be booked. Visit the Hay on Wye website to arrange.

Pony trekking at Llanthony or at The Grange, Capel y Ffin

Walks at all levels of difficulty in the surrounding hills and valleys

Courses & classes

Art courses are available at Broadley Farm - ask Molly for details

Food & Drink

At Gwennol

You will need to bring all your provisions with you (unless you're arriving by foot, bike or horseback, in which case delivery can be arranged).

'Slow cooking' is the best way to do things at Gwennol. There is a woodburner inside for heating toast and crumpets and porridge, and a Moroccan tagine dish. There are two gas rings indoors too. An enamel cookpot (a Serbian 'kotlich' to be precise) hangs over the campfire outside. Molly says it "makes brilliant stews, soups, dahls, curries…best when stuff can simmer and bubble gently for ages, just needs the odd stir, and extra water added as necessary." The cast-iron griddle over a propane burner is for outside, when 'slow' won't do: use it for steaks!

For those arriving by foot, bike or horseback, delivery to the barn by Gwennol can be arranged.


The nearest shops are in Hay on Wye 8 miles away.

Skirrid Mountain Garage and Plant Hire in LLanvihangel Crucorney has a small general store and petrol, 10 miles away. It is next to the Skirrid Inn Pub, and conveniently placed on your way to Gwennol just before you enter the LLantony Valley, where there are no other shops. There's an excellent little shop selling general groceries, local products such as apple juice, honey, and Welsh cakes. 

With a couple of days notice, Mark the owner will source provisions of organic and local fruit, vegetables and meat. Guests can collect these from the shop, or at a secure pick up point after shop closing times. Call Mark on 01873 890275 or 07855 744049 to order in advance.

Pubs & restaurants

Hay on Wye is full of nice cafes, pubs shops and so on. 8 miles away, or half an hour by car.

The Llanthony Priory Hotel 12th Century priory with undercroft bar, is a wonderful quirky place with good basic bar meals, and a spectacular location is 15-20 minutes by car.

The Skirrid Inn, at LLanvihangel Crucorney, is 10 miles away but takes half an hour by car because the roads are so small and winding. It claims to be the oldest Public House in Wales and its history can be traced back as far as the Norman Conquest. There's an old, old, wood-panelled restaurant where you can sit and enjoy delicious home cooked food from the menu. Ring to check opening times on 01873 890258.

Meet your hosts

Molly first felt a passionate connection to the Black Mountains when pony trekking from Capel y Ffin youth hostel when she was thirteen. Since then she has always aspired to have a bolt hole to retreat to in a wild and very lovely piece of nature. For Molly, the 'light touch' of one of James Noble's handbuilt wagons was the perfect way to create a semi-permanent space for herself and for the guests with whom she wishes to share it, people who are seeking to truly appreciate and take care of this pristine environment. She is now settled in the city of Bristol, where she works, has allotments and keeps bees, but frequently escapes to Wales to get back to the utter peace and beauty that she loves. 

Wildlife & Environment

In the Black Mountains which surround Gwennol there are moorland birds, Red Kites, wild ponies, and rabbits in abundance. From Gwennol you can see smaller woodland birds such as tree creepers, nut hatches, tits, and an occasional sight of a dipper on the river. You may even see green woodpeckers, and will surely hear owls after dark. The night sky is one of the loveliest things about this place; there is no light pollution whatsoever, and on a clear moonlit night the stars and moon are breathtaking.

The wagon is completely off-grid, with a green compost loo, some solar lighting and provision for ecological disposal of rubbish. It is insulated with sheep's wool and has a woodburner for heating.

Getting there

Gwennol, nr Capel y Ffin, Powys, Wales

Gwennol's remoteness is part of its charm and so it does not have an address. If you are using SatNav, the nearest hamlet is Capel y Ffin. You will be sent precise directions on how to find the wagon on booking as it's a little bit complicated. Mary does not live on site so can't come and meet you once you arrive, so please bring these with you and follow them attentively! If you're due to stay there and don't have them, call us on 01172 047 830.  

On horseback

This would be a wonderful way to arrive, and might be possible by arrangement.

On foot

This would also be a great way to arrive! You could walk in from any direction, including the Offas Dyke long distance path, without touching a road. For anyone making the effort to arrive on foot, horseback or bicycle a food delivery could be arranged in advance so you don't have so much to carry.

By train & bicycle

From the south

Catch a train to Abergavenny then it's a 14 miles reasonably demanding bike ride on outward journey, as gaining altitude of 1500 ft, a breeze coming back!

From the north

A long climb up to Gospel Pass from the Hay on Wye side of the mountains will bring you into the LLantony valley, then it's a freewheel down to Capel Y FFin!

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;


  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.


1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.5 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.