Mandinam Shepherd’s Huts

UK Wales South Wales Carmarthenshire Llanddeusant

  • Hot Tubs
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Two shepherd's huts and 450 acres of idyllic Welsh farmland, literally in the middle of nowhere.

There’s an old saying at Mandinam: "If you’re not bothered, then I don’t give a damn". No, Marcus, the owner, isn't that apathetic. 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 his 450 acres of indefectibly idyllic Welsh farmland, literally in the middle of nowhere.  Either one of Mandinam's idyllic wooden huts offers privacy in droves, as well as a view destined to hurt your eyes if you stare at it too much: gaping-wide, green rolling hills – hills for days on end. Once you snap out of your scenic trance, and step inside your chosen abode, prepare to coo like a giddy child at how dainty and cosy it is. Every inch of both huts are beautifully furnished and equipped, from the mini kitchenette with butler sink to the traditional wood-burning stove, and even come 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 barbecue and what time to climb into the hot tub, which sits adjacent to the gypsy caravan. Welsh legend has it that ‘Mandinam’ means ‘a place without blemish’ or ‘untouched holy place’, and after one night’s stay here, you begin to see why. We're certain you'll be booking your next stay at this isolated rural retreat before you even start packing up to go home.



BBQs allowed. There are now four huts – the shepherds hut, gypsy van, cabin, and bluebell wagon, each completely secluded. All come with kitchenettes, a twin gas-stove, a wood-burner, double bed with luxurious bedding, kitchenware, BBQ, and separate en suite bathroom. All have private shower hut with loo and gas powered shower. Solar-powered lighting (all except Shepherd's Hut)  with inverter for mobile phone charging, outdoor seating areas and outdoor hot tub.

Suitable For

Couples – yes. Caravans, campervans, dogs, big groups, young groups – no.


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.

Food & Drink

For decent pub grub, The Goose & Cuckoo (01550 777359) 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.


April–end of October.

Family Friendly


Both huts are £70 per night; self-catering. Minimum stay is three nights. Mon–Fri or Fri–Mon.


There are now four huts – the shepherds hut, gypsy van, cabin, and bluebell wagon, each with its own hot tub.


Mandinam Shepherd’s Huts, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire SA19 9LA

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Getting There

You can either take the M4 and A483, or the more scenic A40, to Ashfield. Then take the A4069 into Llangadog, take a left on to High Street and then a slight right on to Pen-y-graig Road. After taking a right-hand turn after the cemetery, after a mile and a half you’ll see Mandinam signposted on the left.

Catch a train to Swansea then change on to the scenic Heart of Wales line to Llangadog. You can then either take a taxi or Marcus will collect you if pre-arranged.


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