Cynefin Retreats

Luxe-pods on the Welsh Borders

Set among woodland and meadow, Cynefin Retreats is an immersive destination offering an incredible indoor-outdoor getaway experience. Here, the true luxury is living and breathing this idyllic Welsh borders landscape, from the comfort of your handcrafted luxe-pod.
Offering the ultimate in contemporary living, our four pods are purpose designed for couples seeking a unique escape in a stunning countryside setting, yet only three miles from the historic market town of Hay-on-Wye.

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Cynefin (pronounced kin-ev-in) is a Welsh word with no direct English translation, meaning ‘rooted in place’, somewhere we instinctively belong.

The Luxe-Pods

Our four luxe-pods offer stylish, modern living, with iconic curved walls to the rear and wall-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to the front, with uninterrupted views to the countryside.

Each pod features an en-suite bedroom with romantic floating bed, adjoining a spacious, open-plan kitchen/living/dining area. With both a wood burning stove and luxurious underfloor heating, uniform warmth throughout the pod is guaranteed. An adjoining cloak room for boots, coats and other bulky items ensures your pod can remain uncluttered.

Sliding glass doors open to a partially covered wooden deck, with private hot tub enabling an easy transition between indoor and outdoor living across the seasons, whatever the weather. Beyond the deck is a spacious terrace with dining and lounging furniture. Each pod has a bespoke fire-pit with BBQ grill perfect for sizzling sausages and toasting marshmallows.

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Best of all is the great big cinema screen that is the wall of windows. You might struggle to get out of bed in the morning, when you can just lie there and count the clouds.
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You'll feel immersed in the uninterrupted views, though this is glamping with an emphasis on the 'glam': there’s underfloor heating, well kitted out kitchens, and hot tubs
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“The Wonderful World of Cynefin”
December 2019

Booked this for my girlfriend’s birthday on a whim after liking the look of the cabins, the reality was far better than expected, it was wonderful, beautifully designed and lovely to stay in. The hot tub was excellent and the view in the morning was sensational, I hope to be back.

“Absolutely amazing minibreak”
November 2019

We at a fantastic time at the retreat, we were lovely and cosy and had more than everything we needed. The dog loved it too. Will definitely be visiting again. My advice is to just book as you will LOVE it! Perfect place to de-stress.

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Where Luxury Greets Nature

By day, breakfast in bed watching the sun come up on a crisp winter’s morning, take a picnic lunch in the meadow on a balmy summer’s day, or supper on the terrace watching the sunset.

By night, cosy up on the sofa with the log burner roaring and a good book in hand, or embrace outdoor living toasting marshmallows by the fire pit and drinking prosecco in the hot tub looking up at the stars.

Throughout the day, across the seasons, let this extraordinary landscape soothe the senses and rejuvenate the spirit.

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Absolute perfection! Cynefin Retreats truly has designed your experience to embrace all that is spectacular about nature.

The Setting

Surrounded by Corsican pines, wild flowers and orchards, our pods sit within a seven acre haven in the Wye Valley. Our meadows and woodland create a natural habitat for local wildlife including badgers, foxes, and a plethora of birds.

For anyone wanting to get ‘out and about’ there are a wealth of options nearby to explore. We are fortunate to have Hay-on-Wye, the ‘Town of Books’, famous for its Literary Festival just three miles up the road. And, of course, the great outdoors beckons! Wild swimming, canoeing, trekking, cycling, and horse-riding are all within easy reach.

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Staying safe during COVID-19

We are located in Herefordshire, on the Welsh-English borders. We have alligned ourselves with Government Guidelines to help ensure our staff and guests stay safe.

Our measures for minimising risk of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • Our pods are naturally self-isolating. They are set well-apart from one another, so while guests stay with us, they need not come into direct contact with any other guests, or staff.
  • Check-in is self-managed. There is no need to meet with us on arrival – your key can be found in the keysafe at the pod.
  • Regarding cleaning, beyond our standard cleaning practices, which are always to a very high standard, particular attention is being given to all highly touched, hard surfaces which are cleaned then disinfected. We are fortunate in that we do not have any carpeted floors, and very few soft furnishings (blankets have been removed), so all of our surfaces are easily cleaned.
  • Our pods have large sliding doors in both the living room and bedroom, which are opened by the cleaner on arrival, and remain open until her departure, giving time for fresh air to pass through the pod between guests.
  • All linen and towels are washed using the hottest water setting.
  • Cleaning supplies, hand sanitisers and soap are provided for guests to use during their stay.
  • Our ‘Information Pack’ is emailed in digital form, prior to guest arrival, so there is no need to use the hard copy in the pod.

To view our COVID19 revised policies, please click here.

Hand Crafted & Sustainably Sourced

Our four bespoke luxe-pods are handcrafted by a team of local engineers, passionately committed to creating state-of-the art wooden dwellings. Designed on sustainable principles to sit gently in the landscape, each pod is constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency and management.

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Every effort has been made here to make this project eco-friendly and sustainable. Our luxe-pods were constructed with sustainable principles and maintained with low-energy, ecologically friendly systems, and are surrounded by freshly-planted wild flowers and natural habitats for the local wildlife. We are delighted to have recently seen our bird boxes home a family of tawny owls.
Spectator Life


Enjoy your luxury shower room when staying with us at Cynefin Retreats. Spotlessly clean and with gorgeous waterfall shower and views to the trees and sky ✨

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A day at Cynefin....Relax, unwind, the sunrise, drink tea in bed whilst counting the clouds, listen to the birds, take a stroll, gaze up in the a book, do some yoga, get creative, take a nap, eat well, drink wine, laugh, love, cuddle by the campfire, toast marshmallows, watch the sunset...and the moon rise, sip Prosecco, soak in the hot tub, count the stars, snuggle into bed, sleep soundly...and repeat! 👌

A stay at Cynefin Retreats is sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated and recharged 🍃 🍃 🍃 .
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