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Cynefin Retreats

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A world of discovery awaits

Cynefin awaits those seeking a way back to nature, a way to reconnect with yourself, and find a renewed sense of inner peace. Here you’ll find respite from a world of noise.

If getting out and about is more your bag, there are a wealth of options nearby to explore. We are fortunate to have Hay-on-Wye the ‘Town of Books’, famous for its Hay Festival, just three miles up the road. And, of course, the great outdoors beckons!

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For Culture Vultures

For a small town, Hay is a honeypot of culture, with its winding streets lined with unique independent shops asking to be explored. With over twenty book shops, hours – can be spent delving into Hay’s treasure trove of literary delight. Be sure to start with Richard Booths Bookshop, ‘the world’s largest second-hand bookshop’, along with excellent café, and independent cinema where you can watch the latest releases with glass of wine in hand.

In the centre of town is Hay Castle, one of the great medieval defence structures on the border of England and Wales still standing. It is an inspiring site, currently undergoing a significant renovation project to enable it to become a vibrant centre of history and the arts. Watch this space!

Half an hour down the road is the lively cathedral city of Hereford, and a visit to the 13th Century Mappa Mundi – the largest medieval map of the world in existence- is a must. Or drop into The Cider Museum to explore cellars of this former cider making factory.

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You will meet some of the loveliest and most welcoming locals in [Hay-on-Wye], filled with a variety of some of the cutest shops selling antiques. But what is most striking, and what Hay-on-Wye is infamous for, is the incredible number of second-hand bookstores — more book shops than you could explore in a day.

For Foodies and Shoppers

Hay’s winding streets also house a range of independent shops including antique markets, quirky artisan stalls, modern galleries, and excellent homeware and clothing stores. There really is something for everyone!

For the foodies, Hay does not disappoint, and is filled with great coffee shops, a fabulous ice cream parlour, range of gastropubs, and the mouth-watering Chapters fine dining restaurant. Or pick up some supplies to take back to your luxe accommodation from the excellent deli, organic butchers, or local greengrocer. The Thursday Farmer’s Market is also not to be missed!

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For Adventure Seekers

The local landscapes around Cynefin Retreats offer fabulous opportunities for taking in the great outdoors. Whether you are seeking a gentle amble or something more strenuous, there is something to suit everyone. Here are a few ideas:

Canoe down the Wye, with opportunities to stop for a drink or a meal in pubs along the way
Discover the dramatic landscapes of the Black Mountains
Invigorate with wild swimming in the Wye
Explore the excellent road and mountain biking routes
BBQ at ‘The Warren’, Hay’s stony beach on the edge of the Wye
Ride into the Brecon Beacons on horseback

Once you arrive in your Luxe-Pod or Lodge, you will find our handbook which includes lots of information on our best recommendations for such activities.

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