Caban Crwn review: The perfect off-grid weekender
After a busy Christmas period involving a lot of late nights and over-indulgence, a stay at Caban Crwn in Wales was the perfect way to blow away the new year cobwebs. In this review I’m going to bre-bre-bre break it down for you as to why you’ll love a weekend being off-grid in this adorable cabin!
Starting where the heart of any home is, the kitchen – Caban Crwn has all the essentials: a gas hob, kitchen sink and all your kitchen utensils like plates, cutlery and cups.
There is no oven so to make it super easy for ourselves we brought a pre-prepared vegan chickpea curry for the first night and then made pasta on the second night with a shop bought pasta sauce (although that may have been a little lazy in hindsight!). I’ll leave you to get as creative in the kitchen as you like peeps 😊
There is also a cold store box outside the cabin which acts as your fridge. We used this to keep our milk in for tea in the morning but otherwise wouldn’t have needed a fridge anyway!
The toilet situation
I’ve never been one to camp properly largely due to the toilet situation (or lack there of) – not to mention sleeping on the floor sounds equally unappealing! But if you’re a bit of a travelling princess like me, you’ll be pleased to know that Caban Crwn has full plumbing – including a flushing toilet and hot shower which is powered by a combi boiler.
There is technically no bedroom as the cabin is all one room but there is a bed on a mezzanine level which you can access from a little ladder next to the kitchen.
It’s the perfect use of space in the cabin – not to mention fun sleeping bunk bed style like a kid again! The bed is not only really comfy but has these super cute port holes with a great view of the nature outside.
The living area
If you’re expecting a tele and comfy couch, you may not be ready for an off-grid cabin stay just yet! The living room area of the cabin only has a bench with foam padding for a couch but has comfy pillows and faces a lovely wood burning fire.
The cabin is powered by solar energy and kept warm by the fire. It may not seem very big but just a little fire heats the entire cabin. During the night we even had to open the doors a couple of times because it got too hot even in minus temperatures!
The fire was actually one of my favourite parts of staying in the cabin. It was so relaxing to sit in the peace and quiet, reading my book (which I never get time to do at home) and listen to the crackling of the fire.
Caban Crwn is amongst a handful of other cute cabins, each with their own unique look and personality. They all sit dotted around the hillside of a former farm called Beudy Banc in Powys, Wales – not far from Snowdonia.
I can’t begin to describe to you just how beautiful this area of Wales is. I discovered it when I stayed in the Living Room Treehouses a few years ago and instantly fell in love with the place. I just felt right at home and completely at ease there. It’s such a stunning place and the farm’s hillside offers the perfect view right outside the cabin. I think out of the all properties we passed on the farm, Caban Crwn has the best view point!
The only downside to how remote the area is, is you’ll need a car to get there. There is no public transport to Beudy Banc and once you get there, you have to drive 5 minutes up a bumpy hillside to get to the cabins.
You’ll also want a car so you can enjoy exploring the nearby areas or take a day trip to the nearby seaside towns.
Things to do
The name of the game at Caban Crwn is relaxation. The whole point of visiting somewhere remote like this is to switch off from the modern world and chill.
However, there are plenty of outdoor pursuits if you fancy a venture outside the cabin. There are biking and walking trails and a horse riding school next door.
The local town, Machynlleth is only five miles away and offers a few shops and country pubs if you have a hankering for a proper Sunday roast.
If you fancy a day out, the gorgeous seaside town of Aberdovey is only a half hour drive away from Caban Crwn and offers a lovely beach and a string of shops and restaurants. Not to mention many instagramable spots like the beachfront candy coloured houses. Check out my insta for more pics from the day – give me a cheeky follow whilst you’re there 😉
I was actually recommended Aberdovey by a friend as he does a lot of water sports here in the summer. They offer loads of activities including sailing, canoeing, sailboarding and water-skiing! In the winter it’s a little quieter but is still beautiful and I’m one of those people who just loves being by the sea no matter what time of year it is. I always find it really relaxing.
Caban Crwn is only £75 a night but you have to book a minimum of two nights. This being said, I don’t think you could appreciate the full experience over one night. By having a second night it gives you more time to explore outside the cabin and nearby areas.
I loved this cabin with its quirky design and serene surroundings. I would go back…and definitely will be in the future!
If you’re looking for a peaceful, countryside getaway with all the comforts of home without all the distraction, Caban Crwn is the perfect off-grid weekender for you.
Check out the video review on my YouTube channel for more of a behind-the-scenes look at Caban Crwn.
Do you love being off grid? Tell me about some of your off-grid stays in the comments below 😊
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