WELCOME TO SUNNY LEA and our Cabins
Want to get away from it all? Come and escape to Sunnylea and find comfort and peace in our cabins amongst beautiful surroundings in the heart of Wales.
Calling all Glampers and those just wanting a break away to relax and recharge and get back to nature in the Sleepout or the new cabin the Dragon Cruck. Each cabin is in its own secluded woodland site nestled into the hillside, both with exceptional far reaching views down the beautiful Vrynwy valley, even while you lie in bed. Sunnylea is the perfect location offering peace and quiet with your only neighbours being sheep or the occasional buzzard soaring overhead.
The new cabin we have built (the Dragon Cruck) is a timber, cruck framed building with a shingle roof, wooden gutters and even wooden hinges for the medieval doors! The Sleepout with its turf roof and magestic Oak trunks framing the windows is equally as charming.
It is a pleasure to share this unique retreat with our guests and whether you are reading a book in the infinity bed in the Sleepout or cooking pizza in the hand crafted camp kitchen at the Dragon Cruck we are confident that you will love the privacy and tranquility of our cabins.
The Dragon Cruck
Our new cabin The Dragon Cruck (finished this July) is an idyllic self catering cabin set in its own secluded woodland, a place in which to relax and recharge. Sunnylea is a mile from the tranquil village of Meifod with the river Vyrnwy snaking through it’s valley. The river provides not only glorious picnic spots but is also perfect for swimming and canoeing.
Superb countryside for walking, climbing, mountain biking or just chilling and reading that book you’ve never got time to read! Alternatively try one of our guided walks or book yourself on one of the courses that we run. See EVENTS.
The Sleepout is a unique hand crafted cabin made from unusual pieces of oak with fantastic views down the valley and into the hills of Mid Wales. It is a self-catering retreat with everything you need to enjoy a relaxing and special holiday.
This beautiful video of the Sleepout was done by one of our guests when they visited last Christmas to celebrate him and his girlfriends anniversary. Check out his YouTube site to see more of his work. Ollie Smither film maker extraordinaire – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHvBzPt4CB09g11sD72qpAw http://olliesmitherphotography.weebly.com/
We have lived at Sunnylea for 20 years and love it here. Our friends have enjoyed staying in The Sleepout for years and now we want to share it with everyone. Mike is a tree surgeon and sourced the wood for The Sleepout and the Dragon Cruck from various local interestingly shaped trees. Rach is a gardener/botanist and grows mad amounts of veggies to feed everyone. She also helps out with the Severn Rivers Trust and does Biological Recording for the 2020 Flora of Britain. Mike, as a qualified Mountain Leader, leads regular walks and helps out with Duke of Edinburgh awards.
Sunnylea is situated in its own 7 acres of woods, meadows and garden looking down onto the sleepy village of Meifod, a mile away in the valley below. We are directly on Glyndwr’s Way and Offa’s Dyke path isn’t far away. On our doorstep are also great walks through the woods directly above The Sleepout and the Dragon Cruck and into the forestry beyond.
There are lots of birds to see including Ravens, Buzzards, Red kites, Jays, Woodpeckers, Siskins etc, and other wildlife like Foxes, Badgers, Rabbits, Squirrels, Hedgehogs and the occasional Otter at the river. Sunnylea is a haven for wildlife, we are continually working to improve the local habitats for wildlife.
Where do we begin, everything about this place is perfect. You’ve truly achieved something amazing here and we can’t thank you enough for sharing it with us. Even before we’d finished our first night here we were talking about coming back. The view in the morning is breathtaking and everything is so peaceful here…even from the noisy sheep which we laughed about each morning and Conaire even tried talking back! I feel that I am now a qualified pizza chef and Conna is loving being a lumberjack! The recommended walk in the book is fantastic and I would recommend it to everyone. Another great thing was visiting Lake Vyrnwy its absolutely stunning! Thank you for a great birthday weekend for Conaire we have loved every minute!! we will be back soon and look forward to seeing the Dragon Cruck when it is finished. love Misha and Conaire 13/04/2018
The Sleepout is such a magical place! Couldn’t have been happier to celebrate my 30th here! The view from the bed is to die for, we had a go at making pizzas and I must admit they were pretty dam good! It is such a calming place and it was great being able to do nothing, just relax and enjoy the view. The walk to the top of the hill was worth it, we also went to Welshpool and enjoyed an amazing fish finger sandwich! We would definitely come again to enjoy the views, the oven and a bit of tranquility! Thank you! Alex and Andrew 12/06/2017
What a perfect location for a minimoon! It ticked all the boxes – peaceful, relaxing, away from everything and everyone. We were able to do nothing, which was what we needed after 18 months of planning our wedding. Reading, drinking tea, snoozing, making and eating lots of pizza …… what more could anybody want?! We didn’t venture out to the local sites or on any of the walks, but that makes us want to come back even more. Thank you so much for providing everything we needed for a wonderful getaway. Nia and Rich 06/06 2017
Thank you both so much for a fantastic break! We were able to leave the stress and chaos behind and thoroughly relax. You’ve created something timeless here and one of a kind. With views like that you could just get engaged! Which is exactly what we did!! We would love to do this all over again next year but double the time. From both of us we wish you all the best and hope to see you again in the future! Gemma and Stewart 16/05/2017
The Sleepout is possibly the most beautiful place we’ve ever stayed. Between us we have travelled a lot! But this place is good for the soul. An amazing mix of outside, natural living and real luxury. We were amazed at the detail and thought in how its put together. Thank you for our stay and we are leaving truly rested and happy. Also the tips on the website were really useful for activity planning. And obviously that view! The Pizza! Heather and Chris 20/06/2016
Thank you Rachel and Mike for having us spend our honeymoon here, it was absolutely perfect – we don’t want to leave! We have had the most relaxing time, waking up to the birds singing and the spectacular view. The pizza oven has been used every day- we might build one at home we love it that much! The Sleepout totally exceeded our expectations, there are so many thoughtful things, we absolutely loved it. It will be a break we will never forget and hope to come back again – maybe our first anniversary, who knows? Thank you so much! Ben and Hannah 09/05/2016
Thank you for creating such a beautiful space for us to enjoy. The woodwork on this place is outstanding!! Highlights have been Lake Vyrnwy, the unbelievable view to wake up to each morning, cider, bonfires and sunsets and daily visits from a baby bunny and a friendly pheasant. The weather was a bit miserable one day so we cancelled our plans and stayed at the Sleepout for the day drinking lots of tea, loading up the log burner and playing games. We still really enjoyed our day! Thank you once again. Leane and Andy 04/03/2016
By far one of our best weekend getaways yet! Drove up from Portsmouth and it was worth it! You truly have thought of everything. Love the guitar, books honesty pot, pizza oven fire pit and much more! We took a trip out to [Powys Castle and took the short walk to view the valley. See you again! Cat and Mike 16/03/2016
We had a wonderful time! Very relaxing and the views were fantastic. Paul, Becky and Kazi (the dog) 7/4/201
Such a great time, a brilliant get-away. Relaxing, quiet and you have everything you need here which is great. Pleasant owners and a great hamper that we bought. We are definitely coming back here. Its brilliantly built, they should be proud! Kelly & Matt 19/4/2015
We’ve had a wonderful, relaxing time here. We love it! Beautiful surroundings – a great place to explore. Thanks for having us! P.S. the honey & yellow raspberry jam were amazing! Lucy & Lee – Bristol 24/4/2015
What a lovely place! Just a short walk around here shows the care, skill and craftsmanship of Rachel and Mike. We also went on some great walks (routes courtesy of Mike) and have come away with a very memorable experience of the area and the Sleepout. Fantastic! Thank you!
Ian & Amy 10/5/2015
Truly wonderful place, you should both be proud of the Sleepout. We had a lovely relaxing time, the other half loved the pizza oven so much , he’s going to make one at home! Thank you so much for the extra touches for Steve’s birthday.
Hayley & Steve – Sutton Coldfield 25/5/2015
The best birthday present ever! Great location, fantastic views and amazing accommodation. Love everything about The Sleepout – so many personal touches and expert craftsmanship. We had a great time relaxing and taking in the atmosphere, making lovely pizzas, watching the sun go down sitting round the fire and waking up each morning to the sounds of sheep and cows across the valley. Best views from the toilet ever! Thank you!
Laura and James – Bourneville, Birmingham 27/5/2015
Rachel and Mike, what a beautiful place. The Sleepout made out honeymoon one to remember, it is so quirky, with many hidden gems although we didn’t find the thumbs! Some beautiful walks round and about and the waterfalls is a must (just ask Mike). Three days of total relaxation, listening to sheep and birds. Having a shower with the sun beating down on you is delightful. Can’t wait to return, thanks for having us.
Helen & Jonathan 5/6/2015
Mike and Rachel, your attention to detail with the Sleepout was spot on. Whenever we thought we didn’t have something we found it! We made friends with the wildlife, especially a little robin who revisited us many times. We managed to cook two yummy pizzas in the oven which tasted fantastic. Sipping on prosseco looking at the views with a warm fire going was idyllic. Every part of the Sleepout was so creatively thought out and beautifully constructed. Finally we also enjoyed our challenging cycle to Lake Vyrnwy. See you soon
Daisy & Kev – Oxford 18/6/2015
Rachel and Mike. The Sleepout is amazing! Every detail makes this a wonderful, peaceful relaxing place. The whole thing exceeded our expectations. The walks are beautiful and the views fantastic! Our dogs enjoyed it just as much as we did. Absolutely wonderful!
Lisa & Matt – South Lincolnshire
Dear Rachel and mike. The Sleepout has been fantastic, this view is simply amazing we had a great time walking and enjoying the campfire etc. The jam was also amazing! Thank you so much for an amazing couple of days! The hardest part was packing up out stuff to go home, I’m sure we could live in the Sleepout happily ever after! Thanks!
Nicke & Katherine 28/6/2015
Mike and Rach. So many thanks for a fantastic birthday present. We had a lovely visit in the Sleepout, it’s about the third time now and I’ll never get enough, looking forward to the next one. All the best.
Katy, Fran & Taco (the dog) – Accrington
Dear Rachel and mike, thank you so much for a wonderful stay at the Sleepout. We have had the best time. We loved all the little touches, the bed was so cosy & we loved the amazing pizza oven! Had a fantastic day at the waterfalls today! Can’t wait to return!
Jessica & Charles – London 13/7/2015
Thank you for the loveliest spot and most wonderful hospitality. Inspirational place you have here, wish we could have stayed longer! Great views, lovely pizza oven! Dog friendly, glorious shower, brilliant toilet. Gez just quit his job and tree surgery looks on the cards! No joke! This place has inspired! Thank you!
Gez, Lizzie & the basset hounds