Mother Earth

Brilley, Herefordshire, England

Wonderful property built from the earth where it stands offers a whisky barrel soak and views over the Brecon Beacons, near Hay-on-Wye.

Key Points

  • Roundhouse uniquely created out of the earth where it stands. Amazing views of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.
  • Whisky barrel hot tub sits on the decking, ideal for a dip.
  • Raised double bed with a single under, two further singles and an antique reclining Edwardian chair for one further guest. Although not designed with children in mind, they can be accommodated from age 7 upwards.
  • Wood burner with kettle over, kitchen cupboard equipped with tea and coffee and outdoor cooking facilities include a 3 hob oven and grill for cooking under the eves.
  • Real Nordic wood fired sauna bookable on site
  • Tranquil eco site affiliated with nature


Glamping site near the Welsh border that offers a plethora of different properties affiliated with nature and being at one with the world. Mother Earth is an incredible space that has been created out of the ground offering wonderful views of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons and sleeps up to 6 guests.  

Mother Earth is a truly unique property. Created from the earth where it stands it offers a true connection to nature with its wood and mud structure and grassy roof. Inside you can discover a simple yet cosy space with a central dome to let sunshine in. There is a raised double bed, 2 singles in alcoves, 1 single under the double plus an antique reclining Edwardian deck chair. The woodburner helps to keep you cosy and boil the kettle whilst the cooking facilities are outside under the eaves of the house. 

Out front the decked area offers a place to enjoy a morning cuppa or evening tipple whilst admiring the views. If you want cooling down (or warming up!) then jump in the whisky barrel and adjust the water temperature as necessary! The decked area joins a boardwalk to your wash basin, compost loo and shower.  

Locally you can walk the famous Offa's Dyke Path, visit the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre or take a trip to the literary Hay-on-Wye. Here you can drive up to the Bluff, only 8 minutes from Hay, to the top of the Black Mountains with breath taking views and walks. Alternatively take to the water and try your hand at canoeing - a fun and unique experience for everyone. The Warren is a riverside beach accessible from Hay-on-Wye, with its expanse of fields along the River Wye. Food buffs will enjoy a delicious meal at Rhydspence Inn which is just a 40 minute stroll away through the country lanes, the perfect way to work up an appetite.

Enjoy a magical Festive period with a difference at Mother Earth. Bring some layers and snuggle up around the wood burning stove, or take an outdoor tub dip. The owner will provide  extra blankets, A basket of Christmas goodies and a bubbly. The first basket of wood will be provided, the ones after £7 each, you're very welcome to bring your own.  IF you want to have an outdoor fire, where possible, please provide your own wood for fire pits.

Should the temperatures drop below freezing point, it is most likely that there will be no water from taps, in that case we will top all outdoor tubs with water ahead of freezing, and provide drinking water in glass bottles and fill thermoses from the house tap (drinking water), and you can heat up water to wash up on stoves. However this is an extreme scenario which has not happened in recent years. 

There is a Wood fired  Norwegian Sauna on site, this can be fired on request for £10 each session of 1 hour, for each bubble of people......   this is proving very popular and what  better way to celebrate !!!

Children are welcome from 7 years on, but the properties have not been designed with children in mind.

Dogs welcome for a charge of £20. Strictly no puppies.

Please refrain from playing loud music.

Closed in winter, except at Christmas when bookings are available from 23-29 December.

There is a minimum 3 night stay.  4 night minimum over the Christmas period.


Room Types

Whole property for 5 or more

Nearest Airport/s

Cardiff / Birmingham


  • Suitable for Adults only  
  • Award-winning  
  • New to QA  
  • Sauna  
  • Best Views  
  • Dog Friendly holidays  
  • Eco friendly  
  • Huts & Cabins  
  • Romantic breaks  
  • Rural Retreat  
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Content updated on 18th October 2021 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Daphne Tucker from Mother Earth