Private room in boat hosted by Alex

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. Shared toilet with sink
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Be under no illusion this is like camping under a wooden roof! Not glamping or an hotel.
Boatel guests share the boat roofed shed with other guests and residents and no one has exclusivity on this structure.
The boat is old and dusty with the occasional spider, an unusual and quirky experience!!
The views are stunning. Sorry no dogs but there are two friendly dogs that live here. And cats and ex caged chickens.

The space
Set in an acre of wild flowers and up a mountain in the beautiful Dyfi Valley Biosphere the Boatel is literally a bed in a boat! Not to mention a beautiful open plan cooking and living space – all in a shed AKA the Boat Roofed Shed. Recognised for its amazing and unique qualities, it even won the infamous Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year in 2013. It’s our absolute pride and joy and we love sharing it with our guests!
We’ve hosted comedy festivals, exclusive concerts and curious tourists in our little mountain hideaway and Alex (aka DJ Badly) uses it to prepare his sets for festivals such as Glastonbury.
We built the shed in 2012 using recycled materials and it was our first major project. Alex is normally a rubbish DIY person, so designing and building the whole thing ourselves was a great achievement and we couldn’t have been happier to win both the ‘Shed of the Year’ Unique Category and the Overall category in 2013.
From the shed you can see across Cader Idris (part of the Cambrian Mountains of Snowdonia). It’s so beautiful even in the maddest of weathers, you can close the door, light the candles, pop some kindling in the wood burner and be snug and warm in moments.
Our guests all love staying in the Boatel - they love the peace, the location, the structure, the ambience, and the curios (Alex is a big collector and has been on Antiques Roadshow with his Poole Pottery collection!). As well as the relentless throwing of Frisbees for the dogs!
We supply all bedding but do not supply towels or breakfast.

Where you'll sleep

1 double bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Long-term stays allowed
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Where you’ll be

Machynlleth, Powys, United Kingdom

We live in the dyfi valley biosphere and we are very committed environmentalists. There are a lot of fantastic Visitor attractions in the area, particularly the Centre of Alternative Technology, Talyllyn Railways and of course Cader Idris – which is part of the Cambrian Mountains of Snowdonia which can be seen from the boat roofed shed!

Hosted by Alex

  1. Joined in September 2012
  • 8 Reviews
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We are a married couple from Machynlleth Wales. We both work in the out door event industry. I am also a DJ going by the name Dj Badly! My wife is called Sarah Anne Morton, or Sam for short.


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    Check-in: After 15:00
    Check out: 12:00
    No pets

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