Saturday, 26 March 2011

Ffrwdfal Country House B&B

With the children having flown the nest, and me away riding through Central Asia for months at a time, husband Iestyn has been rattling around in our large house by himself for much of the time. This prompted us to go ahead with the bed and breakfast business I had always planned for the property when we bought it about ten years ago. Unfortunately we have been cursed by recurrent episodes of dry rot which have held matters up. However, last year we (or rather Iestyn) got things off the ground, and we have been open for business since early last summer. There are three guest bedrooms, all with en suite facilities and lovely views over fields or the garden. Although things can be a little 'Fawlty Towers' on occasion (viz the guest who fell through the bed, and the long suffering couple who spent an hour waiting outside on arrival as Iestyn had fallen asleep!) we have been getting excellent reviews. The house is in a very quiet peaceful location at the middle of our 120 acre farm, which runs down to the river Cothi where we have fishing rights. Iestyn produces historic breakfasts using local produce including eggs from our hens and honey from our bees. Here are our three guest rooms:
The Bee room. The bed has been especially hand painted by my very talented friend Sally. The room has superb views down the Cothi valley over the parkland where I usually keep my mares with foals at foot.
The Flower room. The lovely old Victorian bed is the one that collapsed, but you may be glad to hear that this little teething problem has been sorted out with help from our top notch carpenter neighbour Dai!
The Garden Room. The bedspread is an antique Welsh quilt from Jen Jones, who restores and sells Welsh quilts and lives locally.

We are on our own spring water supply, so although the plumbing can be a little quirky, you will be showering in pure spring water and could drink the from the cistern if you really felt so inclined!

For more details and photos, and bookings if you fancy a stay in the heart of Wild Wales, see our website And here are the very cheerful looking proprietors. Rather strangely, whoever sorted out the 'About Us' page on our website omitted to include a photo of 'Us' but instead featured a large photo of our dog! So today I press-ganged Dai's wife, the marvellous Marina who is also our head housekeeper extraordinaire, to take this photo of myself and Iestyn, the latter resplendent in his pink sorry cerise shirt.

1 comment:

  1. Resplendent, indeed, both Iestyn and the B&B. It's been a lot of work, I know, because everytime I wanted to come out and visit Iestyn said "well, the wood rot" or "the paint is still quite damp" or "the beds must be made and the lawn needs mowing" or "have you seen my neon pick shirt." Still, all the work has resulted in a very lovely home and getaway. It must be especially nice to go galloping off around the world and come back to find the work has been done to perfection! And the next time Iestyn deigns to come over I shall expect an "historic" breakfast . . .