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Had a lovely time as always. The weather brill, love the hot tub, dogs had a lovely time too. See you in September.

Carol & Graham

Come with me on a brief tour of Blaenfforest..

 

Blaenfforest

Turn off the public road beneath a mature Laburnum tree into the narrow, private lane that leads to Blaenfforest.  Before beginning the gradual descent into the valley look up and admire the far reaching views over open countryside. The River Arad which flows through the valley rises just across the fields to the left. To the right are the farm buildings of the nearest neighbours whose family originally owned Blaenfforest.

Continue down the lane with it’s wealth of wildflowers, ferns and mosses - pausing now and then to let a rabbit cross. Yes, there’s time to wait - this is the beginning of your holiday! Around the bend you'll pass through the Blaenfforest green gate and continue down the lane with hedge topped ancient stone walls providing a lovely sheltered approach. Foxgloves, violets, wild strawberries, honeysuckle and wild roses ramble amongst the ferns. Look carefully and you will see the bilberry too.

On your final right turn into the property you'll see on the left a narrow entrance to an old fold sheltered by ash trees, this is where we are creating a peaceful sitting area.  In the Spring it is a picture, with tiny Welsh daffodils and snowdrops, followed later by bluebells and wild orchids up on the banks.  This area also allows the first glimpse of the long lawn with its romantic gazebo and woodland falling away to the stream.

Pass the Dutch barn and then you'll be at the entrance to the farm courtyard flanked on the left by the old Granary, now a two bedroomed holiday cottage, and the old cowshed on the right with its lovely double doors crowned with a huge old English rambling rose.  Directly in front is the original farm house and attached, the old dairy, now a one bedroom holiday cottage. 


P7010011.jpgWalk around to the right hand side of the cowshed under an ash and sycamore tree and as the ground rises, you find you are nearly level with the roof. Alongside this, there is a tiny sheltered area of grass surrounded by spring bulbs and old fashioned roses which smell delicious on a still day.

 

 

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To the right you'll pass a gate into the top paddock and a little further along, past the chicken house, you'll see a little wooden gate under the laurels which will take you into the orchard.  This is almost completely carpeted in snowdrops and daffodils early in the year.  There are two conifers which the owls seem to like and a variety of newly planted fruit trees and bushes including a Medlar and a Mulberry. 

Back in the yard, walk towards the old pigsties, with tiny ferns growing in the old walls and swallows nesting in the rafters. Turn right and you will see the end, or the start if you like, of the Woodland Walk, and right again into the garden at the rear of the farm house. Here you can sit and watch the wild birds or look over the fields into the distance. There are likely to be buzzards or even a kite overhead or in the huge old beech tree in the field.

A little green wicket gate in the farm house garden takes you to the Pond Garden where you'll find the wildlife pond, home to newts, frogs and varieties of beautiful dragonflies. The pond is bridged with a picturesque open walkway and has its own quiet seating area.

 From the Pond Garden go back past the pigsties and this time carry straight on, to the right of the ruined stables, now the log store, and directly in front of you is the Long Lawn.  To the right is the start of the ancient forest and the Woodland Walk, from which Blaenfforest gets its name.


Blaenfforest-Bluebells.jpgIn March 2011 a path was cleared through the woods running directly alongside the meandering stream.  This was a huge undertaking as the whole area had been undisturbed for years.  The path is steep in places and can be muddy, but gentle maintenance is ongoing ensuring wildlife isn't disturbed.  The path now also makes it easier to admire the bluebells, wood anemones, marsh marigolds and majestic ancient oak trees coated in moss and ferns.  Look out for signs of the otter and admire the fungi and kitchens.  Check out the Woodland Walk page.

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This has been just a brief trip around Blaenfforest, a glimpse of the beautiful countryside in which the house and buildings have stood for hundreds of years, which we would like to share with you when you come to stay with us at Blaenfforest Holiday Cottages.


 

 

Contact Us

Blaenfforest Cottage Holidays
Newcastle Emlyn
Carmarthenshire
Wales SA38 9JD 

Telephone 01559 371549
Mobile 07826 907 121
enquiries@blaenfforest.co.uk

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