Inside the Farmhouse

Amongst mediaeval oak galleries, historic cruck beams & secret places behind bookcases, Wi-Fi, DVD, Jacuzzi, en-suite bedrooms & well equipped modern kitchen.

Discovered in 1967 with the help of two friendly rock stars the farmhouse had been empty for four years and was almost derelict, with no electricity, a roof full of holes, one cold tap and a somewhat off-putting lav far away up the garden path.

Now, as a result of forty-two years of student and child slave labour, the scraping together of every penny from a million lectures and gigs and the focussing of family enthusiasm bordering on the manic, we’ve finally made it ‘with a little help from our friends’ and had a load of laughs on the way.

In the early years, most of the rooms being big and airy, we often froze in our beds but since the advent of full central heating in 1986, the whole house can be as cosy as you want.


Master Bedroom Suite: (split level and with its own staircase): king-size bed, chest of drawers, clothes rail, bathroom with WC, full-size jacuzzi bath with overhead shower, and double wash basins. (2)  Electrically operated blinds at the 3 Velux windows.

Blue Bedroom (aka Farmhands bedroom) (split level): Two 4’6 double beds, one above the other, the lower one canopied. Chest of drawers, shelves and clothes rail. Small wash basin with shaver point. Ensuite shower room with WC, wash-basin with shaver point. (4)

East Wing Bedroom 4’6 antique brass bed, chest of drawers and clothes rail, shared shower room with WC and double wash basins. (2)

 Baronial Bedroom (aka Old Bedroom) Two single beds or superking bed. Wash basin. NB  If superking bed is required, please give 2 weeks’ notice in advance.

Library Bedroom (off Lounge on Ground floor – additional access via double patio doors).  King sleigh bed with ensuite shower, toilet and washbasin.  This bedroom is suitable for partially disabled guests.

Secret Bedroom A cunningly concealed box-room with double bunk beds. 2 x 4′ wide beds, the top one is 6′ long, the bottom one is 5′ long – ideal for Hobbits.  (You’ve got to find it yourself) (2)

Marble Palace(aka the DVD Room) A south-facing conservatory with its own staircase.

The Elspeth Gallery Two full bookcases and two comfy armchairs.

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Kitchen  Well equipped with a Kenwood 5 hob gas cooker with 2 ovens, a modern Belling electric cooker with 4 ceramic hobs, with oven and grill. Larder fridge (also see buttery), 2 dishwashers, microwave and capacious cupboards, working surfaces and drawers. There is a slow cooker, a Dualit 6 slice toaster. Great views of garden and mountains.

Cegin Fawr (aka Dining Room)  The old oak refectory table seats 16.  Charming Welsh dresser contains the cutlery and crockery. On the side table you will find the Alexa Dot   A log stove is on hand to provide extra atmosphere and should you wish for a cabaret or other dramatic production while you eat, the minstrel’s gallery above you offers the ideal stage.

Cruck Hall (aka Music Room)  Plenty of relaxing room to appreciate the Eavestaff piano and the multi room speaker system which controls the 4 sets of speakers for dining room, lounge, kitchen and hall.  Also the hall shows off the 1490 cruck construction. significantly mentioned in Nicholas Pevsner’s book of historic Welsh houses.

Lounge – comfortable seating and a woodburning stove is provided, and In the drawers of the 17th century oak chest you’ll find Scrabble, packs of cards, chess, and dominoes, plus the dictionary and many other books in the bookcase.. If you need the lounge extra snug, drawing the big curtains will do the trick.

Garden Room (aka Breakfast Room)  This has stunning views down the valley, and is good for relaxing over coffee, watching the buzzards and kites as they quarter the valley, or for children to do drawing activities.  This entrance from the car park also provides accommodation for boots and jackets etc.


 Buttery (aka Laundry)  Here, butter was made up to the 1950’s, and looking down on to Jenny’s garden you will see the original slate sinks which were carefully removed to create this water feature..  So now the old buttery houses the washing machine, tumble-drier, and “sheila maid/Barnes airer on a pulley to winch clothes up to the ceiling for brilliant drying), iron and ironing board plus Belfast sink (excellent for bathing babies!). There is also a 4-drawer extra fridge – good for all the drinks – and a 4-drawer freezer,

Lavatories  (aka Loos, toilets) There are six of these littered around the house so even those of you operating on the shortest fuse should seldom be caught out!


Amazing mountain bike / MTB / walk / walking in the quiet mountains with buzzards high above, or pop down to the friendly village shop & pub.  Stunning fifteen mile panorama from the doorstep.

There’s much to see when you step out of the Farmhouse. Firstly the stunning views all round – the twin Berwyn mountain peaks of Mynydd Mawr and Gyrn Moelfre framed between the rolling walls of the Nant y Brithyll valley, and behind you Foel Knoll from whose summit of hewn granite was sledged, some 500 years ago, the stone to build the farmhouse and its outbuildings.

A gentle walk beyond the Bunkhouse and up the farm track passing the new barn and yard brings you to a minor road perched on the side of the valley which you can follow down to the village, stopping frequently to admire the roadside profusion of wild flowers and the aerobatic grace of buzzards.

You may well meet a couple of neighbours on horseback and if it’s ‘rush hour’ maybe a car or even two. You’ll get a wave or an offer of a lift. Happily, city ways have not yet reached these parts. The same friendliness is to be found in The Railway Inn where, over a pint of local ale or a superb lamb shank you soon lose any sense of time,  urgency or stress.

Take a five minute drive west to Llangynog, noting on your right the ‘hanging valley’ left perched above the retreating mass of a glacier during the last Ice Age.
Dwarfed by towering masses of granite and slate this village was, in the 18th and 19th centuries, Europe’s largest lead mining area. The extension to Llangynog of the Tanat Valley Railway in 1904 was unable to arrest its gradual decline.

High above the disused quarries there still remain traces of Craig Rhiwarth, the large Celtic Hill Fort from which, until his eventual defeat by Scapula, Caratacus (Caradoc) King of the Ordovices launched successful resistance to Roman occupation.

A few miles to the west of Llangynog, hidden away at the head of a valley stands the Shrine Church of St. Melangell, a tranquil, spiritual place to which anyone seeking peace of mind should pay a visit, as pilgrims have done for many hundreds of years.

Room Features

  • Spundown anti allergy duvets
  • Towels
  • Lights
  • Ensuite Facilities
  • Disability Accessible Room
  • 100% Non-Smoking Guest Rooms

Foel Ortho Amenities

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Housekeeping Service
  • Real Log Fires
  • Hot and cold water
  • Wireless Internet Access.  Please see note in FAQs.
  • Tumble dryer and sheila maid
  • Travel cot (1) + drop side cot (1)
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine

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