Inspiration

Stories from our farm

Read the latest on what we and our guests have been doing.

Black Rock

Black Rock

Black Rock picnic site on the banks of the Severn Estuary at Portskewett is a special place and I am indebted to our first European guests since Covid restrictions were lifted for reminding me just how special. Brecht and Stephanie arrived from Belgium, after all the...

read more
Turning down the volume

Turning down the volume

Young couple Katy and Cian had their first holiday after lockdown in the Sugar Loaf with 4-month-old baby Dylan and their beagle Hazel. They come from Croydon in south London and immediately enjoyed the peace and tranquillity that the Glyn Valley and this part of...

read more
A tub, train and tunnel

A tub, train and tunnel

It is not unusual for families to use the Welsh Marches cottages as a place to get together. Some hire all three cottages while others like Laura Shields and her family from Bolton hired the Sugar Loaf and Skirrid to accommodate mum and dad Pat and John, Laura and her...

read more
Crest of a wave

Crest of a wave

The Smith family from York were riding the crest of a holiday wave when they visited in July. They were blessed with fine summer weather which Jo and Richard, son Jacob 18 and Lydia 13 made the absolute best of. They were surprised just how much family activity they...

read more
Methodism in his madness

Methodism in his madness

John Wesley, the father of methodism, preached his first sermon in Wales on Devauden Green, our nearest village, in 1793. A bust of the preacher watches over the Village Green to commemorate the event with an information board giving details of his life and impact on...

read more
A castle, a cave and an enchanted wood

A castle, a cave and an enchanted wood

No, this isn’t the start of a fairy tale but a blog about things to do when you are on holiday at Upper Glyn Farm with two lively children, even when it is raining. The castle in the headline refers to Caerphilly Castle; the cave is at Clearwell and the enchanted wood...

read more
Planet Horse

Planet Horse

Guests often ask about the horses they see in the field opposite the cottages. They are a couple of amiable old fellas called Zippy and JD and they love a chat if you wander over to the fence. What Zippy won’t tell you, because he’s a modest gelding, is that his...

read more
The Lion, the wicker and the wardrobe

The Lion, the wicker and the wardrobe

Most of our guests come for a holiday but some come to work. Imogen and Christian Halbert from Oxfordshire near Blenheim Place spent three days here during which time they created a beautiful woven fence at a property in Cwmcarvan. The 70 metre-long continuous fence...

read more
Splendid Isolation

Splendid Isolation

Welsh Marches Cottages at Upper Glyn Farm was closed for almost 4 months due to the COVID 19 lockdown in Wales but this week (11/7/2020) we welcomed back our first guests - Emma and James Walker with baby Carys, and Raposa their dog. The couple stayed with us back in...

read more
Walking with Wordsworth

Walking with Wordsworth

The last trip I completed from the farm before the coronavirus shutdown was a walk with the poet Wordsworth with a side helping of the artists Turner and Gilpin. First leg was a route to Tintern for lunch at the Anchor, which had just re-opened after extensive...

read more

Categories