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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Newport Velodrome

Newport Velodrome

Anyone who has watched the last few Olympics will know how stunningly well our track cyclists have done in recent years. What you might not know is that Team GB and Paralympics GB prepared for their stunning successes in the four previous Olympic and Paralympic games...

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Animal Heaven

Animal Heaven

It’s been raining so hard and so frequently recently that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Noah building his ark in the flooded valley and ushering animals in two by two. There are plenty about. A lovely family from Watford came to stay with us over half term and for...

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Bomber crash site in the Brecon Beacons

Bomber crash site in the Brecon Beacons

On the 6th July 1942 during WWII, a Wellington Bomber crashed into a mountainside in the Brecon Beacons killing its five Canadian crew. I’d heard about the memorial that had been erected at the site and on Sunday we visited. What I wasn’t expecting after all these...

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Talybont Loop

Talybont Loop

My favourite section of the eastern Brecon Beacons is the path along Graig Fan Las on the edge of a wonderful glacial valley. The photographs will give you a sense of how breath-taking the views are, not to mention how breath-taking the climb up to it is! You can get...

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