Ceri and I went up to Machynlleth for a WASCO Conference last week – they all seemed doom and gloom – we, thank goodness, seem to be doing better than most. On the way home we called over to Llanynis to see a new farmhouse with the most lovely views over the tiny parish church of St. David’s where Prince Llywelyn prayed before he was slain at nearby Cilmery.
Then we went on for supper at Nant-y-ffin Cider Mill – family members of Boat Cottage, another new cottage that is flying away. Where six of us met up with Alex Marr (who does our PR) and to see her wedding photographs – we have a great meal and the photos are lovely with Monzie Castle in the background.
We have also enjoyed following the great blog and photographs about Cathedine Coach House on the kids website www.littlestuff.com – sometimes I think we forget how many cottages we have that are perfect for children – where they can run free safely and just experience being “in the real countryside” with trees to climb, meadows to play in with the biggest danger being stinging nettles to contend with but then there are always Dock Leaves to find to make them better. Have a look at – Apple Tree and Brook Cottages, Walnut and Yew Tree Barns, Whitewalls and Ann’s Bungalow.
We popped up to see Hatterall View on Wednesday – it was looking fabulous – the paddock and orchard had just been mown, the roses were coming out and the clematis was smelling divine and the views are just amazing – I could have unpacked the car and stayed there myself.
With Wimbledon coming up very fast it is reminding us of all the lovely cottages we have with private tennis courts for visitors to use – perhaps some not always perfect but fun – have a look at Aberllech, The Dovecote, Hollyfield, Alfred Bullpen and Bryn Cain Coach House.
For Fathers’ Day Andria (one of the newer members of our team) gave her father a gift of a day in Tomas Twizzy – they just loved it – and he is a pretty “macho man”!
On Sunday I went to Cantref Church it is a tiny and ancient church right beside Cantref Coach House for little Rosie’s christening with Emma B (who does our website) and Stevie and then on back to Danyfan wonderful local BBQ lamb and the children had marshmallows roasting on forks – also to meet up with Judy – Willoughby’s sister who appeared to be far better behaved than he is!
Jo and I spent a very enjoyable morning and lovely lunch at The Celtic Manor courtesy of Barclays Bank……. No they are not giving money away – just women in business! Then I came back to the office to wonder whether I was an “Enterprising or Entrepreneurial Woman” for a while before meeting up with Caroline to go to Treberyffd House to listen to Brecon Town Band.
Thank goodness for the “clean machine” Sheron who is in the house today – wonderful fresh clean sheets – smelling lovely from being dried in the sunshine – that is what people love in cottages I am sure just the smell of the fresh air down here in The Brecon Beacons.