We run the farm with conservation and ecology in mind: woodland corridors between the fields protect the flora and fauna that thrive on the farm, and our water comes from natural springs on our land. If you spot a black barrel in a field, it’s likely part of the pipe network that pumps water around the farm from almost two miles away.
Penhein is a typical Welsh hillside farm occupying 450 acres of woodland and grassland. The glampsite, however, is anything but typical. Where some have a handful of pods huddled next to a house in a small field off a country road, our house sits at the end of a mile-long driveway through landscaped, registered parkland, and our glampsite is a good few fields further still – over cattle grids, down woodchip paths, in the middle of three acres of semi-ancient woods.
The glampsite opens onto wildflower meadows and magnificent views of the River Severn and the valley below. At our highest point near Gray Hill, we’re about 850 feet above sea level – on a clear day you can see both Severn bridges and beyond, to Bristol and Somerset. Green fields tumble down the valley, and clusters of ancient wooded copses hug the hillside. Coombe Wood, a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, lies just below the glampsite and is home to species of trees dating back many thousands of years. At the foot of the valley, Castroggi Brook babbles along at just 20 feet above sea level, providing a perfect spot for picnics, paddling and rope-swinging over the stream.