With the wonderful views, woodland and hillside to explore you might not feel the urge to leave the site, but if you do you won’t need to go far as there are plenty of wonderful things to do locally. From walking to our three friendly local pubs, to ice cream and cider tasting, to paddling in rivers or shopping at an auction house - all within easy reach.

Walk down the fields to our immediate neighbours offering yoga and reflexology in their purpose built barns, plus the occasional opera and live musical performances, or walk down the road and visit the inspiring neighbouring art gallery and gardens.

Or why not have local forager, Liz Knight of Forage Fine Foods, come and lead you on a forage session to gather, cook and eat the incredibly delicious wild foods on the hillside - Liz says, “You’ll never look at weeds in the same way again!”

Go a bit further by foot or car and be on the Black Mountains enjoying outstanding walking, as well as biking or pony trekking. There are opportunities for gentle walks with not much hill climbing to the much more adventurous and challenging! For those looking for pavements Hay on Wye, Abergavenny and Hereford are all within easy reach with their theatres, cinemas, art centres, shops and cafes.

Local Pubs

The Cornewall Arms, Clodock - 01873 860677


Our local and much loved pub, is a rare find these days. A place you go to for a drink and chat, and let the locals instruct you on how to play the bar games. There is a lovely enclosed pub garden, or two roaring fires for the colder months. Isobel, the third generation landlady, will happily let you take your drinks down to the river where you can sunbathe and paddle.

There is no kitchen, but fish and chips are delivered on a Thursdays (get your order in by 7pm for an 8pm delivery) which you can eat in or take away. There are also monthly events that visitors are very welcome to join in with, such as curry nights or bring and share bbq's.

The Cornwall Arms has even had a write-up in The National Geographic - see how one journalist fell in love with Clodock and the local pub.

The Carpenter’s Arms, Walterstone - 01873 890353 / www.thecarpentersarmswalterstone.com
A cosy and very friendly pub serving food most lunch-times and evenings. Their huge Sunday lunches are a particular favourite!

The Crown, Longtown - 01873 860217 / www.crowninnlongtown.co.uk
A larger friendly pub in Longtown that does meals most nights, has a pool table and music nights.

Eating Out

Restaurants

There are some outstanding places to dine out within 30 mins drive, including two Michelin Starred Restaurants and one that deserves one!

Toi et Moi, Bacton - 01981 240 244 / www.toietmoi.co.uk - The food and welcome at this fine dinning French restaurant is stunning. Book as early as you can to avoid disappointment - it is very popular!

The Walnut Tree Inn, Llanddewi Skirrid - 01873 852797 /  www.thewalnuttreeinn.com
The Hardwick, Abergavenny -  01873 854220 / www.thehardwick.co.uk/

Pubs offering food

The Carpenter’s Arms, Walterstone - 01873 890353 / www.thecarpentersarmswalterstone.com

The Crown, Longtown - 01873 860217 / www.crowninnlongtown.co.uk


The Dog Inn, Ewyas Harold - 01981 240 598 / www.thedoginnpubhereford.co.uk

The Temple Bar Inn, Ewyas Harold - 01981 240 423 / www.thetemplebarinn.co.uk

The Old Stables Fish and Chip Take Away, Ewyas Harold - 01981 240237


The Bridge Inn, Kentchurch - 01981 240408 / www.bridgeinnkentchurch.co.uk

The Bridge, Michaelchurch -  01981 510646 / www.thebridgeinnmichaelchurch.co.uk

White Haywood Farm Restaurant, Craswall - 01981 510324 / www.blackmountainsfarmrestaurant.co.uk

Eating In

There are also some great local places to get your own supplies in to prepare a feast yourself...

By arrangement we provide home-made bread, a breakfast hamper and wholesome homemade frozen meals - let us know in advance and you can order spaghetti bolognese, shepherds pie or a hearty chickpea and spinach stew to be waiting for you on your arrival.

Hopes of Longtown, local shop - 01873 860 444 / www.hopesoflongtown.co.uk
Whether you need to do a big shop or just top up, Hopes of Longtown is a family run independent village shop and Post Office with a huge range of local food and produce, books, drinks and magazines/newspapers.

Llanvi Farm, Llanvihangel Crucorney - 01873 890567 / www.llanvifarm.co.uk
Local farm shop stocks produce grown on-site and by other local producers so that most seasonal produce is sourced within a 25 mile radius of Abergavenny. They offer welcome holiday boxes in three sizes that include organic vegetables, fruit, bread, butter, raw milk, cake and all you need to cook up a lovely breakfast on your first morning. These can be delivered (usually on a Friday ready for a weekend stay). Order directly with Llanvi Farm and ask for delivery to Garn Farm.

Family Butchers in Ewyas Harold, Pontrilas and Abergavenny

Abergavenny has a regular farmer's market, deli and independent shops, plus supermarkets (Waitrose, Tesco  & Aldi)

Hereford has lots of independent shops and delicatessens, plus supermarkets (Waitrose, Sainsburys, Asda & Tesco)

Local attractions within 10 mins walk



Exploring Garn Farm
On-site you have 48 acres of wildlife rich hillside and woodland to explore, with streams to paddle in, views to enjoy, and campfire and den building opportunities.

River and church at Clodock 
One of our favorites - walk down to Clodock and paddle in the River Monnow at the bridge. Next door is the wonderful historic church - and the Cornewall Arms pub ready with drinks and snacks!

Monnow Valley Arts - www.monnowvalleyarts.org/gardens.html
The art gallery and gardens are within easy walking distance. Features sculpture garden and regularly changing exhibitions.


Yoga barn & Pop-up Opera - 01873 860358 / www.blackmountainsbarns.co.uk
Pop over the fields to a fantastic yoga barn with daytime and evening classes, as well as full days of yoga also available, as well as private lessons. Reflexology appointments are also available. Live music and pop-up opera events also take place here.

Forage Fine Foods - www.foragefinefoods.com
Liz Knight creates the most wonderful blends of flavours from foraged ingredients (available to buy here or the local shop in Longtown) - and she runs foraging days, often on site, and by arrangement she can lead a session just for you (pre-booking essential).

The Black Mountains

There are a number of walking routes on site, along the Monnow Valley and up onto the Black Mountains - either straight from the door or with a short car drive. We're always happy to give advice and suggestions. From a gentle walk up Hatterrall Hill or Black Hill (known locally as The Cats Back from its Welsh name - Crib y Garth), to a slightly more challenging walk up to Black Darren and Hatterrall Ridge or up the Olchon Valley - there's a walk for all occasions around the Black Mountains and Offa’s Dyke path. There are maps to borrow, and suggested walking routes and advice on hand.

Another exciting way to explore the Black Mountains is on horseback - try Grange Trekking at Capel-Y-Fin (01873 890215 / www.grangetrekking.co.uk) - or on bike (for bike hire try Drover Cycles (01497 822419 / www.drovercycles.co.uk) / Cycling in Brecon Beacon National Park Info). If you're equipped and feeling adventurous you could visit the Black Mountains Cycle Centre (07779 243099 / wwww.blackmountainscyclecentre.com

Explore Out and About Gallery

 

Local Attractions within 10 mins drive


Rowlestone Farm Ice-Cream Parlour - 01981 240322 / www.rowlestonecourt.co.uk
A little cafe with a big range of homemade ice cream. There is also a lovely play area for little ones and a woodland activity area with a zip wire in the woods for bigger kids.

Ty Gwynn Cider - 01981 241181 / www.tygwyncider.co.uk
Local Cider and Perry shop and bar open for tastings. Run by a very helpful team making it an enjoyable experience.

Local auction house - www.nigel-ward.co.uk/auctions.html
A fun way to find a bargain - this friendly auction house opens its doors every three weeks, with a wide range of items for the home - from renovation projects to high end furniture. It's open for viewing and commission bids on the Friday, with the auction taking place on the Saturday morning.

Treat yourself - in addition to yoga and reflexology nearby (see above) massage sessions are available with Carina Jones - 01981 242044 / www.massageinhereford.org.uk

Longtown Castle - www.longtowncastles.comwww.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/longtown-castle/
A thick-walled round keep dating from around 1200, characteristic of the Welsh Borders, with magnificent views of the Black Mountains. Grassy areas for children to play in.

Longtown School play area 
Next door to the castle in Longtown, and in the grounds of the school, but available to the public outside of school hours, is a large field, forest school area and play equipment suitable for 3-11 year olds.

Little Blue Elephant Play Cafe - 01981 240555 / www.blueelephantplaycafe.co.uk
The Little Blue Elephant Play Café offers indoor play space for children and adults. The play equipment is designed for 0-6 year olds, but older siblings are welcome. Classes and activities available - as well as coffee and food all day.

More things to do locally - explore the Hereford Holiday website for more activities, shops and things to do nearby.

A little further afield

Llantony Priory - 25 mins
An evocative Priory founded early in the twelfth century in the beautiful and secluded Ewyas valley. There is a pub serving lunch, evening meals or just a drink. www.cadw.gov.wales/daysout/llanthonypriory/?lang=en / www.breconbeacons.org/llanthony-priory

Abergavenny - 20 mins
A market town with some wonderful independent shops, especially the new Art Chapel Cafe with its seasonal menu, music events and art exhibitions. www.artshopandgallery.co.uk/kitchen-at-the-chapel/

With its annual Abergavenny Food Festival in September the town is also mecca for foodies – and there are plenty of gorgeous gastro pubs, ancient inns and restaurants to try in the surrounding countryside too. The town has regular markets where you can buy quality produce grown locally. www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com

Hay-on-Wye - 30 mins
With over 30 bookshops, this creative little town is known as the town of books. It is now making a name for itself as a place for vintage shopping too. The weekly Thursday market is a delight of creativity with food, crafts and vintage stalls.

The famous annual literary Hay Festival takes place in May when 80,000 visitors descend on the town. Running concurrently is the How The Lights Get In philosophy and music festival.

Hereford - 30 mins
A beautiful old market city with plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops - and it’s beautiful and important cathedral housing the famous Mappa Mundi (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and medieval interpretation of the world). You might also check out what is taking place at The Courtyard Arts Theatre - www.courtyard.org.uk

Location

Warmth & Wonder is based at Garn Farm near Clodock in Herefordshire

On the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and overlooking the Black Mountains

Nearest main roads: 

40 minutes from the M4 at Newport.

30 mins from the M50 at Ross-on-Wye