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.
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)
Local attractions within 10 mins walk
The Black Mountains
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
Local Attractions within 10 mins drive
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.com / www.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
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