Fforest is a 200-acre farm in west Wales, bordered by a wild nature reserve and the river Teifi, housing six different accommodation options carefully dotted and placed to make the most of the natural beauty and nature of the farm, from a traditional Welsh crog loft to a spacious geodesic dome with Japanese-style onsen outdoor bath area.
Fforest was created as a place to enjoy the simplicity, pleasures and beauty of outdoor living in an outstanding natural environment, and offers the ideal location for those desiring a rural and remote escape this summer.
Conceived by owners Sian Tucker and James Lynch (formerly in property design and textiles in Shoreditch), the site provides a myriad of different accommodation styles, combining warmth, craft and comfort in both the spirit and the thoughtful design, which fully embraces the natural surroundings.
Structures are built from rugged farm materials, combining weathered corrugated iron, worn wood and local slate stone, with warm touches from traditional Welsh-wool blankets commissioned by Sian and made at a local woollen mill.
One of the highlights of Fforest is the Bwythn, a 200 year old stone-and-slate farmworker’s cottage, which was transformed into one of the smallest pubs in Wales. Inside, a limited number of tables will be available, or guests can take out beers and gins that Fforest have created in collaboration with their favourite local producers.
Fforest farm sits between the nature reserve and river Teifi providing a range of walks and running trails along the gorge and through the marshes, with a couple of wild swimming spots along the way. Within striking distance there are beautiful beaches and coves, including the National Trust’s Mwnt and Penbryn. Fforest also runs an activity company offering canoeing down the gorge and local coasteering, climbing, surfing, dolphin-spotting boat trips are available with external activity providers.
Although Fforest naturally lends itself to being isolation-friendly, Sian and James have added further measures to ensure a safe environment, offering all guests private showers and toilets if not already provided en-suite.
James Lynch, Fforest founder said: ”Though current travel guidelines within the UK are not yet confirmed, we have seen a significant spike in enquiries and booking requests for July onwards. There seems to be a real yearning to get back to nature and reconnect after this stressful time in isolation. In a way, we are pleased that this will encourage people to explore their own backyard, appreciate the beauty of our land and slow down a little. We believe we offer something truly unique here at Fforest and cannot wait to share our Welsh secret this summer.”
(all prices for two nights, minimum stay)
Ty Forest farmhouse
Sleeps 14 – perfect for extended families and friend bubbles. Price from £788
Sleeps up to 4, ideal for a romantic break yet big enough for families. Price from £260
Sleeps 4 – perfect for families. Price from £228
Sleeps 6. Price from £195
Sleeps 4. Price from £161
Sleeps 8 – great for extended families. Price from £293
Fforest also owns a separate, smaller coastal campsite, which offers fully self-catered accommodation ranging from a farmhouse to geodesic domes and cabins. It is a short walk from the award-winning Penbryn beach.
For more information visit: www.coldatnight.co.uk
Mark Bibby Jackson
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