Brandy House Farm

UK Wales Mid Wales Powys

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Games room
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Sleek wooden Camping PODs and upcycled vintage caravan on the welsh border with excellent walking and mountain biking on the doorstep

Richard and Medina Brock started their B&B with just one room in the charming stony buildings of Brandy House Farm. It wasn’t long before things took off, however, and once you’ve stayed here for a night or two it’s easy to see why. Their warm friendly welcome, a breakfast that has been awarded the title of ‘Best in Wales’ (seriously) and local knowledge that extends from the endless surrounding footpaths to the tastiest places to eat. The Brock’s are the perfect hosting team and, with the obvious support of their quaint 20-acre farmstead and a picture-perfect countryside backdrop, they can now boast one of the most highly acclaimed B&Bs in the country.

But this is walker’s country. Poised in a lush green valley, the River Teme meanders lazily along the edge of a B-road that leads to the farm, its glistening waters marking the boundary between England and Wales. The slopes that drop down around the river are criss-crossed by streams, footpaths and bridleways creating an outdoor playground for anyone with a mind to get out and explore. Despite the warmth a B&B may exude, the stunning natural scenery calls for accommodation of the more Cool Camping kind and, here too, Richard and Medina haven’t missed a trick.

A few hundred yards from the farm buildings, in its own space, part garden part hillside glade, their MorphPOD nicely fits the bill between B&B comfort and mountain-man escapism. Floor-to-ceiling double glazed windows let the outside in and allow you to wake up admiring views across the Teme Valley, while fold down beds provide ample space and comfortable room for four to sleep.

For easy access, theres's a waterless toilet, a odour-saving 20 yards away, and those looking for the extra household comforts can head into the farm buildings to find a hot shower, laundry facilities and wireless internet. It goes without saying that the famous breakfast is still available, delivered to the pods stable-style door in the morning; cooked by Richard with locally-sourced produce. But for all the creature-comforts, those wanting the real deal can pitch up in the small 'wild camping' area, set aside for a limited number of tents.

And when we say Richard and Medina haven’t missed a trick, we mean it. The MorphPOD is suited to the outdoorsy types for more than just its open views and awaiting campfire-pit. Mountain bikers and cyclists can make use of the handy wash down facilities and flick through a helpful route portfolio, while those looking to saddle up and head off on hoof are even better catered for. The 12 stables and individual paddocks for turning out your horse, means riders have accommodation for both themselves and their trusty steed. Whether you walk the Welsh national trails or canter cross-country to explore the English bridleways, it’s worth chatting with Richard and Medina who know the area well. If you make it back by dinnertime you can even ask them for another farmhouse meal, though cooking your own beneath the stars is the best way to enjoy the MorphPOD’s veranda and the pleasant garden in which it resides.

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Facilities

A small wild camping space has room for a few tents. There are toilet and shower facilities for camper's use in the farmstead and some parking in the nearby yard, none in the camping spot. The MorphPODs all sleep 2 with the exception of Willow which does have room to bring the kids too.  they are all well insulated and Willow has the option of an electric heater for use if necessary. There is 1 shower and toilet (50 yards away), waterless toilet (20 yards from Willow POD and from Wild Rose Vintage Caravan), hot and cold water. Horse owners can choose from 12 stables, with wood-pellet bedding and have access to clean grass paddocks. Brandy House Farm is also home to a small flock of Jacob sheep, Welsh Black Mountain sheep, 8 horses, Bonnie the collie, Dolly the spaniel and Marmaduke the old cat who lives on the boiler and Timmy the yard cat. Campfires in designated fire-pit only. Dog friendly site but please note that dogs do need to be kept on leads when on the farm.

Suitable For

Glampers, wild campers, groups, well-behaved dogs and DIY livery for guests who bring their own horses – yes. Caravans, campervans, motorhomes – no.

Nearby

Walking and mountain biking from the doorstep most often centres around the Glyndwrs Way, an excellent national trail which passes through Brandy House Farm. Richard and Medina have excellent knowledge of the surrounding routes and can help walkers, cyclers or equestrians alike in their planning, they also have a handy route portfolio waiting for you. For the most immediate exploration, either walk up onto Beacon Hill Crown Estate from your door step or stroll into the village (5 minutes away) to join the footpaths on the Shropshire side of the border. Beacon Hill (01597 823298), a 6000 acre upland nature reserve, is an excellent place to see wildlife. The heath clad landscape attracts birds like the nesting Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Merlin and Peregrine, among others. It's wild without being rugged and an excellent place to begin walking in the area. Cyclists will find great XC riding on the doorstep and easy journeys to several world class mountain bike centres with freeride, downhill and uplift facilities. The area hosts MTB enduro and the Autumn Epic, One of Britain's top rated Cycle Sportives. For something a little less energetic try exploring Powys Castle (01938 551944), 20 miles away, The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir (01597 851727), 20 miles, or Judges Lodging Presteigne (01544 260650), 18 miles away.

Food & Drink

If you prefer not to cook then it is possible to book a campers breakfast brought to your pod or caravan. A dining room breakfast and evening meals in the farm building are also bookable in advance. The Wharf, local village pub ideal for a drink is just 5 minutes walk away but doesn't serve food.  The Radnorshire Arms, Beguildy (01547 510634), 2 miles away, is the nearest pub serving food, a wonderfully old building that is home to friendly service and good food.  Beguildy also has a lovely traditional village shop.

Opening Times

All year.

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Sleek wooden Camping PODs and up-cycled vintage caravan on the welsh border with excellent walking and mountain biking on the doorstep

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Accommodation

3 MorphPODs (Willow, Sycamore and Laurel) for pod camping and an upcycled vintage caravan (Wild Rose) for glamping

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Location

Contact Brandy House Farm, Brandy House Farm, Felindre, Knighton, Powys LD7 1YL

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Getting There

If you are approaching from Knighton, turn up a sharp left as you pass the speed limit sign on reaching the village, opposite the village sign (please note that the Brandy House is not signed). Continue up the lane over the two cattle-grids and Brandy House Farm is at the top about 150 metres from the main road.

If you are approaching from Newtown, leave on the A483 (signed Llandrindod Wells) to Dolfor. Turn left onto the B4355. Go through the village of Felindre and as you leave it, turn up to your right just before the end of speed limit sign (please note that the Brandy House is not signed). Continue up the lane over the two cattle-grids and Brandy House Farm is at the top about 150 metres from the main road.

If you are using a sat Nav or google maps and are approaching from the North they will more than likely take you the shorter scenic route through tiny and steep lanes missing out. For a more direct route we would recommend you go to Newtown and follow the directions above!

Knighton (0845 748 4950) is the nearest train station 9 miles away or Newtown (0845 748 4950), 12 miles away.

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