Fforest farmhouse was originally built in about 1580 with accommodation for livestock downstairs and a platform above for the farmers to sleep on. In 1630 it was extended to provide 2 extra rooms, and the roof was raised, giving space for ‘proper’ rooms upstairs. Over the centuries, through generations of farmers some basic improvements had been made (adding windows and covering up original features), but in 2013 when we arrived, the farmhouse was in a sorry state. Since then we have peeled back the years to reveal the beauty of the building, and in particular the oak roof beams, which now are the main feature of the house.
The main living area is upstairs – with an open plan kitchen/living/dining room. A wood burning stove makes for a cosy space amongst the oak beams, and from here, sitting on the window seats, there is a wonderful view across the valley to the Gaer – the Iron Age enclosure where the ancient Welsh grazed their livestock and looked out for raiding parties. Leading out directly onto the hillside garden there is a fire-bowl for al-fresco cooking, a seating and dining area, and a wood fired hot tub, from where on clear evenings you can enjoy the view of the Milky Way (Fforest Farmhouse is in the internationally recognised Brecon Beacons Dark Skies reserve).
There are 3 bedrooms, 2 on the ground floor with a Jack’n’Jill bathroom, plus one upstairs with an en-suite shower room. All of them have uninterrupted views across the valley.
If you plan to cook while here, the kitchen is new and well equipped, or you can cook al-fresco using the fire bowl. We can arrange to receive and pack away your food deliveries before you arrive, and even heat the hot-tub ready for you to jump straight in when you get here.
(Note if you need anything while you are here we are only 10 minutes drive from Abergavenny, with its rail station, hospital and shops.)