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

Willow POD

Grass pitch Sleeps 4
The most spacious of our POD's with a lovely large canopied area with table & chairs. It has it's own terraced patio with seating and plenty of space for a fire pit and BBQ.

Sycamore POD

Grass pitch Sleeps 2
Camping POD with drop down beds, panoramic window and a lovely large canopied area with table & chairs. The pod has a panoramic window and canopied decking area has views over our pony paddocks.

Laurel POD

Pod Sleeps 2
Camping POD totally off-grid with drop down beds, panoramic window and a lovely large canopied area with table & chairs.

Wild Rose Vintage Caravan

Vintage caravan Sleeps 2
Up-cycled vintage caravan

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Location

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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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Truly Amazing Stay in Wild Rose Caravan

We had the pleasure of staying at Brandy House Farm August Bank Holiday Weekend, it was last minute as we had been let down by another company, whilst searching the property came up with availability for the Wild Rose Vintage Caravan. I have to the say the entire weekend was fantastic and relaxing and the hosts were extremely helpful, we had breakfast one morning in the B&B and it was plentiful and set us up for our day of mountain hiking Pen Y Fan and Corn Du (an hour away). A must if you love mountain hiking, the views were totally breathtaking. Now about the accommodation as I said earlier we stayed in the vintage caravan, it was lovely and quirky, having a double bed which was very comfy, it also had a seating area inside, plenty of cupboard space, a kettle and a fridge, plenty of electrical points to charge up your devices. It had a towel rail and heater too, not that we needed those but there all the same if you need them, towels were also included. Outside there was a cooking area (undercover) which lit up at night, a great area for storing your boots etc too, there was a little bench outside on the wooden decking, also there was a table and two chairs outside and we hired the fire pit, well worth it after a busy day, relax and watch the stars. The caravan was nestled away in its own private area, so you felt that it was very private, overlooking the welsh valleys. There was a bunk house /barn too where you could make meals etc and get some WIFI if needed as theres no signal there obviously didn't expect there to be, in addition there is a shower and toilet room, with one toilet and one shower, but we never had to wait when we needed to use the facilities, also in there is a washing machine and tumble dryer if you need to use them too. The site is off the beaten track there is a pub in beguidly about a mile or so away and the food there was also excellent (highly recommend) but you do need to book, Richard the owner did that for us, you can of course book evening meal at the B&B if you want, we didnt but I believe that it was only £20 pp for a three course meal and our neighbors who had this informed us that the food was great. A beautiful site to stay, and we would go back in a heartbeat, they have glamping pods, and cottages too, one with a hot tub and of course the B&B so a wide choice of accommodations, but we really loved wild rose. Highly Reccomend!
Aug 27, 2019 by Sharon Mills

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