We have always loved being in the countryside. For 20 years we lived in a semi-rural village in Berkshire bringing up our son, running a successful photography studio and taking long walks in nature. Whilst we had gorgeous countryside on our doorstep, we craved more.
We started exploring different areas of the UK at weekends with a view to eventually moving to a more rural area for a more relaxed and peaceful life. Our search took us further and further west until we crossed the border into Wales…and our hearts soared! Mid Wales was a revelation to us – the hills, the valleys the lakes and rivers…the open spaces. Our Big Dream began to take shape. We then discovered the sweet spot where we could also be with half an hour of the sea and the most picture perfect harbour towns as well as the beautiful unspoilt beaches of Cardigan Bay.
So when our son flew the nest we began the adventure to find our rural retreat. Our dream was to have a stunning view and a few acres of nature to wander in and create a haven for wildlife.
Driving up the track to Coedmor Fach for the first time, it really felt like coming home. The view, the peace and quiet and the idyllic cottages…it was very emotional – just like an episode of Escape to the Country! High on our wish-list was the ability to run a hospitality business, so having the two self-contained holiday cottages sealed the deal.
We are so passionate about this unspoilt and relatively unknown part of Wales that gets a fraction of the visitor numbers of Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia. We want to share our secluded corner of it with our cottage guests and help them to replenish their soul by spending time in nature.