Lucy and Rheon are happy to show you the animals on the farm including Rheon’s prize-winning pedigree Charolais cattle. At certain times of the year, there will be sheep shearing and lambing to watch and usually a lamb or two needing to be bottle fed! For those who enjoy mucking in, there are often sheep to herd alongside, Maggie, our much-loved sheepdog.
If you prefer to take things a little slower, our hens are always grateful of a handful of corn as they peck around the farmyard, or you can see the ducks waddling past on the way to dip in their pool!
ADVENTURE / EXPLORING
North Wales is a hub for adventurers and those with a love for the Great Outdoors. Rugged mountains, miles of quiet countryside and plenty of opportunity to go off the beaten track means that cyclists, walkers, climbers, runners, mountain bikers and water sports enthusiasts will be in their element. Looking for a beach day, stunning countryside, a trek up the mountains or high-octane adventure there is plenty on offer!
For mountain bikers: North Wales is well-known for its mountain biking most notable are Gwydir Forest, Penmachno, Llandegla, Coed y Brenin.
For adventurers: Zip World (with the fastest zip line in the world and other thrilling activities), Surf Snowdonia for man-made waves, surfing and an indoor ninja assault course. Bounce Below an underground net adventure in the slate caverns. The National White Water Centre, Bala for white water rafting and canyoning.
For walkers, cyclists and runners: There's plenty of quiet country lanes, challenging hills and coastal paths. Rheon cycles them all and will be happy to plan you a route. Our local park run is Conwy (RSPB reserve).
Our nearest sandy beach is Porth Eirias (6 miles). Parking is available along the sea front. A stone’s throw from the beach is Bryn Williams’ seaside bistro, bar and café. A short walk along the promenade in Rhos on Sea are independent shops, cafés and ice cream parlours. We are only a couple of miles from the sea and the cycle path goes for miles along the coast. It is very popular with cyclists, runners and walkers.
Further afield there are lots of beaches on Anglesey. Newborough is a beautiful beach next to Newborough forest which is also a red squirrel conservation site.
A few miles away, in the village of Llanfair Talhaiarn is The Black Lion (01745 720205) with great pub grub and a pretty riverside setting. The Pen y Bryn in Upper Colwyn Bay is recommended in the Good Pub Guide 2020 (01492 533360).
Also, close by is The White Lion Inn, Llanelian (01492 515807). An award-winning gastro pub with rural charm serving locally sourced traditional food. For gourmet, visit The Kinmel Arms, St George (01745 832207) featured in the Good Food Guide Top 50 Pubs in the UK.
Llyn Brenig is a reservoir surrounded by 2500 acres of forest and moorland which you can walk, cycle around or just picnic nearby. There is a visitor centre, café, gift shop, Osprey exhibition, adventure playground, cycle hire, mountain biking, walking trails, sailing and fishing.
Llyn Alwen is also a great place to walk, run, cycle around and popular with locals. There is a mountain bike, walking trail and picnic area.
Llyn Padarn, in Llanberis, is a glacially formed lake within Padarn Country Park.
PLACES TO VISIT
The walled town of Conwy is a world heritage site with a castle, harbour, independent shops and cafés. Home to the smallest house in Britain!
Llandudno is an elegant seaside town with the spectacular Great Orme overlooking it. For those with a head for heights, there is an alpine cable car to the summit or a tramway. You can also reach the top by foot or car and will be rewarded by amazing views (also a café!) and there is always the sight of the goats that roam freely.
The Snowdonia National Park area is a 30-minute drive away. There are several places to begin your ascent to the peak of Snowdon depending on your level.
There is always the option to catch the train up on the Snowdon Mountain Railway in Llanberis (also home to the National Slate Museum). Villages to visit include: Betws y Coed and Beddgelert.
North Wales has an abundance of castles to visit including: Gwyrch, Conwy, Beaumaris, Gwydir, Caernarfon and Penrhyn.
Bodnant Garden is a National Trust property set in 80 acres of stunning manicured lawns, flower-filled terraces, wildflower meadow, shrub borders and is home to many exotic plants. A tearoom with refreshments is available.
Aber Falls is a beautiful walk (about 4-5km) ending at a spectacular waterfall. It is located near the village of Abergwyngregyn. Within a stones throw of Aber Falls is the Aber Fall Distillery. They run daily tours (tickets can be booked on their website).
Particularly good for Kids are: The Welsh Mountain Zoo, The Crocky Trail, Greenwood Forest Park, Llandudno Snowsports Centre (on the Great Orme), Pili Palas, Glasfryn Parc, Betws y Coed Miniature Train Rides.