“Thank you for the eggs - they made a delicious Spanish omelette!”
A traditional smallholding and a haven for wildlife
On the Farm
Our small flock of Black Welsh Mountain sheep is thriving here in its natural habitat, and luckily for us, inexperienced as we are, they graze away happily however wild and wacky the weather - even coping with lambing in the snow! We have the invaluable support of our neighbours on a nearby organic farm. As well as the sheep, we keep a few hens for eggs – always a big hit with our holiday guests - and fatten Gloucester Old Spot pigs over the summer for the table.
Some wild spring storms left these two tawny owl chicks marooned on the woodland floor and unable to return to their nest. We whisked them down to the City Wildlife Rescue Centre in Newport. Four months later, fully grown and able to fend for themselves, we brought them home and re-released them. You might well hear them calling in the trees up on the Rholben ridge above the farm.
The Owl Service
Every season brings a diversity of flora and fauna to the farm and mountain. Our native tits, goldfinch, robins and woodpeckers visit the bird feeders and buzzards, sparrowhawks and red kite wheel overhead. The sharp-eyed might spot pied flycatchers in the woods in summer. One year we even had a badger sleeping beneath the floor of the metal barn!
Spring brings skylarks to the mountains and swallows to the house, and bluebells carpet the woodlands. Our bats come out of hibernation and can be seen flitting overhead as the evenings lengthen. Whimberries ripen on the mountain in July and are free to anyone with patience and a strong back, followed as autumn arrives by blackberries, rowanberries, hips and haws, sloes and damsons. The knowledgeable can collect wild fungi, and everyone can admire the glowing golden light as the oaks, birch and beeches of the woodlands put on their autumn colours.
Planning for an Organic Future
We are committed to creating a habitat that is home to a wide diversity of wildlife. Over the past three years we have been laying and replacing hedges, planting parkland and orchard trees, and putting up bird and bat boxes around the farm. We have now achieved full organic status - an exciting new chapter for Porth-y-Parc.
Our guests are welcome to wander freely through the fields and woodland.
The Brecon Beacons National Park has recently become an International Dark Sky Reserve, with Sugar Loaf Mountain listed in its top 10 stargazing sites. If you don’t fancy the hike up the hill in the dark, the barn patio is a pretty amazing viewing spot too!