Explore Our Woodland Valley

The Gwyddil valley

At Penpynfarch, the woods are just outside your door.

We have 40 acres of land which includes woods, open pasture, a lake and the Gwyddil stream the banks of which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). 

The location at the end of a lane offers real tranquility and seclusion. You can sit on a terrace overlooking the valley or stroll in our woods, round the lake and along the historic mill leat (which was used to drive farm machinery at Penpynfarch). You'll find the Gwyddil river, the lake with a spot that's perfect for picnics and camp fires, moss covered trees, old ruins, a stunning diversity of wild flowers and plants, newts, frogs, damsel flies, dragon flies, herons, ravens, buzzards, dippers, wagtails and many other small birds. If you're very quiet (and like getting up early!) you may even glimpse an otter, or deer.

Heron in flight through our valley

Ours is a mature woodland. The woods are a mixture of desidious and soft woods and have been managed with a light touch.
In the winter months we work to get all the firewood for the cottages and ourselves from the forest.

Lake in winterSmall rapids by the ford
Public footpath at PenpynfarchWelsh bluebells in the Gwyddil valley

It's an ideal place to walk your dog. 

For children, it's a perfect place to pull on your wellies and go on small adventures, build dens, skim stones or play pooh-sticks at the bridge.  There are a few Shetland ponies and horses on our fields to see.

Molly on the woodland pathDaughters workshops for girls

Penpynfarch and the public footpath through its "fairy tale woods" are featured in this collection of Llandysul Trails
(South Llandysul/Pont-Tyweli Walk).

The Gwyddil riverupper fields in summer heat
den, SONS workshops with Simon Whitehead

Our lake offers a place to sit quietly,  or have a campfire on the peninsula.

Penpynfarch lake in high summer



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