|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Self catering 15C farmhouse near Lake Vyrnwy, amazing mountain bike, biking, MTB, walks, walking. Sleeps 15/17, 8 (max 12) in the Bunkhouse & 2 in the Treehouse – all in a stunning mountain setting. Can be booked together or separately. Or perhaps you want to paint, bird-watch, make music or read by the log fire after a day of fresh air? Please see www.FarmhouseInWales.com for much more information…
For parties of people, the Farmhouse, Bunkhouse, Treehouse and Spa (Hot Tub & Sauna) are staggering value for money. Because these and the surrounding Gardens are such magical, special places, we would like to make personal contact over the phone first to better understand your holiday requirements and thus ensure you receive exactly the holiday you want (see glowing entries from the guest book). A guide of the cost is indicated, however, time of year, number of people, requirements, activities interested in will all help secure the best deal for you. It gets booked up very quickly by people who have been before, so please ring 01691 870 626 and talk to Ed Matthews - you won't be disappointed!
See FarmhouseInWales.com for more details...
Meet your hosts - Eddie and Jenny
Eddie Matthews, a former lecturer in Management, plays jazz on bass guitar and various horns. He is married to jazz pianist and singer Jenny Miller whose zest and energetic multi-tasking keep Foelortho farmhouse afloat.
As time allows, Eddie also writes comedy sketches and builds follies while Jenny's green fingers work magic in the garden.
Contact Eddie & Jenny Matthews 01691 870626 or email Foel Ortho Farmhouse & Bunkhouse, Penybontfawr, Nr Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 0HU
Eddie & Jenny Matthews purchased this farmhouse in 1965
Discovered in 1967 with the help of two friendly rock stars the farmhouse had been empty for four years and was almost derelict, with no electricity, a roof full of holes, one cold tap and a somewhat off-putting lav far away up the garden path.
Now, as a result of forty-two years of student and child slave labour, the scraping together of every penny from a million lectures and gigs and the focussing of family enthusiasm bordering on the manic, we’ve finally made it ‘with a little help from our friends’ and had a load of laughs on the way.
In the early years, most of the rooms being big and airy, we often froze in our beds but since the advent of full central heating in 1986, the whole house can be as cosy as you want.
Amongst mediaeval oak galleries, historic cruck beams & secret places behind bookcases, Wi-Fi, DVD, Jacuzzi, en-suite bedrooms & well equipped modern kitchen.
Amazing mountain bike / MTB / walk / walking in the quiet mountains with buzzards high above, or pop down to the friendly village shop & pub. Stunning fifteen mile panorama from the doorstep.
Like no other place on earth!
Dear Ed and Jenny,
A truly amazing place you have here - we have all had a fantastic time. The kids have loved the house and the follies. We’ve made the most of al fresco dining on the many terraces. Have enjoyed lots of runs, walks, swims, bike rides and games of dodge ball (+40 - 40). We had the best ever egg hunt around the folllies and have all vowed to return v. soon.
Thanks Ed and Jenny, we’ve had a wonderful weekend. Dad and son (the twins) had a fantastic birthday, and this was the perfect place to come to. Everyone will remember this for years to come.
Boules at midnight with a starry sky was fantastic!! Wonderful place for the whole family to get together and a very memorable happy 60th birthday celebration for Stan and Phil.
Thank you for our second fabulous visit this year. It was lovely to see the garden in all its glory and use the BBQ.
Dear Ed and Jenny,
Thank you for your lovely welcome. I have so enjoyed staying
Notes on prices:
Owners Direct Rates Calculation System does not allow us to give deductions for 4, 5, and 6 night breaks. Please contact us to clarify prices. Weekly prices are as advertised.
For parties of people, the Farmhouse, Bunkhouse, Treehouse and Spa (Hot Tub & Sauna) are staggering value for money. Because these and the surrounding Gardens are such magical, special places, we would like to make personal contact over the phone first to better understand your holiday requirements (see glowing entries from the guest book). It gets booked up very quickly by people who have been before, so please ring 01691 870 626 and talk to Ed Matthews - you won't be disappointed!
For much more info on the delights of the Farmhouse, Bunkhouse, Treehouse, Spa & Follies go to: www.FarmhouseInWales.com
If you like your holidays to be in modern, dull, pre-fab hotel rooms without character or interest & your hosts to be invisible then this place is sadly not for you. If however you want to indulge and have a true adventure then you simply must book in fast!
We had the pleasure of staying in the farmhouse over the New Year's bank holiday weekend. Two families including a 9 month old baby takes some serious housing and Foel Ortho provided it beautifully.
From the very first communication to the warmest of welcomes I thoroughly enjoyed my conversations with both Eddie & Jenny Matthews. The accommodation itself is like an exciting rabbit warren with more rooms than you can count including secret bedrooms behind bookcases, secret passages and even a spa.
The house is well stocked with everything that you need for a great holiday, right down to toys and games for babies and children. There's even a piano in the living room instead of a TV to encourage evenings when families & friends talk together and have fun rather than staying glued to a TV or mobile screen.
We honestly had one of the most memorable holidays that I've been on and will most certainly be back many many times to come.
Eddie & Jenny thank you so much.
If you dream of sleeping amongst the little folk, have a love of all things quirky or just want to spend some quality time in the Welsh countryside I would highly recommend Foel Ortho Farmhouse, Bunkhouse and Treehouse! Ed and Jenny are wonderful hosts, ensure you have everything you need for your stay and there is even a spa for guests to use with a hot tub with amazing views and a sauna. The accommodations are self-catering and facilities are more than adequate. I slept in the Treehouse for 2 nights, which is a romantic hideaway by The Follies (the mystical garden hand grown by Ed). I can't wait to go back and stay there all over again, thank you!