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Straw Cottage helps children find fun in the countryside

Straw Cottage helps children find fun in the countryside

Ty Gwyn Straw House Sitting Room

The owners of a unique holiday cottage on a Mid Wales hill farm are introducing families from towns and cities to the wonders of the countryside.


Ty Gwyn Farm is tucked away in the rolling hills of the old county of Radnorshire – now part of the huge county of Powys – just over two miles from the Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells.


The farm offers holidays in The Straw Cottage, which, as the name suggests is built of straw, has no electricity and is surrounded by its own two acres of open woodland, meadow and stream. The cottage provides an escape from today’s technology driven world.


Whilst the cottage offers a great romantic break or a place for recharging batteries, for children it means a place to run free and explore. The Straw Cottage sleeps four in two bedrooms and has a wood-burner and no electric. There are candles, lanterns, and solar wind up lights.


“I would like to think that in our own small way we can introduce children to the countryside and help them learn about the animals and plants around them,” explains Margot Porter, of Ty Gwyn Farm.


“We hope they will find out that some of the real simple pleasures of life are more exciting and interesting than the virtual world on their mobile ‘phone or tablet.


“It has been most rewarding and sometimes surprising to see how much the children enjoy just being at the cottage, pond dipping and building dens – we have had some great dens built!"


“Sometimes they can start by being a bit nervous but by the end of their stay, their parents can’t get them away! In fact one dad told me that there was no point taking the children out as they kept asking when they could go back to the farm!”


In the cottage there are books to identify birds and flowers and children are encouraged to have a go at some of the ‘20 Things to do at The Straw Cottage’ that Margot has suggested.


Making a wild art painting out of leaves and flowers, watching the stars in a dark sky, rolling down a hill, making a daisy chain or grass trumpet, bird watching, making a campfire and roasting marshmallows under parental supervision are just a few of the 20 things. One of the most popular things is a treasure hunt with clues laid out around the two acres of the cottage.


Visit Ty Gwyn Farm's website for more information, call Margot on 01597 822665 or drop her an email.


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