Located in the stunning and remote 'Artists Valley' (with Beavers) this charming Self Contained Space is in a 75 acre conservation and permaculture site. With unparalleled views, an ideal base for walking, enjoying nature and rural family retreats.
Further update due to the current health crisis - 23rd March 2020
We have received notification today from our local council that given the unprecedented surge in tourism to the area, they are asking that we curb ‘holidaymakers’ coming into our community at this time. This is a broad measure through the County to slow the spread of the virus and ensure that our local NHS services are not swamped by folk leaving the cities. The volume of 'temporary' registrations with GP's and local hospitals is risking peoples lives in this rural area :0(
I am so sorry for all the reservations we have had to cancel as I know that you were really looking forward to your holidays with us!
We will however be offering a small handful of LONG TERM retreats (2 weeks minimum) in our accommodations. We will have firm guidelines around anyone staying here to self-isolate longer term to protect our local community. This will mean NO day trips out (other than enjoying walks, paddling and fires from the cottage) We are coordinating shopping so that one designated person does that and will 'decontaminate' on return to site. Please get in touch if that may be of interest to you and you wish to discuss this in more detail.
We send our very warmest wishes at this challenging time and hope that you and yours stay strong, eat well, get plenty of rest and keep smiling!
Updated 19 March 2020
What interesting times
As we find ourselves faced with the current challenges surrounding the spread of the virus, there are understandable concerns about travel and contact with others. Although many hosts may be negatively impacted, this project is a perfect place to 'self-isolate' if that's what folk are after - as there is so much space here, hardly any people – (who can easily be avoided if that is your preference) and Blaeneinion is waaay more beautiful than being ‘stuck’ nearly anywhere else!
I anticipate that folk will choose to holiday in the UK rather than in Europe this year and will be discerning about how to do that safely. We are one of the few places where folk can come and be assured of a holiday in nature with lots to do and without any crowds!
We are keeping a close eye on recommendations from the WHO and wanted to reassure our guests of the precautionary measures that we are taking at this time.
What we are doing……
Currently our family and long term volunteers are well and healthy. We have taken the decision to continue hosting, working and laughing - and we all look forward to spending as much time as possible in the gardens this Spring
Everyone at Blaeneinion is avoiding ANY travelling and will be here at all times other than one person who will shop for essentials only when absolutely necessary at very anti-social hours! We aim to have all groceries and materials delivered through the post or by delivery services to spare contact with others and mitigate any risk or additional strain on the NHS of more patients at this difficult time.
Should anyone on site become unwell, we have measures to isolate them for sleeping and living – and they would have no contact at all with guests and only distanced essential contact with others on site. Our accommodations will be kept fastidiously clean and all the team will be washing hands (and accommodation) in antibacterial cleaner frequently.
Hugs and handshakes are off the menu for the time being, and when guests arrive, I would be happy to point out the interesting bits on site (at a reasonable distance) and make sure that folk are comfortable and know how everything works in the Cottages. We have produced laminated guides on how to use all equipment on site.
All bed linens, towels and fabrics will be washed at a minimum of 60 degrees.
Our team have been briefed that DEEP cleaning of the cottages is essential right now and we have purchased specialised sanitising cleaners for all surfaces. In particular, door and window handles, switches, remote controls and communal areas will receive special attention.
Anti-bacterial hand soap and sanitising sprays will be available in all Cottages for guests to use as well
What you can do…….
If you are feeling at all unwell or have recently been in contact with someone who is, please be responsible and let us know.
Try to bring as much of your essential supplies with you when you arrive – this will limit the need to go shopping and minimise contact with others in confined spaces protecting you, us and our local community.
Please DO NOT come to us on public transport for the time being.
This is an idyllic and SAFE retreat! Let’s all keep it that way. Ideally, pack everything you need for your holiday into you OWN car, drive directly to us and please limit any stops en route and social or public visits off site whilst you are here. You can still visit beaches, climb mountains, go on amazing walks, use the kayaks and enjoy the gardens and produce…. Your children can safely play away from others on the swings, cuddle the animals, make fires outdoors and go paddling….. If you do need to shop for supplies or make essential visits, please be mindful to protect our local community and use the hand sanitisers provided and observe social distancing. WE DO NOT WANT YOU BRINGING THE VIRUS BACK TO US! xxx
Please observe sensible measures around hand washing and hygiene when on site to minimise transferring the virus to others if you are carrying it unknowingly (we will provide soap or please feel free to bring your own)
Should you prefer to bring your own bedding and towels, we would welcome that and would not be offended (and any toilet roll, pasta and rice would be a bonus too! )
Please be mindful of social distancing and shaking hands. In addition, it may be prudent to communicate as much as possible through the message thread online instead of popping by for things… we are really happy to help and will make sure you have what you need x
As a courtesy to other guests, please make sure that you wash all your dishes, cutlery and utensils in HOT soapy water.
All that being said – LIFE must and will go on and there is so much to be joyful about and thankful for! Lets all make sure we stay healthy, eat well, get plenty of rest and have a lovely time! Smiling, caring, compassion and joy is very good for the heart and immune system too xxx
For folk choosing a longer term stay to avoid the mayhem – there are opportunities to engage with the activities on site, learning about green building, conservation and vegetable growing.
Warmest wishes form the team - we hope to see you (safely) soon!
If you are happy to visit respectfully and abide by these guidelines, read on;
This cosy Cottage is centrally heated with radiators which are on constantly (please let us know if you are too warm!), is well insulated and gets lovely and homely. There is also a heater in the bathroom :)
Upstairs, there is a very large bedroom than can sleep up to 5 (very good!) friends or a young family but is better suited to couples. In the bedroom there is a hand basin with hot running water, a wardrobe and chest of drawers for you to use. The double bed has an electric blanket and there is a TV (which you can chose to completely ignore!) with freesat channels and a DVD player.
Wifi is available in the beautiful Breakfast Room next door - and there is an (moody!) ethernet connection upstairs in the Cottage itself (please bring a laptop with an Ethernet port) but there is a good Wifi signal in both the Gazebo and the Breakfast room. Our connection here at the end of the Valley can on occasion, be temperamental - so just in case, best not to rely on it for life and death situations... but it is normally more than adequate to check emails, download films and make internet video calls. We hope that you will be so busy enjoying the stunning natural landscape that you may forget the internet - just for a moment xxx ;)
There is no washing machine in the Cottage, but for those on longer stays (5 days or more), please ask at the main house, and we would be happy to help - £10 for a service wash and dry x
The double bed is made up with fresh linens for each stay and extra blankets are supplied in abundance. Linens and towels will be changed once a week for folk on longer stays. If you require additional bedding, sheets and pillowcases etc (for larger groups using the extra sofa bed etc.), we are happy to do so (although they will most likely not match at all!) for a laundry fee of £6 per person.
Although there is no open fire in Narnia itself, directly opposite the South facing door is a stunning octagonal glass Gazebo, with a comfy sofa and wood- burning stove - you would have sole use of the Gazebo when you book Narnia! 10 metres from your door, it is a gorgeous space to sit and read, do your emails, share bottle of wine, muse over a jigsaw, knit something or chat indoors.... but outdoors at the same time ;) ...................and it really does get toasty in there in winter with the fire going! - we can provide you with some nice dry wood - please ask for details. It is an amazing place to be in crazy weather! - right in the middle of it, yet warm and dry all at once :) Please note that although the Gazebo is lovely, it is an outdoor structure and the floor can get damp after heavy rain (but the sofa stays dry!) and although we do suck up spider webs regularly, there will always be a few :)
The Gazebo is supplied with some dry firewood but we charge £10 per barrow load if you need more.
In addition to exploring the whole Permaculture and Conservation site, you would also be able to make the most of our new 'Breakfast Room' - a 10 metre Conservatory with glass on 3 sides, tables and chairs to sit at and comfy sofas at the other end. This gorgeous space is for use by everyone at Blaeneinion and is perfect to relax in or check emails on wetter days - please see the photos :) There are lots of plants, a stereo system, some childrens toys (wooden train set has been a big hit!) jigsaws, a piano and a growing and eclectic mixture of books to enjoy. It is a great spot to enjoy looking out at the stars in the evening or enjoying a glass of wine after a long days walking and exploring :) The breakfast room is super-hot on Summer days and comfortably warmed by even the merest sunshine even in Winter.... the stone wall internally retains heat like a big storage heater well into the evenings. Please ask if you would like eggs or fresh produce produced on site (chickens lay much less in Winter though x)
For young families -please let us know if need to borrow our travel cot :)
Please note that the £7 per night surcharge for extra guests also applies however small the people are, so BABIES AND TODDLERS ARE COUNTED AS AN EXTRA GUEST. Over the past few years we have found that families with young children tend to use more heating and hot water, need travel cots and often more cleaning x We love hosting children so have remarkable facilities for young families - toys, instruments and games, super gentle and friendly animals, a fire pit for toasting marshmallows, kayaks and food that can be foraged on site! ... to make all this possible and enable inspiring and memorable family holidays, all we ask is a small surcharge of £7 per night per person to cover costs. PLEASE ENTER 'INFANTS' as 'CHILDREN OVER 2' in the booking process to make sure it all goes through correctly (I am in an ongoing discussion with Airbnb about all this) It is uncomfortable for us and for you if I to have to ask guests for a surcharge for their little one after a booking request is made :0( Lets all continue making this place special for folk of all ages!
Our neighbourhood is very quiet, secluded and tranquil. The air is clean, you can see the stars and we never hear sirens!
É um lugar mágico com centenas de coisas para fazer com as crianças. Acomodação incrível, e um anfitrião surpreendente que cuidou de nós, e nos guiou ao redor dela "jardim de éden". É realmente um lugar mágico, faça chuva ou faça sol. Tenho viajado por todo o mundo - e este lugar é um dos lugares mais especiais que já estivemos. Um lugar para fazer centenas de lembranças: alimentar patos, observar castores se alimentando a poucos metros de distância, canoagem no lago, balanços de corda, cachoeiras, gato, cachorro, lareira, livros ... Eu poderia continuar.Matthew2019-04-28T00:00:00Z
Espere ser surpreendido por um refúgio muito especial no meio de cenário deslumbrante. Anfitrião maravilhoso e grande valor para o dinheiro. Altamente recomendadoEmma2019-04-26T00:00:00Z
Muita sorte de ter descoberto esta pequena jóia escondida! Nunca vai esquecer a nossa estadia em casa de campo Narnia no local mais deslumbrante. Sharon e sua equipe foram tão acolhedor e nos fez sentir-se em casa desde o momento em que chegamos. Muito espaço para correr, remo, mergulhe na beleza da natureza! Nós até mesmo avistamos os castores residentes que eu nunca vi em estado selvagem antes. O chalé em si era adorável e acolhedor, com muitos um convidado amigável na porta para as sobras (galinhas, patos e gansos)! Nosso filho adorava explorar e poderíamos ter ficado por muito mais tempo. Obrigado por uma estadia mágica xLouise2019-04-23T00:00:00Z
Maravilhoso, mágico, lugar especial fora do caminho. Paz, sossego (além dos patos, gansos e galinhas) ótimo para crianças, córregos, lagos florestas e colinas. Casa limpa agradável com todas as comodidades. Muito a explorar nas proximidades também. E castores. Sharon foi um excelente anfitrião!David2019-04-20T00:00:00Z
Lugar muito pitoresco e Sharon é um ótimo host.Abhishek2019-04-16T00:00:00Z
Um deve ficar se você está querendo um pouco de paz e tranquilidade do mundo exterior. Não posso agradecer a Sharon por sua hospitalidade. Sua casa é linda e ela nos fez sentir como uma família. Eu gostaria que pudéssemos ter ficado mais tempo. Nós voltaremos!Laura2019-04-14T00:00:00Z
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