Coed Owen Bunkhouse in the Brecon Beacons, Wales
Responsible travel: Coed Owen Bunkhouse in the Brecon Beacons, Wales
Coed Owen Farm is part of an environmental scheme called Tir Gofal. We restrict sheep grazing in woods and river side corridors to protect the wildlife. We have planted hedges with native hawthorn, rowan and hazel and created a wildlife pond in one of our fields on the farm. We try to recycle and reuse as much as possible. There is no food waste as the dogs and chickens see to that. As soon as funds permit we intend to install solar panels.
We ask all visitors to kindly turn off lights when not in use and to be aware of their energy consumption. We have dual flush toilets and energy efficient showers to use water conservatively. We also have public transport on the doorstep and bike hire information for visitors and can point you in the right direction for walks so you do not need to use the car. We provide recycle bins to all our guests in the bunkhouse.
We advertise local businesses and attractions. Such as our neighbors Gawrnant and Nant-ddu Lodge hotel. We have installed a leaflet rack on the wall in our bunkhouse displaying many local attractions leaflets.
We are very keen to support all local businesses and are prepared to link their websites in our own.
We have good public transport links, which will allow our visitors to visit the local area without using their own transport, thereby supporting the environment.
We do not have quad bikes on our farm. So we are not polluting the environment in that respect. We believe walking is the way forward and keeps you fit and healthy.
We host students from all over the world who come and live as part of our family and experience the working life on a farm. We use websites such as helpx and workaway to seek helpers. The students teach us about their culture and language and we feel we benefit as much as they do.
The story of the provider of Coed Owen Bunkhouse in the Brecon Beacons, Wales
The Rees family, farm approximately 3000 Brecon Beacons hill sheep which graze the hills most of the year. We were keen to diversify our farming business hence the creation of Coed Owen Bunkhouse. The bunkhouse was an existing barn situated on the farmyard and used for housing livestock and wool. This barn has now been converted into a modern bunkhouse and enhanced by keeping many of the original features. Molly says "Baden, my father, is a skilled stone mason by trade and I knew his skills would benefit the farm one day". Work began in the summer of 2011 and was completed in November 2012.