Finally an update…

Monday April 11th, 2011 |Fiona

Well, thought it was about time I updated everyone. We’ve had a busy few months since I last posted a blog…

Firstly the snow and then the cold spell were unprecedented. I believe Wales had a new November record for the lowest recorded temperature! We suffered a burst pipe during that period, which caused one room to be out of action – it needed a new carpet and complete redecoration. Fortunately the bed and bedding only got wet and was fine once it had dried out, and then washed. Once the snow settled in we had the very cold period, but it was quite stunningly beautiful. The deepest snow we had was 10 inches in places, so it was also very quiet.

Then February rolled in with a vengeance… we had the windiest weekend I can ever recall, which lasted for nearly 5 days, non-stop gales and with gusts of up to 90mph. These winds were the culprit for damaging the tallest tree in the UK up at Lake Vyrnwy (see the Countryfile program on March 20th). Also the rain on the Saturday was the cause of some flooding on the main road into Welshpool, and even our bridge became a ford again on our drive! That was a shocker for us…

However, the weather in April has been lovely, so far. With odd days being a bit dull, with some mizzle (not quite drizzle but a little more than mist!) and yet it’s pleasant to be outside. I am sure there have been some new records for April temperatures – it’s been positively scorching this past weekend.

We have a few lambs in one field, most are not due to arrive till the end of April, but these ones are shy, and sticking very close to their Mum’s… although they soon come to the trough for feeding! We’ve also had 5 rams resident for a couple of months, and they’re entertaining too – and just as shy.

Bonnie & Beau have been very lucky in the last couple of weekends, with the guests taking them off for a walk – a treat for them, and meant some extra time for us to do other things!

I suppose the biggest news for us was being chosen as one of the top 50 B&B’s in the UK by The Independent newspaper – to say we were thrilled would be an understatement. Click here to see the complete list.

So, for 2011 we’re off to a flying start, with some returning guests and new ones from as far afield as Argentina… Hopefully the weather we’ve had so far this month will be a portent of things to come, so everyone can see why we chose to move to Mid Wales.

And something new to this blog, we will be posting some reviews by our guests – as they often put it better than us. Here’s our first:

First Time Review of Mid Wales Bed and Breakfast

New to staying in a Bed and Breakfast, we have had the most wonderful time and would certainly recommend Mid Wales and especially Lake Vyrnwy to anyone.

We cannot fault Gwaenynog Farmhouse B&B; the atmosphere, the scenery and the remarkable attention to detail all make for a highly relaxing stay that really let us get the most out of all Mid Wales has to offer.

We spent a lot of time at Lake Vyrnwy where there are plenty of outdoor activities and stunning views, and we equally enjoyed amateur bird spotting from the comfort of the Bed and Breakfast – a particular highlight being seeing the woodpecker and nearly catching sight of the owl!

Thank you so much to Fiona and Norman for a really excellent first Bed and Breakfast experience!

Mike and Sarah Simpson, Bournemouth