Eisteddfod 2015 and Weddings…

Tuesday April 1st, 2014 |Fiona

I’m trying to fulfil my promise to write something every month, mostly about the happenings at Gwaenynog, or perhaps even things going on in the surrounding area, whether the news is big or small. So here’s April’s offering… and no April Fools jokes, I promise!

So, firstly the small things:

We decided before we opened that we would not offer the UHT milk cartons, as we think they’re pretty grotty for tea, so we offer fresh milk to B&B guests to use with the tea & coffee facilities. This is held in a fridge on our landing. Sadly the nice little silent one we’ve had since we opened has now broken, so the dilemma was what to replace it with – as it’s less than 4 years old, we were unsure about an exact replacement.

Anyhow, we decided to do a shuffle around instead. As we’re licensed, we have a standard fridge in our kitchen exclusively holding drinks: wine, beers, etc., so that they’re nice and cold when guests order them, and although has been exceptionally useful, we decided that now was the time to replace it with a proper wine cooler, meaning this fridge could replace the one on our landing. It’s pretty quiet, and as it’s much larger, guests can now use it to store some of those bought goodies being taken home, or maybe even chill your own wine… (Not that we want to encourage that, when we’ve got such a good choice ourselves!)   😉

Eisteddfod Tipi tentsAs the National Eisteddfod is coming back to Montgomeryshire in 2015, we have been planning a lunch for September 7th this year, which will help raise funds for our little area of the county. Clusters of villages have a responsibility to raise their quota of the funds needed to help support this very Welsh tradition. We’re looking forward to going on a few days, as we’ve never been to one before… usually we’re working, as it’s the height of the summer. As it’s only 5 miles away, we have no excuse this time.

We’re open with 5 rooms over that period, just for the week, as up to 20K people come every day(!) and already 3 are booked for the whole week. So, if you want to come and stay here, give us a call. We have 2 double rooms left, both with en-suite showers… Also, don’t forget we have the campsite too – so if you were thinking of coming, it’s a great alternative – call to book for either.


Rustic wedding barn

Now onto our bigger news:

Gwaenynog will be licensed for weddings from 2015 onward… We have our first wedding taking place in September this year – which is Norman’s daughter, so she’s the guinea-pig.

We can cater for small, intimate ceremonies in our guest lounge, and then up to 200 guests in our barn, depending on the type of event you want. We have a large stock barn available for larger ceremonies, where you could then hold the entire event, all under one roof, or relocate to a marquee on our field after the ceremony. The choice is yours.

If you were thinking about getting married somewhere really rural and picturesque, connected to nature and adaptable for your ideas, then Gwaenynog could be the perfect place for you… We can offer tipi’s or other unusual tents rather than marquees, just let your imagination (and budget) help you decide. Just call to discuss and we can come up with a plan…

Obviously photos of what it can look like will be available after our first one in September… so, watch this space. I will follow-up this with another later in the year, with updates and lots of pictures.

If you want to get a feel for what may be possible, head over to our Pinterest board, where I’ve been collating pictures to show some of the ideas for the barn…

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