The Capel Colman Cottages & Glanpwlldu Farm Development Story
Firstly, Dave took the step in 2012 to work for himself starting a consultancy business in the print and paper sector, we then sold our Oxfordshire family home and moved into a rental property in the nearby town of Banbury. These two significant steps allowed us to get on with the search and planning to make our adventure a reality.
Having fallen hook line and sinker for West Wales as our location of choice, we immersed ourselves and discovered the delights of Cardigan Bay & Pembrokeshire with all their natural beauty, tranquillity, and warm welcoming residents the property search started in 2013.
After a long, sometimes extremely frustrating, but mostly enjoyable search we had concluded we could not find an established business that met our criteria and we decided to also consider a development. This decision opened lots of potential and we found Ferm Glanpwlldu (Farm by the banks of the black pool). The well-used saying “it is all about location, location, location” was certainly true, heading down the farm track revealed the Preseli Hills, specifically Frenni Fawr & Fach and a valley that hadn’t changed much in 100s of years, we could see mountains, woodlands, and open fields, we could hear the wildlife but couldn’t see or hear any roads, just a few farms dotted on the landscape. Having already consulted the O.S map we knew there was an extensive network of footpaths and bridleways accessed directly from the farm, high on our must-have list so guests could bring horses and dogs on holiday and wouldn’t need to get in the car to have access to great walks and rides. At the end of the track, surrounded by its own 50 acres of land, nestled on the south-facing valley side was the farmstead, a substantial collection of post-war prefabricated farm buildings hiding some rather nice Victorian stone buildings that once would have been the milking parlour, winter cattle housing and grain store, all un-used for decades and entirely neglected. Working farms by the very nature are messy places, unfortunately, this one had also lacked recent investment and certainly TLC and on inspecting the Farm House the scale of the challenge started to hit home and the questions of what could we do, do we have the skills, stamina, resilience to do it, can we afford to do it, these questions brought us back down to earth, however…
We had already decided based on the wow factor location that this was the right one and the work to answer the key questions began as we left.