Farming is in our bones. In fact, Iwan’s family have farmed this beautiful land in the Cambrian Mountains for over 200 years. At Penygraig Farm, we take the traditional, natural approach to agriculture.
While our new Noddfa glamping venture is as modern as it gets, we’re still farming with the traditional infrastructure passed down through the generations. The old stone barns with slated roofs that date from the 17th Century are still in use. We also carry water to the various sheds on a daily basis – quite a tricky exercise when snow and ice freeze the old pipes as well as our fingers and toes! With the secondary income from Noddfa farm glamping, we’re hoping to make a few improvements to make life a bit easier on the farm (and save us from frostbite)!
We’re passionate about our livestock and rearing them in the best conditions. In recent years, we’ve moved towards farming native breeds more suited to life on a Welsh hill farm.
Welsh Mountain ewes have been the mainstay of the farm for hundreds of years, now running alongside beef Shorthorn cattle. We also have ex poultry farm hens, a few dairy cattle and Anglo Nubian goats, both of which provide us with milk so rich and creamy we make butter, cream and ice cream for the family.
No chemicals or pesticides have been used here for over thirty years. It’s probably why plants, wildlife and fungi are so abundant. With open pasture, deciduous woodland, waterfalls, streams and centuries old stone walls, Penygraig Farm offers niche environments for species to inhabit and thrive. A rich, biodiverse habitat, our land and the surrounding hills of Mid Wales are home to red kites, buzzards, golden plover and hundreds of rare lichens and mosses. We’re proud to manage our land with an environmentally sound approach to ensure wildlife is conserved for future generations.