A spotlight on… Beili Neuadd B&B

Beautiful and tranquil, Beili Neuadd Farmhouse dates back to the 16th Century. Alison and David Parker have lived here since May 2010 and have re-discovered many of the original features of the house whist updating and refurbishing it. The accommodation features a 4 star B&B in the lovely old stone farmhouse and the beautiful 16th century barn is a 3 star Bunkhouse with many original features incorporated in the characterful building. Here are ten other things you might now know about Beili Neuadd…

1. The farm in the 1800’s had 467 acres, was large local employer with the house present on old maps of Radnorshire. The 1881 census shows Edward Meredith living here with his 5 farm labourers and farmboy.  His wife was the great great aunt of one of our neighbours. Times have changed and Beili Neuadd is now a 6 acre smallholding as well as a B&B and Bunkhouse.

2. The Bunkhouse and B&B are recommended in the 2012 Rough Guides “100 Best Places to Stay in Britain on a Budget”. The author stated “if this is a bunkhouse, then Harrods is a corner shop” and whilst this may reflect a touch of artistic licence, we do have fabulous facilities for cyclists, kayakers, walkers, Duke of Edinburgh Groups and celebration parties.

3. Our free range rare breed pigs are central to producing the fantastic pork sausages and dry cure bacon which, along with our free range hens eggs and home-made preserves, help create our famous Farmhouse Breakfasts.

4. Our small pedigree flock of pedigree Shetland sheep produce lamb and hogget to eat, and fine Shetland wool which is used in our lovely textiles.

5. The varied habitats, including the large ponds; the Rhy-dir Brook, which flows through our lower field and is a tributary of the Wye; wooded areas in the fields and our cultivated garden, have all contributed to the fabulous range of wildlife we have here. Mammals include stoat, otter (unfortunate for our Mallard and her ducklings), fox, badger and water voles.

6. We have identified almost 60 different species of bird.  Anything from tiny gold crests to a resident Tawny Owl and the now rare, Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers. We have evidence of a visit from a Shrike who had impaled a Greater Spotted Woodpecker on a shrub and used it as his larder while he feasted on the bird.

7. The garden is beautiful with its ponds and mix of herbaceous borders and wild meadows and is always available for guests to enjoy.

8. David Wylor Owen, described as one of the musicians of Llangurig, died here at Beili Neuadd in 1927. He was a composer and arranger of music, in particular church organ music which some will recognise still today. His grandson now 80, was born at Beili Neuadd in the early 1930s, came to stay last August with his family.

9. We are dog, Cyclist and Walker friendly and promise a welcoming environment.

10. “A little bit of Paradise”, words often used by visitors, help to convey something of the special nature of this magical place which we love.  That atmosphere, along with our ethos of being a warm and welcoming destination is what we hope is the memory our visitors retain after they go home.

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