Maes Mawr, translates in English to Large Field.
An original Grade II listed Welsh mountain dwelling retaining lots of original features. We have two crog lofts which are effectively mezzanine floors. One is original and one was added above the kitchen which used to be the cow shed. The simple cottage layout gives us a kitchen, bathroom and utility, a doggie snug (above the kitchen) somewhere for the dogs to sleep and two chairs for us to have a quick brew with them in the mornings. We have a generous vaulted ceiling in the dining room with original open fire place, a smaller living room with log burner and our bedroom above that. We have no desire to change any aspect of the cottage and absolutely love the simple living it gives us.
Each room has been sensitively restored, with more insulation added where possible and natural fibres used throughout for the soft furnishings. Since taking on a small flock of sheep we are keen to learn from other smallholders in ways to peg loom the fleece into rugs. For anyone interested in processing wool, knitting, felting etc please see our links page to other smallholders who offer workshops locally on this very craft.
There is still a small walled front garden outside the front of the property which has an area especially for herbs.
An old gateway was found between two old damson trees, providing access to the old vegetable garden. This has now been turned into the formal garden. Formal in name only because of the lawn with a newly planted willow hedge to the south which will hopefully protect the plants from the winds. It has hot reds, yellow sand oranges dotted in the borders. Herbaceous plants, dahlias and bulbs provide a very bright surrounding. A few seats on the lawn give you a sea view from the levelled lawn area. Step down a short way and a winding path takes you to another lawn area where the planting copes with a more exposed position. Here we planted grasses and herbaceous plants that don't need any form of support. Eucalyptus and elephant grass rub shoulders well.
We have a willow arch and hedging which is all new and filling out well. This leads to the orchard of newly planted trees. The plant nursery and the tropical garden sit either side of The Kitchen Garden. A layout encompassing the greenhouse with a number of large fruit beds occupies the largest area. Emma runs her Kitchen Garden workshops from this area.
The cabin in the tropical garden, in its elevated position has views to the mountains and the sea. This is the base for all workshops, a place to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and chat with fellow attendees.
Emma is also in the process of creating a 75mtr long herbaceous border, 2mtrs wide at one end expanding to 8mtr to create an amazing entrance to the gardens.