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Updated: Nov 27, 2023

Outdoor living, autumn decorations & belly warming food made simple



An autumnal soiree, chairs and tables with blankets and warming food

October never used to be my favourite time of year in the UK.


These days, mid autumn is growing on me, I blame being brought up in Africa. Winter in the UK may have been happening, but in my world we were BBQing and swimming in the sunshine on Christmas day.


It messed with my seasons, but over time, I’ve gently eased myself into the world of blankets, thick jumpers - dare I say fleece - and golden hues.


Autumn 2023 is well underway, we’ve watched the leaves fall and the tree tops change from bright green to shades of red, orange and gold.


It dawned on me this year, that autumn really is a short snapshot in the year, I’m putting it down to filming reels on a weekly basis at The Welsh Farm Glamping. It has made me so much more aware of the changing seasons and the beauty that surrounds the cabin and yurts.


You honestly have a different holiday, and different experience depending on the season and time of year you stay.


This month we are talking all things beautiful soiree’s and crisp mid autumn nights.

When living the outdoor life, dining outside is not hampered by the cold.


In fact I would go as far as to say it enhances it.


Here is what we suggest you do to while away time on a glorious fiery evening in sunset season.



Set the tone for your Autumn soiree evening under the stars


Start early, it’s always surprising how quickly the nights draw in. An autumnal evening starts much earlier than you anticipate, if you want to get set up before darkness falls.


Each of our escapes at the Welsh Farm has an outdoor table, by a fire pit with a pizza oven and BBQ. In the yurts we have tripods where you can cook a traditional style stew, right over the flames of your outdoor fire.


Pile the chairs high with cushions and blankets, fill the hot water bottles and lay them ready on your chairs. Set the table with mugs rather than glasses and help yourself to a selection of plentiful autumnal foliage and leaves around the grounds to create seasonal centerpieces.

Last but not least, get the picnic mat from the blanket box and lay it by the fire, with the dog bed neatly ontop. The picnic blanket will stop any damp rising, keep the bed mud free and your pups warm.


For extra atmosphere, switch on the outdoor pendant lights at the Country Yurt, hanging from the tree’s branches above you.


And light the fire. Here is our top outdoor tip, light the fire an hour or so before you are planning to sit down to eat. This will stop your eyes smarting as you get smoked out while eating. Start the fire early and you will have heat radiating from the flames by the time you come to sit down.


If you are cooking over the fire, lighting it even earlier is essential - to slow cook a delicious stew…



Planning for autumn evenings - autumn food and drink


The key to a romantic autumnal evening is cosiness, not just with blankets and hot water bottles, but also with delectable food and drinks.


This is also the part where your planning comes in. Pre-decide on what you want to eat and how you want to cook.


I would always opt for a stew in winter, with a chunk of fresh bread, but maybe you are tickled by a juicy steak (could be a beetroot steak) on the BBQ or an Italian cheese feast in the pizza oven.


Whatever you decide, make sure you roast some winter vegetable sides (either in a pan or in the pizza oven). Forage in the vegetable garden at the Country Yurt, you may find some late tomatoes, courgette and leafy winter greens to add flourish to your evening.


And if your paw-family are joining in, there is nothing more delicious than stew and roast root vegetables.


Drinks in autumn need to be warm, it feels too early for anything mulled. So opt for a spiced apple or hot toddy. Somehow I find both these drinks scream autumn rather than winter.

As the sun goes down, flick on the outdoor lights for atmosphere and move over, blankets and all, closer to the fire as the temperature drops.


Pudding is best taken here, cwtched by the dancing flames. Warmed brownies, sticky toffee puddings and dense, moist vegetable based cakes are the perfect end to the evening.

Sing, dance, laugh and play. Then after a pause, hot chocolates and marshmallows come out.


Before retiring to the hot tub…






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You may THINK this is the rule - but there are always exceptions



Reactive dog enjoying the Country Yurt's space

We get it.


Going away with a hyperactive, constantly-in-a-heightened state of arousal dog is like running on marbles. It’s goes something like this:


The nail-biting starts before you've left home. Will they be alright in the car, or will 4 hours of barking be the radio station?


You pull up to your accommodation only to find there are two other pods very close by and no fence between them.


You groan as you realise it's going to be an inside or on-leash, high pup alert kind of holiday.

"Let's hope they don't have dogs, too", you mutter.


As another dog pops into view, it's off-leash and curious. You brace and ask yourself, is it even worth it?


I know you need a break, and getting one with a reactive dog is H for HARD.


The mental strength you need to manage your dog (and life) to get somewhere can be overwhelming. With so much unpredictability and grey-hair-inducing trauma, it's easier to stay home.


You tell yourself, "just as soon as we iron out these issues, we can go away."

Issues that take time, love and a lot of attention.


In the meantime, you are putting your life on a standstill, let me tell you, there is another way.

You are leaping off the sofa, cushions flying everywhere to grab me and beg to know more, right?


What if you could go away somewhere private, romantic, wild, enclosed, dog-free and full of natural nose-sniffing stimulation?


And have a list of dog-friendly beaches and hideouts that are wild, remote and off gen-pop radar?


The Welsh Farm glamping might just tick a lot of your dog-essential boxes


We have created a beautiful, private and enclosed space. A cosy yurt sits nestled in the middle of an orchard.


It's the perfect place to potter about, stoke up the pizza oven, toast your toes around the outdoor fire and soak for hours in the hot tub.


If your dog is reactive to other humans or dogs, then it is the ideal place to escape.

No stress. No Drama.


Just glamping goodness soaked in peaceful countryside.


The woodland walks on the farm mean you don't have to leave, and a hardly-ever-used Gelliwen hike is right on our doorstep. If you wanted to land and nest for three days, you could.


At the Welsh Farm, your every need is thought of, and every expense is included in your stay, so from firewood to dog beds, we've got you covered.


If you are still not convinced it would work for you and your dog, watch Lorren and Loki's experience here.



Photos by Polka_dot_Loki


Please keep in mind we expect you to be responsible with your dog. We ask all dogs to be on lead around other dogs and people when walking around the farm and in the woods. Please openly communicate with us throughout your stay, especially if you have any issues or concerns.


We want you to have the best experience possible away with your pup!


Check out our review by Dog Furiendly.



P.S. Watch our tour of the Country Yurt on Instagram here ⬇️.






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Updated: Jul 1, 2023

It’s the count-down to the Summer holidays. Are you filled with delight or utter anxiety?


Here are our three must-explore destinations:



We love the summer as parents, and we love our kids. It’s just really hard to manage.

Suddenly our routines are out the window; the juggle (which is a juggle anyway) ramps up to supersonic.


I’ve been there.


Three years ago, I was working my butt off. The whole of the Easter holiday passed without me spending a day with my kids, I didn’t create time for them, and it showed, we were all walking on eggshells around each other. Snappy Crabby you name it.


I didn’t have a break, I was stressed out, and I felt so guilty when I dropped them back at the school gate two weeks later.


Some break I thought.


And I know it’s because at my core, and your core, we want our kids to run free, explore the world around them and have screen-free, unfiltered fun.


Since that god-forsaken holiday, I promised myself that I would plan better. Plan for a lighter workload and plan days out where we can escape away!


We also sneak stays at the yurts or cabin, there is nothing like a glamping experience (especially under canvas) for kids.


Picking up treasures of sticks, stones and pretty leaves, catching bugs, lugging wood in from the wood pile, helping to light fires, picking veggies and collecting eggs from the garden at the Country Yurt.


To top it all off you can run down the woods to find mysterious hidden animals, play sword fights with sticks, wade in the river, build up the dam or create another fort alongside our “Eyore” house.


In the evenings you layer on the fleeces and wrap up by the fire to toast marshmallows and star gaze. Before snuggling down for bed.


It’s the magical world of wild living with comfort, glamping.


But let’s say you’ve experienced all the Welsh Farm has to offer and you need to escape.




Fifteen minutes away is Llansteffan Beach





Llansteffan ticks a lot of boxes, get there early because parking can be tricky. The beautiful little village sits on the mouth of the estuary and boasts a playpark, fish and chips, pubs, beach, woods and a castle.


When the tide is out, we recommend walking around to Scott’s Bay and then back through the woods up to the Castle. If you want to make it a longer walk, head up the valley from Scot’s Bay and you have a round route back to the castle.


From the car park, head right along the beach, as you pass the slip that leads to the castle, there is a shell beach along the cliffs, where we crunch around and race to find the biggest shell, at low tide sea weathered cockle hunters seek their bounty.


From there, carry on around the beach and just past the first set of steps up the cliff, there is a natural paddling pool, perfect for splashing and cooling off in the summer heat.


The round walk to Scot’s Bay continues on, but you may just get stuck by the pool for the day!


If you can make it to the castle then don’t miss the chance to play hide and seek in the ruins. You can go almost anywhere, including up towers and into “dungeons”.


Car Park: SA33 5LW


Download 5 mile Scott’s Bay round walk map here.







Ffynone Waterfalls


Photo credit Andrew Dally @amdally


26 minutes away, this magical 1.5(ish) mile walk will make you feel like you are in a fairy glade. Or you can opt for longer circular routes listed at the end of this section.


This other-worldly waterfall is just South West of Cardigan, so you could pop by for a dolphin boat trip, or to explore the vibrant local independent galleries and antique shops that give Cardigan its boujee, laid-back artisan vibe.


It also boasts unrivalled culinary delights with Cwrst, The Copper Pot, El Salsa street food, Fforest Pizza Tipi and plenty of fresh fish.


Cardigan is a whole other blog post!


Do not visit Ffynone Waterfalls without a picnic - and we will get to why.


These waterfalls are little-known and far less popular than Cenarth Falls or the Gwaun Valley Falls. Local dog walkers are your company as you explore and we found everyone friendly and ever so helpful. If you do come across a local person, ask them about the legend of Ffynone…


According to the Mabinogi (legendary Welsh stories compiled in the middle ages), Ffynone Waterfall is the gateway to Annwfn, an underworld that lies much deeper than our own.

It is said that Pwyll, King of Dyfed, swapped places with Arawn, King of Annwfn (the underworld) for a year and a day using the portal at Ffynone Waterfall…

You can read the full story here https://www.mabinogi.net/pwyll.htm


There are two car parks as you reach SA37 0HQ, take the one on the right, on slightly higher ground. Towards the rear of the car park is a gate and a track, follow it past the old houses (don’t turn left) and you will get to Ffynone waterfall.


There is the perfect picnic spot, you can climb up behind the falls and leap or “bog hop” from mossy tuft to mossy tuft. If you ask me, the scramble up beyond the falls is the magic and the perfect place to get out your picnic.


However, the pool is deep enough for a wild swim. So rolling out a mat and enjoy a feet up mini-feast, or dipping in and out of the pool on a hot summer’s day may appeal more to you….


And you can leave the kids to scramble around and up behind the falls.


But be careful, you may feel like you’ve fallen into Annwfn, the underworld, after a few hours in this beautiful and remote treasure.


Ffynone Falls Walk map 1.56km use points 1 & 2 only here

Ffynone Falls Walk 11km map here



Rockpool at Wisemans Bridge




I think by now you have gathered that we like water.


Wisemans Bridge (SA69 9AU) is dog friendly all year round and has limited parking. So if you choose to spend a day here, leave early, settle in and enjoy yourselves!


My favourite thing about Wiseman’s Bridge is simple. It never gets overly busy. The car park is small, so direct access to the beach is limited.


Because it’s dog friendly all year round, many people come down to walk their dogs and leave or pass through from elsewhere, which makes it a very underrated beach.


There is a pub, beach shop, public toilets and beautiful walks from the beach. The beach itself is pebbled at the top and sandy with rocky areas as the tide goes out.


This makes it a perfect beach for rock pooling. So don’t arrive without buckets and nets! Or buy them from the little beach shop.


From Wiseman’s Bridge you can walk to Coppet Hall and the famous seaside town of Saundersfoot, also known as little Tenby. There you can indulge in delicious food, try your hand at crabbing and don’t forget to find decadent brownies on the beachfront! \





So, everything you could possibly want.


Oh! And this whole cove often has perfect conditions for paddle boarding. Either bring your own or hire one for around £12-15/hour from Coppet Hall here.


Which is the most exciting? Let me know!


Cariad Mawr


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