The beauty of a blank canvas. Fill our wedding spaces with your own vision & imagination

10 years of unique events,
in 200 acres of bliss.
3 days of woodland, fields, festival, fun, glorious food, no boundaries or limits.
A blank canvas.

At fforest farm, across its 200 acres, a choice of event spaces from giant hat tipis, garden pavilions, dining & party barns and a tiny stone pub are exclusively yours for the whole wedding weekend.

Read a bit about the different spaces available at fforest farm...

 

The giant hat tipi

Proudly standing on the vast lawn in front of the Lodge, the Giant Hat Tipi is perhaps the most popular venue for humanist ceremonies. Adorned with twinkling lights and candle chandeliers, the wonder of this venue is distinct inside as well as out.

The immediate surrounding landscape is recognised by many as the most picturesque location of fforest farm.


This is perhaps why many couples choose to have their wedding photos on the lawn or in the glorious wheat field just a stones throw from the Tipi. With the option to open up the sides to let in more light, the Tipi can transform your wedding into an outdoor occasion yet still keep you warm and cosy under canvas.



The Cedar Barn

Newly renovated and available to host larger wedding parties, the Cedar Barn boasts high ceilings, a tin roof, a concrete floor and copper pillars that all create the feel of an industrial warehouse. However the reality is much softer; with the addition of cedar-clad walls, bespoke fforest oak chandeliers and huge steel-framed windows, the barn creates an openness as well as a cosiness all at once.

It's warm and welcoming. Exactly what we strived for when creating this huge space.


The Barn offers our guests the chance to host a wedding supper for large parties comfortably, yet still keeping that all-important intimacy and closeness.



The Lodge Barn

One of three spaces licensed for civil ceremonies on site, the split level Lodge Barn has always been a favourite for its open space. Rows of tables and benches make it a perfect venue to host a high-tea party or wedding supper for all guests.

It's a wholly intimate space in that the size of the barn never affects the cosy atmosphere inside.


Here you have the choice to decorate the barn's high beams. Many couples choose rows of bunting & fairy lights or flowers & foliage overhead.



The Garden Pavilion

Another licensed site, the open-sided Garden Pavilion is both an inside & outside space with the option to have guests seated outside whilst they watch the civil ceremony that's under cover.

A unique space in that it can bring the actual ceremony out into the open air.


The space can be easily reverted back to its normal setting: wooden arm chairs that circle around a warming fire bowl. A place for guests to sit, chat & relax.



The Bwthyn Pub

Civil ceremonies are most commonly held in our 200 year old stone pub. Its not surprising our brides & grooms are so taken by the Bwthyn: a small space reserved for intimate ceremonies where the immediate family and friends can witness the marriage.

Ceremonies in the Bwthyn are always warming.
A lot of love is held between these four walls.


Marry infront of the closest family & friends then celebrate with the whole wedding party afterwards. The Bwthyn's fully stocked bar is always a welcome addition.



The Quarry

We've only ever had one brave couple who chose the old Quarry as a location for their ceremony at fforest farm. We laid out chairs and created a stone altar, the overall effect was truly magical.

A favourite place for wedding photos thanks to the dramatic slate backdrop and surrounding greenery.


We would love to see another couple choose this setup for their wedding day. Reserved for the bold and brave.


Any time of year is perfect for a woodland wedding at fforest. Our range of indoor and outdoor spaces complements the landscape and can be adapted to make the most of what each season has to offer.

Find out more and ask us some questions by visiting our fforest weddings website here



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A local elopement. fforest's most intimate wedding ceremony to date

At the end of last Summer our very specials friends decided to surprise us all by choosing to elope at fforest farm. Less of a surprise for some of the fforest elves who had the real pleasure of witnessing such a beautiful and happy occasion.

A perfectly sunny day welcomed the bride & groom and their family & friends to fforest farm that day. Will, Kate and baby Bert did well to keep such big news a secret, choosing to tie the knot in front of just 14 of their closest family & friends. The ceremony was held in the cosy Bwthyn pub; fires lit, candles glowing, a warmth emanating from all around.

"We decided we wanted to be married but didn’t really want a huge wedding. We chose fforest because its like
home from home, really relaxed and beautiful, lots of outside space and amazing food. We liked the tiny intimate space of the pub it just felt really special."

- Kate, the bride

After confetti and a drinks reception, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a picnic lunch in the dining room of the Lodge; simple, delicious food and a tower of fresh macarons as an alternative wedding cake for dessert.

The day seemed effortless, both for Will & Kate and for the fforest elves.

We're not sure if it was Will & Kate's apparent relaxed attitude towards getting hitched, or perhaps it was their choice to do it in the simplest, most intimate way... Whatever it was, we've decided that magic happened when these two lovely people chose to celebrate love & life in their own, perfect way.

"It was the perfect little wedding for us at this moment, and we have planned a party 13 months later in the Cedar Barn! You need a little dancing at a wedding!"

 

Photography by Paul Fenrich

If you've been inspired by the idea of a smaller wedding, visit our website to see what options fforest could have for you.



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Is fforest the wedding venue for you? Stay with us over Valentine's to find out

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The winter months are a chance to rejuvenate, to refresh the body & mind, ready to face the year ahead. If you're a couple who'd like to enjoy the quieter, more intimate times at fforest, a Hygge break over Valentine's might be just the thing.

Choose to check in on Valentine's day for a mid-week break or at the weekends either side, its the perfect opportunity for some quiet time before the February half-term. If you're not familiar with the term, Hygge refers to the Danish 'art of living well'; enjoying simple pleasures and immersing yourself in natural beauty are at the centre of fforest's Hygge.

 

If you're recently engaged or thinking about wedding plans, we'd love to invite you to use your Hygge break to discover what fforest has to offer. Relax, take a good look around our different wedding venues, ask us some questions, we'd love to hear from you.

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A coastal walk, a beach to yourself, the warmth and crackle of a driftwood fire and a golden sunset are all quiet adventures to be enjoyed within easy reach. Between Fforest Farm and the adjoining wildlife reserve there are 500 acres to explore. Enjoy frosty, misty mornings, stunning starry skies at night. Listen to a deer roar, birdsong at dusk, and silence.

Our 200 year old tiny pub, Y Bwthyn, becomes your tiny pub during your stay. The fforest approach to the mini bar. The fire will be stoked, the bar stocked, the rest is up to you. Last man out makes the fire safe, switches the lights off and shuts the door.

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Our hygge getaways are self catering, but we'll supply all the elements to help you create your own hygge. You can pre-order hampers of local cheeses or breakfast produce and warming curry or cassoulet to heat up in your kitchen.

We think fforest at this time of year is the perfect place to find your hygge. Skål!

Visit our Hygge website to learn more and to book here

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10 reasons to choose a winter wedding at fforest

The name fforest camp probably conjures up images of fields and canvas and an outdoor summery vibe, and you're not far wrong. But there is so much more to fforest, and here are 10 very good reasons why it’s a great choice for a cosy winter wedding weekend with family and friends.


1. The Colours

Winter has its own palette. Subtle shades of white, blue and grey, which lend themselves beautifully as the backdrop to the soft pastels or rich jewel colours of a winter wedding. The clear crisp Pembrokeshire skies make you want to get outside and embrace the elements.


2. Your own pub

There’s a magical private pub at the heart of fforest, exclusively for the use of you and your guests. It also has a licence enabling you to get married in front of the inglenook fireplace. If the weather is against you it won’t matter as you go straight from ceremony to celebration without even having to step outside. Your guests can toast you with a fforest winter cocktail which, whether warm or spicy, will be guaranteed to kick-start the festivities.


3. THE FOOD

fforest food is seasonal and local, so with a winter wedding comes an appropriate change in menu. Slow-roasted lamb from our wood-fired oven with lovingly prepared locally grown vegetables, a table full of colourful sharing platters or a comforting tagine. The opportunities to create a memorable, intimate culinary experience for your celebration are limitless. Not so much fine dining, rather the best private dinner party you’ve ever hosted.


4. THE ATMOSPHERE

When the natural light starts to fade, fforest lighting comes into its own – candles and lanterns dotted around the heart of the camp, tealight chandeliers in the pub, festoon lighting along the pathways and the stunning heartwood halos in the farmhouse and domes, made from ancient heartwood from the standing dead branches of fforest oak trees.


5. RURAL COMFORT

The farmyard at fforest has ample en-suite accommodation for 30 resident guests in the newly renovated farmhouse and old stone crog lofts. The geodesic domes can be added as a romantic option, able to accommodate another 4 couples, with room for small children. For larger families and groups of friends, the katacabins have five single beds round a central stove with a covered outside seating area.


6. WELSH HERITAGE

Wherever there’s a sofa or bed at fforest, there’s a coldatnight Welsh blanket, designed by Sian and woven up-river at a traditional woolen mill. Being surrounded by beautiful Welsh textiles gives a satisfying sense of place and there is no better time to appreciate a fforest blanket than when it’s crisp and fresh outside and you’re warm and toasty inside.


7. WARMTH

Even in the height of summer we can’t wait for the sun to go down and the temperature to drop so that we can gather together some kindling and logs and start up a roaring fire. Whether it’s outdoor braziers, indoor wood-burning stoves or the big communal covered firepit, we are all drawn to the warmth and glow of a real fire and at fforest there is no shortage of them.


8. THE COAST

fforest is on the Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion border, adjacent to the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve and the magnificent Teifi gorge, and a short drive from the All Wales Coast Path. The area is stunning all year round, but in winter you often find you have a beach all to yourselves. The light is breathtaking and begs to be photographed.


9. THE CEDAR BARREL SAUNA

Saunas are amazing at any time, but they were designed to be appreciated when it’s at its coldest outside. Ours is made from sweet scented cedar and heated with a wood fire. For the brave, there’s a cold shower outside too.


10. THE FFOREST COMMUNITY

“There are no strangers here, just friends you haven‘t met yet“. No matter what time of year you visit, you will find the fforest elves are just as busy as their famous namesakes. fforest is not short of wonderful assets, but the fforest elves are undoubtedly what completes the experience, receiving constant praise for their knowledge, skill and unobtrusive service. And by the time you leave you’ll all be on first name terms.




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fforest flower bombs! Our new favourite wedding flowers 

Ivy on windowsills, wild flowers in vases scattered on dining tables, rose petals dusting the aisle... The possibilities for using flowers & foliage at a fforest wedding are endless, and we thought we'd seen it all! ...Until Forbesfield flower school introduced us to a concept that we'd never seen before in our 10 years of fforest weddings... flower bombs!

When Forbesfield came to fforest in the Autumn, they had something new and exciting to show us. Using the cedar barn as a backdrop, they showed us how to create an explosion of flowers & foliage to hang from the ceiling. A beautifully eye-catching, dramatic way to decorate a wedding space, with endless options in terms of design and aesthetic. We decided that these flower bombs would look the best over-head during the wedding feast, as a sort of chandelier of flowers. As you can see by the photos, the finished product is quite impressive.

Forbesfield wrote a blog piece about their visit to fforest:

At the end of October FFS dusted off our cosy jumpers and muddy boots, hopped in our van and headed way down West to host a workshop at the wonderful Fforest. If you aren't familiar with Fforest you will not know that it is the most inspiring place run by the warmest and most engaging people.

At it's most basic it's a place to camp and live off the land; it's a place to live the simple life. At it's most wonderful, Fforest is a place to relax, unwind and feel the nostalgia of childhood camping and the magic of it's idyllic setting. Fforest has many strings to it's bow, with weddings being one of a number of events that they host, so our first introduction was a few years back when we had a mutual bride who was getting hitched there.

So off we went black-sky-early one Monday morning, driving through the rain and mist of the Welshest of weather days, but as we've said, magic happens at Fforest and and so by the time we arrived the mist had cleared, the sun was up and and our students were waiting and a few little four legged friends also joined us to our absolute delight.

These ladies were brilliant; and we laughed a lot! They all had the makings of wonderful floral designers, creating wild and elegant hand-tieds and hanging installs like they were born to it using a mix of Dutch and Welsh foraged treasures. To watch what flowers and foliages each person selects, watch them build a design and see the cogs turning as they figure it out is by far the thing we love most about teaching and easily the most fulfilling.

We can't wait to return and create again at Fforest very, very soon.

Visit the Forbesfield website and read the full article here



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The fforest Christmas wishlist

We have hand-selected a few beauties from fforest general stores to help you with your gift-giving this Christmas. We have welsh textiles, kitchenware, homeware & fforest kid-ware in stock and ready for filling up those stockings!

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The fforest scarf

100% wool and made very well at a small woollen mill near the banks of the Teifi, the same river that wraps around fforest farm. We have four beautiful colourways to choose from, blanket stitching all around the edges. You'll likely find fforest chief sporting one of these in the Winter months, he tries to mix up the colours daily.
From £45


fforest hotties

No, we're not talking about the fforest elves, its these beautiful welsh wool blanket hot water bottles. Perfect for cosy Winter nights.
£42 each


The classic fforest blanket

To keep and to treasure.
Our blankets are a labour of love; made very well in a small woollen mill on the banks of the river Teifi, the same river that wraps around fforest farm. Choose from a selection of beautiful colours: Berry red, pebble grey & charcoal.
£245 each
Our smaller Baban blankets at £130 each


THE NEW & IMPROVED FFOREST MUG

You may have already guessed it, we do love our enamelware! Our fforest mugs have had a jazzy revamp and got all dressed up for Christmas. Available to preorder now.
£12.50 each or £40 for set of four


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The king of all bread knives

We swear by this Opinel knife. Slicing bread will never be the same again. Throw in a printed T-towel for good measure!
Yours for £25.95
T-towels £9


...and more great knifes

A perfect gift for any cook. Peeling, paring and prepping vegetables is so much more enjoyable when using beautiful tools. Sets available in two colours.
From £29.95


The Kids gift set

For all the young adventurers out there, we've put together this little bundle of explorer essentials. We have specially designed finger-friendly penknives for safe wood whittling & carving, a reindeer antler whistle for calling in the woods, and a cute hand powered penguin torch with ultra bright LED light and wrist strap, to help find your way in the dark.
£25 all in!


The mini chef's apron

Kit them out and get them ready for the kitchen with fforest elf aprons. Available in navy and red.
Ages 3-10, £14 each


COMING SOON...

...very very soon...

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SNAZZY SOCKS

The ultimate Christmas socks! Designed by Sian and made in Wales by Corgi, who have been making socks since 1892! Stay tuned with this one, you won't want to miss out on these special beauties!




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Chef Gill Meller creates seasonal dishes inspired by the landscape in which he lives & works

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River Cottage head chef, food writer & author Gill Meller's first cookbook 'Gather' promotes the idea of cooking with seasonal, local & the freshest of ingredients. With recipes inspired by the landscape in which he lives and works, his cooking ethos is much akin to fforest's own. 

Our fourth fforest feast was recently hosted in the big cedar barn, an 8 course meal showcasing the best of seasonal and local from land and sea. Dishes included locally caught crab, wild rabbit, heritage carrots, greens, leaves & herbs from our own fforest gardens and much, much more. We have always aspired to cook with only the freshest ingredients with the idea that our surrounding area, with its bountiful produce, deserves to be celebrated.

This is a concept beautifully enforced in Gill's cookery. 'Gather' includes 120 recipes that stress the importance of seasonality and locality in cooking:

'I like to think my cooking is a reflection of my surroundings. I take inspiration from the landscape, my locality, and the amazing farmers, growers and fisherman that produce the ingredients I use.'

Watch Gill as he cooks barley paella with squid and rabbit on the shores of a nearby beach. A recipe from his book, 'Gather'.

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From the fforest kitchen: Salted caramel recipe by chef Michelle

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Perfect for Christmas; in tarts, brownies, on toast, or as a homemade gift, fforest's chef Michelle has perfected her salted caramel recipe to share with you.

Ingredients:

250g granulated sugar
100g salted butter
150ml double cream
1-2 tbsp Maldon sea salt
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Method:

  • Choose a thick bottom pan with high sides and clean, non-wooden utensils to melt down the sugar
  • Pour all the sugar into the pan and wait for it to brown, the outside will start to turn before the middle. Begin stirring the sugar once you see a brown rim to make sure it doesn't catch. Chef Michelle says its fine to stir as it helps the sugar melt evenly
  • Watch the sugar closely as it can burn quickly, when you can no longer see sugar granules at the bottom of the pan, the sugar is ready for the other ingredients. The colour should be a golden brown 
  • Bang in the butter and whisk vigorously, the mixture will rise and spit so be careful!
  • Pour in the cream and keep whisking, cook the mix out for 3-5 minutes
  • Add the vanilla and salt, mix through, cook out for a few more minutes letting it bubble away to make sure all the salt dissolves
  • Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool in the pan before pouring into hot sterile jars and sealing.

Jars:

You can choose whichever jars you like for your salted caramel. To sterilise your jars, put them in the dishwasher or hand wash them thoroughly. After washing, use a teatowel to transfer them to an oven preheated to 80°C and leave them in there until completely dry. Remove the jars from the oven and place onto a teatowel, making sure they aren't in contact with cold surfaces, ready for the warm caramel to be poured in. Seal the jars tightly and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.

We love to use this salted caramel recipe in our signature chocolate tarts, a desert we recently served at our fourth fforest feast. Gone in a flash!

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Lifestyle magazine, SOON, features Pizzatipi & interview with brother no.1, Jackson

The SOON project (Something Out Of Nothing) is a lifestyle magazine that, since its conception in 2015, has been showcasing & celebrating young talent from all over the country, and beyond.

From artists to thinkers, chefs to jewellery makers, the range of interesting people with beautiful stories to share is vast in this independent magazine. Run singlehandedly (and magnificently) by 19 year old Leia Morrison from west Wales, SOON is fast becoming a guide of who to watch and why. Insightful stories give a glimpse into the life & work of creatives who might be otherwise overlooked or under-acknowledged in the big wide world. SOON offers a platform to those just starting off, and even to those fully established, to celebrate and share great work and great ideas.

Leia visited the Pizzatipi this Summer to talk to brother no.1, Jackson, about how the Pizzatipi all began, what its like to work closely with family, and what brings so many young & eager people to the Tipi courtyard...

Read the feature below:

Sitting on the edge of the River Teifi in the small Welsh town of Cardigan, a band of brothers, along with a group of their pals, fire out homemade, fresh pizzas and hearty beers for the many, under a canvas tipi. Whether you’re catching up with a friend, celebrating a birthday or launching a magazine The Pizzatipi is the perfect spot for chilling out, watching the sunset and eating delicious food, all in an utterly creative and welcoming space.

What is The Pizzatipi and how did all begin?
The Pizzatipi is a little restaurant and pub in the middle of Cardigan on the Teifi. Our parents started it accidentally about 5 years ago when they made a pizza oven for a staff party. Now it’s run by my brothers, I and our band of merry friends. We’re open from Easter to Christmas and are on a mission to make the best Pizza we can.

It’s such a beautiful location, do you know what was here before?
Sail lofts, chandlery, a boat yard, a coal yard, a smugglers pub, an antiques shop, galleries, flats, offices and now a pizza temple!

One thing that is wonderful about The Pizzatipi is the support it gives to local companies/ start ups. You hire mainly young people and often host events with young guest caterers, like El Salsa, and hosted the SOON launch event… is your support of mainly young people intentional or subconscious? Is the young atmosphere a part of The Pizzatipi brand?
We don’t really think about it, doing all the different things brings all the different people to us and that’s great for business but its secondary. We want to see things happen and if we can help and get a burrito out of it… no brainer. We’re nothing without the staff and most of the senior staff have been with us since they were the youngest staff, I hope the younger staff stick with us too, they’re mainly at an age where we know they’ll go soon but as long as their younger sisters, brothers and friends come and work for us instead we’ll be OK!

What's your all-time favourite pizza flavour that's hit the oven here at the tipi? 
We did a jet black squid ink base with razor clams caught by our dad and wild garlic picked by our mum. It was (fire emoji x3) but probably one of our worst sellers because it was so weird.

Jackson, you studied in Glasgow and have travelled quite a lot, what brought you back to Wales?
Family, Friends and Pizza!

On your instagrams (@coldatnight @fforest @pizzatipi), we’re always seeing you foraging away, do you source a lot of your ingredients locally?
We’re super lucky be surrounded by such fresh ingredients. From the sea, local growers, bakers, farmers we try and get as much of it on the menu as we can.

The Pizzatipi is now run, I do believe, by you and your brothers- what advice would you give to someone going into business with family?
Definitely do it – It’s the best and the worst, just try not to be family in work and work in family.

What's the busiest day you've probably ever had? How many pizzas do you reckon you sold?
At the beginning of this year we did 600...

We see you’ve recently expanded, it looks glorious! The Pizzatipi is obviously just growing and growing in success, what are your plans for the future?
A table on the river (smug emoji)

Finally, describe your brothers in pizza form, if they were pizzas what pizzas would they be and why?
Robbie is any pizza without cheese #backthebid #anti. Calder is a potato, perl las and chorizo pizza because he’s delicious and Teifi is steak on a pizza, perfectly rare.

Photography by Leia Morrison

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Country Living magazine capture the Tucker-Lynch family home in their November issue

'With many surfaces clad in pitched pine and slate, plenty of warm Welsh blankets and a 'chandelier' made from a sinuous branch of oak heartwood, the rustic style is reminiscent of the interiors at fforest. "Our house is where we did trial runs, where we experimented," Sian explains. "If it looked OK here, we'd polish the idea and then re-create it for a wider audience."'

Country Living magazine ventured to a small corner of west Wales to meet Sian at her home in Aberporth. A stone's throw from the beach, the old fisherman's cottage is a small haven in which to relax and escape, its also where most of Sian & James's ideas for fforest interiors were practiced and perfected.

Read the feature below:

'The first thing Sian Tucker does each morning is look out of the window above her bed. The view out to sea sets her up for the day, whether the weather is crisp and bright or the northeasterly winds are blowing. "In fact, windswept weather chimes with me," she says. "The only drawback is if it's raining and families are camping up the road – I can't relax until I know they're comfortable and dry."

By 'up the road', Sian is referring to guests at fforest, the eco camp that she and her partner James Lynch created when they moved to west Wales. It has since expanded (people now stay in loft spaces, cabins and a farmhouse alongside domes and bell tents), but the original spirit, of getting back to a simpler life outdoors, remains true.

It was that very urge to reconnect with nature in a special setting that inspired Sian and James's own escape from the capital in 2005. And it's how they ended up living here, in a village where all roads lead to the sea and their house is the last stop before the beach.

When they moved here with their four sons, Jackson, Robbie, Calder and Teifi, the family left behind a very different life in London's Shoreditch. In the Nineties, Sian was a textile designer and illustrator and James ran a design studio. Then he had a zeitgeist moment.

Following a hunch, James set about turning empty warehouses into loft spaces, initially for like-minded artists, designers, furniture makers and musicians.

When the bankers followed – and began to outnumber the creatives – it was time to move on and look for the next 'raw space'. Plan A was to try New Zealand, but on a family reconnaissance trip they found themselves asking, 'Why travel halfway around the globe to live in a wild, green and beautiful place when we have exactly that on our doorstep?'

Sian is from Wales and the couple already owned this house – then a far more rudimentary version of itself – as a holiday bolthole. "It was where we decamped every school holiday," she recalls. "The boys really loved the freedom of life here."

So, a week after returning from New Zealand, they bought a 200-acre farm beside the Teifi Gorge, which became fforest, and made this house their home. "Back then, the cottage was completely unmodernised, with no central heating," Sian says.

James designed the extension, giving them a large living space, which the family has always called the wooden room. His redesign also added the wide, panoramic window in their bedroom that provides inspiring views for Sian each morning. The single-storey building is made from green oak that has mellowed into a pale silver over the years, almost blending with the coastal setting. And its windows – in contrast to the old cottage – look towards the sea to embrace the big views. "Because it was a fisherman's home, the old house was all about facing away from the strong seaward winds," Sian says.

The kitchen sits in the original cottage and is where the couple usually end up at the end of a long day. "The stone walls are incredibly thick, which means it's always warm and cosy in there," she adds.

On windowsills, inside and out, sit piles of pebbles in greys and whites that echo the shades of the beach, and of the house itself. "Once you see a lovely stone, it's hard not to pop it in your pocket," Sian says. Surfaces are also home to her collections of enamelware, wooden bowls and handmade spoons.

With many surfaces clad in pitched pine and slate, plenty of warm Welsh blankets and a 'chandelier' made from a sinuous branch of oak heartwood, the rustic style is reminiscent of the interiors at fforest. "Our house is where we did trial runs, where we experimented," Sian explains. "If it looked OK here, we'd polish the idea and then re-create it for a wider audience."

Given Sian's background in textiles (her work has been bought by the V&A Museum and some hangs in the atrium of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in south-west London), she has always loved traditional Welsh wool blankets: "I used to pick them up at car boot sales, for us and then for our first guests." Eventually, she approached a local mill: "I adapted a vintage motif to make a design that's now used on our own blankets and cushions."

London life now feels miles away. Sian's drive home from work takes her past lush green hillsides and wooded vales until she rounds the corner and there's the sea. "As commutes go, this one is pretty special," she says, with a smile. "I feel incredibly lucky."'

Words by Jo Leevers for Country Living magazine
Photos by Penny Wincer

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Easter is family time. Stay & play in fields of chocolate eggs

Easter weekend is always a favourite at fforest because family fun is at the heart of the celebrations. When Spring is in the air, the farm slowly starts to warm up after the colder Winter months, and as our Easter families descend upon the farm to kick start our season, we feel that warmth spread. 

This year we had some very talented kids and grownups paint their masterpiece eggs, to then watch them roll down the hill towards the Bwthyn pub. fforest breakfasts kept them fuelled for the day ahead, with a special egg & soldiers breakfast on Easter Sunday. Our guests tend to keep themselves busy over the weekend; adventuring on woodland & coastal walks, wild swimming in the Teifi river followed by hot saunas on site, traditional egg hunts, egg painting, egg rolling, s'more toasting & movie nights for kids (& big kids!). Wholesome suppers make the perfect end to blissful days.

The fforest Easter elves have every aspect of your stay covered. A typical weekend itinerary looks a bit like this:

Friday 30th March
Check in from 4 with Tea & cakes
Bwthyn open at 6
Pizza making/eating from 7
 
Saturday 31st March
Breakfast 8-10
Sauna open 9-12/3-6
Fire pit made and Bwthyn open from 5
Evening meal at 6
Firepit & Marshmallow s'mores at 7
 
Sunday 1st April
Boiled egg & soldiers 8-10
Egg painting & rolling 10-11
A walk with cracking Easter egg hunt 11-12
Simple sandwich lunch 1:30
Easter chicken supper 6
Movie on at 7
 
Monday 2nd April
Breakfast 8-10
Check out from 11

Book your all-inclusive Easter 2018 weekend by choosing your preferred accommodation below.
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Share, support & inspire: Creative retreats for women

fforest has had the pleasure of hosting a number of creative retreats for women, all of which have a few traits in common: to share, support & inspire one another. 

Syjunta, Feb 2017

We held our first Syjunta weekend in the February of this year; a creative retreat centred upon women coming together to learn, interact and relax. Syjunta focussed on the beautiful and intricate skill of hand embroidery. Our guests enjoyed woodland walks to gather inspiration from nature to implement in their embroidery designs, all from the comfort of a soft sofa. The retreat was held at Ty fforest where our ladies all stayed under one roof in the most luxurious of fforest accommodation. We wanted to ensure that the Syjunta retreat left our guests feeling inspired and rejuvenated; having practiced new skills and spent time chatting and unwinding with like-minded individuals.

Glow, March 2018

Following Syjunta, we wanted to expand upon the element of engagement in our creative retreats. The idea that women can share their skills and learn from one another in an environment that's calm and comforting. In the Spring of 2018, we will be hosting the Glow retreat at Ty fforest. Open to a maximum of 20 people, its an event that has creativity and exchange at its core. The goal is to inspire, support and help one another, and maybe learn something new. To take the opportunity to get stuck into a project, or simply use our spaces to relax into a comfy chair, listen to the birds and read a book. A couple of workshops have been arranged but there is no fixed schedule or end product, we offer Glow as a space to be filled with your own imagination.

Learn more about Glow 2018 here

Sisterhood, June 2017

"We provide biannual retreats, small intimate workshops and suppers for women, with the main aim to embrace a slower, more gentler pace of life through creativity, connection, fireside chats and sisterly support." Founded by Lou Archell, the Sisterhood camp has been hosted at fforest for the past two years. The 'sisters' are guided through workshops and talks, fed wholesome meals and encouraged to relax with the idea to nourish creativity, connect with nature and with each other.

Lifestyle blogger, Abi Dare, was invited by Visit Wales to join the Sisterhood at this year's retreat. Her blog piece documenting her experience at Sisterhood and at fforest is a wonderful read, and is accompanied by some beautiful photography, some of which photos have been used in the gallery below. To read her blog piece and to see more photos visit Abi's website here.

We have learnt that intimate retreats like these are full of the small things that can make a big difference. We are developing exciting plans for our future Glowcamps; with inspiration, creativity, wellness and a big dollop of pampering at their heart. Further details soon.

Book your place at Glow 2018 here



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SNAP: An international photography festival

"I firmly believe that the magic of fforest made SNAP and that's why we didn't hesitate in deciding to come back the following year."

-Laura Babb, founder of SNAP

Wedding & lifestyle photography festival, SNAP, was held at fforest in April this year (and on another two occasions before that). Founded by Laura Babb, the professional wedding photographer has created a photography retreat consisting of talks, workshops, live shoots and business sessions, all hosted within the 200 acre boundary of fforest farm.

These guys seemed to make use of every space fforest farm has to offer: Under the giant hat tipi, in our newly renovated project barn, outside & under canopies, inside the lodge barn, in our cosy little pub (where many a visitor prefers to dwell), in fields, under water, in the sauna... everywhere! It's a delight to see so many talented creatives using fforest spaces to inspire work & progress.

Photos by Wojtek


Read more about SNAP 2017 and see more images here



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The Pizzatipi transformed for a Summer wedding

The wild wedding of Emilie Lovaine and Jon James took place in June this year. An unusual but beautiful use of space at the Pizzatipi.

The Lovaine-James wedding is one that the fforest elves remember mostly for its many twinkling fairy lights and abundance of florals & greenery adorning tables, framing seating plans, even embellishing the wedding cake.

Pizzatipi seemed to be a perfect location for the couple's wedding vision; with the tipi, newly refurbished pizza shack and old stone buildings forming beautiful backdrops to wedding photos. With their alfresco, makeshift (first)dance floor and choosing to host the wedding feast under canvas, the wild & rustic L-J wedding made use of the whole courtyard whilst somehow keeping it cosy and intimate. The decoration and setting magically blur the line between indoor & outdoor; a concept we know (quite well) and love (a lot) at fforest.

Photos by Darina Stoda




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A holiday for the senses: Gather can stimulate the body & mind

We keep the mind active & the body moving at Gather. We can slow it down too, if that's what the body needs.
We want to feel something, learn something, create something, and we trust our bodies to help us do it...

Gather enlists the help of all the senses to encourage creativity, to practice patience, to uncover hidden talents, to enjoy simple pleasures. Browse our Gather 2017 galleries below to see what you could feel, taste, smell, see and hear at Gather.

TOUCH

Use your hands.

Combine a fresh muffin mixture and bake it over fire, mould a clay pot and decorate with fresh flowers, feel the grooves of letterpress letters in all shapes and sizes, sculpt magical woodland creatures out of clay, carve a spoon from a single block of wood, make pencils out of branches, weave willow into bold structures, sketch a wild bird, tie ropes around sticks to secure dens, mix water colours and inks, feel a refreshing pang of cold whilst wild swimming...


Taste

Feed your appetite.

Sample fresh breads, cheeses & chutneys, relish every wholesome breakfast, lunch & dinner, forage for wild herbs & edible plants, ponder over enticing choices from the fforest cafe, be surprised by natural wines, Welsh spirits & unusual beers, dribble over lavishly decorated cakes, try something you never have before...


Smell

Breathe it all in.

Savour the heavenly scent of freshly baked bread, notice subtle notes in natural wines, challenge your senses to beer tasting, deliciously unusual cheeses melt over burning embers to be lathered onto flatbreads, fforest flowers beam from their beds; the sweet peas and sunflowers firm favourites, your lungs are filled with fresh, clean, Welsh air, and there's plenty to go around...


SEE

Widen your horizons.

Watch clever people as they teach you clever things, meet & greet your inner artist, identify new talents and nurture them, create an idea and watch it grow; follow its journey from conception to completion, notice your imagination running wild, approach bold decisions with conviction, look at what you've created, surprise yourself, find magic in the woods, spot a bird in a tree, a stag in the field, a cat on your seat...


HEAR

Gather to listen.

Share stories over blazing fires, attend workshops and practice new recipes, concepts, techniques, laugh with old & new friends, birds chirp & chime in the trees, sausages sizzle over hot coals, crackling fires warm to the core, awaken to still & silent mornings, hear everything; hear nothing, but that dog will bark if you don't throw the stick...


What do you want from Gather?

Find out...



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8 tipis, 546 blankets, 9,688 bowls of granola & 1 Bwthyn. 10 years of fforest, in numbers

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2,422 holidays
122 weddings
34 events
3 fforest gathers
347 dogs
100M ideas
48 builders
5 restorations
8 tipis
546 blankets
150k logs
113k L of cwrw/beer
7.35M pints
64,195 pizzas
3k candle sticks
11k tea lights
2,398 enamel mugs
142 designer chairs
3 resident cats
23 tipis held down
7.19 T of flour
9,688 bowls of granola
6 f***ing lawn mowers
12 amps blown
0 arguements 😏
112k hangovers
8 antlers
1 ghost
and many more

 



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Meet the chefs, pups, lawn mowerers, pizza makers, champagne pourers, pillow plumpers: The fforest elves



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We are often asked, what is fforest? fforest chief gives his simple equation

Even though fforest has now been in existence for 10 years, we are still asked "What do you do?" 

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You'd think after all this time we'd have a stock answer. The problem is we are constantly evolving, morphing and embracing change. We add and we take away. And what we do do, we don't do like anyone else. So it's hard to put a name to it.

fforest is not

•A hotel
•A restaurant
•A glamping site
•A country estate
•A beach resort
•An all inclusive resort
•A festival venue
•A team building venue
•A conference centre
•An education centre
•A celebration venue
•An activity centre
•A yoga retreat
•A live music venue

fforest is

•None of the above
•All of the above
•Whatever you want it to be

fforest is what you make it.



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Enamelware of all shapes, colours and sizes. One fforest's oldest friends

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'A combination of thousands of tiny decisions'
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Our look is simple. Simple isn't easy. The simpler it looks, the more time and thought has gone into it's development.

The few elements have to be so carefully curated to arrive at the final result. One of our favourite elements is our Danish cookware. The finest selection of Copco enamelware outside of Denmark ...possibly.

Not confined to the kitchen, our enamelware can be found in the breakfast room, the dining room, even in the bedrooms at Ty Fforest. The best dressed rooms in Pembrokeshire ...probably. 



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'The Woof Guide'. The best of dog friendly walks on the Pembrokeshire coastline

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Swim, run, walk, dig, bury, play, fight & bark on beautiful walks along the coast of south/west Wales, and your dogs can join in too...

The fforest dogs: Arrow, Bru, Mossy, Shrimp, Monty & Nan have explored much of the Welsh coastline already and are probably the most reliable tour guides of the West coast. But in case they missed something, they suggest reading 'The Woof Guide' of Pembrokeshire for the best dog friendly walks in the local area. Most of these beaches, coastal paths and countryside walks are a stones throw from fforest and are well worth a visit.

Visit the Woof Guide website for a list of walks here



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